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Newsletter – November 2020

Dear All.
What a year, probably one that we’d like to forget but most probably won’t, I am sure that our horses have “saved” us during the last few months from going “stir crazy”, God love ‘em !

Despite having to cancel a good deal of our planned fixtures, we nevertheless managed to run in total 20 opportunities to either compete or improve you and your horses’ skills, via flatwork and XC clinics, thanks to our trainers Jo Lees and Rhian Jones , to virtual & real dressage competitions to Hunter Trials, thanks to Katie Withers, for the use of her facilities.

The virtual dressage competitions certainly have been a learning curve for all concerned , judges Jo Lees and Casey Stickland to get to grips with judging via videos – play, pause, rewind, play again, springs to mind as well as for those taking on the task of filming the tests, not as easy as you might think, thoughts being, is landscape mode better than portrait, a definite yes, and did I actually track the horse during the whole test, not always ! 😊.

As we were not allowed to use BD tests, we had to go elsewhere, some of the Canadian ones proved to be rather challenging, as their tests seem to be one level up from BD, eg their prelim tests equivalent to our novice and so on, but the riders stepped up to the challenge well.
These were well supported and no doubt appreciated by those without transport and we do plan to run them during the months of Feb & March 2021.

The Club has tried in the past to set -up XC clinics, with little or no interest, but something good came out of 2020 first lockdown, and so It was a delight to be out on the XC course at Rabson Manor with trainer Rhian Jones, such a confidence boosting trainer, both sessions in Aug and Sept were well attended and we received great feedback from all riders, so the club hopes to do similar sessions next year too.

Our ever popular Hunter trial ran in September with a larger than expected turnout and we had glorious weather and the ground conditions were superb with some great new fences on the course. Whilst checking out the fences myself the night before, I did cross paths with some of the riders course-walking, who were a little worried about either their horses, the fences , their confidence but wow on the day itself they flew around – with some fence judges being unable to contain themselves (me) shouting YEEHA – GO Girl !!

What a pity the second HT had to be cancelled due to water-logged course in October, but we plan to move the dates forward slightly next year to Aug & Sept in the vain hope that we can beat the weather.

Membership Year runs from 1st Jan 2021 – 31st Dec 2021, the fees remain unchanged at £15 annual fee for an individual to £23 for a family membership, any queries address those to our membership secretary Kathryn Tudor;

You might ask why bother to join us, well for one we are a happy welcoming group of people who try really hard to make sure that we run as many events as we can to cover all tastes but ultimately to make sure that YOU just enjoy your time with your horse and with your fellow club members and if that wasn’t enough, all entry fees for members are discounted, usually by a min of £2 or max £5 per event, so what’s not to like ?

Dates for your diary;
16th Jan – Flatwork clinic -with Jo Lees ( indoor arena ) – 3 places left.
27th Jan – AGM viz Zoom at 8pm. – open to all.
Feb 2021 – Polework clinic( Prix caprilli) & SJ grid – postponed from 14th Nov – tbc.
13th March – Flatwork clinic with Jo Lees ( indoor arena )
Online dressage comps in months of Feb & March – schedules to follow.
Charlton Park Pleasure Ride – June – tbc

We also hope to put on a “harmony with your horse” demo with Fliss Bell, sometime in Autumn of 2021 and also a Showing show during the summer and of course run “real” dressage competitions, ODE, and HTs – keep yourselves up to date with our fixtures list via our website and FB page.

I know it’s rather early but as the club is not running any events in December, I shall take this opportunity to wish all our club members and those who follow us via the website , a Happy Christmas and healthy 2021.

Rita ( chair)

Early Summer Newsletter

Hopefully you are all keeping well as things are beginning to open up again.

Online Dressage Competitions
We have managed to hold two of these so far, and they are proving to be a big success.

The April competition had 11 competitors including one from Wales making it an international competition. This was kindly judged by Casey Stickland and Class 1 was won by Rhian Wilkins on Nally, and Class 2 was won by Sue Conway on Strado. British Dressage then stopped us using their tests, so we have had to look further afield for more challenges.

The May competition was even more successful with 21 tests and a very much more international field with competitors from France and Wales. Jo Lees kindly judged this competition. Class 1 was won by Rhian Wilkins on Suzy, Class 2a was won by Rita West on Benhill Tanqueray, and Class 2b was won by Sue Conway on Strado. Jo Lees very kindly donated a prize of a free lesson to each of the winners.

Congratulations to all those who have taken part.
These online dressage competitions are proving popular, and we will continue to run them even after normal competitions resume, so hopefully makes it more accessible to all.

If you score more than 70% in two consecutive competitions at a particular level, then we are asking that in the next competition you enter the next level up i.e. move from Intro to Prelim, or Prelim to Novice. Hope that this makes sense, as it then makes it a little fairer for those who are less established at that level.

If you wish to get a judges feedback, but don’t want to be a part of the competition, then you can always enter as normal but put that you wish to go HC in the notes. That way your score won’t be published, but you will receive judges feedback and score sheet eg. if you are using tack that would not normally be dressage legal eg. Pelham bit.

Other Events
Whilst there are still rules to comply with and social distancing to maintain, we are beginning to hold clinics and canter track sessions which can be safely run. Please refer to the events page of our website, or on our Facebook group page to keep up to date with what is happening. The rules regarding the events may seem a little onerous, but they are being made to try to keep everyone safe, so please do read them and take note.

Dates of future events for early summer are set out below:
Thu 18 June – Canter Track Evening
22-30 June – Video / Online Dressage
Sat 27 June – Canter Track Afternoon
Sun 5 July – Flatwork Clinic with Jo Lees
Sat 11 July – Pole & Gridwork Clinic with Alyce King
Thu 16 July – Canter Track Evening
20-28 July – Video / Online Dressage
Sun 23 August – Pole & Gridwork Clinic with Alyce King

We look forward to seeing you at our events in the near future.
Happy and safe riding.
NWSC Committee.

Roll Up ! Roll Up !

This Saturday is the final dressage test of year !

It’s a low key, friendly, event at Ravensbrook Farm so why not have one last summer (!) memory and give your horse a lovely outing with friends ?

You can enter here.

Choose from Freestyle to Music, Intro B, Prelim 18, Novice 28, or Elementary 42.

Go on……why not ?……..

Ossie Ward One Day Event – Get In Quick !

The Ossie Ward One Day Event is now just one week away.

And the final closing date for entries is on Tuesday (27th) !

The Cross Country Course has been mown  ready for the event.  You can walk (run ?) the course by watching this video.

The Met Office forecast for the end of August looks like this : The end of August should see a split in the weather across the UK, with warm, dry, sunny conditions prevailing across many areas, but in particular the southeast. In the northwest conditions will be cloudier with rain followed by periods with sunny spells and showers.

So it’s all looking good ! – please get your entries in <Here>

Poster Ossie Ward 2019

<Click Here> for the events page.


Ossie Ward One Day Event – Not Long Now !

The Ossie Ward One Day Event is now less than two weeks away

And the closing date for entries is this coming Friday (23rd) !

The Cross Country Course has been finished ready for the event. Take a look at the course by watching this video.

The Met Office forecast for the end of August looks like this : Temperatures will recover to near or above average by day. During the remainder of the month high pressure is likely to remain close by to the southwest bringing periods of settled and warmer conditions, especially across southern areas, with perhaps the chance of some thundery showers moving up from the near continent. 

So it’s all looking good ! – please get your entries in early <Here>

Poster Ossie Ward 2019

NWSC are running a Cross Country Schooling event on Saturday 24th August – What a great way to prepare !

<Click Here> for the events page.