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Times for Marie Clinic 21st May

The times for Saturday at the Old Kennels Cirencester are:

1pm Poles session

Ted Carty; Margaret Howell;  Claire Tobin and Amy Clapham

2pm Flatwork

Shaun and Sally Snowden

If there’s any problem parking in the lorry park, you can go down to the bottom and park there

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Area 9 competitions

Being a member of WGRC means that you can put yourself forward for the Area 9 competitions, throughout the year.  They run competitions at various heights and levels in Dressage, Show jumping, Eventers Challenge, Horse Trials, Dressage to Music and Combined training.

Dates for these competitions are detailed within the calendar of WGRC and also on the Area 9 website (

All the rules and restrictions for horse and rider are detailed on the BRC website, or you can ask the Chef d equip from WGRC.

Those wanting to compete, must email a copy of their horses passport to [email protected] (front pages and all the vaccination pages), and any winnings / points at BE, BD, BS must be detailed to the Chef d equip.

WGRC pay, on competitors behalf, the prelim entry fee which goes to BRC (one per competition for DTM) but team and individuals competitors, are to pay their own entries on the WGRC website.  Prelim entries are sent to BRC a month pre to the competition, and once we have committed to compete, WGRC are liable for the entry fee, regardless of if we send anyone, and BRC do not refund entries under any circumstance. Once the selection has been done by the Team Trainer, the Chef d equine will advise the competitors of the selection, and reserves will be advised.  These selected riders will then need to pay their entry to WGRC. In the event that a rider needs to withdraw, if it is outside of 7 days pre the competition, and there is a reserve, the reserve rider will pay the entry fee, and the original rider will be refunded.  If it is inside of the 7 days, the original rider will not be refunded, and the reserve will ride free, as compensation for being called to ride at the last minute.

In the event that a rider chooses not to ride, or does not turn up at the competition, and cannot produce a vet or doctors certificate, the committee can choose to charge that rider the Prelim entry fee.

Riders wanting to compete for WGRC, must attend at least one training session.  This is a stipulation as WGRC send a team trainer to the competition to support the team (at no cost to the member) so it is essential that the trainer sees the horse and rider, so that the training on the day suits the combination, to achieve the best result possible.

We also ask for competitors to attend training as we believe that creating a team bond, is key for a good performance as well as a good, fun day out, which is what Riding Club is all about, fun and friendship.

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Area 9 Combined Training Report (17/04/16)

This was my first task since joining the committee this year, and it was to be Chief de quip for the Area 9 Combined training, held on Sunday 17th April. The week running up to the competition was a little testing as the venue that was hosting the combined training had to cancel due to the weather. As it was Wessex Gold organising the event, we were keen to find a new venue. Jo Howse and the rest of the committee including the competition secretary, Ted Carty, went on a mission to find another venue, which they did,  Tumpy Green near Dursley, in Gloucestershire. Unfortunately due to the change of venue and being further away,  we had riders pull out leaving us short on team members to compete. However with some persuasive appeals, I did manage to replace two spaces which were Jo Bryne and Fiona Whiteway, so thank you for standing in . I then had to look at a way to rearrange the teams, using some of our individuals riders, and luckly on the Saturday evening Bex Greenwood, who is not 100% health wise,  stepped in so we had two full teams, so thank you Bex Greenwood .
The sunday morning arrived, with sunshine, however the field was a little sticky and some lorries were towed in and out. Ben Greenwood went to work, warming up the riders up individually for their dressage tests. The arena that Jo Bryne and Michelle Kieffe had the worst of the ground, and was very sticky in areas and although they both did lovely tests, both Rupert and Peter struggled with the going.  Wendy Lappington and Amy Smith both did a lovely test in their arena,  as did Ted Carty and Fiona Whiteway in their arena . Kate Livermore, Bex Greenwood, Abbie Robins and Sophie Barnes probably didnt have the kindest of judges, with lower scores that we would have expected, having watched them.  They too didn’t have the best of ground but all the Competitors were in the same boat.
On to the show jumping, again Ben warmed the riders up, walked the course with them, and chatted about their lines to certain jumps.  The course was a nice flowing course and the ground in the show jumping arena was good. Wendy, Ted, Michelle, Fiona and Abbie all jumped clear. Amy and Bex both knocked a pole and Kate and Jo both knocked two down. So all in all, they all had done a good job.  Unfortunately it wasn’t Sophie’s day and she was eliminated.
The results came in Team Claret 5th, but then result changed and on the Area 9 website, were awarded 4th, so a very well done. Team Merlot came 11th, so also a good result out of 24 teams. Individually, Abbie Robins on Adrian the 2nd was 2nd,  Wendy Lappingdon on  Loxley Monkey was 3rd, Ted Carty on Harley Kinski was 4th and Amy Smith on Simon was 6th.
Congratulations to all the riders, you all rode beautifully, thank you Ben Greenwood for being a great team trainer and thank you to all the members who put themselves forward to do the training, to be considered to be part of our team.
I would also like to say a massive well done to Abbie Robins and Adrian the 2nd who have qualified for the Festival of the Horse in May, as they were the highest placed Junior rider, not in the winning team.

Just a little message if you would like to be in a team or ride as an individual for the Horse Trials or Eventers Challenge, later this year, please contact me.  You will need to come to at least one training session throughout the season to be considered, and be available for the championships.  All the dates of the Area 9 competitions and National competitions are detailed on the WGRC calendar.
Sue Allen


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Pammy Hutton clinic 30th April is cancelled

unfortunately Pammy had had to cancel the up coming clinic on the 30th of April as she is involved with the Blue Chip All Stars Academy that is being filmed at Talland next week – so very exciting for Talland
They have only just got the timetable and she is needed from 4.00 – 7.00 which clashes with our session we had booked.  All those booked in will be refunded.  The next Pammy clinic is the 5th june

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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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