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BURGHLEY EVENT PONY 2012
On the 1st of September 2012, my sister, parents and I (Plus Tilly & Glen) headed off to the stables 7 miles away from our final destination - The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2012, where Glen and I were due to compete in the Mini Burghley Event Pony along with Jenny Tubb. With Glen plaited and settled in his very smart stable, we sat down for tea and chatted to our neighbours for the night (Who tried very hard to get us into showing and working hunter pony classes, until we broke it to them that we were Eventers!) After checking Glen for the final time and re - rolling several of his plaits he had managed to unroll, we returned to the lorry for a good nights sleep before tomorrow's competition...
Just after 8.00am with poo stains removed and Glen loaded, we left the Tubbs and our showing guru neighbours to head off to Burghley. As we headed down the drive to the lorry park, it suddenly hit me how lucky Jenny and I were to have been asked to compete at this wonderful event. On our arrival, we were greeted by Lori Eaton, with Ellie also competing in our class. Panic suddenly struck us, as we were supposed to have declared at 8.00am, and it was now nearly approaching 8.45! Luckily Georgia and Jenny (Tubb) were already on the case, and had already declared with just the checking over of passports to be done. (Phew!) As I watched (and learnt!) the course, I saw the magnificent Burghley house in the background. What a backdrop! The course consisted of 5 showjumps and 4 cross country jumps all in the same arena, with the dressage coming before hand.
With the course learnt and feeling prepared, we headed back to the lorry to get Glen ready for his big moment. Before I knew it, I was on board and heading up to the arena with a final ‘good luck' from the Gritz family and mine. We got up to the arena just in time to wish Ellie Eaton good luck, who did a beautiful dressage test and clear jumping to put herself into 3rd in our section. Soon it was my turn, all warmed up and ready, I followed the horse walk into the arena where a steward greeted me and directed me to my dressage. As I proceeded down the centre line on a very excited Glen, it started to rain. However, the test went smoothly and soon we were heading straight out over the practice fence and onto the jumping course. The first part of the course (show jumping) went well, with Glen not too excited and getting a good stride into each 90cm fence and therefore going clear. The course then continued on to the cross country part. Jumping back into the main arena, Glen got in deep to the 2nd last fence and cat leapt, meaning we lost some marks for our style but we were still clear. As we left the arena, the judges released our scores; 47/ 70 for dressage and 82/100 for jumping, giving a total of 129. This wasn't a bad score compared to the rest of the class, so I was very pleased. I was also pleased to get a rather large rosette for competing there! After being congratulated by Ellie, Lori and the Gritz family, it was time for Dad to take the photo of a lifetime in front of Burghley house. As we headed back to the lorry, Ellie and I couldn't believe how lucky we had been to compete at such a prestigious event. After untacking and washing down the ponies, we all headed back to watch Jenny compete in section 2 of the competition. Looking excited and nervous, Jenny completed a wonderful dressage test and went clear jumping, with them both taking each fence in their stride. She finished on a score of 120, and was definitely the youngest and on the smallest pony in the whole competition! We all headed over to congratulate Jenny on how well she had ridden round the course and a lovely dressage test. Then, Lori, Ellie & I headed out into the shopping area, where we bought many things and sat in horse boxes we could only dream of owning!After retiring from a very long shopping experience, we headed over to the scores and to watch the championship for the class, where the top 3 from the 2 sections competed for the overall champion.
We all then decided to head off home before the traffic began to build up.
I can honestly say that Jenny and I were the luckiest girls ever to compete at Burghley, and all our thanks go to Sue for asking us to represent the Vale of Aylesbury. Hopefully in a few years we will be returning to compete in the big CCI 4* 3 day event at Burghley ... Who knows!
THE VAHPC TETRATHLON TEAM AT THE PC CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Ollie Austin (holding Luna), Emma Williams, Bethany Wallis, Tor Gordon
THE INTERMEDIATE EVENTING TEAM ARE OFF TO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
We will let you know how all our riders get on competing in the various disciplines.
AREA DRESSAGE AND PRIX CAPRILLI COMPETITION RESULTS - 1 JULY 2012
Open Team 6th
Vale Valentines triumph
The first rider, Oscar, took them off to a great start with a brilliant clear and a very fast time, doing some great speedy turns. The second rider, Georgie, followed on with a fantastic clear round, the pony flew round the course. Next to go, Emily, jumped a great round but she had a really unlucky stop at the first part of the double. The final rider, Lily, jumped a fantastic round but had a very unlucky pole after trying to go for a tricky turn at the LAST FENCE!!!!!!!!
The Team was first to jump so it was a long nerve racking wait for the results. When the results came there was a lot of cheering and clapping from the audience as Vale Valentines stepped out to collect their 1st place sashes and rosettes. The riders also received a Bossy Bibs voucher which they were all very grateful for. The Team would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped organise the event and hope you know that we are very grateful for everything you do. We would like to also say a big thank you to the sponsors of the class, Bossy Bibs. Finally we would like all to finish off by saying a huge thank you to our ponies for all being amazing, we all enjoyed our day.
Dengie Championships April 2011
BLENHEIM EVENTERS CHALLENGE
As I gazed up the avenue of trees towards Blenheim Palace I remembered I was supposed to be in school. On Friday 10th of September I arrived at Blenheim Horse Trials to meet the rest of the VAH team who were going to take part in the Pony Club Eventers Challenge. Holly Cromar, Victoria Cutting, Lauren Austin and I had been lucky enough to be asked to compete in this fantastic/terrifying event.
