Three of our brave members set off in high winds to head to Southview for the qualifier. We were lucky it was being held there as we were indoors.
Anne and Joy Higginson (Meg’s Mum) were the team helpers who had the job of being on the main arena gate all day. They enjoyed it though getting the best view of the arena.
Meg Higginson on Ella, Rebecca Furniss on Tommy and Angharad Williams on Gem made up the team because our fourth team member’s horse was injured and unable to take part.
The first round went really well both Meg and Rebecca going clear. Meg had 4 time penalties and Angharad had a refusal and time penalties. This resulted in 13 points in first round. In the second round, Rebecca had a pole and Meg was going clear until she had last fence down. Angharad had 2 poles resulting finishing on 29. The team came 6th overall out of 13 teams!
There were so many huge hunters and showjumpers in the Cheshire teams, against which Meg’s cob, Becca’s New Forest and Angharad’s little horse was quite intimidating, but they certainly put up a performance against the bigger clubs which they were very proud of?. Well done team!
On Saturday November 3rd 2018, five VVRC members set out for Somerford Park to take part in the area winter novice dressage competition.
The competition was held on the lovely outdoor arenas with plenty of warm up space. I think most of the horses were eyeing up the cross-country fences and would have enjoyed doing that after their tests!
The team of Kat Morgan, Janet Warner, Meg Higginson and Sally Evans, plus Ruth Hurley as individual, all did good tests. Janet did amazingly well to come 3rd in her arena but sadly the team were out of the rosettes with stiff competition from around the area. Many thanks to those who stewarded (Kat and Sally) especially as it was quite a cold day.
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.
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.
The first scheduled area competition was due to be held on Sunday 29th July at Rodbaston.
Having driven there in pouring rain – the first we had seen in 6 weeks – Janet Warner (who had literally stepped in at the 11th hour) and myself found the competition had been postponed due to unsafe ground conditions. Fortunately we managed to stop the other 3 competitors leaving home even though they were all plaited up and ready to come.
It was rescheduled for Friday 10th August at Tushingham arena on surfaces as there was no where else to hold it at such short notice.
We managed to field a team of 4 including one replacement so Siân Bates, Gina Williams, Kat Morgan, and Ali Harper (replacing Janet) all did great tests and the team did amazingly well to come 2nd overall.
Kat was also 4th overall. Well done all of you
picture of Sian and Shadow
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.
Our showjumping team competed at Maelor in the Area 20 Intermediate Showjumping qualifier. Team members were Meg Higginson, Myfanwy Powell, Rachel Woolley and Michelle Colohan. The team finished on 12 points which put them out of the placings but all jumped well.
The same team is entered for the new BRC show jumping competition at Bolesworth International on Saturday 16th June. If anyone is not going to camp and is going to Bolesworth, please go and cheer our team on. Good luck ladies!
Our AGM and prize giving was held at The Bradford Arms in Llanymynech in February this year.
It was lovely to see so many of our members there supporting our club and we have many ideas and suggestions for this summer’s programme.
We also welcomed onto the committee Izzy Roberts as club secretary, Alison Ollier as Treasurer and Jane Yorke, who will be assisting with style and performance.
Karen Lawley and Babs Williams have become official helpers and will be running the showjumping from now on.
Heather Jones, Julie Phillips and Cassie Woods, who were standing down from committee, were thanked for their hard work and contributions to the club. The annual prize giving followed the AGM.
Winter Dressage League (which ran from October 2016 until March 2017)
1. Anne Roberts
2. Izzy Roberts
3. Kat Morgan
4. Nicky Crooks
5. Sophie Boyce
6. Carol Kynaston
Cassie’s Show Jumping Awards
1. Lauren Lawley
2. Hollie Hindley
3. Helen Hathaway and Becky Woolley
4. Vicki Luxmoore
5. Paula Cartwright
6. Heather Jones
7. Tara McDermott
Best Member Award
(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)
1. Sue Biltcliffe and Anne Roberts
2. Ali Harper
3. Justine James
4. Paula Jeffreson
5. Sally Evans, Vicki Luxmore and Jacky Harrison
Summer Dressage League
1. Sally Evans
2. Elspeth Carr
3. Anne Roberts
4. Jane Yorke
5. Maureen Coxon, Izzy Roberts and Jacky Harrison
6. Zoë Chamberlain
7. Ali Harper
8. Irene Gill
9. Kat Morgan
10. Paula Jeffreson
Best Competitive Rider Award
1. Izzy Roberts
2. Janet Warner
3. Elspeth Carr
4. Christine Hughes
5. Ali Harper and Myfi Powell
6. Helen Hathaway
Our final awards went to four of our members who won their section at Area competitions and went on to ride at the Riding Club Championship
Izzy Roberts (right) who won her class at Area Dressage
Janet Warner who won her class at Area Dressage
Helen Hathaway (below) who won her Intermediate Show Jumping Class.
Myfi Powell who won her section at Area Horse Trials whose award was collected by her mum, Gill Powell (below right)
Well done everyone, we are all very proud of you. Anne
JOIN TEAM VVRC
We often compete at area competitions and would like to invite you to join our Dressage/SJ/Horse Trials teams. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested, please contact the appropriate Head of Discipline.
Horse Trials—Ali Harper
Contact details are on the back page. We will be organising team. training, details will be circulated via email nearer the time of each qualifier
Two teams went to this Area competition with the ‘A’ team comprising of Hollie Hindley, Meg Higginson, Ali Harper and Gina Williams who went really well in the first round finishing on a ‘0’ score; but not so good in the 2nd round & finished on a score of 24 so just out of rosettes coming 7th.
Unfortunately due to last minute lameness the ‘B’ team was down to three: Paula Jeffreson, Lauren Lawley and Siân Bates who all got around in a nice style but unfortunately were not in the running as one of the horses took a dislike to the double.
Everybody was organised on the day and thanks to Debbie Pennington who did half a day’s help on car parking duties.
I am now looking for keen riders for the Intermediate show jumping at Northop on March 18th and the combined training competition (date to be decided).