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Sports Psychology for the Rider

Sports Psychology for the Rider
22nd February 2016

This was an entertaining and informative evening, put on by the club and Ied by BE coach, Elspeth Carr, addressing the issues surrounding our fears and phobias when riding and what techniques we can use to overcome them. A good audience of thirty or so took part in the workshop and Q&A session as well enjoying the hospitality of the Bradford Arms. Elspeth covered the three recognised stages. She went on to looking at visualisation and positive self-talk, and what methods and routines we can adopt to help us stay calm and focused in our riding. We all came away inspired having set targets for both ourselves and our horses. We also raised over £100 for the Brooke Hospital.

VVRC Camp 2016

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Camp

Friday 22nd July – Sunday 24th July

Berriewood Farm, Condover, Shrewsbury SY5 7NN

We have hired the facilities at Berriewood Farm for camp.
This includes:
• stable with straw or small paddock for Friday and Saturday night (there is no reduction if a horse stays only one night)
• Camping/Parking area.
• Use of club room and use of arenas and/or cross country course.
• 1 Clinics on Friday (Extra Cost)
• 2 Clinics on Saturday
• 2 Clinics on Sunday
• Tea/Coffee/Squash will be available
• Saturday Evening Demo – First Aid Practical Session with local Vet
We also hope to arrange some food on both evenings (Cost not included)

The cost of this will be £115 (For the Weekend Fri Eve – Sun) or £55 (for the Day – Sat or Sun)
The instructors for the weekend are: Elspeth Carr, Janet Green, Sally Poppe, Ticky Fletcher & Charlotte Fill
Clinics will be in groups of 3 or more.
If you have any questions please contact Me:-
e-mail: justine.roberts@bt.com
phone: 07790108285
Alternatively you can contact Sally Evans (sally.evans58@yahoo.co.uk) or Emily Jones (emilyjones89@googlemail.com) as they will both be helping me arrange camp.

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Camp Form 2016

Horse Trials on June 21st 2015 at Llanymynech

Well this year we had a great response to our team plea, for Area Horse Trial qualifiers
We had a team representing each class, so an 80,90 & 100

80 team, Ali Harper, Justine Roberts, Meg Davies & Sam Davies
Sadly 1 member fell foul to the vaccination rule, so had to go HC, so this made us a team of 3, however we all knuckled down & managed to come a credible team 5th out of 15 teams. Picking up individual places too of 2x 6 th & a 7th

90 Team. Laura Smith, Vicky Robson, Elspeth Carr & Rachel Wooley
Again we had a a great team & they finished 5 out of 14 teams, Vicky getting an individual 5th!

100 Team. Sally Poppe, Rachel Tudor Davies, Becky King, & Rebekah Jackson
Sadly we had an admin error on this team. I failed to write which class it was & area instead of questioning assumed it was a 90. I tried to change as I had declared them as a 100 team at the beginning of the competition, but it wasn’t to be. Again ladies, I am so sorry.
On this note Sally & Rebekah decided to withdraw as the ground was pretty solid & didn’t want to risk their super horses. Becky &Rachel both ran individually in the 100. Both girls had a great day with fab clear XC rounds. I hope it hasn’t put you off for next year!

So all in all we represented the club very well I think, with our club up in the Top 6 twice

Many many thanks to our wonderful helpers, Elspeth for providing the gazebo for the dressage judges to sit along with tables, tablecloths & chairs! Rachel for coming to help set it up along with the arenas, also Sue Jones, Julie Phillips.
On the day, we had a great picnic for the judges, everybody made some lovely food, Justine’s mum for lovely cakes, Heather Jones, Gina Williams for being our hostess’ delivering around the arenas
It’s quite a stressful day to organise on top of sorting food out for the judges, but by the end of the day, I think it all ran pretty smoothly!! Most people were smiling! I hope I haven’t missed anyone off, again I apologise if I have!

