Area 4 Dressage Events 2017
Area 4 Dressage Events in 2017
16th July Manor Grange Stud Area 4 Dressage to Music and Pairs (non music test in a 20 x 40 arena and music in a 20 x 60 arena).
22 and 23 July Richmond Equestrian Centre Summer Show (which includes the summer dressage team event)
Winter Show (which includes the winter dressage team event) – Date and Venue to be confirmed.
If you become a member of the team the information that I will need from you is as follows:
- Name of your Horse (exactly as it appears on your passport)
- Mobile phone number and email address
- Any winnings your horse has had with BD (if any)
- A copy of your horses full flu vaccination history from your passport (see notes below)
- Passport number
I will be there on the day of the competitions all day to help out, offer moral support, shoulder to cry on, photographer, whip holder, I’ll chase you’re horse if they are not in front of your leg etc etc…☺
You can have a reader for your test if I can nab someone that is hanging around, but ideally you should learn it inside out before the competition!
Deadline for entries
All entries must be made by me to British Riding Clubs 21 days before the event. I must also send separate entries to Area 4 organisers.
Eligibility to compete and the BRC Rules:
The rules for determining your eligibility to compete are set out in the BRC rule book. This can be downloaded from the British Horse Society website in the British Riding Club area, here is the link:
Some of the key rules are listed below (but not all of them!). BRC Area 4 are extremely strict on these rules, the first one in particular. We have had team members arrive at a competition to be informed that they cannot compete. I will help you if you get stuck, eg checking you vaccs are right (and I check these before the comp anyway) to avoid this happening but you should read the eligibility section of the BRC rule book to ensure you are eligible to compete, (eg it is not just ensuring that your horse is vaccinated because there is a rule which states that you are ineligible to compete if your horse has been vaccinated in the 6 days prior to the competition).The key rules:
- Your horse must be vaccinated against Equine Influenza
- You must be a member of the club
- You can only compete for one club (you can be a member of as many clubs as you like)
- You must be over 18 years of age on 1st Jan 2017
- Your hat must meet the standards set out on page 23 of the BRC Rulebook
• The number of BD points you have governs which tests you can ride and in some cases may make you ineligible (if you have too many) to ride particular tests. There are classes specifically for people with no or a limited number of BD points too so don’t read this and think that you’ll be riding alongside Charlotte Dujardin in the warm up if you don’t ride in affiliated competitions!!
There are also rules relating to the tack and equipment that you are permitted to use. These are on page 87 of the rule book. There have been changes made to rules this year, they have gone all out and permitted the use of diamante plaiting bands (not that I could ever get these over the fat plaits my pony has...)
Any questions about any of the above or anything else give me a shout!
Dressage Team Manager
Meet Dressage Team Manager - Rachael Newth
As some of you will know already I have taken over from Rebecca Starling as the Chef D’equipe for the Calderdale Saddle Club Dressage Team. I hope that I can do as good a job as Bex did.
For those of you that don’t know me, I am a dressage obsessive and it is all CSC’s fault. I bought my pony three years ago for hacking (having never had a horse before) and she turned out to be a napper (can’t wait to get to elementary so I can show the judge rein back because we have that totally nailed…). I ended up giving the hacking a miss for a while and found myself in an arena practising an intro B test for CSC’s winter dressage at Aireview Equestian.
So here I am, years later, working on lateral and longitudinal suppleness - words I never knew existed - and hoping that I can encourage others to give team dressage a go, move up a level or get people in our club to the BRC National Championships!
I have set out some info on the BRC events for you all in case you are new to the club or haven’t ridden in a team before (see above).
For those that are interested I will be arranging some test riding sessions before the events with Ashley Ward and Kath Pinington so watch out for those dates.
I have also had a lot of interest in the pairs dressage, I am planning some sessions to help you plan your tests and run through riding in your pairs for anyone that is interested. I will put these dates on Facebook and send an email. I was at the competition last year and the pairs class had a limited number of entries but they looked really good fun!!!
There will also be some other dressage training dates being released in the next week or so so keep an eye out for those.
Don’t forget our club winter dressage is underway and the next event is on Sunday February 19th at Aireview Equestrian Centre. The Schedule is on Horse Monkey and on our website. I’ll be there so come and say hi if we have not met before. We are also running sessions on the Mechanical Horse with Liana at Ravenroyd Equestrian.
I am looking forward to 2017!
First Aid Training
Area 4 have organised a day of First Aid Training at Askham Bryan College on Saturday 17th September 2016.
The course is a fully accredited Emergency First Aid at Work Course, delivered over 6 teaching hours. Cost per person is approx £40 and is open to any riding club member but places are limited so first come first served. Tea coffee provided but please bring your own packed lunch.
Norland Show Report 2016
Area Horse Trials 2016
New BRC Hat Rules 2016
Reminder to all BRC members - new hat rule
From 1 January 2016, ALL hats must be checked and tagged with a new ORANGE BRC hat tag. All hats which only meet the standard EN1384 or BSEN1384, and do not comply with another standard from the approved table, WILL NOT be accepted and therefore will not be permitted for any BRC competition. Hats which bear EN1384 or BSEN1384 along with another standard from the approved table, will be tagged.
