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2nd October 2022

Dolfor were out in full force yesterday at the @Area20 Arena Eventing Qualifiers held at the fabulous Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre and what a great day it was ….with the weather also glorious and a complete change to the day before!! πŸ’¦ Thank goodness!! β˜€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

The day started off on a high with @AnnaPryce doing a fabulous double clear in the 70cm class with a great time gaining themπŸ₯ˆplace to qualify for the championship! Whoop! πŸ‘πŸΌ

There were then some super rounds in the 80,90 and 100 classes with some lovely double clears…..just either over or under the optimum time to miss getting placed but also some who were just very unlucky only knocking the last pesky joker fence at the finish!! Arghh! πŸ™ˆ

The 90 team (Kerry, Sian and Hannah) were awarded 4th place and the day ended on another high just like it started with @SianCadwallader-Hinkins popping over from doing her BS class and headed in to do the Arena eventing to pull off a super double clear in the 90cm class with a quick time gaining themπŸ₯ˆplace qualifying them for the championship too! πŸ†

@JacquiMcDermott also did a beautiful round in the 100cm class to obtain 4th place! πŸ₯³πŸ‘πŸΌ Brilliant results!!! ⭐️

We were also very lucky to have our super stalwarts @KayJones & @GaynorWilliams who travelled up to be our Pole ladies for most of the day!! And thanks to @NicolaJones and @CharlottePowis for relieving them for much needed coffee breaks!! We are sooo grateful to you ALL for you volunteering yet more of your precious time!

WELL DONE ALL OF TEAM DOLFOR!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

Next week we are all heading back there again for the Area 20 Show jumping qualifiers! If you don’t want to miss out on the fun and want to come and watch or support our teams, please do come along!! 😍

2nd October 2022

CALLING ALL DRESSAGE DIVAS

Winter season is upon us and Area Winter dressage qualifier is planned for Sunday 6th November at Somerford Farm.

Schedule:

Senior tests Intro C (2016) [Individuals only]

Prelim 7 (2002) Prelim 12 (2005)

Novice 24 (2010) Novice 27 (2007)

Riders may enter multiple tests as individuals

Entry fee : Β£27 per test (Prelim Β£11 + Area entry fee Β£16)​

Closing date for entries : Friday 14th October

TEAM: 4 riders each doing a different test.

Please let me know asap if interested and what test you would like to do.

Emma πŸ¦„

20th September 2022

Everyone please check your hats and please check new hats before purchase. From January 2023 the following hat standards will not be accepted. All hats will need to be check from January onwards as hat tags will be a different colour.

30th August 2022


Wishing our members the VERY BEST of luck this weekend at the Riding Club championships. Rachel Jones and Homer ( show jumping) Jaqui Mc Dermott (show jumping) and Kat Morgan (Dressage). We look orward to hearing all your reports and seeing the pics. You are already heroes to us!!!

2nd August 2022


We are excited that Helen Hawker & Sarah Yorke will be competing at the Horse Trials Championship this weekend β€ΌJacqui Gittins, Sarah Yorke, Susie Wilkinson & Rachel Jones have all qualified for the Show Jumping & Dressage Championship on 3rd September – well done ladies, Dolfor Riding Club is very proud! sending lots of luck this weekend πŸ₯‡πŸ‘

24th July 2022

AREA 20 DRESSAGE AND SHOW JUMPING SUMMER QUALIFIER

What a WET but rewarding day! After a few false starts and disappointment over the loss of an earlier date, then the Horse Trials getting called off because of the weather, it was with some effort that AREA 20 managed to put the show jumping and the dressage qualifiers on today at Llanymynech. Many thanks to DOLFORITES who turned out yesterday to help set up. It was no easy task and nearly killed me ( well ok… not death… but certainly knackered!) Gaynor Williams has done both days and worked herself to the bone! Emma Saul also helping on both days and many more! We could not compete at all without the support of the whole club helping out where they can so massive thanks to everyone. Sarah Hytch is another stalwart and many thanks go to her too. EVERYONE who helps at any event… THANK YOU!!

