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Welcome to West Wales Riding Club! 


The Schedule for the Area 21 Winter Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifier is available here. If you are interested in joining a team you must contact Katie. E-Mail katie.mathias@hotmail.co.uk by 26.10.14 at the latest. You must be a member of this riding club and your horse must have up to date flu vacs in order to compete.

 A BIG THANK YOU to Alma for allowing the Club to hold the Members' Show on 21/9/14 on her land and for her hard work in arranging it.  The sun shone brightly all day and those who attended enjoyed the day.  Katie Mathias riding Penty Parc Robin was Supreme Show Champion.  Some results are listed here.  Trophies will be presented at the AGM in December.  


Competition dates for the rest of 2014 have been set as follows:-

Sunday 26 October 2014 - Show Jumping, The Schedule is available here.

Sunday 9th November 2014 - Show Jumping (amended).  The Schedule is available here.

Sunday 30th November 2014 - Dressage (amended)

Sunday 14th December 2014 - Dressage (AM), Show Jumping (PM)

All these competitions will be held at Moor Farm Equestrian Centre, Troopers Inn, Havefordwest. 

A MEMBERSHIP FORM IS AVAILABLE HERE FOR DOWNLOAD.  The Club's year runs from 1st October to 30th September each year. 


Congratulations to our Prelim Dressage Team of Lucy Clark, Alex Jowett, Luci Jowett and Jessica Prince for gaining second place in their class at the Area 21 Dressage Competition on 29th June 2014. 



Some News

Important Changes to official rules in the BRC 2014 Rulebook.

1) Style Jumping - page 46 - Para SJ2.6.1 Commencing. Having saluted to the judges, the competitor must canter 'a simple figure of eight showing a change of leg and then proceed to the first fence.'

2) Page 47 and on the score sheet -Para SJ2.9.2 - remove penalty of elimination for leaving the arena before the second signal as the new rules state that the round is finished once the rider is over the last fence.

3)  HT. Horse Trials -page 50-HT1.3.3 Remove the line'No horse trials tests at either area or championships may be commanded.'

4Dressage Half marks may be awarded for Dressage and Combined training.  Half marks will not be used when judging any Horse Trials dressage tests.

5. The Winter Series 2015 Prelim Dressage Test will be Prelim 18 (2014), not Prelim 17 (2014) as printed.



Endurance GB is offering a Team Endurance Event to affiliated British Riding Clubs on a national scale.  Some of the competitions will be in Wales.  The competition is only open to Riding Club members and involves teams of between three and six riders.  Rides are between 20 and 25 miles in length.  For further information go to the Endurance GB web site at: www.rcteamevent.endurancegb.co.uk. 

Area 21 is seeking volunteers to become Official Stewards to supervise Area Qualifiers, etc.  Please refer to Poster for more details here

British Dressage are holding Team Quest Competitions at Moor Farm throughout this summer.  Further details are available on the British Dressage and Moor Farm Websites.  If you are interested in joining a WWRC team please contact  the Club Chairman via the Contact button. 


Combined Training Photos - check out Anna's website www.ar-equinephotography.co.uk

Congratulations to our dressage and show jumping teams who went up to Hartpury to represent the club at the national champs. The teams consisted of Jill Ridge, Catrin Owen, Kate Gillam and Louise Wheeler with Catrin's husband acting as Chef D'Equipe (despite his allergy to horses!). The Show Jumping team came a very commendable 9th overall and Catrin Owen came 10th individually in the dressage. Well done to all!

 Nat Champs 2013

Photos from the Area Qualifiers are available from Storm Development at the following links:



BHS TREC Rulebook Updates 2013 are now available

Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire  CV8 2XZ
Tel: 02476 840591  •  email: competitions@bhs.org.uk

