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AREA 20 Horse Trials Qualifier 2016

At Lower House Farm, Llanymynech
We entered two teams for this year’s qualifiers at Radfords, Llanymynech in June. We had a team of 4 for the 80cm class, plus Nicole as an individual. The course was well designed and rode very well, but as the day unfolded, it seemed a lot of combinations were having problems out on XC and a couple of fences were proving to be difficult. About half the competitors did not complete, so to get all 5 from our team round was quite an achievement and the team finished 6th. A great start to the morning! In the 90cm, our team had their ups & downs with Elspeth finishing 8th and the team 10th. We only had Emma Duncombe in the 100cm, who unfortunately didn’t complete. Many thanks to all the helpers who offered their services to help set up beforehand and also on the day.

80cm team – 6th overall
Rachel Wooley (Ballyowen Rose) 8th
Vicki Luxmoore (September Draw) 7th
Ali Harper (Garthfach Rubix) 3rd
Helen Hathaway (Bechan Delinquent) 6th
Indv 80cm Nicole Bartholomew (Mark Twain) 8th

90cm team – 10th
Vicky Robson (Tempest River Queen)
Sue Jones (Springtime Lover)
Meg Davies (Go Go Rio)
Elspeth Carr (My Top Diplomat)
My 3rd place qualified us for the BRC championships at Swalciffe which is a fantastic venue using the undulating landscape to build a challenging, twisty XC course; much more difficult than the courses I have ever ridden before.  We went down the day before and were stabled next to other riders in our area who were very friendly.

Jack didn’t do his best dressage, which was frustrating. He was very lively having been stabled somewhere strange the night before, but we stayed within the boards which I was determined to do, as my aim was to complete all 3 phases

The SJ was busy with lots going on, but Jack jumped very well and only rolled one pole, so I was very pleased.

We had a fantastic XC round and went clear.  We picked up a couple of time penalties which was down to my lack of experience riding such a twisty and hilly course, but Jack bounced round and gave me a fantastic ride. I’m really glad I did extra fitness work with him in preparation.

We finished 22nd which I am really pleased with.  I had so much fun and learned lots from having the opportunity to go and compete at this level, I’m already thinking about how we could do it better if we ever get the chance to go again.

Ali
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VVRC Summer Show Jumping

VVRC Summer Show Jumping

A rainy start to the season, triumph for Patsy Pyke and an ex-racehorse battle!

Our first show of the 2016 took place on 2nd April where we had a good turnout from both members and non-members. A rainy start to the day tried to put a dampener on things, but as usual the fantastic team of VVRC Helpers (Sally Evans, Jo Waters, Heather Jones, Sara Wright, Patsy Pyke and Simon Woods) kept things running smoothly.

The clear round offered an inviting way for newcomers, novices and beginners to take their time around the course set at a height of their choice. The purpose of the clear round to is to act as a relaxed atmosphere for those that are new to show jumping in order to get some experience and practise. It’s also highly beneficial to those with young horses, and if you are really clever, for those with spooky horses, it’s a great trial run before the class!

The 60cm was popular, committee member Patsy Pyke had a fabulous double clear on Splodgers to win. Paula Jeffreson and Lily took 2nd spot with Molly Allen and Manny finishing in third.

The 70cm saw another win for Patsy and Splodgers who again jumped double clear in a fabulous time of 16.42 seconds, almost 4 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Sian Williams (daughter of member Babs Williams) and Mari. Paula Jeffreson and Lily picked up another good placing finishing in 3rd.

Again in the 80cm, Patsy and Splodgers took the win (we certainly need these two on our show jumping teams this year!) 2nd place went to non-member Helen Pugh and 3rd another non-member Elle May Hart.

The 85cm Open saw the addition of extra fillers and a more up to height course. Non-member Elle May Hart took the win, followed closely in second place by Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw. Third place went to Lisa Lake and Totes in what was a very close finish.
It was the battle of the ex-racehorses in the 90cm, with members Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw and Sue Jones and Springtime Lover battling it out to finish 1st and 2nd respectively.

