I’m not sure we’ve shared this success story on Facebook previously, but it’s such a good one it would be a shame not to (even if it is a bit late!)
Congratulations to Caroline Hurley who has qualified for the National Championships on her ex-racehorse Ulis De Vassy.
Caroline has only had Vassy for a few months and in that time has turned him into a dressage horse – proves that ex-racehorses can turn their hand at any discipline.
Well done Caroline and Vassy
Ulis De Vassy is 11yrs and ran a total of 58 times in National Hunt races (over hurdles and chase fences), winning 8 of his races and only ran in a chase on 16 December 2018
Congratulations to our team entered in the 80cm class who came second! A big Well Done to all!
We only had 3 members in the team, due to a last minute injury. The members that competed were Helen Hathaway, Hannah Burgoyne and Becky Furniss.
Shelly Colohan entered the 100cm class and had an interesting day. Here’s a lovely pic of her competing
Although Shelly had an unintended dismount just before she competed she had the courage to get back on and jumped a great round over the 100cms track but was just out of the rosettes. She kept smiling all day even though it was a rather wet one and she was soaked to the skin after doing her helper stint after competing.
What a fantastic club member!
We all set off early on a dry sunny day but when we turned left at the Chester roundabout, the rain hit us……and did it rain……it poured all the time we were there. We all got soaked to the skin.
However the girls all remained cheerful as did their parents and supporting friends.
Our team jumping 80cms were: Rebecca Furniss , Helen Hathaway and Hannah Burgoyne. Shelly Colohan jumped the 100cms, they all rode extremely well. The grass was wet and slippery, but the girls jumped so well that they were placed 2nd as a team and Hannah got an individual 5th which was wonderful. Shelly rode amazingly well, but was just out of the ribbons.
All the girls did us proud, they were a great group and I am very proud of them all.
Take a look at their photos, they are brilliant, and if you look carefully, you will see the rain drops all around them
This competition was originally planned to be at Llanymynech in June, but the terrible wet weather at the start of June meant that it could not run and had to be rearranged. This was a shame, as some of our members, who had originally entered, were unable to make the new date, but it was great that Meg and Helen were able to step in.
Area 20 joined Area 3 at Somerford Park in July. The 90 team, made up of Helen Hathaway, Janet Brereton and Shelly Colohan came 5th.
Myfi Powell had a fantastic double clear and Meg Higginson was thrilled to complete the 80cm as an individual.
Everyone enjoyed the day and the opportunity to compete at that venue. We would also like to thank our helpers, Tara Taylor and Sarah Hanmer who are not club members, but kindly helped for half a day each and thank you to Gill Powell for being chef d’equipe on the day.
Well done everyone
Summer Area Dressage
Sadly, we only had 2 competitors in this year’s summer qualifiers, but they both represented VVRC very well with some great results. Kat Morgan and the lovely Pick Nick and Caroline and Ulis De Vassy
The venue boasted stunning views with lovely weather -apologies to the show jumpers who had rain the following week.
Kat and Nick came 4th in their arena. This was a great result made even more remarkable because Nick broke his leg in the field five years ago. He had a protracted recovery and Kat, and we, are extremely proud of her miracle horse for being able to compete in dressage competitions at all never mind representing VVRC at Area.
Caroline took Ulis De Vassy and her mum Ruth went along as groom (we couldn’t manage without them). Caroline entered P12 as an individual. Vas warmed up well, did his test and Caroline was super pleased with him for doing one of his best tests to date. They then had to wait for the scores! They were worth the wait as they got 66.85% and finished 2nd. As the winner was part of the winning team, this meant qualification passed down.
Unfortunately, Caroline didn’t attend the Championships after a little incident at the RoR Championship held at Aintree Racecourse. Vas thought he was back at the racetrack evoking bad memories of his racing career. This upset him so much Caroline decided not to take him to Lincoln the following weekend (a 3hr plus drive). Vas is now on his winter holidays.
Vas is 11 years old and ran a total of 58 times (over hurdles and chase fences winning 8 of his races. He last ran in a steeplechase on 16 December 2018 so Caroline has done an amazing job of getting him this far in such a short space of time.
Winter Area 20 dressage
This is in November and I will be sending out more details nearer the time and hope to get some entries.
Summer Dressage League
We have had a mixed summer with this. We have had to cancel a few due to bad weather and in some cases too few entries. Hopefully next year we can revamp and have more people coming along to enjoy some low-key dressage in a friendly atmosphere .
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.
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.