There was a lot of concern about the ground as we have had such extreme dry weather and now this rain was going to make it hard AND slippy. Everyone knows their horses best, and their own confidence to ride when conditions are testing so absolute 100% understanding for those who decided today was not for them.

So dressage competitiors were Susie (Dotty) , Maggie (Fraser) , Kat (Nick), Beck Burton (Frank), Kirsty Lees (Ninja) and Anna (Tiger). Everyone had good results, especially in the conditions and with a horse accident in the warm up in the first part of the day! Results in their sections that I know are SUSIE 1st (VERY WELL DONE!) Maggie 6th, Kat 3rd, Kirsty 4th but dont yet know Anna’s . Emma Saul may be able to give a fuller report in due course. Well done everyone!!

Show jumping: Rachel (Homer) and Kay (Binky) entered the 70/80 and both did fabulous clear rounds in both rings, with super speedy time to have the first and second individual places respectively. Potential Lincoln Championship places for both! Many thanks to Jane Tanner for all her training and opportunities for jumping throughout the year. Also to Janet Green and Alison Lewis for the ‘on grass’ training we have managed in the last few weeks.

Charlotte (Bumble), Anna (Tiger), Jo (Winnie) , and Laura (Paddy) all competed in the 80/90 and put in very credible performances. The ground was slippy and pushing for time was difficult. Everyone looked very professional and gave superb effort for ridng in the eye of the storm.

Sarah Yorke jumped Allegro in the 100/110cms and had a clear and the 4 faults in the second round finishing an individual 4th position. Excellent effort!

And last but by no means least, Jacqui (Legs) jumped in the 110/120 and came FIRST!!! so will also be off to Lincoln! Huge congratulations you total, professional superstars!!!!!! so so proud of you!

WHOOP WHOOP everyone!! For a little club, we put on a good show! very prouod of ALL OF YOU, including our helpers and support crew. Lovely to see Gladys Jones cheering on the sidelines.

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19th June 2022

Well done to all our members who took part at Compact Event at Radfords. Kerry, Tara, Jas, Hannah, Rich and Anna…. as far as I know! Also hip hip for the cheer leaders! πŸ˜‰

12th March 2022

Huge Congratulations to Sarah Yorke and her boy Allegro for their fantastic clear round in the 100cm Arena Eventing Championship at Aston le Walls.

What an Achievement

5th March 2022

Show Jumping League


Great time was had by all at the Show Jumping League today – lots of clear rounds and beautiful weather, just what we needed.

13th February 2022

DRC Tori Clinic

We held our first DRC Tori clinic yesterday and it was a resounding success. Each rider was dealt with as an individual combination with their own set of things to focus on.

It was really interesting to sit and listen to some of the other sessions and take on board how the principles applied to a variety of horse conformations and rider issues.

Please do feel free to come along and listen at any of our clinics, even if you are not riding. On foot is also a great way to learn. It was also a great way to build on the biting clinic we ran last week and see the horses in their new ‘happy place’.

Our next clinic is on March 12th at the same venue, by kind permission of Penny and Russell. we were SO GLAD of being indoors yesterday!!

We now also have a date for April 9th.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW asap if you would like to book on to any of these clinics as places will be limited. If I already have your name, no need to reconfirm.

Cost Β£55 individual and Β£35 shared (if it is possible to find a sharer)

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31st January 2022

The Return of the Show Jumping League for 2022

This weekend we are restarting the Show Jumping League for 2022! – A taught lesson over sections of the course, then put all together at the end to jump the full course….all clear rounds get a beautiful rosette and points towards the league we run throughout the year!

Suitable for all levels and heights from poles on the ground to as high as you like! πŸ˜„

Cost Β£15pp – 1 hour shared or Β£20 – 1 hour private.

At: Little Ditches, Churchstoke with Jane Tanner instructing.

Practise beforehand as this Wednesday at 6pm and 7pm we are able to offer Flat, Pole & Jumping Lessons in the indoor arena at Bow House with Jane Tanner Instructing.