VVRC Summer Dressage Leagues Leader Board

VVRC August leader board, one leg to go

1. Patsy Pyke – Henry 46
2. Anne Roberts – Millie 36
3. Ali Harper – Jack 34
4. Wendy Gartry – Clive 32
5. Sally Evans – Sirius 24.
6. Sue Higgins – A A Rose 24.5

Paula Jeffires – Lily 23
Babs Williams – Tara 19
Jane Yorke – Lindford 14
Sue Jones – Pebbles 14
Emma Dunscombe – Squirrel 14
Jo Waters- Annie 12
Tara McDermott –Randy 12
Justine Roberts – Alton 11.5
Katherine Hayward – Honey 11
Helen Clarke – Nicky 11
Heather Jones-Flicka 9
Ali Harper – Donovan 8
Sara Wright – Augusto 8
Nicola Garcia- Fugo 8
Sam Shaw Davies – Molly 8
Felicity Warner – Ginger Ninja 7
Jeanette Barnes – Ted 6
Jackie Harrison – Killian 6
Teresa Jones – Jack 6
Irene Gill – Mikey 6
Meg Evans – Mac 5
Meg Davies – Rio 5
Charlotte Saunders 5
Helen Clarke- Nicky 5
Meg Evans – Charlie 5
Shirley Jones – Tango 5
Kate Davies- Miri 5
Tara McDermott – Neddy 4
Laura Smith – Jack 3
Carol Kynaston- Cel 2.5
Cassie James – Patch Curtis 2
Nicole Bartholomew 1

Points are awarded as follows:
1st 7, 2nd 6, 3rd 5, 4th 4, 5th 3, 6th 2, Completing 1

August Leg VVRC Summer Dressage League Results

Results from the August leg of VVRC’s Summer Dressage League. Many thanks to Jo Woodcock for her excellent judging and great feedback to competitors, and to Katherine Davies of Brithdir E.C for the use of their fabulous venue:

Intro B.
1st Ali Harper and Jack
2nd Irene Gill and Mikey.
3rd Helen Clark and Nicky….
4th Tara McDermott and Neddy
5th Babs Williams and Tara
6th Heather Jones and Flicka

Prelim 7
1st Justine Roberts and Alton
2nd Anne Roberts and Millie
3rd Ali Harper and Jack
4th Babs Williams and Tara
5th Felicity Warner and Ginger Ninja
6th Cassie James and Patch Curtis

Prelim 14
1st Emma Dunscombe and Squirrel
2nd Sally Evans and Sirius
3rd Wendy Gartry and Clive
4th Felicity Warner and Ginger Ninja
5th Patsy Pyke and Henry
6th Paula Jeffreson and Lily.

Nov 27
1st Emma Dunscombe and Squirrel
2nd Sally Evans and Sirius
3rd Patsy Pyke and Henry
4th Tara McDermott
5th Wendy Gartry and Clive
6th Laura Smith and Jack

Terry’s Showjumping – first comp for 2015!

I just thought that I would give you an update of how the show jumping went on Saturday. In case you missed it we had the first of Terrys jumping for 2015 at Radfords. We had a really mixed group of competitors, with members new members and non members all jumping the various classes.

The clear round went down really well, from lead rein riders to those just wanting to warm up. A few riders I spoke to afterwards said it massively prepared them for the first class, even if it was just to learn the course! The first two classes the 60 and 70cm were popular and we had a lovely flowing single phase course built by Elspeth. The 80 was mainly non members, but one member that plucked up the courage at the last minute and cruised round to finish 5th was Babs Williams riding Tara.

We had 7 competitors for the new accumulator class, which unfortunately didn’t include any members. The fences ranged from 70cm to a solid 1m upright and was highly competitive but really good fun – The top two jumping either lots of the smaller fences or a few of the bigger ones and it was very close – so no matter what height you jump at usually, its tactical riding and determination not just height that counts! Especially as it was won by a 13h pony!

The 80cm open saw a more challenging course that seemed to go down well. The 90 and 1m classes just had the one member entering, which was Louise with her horse Raffi who finished 3rd in both classes.

