VWH RC Event Reports

Area 9 Eventers Challenge

Sunday 15th October at Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre, Bristol.

The Area 9 Eventers Challenge is a competition involving competitors riding a round of show jumps and immediately proceeding out on the cross country course. Horses and Riders dress for Cross country, the show jumping has a optimum time and the XC has a optimum time and penalties are awarded for second either side of the target.

We entered two 90cm teams, huge thank you to Kerry and Holli Alexander who were our fence judges for the day. VWH Tigers - Pip, Lynda, Penny and Nia finished 3rd and Ness riding Fred finished 3rd individual.

Autumn Camp 2016

From Sunday 25th September to Wednesday 28th September thirteen members headed to Stockland Lovell Equestrian Centre for yet another fabulous camp with tuition from the very popular Polly Williamson.

With new members and camp regulars we had a great mix of members and horses that all had a fabulous time and learnt so much. The wether forecast wasn't friendly yet some-how we stayed dry, the conditions on the cross country were perfect and many new friends and great memories were made.

Huge thank you to Jude Matthews for organising once again and for Polly Williamson's tireless instructions and enthusiasm, and to every-one who went to make it so much fun.

Date for next year:

Autumn Camp: 24th - 27th September 2017

 

South Wales and West Regional Championships

Our VWH Team - Penny Hall, Sharon Robbins, Judith Wilson and Vanessa Bennett all had a superb day at Hartpury Equestrian Centre on Saturday 20th August. Having qualified back in July at the Summer Area 9 Show Jumping they were Joined on the team by Penny whilst Fiona Symes's horse Penny is still out of action.

The team finished on 0 putting them in the jump off and they finished 2nd with Individual 6th for Vanessa riding Fred. They all received fabulous Silver medals (it being the Olympics) and had thoroughly enjoyed their day.

With luck this championship will be back again next year and hopefully we can qualify a few more teams. Thank you very much to Jo Thornton - our team volunteer who helped on the day for our team to compete.

BRC Animalife Horse Trials Championship Success

Our Intermediate Eventing Team Jude Matthews, Cassandra Wood and Emma Gedge headed of to the
Championships 4th - 7th August and had a fabulous time!

With a Trot up and Dressage on Day 1, Cross Country including roads and tracks with Steeplechase on Day 2, and then a final trot up and Show Jumping on Day 3.

All horses completed full of running to finish a fantastic Team 8th. With Inidividual 4th for Emma riding Target and 11th for Jude riding Benji.

Huge thank you goes to Fiona Symes who was meant to be filling the fourth place on the team, but a last minute serious injury put Pen in horsey hospital for the weekend and meant she was unable to ride. However in true riding club spirit, Fiona stayed for the weekend and fulfilled our volunteering duty on the Sunday morning - Thank you!

Area 9 Animalife Horse Trials Qualifier

A super two days was had by all and what a brilliant turn out from the club!

Saturday 9th July

Our 90cm team kicked off the day bright and early and all had a good day with the team finishing 5th. Individual 4th for Jude riding Africa (His first 90cm clear XC), 7th for Fiona riding Penny, 9th for Pip riding Heston (they left the poles up at last!), and a last minute substitution included Lynda riding Splash in his first 90cm (jumping a double clear with just a couple of time faults) to finish a very credible 13th.

The afternoon saw our 80cm team compete and they also finished with the team in 5th Place. Kathy Froom riding Indigo in his first ever event took 5th place individually jumping a double clear, with Penny riding Marley and Judith riding Sanchez also completing with double clears and just a few time faults, and Becky riding Boris, just rolled a pole and were given an unlucky stop at the water but more importantly he went in the water and didn't decide to have a pause on course!

Sunday 10th July

Back for more, our 100cm team were competing on the Sunday! With afternoon times, the dressage was completed before the course walk, sadly they were down to three members due to injury but they did brilliantly to WIN!! and qualify for the National Championships in just three weeks time!

THANK YOU
Despite all these teams competing we also had members, family and friends who helped out before and during the event, not just so our teams could compete but to allow the event to run!

A huge thank you goes to every-one who gave up there time to help, our amazing members and committee organised all the entries and times, provided a senior steward and completed all the scoring on the saturday of the event - not a small task. We can not thank you all enough!!

British Hat Standards 2016

Incase you haven't already heard the British Standard BSEN 1384 is being withdrawn and hats with only this safety standard will not be allowed in competition and more importantly after discussing with BRC HQ insurers won't cover you in a fall or incident with a hat of only this standard as of 1st January 2016.

New Hat guidelines and an explanation behind the changes can be found on our British Riding Clubs page.

 

 

Area 9 Summer Dressage Qualifier

Once again this was held at Rabson Manor and for once in the sunshine!!
A super day was had by all and it was lovely to see so many members out competing. Our riding test team Won for the second year in a row, so once again are heading to Lincoln. They will be joined by Mariana, Nov 27 Individual winner and Jude, individual 2nd in Elementary. With the Prelim team finishing 3rd and Open team 5th and the pairs 2nd it really was rosettes all round. Well done every-one!


Area 9 Summer Show Jumping

Sunday 19th June at Leyland Court our members were once again out in force at a qualifier and had a superb day.

Our Novice team qualified for the Hartpury Championships, but both teams in the ribbons with 4th and 6th.

The intermediate team were victorious once again to Win with three double clears and an individual Win for Cassie and Magic. Well done to all.

