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BHS Cloud

There is a new BRC online member only area that all riding clubs now have access to.

It’s called the ‘BHS Cloud’ and will be a useful tool for all riding clubs, committees and members used for the sharing of BRC ‘member only’ information and documents.

BRC Datasheets and other useful Information will now be found on this new Cloud, along with some new Datasheets that we have been asked for by our membership.

BRC will send email alerts out to all clubs when new content is added so the riding club are able to keep up to date with all BRC new information.

All BRC Clubs and Centres have been set up with their own specific username and password and as a member you will have been e-mailed this information

The Cloud can be accessed here: https://cloud.bhs.org.uk

Inter-club Show Jumping 2017

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

VVRC Camp at Berriewood Farm

July saw another successful Riding Club Camp at Berriewood, with 30 attendees!

Lessons began on Friday afternoon for some with Polework and Showjumping lessons with Kim Webster, with other campers arriving through the evening.

After a busy afternoon the hungry bunch were fed by a delivery from the local pub, followed by a ‘few’ drinks and some samples for our 4 legged friends from Horse Hage.

Saturday saw an early start for some, with others feeling a little worse for ware!

We welcomed Sally Poppe, Janet Green and Nicky Shipp for a full day of teaching. We also had a visit from Sarah, a Topspec Rep, who weighed our horses and provided us with some goodies, which I think was a highlight for some members.

The evening saw a demonstration from Emily Pryce, where we welcomed some extra members for the evening.  After the informative demonstration from Emily, a selection of food was delivered.

With the weather on our side, the campers enjoyed an evening Yoga session outside hosted by Kat, followed by numerous drinks and chit chat.

 On Sunday we got some weather that wasn’t ordered but this didn’t dampen our spirits! With instruction from Ticky Fletcher, Elspeth Carr & Nicky Shipp it was another great day.

 Camp drew to a close with lots of smiles from our members and even suggestions of a longer camp or 2 camps!!!

 Thanks to Penny for the fantastic venue and facilities, all of our instructors, our special guests Emily, Sarah and Martha Lily and last but certainly not least Sally whom I could not have organised camp without.

 Look forward to seeing you all next year.

Justine

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Summer Show jumping at Caerwys July 9th 2017

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: patsy_horserider@btinternet.com or pm me on fb

Patsy Pyke
Sept 2017

Annual AGM and Prize Gving

The evening started with members raising their glasses to members of committee and official helpers who have done a huge amount of work with organising clinics and competitions and training for our members.

Special rosettes were awarded to members who have been extremely helpful during the year and have helped over and above their role in Riding Club., they all have given up so much of their time to run activities for others to enjoy and we really appreciate what they do.

Jessica Jones who has helped at every one of Cassie’s show jumping competitions throughout the summer. Jess is not a member but her mother Heather is. Cassie Woods who organised six very successful show jumping competitions at Radford’s and ended the season with a hugely popular open team show jumping competition. Patsy Pyke who always offers to help whenever and wherever there is a need as well as running lots of clinics and training sessions. Julie Phillips who does not take part in Riding Club activities these days but always offers her help with scoring at our Summer League Dressage competitions. Sally Evans who also offers her help whenever and wherever needed. Justine James for organising another fantastic camp ably assisted by Sally and Emily. Emily Jones for helping to organise camp with Justine and Sally.

Best General Member Awards
Members get one point for every activity which they attend – but this does not include competitions as they have their own awards.
1. Anne Roberts – who received a trophy
2. Alison Harper
3. Tara McDermott
4. Elspeth Carr and Justine James
5. Sue Biltcliffe
6. Carol Kynaston
7. Sally Evans and Alison Ollier

Retraining of Race Horses
Our Champion is Vicki Luxmoore who received a trophy
Reserve Champion Sue Jones – Pant Farm

Style Jumping
The winner was Carol Kynaston

Show Jumping League Points for 2016
60cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Jenny Jones

70cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Vicki Luxmoore

80cm Awards
Champion: Patsy Pyke
Reserve Champion: Jo Nunnerley

85cm Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Charlotte Price

90cm Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Emma Duncombe

1m Awards
Champion: Becky King
Reserve Champion: Kat Morgan

Best Turned out Overall Winner
Myfi Powell

Overall In House Show Jumping Points Awards
Champion: Vicki Luxmoore
Reserve Champion: Patsy Pyke

Summer Dressage League for 2015
Rather late with awards but regretfully omitted from prize giving last year
1. Patsy Pyke who received a trophy
2. Ali Harper
3. Anne Roberts
4. Sally Evans
5. Paula Jefferson
6. Wendy Gartry

Summer Dressage League 2016
1. Anne Roberts who received a trophy
2. Sally Evans
3. Isobel Roberts
4. Ali Harper
5. Elspeth Carr
6. Sue Jones – Pant Farm
7. Emma Blair and Tara McDermott
8. Patsy Pyke
9. Irene Gill
10. Kat Morgan
11. Jackie Harrison
Most improved Rider in the Summer Dressage League was awarded to Patsy Pyke who started the season in intro and finished in the elementary with her horse Splodgers

Best Overall Competitive Rider Awards
This award is calculated on members placings at Area competitions
1. Ali Harper who received a trophy
2. Helen Hathaway
3. Vicki Luxmoore
4. Rachel Woolley
5. Sally Evans
6. Elspeth Carr
7. Nicole Bartholomew

Well done everyone, Anne

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 Camp 2016

Preparations for summer camp started early on in the year with everyone getting excited and planning their packing with key decisions being made between prosecco, beer, gin or in some cases, all 3! Justine assembled her team of help (Emily and Sally) and set about organising the logistics. Quite how she worked out the timetable of rides for the weekend, I will never know, but she managed to sort it so everyone had all the disciplines they wanted over the weekend and none of them clashed.
Camp itself took place at the wonderful venue of Berriewood Farm which boasts all the facilities we could need: roomy stables, 3 large arenas, grass flatwork and show jumping arenas, not forgetting the cross country course. Additional facilities include the RDA room with fridges, freezers and microwave and a new shower block. Luxury!
Twenty seven people arrived and lessons for some kicked off on the Friday afternoon, whilst others went for a hack around the fields or just settled in. Following a massive downpour, which some got caught out in, we had a great supper delivered from the local pub followed by a tricky quiz, which the geeks among us really enjoyed and everyone else remembered why they don’t like quizzes.
Saturday morning arrived without too many hangovers and the show jumping team headed off to compete in the area qualifiers. We had a very sick horse who thank fully made a good recovery after vet treatment. The rest of us had some great lessons with a variety of instructors. Saturday evening saw more food delivered from the local pub following a great talk on basic first aid for your horse. Simon Woods, ably assisted by Cassie, came over and Rupert allowed us to put bandages on his legs and stick Post it notes all over him. What a good boy!
Sunday saw the final day of lessons and then we had to pack up for another year. I think we all had a great weekend and learnt a lot from our instructors. Many thanks to the instructors, who included Paralympic gold medallist Nicola Tustain, as well as our more local instructors: Nicky Shipp, Ticky Fletcher, Janet Green, Kim Webster and Elspeth Carr. Thanks also to Penny from Berriewood who always makes us feel welcome and even found a horse for one rider. Finally, thanks to Martha Lily Photography for these fantastic photos.
Biggest thanks must go to Justine for her organisational skills and she kept the show on the road with a little help from Emily and Sally!

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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.

Ali

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