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Combined Training Report

We had two teams at the Area Combined Training at Tushingham on April 17th:
‘Unstables’ consisting of Siân Bates and Heather Jones in the 75cm, and Ali Harper (replacing Helen Hathaway with only two days’ notice as poor Del had a foot abscess) and Justine James in the 85cm

‘The Lightweights’ were Paula Jeffreson in the 75cm and Izzy Roberts and Cassie jumping the 85cm. This team only had three riders due to my own Splodgers being ‘spun’ for having an injection two days too early. Luckily I had scanned and sent a copy of his passport so I didn’t have to get him out of bed early.

In future I will scan and send all passports as this was quite a shock (and disappointment) as my vet had said it was fine. It just goes to show that we should double check.

Helen Hathaway and Gaynor Williams kindly came along in the (wet) morning and helped on dressage ring 2 which was a great help as it freed me up to help some of the other riders warm up for the jumping. Sharon James was also a superb support. Thank you all!

Both teams did reasonable dressage tests, despite a lot of noise in the outside arena and people walking backwards and forwards along the indoor. Ali Harper came a brilliant 5th overall with her super boy Jack with a total score of 36.1 and a clear round. In the other section, Justine came 10th with a total score of 34.4 with 2 time penalties, as did Paula in her section (35.5) and a clear round. Izzy came 11th with a score of 34.5 with a clear round, Siân came 16th with a clear round (score 38.8) and Cassie came 19th with a total score 56.6. Pity that she forgot the last fence, but we all have done it sometime!). Heather also came 19th in her section with 59.5 with Flicka jumping superbly.

The total individual scores ranged from 28.4 to 80.2 with several eliminations and retirements as the course did prove quite tricky for some.
In the future, we plan to do a ‘team’ course walk and I will also double check with all riders before handing in the declaration sheets as I had inadvertently misnamed the horse Ali was riding.

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Summer dressage league gets under way

The Summer dressage league got successfully underway on 27th April at Rhôs Farm Equestrian, Sarnau.

Despite the promise of a warm spring evening, there was a nip in the wind so, supplies of Pimm’s and hot chocolate were bought to keep us all cheery from Intro A to Novice 28. 

Carol, our judge for the evening, had Anne’s triple chocolate biscuits to keep her sweet and she was not disappointed as our riders and their horses  paced confidently around the arena, showing off not only their skill and accuracy, but also our club’s diversity. Stout, native bred, to highly strung, exotic horses, Vyrnwy Valley is home to all!  

Winners on the night and topping our leader board are: Jacky, Vicki, Anne and Sally, Well done!  

Big thanks to our helpers on the night: Julie, Wendy, Jacky, Anne and Sally.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our next one, get those dates in your diaries!  Paula

Entries will be via Horse Monkey again and we’ll have the tests for the next competition up soon. If you would like to help out please let me know: paulajeffreson@aol.com

VVRC Summer Dressage League

Our monthly dressage competitions have proved to be very popular with club members and it has been lovely to see the improvements combinations have made throughout the summer. The standard of dressage this year has been much higher and we’ve seen club members ride tests from intro to elementary. Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed these Thursday evenings and the Pimm’s seems to have improved our riding! As the summer progressed there was some stiff competition at the top of the leader board.

Thank you to John and Katherine Davies at Brithdir for making us so welcome and thank you to our judges whose comments were very helpful. Also a big thank you to everyone who has helped. League prizes will be awarded at the AGM.
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Summer Dressage League 2016 Final Results

Here are the results of our summer dressage league. Well done to all competitors and a massive thank you to all our helpers. The presentation of the summer dressage league awards and prizes will be at the AGM in the new year.

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Postion Rider Horse Total VVRC Points
1 Anne Roberts Millie 64
2 Sally Evans Sirius 61
3 Isobel Roberts The Wizard 58
4 Ali Harper Tabarka 48
5 Elspeth Carr My Top Diplomat 47
6 Sue Jones Springtime Lover 38
7= Emma Blair Hathaway Iolo 32
7= Tara McDermott Randy 32
9 Patsy Pike Southern Fox 31
10 Irene Gill Mikey 29
11 Kat Morgan Love St Buddy 18
12 Jacky Harrison Killian 17
13 Jo Waters Annie 16
14 Emma Blair Percy 14
15 Lindsay Jackson Rhydfendigaid Celt 12
16= Justine Roberts Alton 11
16= Vicki Luxmoore Rathcoole Tabasco 11
18 Becky King Oscar 10
19= Rachel T Davies Fleur 9
19= Vicki Luxmoore September Draw 9
Sara Wright Augusto 7
Teresa Jones Charlie 7
Helen Hathaway Del 7
Sian Bates Shadow 7
Erica Morgan Tahaf 7
Becks Jackson Call me Russell 6
Caroline Hurley Detroit River 6
Nicole Batholomew Mark Twain 6
Kat Morgan Davies 5
Ali Harper Garthfach Rubix 5
Helen Clarke Nicky 5
Paula Jeffreson My Golden Lilly 4
Jenny Jones Ollie 4
Carol Kynaston Cel 3
Charlotte Saunders Sparkle 3
Jenny Jones Ashwood Mr Man 2
Charlotte Saunders Zakumi 2
Cassie Woods Patch Curtis 1

VVRC Summer Show Jumping

VVRC Summer Show Jumping

A rainy start to the season, triumph for Patsy Pyke and an ex-racehorse battle!

