The first scheduled area competition was due to be held on Sunday 29th July at Rodbaston.
Having driven there in pouring rain – the first we had seen in 6 weeks – Janet Warner (who had literally stepped in at the 11th hour) and myself found the competition had been postponed due to unsafe ground conditions. Fortunately we managed to stop the other 3 competitors leaving home even though they were all plaited up and ready to come.
It was rescheduled for Friday 10th August at Tushingham arena on surfaces as there was no where else to hold it at such short notice.
We managed to field a team of 4 including one replacement so Siân Bates, Gina Williams, Kat Morgan, and Ali Harper (replacing Janet) all did great tests and the team did amazingly well to come 2nd overall.
Kat was also 4th overall. Well done all of you
picture of Sian and Shadow
Our showjumping team competed at Maelor in the Area 20 Intermediate Showjumping qualifier. Team members were Meg Higginson, Myfanwy Powell, Rachel Woolley and Michelle Colohan. The team finished on 12 points which put them out of the placings but all jumped well.
The same team is entered for the new BRC show jumping competition at Bolesworth International on Saturday 16th June. If anyone is not going to camp and is going to Bolesworth, please go and cheer our team on. Good luck ladies!
Janet Warner and her lovely horse Nimbus, qualified for the winter Championships at Bury Farm on 14th April and came a magnificent 10th. Congratulations Janet for doing so well.
Summer Dressage League
We have had the first of our SDL competitions. This was very well attended and we had lots of new faces too. We are running these once a month until September and the member with the highest points will get the Pimm’s Trophy. Please come along and support for a relaxed friendly competition, plus a glass of Pimm’s.
Summer Area Competitions
The summer area dressage competition is on Sunday 29th July. This will be held at Rodbaston. As yet I am not sure if this will be on grass or surface arena but will confirm. As soon as the schedules are out, I will send details, but anyone who is interested in being on a team/taking part please contact me -email@example.com. We will not be doing specific team training this year but there are plenty of flatwork clinics being run that you can attend to brush up your skills, plus a ride through your test and get feed back clinic before the completion.
The dressage to music qualifiers are being held at Reaseheath on 18th August. Further details to follow.
This is just a reminder that we will be hoping to run another Inter-Club Show Jumping competition again this year with Dolfor Riding Club. The aim of this event is for ALL riders to have the opportunity to be able to compete for their club.
We usually start at about 50cm, but if people want to do a smaller first round that’s absolutely fine! The day will be catered for those who come to jump for their clubs, from poles on the ground to 1m60!! (I think that is the record James Dawson has set!!)
Every year we have a lot of fun, jumping successes and cake! We obviously couldn’t run this competition without our kind and generous helpers, so if you’d like to be involved in a local club event please let me know (we really, really appreciate you!)
I will let you know more information about the event as soon as possible. Hope to see lots of you there – we need to retain our winning trophy!! Kat
Two teams went to this Area competition with the ‘A’ team comprising of Hollie Hindley, Meg Higginson, Ali Harper and Gina Williams who went really well in the first round finishing on a ‘0’ score; but not so good in the 2nd round & finished on a score of 24 so just out of rosettes coming 7th.
Unfortunately due to last minute lameness the ‘B’ team was down to three: Paula Jeffreson, Lauren Lawley and Siân Bates who all got around in a nice style but unfortunately were not in the running as one of the horses took a dislike to the double.
Everybody was organised on the day and thanks to Debbie Pennington who did half a day’s help on car parking duties.
I am now looking for keen riders for the Intermediate show jumping at Northop on March 18th and the combined training competition (date to be decided).
Four intrepid members set off for Somerford on a bitterly cold but bright day on November 12th to compete in the area winter novice competition. The team of Nicky Crooks, Janet Warner, Gina Williams, and Christine Hughes braved the cold conditions to represent VVRC. All did very well with the team coming a creditable 5th overall. Gina, at her 1st competition representing VVRC came 10th, Christine 8th, and Janet came 1st. Janet is now off to the championships at Bury Farm on 14th April Good luck, Janet!
