|Posted by [email protected] on August 26, 2015 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
We have had some good days but also some not so summery days. The Area 14 dressage in May was one day when the weather was kind to us. It was another successful day in terms of organisation thanks to the hard work of our committee and all the kind helpers who generously gave their time to set up, on the day, and to clear up after. Many thanks to you all, your help is much appreciated.
On the day the juniors were successful in qualifying as a team for the riding test. Well done juniors, Martha Paul, Lily Hill, Jess Fosker and Meghan Foreman. It was a new team, some being new to the riding test too. They all worked well as a team. In the seniors it was unfortunately not such a successful DRC year, that’s the world of horses. Having said that Jess Zampi qualified as an individual for the Riding Test team. Well done Jess.
Moving on from the dressage a senior team qualified for the Combined Training and made the trip to Festival of the Horse, Aston-le-Walls in June. They not only had great fun but came home with arm loads of pretties. Very well done to the team for coming first and to Abi Jacobs for also winning as an individual Overall. Amazing achievement all, Jess Zampi, Stephanie Johnson, Carrie Eve, Abi Jacobs. Also to Lily Hill who qualified as a junior individual but had unlucky faults in the show jumping at the championship which cost her a place. Valiant effort. The team would also like to thank their helps who went with them to assist and calm nerves etc J
The success continued from there when Abi Jacobs, Stephanie Johnson and Carrie Eve for the seniors and Lily Hill for the juniors attended the Area Horse Trials hosted by Finn Valley. Abi Jacobs came home with a second, and qualified for the National Championship, Stephanie Johnson 4th, Carrie Eve 5th. Lily had a very unlucky fall towards the end of the course.
Aside for the Area events we also held our club dog show at Cowpasture Farm by kind permission of Heather Stennett. This year we moved it from an evening to a Saturday afternoon event. We think this worked well. The weather was great. The BBQ was a sizzling success and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves with lots of people having ‘a go’ at the doggy dressage, utility dog and showing classes. If you have an opinion as to whether you thought this event works better as an evening or afternoon event please let us know. Constructive feedback on anything we do is always very welcome as it helps us to improve what we do for your our members.
Our annual showing show was held at Westerfield Show ground this year. This has been a popular venue for events for many years. Again we think this worked well. It was a hot day and with lots of other events on entries were a little down. However, it was still a very successful day enjoyed by all. Check out the pictures from the fancy dress on the website.
Moving in to August we had our combined training, dressage and showjumping event coming up. We all had lots of fun on the day, with a great selection of dressage and jumping; favourite was the pony showing the big horses how to win a chase-me-Charlie!! At the end of August sees our summer dressage at Cowpasture Farm by kind permission of Heather Stennett. Schedule on horse dates.
Also ongoing and the very popular Ellie Darling dressage clinics, dates are posted on facebook. If you are interested in taking part please contact Abi Jacobs. We are also trying to organise some more show jumping clinics so watch this space.
The committee are currently planning the autumn program so the fun will continue even when summer ends.
|Posted by [email protected] on March 19, 2015 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
With 2015 well under way our members have been out and about a lot already with their respectable mounts, and its only March. The senior show jumping team had a great time at Wix in February bringing home a team 4th in the qualifier. Well done Jill Hillyard, Amy Brownlee, Abi Jacobs and Nicki Barker. One of our junior members Meghan Foreman has qualified with her School team for Schools National Showjumping Championships in April. Abi Jacobs and Inca have come back fighting fit and ready for anything in 2015. They have started the ball rolling with a fab 2nd at Islham ODE followed by a 4th at the Poplar Park event. Carrie Eve also had a fabulous day competing at the Poplar Park event in her first BE event coming home very respectably in the top 12 in her class. Jess Zampi has got her showing year off to a good start with 2x fourths and 2x firsts at the BSPA Eastern Regional Show earlier this month. A very well done all!!
What have our other members been up to so far this year with their four legged friends? We would love to hear.
Our members and non members have enjoyed clinics put on with Helen Stewart for jumping and Ellie Darling for Dressage so far this year. We have had great feedback on both and have more clinics planned. On top of this we have our Parelli demo booked for this Saturday 21st March with Cath Langley.
Now Poplar is out of the way (many of our members help the lovely Jill Hillyard with the dressage over the weekend) we are gearing up for our Area 14 dressage at Stratford Hills in May. This is one of our biggest annual events. It is a lovely venue with an opportunity for our members to compete at dressage on grass either individually or as part of the clubs teams (junior and senior). Let Jess Zampi or Abi Jacobs know if you want to be put forward for teams. If you want to compete individually the schedules are available on Horsedates.
We are looking for lots of ground helpers for the day so please offer your support. In return we offer a great day out and lots of cake J
Keep looking at the website and Facebook as there’s lots more happening this year. If you haven’t got your membership in yets there’s still time.
