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Combined Training Report

We had two teams at the Area Combined Training at Tushingham on April 17th:
‘Unstables’ consisting of Siân Bates and Heather Jones in the 75cm, and Ali Harper (replacing Helen Hathaway with only two days’ notice as poor Del had a foot abscess) and Justine James in the 85cm

‘The Lightweights’ were Paula Jeffreson in the 75cm and Izzy Roberts and Cassie jumping the 85cm. This team only had three riders due to my own Splodgers being ‘spun’ for having an injection two days too early. Luckily I had scanned and sent a copy of his passport so I didn’t have to get him out of bed early.

In future I will scan and send all passports as this was quite a shock (and disappointment) as my vet had said it was fine. It just goes to show that we should double check.

Helen Hathaway and Gaynor Williams kindly came along in the (wet) morning and helped on dressage ring 2 which was a great help as it freed me up to help some of the other riders warm up for the jumping. Sharon James was also a superb support. Thank you all!

Both teams did reasonable dressage tests, despite a lot of noise in the outside arena and people walking backwards and forwards along the indoor. Ali Harper came a brilliant 5th overall with her super boy Jack with a total score of 36.1 and a clear round. In the other section, Justine came 10th with a total score of 34.4 with 2 time penalties, as did Paula in her section (35.5) and a clear round. Izzy came 11th with a score of 34.5 with a clear round, Siân came 16th with a clear round (score 38.8) and Cassie came 19th with a total score 56.6. Pity that she forgot the last fence, but we all have done it sometime!). Heather also came 19th in her section with 59.5 with Flicka jumping superbly.

The total individual scores ranged from 28.4 to 80.2 with several eliminations and retirements as the course did prove quite tricky for some.
In the future, we plan to do a ‘team’ course walk and I will also double check with all riders before handing in the declaration sheets as I had inadvertently misnamed the horse Ali was riding.

Patsy Pike

Dressage to Music Area 20 Qualifiers

So I get a message one evening saying, ‘I am going to have a go at the area dressage to music -do you fancy a go?’ After a few minutes of imagining myself as Charlotte on Valegro, I said, ’Yes, let’s do it!’ A few weeks later and I was perfecting my test with a lot of help from family and friends and finally the big day arrived. I had only managed to practice in a field with an approximate size arena so it was a bit hit and miss as to whether the music would fit. I was due in first and was going around the outside of the arena, trying not to jump at the shadows and waiting and waiting – then ‘Your music won’t play on our machine!’ Oh no; disaster! All that work for nothing. The organisers were great and let the next one in while we sorted it. Elspeth went in with big Matt and did a fab test with great music, even though his centre lines were a little exciting. Elspeth’s experience on previous occasions stood her in good stead and they looked fab. Then we managed to get my music to play on Elspeth’s car CD player so after driving it into the arena and parking strategically in the corner we were off. We did a pretty good test and only missed one music marker and really enjoyed our first outing with music. We both ended up about halfway in the results and Sirius even got a rosette! Both of us then helped in the scoring office to do our help. All in all, a very successful first attempt, and I for one cannot wait to do more. 
Sally Evans

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.

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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

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

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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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Showjumping Summer 2015 Report

Team Training
We’ve had various team training sessions all summer with different instructors and at different venues. It has been great to see lots of new faces to team training including shiny, new members! Unfortunately winter nights have crept up on us again and we’ll have to do the odd weekend now ? if anyone has any ideas for future training then please let me know!

Summer Area Qualifiers
Nine of our members represented Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club. It rained…all day…constantly! But it didn’t dampen our smiles and it was really nice to not only feel part of a team, but part of a club too. We all stayed to support each other jumping and all shared our club helper task.
Cassie Woods rode in the Jumping with Style class and Rupert very much looked the part!
We had two intermediate teams with three riders in each team so the pressure was on because we couldn’t drop a score! Team 1 was Vicky Robson, Vicki Luxmoore and Sally Poppe, and Team 2 was Rachel Lewis, Rach Tudor-Davies and Kat Morgan (me!) ? By time we jumped the ground was boggy in places and very slippy in others! Everyone tried their absolute hardest but I think a special mention should go to Rachel Lewis who jumped a fantastic TRIPLE CLEAR and came second individually! Rachel and her lovely horse, Amber, usually jump on arenas so this was a huge achievement! Another mention should go to Vicki Luxmoore who rode her novice but very genuine horse, Mouse, fantastically around a tricky course. I’m really excited to see what these two get up to in the future: Definitely a pair to watch out for!
At the end of the day Team 2 WON the competition on a score of 4! As I said before Rachel Lewis was second individually, and super-Dave and I came 4th individually ? Our win meant that we qualified for the NAF British Riding Club Championships in Lincoln!
Thank you to all the supporters who came to cheer us on and stayed all day despite the rain!

The Championships
Sally Poppe joined myself, Rach Tudor-Davies and Rachel Lewis in the team that represented VVRC at the Championships. Sally jumped brilliantly at the qualifiers and little Kurley has been on fab form this year!
We all made the loooong journey up to Lincoln after work on the Friday because the class started at 8.30am on Saturday! When Rach and I arrived at 10.45pm we found Rachel and Sally with a pint of wine in hand!
The courses in both rounds were very technical and tricky but the girls rode really well…I did not! Dave and I thought it would be more exciting to team chase around the show jumps and managed to rack up the most show jumping penalties we’ve ever had in the last 13 years! Is that an achievement?? The team wasn’t placed but we all had a great time and laughed a lot ? I think the biggest success was that it was Rachel Lewis’ first camping experience…and she survived!
Thank you Gaynor (Mum), James and Chris for being our support team for the weekend ?

Winter Qualifiers
Now it’s time to prepare for the winter qualifiers! I have 6 lovely ladies lined up to do the Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifiers: Rach Tudor-Davies, Cassie Woods, Vicky Robson, Vicki Luxmoore, Elspeth Carr and Becky King. They will be representing VVRC at Reeseheath on 11th October, so wish them luck!
I’m also scouting for the Novice Show Jumping Qualifiers at Southview on 8th November – if you’re interested then please let me know!

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!