We had two teams competing at the intermediate area qualifiers. The original date at the end of October had to be cancelled due to Storm Brian hitting the UK. The new date was rearranged for 2nd and 3rd December at Tushingham. After a few changes of riders, and some last-minute stand ins, we still managed to send two teams of four. Neither team managed to get into the rosettes but very well done to all who took part. The teams were: VVRC Diamonds – Irene Gill (10th), Janet Warner, Izzy Roberts, and Elspeth Carr, and the VVRC Emeralds – Nicky Crooks, Vicky Poole, Pete Stephens, and Myfi Powell. Elspeth also entered the individual medium class where Matt the hunter/dressage diva strutted his stuff to come 6th. A very well done to all of you and thank you to those who stepped in to take the place of those who could not make the new date.
The summer dressage qualifier is on July 29th, so I will be putting a call out for members to enter this in the spring.
This year’s Inter-Club Show Jumping was a lot of fun so thank you everyone who came and made it such a success! We had lots of new members jumping as well as members who only jump in public on very special occasions (shout out to my mum! proud daughter moment) and it was great seeing everyone jump for their club teams.
Thanks to VVRC members’ jumping successes on the day, we won the inter-club show jumping trophy for the second year in a row! Our competitor of the day was Babs Williams who earned the most points overall for the team. It was particularly fantastic to see Babs take home the prize because she has competed for us every year and it has been amazing to see her grow in confidence each time.
This competition couldn’t run without a squad of kind and helpful volunteers from both clubs who pole-pick, score, and go on arena gate duty. Big thanks to Sally Evans who kindly judged and commentated, and Gaynor Morgan who used her accounting skills to score for us again this year. Also, thanks needs to go to Jane Yorke who did a fabulous job of judging the style class for us.
We’re hoping to run the competition again next year. I really would like to stress that Polly (Dolfor RC rep) and I want to make this competition accessible to EVERYONE and jumps will be made as big or as small as they people who turn up to compete want to jump. This year we started at 45cm with a jump off at 50cm, but if people want poles on the ground to start with that’s absolutely fine! Our aim is to give everyone a chance to fly the flag for their club, and your club team will gain points just for you entering.
The classes we generally run are three normal rounds of show jumping with a jump off for clear rounds, at heights depending on what people want to jump. We also have an accumulator (1 minute to jump as many fences as you can), pairs (each partner jumps a shorter round of jumps (no one steal Heather, she’s my jumping partner!)), style class (not only do you need to leave the jumps up, you need to do it smartly), and chase-me-charlie (jumps go up and up – complete opposite to the limbo).
Look forward to seeing you all next year – lets go for three years in a row! Kat
We had three teams and two individual competitors entered for the horse trials qualifier in June.
Cassie Woods, Rubie Taylor, Sam Pennington and Hattie Warner were entered as a team in the 80cm qualifier as were Vicki Luxmoore, Izzy Roberts, Debbie Pennington and Sian Bates. In the 90cm we had a team made up of Myfi Powell, Ali Harper, Helen Hathaway and Justine James with Vicki Robson running as an individual as well as Rachel Baines who stood in for Elspeth Carr after Elspeth injured her eye and was unable to compete.
Everyone produced good dressage tests and we were off to a good start. The showjumping proved to be quite tricky and we had two eliminated from our 80cm team where one horse didn’t like the fillers and the other combination had control issues which meant one team was out but the two remaining competitors could continue for individual placings.
We also had one technical elimination in the 90cm because the horse and rider missed going through the finish and then went back through the finish the wrong way. Whilst very unfortunate, it was a good lesson learned and one for all of us to remember next time!
The cross country course was lovely and rode very well. Some of our 80cm team were riding inexperienced or green horses and a few clocked up some time penalties but all got round. The 90cm riders all got round, many inside the time. When the results came out we were all thrilled as so many of our members had done so well.
