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We have now reached the end of the Summer League dressage competitions which have run from April to September inclusive. On the whole we have had good attendance. However, two of our competitions had to be cancelled due to lack of entries. In the later competitions, we have boosted our entry numbers by inviting Oswestry Riding Club and friends to join us. We have had a lot of good feedback especially about how friendly and relaxed the competitions have been.
We have struggled in recent competitions to get helpers and I have had to enlist helpers from outside the club or our events would not have been able to go ahead. The committee have discussed at great length how we can encourage more members to help and we have agreed that helpers will be rewarded with a £5 voucher for help of three hours.
We are now entering into the Winter League dressage competitions with our first one planned for 8th October and we hope to see many of you there, either riding or helping. The league will run from October to March inclusive with points awarded on % results on your test.
Prize giving for the summer league and winter league will be at the AGM and the rosettes are certainly worth winning.
The following are the results of the summer league.
Summer Dressage League 2022

Social Events

We have had a couple of social events so far this year and boy had we missed them!

It is so nice to be out and about again, catching up with other members and feeling more ‘normal’!

Here is a little round up of what’s been on so far and what is coming up next month.

In April a group of about 10 of us went to The Royal Hill in Melverley for Pizza night. They do this every Tuesday evening, and we make it a fairly regular social event because it’s always popular (who doesn’t enjoy eating pizza with friends?!) We had a lovely evening full of conversation, good food and lots and lots of laughs! It’s definitely a popular one and there will probably be another pizza night later in the year.

In May I organised to meet up at Kelsall Hill in Cheshire, to go around the farm ride and have a picnic afterwards. Three small groups set off in the beautiful sunshine across Kelsall’s wonderful property. It really is beautiful and great fun with fields to canter across, a woodland to wander through, plenty of cross-country jumps to have a go at and of course amazing scenery. Everyone had a brilliant time, the horses most of all, I think!

Once the horses were happily untacked and munching on their hay, riders and non-riders all sat down and enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine. We possibly even had a sneaky look around the amazing tack shop on site! It was a really enjoyable morning and thank you to those who came along.

We are hoping to do at least one more guided ride this year closer to VVRC home and have been talking about heading over to Somerford Park for their farm ride which is brilliant.

Next month we have another non-horsey social evening. We are doing a walk around Llanymynech rocks nature reserve. I don’t know the planned route yet, but it will be about an hour’s moderate walk. We can park in the small carpark behind The Cross Guns in Pant and then go there afterwards for a well-deserved drink. I will send out more details on email and via Facebook, so keep your eyes peeled. Remember that social events have a new email as well social@v-vrc.com 

Thanks, Meg. 

Dressage Report

The Summer Dressage League got off to a flying start in April with 17 class entries.

The feedback was very positive and everyone enjoyed the competition.
Sadly, we were not so lucky for our competition in May. We didn’t have enough entries to run the competition, so we had no choice but to cancel it. It was unfortunate that the only slot we could get at Radford’s in May was only two weeks after our April competition and we had feedback that quite a few of our members were away.

Our next competition is on Sunday 26th June, which hopefully our members will be able to attend. We will use the May tests for June, so hopefully those who were practicing for the May test will be well on their way.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our helpers who work so hard on competition days. They always have smiley faces and are so supportive to put riders at their ease at what can be for most, a nerve-racking experience to get in that arena and have a go as well ensuring all goes smoothly. Also, a big thank you to our judges who give us their valuable time, as I know they are in huge demand. Last, but not least, thank you to all our competitors who work so hard on their tests and turn out amazing beautiful horses for us to see. Without you, there wouldn’t be any competitions.

There has been feedback about varying the format of the competition, which includes: holding the competition outdoors, some long arena tests and some possible evening competitions. I am aware that quite a few people have given feedback on these options, but it would be good if we could hone it down a bit more. It would be helpful to know how many riders would be interested in an evening competition, which evening would be preferred and what time would they like to see the competition start.
There isn’t any reason why we couldn’t easily put on some long tests now that Radford’s have made the smaller arena into a 60×20 arena, with the letters in place. It would be helpful to know if the level of test should be novice, prelim or both. We could do some tests outside, however, if they are 40×20 tests, we would need dedicated helpers to set up the outside arena. This would take about 20 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the competition, with the appropriate equipment to measure the arena. Please feel free to send your thoughts and comments to maureencoxon@gmail.com

I think that is all I have to report for now.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to seeing you all in June.


