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!
Throughout February and March we ran a six week ‘Rider Core Strength and Fitness’ course. This was incredibly successful with 24 members signing up. I couldn’t believe the amount of enthusiasm we had, so thank you those who supported it. The course was led by the wonderful Emily Pryce on Thursday nights and even though we had a couple of unplanned interruptions due to the ‘Beast from the East’ we managed to run all six sessions eventually!
I think it goes without saying that everyone improved fantastically over the weeks and it was clear to see that balance, strength, flexibility and confidence in our own abilities came on in leaps and bounds. Emily introduced a core set of exercises and stretches to follow each week (including the dreaded squats!!) along with a few new balancing and stretching tools to keep things interesting each session. I think everyone I spoke to said it had improved their own fitness and therefore their riding, so it’s fair to say they were a huge success.
I have had lots of enquiries about running a similar course again ,and I think if we have enough interest, then we can definitely do this. So get your yoga mats and balance balls ready and watch this space!!
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.
Our AGM and prize giving was held at The Bradford Arms in Llanymynech in February this year.
It was lovely to see so many of our members there supporting our club and we have many ideas and suggestions for this summer’s programme.
We also welcomed onto the committee Izzy Roberts as club secretary, Alison Ollier as Treasurer and Jane Yorke, who will be assisting with style and performance.
Karen Lawley and Babs Williams have become official helpers and will be running the showjumping from now on.
Heather Jones, Julie Phillips and Cassie Woods, who were standing down from committee, were thanked for their hard work and contributions to the club. The annual prize giving followed the AGM.
Winter Dressage League (which ran from October 2016 until March 2017)
1. Anne Roberts
2. Izzy Roberts
3. Kat Morgan
4. Nicky Crooks
5. Sophie Boyce
6. Carol Kynaston
Cassie’s Show Jumping Awards
1. Lauren Lawley
2. Hollie Hindley
3. Helen Hathaway and Becky Woolley
4. Vicki Luxmoore
5. Paula Cartwright
6. Heather Jones
7. Tara McDermott
Best Member Award
(Members are awarded one point for every Riding Club event which they attend but it does not include competitions as they have their own award)
1. Sue Biltcliffe and Anne Roberts
2. Ali Harper
3. Justine James
4. Paula Jeffreson
5. Sally Evans, Vicki Luxmore and Jacky Harrison
Summer Dressage League
1. Sally Evans
2. Elspeth Carr
3. Anne Roberts
4. Jane Yorke
5. Maureen Coxon, Izzy Roberts and Jacky Harrison
6. Zoë Chamberlain
7. Ali Harper
8. Irene Gill
9. Kat Morgan
10. Paula Jeffreson
Best Competitive Rider Award
1. Izzy Roberts
2. Janet Warner
3. Elspeth Carr
4. Christine Hughes
5. Ali Harper and Myfi Powell
6. Helen Hathaway
Our final awards went to four of our members who won their section at Area competitions and went on to ride at the Riding Club Championship
Izzy Roberts (right) who won her class at Area Dressage
Janet Warner who won her class at Area Dressage
Helen Hathaway (below) who won her Intermediate Show Jumping Class.
Myfi Powell who won her section at Area Horse Trials whose award was collected by her mum, Gill Powell (below right)
Well done everyone, we are all very proud of you. Anne
JOIN TEAM VVRC
We often compete at area competitions and would like to invite you to join our Dressage/SJ/Horse Trials teams. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested, please contact the appropriate Head of Discipline.
Horse Trials—Ali Harper
Contact details are on the back page. We will be organising team. training, details will be circulated via email nearer the time of each qualifier
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
VVRC has a new club logo!
Designed by Lorna Hussey – thank you! Thank you if you entered the logo competition, this was the winning design picked by the committee.
If you would like this embroidered on your existing club saddlecloth, please contact Meg Evans and this can be done for approximately £6.
Help days and subsidies
At our most recent committee meeting we discussed help days and subsidies. As a club we want members to enjoy the activities and clinics we put on but felt we needed to clarify what is expected so it is fair for everyone.
