CAMP REPORT!

 

 

I’m not going to deny it….. a few days before camp, my head was spinning with logistical dilemma’s and I couldn’t quite work out how the puzzle was going to come together. But how wrong I was! Camp was FANTASTIC and such a pleasant and social occasion!

 

Friday night kicked off with a hack round the lanes, woods and farm, which was much enjoyed by all who went. We had various terrains and challenges to keep us on our toes but all landed back at base in one piece and ready for supper. Catering manager, Maggie Evans, stepped up to the challenge and produced a fantastic BBQ supper for not only campers but club members too who came along for the social. There was much laughter and reminiscing (helped along by a small amount of wine!).

 

Saturday was the start of more formal lessons. We had 3 working areas: the arena, the show jumping course on grass and ‘Cavaletti Corner’. Instructors, Nikki Shipp, Janet Green and Jane Tanner took their respective victims, and attempted to whip them into shape! New member Cat, had a beginners session on Bob ( not known for his generosity to learners) but all was well and Cat has confessed to now truly having the riding bug!

 

Then there was Liz, Maggie, Claudia, Kay, Ade, Meg, Jas and Lucy who were all on board doing various activities. …from some excellent show jumping to piaffe through Cavaletti. Gaynor, whose horse was unwell, took the ride on Princess Holly in the morning while Kay attempted to ride her new bay babe, Nutmeg. Having had a foal last year and lulled into a sense of retirement, poor Nutmeg has had a rude awakening.

 

Catering manager excelled herself again with a fantastic lunch of chilli and rice. Yummmmy!

In the afternoon we were also joined by Camilla ( and Dougie!!) and Gaynor who took over the ride on Bob the Cob! The Bob and Archie show, after lunch was excellent entertainment value with Bob actually proving that you don’t need to be no fancy warmblood to produce some rather excellent elevation in your trot! Well ridden Mrs Williams! And Meg and Archie were as nimble as sprites through the Cavaletti ( although Archie still thinks he was show jumping!

Adrian and Lucy were doing some focused jumping over corners and skinny’s and making it look very easy. Camilla brought Bambi, a horse she has done well with so far in the dressage league. Camilla told us ‘Rowland says it hasn’t got much jump’ In the words of a New Zealander…..” YEAH,RIGHT!” I suppose its all relative and compared to Big Star, she may not be Rio bound, but she would put up a good demo in most places! Well done Camilla for sitting tight on what must have felt like orbit on occasions! Vicky, stole her mare back of Mum and had a good jump session too, full of the enthusiasm and the confidence of youth. … and all of that after a morning training in Birmingham for the Welsh athletics squad!! ( in AWE!!).

 

Having packed our ponies to bed, some of us dragged ourselves, under severe protest, to the Nags Head for supper. It was a chore, but hey ho, someone had to go!😉

 

Sunday morning we started with two new campers: Rachel and Laura, who had successfully persuaded Paul to look after TWO babies!! Brave man and well done girls…you must have made some very tempting promises!! Both horses went well and the ladies went home happy. The rest of us mounted our steeds and had a great morning. New arrivals in the afternoon were Karen and Glen who had a lovely post lunch session ( another culinary production of magnificence!) in gorgeous weather. Finishing up, Kay and Claudia tackled some mini jumping in the field ( OH THE BRAVERY!). Special mention should go to Lucy, for extreme sympathy for a nervous aged woman, and agreeing to be a very efficient water ( vodka!?!) boy. THANK YOU! Maggie and Vicky had a fab flat lesson with Jan and Ade did some technical grids to round off the day.

 

WHAT A FANTASTIC CAMP!! Thank you to EVERYONE who came, to the bbq, to ride and to watch!! Special SPECAIL thanks go to Maggie for fab food management and also to SARAH BOWKER for some amazing photos! PLEASE support her and buy a couple. Also MAhOOSIVE thanks to our gorgeous instructors Janet Green, Nikki Shipp and Jane Tanner! #topoftheirgame

 

Already I am looking forward to the next one!!!! GO DOLFOR RC!!! Truly a LOVELY bunch of people.

JUNE DRESSAGE

DOLFOR RIDING CLUB 2016 DRESSAGE LEAGUE .

BRITHDIR EQUESTRIAN, GUILSFIELD, WELSHPOOL. SY21 9DJ..12TH JUNE 2016 SUNDAY.   OPEN TO ALL ADULT RIDERS.

CLASS ONE …RESTRICTED TO RIDER AND HORSE COMBINATION WHO HAVE NOT WON A FIRST, SECOND OR THIRD PLACE YET!..PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS

Introductory B Test

CLASS TWO

Introductory C Test

CLASS THREE

Preliminary 14 Test

CLASS FOUR

Novice 28 Test

ENTRY FEES £10 PER CLASS. MUST BE PAID AT TIME OF ENTRY. PAY BY CHEQUE OR BY BACS TRANSFER TO Dolfor riding club , AC 21071793..SORT CODE 40-34-33 OR BY PHONE / CARD TO 01938552976 DURING 9AM TO 3PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY.

POINTS AWARDED TO ALL DOLFOR RC MEMBERS TOWARDS LEAGUE TROPHY AND PRIZES.