Keep having fun.
|Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2015 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
Welcome to 2015 and Happy New Year to all our members. 2014 was a great year for the club, we tried hard as a committee to offer a wide range of events to suit the needs of all members and hope we succeeded. If there was anything we didn’t put on that you would have liked to do then please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. The committee are working hard to make 2015 even better. The committee got together this week and put together a provisional plan for 2015. It includes lots of clinics, with new and existing instructors, dressage events, jumping events, demo’s, team opportunities and more. The full list will be available at our AGM on 28th January at the Trimley Social Club so please come along and see what we are planning. It’s also an opportunity to put your views forward, congratulate our trophy winners from 2014 and hear about the special gift being offered to all members joining before or on the night! Plus just a good opportunity to catch up with each other over a drink. We look forward to catching up with our members on the evening
|Posted by tylisha.preston on June 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Wow what a busy year it has been so far. The riding club has had a new committee this year so we have been trying out new ideas along the way. It has been challenging at time, we all know how financially tough times are at present and the riding club is not exempt from this. However, we have managed to break even overall on our events and hope that we have provided fun times for all our members.
After a long and hard winter the change in weather and the chance to get out and enjoy our 4 legged friends was very welcome. What a fantastic change this summer has been after last years wash out.
After last year’s soaking at Area 14 it was lovely to have some dry sunny weather back for this year, with some great results for the riding club. The juniors won the team riding test with Carrie Eve coming 2nd with Blossom in her arena, Daisy Kiddy and Prince 5th and Meghan and Clayton 6th. In the dressage Meghan Foreman won her arena and Daisy Kiddy came 4th in hers whilst Carrie came 2nd with Nemesis. On the senior front in the Riding Test Fiona Forrest, Sally Goodall, Jess Zampi and Abi Jacobs came 2ndas a team. Jo Mace, Jess Mace and Tylisha came 5th as a team. Abi was 2nd as an individual and Sally was 4th. The senior Open dressage team of Jess Zampi, Abi, Fiona and Joe Mace came 6th with Jess Zampi and Nemesis coming 4th individually. In the Novice Dressage team Tylisha, Sally, Jess Mace and Ann Price came 2nd as a team with Sally 6th individually and Ann 4th.
Then Came Houghton where 2 mixed teams of juniors and seniors headed off to Norfolk for a weekend of BBQ’s, camping, oh and some dressage against the amazing back drop of Houghton Hall. It has to be said that I think the highlight of the weekend for some was getting William Fox-Pitts autograph!! and seeing Mary King come out of the toilets. Yep she has human needs too. It appeared that Meghan and Daisy were by far the youngest junior competitors. They didn’t let that put them off and rode with amazing maturity. Chloe Fulcher and Jake were stars of the weekend winning their arena. Overall the teams came 2nd and 4th. All in all a great weekend was had.
Then came our junior jumping rally. Well what can I say, it was eventful to say the least. Thankfully all left intact, although I think the instructors may have needed a stiff drink after The senior jumping rally, held a few weeks later was a big success with riders and horses having fun flying round jumps in the jumping field at Cowpat.
Our annual showing show tried out a new venue this year at Wickham Market. It was lovely to see lots of new faces taking part. Many having their debut in showing. With lots of compliments to the organizing team we are proud that our annual show remains a friendly and relaxed day for all competitors, old, young, new and faithful followers.
As always our dog show and BBQ was a hit with the hounds of Felixstowe and surround areas. Who will never forget the amazing dressage dog, Timbre.
We successfully tried a new summer dressage show this year for those who wanted more opportunities to compete on grass.
The Moray clinics have continued for another year with a good following. His day of cross country at Stratford Hills had a very good turnout with lots of positive feedback.
Then came Lincoln. This year only Carrie Eve was able to compete, but wow. She came home with an amazing 2nd on Jess Zampi’s Nemesis having only just been pipped to the post. A very well done to Carrie and Moo.
Several of our members have had their own individual successes throughout the year, not least Abi Jacobs qualifying for Badminton 2014. Go Inca and Abi Good luck in 2014. Also Caroline Smith and her horse Para Ti were part of this year's silver medal winning team at the European CIC** championships in Austria in July. This is the second time Caroline has represented Team GB as she was also competed as an individual at Hartpury in 2011.
Seeing us into the winter we are in the midst of a series of junior stable management rallies. These are proving great fun and very informative. There has also been quite a bit of parent participation much to the amusement of the juniors.
The years not finished yet either. We still have our winter dressage at Orwell Arena on November 3rd, so get your entries in. Then to finish 2013 off with a bang we have our winter show at Kembroke on Sunday 8th December. It will be a relaxed fun event of three light hearted showing classes and because it’s nearly Christmas there will be mince pies and sausage rolls plus a warming (non alcoholic) punch so we look forward to seeing you there.
Some of you may have noticed that it is drawing near to AGM time. The committee have decided to move the Riding Club year so that it falls in line with the calendar year so the AGM will be held on 23rd January 2014 at the Hand in Hand pub in Trimley St Martin. We will update you with more information nearer the time. We very much value our members coming to the AGM to have a good catch up and hear any ideas you have for the riding club to implement for the following year. Please can all current trophy holders ensure that they are handed back to a committee member BEFORE the end of December 2013, thank you.
The committee would like to say a hugh thank you to all our volunteers that have helped at all our events throughout the year. We truly believe we have the best volunteers of any Riding Club so give your selves a massive pat on the back.
Finally we would like to wish all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and happy hoof time into 2014.