Please register your interest asap with what your preference would be for either flat/jump(height), private or shared and any time preference and we will do our best to accommodate.

Cost Β£20pp – 1 hour shared inc arena hire.

Cost for private/semi private will be dependent on amount of time you would like and if 1 or 2 people.

Please email dolforridingclub@hotmail.com or message our facebook page for more information or to book a slot!

**Please ensure you renew your membership before attending any activities in 2022 as this is vital for insurance purposes**

30th January 2022

Area 20 Arena Eventing

Today saw DRC field a strong contingent of competitors at the Arena Eventing at Kelsall Hill. The course consisted of 7 show jumps, followed by 11 xc fences and then 1 ‘joker’ fence to finish up, an upright show jump 10cms above the course height.

The 70cms team put up a positive start. Everyone gave it their best shot and Mary Saul, Anna Pryce, Tara Severs and Joanna Newing all came away with their confidence building and their horses gained from the experience in a big setting.

In the 80cms Hannah Lake Richie Jerman and Megan Powell put up a fabulous effort and ended up with a THIRD overall. Some confident jumping and good pace over all the fences ensured they achieved such a great placing.

Gaynor was sadly unable to join in today due to injury and she was missed. get well soon GW!

Finally, we had 2 individuals in the 100cms. Helen Hawker and Sarah Yorke jumped amazing rounds over a strong course, including that Joker fence! Helen did a sterling round but Sarah was hoof perfect and ended up with a fifth place.

WELL DONE TO EVERYONE. You ALL did DRC proud!

20th January 2022

Show Jumping League Results 2021

on the first Saturday of every month, we run our show jumping clear round league at Little Ditches. Jane devises some original (and challenging) courses that includes a wall, water tray, skinnies and planks. The session then incorporates some coaching over the fences and culminates in riders completing a clear round. Its a great confidence exercise and can be over any height appropriate to the combination. 19 of our members took part in 2021 and the results of the winners ( accumulated points over the year) are:

1st place: Kay and Binky

Equal 2nd: Meg and Archie, Tracey and Tilly , Rachel and Homer

Equal 3rd: Gaynor and Nahla, Nicola and Abi

Well done to EVERYONE who took part. The first round of 2022 will take place on Sat Feb 5th

11th December 2021
Christmas Jumping Part 2

Part two Christmas jumping took place with MORE delicious mince pies from Gaynor Williams and just THE MOST AMAZING course designed by Jane Tanner.

Turns, related distances, double, water tray, skinny, wall, fillers…it was ALL in there and having your horse on point and listening to your aids was crucial!! Armed with a shot of port, Kay & Binks and Anna and Tiger put up great performances with a clear round each. Earlier in the week Nicola and Abbi had also gained themselves a Crimbo rossette!

If you have never tried our show jumping league DO DO DO give it a go in 2022!! Such brilliant fun and so much learning to be gained. Think thats a wrap for the league for 2021. Results for 2021 to be announced at the AGM on 17th January (ZOOM)

30th November 2021
Amanda Holloway Clinic

What a great couple of days we have had with Amanda Holloway. Lots of happy horses and riders looking forward to when she can return. Thanks to our hosts Penny and Russel Teague and Bow House Equestrian. And of course thanks to Amanda for all the wisdom.

Sunday November 7th
Area 20 novice and intermediate show jumping qualifier at Kelsall Hill equestrian

Well that was a VERY SUCCESSFUL Day!! So many Double Clears & Placings!
What a haul of Rosettes and Trophies for Dolfor Riding Club today!! Results are IN!

70 Individual – Rachel Jones placed 4th!
70 Team – Kay, Rach & Laura came 2nd!
70 Team – Joanna, Kirsty, Mary & Richie came 6th!
90 Individual – Nicola Jones placed 6th!
90 Team – Megan, Nicola & Sarah came FIRST! Qualifying for the Championship!
100 Team Sian, Helen, Sarah & Nicola came 5th!
THEN Sarah Yorke only went and WON the Individual 100 too!! Qualifying for the Championship too!