Combined Training Championship Success

Saturday / Sunday 4th / 5th June at Aston Le Wall

On the Friday Philli Hall and Cheeko had a fabulous day over a chunky course, to just roll one pole and a sprinkling of time faults to finish 34th out of almost 100 competitors in the BRC 100 Eventers Challenge. Penny and Philli then kindly volunteered in the afternoon so that our Combined training team - Penny & Marley, Pip & Rauri, Jude & Africa and Fiona & Pen could compete on the Sunday. The weather was fabulous, after a super camp on the saturday night we had a superb day. With all good dressage scores, and just a few poles the team just missed a rosette finishing 11th. Jude finished Individual 7th and Fiona Individual 8th. Thank you to all our helpers and supporters for coming along and sharing in our fantastic weekend.

Winter Novice Show Jumping - Championship Success

Our Senior Novice Show Jumping Team - Judith, Angela, Penny and Fiona did brilliantly on Saturday 9th April at Keysoe to finish 8th out of 30 teams at the National Championships!
With a very long drive, some incredibly early starts our team pulled together and had a superb weekend at Keysoe. Over a stiff up to height course they did brilliantly to finish on team score of 12 faults. Well done all!
A huge thank you goes to Fiona Russell-Brown for being their team volunteer to allow them to compete.

Winter Intermediate Show Jumping Championships

Our Intermediate team - Pip, Cassie, Mariana and Kerry, headed to Bury Farm on Friday 29th April ready to compete on Saturday 30th April. Having secured an amazing camping spot, settled ponies and walked the course, a cosy fun evening was spent in Kerry's lorry. With every-one up early a full day of competition awaited them. The first round produced four great rounds and a team score of zero. Over lunch the new course was revealed and heck did it go up!! A valiant effort by all still sadly meant no team score but Kerry and Cassie rode brilliantly to complete their rounds. Lots of fun, great company and super team work made the weekend a great success! Huge thank you to Robert, Jo and Harry are amazing team supporters and volunteers.

Winter Intermediate Dressage 2016

Held at Leyland Court Equestrian Centre on Sunday 28th February.
With an individual Medium competition and a team competition requiring riders at Prelim, Novice and Elementary level there was something for every-one and having entered two teams and one individual medium entry a great day was had by all.

The new surface at Leyland Court was fantastic and we had some great results.

Sarah McMurray finished 6th individual in Novice D10, Jude Matthews 2nd individual in the Novice 30, and Mariana Gaussen 4th in the same test, whilst Patricia Haskins rode brilliantly at the end of the day to win the Medium Individual competition so will be off to the Championships with our Intermediate Show Jumping Team.


 

Area 9 Winter Dressage Qualifier 

Thank you very much to every-one who helped on the day to make our qualifier such a success! with 22 helpers and two teams competing its great to see so many members partaking in club activities. We made a good profit to go towards events in 2016 and I hope every-one has recovered from eating so much cake!!

Area 9 Eventers Challenge Qualifier

The Festival of the Horse Eventers Challenge Area Qualifier was held on Sunday 11th October at Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre.

We entered a Novice team that sadly didn't finish with a team score due to a unfortunate tumble and some navigational issues however Penny Hall and Lumiere finished 5th individually :-). Phili Hall and Cheeko competed as an individual in the Intermediate finishing a brilliant 3rd with a super double clear and fingers crossed this will get them a spot at the championships. Thank you very much to Lynda King who gave up her day to go fence judging so that the team could compete.

Summer Qualifiers 2015 Results

The Area 9 Summer Qualifiers are now complete.

The Horse Trials were held at West Wilts on June 28th, our 80cm team finished 4th with individual 5th for Fiona Russell-Brown. The 90cm team finished 7th and Lynda King finished 4th in the 100cm class and has been selected for the Area 9 team at the National Championships at Swailcliffe.

The Show Jumping was held at Leyland Court on Sunday 5th July, we only entered one Intermediate team for this event and they WON. With Individual placings for Lynda, Rosie and Mariana. Lynda also filled and individual place for the Open and jumped a super clear to WIN, So the Team and Lynda with two horses are off to the National Championships at Lincoln.

The Dressage was held at Rabson Manor on Sunday 12th July. We had entries in all the classes with lots of results in the ribbons. The Prelim team finished 4th with Individual 2nd for Pip, The Open team finished 5th with individual 3rd for Mariana and 4th for Lynda. The Riding test team WON with Individual 3rd for both Jude and Fiona and Individual 5th for Pip, Anne finished Individual 3rd in the Medium and finally in the pouring rain Pip and Jo finished 2nd in the Pairs. So our riding test will be joining the show jumpers at Lincoln.

 

Area 9 Winter Dressage Qualifier

Summerhouse Equestrian Centre

Sunday 8th November 

Thank you very much to every-one who helped on the day to make our qualifier such a success! with 22 helpers and two teams competing its great to see so many members partaking in club activities. We made a good profit to go towards events in 2016 and I hope every-one has recovered from eating so much cake!!

With lots of young horses making their debut and a special mention to Annitta Engel making a her first return to competition just a year after her fall a great day was had by all with Individual 4th for Fiona Symes.

Area 9 Eventers Challenge Qualifier

The Festival of the Horse Eventers Challenge Area Qualifier was held on Sunday 11th October at Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre.

We entered a Novice team that sadly didn't finish with a team score due to a unfortunate tumble and some navigational issues however Penny Hall and Lumiere finished 5th individually :-). Phili Hall and Cheeko competed as an individual in the Intermediate finishing a brilliant 3rd with a super double clear and fingers crossed this will get them a spot at the championships. Thank you very much to Lynda King who gave up her day to go fence judging so that the team could compete.