For example, BSEN1384 & PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the Kitemark, would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.
Area 4 Winter Showjumping Qualifier 2016
On 14th February our 'Novice' Area Show Jumping team of:
- Jo Harris - Rooney
- Debbie Jowett - Harvey
- Cher Cartwright - Charlie
- Louise Feather - Sambo
set off to Bishop Burton on a lovely sunny and more importantly dry winter's morning, (that's commitment on Valentine's day and understanding loved ones but do they really have much choice when ponies come in to the fold?!).
All 4 went clear in the first round, one of only 3 teams. Cher Cartwright & Debbie Jowett then went double clear!
Charlie & Cher jumped brilliantly, with a banana & fried egg fillers not fazing them! Debbie's Harvey was up for the job and enjoyed the party, jumping huge and fast. Louise Feather with her ginger ninja little man (Sambo) jumped their socks off but had an unlucky couple, they did us so proud & we're very brave (biggest course they'd ever jumped!). Jo Harris & her young man Rooney had an unlucky 3 poles and he showed great maturity in the big spooky arena!
The final results was that our team came 5th out of 23 teams, walking away with 12 points and doing our club very proud indeed! Jo actually had the fastest 2nd round of the day at 41.32!!
The few wardrobe malfunctions were not stopping our ladies and were soon addressed/rectified; a borrowed hat (for Cher), ear rings that I missed before going in to the collecting ring (Debbie & Louise) and a tendon boot flying off Rooney's leg in the 2nd round (Jo). The judge in the 2nd round deserves a special mention, as she was so kind and understanding when the ginger ninja decided he didn't want to wear his 'bling' bridle for the remainder of the round and despite his bridle totally coming over his head, he stood perfectly still for team mate Debbie to run in to the ring and help Louise. The judge said she'd been judging for a long time and had never seen anything like this. Hats off to Louise for being so brave and super confident, the judge allowed them to jump a line of 4 before leaving the arena and Sambo flew over them all like a little pro!
Thanks to Heather Fitzpatrick-Morgan & Marilyn Walker for their help & support for the whole team on the day. Overall a very well organised event & super day!
Area Dressage Qualifier Report 2015
The Area 4 Dressage Qualifier took place as part of the summer show held at Epworth Equestrian Centre on 12th July 2015. We sent 3 teams to compete and 2 individual riding test competitors.
The lead up to the competition was not a smooth ride; horses were producing sick notes left, right and centre! I haven’t actually added them up recently but the last time I did, I counted 6 horses that had pulled sickies to get out of the competition. This meant there were lots of substitutions and swapping teams about, Thank you to the team members who just left me to my giant game of Noughts and Crosses and accepted their changed team/ test and in the case of Charlotte Clough I found her another horse to ride!
I need to say some thank you’s to people before I go into results, as without them this competition would not have happened. First Thank you goes to Rosie Blackhall for lending us her horse for Charlotte to ride, what a generous gesture and L was fantastic. Secondly, Charlotte Clough for riding a strange horse, getting up at 3am to collect her and then being the epitome of team spirit all day and staying for the prizegiving. Nicky Green for coordinating all the helpers for Saturday and giving Fly Wheelock a sleep over and a lift to the competition, and keeping me sane in the run up, Jan Wheelock for being Chief test reader, whilst I was deputy, The eventing Angels for your time and super organisation on Saturday and finally all the team members for getting up ridiculously early and riding lovely tests.
By hook or by crook we got our teams to Epworth and all had a very enjoyable and successful day for the club. Our Open Red team consisting of Alison Wheelock, Kathryn Wheelock, Paula Unwin and Charlotte Clough all rode fantastic tests to come 2nd as a team; Charlotte was 7th in her arena, Kathryn was 8th in hers and big congratulations to our two class winners from that team, Alison and Paula. We wish you the best of luck at Nationals!
Our Open white team put in a strong performance and came 10th as a team. Nicky Green did a sterling job in her first attempt at Elementary at Area level, to score a very respectable 65.86% and come 10th in her arena. New team members Tracey Smallwood and her horse Sliabhbawn Cruiser put in a great performance and were placed 6th in her arena, and another new partnership to represent us was Abigail Wheeler and Oliver who just missed out on a ribbon, coming 7th in her arena. Vanessa Lewis and the lovely Boo made up the White team but after a storming start to their test Boo slipped badly on the wet grassy arena prompting Vanessa to freestyle! They finished on a respectable 60% after the costly mistake so will be back next year with studs to take the trophy!
Our Prelim team, although not placed had a great time and learned a lot. They did a fantastic job representing our club. Tracy Brayshaw was 7th in her arena with a cracking score of 68.68%, Ruth Clapham did a lovely job on another borrowed mount, the lovely Sunny to come 10th and on this occasion, team regulars Rachael and Sally were thwarted by a greasy, wet grass arena, again they will be back to fight another day wearing studs! Sara Chapman and the lovely (and very excited) Yogi was the 4th rider on the prelim team, again a new partnership to represent us and we look forward to further competitions with them. Yogi settled on the grass – nice riding Sara – to score 60.00%.
Dressage Team Manager