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

Teams and Tests

The first two competitions are Dressage to Music and Pairs and the Summer Show.

At the Dressage to Music and Pairs competition we ride the Dressage to Music tests as individuals rather than in teams of 4 (as we do at the summer and winter shows). For Music there are the following tests: Novice FSM, Elementary FSM, Pick a test Medium FSM or Advanced Medium FSM and Pairs Dressage FSM. All of which are in a 20 x 60 arena.

The pairs tests are (a) in a 20 x 40 arena and you plan the test in line with the permitted movements. It is designed as a novice level test. 80% of the test must be ridden in the pairing; (b) pairs music freestyle test in a 20 x 60 arena.

At the Summer Show we have teams of 4 people. The score is calculated by taking the top three scores from the riders in that team. Each team rides a mix of tests.

As well as the usual BD tests there is usually the opportunity to ride a “British Riding Club Riding Test” at the Summer Show. If you have made a New Year Resolution to work on your riding position you could use this tests as your goal!! The test is designed for any rider with the aim of improving the rider’s skills, particularly if you are new to dressage. In this test effectively it is the rider that is marked rather than the horse so it provides a fantastic opportunity for you to be judged on your position, the effectiveness of your aids and your influence on the horse. It is in a 20 x 40 arena and the tests are set out in the BRC rule book on pages 119 and 120. The judges score sheet is also shown on page 121.

It can be a long day at the Summer Show in particular because the tests are spread out across the day and the organisers need to accommodate hundreds of entries. Our club is part of Area 4 which is large hence the number of competitors. If you would like to know more about Area 4 see their website

There are less entries at the Music competition because of the limited number of tests.

On the Day

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!

Rachael Newth

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.

If you have any questions drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can Facebook me but I work full time and although I do use Facebook I may not be able to respond immediately but I will come back to you.

I am looking forward to 2017!

Rachael Newth

Norland Show Report 2016

The 43rd Annual Calderdale Saddle Club Norland Show on 29th May 2016 was a great day for our club and our eighty plus competitors! 
We were blessed with a sunny, calm day and the show field going was good and freshly mown. The excitement about the show had been rippling around Calderdale for over a week before the show - as the show secretary,  club members and even judges had dealt with a whole host of questions from eager competitors preparing for their big day!
For the first time we decided to go for an online schedule and pre-entries via Horse Monkey. This proved to be a good move as we received a quarter of entries before the show and we  also had a number of competitors who requested the schedule via email too.
At the show we had some outstanding horse and pony combinations in every ring. 
Some of the highlights were the coloured horses both in-hand and ridden, the M&Ms large and small breeds and the young handlers. Equitation was very popular as were the Working hunter classes which kept Wendy, Irene and Cher extremely busy judging, raising and lowering fences, keeping scores and stewarding!
The show saw a lot of future talent particularly in the young handler class, lead rein and also in the novelty classes at lunchtime where we saw many dinky jockeys experiencing their first time in the show ring, ably assisted by their proud parents. We were so bowled over by our fancy dress competitors especially our family entry depicting the Wizard of Oz!! 
It was also great to see some club members do themselves proud too - Ruth and Kath were both grinning from ear-to-ear after doing so well in the Condition, Sports horse and Veteran-plus classes.
There were other successes in equitation too.  It was lovely to see Kath competing with Sovereign after running the show for the last few years and Beryl looking so good for Ruth. 
Our show was lucky this year to  be sponsored by some local business including:
Ring 1 - and a special thank you to Sue Berry who donated very generous horsey prizes for all in-hand class winners.
Ring 1 was also sponsored by Woof n' Whinny our local dog walking and horse carer who is a great choice is you are looking for horse care whilst you are on holiday. 
Ring 2 - was sponsored by our local feed and agricultural services supplier CALVAG
Ring 3 - was sponsored by who also generously donated vouchers to the show. also kindly promoted the show through their website. 
Ring 4 -  Andrew Walker Equestrian Services was our ring 4 sponsor. Andrew goes above and beyond the call of duty by setting up the  Working Hunter Ring on Saturday afternoon and he also kept a watchful eye on the Ring throughout the show.
Our local vet's practice Hirds and Partners needs a special thank-you as they sponsored the show. This was a lovely gesture and a big thank you to Peter Schofield, Tim Booth and their team of vets for supporting the show and looking after all our accident prone horses!
The show wouldn't be possible without a team of volunteers who helped enormously in the run up to the show (special thanks to Mags, Cher, Marilyn, Barry and Wendy) and those who helped set-up on Saturday and then those who gave up their Sunday to run the show  - with terrific tannoy announcements galore, entries and administration, stewarding, running (and more running) and early morning car parking, judging and then hanging on finally  to  take down the show. We were very  grateful to our new member Emma who brought along her niece and worked their socks off supporting the Working Hunter ring.
Just to give you a feel for the day - the first competitor trailer came into the field at 7.30am and we finished packing up at 5.30pm so next year we do definitely need more club helpers to spread the load better as we had to ask morning helpers to stay on to cover outstanding  jobs (Many thanks Jan and Irene).
Finally a big thank you to our judges most of whom stepped in at a very late stage  - we hope you enjoyed the day and thank you for your flexibility, positive approach and professionalism.
Helen Priestley
Norland Show Secretary

Area Horse Trials 2016

It's time to get excited about the Horse Trials!!

The Area 4 ODE qualifier is on Sunday June the 19th at Breckenbrough (Helen Bell Equestrian)

This is a Qualifier for the Animalife National Horse Trials Championships on 5-7 August 2016 at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Banbury.

The National Horse Trials Championships is a competition for both teams and individuals. The event consists of Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross-Country phases.

There are four classes for members to compete in:
Senior BRC80
Senior BRC90
Senior BRC100
Senior BRC100+

We are thinking of arranging some training at the venue before the event.

Restrictions do apply so we need to ensure you are eligible before you are entered.

Please let Jayne know by Wednesday 5th May if you are interested in competing in any of the classes.

Jayne - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07970909103

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!

Sara Chapman


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%. 

Bex Starling
Dressage Team Manager

Events calendar

July 2017
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Showjumping Clinic with Richard Barton to be held at Richard's yard in Wilsden. £25 for half an [...]
Date :  04 July 2017
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Shaw Lane Fields
 Second of the Calderdale Saddle Club Summer Dressage Series 9 July, 2017 Intro B + junior [...]
Date :  09 July 2017
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Manor Grange Stud
Further details to follow soon. Music tests from Novice to Advanced Medium. Contact Rachael [...]
Date :  16 July 2017
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Richmond EC
Area 4 Team Showjumping at Richmond EC. Contact Team Manager Sara chapman
Date :  22 July 2017
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Richmond EC
Further details to follow soon. Team ad individual tests. Contact Rachael Newth, Dressage Team [...]
Date :  23 July 2017

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