For the eagle eyed amongst you, you may have noticed that I made a mistake with the day of the week that the AGM is on. It is definitely on the 27th January at 8pm – which is a WEDNESDAY as all of you know, and not Thursday as put in the previous post. Sorry for any confusion caused! We would still like to ‘see’ as many of you there as possible. Many thanks for putting up with my errors. Kathryn
This is just a reminder that it is our Zoom AGM on Thursday 28th January. An important fixture in our club calendar and it is your chance to have your say. It is a first for the club, but we are trying to work round these challenging times! Normally it is an effort to turn out on a cold winter’s night, when you have just got in, and are warm and dry. However, this year, for the first time ever, that is not an issue. You can sit in the comfort of your own home, with drink by your side, in your favourite comfortable chair and join in! There is no need to travel, you just need a lap top / computer / smart phone / ipad and 30 mins of your time to join in and have a chat with other like minded people. Click on the AGM page of the website and ‘enter’ your name. Then we will email you with a link and a password to join the meeting.
Want the perfect Christmas present without going out to the shops? We are able to offer vouchers for club membership (single & family)!
To buy a voucher, please go to our website, home page and Join – on form provide full details of recipient of voucher, ie new member, and in notes space give your name as Giver, with email address, so that voucher can be emailed to you for Xmas day. Online payments only please.
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; email@example.com
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)
Unfortunately tomorrow’s Hunter Trials event has had to be cancelled due to the bad weather this weekend.
With the current ground conditions and more rain expected we felt that it was safer to postpone the event at this point.
We have decided to postpone the event for 2 weeks and it will now run on Sunday 18th October.
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.
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.
Jan – April 2020 Newsletter
Gosh, what a start to 2020, unprecedented, I do hope that all of you are keeping well and coping with the current regime, hopefully life will gradually return to a “ new “normal over the coming weeks.
Thankfully we, as horses riders and owners didn’t have to endure the snow / cold of last year, but crikey, didn’t it rain ? It started the day of our pleasure ride in September through to early March and then suddenly Spring sprung upon us.
Whatever you choose to do with your horses and ponies at this time, just embrace and enjoy those moments, we are so lucky!
Update of past events;
In January we ran a dressage to music clinic at Breach Lane indoor arena, which was well attended, sadly some riders came on foot as their steeds were incapacitated but we had a fun 2 hours trying out different types of music to fit the look of the horses as well as their paces.
February we held a Riding Test clinic at Ravensbrook Farm with Casey Stickland with Kim Lewis, as writer & scorer. The weather wasn’t exactly onside that day, again strong winds, but those that did attend enjoyed the experience and came away feeling that their riding and horse’s going had improved over the session, tests ridden varied between prelim and medium levels.
We do hope to run such sessions again, later in the year.
As you will see from our events page on our website, that was the last event the club has been able to provide for it’s member and others – we shall be making a decision about the June Charity Ride in Charlton Park in early May but for now we are holding our first video dressage competition, have 10 tests being ridden, ranging from intro -medium and our judge is Casey Stickland.
Entry is now closed, although we intend to run another in May, so please look out for details on our website / fb page.
Results will be posted up on these two platforms.
Thank you for your continued support
Rita West ( chair )
It’s way pasture bed time!
Images from today’s dressage are now on the website <here>.
They’ve been better….but the weather was awful !
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 ?……..
July – Sept 2019 Newsletter
It’s a late Sunday afternoon, the spell of gorgeous dry, sunny weather has finally disappeared, as we tiptoe in Autumn, my favourite time of year, still lots on offer though, till the end of the season, and already planning a basic dressage to music clinic in January 2020 and possibly a showing show next Summer, watch out for further details !
Update of past events;
We held two very successful evening dressage competitions, one on a Friday, the other on a Thurs, as felt we wanted to make sure those riders committed elsewhere on Friday’s didn’t miss out, we were delighted with the level of entries, both sessions filled to capacity with 20 or more riders, and we welcomed two local professional riders, one specialising in dressage , the other in eventing, who were on “novice “ steeds – to be fair to all, we did re-arrange the classes to suit. Based on this experiment of different evenings, we hope to do likewise next Summer and perhaps slot in two day-time competitions, one Saturday, the other on Sunday.
Late August saw the second ever Ossie Ward Pick-your-own ODE – numbers were roughly the same as last year, although we opted this time to hold the show-jumping on the arena, with the dressage out in the field, given that we hadn’t had a serious drought this time, the going was much improved and all those taking part seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was lovely to have Tucktruck on site to provide a full range of refreshments.
The NWSC senior club member, Kate Rayner, retained the Ossie Ward trophy, but sadly no junior club members came forward for the event.
The club is aware the ODE is a “slow- burner” especially as there are lots of similar events on offer locally which does tend to affect entries, but nonetheless we feel that the club should continue to run this.
As always, full results of all our competitions can be viewed under the events page of our website.
The first of our Hunter Trials took place on 15th Sept, entries were on par with last year, the sun shone, it was hot enough for several of us to don our shorts 😊. Some riders were local, others had travelled from Newbury to attend, all riders came over the finishing line with beaming smiles, from children, no more than 7 years of age, to adults, let’s say in their “senior” years, sadly one such rider did have a bit of a moment, jumping a lovely round over the main XC course, only to be told that she’d jumped the last fence first, so the wrong course. She was philosophic about it though, as she was so proud of her Blue Cross rescue horse to have ridden clear, although shame about, quote “the numpty jockey “. Simon our website guru and great photographer took some great shots, which you can view in the gallery on our website.
Our next HT is on 5th October, so please refer to our FB page/ website for full details and entry form.
Today, the club held its second annual Pleasure Ride, this time over local byways, bridleways in the Braydon/Brinkworth area. Entries were well up on last year, but sadly the British weather let us down, but did that put a damper on things, NO, if didn’t ! Delighted that all but two riders turned out ( the others had lame horses ) and despite the rain being persistent to start with, they came suitably attired and ready for the challenge, no-one seemed to have issues with the written directions and thankfully all returned back to the yard, incident free, the ride took most 2 hours to complete. After settling their horses & drying themselves off, we then had the chance for a chin-wag in the barn with hot drinks and plenty of cake and the horses didn’t lose out either, as they were provided with carrots. The club has received some great compliments from those taking part and it is an event that we shall continue to run, but it may well be that we alternate between locations, so perhaps back to Bibury in 2020.
There are plenty of great pics of this event on our FB page.
Forthcoming dates for your diary;
5th Oct – final Hunter Trial
12th Oct – Riding Test Clinic, with Alyce King, currently full, wait list operating
20th Oct – polework / gridwork clinic with Katie Withers
9th Nov – final dressage competition, to incl FSM
16th Nov – polework/ gridwork clinic with Katie Withers
Details of our fixtures are on our website/ fb page, look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.
A pony goes to the doctor and tells him, “Doc, I think I’m dying. I have this terrible sore throat.”
The doctor assures him, “It’s okay—you’re just a little horse.”