We had just two entries for the 1m class, with Becky King and Oscar achieving the only double clear to win the class.

Best turned out rosettes were awarded to the following members on the day in their classes – Jenny Jones and Ed, Nicole Bartholomew and Mark Twain, Sue Jones and Springtime Lover, Lisa Lake and Totes and Becky King and Oscar.

The prize for the best ex-racehorse of the day (sponsored by ROR) was awarded to Vicky Luxmoore and September Draw for occurring the most points at the show.

Our next competition takes place on Saturday 28th May at Radfords Equestrian.
Hope to see you there,
Cassie

SJ Dates 2016:
28th May, 18th June, 9th July, 7th August (Double Points) , 10th September (Team Jumping Competition)

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AREA 20 COMBINED TRAINING COMPETITION 2016

AREA 20 COMBINED TRAINING COMPETITION 2016

At Lower House Farm, Llanymynech

Four members of the club competed. They were Becky Woolley riding Ellie, Rachael Woolley riding Tia (Sister Becky’s mounted games pony), Caroline Hurley riding Chorister Girl and Vicky Robson riding Tempest River Queen.

Becky and Rachael competed in the morning in tricky, windy conditions. Both achieved reasonable dressage scores. Becky jumped a clear round in the show jumping while Rachael just rolled one pole. Both horses were far more enthusiastic in the jumping phase than in their dressage!!

I popped home for some lunch and by the time I returned to watch Caroline and Vicky in the afternoon, weather conditions had gone drastically downhill. I had difficulty walking from my car to the arenas, the rain had turned the ground into a wet ice rink!

Caroline and Vicky both managed to complete their dressage (though Chorister Girl did spend most of her test trying to turn her rear into the rain and gale!).

Sadly, but very understandably, both Caroline and Vicky decided to withdraw from the show jumping as the ground was dangerous for their horses by then.

Many thanks to all four for representing VVRC in very challenging conditions.

Julie Phillips

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!

FOTH 2015

FOTH
We had a great response from members wanting to take part in the Festival of the Horse qualifier at Llanymynech. We had 10 members taking part, from the 80 through to the 100cm

Kat Morgan was 1st to go, going individually in the 100, Kat & Davies set the day up well for us by going double clear. then it was the turn of the 90’s teams, Team 1 Katie Ellis, Meg Davies, Vicky Robson & Sam Davies, Katie again had a great 2 rounds, going clear, Vicky went really well, & Meg & Sam had an let’s say “Eventful day!” Unfortunately no team placing. Then team 2 was Rachel Wooley who had a great XC round, Katie who again went double clear, Charlotte Saunders had a return to eventing & had 2 great rounds, & Elspeth who again flew round both courses. They were just out of the placings coming 7th.
Gina Williams went individually in the 80, not having done anything like this before & had a whale of a time, just 1 little blip, but otherwise flawless!
Big thank you to our volunteers, Claire Owen, Lucy & Laura Smith. They were there for the whole day so that our members could take part, many thanks as without you, we are not able to compete in area qualifiers.
I hope this may spur more members to take part in area qualifiers, as its great fun & a great way to meet other members. We put on training events beforehand, & try & squeeze in a social night too!
The next area competition is at Llanymynech again on June 21st, which is the Horse Trials, please contact Sam if you want to take part by May 27th at the very latest.
Sam

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Terry’s First Show Jumping Competition of 2015

First of Terrys Jumping Competitions
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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 member’s 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.
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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 mem-bers that did attend really enjoyed it. If you are worried that maybe it looks too serious or competitive, it real-ly 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 it’s 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 & Five
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Class Six – 90cm
Louise and Raffi – 5 points (3rd)
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Class Seven – 1m
Louise and Raffi – 5 points (3rd)

Best turned out riding club member’s –
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.
Cassie

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.

Cassie