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Sue Austen steps down from committee

Sue Austen, one of the founder members of WGRC has stepped down from committee due to home and work commitments.  This is with immediate effect, and the clinics that Sue managed with be passed to Sue Allen for Ben Greenwood, and short term, Jo Howse for Pammy Hutton.  We are thankful to Sue for everything that she had done for the club, as without her the club would have not had succeeded as it has done.  Originally Sue was in charge and managed all the trainers and clinics, which was no mean feat.  Sue has now got her new horse Hattie up and running, so hopefully we will see her at some of the clinics.

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BRC Novice Championships

The senior team of Wendy Lappington (Monkey), Jo Manning (Libby), Kate Brown (Limited Edition) and Janet Stares (Nico) qualified back in November for the BRC finals at Keysoe by winning the area qualifier. Zoe Thompson (Hoskins) also qualified as a junior individual.

A lot of planning went into the weekend for both horses and humans – food, transport, overnight accommodation – it was like a military campaign. We all had extra lessons and a test riding session with a BD judge (Roseanne Fitzgerald). The tests were videoed and we had a feedback on improvements to get maximum marks (bit like having someone criticise your best friend), so we felt as prepared as we could be.

Unfortunately at the last minute, disaster struck and Kate couldn’t go. Rita West womanfully stepped in with Lexy, but decided that she would come up on the day, so 3 horses, (transported courtesy of Gramps), 3 riders, 1 owner, 4 supporters and 3 dogs left Swindon at Friday lunchtime. After a long journey courtesy of the roadworks and traffic around Oxford, we arrived about 5pm and after settling in the horses, we set up camp in Colin and Jan’s caravan with Rose’s chilli for tea. After a bit of negotiation with the parking police, Gramps moved the lorry next door and Rose had her tent pitched between 2 jumps behind the caravan, so we had a proper club camp. We all retired early – being very good competitors!

After some sleep (I don’t think anyone slept well) we all went into autopilot and started our own routines to prepare for our rides. We found out at the last minute that there was an arena walk at 7.30am which was very useful to settle the horses. Marie arrived about 8am and the competition day started.

Jan was in 1st with Nico, who took it all in his stride. He did a really good test, with his centre lines, free walk and one medium trot going really well (these being his weak points) and he got 69% to finish 11th place.

Wendy was next. They did their best test they’d ever done being forward and round. His test was accurate and looked really good. Wendy and Marie were delighted when they got 68 % to finish 13th.

There was then a break until the others rode in the afternoon so a good fry-up from the caravan kitchen was enjoyed by all. There was also a Tiffany birthday cake for Rose, and a ‘Death by chocolate’ cake made by Chloe to keep the sugar levels up.

This was Libby’s first big competition, but she didn’t seem bothered being led down asleep most of the morning. She warmed up beautifully, but was held by the stewards outside the arena and got a bit worried. Jo had to ride very sympathetically because Libby was on edge, but she did a clear round and after the free walk, started to relax. They got 65.2 % which was more than at the regionals, and came 20th.

Last came Rita and Lexy. Due to a tack malfunction, they didn’t get the ideal warm-up, with less time than they wanted. Lexy became quite tense and Rita had to ride very carefully. They delivered a solid test for 65 % and 24th.

We were a little disappointed to come 21st but the middle order was very, very close (as was the test results) so we could so easily have been much higher (or lower). The standard of the winners was amazing. They had a 1st, 2nd, 4th and 7th which left them streaks ahead of everyone else! As Marie said ‘The club was very well represented and have riders at almost every championship now. Everyone did very well, but dressage has an element of subjectiveness and single points separated almost every place, and every place counted. Lexy and Libby are both young and inexperienced, and dealt with the atmosphere very well. Everyone rode their best’

So that was it –  pack up, load the horses and head home just as Zoe’s Mum and Dad arrived with Hoskins for the next day.

Zoe has been to a dozen finals so is an old hand – it was meant to be her last Championship as a junior and she wanted to go out in style. She said ‘After two very full on training weeks, a last minute emergency visit to the horse back lady, we finally got to the Nationals. After riding a visually pleasing test (and for once with no rider direction errors) we finished 5th against some tough competition and only having half the warm up time planned – as I forgot to get my hat tagged!’.  Zoe has worked long and very hard on Hoskins and is now reaping the rewards – 5th was a fantastic result.

Zoe has just heard that she’s been given a wildcard to the Intermediate Finals at the end of April which will definitely be her last BRC Junior final. This means that we have 3 people at Bury at the end of the month– Good Luck guys !


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Helpers for the combined training

Jobs for sunday
Dressage writers Arena A HT 90 start 10am Frances Stokesberry, Arena D start 11am Jill Carless
Dressage steward and Tack check – Tracey GlynAndtracey Hannaford and Tiffany Lay. start at 9.45
Show Jumping steward Lisa Woods start at 11am
Tack check Show jumping from 12pm Heather Muir and Issy, Emma Dunkley, Tack check from 11am till 12pm
Abby Wharton show jumping commenter from 11am till 2.30
Jenny Hughes show jumping judge
Jo Howse secretary
Rita West and Clive scoring from 10am
Claire and Phil and Lisa Woods gang on arena party
so the event kicks off with the first ones dressaging at 10am, with the last one in at 1.30pm
Show Jumping kicks off at 11am and is finished by 2.30pm
thank you so much for supporting wgrc at this competition, we couldnt do it without you. lunch will be provided for all of you.

