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 -firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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!
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: email@example.com
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.
So I get a message one evening saying, ‘I am going to have a go at the area dressage to music -do you fancy a go?’ After a few minutes of imagining myself as Charlotte on Valegro, I said, ’Yes, let’s do it!’ A few weeks later and I was perfecting my test with a lot of help from family and friends and finally the big day arrived. I had only managed to practice in a field with an approximate size arena so it was a bit hit and miss as to whether the music would fit. I was due in first and was going around the outside of the arena, trying not to jump at the shadows and waiting and waiting – then ‘Your music won’t play on our machine!’ Oh no; disaster! All that work for nothing. The organisers were great and let the next one in while we sorted it. Elspeth went in with big Matt and did a fab test with great music, even though his centre lines were a little exciting. Elspeth’s experience on previous occasions stood her in good stead and they looked fab. Then we managed to get my music to play on Elspeth’s car CD player so after driving it into the arena and parking strategically in the corner we were off. We did a pretty good test and only missed one music marker and really enjoyed our first outing with music. We both ended up about halfway in the results and Sirius even got a rosette! Both of us then helped in the scoring office to do our help. All in all, a very successful first attempt, and I for one cannot wait to do more.
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.
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 and Dolfer are challenging each other to an inter club challenge on 17th September
for more information and an entry form click the link below
Vyrnwy Valley V Dolfor flier 17th Sept 2016
Summer Dressage League
The first leg took place on April at Brithdir in fairly hideous weather. The wind blew, the rain fell and the tem-perature plummeted. But were we downhearted? No! We substituted Pimm’s for hot chocolate and Bailey’s, buttoned up out coats and got on with it.
Some sensible folk resorted to hunting gear, the rest pulled out the waterproofs. We had to abandon using the gazebo and retreat to a stable mid-evening. Well done to our bril-liant and encouraging judge, Judy McKinnon, who was still on crutches from a recent knee op, but kept cheer-ful in spite of the filthy weather. Big thanks to all the insane riders who turned out and to everyone who helped run it. Hopefully our next one will be considerably warmer!
1 Emma Blair, Percy
2 Nicole Bartholemew, Mark Twain
3 Anne Roberts, Millie
4 Irene Gill, Mikey
5 Teresa Jones, Charlie
6 Jo Waters, Annie Prelim 1
1 Emma Blair, Percy
2 Anne Roberts, Millie
3 Irene Gill, Mikey
4 Teresa Jones, Charlie
5 Becky King, Oscar
6 Sian Bates, Shadow.
1 Sally Evans, Sirius
2 Tara McDonald, Randy
3 Sian Bates, Shadow
4 Ali Harper, Jack
5 Patsy Pyke, Southern Fox.
League leaders after the first competition:
Emma Blair- 14, Anne Roberts- 10, Irene Gill-9, Teresa Jones, Sian Bates, Sally Evans – 7
BRC Riding Test
If you like dressage but your horse doesn’t, the BRC riding test could be for you! Judged on accuracy and your riding only. Marks are awarded according to the rider’s performance, and the horse’s paces are not considered. For senior teams two members ride the Prelim RT and the other two ride the Novice RT.
Style jumping is similar to show jumping, but marks are based on the rider’s performance rather than the horse’s. Consisting of two sections, 75cm and 85cm, for both juniors and seniors at the Qualifiers and Championships. The jumps are well spaced out, one double, includes a ‘dog-leg’ with a narrow jump at some point to show control.
BRC Riding Tests – Understanding and Improving Performance https://youtu.be/Mjio6BkuH70 BRC Style Jumping – Understanding and Improving Performance https://youtu.be/H5bBcCI274g
There are opportunities to come along and give it a try in our events programme on pages 18-28
Patsy Pyke, BR Style & Performance List 1 judge
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