We had a chance to watch a few people jump before we walked the course with Mia Cutting, and all agreed the course looked huge and technical. Mia gave us some calm words of advice before she and Beki Austin helped us to warm-up, whilst I was going over the course in my head trying to remember each of the 16 fences. All too soon it was the Vales turn to jump and Sue Cromar kindly informed me I was first to go. We walked up along side the old stone walls to the arena for a quick practice jump and final warm-up before going in.
As I walked in I realised just how many people had turned up to watch, but before I knew it the bell went and I was ready to go. Going round the course I realised that it was very well thought out with number 7 being an option fence. Luckily Summer jumped the tighter option very skilfully which saved us plenty of time and set us up for the next fence. The cross country section jumped very well even though the double of hedges was flippin' massive (they came up to my shoulder!). We finished the round well within the time allowed (which many competitors didn't) and with no faults.
The rest of the team jumped brilliant rounds to leave us on a total of 20 penalties on a time of 3:37, which was good enough for fifth place at that moment. Unfortunately as the day wore on we fell to about ninth place out of 36 teams and 144 people!
We were all very thankful to Sue Cromar for letting us take part and felt privileged to have jumped at Blenheim horse trials. We hope the team made the VAH proud and we all had a great time.
By Toby Smith
Novice Championships 2010
Members seem to have been incredibly successful so early on in the competition season with Toby Smith qualifying for scope, Georgia Tubb, Aimee White and Rebecca Norris all qualifying for The Royal International. There is no stopping our Tetrathlon Teams, every time they go out they come home with bundles of rosettes and the Junior Girls (Emma Williams, Phoebe Baxter, Amy Breen and Sarah Baughan) remain unbeaten! Our Eventing members have also been out doing us proud with a fantastic win for Annabel Gritz, Oscar Gritz, Iona Johnstone and Kate Howlett in the team competition and an individual win for Charlotte Allen at Great Westwood. Well done to everybody, continue the success and keep having fun.
Congratulations to all VAHPC members who came away with rosettes from the Flamstead Hunter Trials held at Woodend Farm. The ground was hard and the fences were big enough to scare the mums (especially in the later classes) but Flamstead produced an excellent course with many new jumps to test horse and rider.
In the Junior Novice Emma Williams came 4th on her new horse Alpine Lad and Carys Reid-Davies on Monty was 6th. Rosie Danneker with Whiterock Girl came 6th in the Senior Novice and equal 1st in the Intermediate class. Also in the Intermediate class, Charlotte Allen on Taddy came 8th. The Open class was won by Mollie Keen on Funky Blue.
Well done VAHPC!
Flamstead Pony Club Hunter Trials - 27 September 2009
Many congratulations to Aimee White and Paddy for coming 4th at HOYS in the Workers Well done to Toby Smith for being our 1st member this season to qualify for the next round of the Winter Dengie Show Jumping league
AREA INTERMEDIATE HORSE TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIPS
This year area eventing was at Milton Keynes and it was so exciting when I finished 2nd on Funky Blue as an individual. This meant we could go to the Championships at Draycott Manor in Cheshire.
VAH had a fantastic day at Blenheim International Horse Trials on Friday 11th September. Our team (Rosie Danacker, Mollie Keen, Phoebe Cromar and Rebecca Keay) all rode well in the PC Eventer Challenge, and a challenge it was! The course was up to height, twisty and technical but our ponies jumped well finishing 17 out of 38 team, with Rebecca and Tory going foot perfect.
We are thrilled to say that both Aimee White and Tor Gordon rode beautifully at The Burghley PC Event Pony with Tor getting 67/70 for her Dressage and Aimee winning the class! Congratulations to you both, you made us all very proud and you were a credit to VAH.
The champs were fantastic and the kids all rode well. Results as follows: Congratulations
to our Show Jumping and Eventing Teams who all rode really well at the Pony Club Novice Championships. The Show Jumping team (Jess Tubb, Emma Wood, Phoebe Cromar and Georgia Tubb) finished 19th out of 31 teams and 6th in Tack and Turnout. Jess and Jazz had one of the few double clear rounds of the day. The Eventing Team (Tor Gordon, Aimee White, Phoebe Cromar and Charlotte Allen ) all produced fantastic dressage tests and finished the day 13th out of 40 teams with Aimee coming 3rd and Phoebe 8th. The team also managed 4th in Tack and Turnout. Huge thanks go once again to Gail Keen who made the long journey to Cheshire to course walk with the teams. Thanks also go to our team of supporters.
VAHPC ARE OFF TO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS!
It has been a hectic couple of weeks for the Area Teams but we are delighted to tell you we have two teams and an individual who have qualified for the Pony Club National Championships in August.
Congratulation to Aimee White
who has qualified for HOYS working hunter pony for the second year running. We all wish her loads of luck
Phoebe Cromar and Astro Jax (Gizmo) had the most amazing experience riding in the England Home International Pony Club Team at The British Open.
With the help of their supporters they produced two fantastic clear rounds in the final and even though England finished fourth spirits were far from dampened.
Phoebe and Gizmo would like to thank everyone who came to support them, sent cards, texts and emails. Its an experience they will never forget.
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