What an achievement!!
A Very WELL DONE to Everyone and a special big thanks to those that made today possible and especially our Chef D’Equipe and Helper Gaynor for stewarding and running around for us all! What a fabulous Club and TEAM we are!!

Sunday October 10th – INTERCLUB DRESSAGE

Dolfor were on good form. Helped along with some stunning weather, Dolfor put in some top results which added to a very enjoyable day.

Helen Hawker started off the day with a red rosette on her very lovely young horse, and Sally and Juliet 2nd and 3rd in the Intro A. Dolfor again took the 3 top spots in Intro C; Maggie Juliet and Jo. Prelim 13 and the red rosette was claimed by Vyrnwy’s Alice Newby while 2nd and 3rd went to Dolfor’s Nicola on Abbey and Beck, with Frank showing that its not all about jumping!

Once lunch was over and Pelim 18 was underway Dolfor continued to be on good form. Alice and Anna came to an equal 1st, Sue and Saffy taking the 2nd spot and Adrian and Foxy taking the yellow ribbons and 3rd place. Finally in both Novice classes, Dolfor again shone with Anna, Kay and Adrian taking ribbons in the Novice 27 and Kay, Sue and Beck rounding off the day in Novice 30.

A huge thank you to all that helped on the day, to everyone that competed and to lots of beautiful and well behaved horses – it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

An evening on zoom with AMANDA HOLLOWAY, discussing CONFIDENCE and PARTNERSHIPS

Tonight we had a really amazing evening and we will have an opportunity to have a lesson or series of lessons in late November/early December – You need to BOOK YOUR INTEREST NOW – I promise you, you wont regret it.

Here is what some who attended the zoom evening had to say:

“‘my nugget is to look at my horses ears approaching jump and see when is on the rider πŸ€£Knowing him, he asks me a question – need to listen. Loved the jumping checklist – so glad I didn’t miss tonight”

“She is so knowledgeable and has such first hand experience but puts it across in such a way I can actually understand it and relate to it (and hopefully put in to practise) Loved the process of each stage of the jump and the ears is something I’ve not really looked at….going to watch the show jumping on you tube now πŸ˜„ Also the elbow positioning reiterated what Jane was telling us in our lesson tonight! “

“Her philosophy can be applied to ALL aspects of our lives. 2 positives for every negative. Before we know it, there will be NO negatives!!!”

“Thank you for tonight – inspirational”

“Thank you so much. I put some of your advice to good use in my lesson this morning πŸ˜Š. “Ride every stride”is now my new mantra, I seriously lack focus and it really really helped πŸ€©πŸ₯°

Amanda says ‘Virtually born in the saddle I’m celebrating my 50th year as a Coach. With experience as a former International Event , Dressage and SJ Rider; training riders, horses and ponies from the start of their careers through to international. I love sharing my passion in helping Partnerships achieve their ambitions. Confidence is key; what’s in the brain goes straight down the rein.’

Please check out her website: amandahollowayequestrian.com and FB Pages.

AMANDA J HOLLOWAY
BHSI Performance Coach, BE Accredited Coach, APEC Advanced Coach and Trainer.

Amanda is the daughter of the world famous equestrian Mollie Sivewright who started the Talland School, and is a sister to Pammy Hutton

Inter Club Show Jumping Competition

Dolfor doing us proud today!! πŸŽπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒŸπŸ’–
Lots of colourful Rosettes were won by many but most importantly what a fun enjoyable day it was for ALL with so much TEAM CHEER!!

