Welcome to West Wales Riding Club!
Combined Training Photos - Anna Rudge is currently setting up a website which should be ready in the next week. As soon as it's ready I'll put a link on here so you can view the fab photos of you competing!
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!
Photos from the Area Qualifiers are available from Storm Development at the following links:
Festival of the Horse Hunter Trials being held at Alps Court, Cardiff on Sunday 7th April, 2013. Shelley is acting as co-ordinator and Chef d'equipe for this. You will need to give her your name by Tuesday 12th March as preliminary entries have to be received by BRC HQ by the 15th. The fee shown on the schedule does not include the cost of initial entry to BRC HQ. Please contact Shelley for further information - email@example.com or phone 07974777107/01437 541411.
Horse Trials Qualifiers are being held at Sapey Cross Country, Wolferlow, Bromyard on Monday 27th May, 2013. Katie Mathias is co-ordinator and Chef d'equipe for this. Please contact her by the beginning of April if you are interested in going either as an individual or in a team. In this case the cost will be £55 per person which includes the BRC entry fee. The 80cm Class is new this year. Katie's contact details are:- firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07843671296/01437 710237.
There will also be Show Jumping & Style Jumping Area 21 Qualifiers at Cambrian Cross Country, nr Aberaeron, on Monday 6th May 2013 as well as Dressage. Dressage to Music and Rider test Area 21 Qualifiers at Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth on Sunday 14th July 2013. Further details to be issued in due course.
10th March Dressage - the Intro 3 in this competition is not a W&T test. It includes a small amount of canter and is designed for those wanting to progress to Prelim but who are not quite ready for a full Prelim test. It also offers some variety from the usual Intro 1 and Intro 2. The test is available on the Downloads page.
Area 21 aren't running a Festival of the Hunter qualifying event, therefore wehave been invited to join the next Area's event ... schedule on Downloads page.
A messgae from BHS:
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
Report from British Riding Club British Eventing 80 Training National Championships held at Brooksby College, Melton Mowbray, 23.09.12