Our first show of the 2016 took place on 2nd April where we had a good turnout from both members and non-members. A rainy start to the day tried to put a dampener on things, but as usual the fantastic team of VVRC Helpers (Sally Evans, Jo Waters, Heather Jones, Sara Wright, Patsy Pyke and Simon Woods) kept things running smoothly.

The clear round offered an inviting way for newcomers, novices and beginners to take their time around the course set at a height of their choice. The purpose of the clear round to is to act as a relaxed atmosphere for those that are new to show jumping in order to get some experience and practise. It’s also highly beneficial to those with young horses, and if you are really clever, for those with spooky horses, it’s a great trial run before the class!

The 60cm was popular, committee member Patsy Pyke had a fabulous double clear on Splodgers to win. Paula Jeffreson and Lily took 2nd spot with Molly Allen and Manny finishing in third.

The 70cm saw another win for Patsy and Splodgers who again jumped double clear in a fabulous time of 16.42 seconds, almost 4 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Sian Williams (daughter of member Babs Williams) and Mari. Paula Jeffreson and Lily picked up another good placing finishing in 3rd.

Again in the 80cm, Patsy and Splodgers took the win (we certainly need these two on our show jumping teams this year!) 2nd place went to non-member Helen Pugh and 3rd another non-member Elle May Hart.

The 85cm Open saw the addition of extra fillers and a more up to height course. Non-member Elle May Hart took the win, followed closely in second place by Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw. Third place went to Lisa Lake and Totes in what was a very close finish.
It was the battle of the ex-racehorses in the 90cm, with members Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw and Sue Jones and Springtime Lover battling it out to finish 1st and 2nd respectively.

We had just two entries for the 1m class, with Becky King and Oscar achieving the only double clear to win the class.

Best turned out rosettes were awarded to the following members on the day in their classes – Jenny Jones and Ed, Nicole Bartholomew and Mark Twain, Sue Jones and Springtime Lover, Lisa Lake and Totes and Becky King and Oscar.

The prize for the best ex-racehorse of the day (sponsored by ROR) was awarded to Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw for occurring the most points at the show.

Our next competition takes place on Saturday 28th May at Radfords Equestrian.
Hope to see you there,
Cassie

SJ Dates 2016:
28th May, 18th June, 9th July, 7th August (Double Points) , 10th September (Team Jumping Competition)

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Area 20 Qualifier and Championship Dates 2016


Area 20 Qualifiers 2016

Horse Trials Area 20 Llanymynech 25th June
Dressage Llandudno Caerwys 3rd July
Show Jumping Bradley Dale Ashwood Equestrian 23rd July
Dressage to Music Delamere Reaseheath 14th August


2016 BRC Championship Dates

Festival of the Horse 4 – 5 June Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 6RT

Horse Trials 5 – 7 August Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxon. OX15 5EX

National Championships 10 – 11 September
Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN2 2NA

Dressage to Music & Quadrille Selection Trial 30 Sept – 2 October TBC Bury Farm Equestrian Village; New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks. LU7 9BT

Quadrille Final TBC TBC

Horse Monkey

At recent committee meetings we have discussed how we can make the administration of club events easier, both for members and for the organisers running the events. We have elected to trial Horse Monkey for several upcoming events. This is a very popular method of entry and payment and is used by numerous RC’s and PC’s among others.

• There is a simple sign up process which will retain your’s/horses details for use with any events on Horse Monkey.
• You do not need a PayPal account as payment can be made by CC or DC, the choice is yours, it is as easy as doing a bank transfer.
• You will need to enter your VVRC membership number, which will be retained, this will be needed to give you club discounts for example: Cassie’s SJ is £6 for member’s and £7 for non-members, putting your number in will ensure you get the discounted price. Your membership number is on the card issued to you, if you do not have this please contact Sally Evans or myself and we will be happy to give it to you.
• It will not discount subs for clinics, this will be done in the normal way with Anne.
• It will give the organisers of the VVRC clinics and events better information for planning as the information will be produced in a report.
• There will be a link on the VVRC Facebook page to take you to the Horse Monkey site and there will be a link on the VVRC website that when clicked on will show you VVRC active events listed on Horse Monkey.

This will be new to some of you, so I am sure there will be some queries along the way…please do not hesitate to mention these, I personally use Horse Monkey and find it a very easy site to navigate and use.

If you do not have access to the internet, do not worry as although we want to promote this as the preferred method for entries we will take postal or on the day entries.

Area 20 Indoor Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifiers– October 11th 2015

Area 20 Indoor Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifiers– October 11th 2015

A great day was had by all at the Area Show Jumping qualifier held at Reaseheath College last October. Vyrnwy Valley was represented by two teams, Vyrnwy Valley 1 (Becky King, Vicky Luxmoore and Rachel Tudor-Davies) and Vyrnwy Valley 2 (Elspeth Carr, Vicky Robson and Cassie Woods). The event was thoroughly well organised, the presentation following immediately after the class. Well done to Vyrnwy Valley Team 2 for coming 4th, and to Vyrnwy Valley Team 1 for finishing 6th. A huge thank you to all helpers on the day who gave up their time. We look forward to hopefully another successful day at the 2016 Summer Qualifiers.

Rachel Tudor-Davies

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