VVRC Annual Prize giving 2022

Prize giving, as usual, followed our AGM in February of this year.

Best Member Award
For riders who have attended clinics and social events, but not as a competitor. 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
1st Paula Jeffreson 19 points and Trophy
=2nd Carol Kynaston and Sally Evans 9 points
3rd Joanne Micklethwaite 8 points
=4th Nicky Machin, Sara Wright, Ruth Hurley, Meg Evans, Janet Warner 7 points
5th Amanda Hopwood 6 points

Retraining of Racehorses
Ruth Hurley

Rosettes and gifts were given to our members who have given hours of their time to help us run competitions etc. We are so grateful to them for their help, as without them competitors could not compete.

Best Helper of the Year
1st Maureen Coxon
2nd Ros Swanston
3rd Amanda Hopwood

Summer Dressage League
1st Izzy Robers 49 points and Silver Platter
2nd Alice Newby 48 points
3rd Nicky Crookes 17 points
4th Sara Wright 16 points
=5th Sally Evans, Lynn Bird and Elspeth Carr 13 points
=6th Erica Morgan and Claire Jones 12 points
=7th Amanda Hopwood and Janet Warner 10 points

Winter Dressage League
1st Alice Newby(Doodles) 43 points
2nd Sara Wright 15 points
=3rd Alice Newby (The Beast) Lynn Bird, Ruth Hurley 13 points
4th Ali Harper 12 points
5th Sally Evans 10 points

Best Competitive Rider
Caroline Hurley

Fun and Friendly Show Jumping Competition – March 2022

Here are the results from our Fun and Friendly Show Jumping Competition last weekend.

Well done to everyone that took part!

Our next Fun and Friendly Show Jumping Competition is 7th May

1st Paula Jeffreson
2nd Lynn Bird
3rd Amanda Hopwood

1st Amanda Hopwood
2nd Paula Jeffreson
3rd Lynn Bird (this might be the wrong way round…..sorry….)

1st Becky
2nd Elspeth Carr
3rd Kerry (Dolfer)

90 cm
1st Elspeth Carr
2nd Kerry (Dolfer)
3rd Becky

AGM and Prize Giving

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and Prize Giving last night.

Some interesting discussions about the club and what we want to do in the future, election of the new committee and lots of fun prize giving and, most importantly, chips! What more could a person ask for?

Well done to all of you who got a rosette (aren’t they gorgeous?), and a special thanks to Maureen Coxon for making the prize giving and photos much more fun! Took me a while to work out the best setting on the camera but there are some that really made me laugh!

look out for the minutes if you weren’t able to attend

VVRC Christmas Dressage – December 2021

Our Christmas dressage competition that was open to both VVRC and ORC members was a great success! it was lovely to see everyone looking very festive.

All competitors, negotiated dressage tests with tinsel, bells and Christmas trees with very few spooks!

Thank you to our judge and helpers and a big thank you to all who brought lovely food and mulled wine for us to enjoy.

The best fancy dress went to Joanne Micklethwaite and Kate and the runner up was Lucy Walker and Boots

2022 British Riding Club Championship Dates

Arena Eventing Championships
11 – 13th March at Washbrook Farm, Aston Le Walls, NN11 6RT

Novice Winter Championships
26 – 27 March at Arena UK, Allington Lane, Allington, Grantham, NG32 2EF

Intermediate Winter Championships

22 – 24th April at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, LU7 9BT

Combined Challenge Championships
21 – 22nd May at Washbrook Farm, Aston Le Walls

Horse Trials
5 – 7 August at Swalcliffe Park, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, OX15 5EX

National Championships
3 – 4 September at Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN2 2NA