Show Jumping Championships …..

Please see below two points regarding the Show Jumping Championships:-

Mixed Teams

We have had a few enquiries as to whether a fourth member can be added to a qualifying Open Mixed Team (of three) after the Area competition.

Therefore, we would like to clarify the rules: NO fourth member can be added to a qualifying team of three after the Area Competition.  In addition, no rider substitution can be made.

Elite Competition

With regards to the Elite SJ Competition that is available to members at the Championships.  We would like to amend the wording for any rider wishing to enter a pony.


First round: Max Height 1.20m, Max spread 1.25m Two upright fences in the second half of the course at 1.25m.  One double and one treble combination, or 3 doubles.  If the second or third part is a spread it must be on two strides. No three stride distances, no less than five strides before or following the combinations.

NEW – In the first round all ponies not exceeding 148 cm will jump first. The related distances and combinations will be set accordingly. The distances will then be adjusted for horses over 148cm who will jump after the ponies. We have made these adjustments to accommodate all members and ensure this challenging course is safe. Further details are available on the website.

Kind regards

Kelly Wright
Mounted Games, Endurance,
and Show Jumping Secretary

DDI: 02476 698307


Berwyn and Dee – Vyrnwy Valley RC Charity Beginners One Day Event

Berwyn & Dee Branch of the Pony Club & Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Charity Beginners One Day Event

  • To be Held at Daywell Manor, Gobowen, Oswestry, SY10 7EJ
  • Saturday 30th July 2016
  • Entries NOW close 22nd July  or sooner if fully subscribed


  • All ages as at 1st January 2016
  • Classes 1-4 are strictly for beginners and are intended to encourage riders to compete in One Day Events.
  • Winning or being placed in any of these classes does not change the competitor’s status from Novice.

CLASS 1 BEGINNERS ANY AGE (can be lead rein)

  • PC D level 1 Dressage Test (Walk and Trot) max height of jumps 50 cms
  • Outside assistance is permitted in this class only


  • PC introductory 2007 Dressage Test
  • (May be commanded/called)

CLASS 3 … 11 TO 14 YEARS

  • PC introductory 2007 Dressage Test
  • (To be ridden from Memory)

CLASS 4 … 15 Years and over– Novice Rider

  • PC introductory 2007 Dressage Test (to be ridden from memory)
  • This class is aimed at any PC/RC member or adult who has very limited experience.
  • Those competing who are not members of a pony club must provide valid insurance cover (to be recorded on entry form)


  • PC C Level 2 Dressage Test (to be ridden from memory)
  • Rider may be any age
  • This class is aimed at horses/ponies that have never previously completed an ODE other than beginners
  • The Lead Rein Class will be run over the smaller course
  • Dressage tests available to download from
  • Entry Fee: £35.00 or £28 for Berwyn & Dee PC or Vyrnwy Valley RC members
  • No Entries accepted without payment
  • Telephone entries will not be accepted

Area 5 Rearranged Champs Eventing Qualifier

Area 5 members

We propose to arrange for the dressage and show jumping phases of the eventing qualifier to take place on grass arenas at Somerford Park Farm on SATURDAY the 16th JULY.

We would propose that these phases, and these phases alone, would decide who qualifies for the Championships. We would expect HQ to accept these results with just one proviso – that those qualifiers could satisfy HQ that they had competed over a cross country course at the relevant level before being allowed to compete at the Championships. This is purely a safety consideration – to ensure that they are capable of tackling such a course.

We are now in the process of organising this competition and in the meantime we would hope that all branches would support this proposal.

We would propose to transfer all entries from the full competition to this new competition. Clearly there would be a refund/partial refund of entry fees dependent upon what the individual situation is.

Please note – this competition will only be open to those members who wish to try to qualify for the National Championships.

If you wish to compete at this competition you do not need to do anything – all entries submitted for the competition on the 2nd July will be automatically transferred to this competition. You will receive a refund of your original entry fee paid less £35 for this competition.

If you do NOT wish to compete at this competition, please let me know as soon as possible if which case you will receive a refund of your original entry fee paid less £5 – please be patient.

We will accept entries from members who have not submitted an entry for the 2nd July competition. Please use the Cheshire Shield entry form and submit urgently with the entry fee of £35.

Teams will be presumed to remain the same unless we are notified to the contrary.

If any of you would prefer to donate the money to our nominated Charity, the North West Air Ambulance, please email. Last year we were able to send a donation of £1500 from the event – clearly we will not be able to achieve that objective this year.

Area 4 members

Please look out for announcements regarding your situation.



Geoff Bell
District Commissioner

Cheshire Shield Horse Trials update …..

The East Cheshire branch committee met at 5.30 p.m. today, Friday the 1st July to discuss the decision to cancel the 2016 Cheshire Shield Horse Trials incorporating the Area 4 & 5 Qualifying competitions.


The committee recognised that the decision to cancel the event on Wednesday was, even with the benefit of hindsight, the right one given the heavy downpours we are still experiencing in this area. Our understanding is that the experience is shared with many other parts of the country.


It was also agreed that we must, if at all possible, try to put together a competition which would enable some members to qualify for the Championships. This meant that the time available within which to organise such a competition was limited, given the Championships begin in 7 weeks’ time.


The major problem then became the running of the cross country phase of the competition. Assuming the XC course would become available again from a safety point of view, we were told by Somerford that the course was only available from now until about the 23rd/24th July since they had an international event booked for the 19th August and the course would need at least 4 weeks to recover in time for that event. In fact that weekend already accommodates both the Area 4 and Area 5 Dressage competitions. Therefore the only available weekend would be the 16th/17th July – just 14 days hence.


We concluded that, even with a “potential qualifiers only” competition,  we would need to enrol at least 50 volunteers  to man the XC course alone and, given that it took 6 weeks to recruit the 88 volunteers for the cancelled event, there was no way we could be sure of achieving that objective – indeed, more likely than not we would fail which was not an acceptable risk.


On that basis, it would not be possible to run the cross country phase of the competition.


Given the timescale of just two weeks, we concluded that the best we could do would be to arrange a competition which involved both the dressage and show jumping elements of the competition and inform competitors that, whilst the results would be judged on those two phases only, it would be their responsibility to evidence to HQ that they had competed at the relevant level of cross country if they were to be allowed to compete at the Championships.


We do hope that this is an acceptable way forward to all and we have begun to make arrangements on this basis.


The date we have decided upon is Saturday the 16th July with the dressage and show jumping phases of the competition to be held on grass arenas at Somerford Park Farm.


Whilst this is far from an ideal solution, we fell it is the best one that could be reached in the circumstances. We await hearing from Pony Club Headquarters that this proposal is an acceptable one.


Geoff Bell
District Commissioner