Monthly Archives: October 2017

William Blane Weekend Clinic

William Blane Sunday 29th October and Sunday 19th November for a show jumping practice for members interested in the Area Combined Training & Area SJ.

10:30 and 11:30am groups. Groups of 4 for an hour

Cost £22 per person

Please contact Sharron or Milly to book your place

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Dressage Results 8th October

Here are the dressage results for our last dressage for this year.

Very well done to everyone who took part and thank you for supporting our events.

Please keep an eye out for next years dates.

VOARC Dressage 10/08/2017        
Time Rider Horse Score Col   Place
Class 1            
Intro A            
  Wendy Lewis Lofn 170 75 74% 1
  Sue Jones Blue 166 74 72.17% 2
  Kate Watts Bean 159.5 70 69.35% 3
  Gemma Sankey Jake 156 69 67.83% 4
  Jan Burke Mouse 155 68 67.39% 5
  Cerian Stokes Bertie Bassett 155 65 67.39% 6
Class 2            
Intro B            
  Amanda Lennox Timba 164.5 71 71.52% 1
  Gemma Lewis Blue 163.5 73 71.09% 2
  Wendy Lewis Lofn 163.5 71 71.09% 3
  Sarah Morris Patch 161 68 70% 4
  Sue Jones Blue 159.5 72 69.35% 5
  Gemma Lewis Summer 157.5 70 68.48%               6=
  Andy Fakley Sunny 157.5 70 68.48%               6=
  Gemma Sankey Jake 155 66 67.39%  
  Kate Watts Bean 154.5 68 67.17%  
  Jan Burke Mouse 151.5 65 65.87%  
  Rosie Bowers Paddy 150 66 65.22%  
Class 3            
  Gemma Lewis Summer 217 78 74.83% 1
  Cat Westran Darcie’s Law 212 76 73.10% 2
  Mo Hoar Mojo 207.5 76 71.55% 3
  Amanda Lennox Timba 200.5 70 69.14% 4
  Pat Wilcox Majical Sparkle 196.5 68 67.76% 5
  Kim Busby Northern oh so Lucky 194 68 66.90% 6
  Jane Allcoat Henry 193.5 66 66.72%  
  Sarah Morris Patch 188.5 65 65.00%  
  Izzy Hill Curra May 187.5 65 64.66%  
Class 4            
P 4            
  Mo Hoar Mojo 157 58 71.36% 1
  Kim Busby Northern oh so Lucky 154 57 70% 2
  Cat Westran Darcie’s Law 150 55 68.18% 3
  Izzy Hill Curra May 143.5 55 65.23% 4
  Pat Wilcox Majical Sparkle 142.5 51 64.77% 5
  Andy Fakley Sunny 138.5 51 62.95% 6
Class 5            
N 24            
  Lisa Bell Domino 182.5 64 70.19% 1
  Kate Loupart Clover Quest 182 64 70% 2
  Kirsty Andrews Daisy 181 64 69.62% 3
Class 6            
N27 / E42            
  Lisa Bell Domino (N) 207.5 62 73.75% 1
  Kate Loupart Clover Quest  (EL) 224.5 56 70.16% 2
  KirstyAndrews Daisy   (N) 193.5 56 69.11% 3
  Carol Clare Painted Sun   (N) 190 53 65.71% 4
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Celebrating 35 years

It does not seem 35 years ago that Penny Corbett, Trish Bishop and I sat at Penny’s kitchen table and talked through starting a riding club. Having decided to go ahead I received the paper work from The British Horse Society and got on with the business of our club becoming affiliated. Trish would be President, Penny Treasurer and I would be Secretary. I think it was Pat Parker who came up with the club’s name.

What we did in those days, was have weekly riding meetings at Ox House, Shobdon. Our members would arrive with their vehicles and park in the farm’s yard (often parking in the wrong place!) Each member had a time and a group that would suit either the horse or rider abilities. First hour started at 10.00 and usually we had 3 different groups.