HELP DAYS: All members are expected to do a help day as part of their membership. If they do this they will get subsidies for clinics and their prelim entries paid for area competitions. It was decided after much discussion to make this an absolute minimum of 4 hours. Once a member has done their minimum 4 hours, they will get the subsidies.
HELPERS AT AREA COMPETITIONS: These are often difficult for individuals to find especially new members. It was agreed that if someone helped at an area event this will go towards their help day. If they had to travel out of the local area they will get travel expenses paid and their travel time will count towards their hours.
IF SOMEONE HELPS FOR YOU if a non-member / family member/friend helps that does not count towards the members help day. Instead, there will be a helper of the year award for all helpers that will be awarded at the AGM.
SUBSIDIES: It has been agreed that 2018 subsidies will be a max of £3 for the hour so if sharing or having a lesson for part of an hour, members will receive their proportion of this amount.
PAYMENT OF SUBSIDIES: A maximum of £50 subsidies has been set for the year per member for lessons and clinics. All lessons/clinics will be charged at the full price at the time of the lesson and the subsidy will be handed out at the end of the year when the help hours have been totalled and checked.
PRELIM FEES and CHAMPIONSHIP FEES will be paid at the end of the year. This is subject to help day having been completed.
Our last proper social evening of 2017 was Ten Pin Bowling at The Venue, Park Hall way back in November.
About 12 of us got together to enjoy an evening of food, chatter and of course bowling!! This was a bit different to any of the other socials we had previously organised and we are so glad it proved to be a popular choice. A repeat evening has been requested so we will try to fit it in to 2018 somewhere!!
Everyone played brilliantly, showed some amazing techniques and skills but most importantly had a great laugh! In the end it was Mo who showed the most skill and took home first prize and a box of chocolates.
I hope you like the fab action shots!!
Our regular social evenings have become a real success and as much as we love our four-legged friends it is lovely to be able to get together without them occasionally and see what we all look like without hats on! We try to keep the evenings varied and its always a lovely laid-back atmosphere so come along and enjoy!
For 2018 we plan to continue with our regular social evenings from May time onwards. Until then we have a couple of special socials planned. As I’m sure you’ve all seen by now we are running a course of six ‘Rider Core Strength and Fitness’ classes with the lovely Emily Pryce throughout February and March and we have 24 people signed up to these plus a waiting list! We are so pleased with the amount of enthusiasm we have had! Sorry if you missed out on a spot but watch this space we may do something similar again in the future.
We are also planning to have a pub quiz around Easter time (date TBC), this will be open to all members, family and friends so keep an eye out for the emails and Facebook posts. We are hoping it will be a fun evening and a chance to raise some money for both VVRC and The Air Ambulance.
If you have any ideas for future social events then please don’t hesitate to let either myself or Kat know. I can be found at email@example.com and Kat at firstname.lastname@example.org
The cold conditions stopped play on the original date between Christmas and New Year, but we managed to hold the Christmas Crackers show on the 7th January at Rhôs. Again, it was a cold day but at least the sun was out! Great fun was had by all. We started with a fancy-dress parade – Ali and Kat had sensibly opted for large warm handmade noses -a site to behold but everyone wished they had them by the end.
Then we did some fun games including eat the dry cracker, find the sweet in the icing sugar (no hands allowed), polo bending relay race, mug race, and sock in the bucket. This was followed by fastest walk and trot jumping, run and ride and finally a speed pairs competition. All the horses loved it- Jack thought it was so much fun he bucked back down the arena every time, Trilby at 28 forgot his brakes and Roland got over his initial nerves to brave all the fun and games. Kat and Ali came joint first for their fancy dress -well they were identical! The teams (Kat, Ali, and Helen vs Meg, Paula, and Jane ended up on equal points so everyone was happy. The morning was finished off with hot mulled wine, mince pies and stollen. Well it was still nearly Christmas!! Many thanks to all who came and especially to Pete Stephens for helping me set things out, hold horses and lug show jumps.