Sunday December 4, 2022
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Area/ National Eventing

AREA EVENTING 2019

PC80

Gracie and Megan represented Wylye at the Regional Championships at Bicton on 1st September. With both girls pulling out their best dressage scores to date, Gracie on 29 and Megan on 32.5, they were both in strong positions going into the show jumping round. This was a big 80/85 course and they both, like many others, had the unlucky rainbow pole, but were still in a good place for the XC. Gracie rode first over the very full up and technical course on the smallest pony of the day. She stormed the course for an amazing clear, Megan rode a beautiful round and was technically perfect until the skinny treasure chest, but cleared it second time and finished off the rest of the course clear. Scores were really close and there was not much between the placings, with Gracie finishing a very respectable 7th in her arena and Megan unfortunately out of the placings. Very proud of both girls who rode amazingly against some very large horses and older riders, they are definitely ones to watch! Report by Helen Gray

PC90 

The Wylye PC90 riders had a great day at the Area 14 Horse Trials at Nunney on Saturday.

Many of our riders earnt a top 10 placing, with Sophie 4th, Millie 5th, Ocean 6th, Christie 7th, Lily 8th and Izzy 9th.

Two of our riders were outstanding. Finlay 1st (finishing on an amazing 19.6!) and Iris 2nd (on a new horse) managed to qualify for the Pony Club Championships in August.

Our Navy Team took 3rd place, narrowly missing out on qualification.

Good luck at the Champs girls! Alice and Sian

PC100 

Wylye Valley PC hosted the Area 14 Horse Trials on Saturday, 20th July, and as we come to expect from Nunney – an extremely well-run event (thank you everyone involved) with a challenging and technical XC course.

Our PC 100 Eventing team of four, Millie, Jodie, Roberta & Tegan with Katie as an individual.

Warming everyone up was the fantastic Kim George and so Kim got us all off brilliantly in dressage with Millie getting the best dressage score in her section 29.0. Well done Millie! Many thanks to Kim for her patience and superb help on the day for all our competitors!

Show Jumping phase saw no poles ‘Clear’ for Millie, Jodie, Tegan & Katie with an unlucky pole for Roberta (Our Claire Loney training on grass worked wonders here – thanks Claire!)

Quick change to XC ready, Millie was pathfinder and went clear on the wonderful Wizard, followed by Jodie who also went clear on Cookie, Roberta’s horse disliked fence 7 and thought she needed to take a closer look at it from the ground but returned to the team with a smile on her face! Tegan was the last team member to go after a short hold on course and also did a fantastic clear in the optimum time. Well-deserved double clear rosette Tegan! Katie went through field one and looked impressive but unfortunately Foggy had a nasty trip on landing after fence 4 that finished their day on the course.

The team finished a brilliant 3rd, individual 5th for Jodie (Qualifying for Champs!), 6th for Tegan and 7th for Millie. Well done everyone! You all did fantastically and good luck to Jodie & Cookie at the Champs in August! Big thanks to Carol for all her hard work and Mrs Yeoman for hosting this Area event. Sandra Kelly.

PC110 

Saturday, 15th June, saw our PC 110 Eventing team of Milo, Lucy, Katie & Tom compete at the Nunney International Horse Trials.

We were due to have 5 riders participate, but sadly due to an injury to Tiger, Georgia had to withdraw. On the upside, Georgia had already qualified for champs under BE rules – hopefully Tiger will be fighting fit soon.

Overall it was a pretty tough Novice test across all 3 disciplines. The dressage test was probably the toughest of all BE Novice tests and the scores reflected this. Likewise with the show jumping….our members all managed to get around without calamity, but all had poles.

Then came the XC which had a few questions and rider-frighteners. Milo was pathfinder on Aggie and set off at a cracking pace, but had one very uncharacteristic stop at a very tricky narrow hedge combination. Undeterred, he flew around the rest of the course in superfast time clear. He was followed then by Tom (below), Katie and Lucy – all 3 went clear with Tom being only one second behind the optimum time. Although the course was challenging, the ground was fabulous.

So we ended up a very credible team 2nd overall and qualified for the Champs in August.

Thanks to Mrs Yeoman for hosting this terrific event and wishing our PC 80,90 &100 teams the very best of luck for Areas – let’s get some more WVPC riders to Champs! Carol Griffit

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PC100 (INTERMEDIATE) AND PC110 (OPEN) NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

 Wylye Valley PC 100 (Intermediate) Eventing Team are the National Champions 2018!!!

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PC100 Individual

First to go out of Wylye members in the PC100 eventing was Millie who had won her section on Wizard at Area to qualify as an individual.  She did her dressage on the Monday evening and had a great dressage score of 31.4.  She then had to wait all night before doing the next phases.  A decent SJ course had been set up on undulating ground with the beautiful backdrop of Cholmondeley Castle.  Millie and Wiz did a lovely clear round with Wiz looking very pleased with himself at the end!  He clearly loves his job.  Next the XC – naturally, everyone’s favourite phase.  The course at Cholmondeley, as always, was a challenging one, the course designer making the most of the topography and setting it over a decent length with an optimum time of 5mins 53seconds, but Wizard ate it up and the pair finished on their dressage score to finish in 9th place, a great achievement.

PC100 Team

Later on the Tuesday it was our team’s turn, all feeling they would be very pleased to do half as well as Millie!  First to go in the dressage in Arena A was Tom on Ken (Boskenwyn Lad) who was looking very flashy indeed and did a great test for a score of 35.4.  Next was Poppy, in arena B, on the skewbald Mika (Amazing Mika), who, as anyone who knows him knows, really does detest flatwork.  However, on this occasion he pulled it out of the bag and did one of the best tests he’s done all year for a 30.8 score!  Next to go and in Arena C were Georgia and Tiger (Bloomfield Tiger Two), looking stunning, they did a beautiful test for a score of 29.4.  Finally, in section D, talk about saving the best until last, it was the turn of Ellie and the very handsome Rolo (Electoral Role) they did a truly amazing test for a score of 22.9!! 

There was a bit of a wait before the SJ phase but one by one, all four pulled off beautiful clear rounds.  Knowing how easy it is to have a pole or two down, no-one could quite believe it. 

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They set off back to the lorry park in good spirits, knowing they were in a good team position.   It wasn’t long before they were down in the XC warm-up area all with their Willberries astride in memory of Hannah Francis and in support of her charity.  Though we knew they could all do it it was incredible that they all had fabulous clear rounds with only 0.4 of a time fault between them.

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An awesome achievement, they came Team FIRST!  Wow!!!  Not only that but they were all placed individually as well.  Both Tom and Poppy finished on their dressage scores to come 5th in their respective arenas, Georgia finished on her dressage score to finish 3rd in her arena and Ellie did absolutely brilliantly to win her arena!

A special mention must be made for Tom who was also awarded a rosette for one of the top six most competent horsemanship rounds by an under 18yr old on the xc course.  Another excellent achievement!

An unforgettable day.  Well done to all and enormous thanks to Charlotte Wheeler for team training and Dawn Clarke for her organisation over the last few months.

PC110 (Open) Eventing Individuals

We only had two members competing in the Open Eventing, Katie and Milo.  First to go was Milo who had a dressage score of  38, one unlucky pole SJ and very sadly Aggie tripped in the water which resulted in a run out but nonetheless a great achievement.  Then came Katie with the brilliant Bean, with a dressage score of 34.8 but sadly it was not their day SJ but they had a super, steady xc round with no jumping faults, another great achievement.  Both ended up in 22nd place in their sections  Very well done to both of you.

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