Presented by Liz and Emma Launder who very kindly offered to come and give our members an insight into the work they do.
Liz, who is an osteopath and rehabilitation specialist at Osteopathy for Horse and Rider focused on the influence of balance, stability and postural control on riding capability and explained how fitness and core stability interact to increase control of posture.
She went on to explain how this affects fatigue and the impact on the horse’s way of going.
It was very interesting to listen to Liz share her experience and knowledge; she works regularly at Hartpury College with riders from all disciplines and shared some of the work she has done with event rider Jonty Evans.
Emma, who runs ESL Remedial sports therapy and rehabilitation, spoke about a range of exercises and activities that can improve posture in riders. She also spoke about how she can help those dealing with poor posture, limited range of movement and pain caused by sports or exercise and focused particularly on riders.
The whole presentation was very informative and builds on what some of us have working on in our rider core strength and fitness classes with Emily.
We hope to follow this up with some sessions with Liz and Emma focusing on posture and biomechanics on and off our horses.
Also,thanks to a small donation from all that attended, we raised £40 for The Brooke.
Prize giving as usual followed our AGM in February of this year.
Rosettes and gifts were given to twelve of our members who have given more than sixteen hours of their time to help us run competitions. We are so grateful to them for their help as without them competitors could not compete.
The amazing twelve are:
Jane Walker and Lynda Haigh who have helped at all of our show jumping competitions.
Dee Sides and Jessica Jones who helped us with our show jumping and also worked for many hours pole picking at Area SJ last year
Lauren Lawley, Siân and Sophie Williams who helped their mothers run our Show Jumping at Radford’s last year
Karen Lawley and Babs Williams who very successfully ran our SJ last year
Izzy Roberts who has helped run our Dressage competitions
Alison Ollier our treasurer who has put many hours into looking after our accounts
Sally Evans who is our Helper of the Year. Sally is always ready to help out whenever there is need, she has helped in the organisation and been in charge of camp, helped with our dressage competitions and show jumping competitions and has put in at least 25 hours for us. She is a great asset to Riding Club
Retraining of Racehorses
Ruth Hurley who received a RoR trophy
Karen and Babs’s Show Jumping Awards
Rebecca Furniss who received a cup
Heather Jones and Zoë Chamberlain
Best Member Awards
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
Anne Roberts who received a trophy
Erica Morgan and Zoe Chamberlain
Ali Harper, Sally Evans and Ruth Hurley
Summer Dressage League
Anne Roberts who received the Pimm’s Plate
Ali Harper, Amanda Hopwood and Zoë Chamberlain
Best Competitive Rider Award
Rachel Woolley who received a trophy
Dressage to Music
Our final award goes to a member who WON her class at Area Show Jumping and qualified for the Riding Club Championships
Well done everyone – we are very proud of you all.
Yesterday, our summer dressage league finally got underway.
It was a lovely evening of dressage with delicious pimms afterwards, the weather was good and the going excellent.
It was so nice to see our members out with their horses and I would like to thank our helpers for calling, writing and scoring, Alison Lewis for having us and judge Diane Hesketh-Jones for her constructive feedback.
The points after our first competition are:
Isobel Roberts The Wizard IV 9
Ali Harper Donovan 8
Sally Evans Sirius 8
Sara Wright Alton (coffee) 6
Anne Roberts Millie 6
Elspeth Carr My Top Diplomat 3
Caroline Hurley Chorister Girl 1
Ruth Hurley Chorister Girl 0
Zoe Chamberlain Douglas 0
Well done everyone.
We look forward to seeing you at our next competition on Thursday 20th June
BRC Arena Eventing Qualifier at Radford’s Equestrian. 27th October 2018
We entered a team for the 90cm Area Eventing competition at Radford’s. The team consisted of Rachel Woolley, Rebecca Furniss, Meg Higginson and Ali Harper. A few of us had not competed in a competition like this before or for a long time at this height and Becky and Ali were lucky enough to get some practice in the week before with Sarah Warner.
The course consisted of eight show jumps followed by eight XC jumps. The final “joker” fence was a show jump set at 10cm higher than all the other jumps. The course designers had done a great job designing a course that was very rideable which provided some interesting choices about which line to take and this did prove that those who were brave enough to ride the tighter lines made the optimum time.
As we all know, Radford’s is a great venue for parking and spectating and our times allowed us to walk the course together and to cheer our team mates on. We all got round and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Our team came 4th and Rachel Woolley came individual 3rd.