The best turned out also went down well and was a nice surprise for competitors to get a rosette for making the effort especially if they hadn’t been placed. Anne had ordered us some lovely new rosettes that lots of people commented on.

We had a fantastic team of helpers who also seemed to have a good day – Babs, Sophie, Sian, Jess, Sara, Zoe, Jo and Justine and Elspeth who helped the night before. As well as non members Simon and Katie.

We also had a photographer for all classes including the clear round – you can view the photos by searching DnA photography on facebook.

I’ve heard that a few members are worried about the change of the show jumping schedule – but those members that did attend really enjoyed it. If you are worried that maybe it looks too serious or competitive, it really isn’t and the clear round is an excellent way to come and practice and get you ready for the first class as the course stays the same and you can put the fences set at any height you like. So hopefully next time we can have a few more members, especially in the classes after lunch (I know there are plenty of members jumping 90/1m… so no excuses )and its a great way for those riders that compete in area to practice too! I am currently thinking of more ways to persuade you to come!

Here are the results for the points league

Class One – 60cm
Molly Allen and Evidence First – 6 points (2nd)
Paul Cartwright and Rouge – 3 points (5th)
Becky King and Eddie – 2 points (6th)
Ali Harper and Jack – 1 point
Heather Jones and Flicka -1 point
Zoe Chamberlain and Douglas – 1 Point
Paula Jefferson and Lilly – 1 point
Wendy Gartry and Clive – 1 point

Class Two – 70cm
Heather Jones and Flicka 3 points – 5th
Molly Allen and Evidence First 1 point
Nic Newby and Cash – 1 point

Class Three
Babs Williams and Tara – 3 points (5th)

Class Four and Five – No Members entered 🙁

Class Six – 90cm
Louise and Raffi – 5 points (3rd)

Class Severn – 1m
Louise and Raffi – 5 Points (3rd)

Best turned out riding club memebers –
Becky King – 10 points
Sian Williams – 10 points
Sophie Williams – 10 points

The next show is on Saturday 6th June again at Radfords

Hope to see you then, have attached a couple of photos from Heather and Babs.


Camp 2015

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Camp
Friday 10th July – Sunday 12th July
Berriewood Farm, Condover, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY5 7NN

We have hired the facilities at Berriewood Farm for camp.
This includes:
• stable with straw or small paddock for Friday and Saturday night (there is no reduction if a horse stays only one night)
• Camping/parking area.
• Use of club room and use of arenas and/or cross country course.
• 1 Clinics on Friday
• 2 Clinics on Saturday
• 2 Clinics on Sunday
We also hope to provide some entertainment on both evenings:
Garden Games & Pizza Friday Evening (Pizza cost not included)
Demo with Tracy Langley, Totally Balanced Therapy & a Takeaway on Saturday Evening (Takeaway not included)

The cost of this will be £100 (For the Weekend Fri Eve – Sun) or £50 (for the Day – Sat or Sun) (Extra Cost for Friday Lesson)
The instructors selected for the weekend are Elspeth Carr, Kim Webster, Janet Green & Ticky Fletcher
Clinics will be in groups of 3 or more. If you would like a semi\private clinic for 1 or 2 people then please contact me ASAP so this can be accommodated (There may be extra charge)

If you have any questions please contact me:-
e-mail: justine.roberts@bt.com OR hj.1@hotmail.co.uk OR megs-88@hotmail.com
phone: 07790108285 OR 07530142523

complete the attached form by 30th April

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Camp 2015

VVRC Summer Dressage League

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club

Summer Dressage League




Open to members only, Wednesday evenings at

Brithdir Equestrian Centre, Guilsfield, Welshpool, SY219DJ


Starting at 6 pm

Come and enjoy a relaxed evening of summer dressage

Tests from Intro to Novice

Details of tests to follow.

Entries £8 per class including a glass of Pimms!

Excellent working in and competition facilities.


Rosettes to 4th place

Trophy for most points accrued over the season.

Dates for your diary:

15th April, 13th May, 17th June, 15th July, 12th Aug, and 16th Sept

Further information – Elspeth Carr, emgcarr@gmail.com