A message from BHS:
You may have seen the recent news stories concerning an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV 1) in Gloucestershire. Two horses have been shown to have the neurological form of the disease and one the respiratory form. It appears that others are also showing signs but have yet to be definitively diagnosed.
Although not a legally notifiable condition, EHV 1 is contagious and does have the potential to be quite a serious disease. Indeed, the neurological form can lead to paralysis. In most cases, EHV 1 is spread via respiratory transmission so wherever horses are brought together from different yards there is the possibility for the disease to spread if one of the horses present is affected. For this reason the Heythrop have very responsibly suspended hunting for a week.It is important to be aware that the risk of your horse contracting EHV 1 is very small and there is certainly no need to panic. However, as with any disease, spotting it early is the best thing for your horse so the BHS felt it would be useful to provide a short refresher on EHV 1 and its signs. For most people this will just be precautionary information but the recommendation is that anyone who has hunted with the Heythrop since 24 January should put their horse into quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. The same should apply for all horses on the same yard, even if they have not been hunting.Although aimed at a different disease (Strangles) our STEPS leaflet provides lots of useful information about quarantining and isolating horses.
Many of the clinical signs of EHV 1 can be confused with other diseases. A high temperature is a key indicator and it is essential to monitor the temperature of ‘at risk’ horses. Affected horses will tend to be disinterested and off their food, as well as showing typical respiratory disease signs such as coughing and a nasal discharge. If a horse is affected by the neurological form of the disease you may see some incoordination or just general ‘wobbliness’.
Should you have any concerns at all that your horse may be affected please contact your vet immediately.
The BHS is part of the group that produces the HBLB Codes of Practice. There is much helpful information about EHV in the Codes which you can access here.
If anyone has any further concerns about EHV or would like more information, please contact our BHS Welfare Team on 02476 840517 or email welfare@bhs.org.uk

We have had a message from Vicki White, a sports massage therapist who  has recently moved to the area. She is offering sports massage services to riders and has found that riders need to be educated about injury prevention to get the best out of their training. She has discovered that riders tend to suffer from incredibly tight lower backs, gluts and inner thighs. 

Just a little bit about Vicki - "I've been a Sports Therapist for over 6 years and run successful clinics in Cardiff & Swansea before moving to Pembs a few months ago. I also work Sport Wales, SwanseaCity FC & the Welsh Ladies Senior Football Squad, plus many more. Please take a look at my website www.vickisportsmassage.co.uk which has more information."
The 'tight lower back' sounds extremely familiar so this might be something useful for you riders out there to have a look at so check out her website!

Please see the below message from Horse Watch!

Hope all is well in the rural community and that you enjoyed your Christmas? We have been experiencing a few rural thefts lately, mainly opportunist with items taken from farm yards that were highly visible in some instances, so can I take this opportunity to request that you lock things up and keep things out of view. Most of you have your regular scrap collectors that you deal with, but can I please remind you that the laws have now changed regarding transportation and transaction of scrap, we are keeping regular checks of our scrap dealers and stop-checking vehicles regularly. I would urge you to take number plates, dates and times and forward on to us please so we can monitor any illegal or suspicious incidents.

We are also experiencing problems again with loose horses in our county. These horses tend to be coloured and are owned by the gypsy fraternity, but are generally kept on farmers land with or without consent. I would like to bring to your attention the below as farm owners are deemed liable if they escape and cause criminal damage. We would encourage you to think twice before allowing the horses there in the first place as once placed on your land it then becomes very difficult to get paid and also have them removed. Please read the below message which has been sent from SWP from our partners in Community Safety:

 “It has been identified that a number of persons who own and breed horses will approach farmers with a view to rent land to lodge their horses. An agreement will be made with regards to rental costs. These persons will pay an initial fee however will not pay over any more money. Once the horses are on the land the onus is then on the farmer to look after the horses thereby incurring huge costs.

 The original owner of the horses will then attend the farm after a number of months with a view to recovering the horses without paying the outstanding fees. They will use intimidation and threats to recover the horses.

 Farmers should therefore be wary of the tactics being employed and should only consider renting land to persons they know or have been vouched for.”

 In addition to the above I would ask that you keep a watchful eye on these coloured horses that are usually seen in very large herds in fields around our county. If you have any concerns for their welfare, especially at this time of year when grass is in short supply and the fields are so very wet and muddy, please contact us direct and we can alert the RSPCA as we have a good working relationship with them and you can remain anonymous! Either email or ring via the 101 number to bring to my attention, also inform all of your “equine” friends and family of the above messages and spread the word around.

 Haverfordwest Rural NPT