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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

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

Area 20 Qualifier and Championship Dates 2016

Area 20 Qualifiers 2016

Horse Trials Area 20 Llanymynech 25th June
Dressage Llandudno Caerwys 3rd July
Show Jumping Bradley Dale Ashwood Equestrian 23rd July
Dressage to Music Delamere Reaseheath 14th August

2016 BRC Championship Dates

Festival of the Horse 4 – 5 June Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 6RT

Horse Trials 5 – 7 August Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxon. OX15 5EX

National Championships 10 – 11 September
Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN2 2NA

Dressage to Music & Quadrille Selection Trial 30 Sept – 2 October TBC Bury Farm Equestrian Village; New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks. LU7 9BT

Quadrille Final TBC TBC

Area 20 Indoor Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifiers– October 11th 2015

Area 20 Indoor Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifiers– October 11th 2015

A great day was had by all at the Area Show Jumping qualifier held at Reaseheath College last October. Vyrnwy Valley was represented by two teams, Vyrnwy Valley 1 (Becky King, Vicky Luxmoore and Rachel Tudor-Davies) and Vyrnwy Valley 2 (Elspeth Carr, Vicky Robson and Cassie Woods). The event was thoroughly well organised, the presentation following immediately after the class. Well done to Vyrnwy Valley Team 2 for coming 4th, and to Vyrnwy Valley Team 1 for finishing 6th. A huge thank you to all helpers on the day who gave up their time. We look forward to hopefully another successful day at the 2016 Summer Qualifiers.

Rachel Tudor-Davies

indoor sj qualifiers oct 15

Area Indoor Novice Show Jumping Qualifiers – 5th November 2015

Area Indoor Novice Show Jumping Qualifiers – 5th November 2015

This years’ qualifiers were once again held at Southview Equestrian Centre, Cheshire. The senior (sorry!!) class saw over 100 riders jump round two courses and it was fantastic that included in that number were four of our own VVRC members: Heather Jones, Justine Roberts, Hollie Hindley and James Manford. All four members had never competed in an area competition before and Hollie and James are both new to the club. I know jumping in an area competition has been a goal of Heather’s for a long time and she has worked exceedingly hard with Flicka and it certainly has paid off.
All four horses and riders jumped beautifully over a tricky course which was causing lots of problems. Each combination had at least one clear round and Hollie had two on her superstar pony! Everyone was so pleased with the team performance and it was topped off with the team finishing brilliant 3rd and the fastest of the teams with 4 faults thanks to ridiculously quick rounds and tight turns (how Justine navigated Alton, who stands at 17.2hh, around those corners is remarkable)! Hollie was also 5th individually!
I am a very proud show jumping co-ordinator and it’s wonderful to see hard work and perseverance paying off! Well done everyone! And a big thank you to Babs for being the official team helper (you rocked the yellow tabard)
Looking forward to the summer qualifiers!

Kat Morgan

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VVRC Camp 2016

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Camp

Friday 22nd July – Sunday 24th July

Berriewood Farm, Condover, Shrewsbury SY5 7NN

We have hired the facilities at Berriewood Farm for camp.
This includes:
• stable with straw or small paddock for Friday and Saturday night (there is no reduction if a horse stays only one night)
• Camping/Parking area.
• Use of club room and use of arenas and/or cross country course.
• 1 Clinics on Friday (Extra Cost)
• 2 Clinics on Saturday
• 2 Clinics on Sunday
• Tea/Coffee/Squash will be available
• Saturday Evening Demo – First Aid Practical Session with local Vet
We also hope to arrange some food on both evenings (Cost not included)

The cost of this will be £115 (For the Weekend Fri Eve – Sun) or £55 (for the Day – Sat or Sun)
The instructors for the weekend are: Elspeth Carr, Janet Green, Sally Poppe, Ticky Fletcher & Charlotte Fill
Clinics will be in groups of 3 or more.
If you have any questions please contact Me:-
e-mail: justine.roberts@bt.com
phone: 07790108285
Alternatively you can contact Sally Evans (sally.evans58@yahoo.co.uk) or Emily Jones (emilyjones89@googlemail.com) as they will both be helping me arrange camp.

Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Camp Form 2016

Interclub Show Jumping Winter Report

Show Jumping Winter Report

Interclub Show-jumping – October 18th 2015
Thanks to everyone who attended the interclub show-jumping against Dolfor Riding Club! The riders were all absolutely fantastic and the helpers were very much appreciated.
Highlights included the pairs show-jumping and our own James Dawson and Charlie jumping a massive 1m 50 and making it look easy! Sally Evans’ trusty stead Sirius was stolen by her daughter Meg and came out of jumping retirement for the day: he thoroughly enjoyed himself winning numerous rosettes. Big Matt and El-speth jumped their biggest show jump to date and both looked rather pleased with themselves afterwards. It was lovely to see so many members supporting the event and I was really proud of you all!
Fantastic rounds were jumped by riders in both clubs and although we had been level pegging through most of the competition it was Vyrnwy Valley who won the trophy at the end of the day! Hurrah!
Thanks to: Sally and Gaynor who judged for us all day; Helen for being official photographer and capturing some beautiful pictures; Sue Burgoyne for hosting us at Rhos Farm; Polly from Dolfor for being joint-organiser with me (and providing the delicious cakes); and to everyone who jumped, supported and cheered us all along!

Kat Morgan


Show Jumping Eligibility

Show Jumping Schedule
Hi all, please note, the schedule recently sent out indicates that there is a BE limit to the intermediate SJ, please be aware that there is NO points limit for BE for the intermediate show jumping.
If you have any queries re eligibility, Eligibility tables for all disciplines (Horse and Rider) are on pages 73 & 74 of the rule book. The rule book is downloadable from the BRC website, free of charge.
If you have any queries re any of the schedules recently sent out, please raise them with the Area committee in the first instance.
Please see attached.
Eligibility Tables
Peter Booth
Hon Jt Secretary A20

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.