We had a great day at our Team Show Jumping at Radford’s, everyone seemed to enjoy the day and we were amazed at the turnout with 21 teams competing plus lots of individuals.
Several riders fell off but no one was seriously injured.
The winners were:
1. Too hot to trot
3. Chicks with sticks
4. The Prosecco Posse
5. One Dunn two to go
6. Desperate Horsewives
The full details of results are here:
VVRC Team Show Jumping Results 2019
We had some super helpers on the day and they all deserve a special mention and a BIG THANK YOU as the event could not have run without them.
They were: Sue Biltcliffe who came at 8am to help Janet Green and I build the course, and then Sue worked all day pole picking until she went home at 5pm; a very long shift! Sally Evans was our judge and Jane Yorke her writer, they also worked a long day. Julie Phillips kept the riders coming in and Ros Swanston was on the gate. They also worked a long day as did Jessica Jones our treasurer for the day. Paula Jeffreson, Debbie Pennington and Lynn Lewis were all excellent helping treasurer, pole picking and scoring.
Sadly, the day was soured by someone who trashed Radford’s toilets by stuffing lots of rubbish and toilets rolls down them so that they were totally unusable
However, we have had lots of requests to run another next year. Thank you all for coming to jump at our event
The Wobbleberry challenge is for “middle aged, wimpy riders to compete at a BE80 and raise money for the wonderful Willberry Wonder Pony – inspired by Hannah Francis”
“A shy, elusive creature, the wobbleberry’s natural habitat is spectating at BE events, and supporting other riders
– not currently fit enough to get round a cross country course
– not currently brave enough to get round a cross country course
– old enough to know better, and know that this will hurt!
– dedicated – to raising money, to training, and conquering the fear
– supportive of each other – aiming to be weeble-esque, “we wobble, but we don’t fall down”.”
Dammit. That had me written all over it!
I have had the goal of competing at a BE90 since I got my first horse Uni way back in 2000 but we never achieved it.
Sadly, Uni does not share my enthusiasm for competing, she prefers to stay in the warm up ring with the other horses. I have genuinely been eliminated at jump 1 more than any other person on this earth (I even broke my thumb getting eliminated at jump 2 at my first and last affiliated British Showjumping Novice competition). About 8 years ago, I decided to retire Uni from competition and concentrated on finding myself a second horse who would help me achieve my dream.
In March 2015 I met and fell in love with Gus, 17 hands of gorgeous gingerness. He was PERFECT. A gentleman and very laid back. THIS IS IT! I thought, I will manage that BE90!
His temperament is fantastic, so we started training and I started regaining my confidence on the big man.
When I saw the Wobbleberry challenge I knew I had to sign up.
Gus was diagnosed with Navicular Syndrome in January 2017 and we started on a long road of barefoot rehab and the Wobbleberry Challenge and a BE90 once again became a distant dream.
Later that year I had the unbelievable good fortune of being able to loan Alton, another big gentlemen and we were back in the game.
Alton has a fantastic temperament, like Gus, and he really helped me to get my confidence back, but the thought of jumping anything larger than a log came and went.
In 2018 though we completed the 80cm Hunter Trials at Berriewood and came 7th in the BRC HunterTrials at Llanymynech, so full of positivity, we entered the BE90 at Llanymynech on the August bank holiday weekend.
You’ll remember we had a fabulous hot summer last year, except on the day we were competing we had torrential rain. It chucked it down. Still, we did a good dressage test and I flew around the show jumping with 1 down. Sadly on the cross country we had a stop at the first, and scrambled over the second and third, which is just not like Alton so I retired.
Another year gone.
At the start of 2019 Llanymynech (1) and Berriewood BE events were cancelled and feeling rather despondent and wondering whether I even wanted to do a BE90 any more the first half of the year just disappeared but then we went to VVRC camp and all that changed. We had an amazing time and were flying over all the 80 jumps like a pro.
Now I was in a quandary. I was talking to the vet while he did Alton’s vaccination, saying I couldn’t decide what to do or if I should be doing anything and he basically said, “ Just bloody get on with it and enter the 90 at Llanymynech!”. So as soon as he left, I did.
I had 6 weeks to go. I started C25k (again), got my mate to give me a circuits routine (she had me jumping jumps in the arena and rolling over bedding bales, and pushing my old garden roller around) and Alton and I had a cross-country lesson at Berriewood;he FLEW the 90 jumps so we were prepared!
It was a gloriously hot day and I tried not to think about the previous year. I was very pleased with our dressage, scoring 36.3, an improvement on the previous year, we flew around the show jumping and had one down again. Off to the cross country. Well, what can I say. Alton was AMAZING. BRILLIANT. He FLEW around the XC (we did have 1 stop at the owl hole but no probs on representing). I didn’t even have time to get scared, we were over them before I even saw them. He’s the best horse in the world.
Luckily for me, completing a BE90 also completes my Wobbleberry Challenge and we raised £275 in the process
So what will we do in 2020?
Who dares to dream?
Sara Wright and Alton
We were blessed to have a lovely sunny morning in October for our team show jumping competition. We had 11 teams and lots of enthusiastic supporters.
The atmosphere was wonderful, friendly and supportive of the riders. It was a long course but rode well. There were a few tumbles but nothing serious.
We had four heights for riders to choose from and in the smallest class, 60cms, I could hear shouts of “ the red and white one next” and so on. Nearly everyone joined in this shouting, the way to the younger riders and less experienced adults. Officials allowed this to happen as it all added to the fun.
There was great support for the higher classes as well and altogether it was a great day. One of our teams “The Brave Pants” headed by Rita Griffiths won the competition. Well done “The Brave Pants”.
The other good news is that we made £240.00 for club funds
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.
This year we entered a team for the 80cm and a team for the 90 cm and some individual riders too.
Unfortunately, we had to start a team of 3 for the 80cm as one of the horses went lame the day before.
Nicky Stokes had a great run and finished 9th, Siân Bates finished 13th but Gina Williams and Amanda Hopwood did not complete which put us out of the team event.
Sara Wright, who competed as an individual also had a good run and finished 7th on Justine’s Alton.
The 90cm did better finishing 8th with Myfi Powell finishing 3rd, Rachel Woolley 8th, Michelle Colohan 10th and Vicki Poole 14th in their sections.
Sue Jones and I competed as individuals, Sue finished 13th and I finished 14th. My cross-country round was particularly eventful; Jack pulled a shoe off causing him to trip which meant we had to circle in front of one of the fences and we were joined by a loose horse 4 fences from home!
I was a great day, we all enjoyed being out competing and it was lovely to see so many VVRC members out supporting our competitors.
I would like to say a big thank you to Julie Phillips and Rosemary Pyne who are no longer members but came and helped us put out the dressage arenas a few days before the event along with myself and Irene Gill. Also thank you to Sally Evans, Heather Jones and Dee Sides who delivered lunches to all the volunteers on the day.