We were lucky to have 3 good instructors William Blane, Sue Parker and Barbara Leach. Barbara taught me an insight to people and horses; Sue consolidated that insight and William taught me other stuff. It was the information that I gleaned from these three that enabled me to coach and take the Marin County Pony Club games team (gymkhana) to Northern California and Hawaii Regional Finals. We won and went on to the Championships in Culpepper, Virginia 1988 and 1989. These kids were young, oldest being 13 years old. The first year we had difficulty raising money to get the airfares to fly the kids to Culpepper. We could not take our ponies with us. Our host Pony Club kindly found ponies! Some of the ponies had not been ridden for years and one poor fellow was so old he creaked if he picked up a trot. Another problem with our borrowed ponies was – (at least there was a leg at each corner) but which way did the saddle go. A lot of our valuable practice time – getting to know our new ponies was spent with the clippers shearing off years of matted hair – so glad I had the workshop with VARC on clipping! My funny rag-tag team came in 7th out of 16 teams. The other teams came from the East Coast Pony Clubs and riding their own very smart, expensive games ponies.

The other notable thing to thank VARC for, was the local United States Olympic Equestrian Team hopeful asked me to help her with her show jumping. Susie’s voice “wait” was in my head as this lady usually took everything at top speed. William would have said “she will kill herself” on cross country. Barbara would have been OK with dressage “think you are sitting on a barrel and don’t squeeze”. My lady was short listed for reserve to the team!!

Early on VARC put on an area One Day Event. That was fun but a lot of work. Thanks to David Corbett who let me use the office so I could work out the timing and order of riders i.e. having to substitute original horses from the entries, changing riders etc. Checking through and double checking the timing and paperwork. I then made the skins to run off the programmes. There was no photocopying onto A4 paper in those days only that photostat paper, which came on a roll. Oh the printing ink – I remember it well! The One Day Event was well attended – don’t remember who was on the VARC team, but I think Sue Adams was one, and maybe Janie Turner. We finished the day exhausted but satisfied.

I read in the Hereford Times that VARC welcomed all old and new members to join in the 35 year celebration. I was at a Memorial last Saturday (for one of my residents) when I got poked in the back by Aggie Murch. She had been living in London and I did not know she was back in California. Does anyone remember her? She was over in UK with her husband (Walter) making a movie and she had bought the big bay gelding Ludi and had him stabled at William’s in Cobnash until she could get Ludi shipped to California. You can call her an old member – but, wait – I am an old member too!

Congratulations to all for keeping this wonderful institution going. Here’s to the next 35.
Rosie Barry

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Dressage Times for 8th October

Please find below dressage times for this coming Sunday 8/10/17

VOARC Dressage 08/10/2017
Time Rider Horse
Class 1    
Intro A    
10.00 a.m. Gemma Sankey Jake
10.06 a.m. Kate Watts Bean
10.13 a.m. Cerian Stokes Bertie Bassett
10.20 a.m. Sue Jones Blue
10.26 a.m. Jan Burke  
10.33 a.m. Wendy Lewis Lofn
10.40 a.m. Ann Williams Never the Less
Class 2    
Intro B    
11.00 a.m. Rosie Bowers Paddy
11.06 a.m. Sarah Morris Patch
11.13 a.m. Gemma Lewis Blue
11.20 a.m. Rosie Hamilton Rusty
11.26 a.m. Jan Burke  
11.33 a.m. Sue Jones Blue
11.40 a.m. Amanda Lennox Timba
11.46 a.m. Kate Watts Bean
11.53 a.m. Andy Fakley Sunny
12.00 p.m. Wendy Lewis Lofn
12.06 p.m. Gemma Sankey Jake
12.13 p.m. Gemma Lewis Summer
Class 3    
12.40 p.m. Mo Hoar Mojo
12.46 p.m. Pat Wilcox Majical Sparkle
12.53 p.m. Ann Williams Never the Less
1.00 p.m. Cat Westran Darcie’s Law
1.06 p.m. Izzy Hill Curra May
1.13 p.m. Sarah Morris Patch
1.20 p.m. Amanda Lennox Timba
1.26 p.m. Gemma Lewis Summer
1.33 p.m. Rosie Hamilton Rusty
1.40 p.m. Jane Allcoat Henry
Class 4    
P 4    
2.00 p.m. Andy Fakley Sunny
2.06 p.m. Mo Hoar Mojo
2.13 p.m. Cat Westran Darcie’s Law
2.20 p.m. Pat Wilcox Majical Sparkle
2.26 p.m. Izzy Hill Curra May
Class 5    
N 24    
2.40 p.m. Kate Loupart Clover Quest
2.46 p.m. Lisa Bell Domino
2.53 p.m. Kirsty Andrews Daisy
Class 6    
N27 / E42    
3.00 p.m. Carol Clare Painted Sun
3.06 p.m. Lisa Bell Domino
3.13 p.m. KirstyAndrews Daisy
3,20 p.m. Kate Loupart Clover Quest
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