A big thank you to our helpers, without whom these BRC competitions can’t run.
Once again we were invited to Wynnstay Oswestry Open Day and for a second time we chose to run a tombola.
Riding Club members were very generous with all the gifts they gave and we thank you all so much for your generosity.
We had a slow start to the day with our tombola and then in the afternoon it became very busy.
A team of members gave their time to help out and we all had a lot of fun.
Most of the prizes were won and at the end of the day we just had a few left for next year.
Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day and to everyone who supported us.
The good news is that we raised £200.00 from the tombola to which I added £100.00 from goods which I had been selling for the Brooke – so £300.00 was sent to the Brooke to support the good work they do with horses, donkeys and mules.
We only had one entry in the Dressage to Music Qualifier held at Reaseheath College on Saturday 18th August.
Christine Hughes and her horse Nero did 2 great tests to come 2nd and 3rd in the novice an Elementary tests.
This year we held camp on the weekend of 15th – 17th June again at Berriewood.
After various problems with lame horses etc., we had 21 members attending.
Lots of fun was had and everyone enjoyed lessons including flatwork, pole-work, grids, show jumping, and cross country.
We made full use of all the wonderful facilities Berriewood offers. Our instructors -Sally Jackson, Janet Green, Elspeth Carr, Sarah Warner, Ticky Fletcher, and Nicky Shipp- all got the most out of people and hopefully everyone went home having learnt something.
The demo on Saturday by the Perry Vaulting group was much appreciated and some members even had a go. A new challenge for them.
Kat Morgan kindly came and did a yoga/stretch session which went down very well.
The food was from the Fox Inn and as usual was delicious and there was masses of it.
Huge thanks to Justine for much of the organising despite having just had little Hallie. Also huge thanks to Penny at Berriewood for being so helpful and accommodating as usual. Watch this space for next year’s camp dates.
Meg Higginson, Michelle Colohan, Rachel Woolley and I made up a team of 4 doing the 85-90 cm riding club team competition at Bolesworth.
The day was a wash out unfortunately – there was a huge excess of rain which turned the warm up arena into a mud bath. I think if we weren’t hunting regulars we would have had some difficulty! There were few clears and the class was massively delayed.
However Meg managed to do a lovely round with just 2 down, I was enormously pleased to get round with a double clear and Michelle had a green stop (as far as I’m aware). Sadly Rachel had to leave as she had commitments that evening and none of us were expecting the long wait.
Martha took some fab photos of us, and although there was a lot of waiting around we all loved the atmosphere of jumping at Bolesworth and really enjoyed ourselves – despite the poor ground conditions too.
When I came home I looked up to see how we’d done and it said Rebel had come 16th out of 68 which I was so pleased with. We were all very proud to represent VVRC at such a huge event.
On June 28th we held a club social in the form of a lovely walk around Gaer Fawr Woods in Guilsfield followed by a drink and some food at the local pub.
We had a really good attendance and it was quite a crowd of us in the end between humans and our dogs!
Gaer Fawr Woods are maintained by the Woodlands Trust and have several beautiful footpaths to choose from. We picked a moderate one that took us about 40 minutes to amble around and take in the scenery.
Once everyone was safely back to the cars (with only one faller) we headed to The Oak pub in Guilsfield for a quick drink and bite to eat on what turned out to be one of the many gorgeous evenings we had this summer.
It was a lovely, simple social evening that I think everyone enjoyed. Sadly, we couldn’t hold another social this summer due to both myself and Kat having a very busy few months but, as always, if you have any ideas or suggestions don’t hesitate to let me or Kat know – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
It has come to our notice that some of our members do not understand why we ask all members to do a ‘help day’ each year.
Throughout the year we organise many competitions, dressage, show jumping and cross country and sometimes a combination of two or three of those disciplines.
Every competition requires people to help run them and for many years now our policy has been to ask members to help us run these events.
We ask for a minimum of four hours per member per year. These hours can be done at one event or in two halves if preferred.
Members who help usually receive various perks such as subsidies on clinics or help towards team entries.
We have always been very generous in the past with our subsidies but at the moment we are struggling to raise the money to pay the subsidies and our main fund raiser, the compact eventing, had to be cancelled because of lack of entries.
However, we are planning more fund raisers and hope that lots of you will enter and help us achieve our goal.
Thank you, Anne