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Dolfor’s Champion with the most points of the day was awarded to the awesome Jan Lawrence & Reggie!! πŸ†

90-95cm Winner was our Sarah Yorke with her new boy Allegro…setting the bar high for their future! 🀩

80-85cm Winner was a fabulous quick round by our Sian Cadwallader-Hinkins on Kraggie! With the Brilliant Benny and Eluned Tibbot a VERY close 2nd with just 0.2 seconds between them! πŸ‘πŸΌ

60-65cm Winner was Jan Lawrence and Reggie up against the ponies but they sussed the quickest routes and navigated their lines perfectly! 😎

Accumulator Winner was our girl power duo Jas Jones and Pepsi accumulating the most points and jumping the joker 1.10 fence clear TWICE!

The Pairs class was also won by Dolfor with a quick substitute to create the speed demon duo of Richie Jerman on Ollie and Jas Jones on Pepsi doing a superb combo of speed and turns! πŸ‡πŸ»πŸ˜

Lots of the Dolfor crew also got placed within the top 6! WELL DONE ALL!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ 🌟 🌟

A MASSIVE THANKS and awards for themselves to go to our organisers and helpers who made this day happen! πŸ₯° Special Thanks to our Gate Goers Joanna Newing and Sally-ann Taylor for keeping everything to the minute and running so smoothly. Thank you to our pole and poo fairies Meg Jones and Jas Jones! Much appreciated! πŸ’© πŸ˜„

Well done and thank you to everyone who came to support us whether competing or helping! See you at the 2022 Interclub SJ!! πŸ₯°

Radford Clinics This Autumn

XC schooling session with Sally Jackson Instructing at RADFORDS this SUNDAY 12th September!

Heights from 30cm up to 1m to suit all abilities.Cost is Β£40 per session (this includes the Β£20 hire of Radfords)

You can book in on our calendar page, remember to let us know at what approx height you wish to jump.

Also, Sally is running a series of clinics at Radfords this autumn Please find below a table of the dates and focus: If you can let us know as SOON as possible, what you would like to do then we can book the right hours for each session.

For these clinics, Sally charges Β£30 per hour plus the arena hire charges too, so that cost will be divided between people depending if you want private or shared. Please indicate when booking.

All these dates and many more can also be found on our calendar page.

Saturday 28th August Results!

At Berriew Show Gaynor won the highest placed member of Dolfor Riding Club in the Riding club horse. She was also 3rd in the Riding Horse class.

Kay was third in the coloured horse class.

Meg won the 65cms show jumping and Jas Jones won the 90cms.

Jasmin Williams had a double clear and a 31 dressage at llanymynech BE horse trails.

If you have been out and about this weekend then let us know how you got on.

18/08/2021 – INTER-CLUB SHOW JUMPING IS BACK!!!

This is proving to be one of the many highlights in our riding club calendar…..a great day for ALL to be a part of!
Club Contenders – Dolfor v’s Vyrnwy Valley v’s Hafren!!
Saturday 25th Sept at Radfords Equestrian

Entries by Mon 20th September and BACS to usual account.

If you don’t fancy jumping but wish to come and support please do come and CHEER us on OR offer a helping hand to pole pick, steward etc! The more the merrier πŸ˜‰

Any questions, please ask! πŸ˜ƒ Our club needs you!! 😎

30/07/2021 – CHANGE OF CAMP DETAILS
Due to low numbers we have made the decision to run as a one day RALLY on 7th August. Format of this will be the same as normal with a variety of lessons throughout the day. On Sunday 8th we are encouraging TEAM DOLFOR to attend Anchor show where we can all take part in something. All entry forms are available by looking up Anchor Show on FB and downloading the entry. Should be fun. Any queries, please get in touch.

25/07/2021 – AREA 20 SUMMER SHOW JUMPING
A great day at Area 20 summer show jumping. No rosettes but a great time had by all. Fantastic team spirit. Post your pics up ladies! Massive thanks to Hannah, Rich, Sarah Y, Jo M, for being helpers!!! We appreciate we could not compete without people giving their time. Also thanks to chef d’equippe Adrian for helping at the collecting ring.

10/07/2021 DRC SHOW JUMPING LEAGUE

Fantastic day at DRC show jumping league where successful members were able to earn the new DRC rosettes!! A lot if fun over another of Jane’s amazing courses. The woman is a genius course builder!