80cm individual results
Sam Pennington 4th
Hattie Warner 7th
80cm team 8th
Izzy Roberts 3rd
Debbie Pennington 14th
Vicki Luxmoore 5th
Sian Bates 13th
90cm team 2nd
Myfi Powell 1st
Helen Hathaway 8th
Ali Harper 9th
90cm individual results
Rachel Baines 22nd
Vicky Robson 4th
We had three full teams for area dressage this summer. Nine of us set off for Prees near Whitchurch on Sunday July 23rd.
The Novice team of Justine, Janet, Irene and Ali all did the same test and did very well to come 3rd overall. Individual successes were Janet with a 1st, and Justine and Irene with 9th.
The Open team of Izzy, Elspeth, Myfi and Sally all did separate Novice and Elementary tests and came 4th with individual placing of Izzy 1st, and Elspeth and Myfi 5th.
The Riding Test team of Meg, Justine, Ali and Izzy came 5th with individual placing Izzy 3rd and Justine 9th. Elspeth and Izzy also did the Pairs and came 2nd and Elspeth and Meg did individual tests with Elspeth coming 6th in the Medium.
We had lots of help on the day from family and the support was great, so thank you to everyone who entered and helped. Hopefully we will have as much success in the Winter Qualifiers.
Three members entered the Area Dressage to Music competition at Reaseheath in August.
Christine came 3rd in the Medium test, Nicky 4th in the Novice and Elspeth 2nd in the Elementary. All 3 enjoyed their experience and are planning their next music outings.
Izzy and Janet both made the long journey to Lincoln to take part in the Dressage Championships having qualified in July. Both did extremely well and came 5th in their respective arenas; Izzy in the Novice and Janet in the Preliminary. Janet also entered the Veteran Rider class and came 1st getting a trophy to bring home. Well done! ladies!
It was a beautiful day and, at first glance the course in the nearest ring looked to me to be very simple with only a couple of fairly old easy fillers – then I realised that wasn’t ‘our’ ring and ours was FULL of VERY Spooky fillers with a twisty course on undulating ground, in addition vehicles travelled a road behind a hedge very close to a couple of the jumps!
Rachel Tudor – Davies on her lovely Fleur de Llys was our only representative in the 1m who jumped beautifully but unfortunately just as they turned for a jump a van appeared behind the hedge just by the jump causing a spook and Rachel had to circle to represent and possibly causing them to have one down in the first round. In the second round they just had one down.
The 80 cms team was made up by Helen Hathaway (Bechan Delinquent), Justine James (Coffee), Paula Jeffreson (My Golden Lily) and a VERY last minute substitute (thank you!) Myfanwy Powell (My Welcome Rebel).
Jump 1 caused lots of problems for riders including Justine (4 & 4) and Myfi (Clear & 4), Paula’s (beautiful) Lily was unfortunately a bit overawed by the fillers but Helen’s Del boy went brilliantly clear in both rounds and ended up WINNING!
Helen went on to represent the club at the RC Championships and jumped their most technical round to date with only 4 faults in each round – a great effort when there were only six double clears out of over 100 competitors!
Could I thank the riders who took part in the Summer area show jumping – you were all a super group of riders and great fun to be around – without giving me a moment of stress as you were all on time and well prepared; also to your support teams (your mums Gaynor, Karen and Gill) and of course Kat Morgan who has supported everyone so brilliantly and went to the championships with Helen.
Having watched the ‘Style & Performance’ competitions it would be brilliant if we could perhaps include these classes in the future – the courses are very simple and would be a great addition to the area competitions.
Our next team jumping will be for the Winter Area 80 cms competition at Southview on November 5th. Please do get in touch if you would like to be in a team – I will arrange a few ‘team bonding’ training sessions in the weeks beforehand. Please either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or pm me on fb