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Times for Sunday’s event (17/04/16)

Please see the times for the dressage and combined training this Sunday, held at Tumpy Green.

Times detailed are for both the BRC competition and the unaffiliated competition.  These are now version two updated 9am Friday (only amends as per emails with particular clubs which do not effect previous times).

There are four arenas, A, B, C and D, these are detailed on the times so please be aware of which arena you are in.

All numbers, hat tagging, passport checking will be done in the secretaries tent which will be located in the secretaries horse box.

The show jumping course will be set at 75cms and ready for walking as you arrive.  The course will be increased in height (but remain the same) after the last 75cms jumps (approx 1pm) and ready for walking imediatley afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you all at the event and thank all those at Tumpy Green for helping out so we could run the competition within Area 9.


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New venue secured for Sunday

Good news everyone. Tumpy Green on the A38 Gloucester Road by Dursley can host the WGRC competition on Sunday. All of those in the BRC classes, you get to ride and have your handle to qualify. Those who were doing the unaffiliated classes, can you let the secretary, Teresa Carty know ASAP if you are willing to change venue as we need to look at numbers ASAP so we can plan times.

Tumpy Green Lane, Cam, Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 5HZ


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Update on competition on the 17th April

Due to all the wet weather that the South West has had over the weekend, it has resulted in the fields at Rabson Manor being too wet to support the competition due to the lorry park being under water.  The forecast for the rest of the week is “April showers”, and so little or no chance of it drying up ready for Sunday.  As the competition is also hosting the BRC Area 9 Combined Training Qualifer, the team of EGRC are looking at alternative venues or new dates to postpone the competition to.  A decision and plan of how / where / when the competition will be held will be advised by tomorrow lunch time (12th April).  Those who have entered the Open classes will then be able to choose to move with the competition or have a refund.  As you can imagine the team are all working hard to come up with a solution so please bear with us.  Many thanks. Team WGRC

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WGRC name Area 9 Combined training teams

Sue Allen, Chef d Equip for WGRC, has named her teams for the up coming Area 9 Combined training competing on the 17th of April.  The competition, hosted by WGRC and held at Rabson Manor will see two senior teams and two junior individuals compete to qualify for the National Champioships to be held at Aston le Walls.

Team Claret will consist of Kate Livermore riding Kinsley Dollar AR and Wendy Lappington riding Loxley Monkey who will ride the 100q dressage and jump 85cm, Ted Carty riding Harley Kinski and Michelle Kieffe riding Robert H who will ride the 90q dressage and jump 75cm.
Team Merlot will consist of Hollie Cowley riding My friend Jackson and Amy Smith riding Oaklands Seashell, who will ride the 100q dressage and jump 85cms, and Anneka Storey riding Rupert, and Jo Byrne riding Peters Top Jock riding the 90q dressage and jumping 75cm.
Our Individual Juniors will be Abbie Robins riding Adrian the 2nd and Sophie Barnes riding Mullientine My Rose both competing in the 100q dressage with 85cm show jumping.

Ben Greenwood, team trainer will be on hand to warm up the competitors from WGRC, so we wish them all the best and will see them there, and hopefully at the championships.

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Area 9 Dressage qualifier report

The club put forward 2 teams and two individuals to the above event at Leyland Court on Feb 28th. The teams were made up of David Wood, Wendy Lappington, Bex Greenwood, Rita West, Kim Swift, Janet Stares and Ryan Hawkins. Unfortunately, at the last minute Ryan’s 2 Elementary horses went lame on the same day, so Janet Stares stepped up from Novice and Terena Gough bravely agreed to do the other elementary on Jake, who hadn’t been out for quite a while. That meant that there was a spare Novice and Kate Brown kindly stepped in at the last minute.
It proved to be a day of two halves – the Prelim and Novice riders who went in the morning did fantastically well with David on Fran winning with Rita on Lexy coming 3rd in the Novice test and Wendy on Monkey coming 5th & Bex on Canabel 6th in their prelim. This means that David goes forward to the finals at Bury in April and put the teams in a commanding position.
Unfortunately, the afternoon riders did not fare so well – a rugby match complete with ambulance, lights and siren, did not add to an air of calm in the arena nearest the road and several horses were affected by the noise. Kate managed a creditable 16th and the others unfortunately coming further down the rankings, even so the teams managed 8th and 10th out of 24.
The two individual riders were Rose Swadden and Anneka Storey. Poor Rose had an awful day, arriving late due to the chauffeur oversleeping and then they broke down on the motorway on the way home. Rose’s test had some good marks and comments, but Snoozy suffered from her nerves and had some not so good bits. Anneka’s Arizona absolutely hated a very hairy cob in the warm-up which unsettled her in her test, but did some lovely work to come 17th.
As usual there was a fantastic team spirit , with lots of support from both Marie (Trainer ) and Anya (Team manager) and club mascot Mouse, yummy cake from Chloe and a multitude of friends and family that make riding for the Club fun and challenging. Onwards and upwards x


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