It is with much sadness that we wave goodbye to Gaynor Williams, who is resigning off the committee for a while due to family commitments. She has been an absolute stalwart of the club, riding not only her lovely horses, but the roller coaster of effort needed to keep motivation and enthusiasm in what can sometimes be a thankless task. Your work Gaynor, has been appreciated and we look forward to a time in the not too distant future when we can see you back in the driving seat. In the mean time, we hope you will enjoy the club as a grassroots member, and that it will provide you with some welcome relaxation. XXX from us all
The rally and BBQ held at Rhandergynwen Hall, by kind permission of Mark and Gill Johannsen , was very well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks to Mark and Ade for chef skills and to Maggie for some excellent salads! Training and demo’s were provided by Janet Green and Jane Tanner. A brilliant evening and a great chance to catch up with one another. The club sends its best wishes to Mary Salmon for a successful shoulder operation and speedy recovery.
The brilliant team who came second at Area 20 Qualifier in Nantwich after a thrilling jump off! Te team consisted of Gaynor Williams, Gill Johannsen, Polly Owen and Jemma Gillighan. Massive congratulations to these ladies and to all the helpers we needed to make the day possible! It is very much appreciated.
Well, now that we have some decent (ish) weather I’m sure we are all back on board our horses and trying to make the most of our time. Personally just having these light nights makes the world of difference.
So…what has been happening and what is happening?
Horse Trials: Gill Johanssen achieved a brilliant result in the HT 80 with Ifon finishing in first place on her dressage score of 27! Impressive! Huge congratulations Gill. This means that Gill has qualigied for the Championships which will be held at Swalcliffe Park, near Banbury in Oxfordshire on the first weekend in August. If any of you are free to support Gill we can get together and go cheering!! http://www.swalcliffeparkequestrian.co.uk
Gaynor also came a very credible 12th with a dressage score of 35 and a double clear. Jemma Gillighan and Lucy Davies also put forward strong performances. Sian Hinkins sadly had to withdraw for the xc phase but her support was very much appreciated. Jasmin Jones also competed HC in the 100 cms ( due to a vaccination mishap…remember to get things checked!)
Nikki Anderson, Julia Line, Claire Griffiths, Laura Owen and Rachel Owen attended a Trec Training Weekend at Brandy House in Knighton in May. It was lots of fun. The weekend involved arriving and settling in with horses on the Friday night, Saturday was a day of practicing the trec obstacles in the arena and then Sunday was an orienteering exercise which was good and helped with skills. Good company, food, wine (except for the red!) and horsey activities made it a brill weekend for all involved!
The girls are very keen and get up to all sorts of Trec adventures so if you would like to join in and find out more please get in touch with Kay or Maggie and we can link you in to the training and happenings!
What a fantastic Spring!! And now we roll into summer and want you to know all the things we have planned!
Firstly …’THE REGULAR’s ! ‘ We have several lesson opportunities every week. On a Tuesday, we hold DAYTIME lessons at Cwm Dockin, Abermule by courtesy of Sue and David Jones. These are a combination of flat, pole work and some Trec work dependent on who books in and what you want to do. The choice is yours! They start at 12.30 and continue as required through the afternoon, taught by Jane Tanner. Please book in with Sue on 01686 630314 email@example.com
There are also similar lessons on Thursday evenings at Little Ditches, Churchstoke starting at 6.30pm. Please book in with Maggie on 01938 580396, 07870177296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER THINGS PLANNED:
Lot’s of our members like the opportunity to get together and combine lessons in a few different disciplines. On THURSDAY 25th July we will replace the normal Thursday evening lessons with a rally to be held at Rhadergynwyn Hall, Four Crosses by kind permission of Mark and Gill Johanssen. We will organise sessions according to who books in, but will include flatwork, show jumping, xc and Trec so please let us know as soon as possible to Maggie or Kay through whatever means suits you….email, phone, text or postcard!
Contacts are listed at the bottom of this newsletter. Cost will be £15 to encourage attendance and subsidized by the club. BUT The BEST BIT is that we will all follow this with a BBQ!!! YEY!! Bring some booze and high spirits even if you have not been riding earlier.
We are holding a John Biggs Dressage Clinic on THURSDAY 1st August at Radfords Equestrian Centre. First session will be at 11am and the cost is £15 subsidised by the club. Names as soon as possible please to Maggie.
There is also an interesting day coming up. Sarah Gathercole is going to run a Dressage To Music training day at Reasheath on Sunday 4th Aug it would be ideal for those wishing to do the qualifier 2 weeks later but might be interesting just to watch as an inspiration for next year??? for more info ring 01939 233144 or email email@example.com
For Trec fans or maybe those interested in finding out a little bit more…
Fun Mini Trec Competition
Practice Session – Sunday 21st July 2013
Competition – Sunday 4th August 2013
Venue – Stoneyford Riding Centre, Annscroft, Shrewsbury
Classes: Entry Fees:
1. Open Class Seniors 1st class entered – £10
2. Open Class Juniors Each class thereafter £8
3. Newcomers Class Seniors
4. Newcomers Class Juniors
5. Pairs Class Plus Top Score Class at some venues
These are fun obstacles for every level and age of rider and horse/pony.
All classes are unaffiliated.
Seniors – 17 yrs and over. Juniors – 16 yrs and under.
Application forms, information, terms and conditions are available from Karen Byrne via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07943171074 / 01691 839537
or Patsy Pyke via email email@example.com
During August there are a host of local shows going on. Dolfor RC has sponsored 2 classes; one at Guilsfield (8th August) and one at Berriew (24th August).
There will be a trophy at both of these shows to the HIGHEST PLACED DRC member in the equitation class. Please support them and have a bit of fun in the process. If anyone is interested in having a show preparation lesson then please contact Kay.
In September we are hoping to host a horseback treasure hunt followed by a bit of a social. Date and venue to be confirmed but watch this space!
Finally, we have decided to spend some of our DRC savings on getting a set of show jumps which will be available fro lessons and also to move around different venues for practice on grass and in different situations. We are hopeful that these will be an asset to our club and that you will all be able to make use of them at one time or another.
Contacts for this edition:
Maggie: 01938 580396, 07870177296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kay: 01686 640365, 0771 2649949 or email@example.com
Sue: Sue Jones 01686 630314 firstname.lastname@example.org
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