POINTS FOR ENTRY TO EACH CLASS …2 POINTS. POINTS FOR 1st PLACE…20 POINTS, 2ND PLACE…15 POINTS, 3RD PLACE…10 POINTS, 4TH PLACE…6 POINTS, 5TH PLACE…5 POINTS

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES THURSDAY 9TH JUNE. TIMES AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 10th JUNE FROM 5PM…either by phone 01938 580396 or email foxyflora@icloud.com

March 16 update

DOLFOR RIDING CLUB

NEWSLETTER UPDATE

MARCH

Just a quick reminder of what’s coming up later this month and a little more on next month’s events. The Club had lovely weather for the dressage practice and the first of our dressage league competitions. A BIG well done to Maggie for organising them. The Cross Wales Ride organisers are holding a meeting on the 30th March, if you want to take part for just a day or maybe more you really need to attend. Please contact Nikki to get details.

Later This Month

19th Rally Please contact Kay

21st Entries Close for the Festival of the Hunter (show jumping and cross country) Llanymynech. Please contact Polly Owen

26th Area Combined Training, Llanymynech. Entries closed but please support the Club members taking part.

30th Ride Meeting. Please contact Nikki for details.

April

16th Festival of the Hunter. If you’re not competing why not pack a picnic and have a day out.

17th Dressage League. Same schedule with the beginners class. If not competing helpers are needed. Please contact Maggie.

25th Evening Dismounted Rally. Emergency First Aid for the Horse Talk and Demo by Elliot Clifton (Vet) at Pied House Stables at 7.30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to get advice on what to do when things go haywire! Tea and cake will be available after. Please contact Honor to book your space.

Don’t Forget

About our weekly lessons that happen on Thursday and Saturday at either Churchstoke or Birthdir (indoors) Please contact Rachel for more information and to book in

Next Committee meeting 19th April. If you have any suggestions for horsey or non-horsey happenings please let one of the contacts below know and we’ll see what we can do. Remember it is YOUR club!

Committee Members

Chair Nikki Anderson- onemoodymare@yahoo.co.uk

Vice Chair:   Kay Jones – kay@bettwslifehouse.org.uk   07712 649949

Secretary and Dressage:                                                                                                      Maggie Evans FoxyFlora@icloud.com 07870 177296

Treasurer: Rachel Jones – Rachel.Jones@newmor.com 07977 933137

Jumping & Eventing:                                                                                                 –               Polly Owen: pollyowen123@gmail.com 07837 958089

Times for Saturday

Here are the times and plans for saturday.  Apologies if these are not ideal. but its the best plan I could come up with.
  1pm to 2 pm
With Janet:  Kay and Maggie
2 pm to 3 pm
With Janet:  Robbie, Kate, wendy (horse beginner)       With Jane: Gaynor and Kay
3pm to 4 pm
With Janet: Gaynor, Julia, Wendy ( more experienced horse)        With Jane:   Nikki  and Maggie

NOVEMBER NEWS

 

DOLFOR RIDING CLUB NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

 
Hi Everyone,

 

I would like to start off by giving our all our new members a warm welcome to Dolfor Riding Club.

NEWS

2016 Charity ride from Builth Wells to Pyle. All members welcome, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Nikki Anderson or Julia Line (07837 075 257) if you would like to be part of the ride. We are going to meet on the 1st December to discuss details so please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to be involved. 2015 charity ride was a huge success and we are very much looking forward to organising and completing ‘2016 Charity Ride’.

The demonstration at Marcus Reid was very informative and successful – a big thanks to Marcus for his time and effort and letting us meet his beautiful horses.

The Rally on Sunday 1st November was great fun and well attended by our club members – we hope you can attend the next rally – looking forward to seeing you there.

We would very much like your photo of you and your horse to appear in the calendar, please submit a photo by 1st December for the calendar entries to Maggie Evans.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Regular weekly lessons at Jane Tanner’s on Thursday evening and Saturday morning – please book your place with Rachel Jones J

NOVEMBER

18th November Social at The Dragon Inn Montgomery starting at 7pm – it would be lovely to meet up with members old and new for a relaxed and informal catch up.

29th       Honor’s Hack. Bury Ditches, Bishops Castle. Meet 10.30am directions, go to Bishop’s Castle on the A488, take B4385 signposted Lydbury North, take 2nd right signposted Brockton, keep on this road  car park at top hill on right. Soup and hot dogs for lunch when we get back, donations to charity ride fund. Ride about 8 miles suitable for everyone. Contact Honor (by 27th) to book your place.

DECEMBER

1st    Photo’s to Maggie for next year’s planner.

6th    Fun Show Brithdir Equestrian Centre, Guilsfield

12th  Rally at Radfords. Flatwork and Jumping 1-4pm £15 per session & both indoor and outdoor schools booked. Instructors:  Janet Green for jumping and Jane Tanner flat. Please contact Kay or Maggie to book a place.

28th  Lunchtime Social Bishops Castle.

Next Committee meeting 1st December, if anyone has any suggestions for horsey or non-horsey activities please contact the commitee.

 

Committee Members

Chair: Nikki Anderson- onemoodymare@yahoo.co.uk

Vice Chair: Kay Jones – kayjones68668@gmail.com 07712 649949

Secretary and Dressage: Maggie Evans – FoxyFlora@icloud.com 07870 177296

Treasurer: Rachel Jones – Rachel.Jones@newmor.com 07977 933137

Jumping & Eventing: Polly – pollyowen123@gmail.com 07837 958089

Newsletter: Honor Arden: honorarden@yahoo.co.uk 07788 460712

Lessons: Laura Pell: lauraowen@yahoo.com 07855 557838

Member Instructor: Jane Tanner: jane.littleditches@btinternet.co.uk 07506 943935