We like to encourage all members of the club to take part in team events if they can. A riding club is (in our opinion) all about meeting like-minded people, participating in training to improve yourself and your horse, having the chance to compete in friendly and encouraging competitions and enjoying your hobby! We are happy to accept any member onto teams if they express an interest, however please bear in mind there are a few simple ‘rules’ regarding competing for a team:
Dressage qualifier- Sunday 9 November 2014 at SNEC. Two teams of four riders were entered, with 2 in each time to ride Prelim 18 and 2 to ride Novice 24. The blue team consisted of Caroline Wilson, Susie Dykes, Melanie Gilchrist and Rakel Price and the red team had Jill Hunter, Terri Weir, Kirsten Warden and Annemarie van Heelsum. Some excellent test were shown with Rakel and Terri both being placed first in their ring; Kirsten gained a second place, Annemarie a third and Susie was fifth. The red team (with a 1st, 2d and 3d) convincingly won the team qualifier, but unfortunately the 300+ miles to Gloucester are too far and the team won't travel to the championships. Showjumping qualifier- Saturday 6 December 2014 at SNEC. Three PDRC teams were entered; the green team at Novice (80/85cm) level and the blue and red teams at Intermediate (95/100cm) level. The green team was unlucky and didn't end up being placed, but the Intermediate teams did very well to end up second and third.
BRC Horse Trials Championships - Swalcliffe Park (nr Banbury), 1-3 August 2014
In the first weekend of August five PDRC members will battled it out with the best riding clubs in the UK at the British Riding Clubs Horse Trials Championships, near Banbury. Sandra Lamb was competing as individual in the 90 class, and Lyn Miller, Danielle Crawford, Terri Weir and Annemarie van Heelsum were competing as a team in the 100 class. The 100 class was run as a 'long format' three-day event, with dressage on Friday, roads-and-tracks, steeple chase and cross country on Saturday and the final showjumping on the Sunday. The competitors in the 90 class did their dressage and showjumping on Saturday and the r&r. steeple chase and cross country on the Sunday. Although no rosettes were brought home, it was an amazing experience and we are already planning our strategy to qualify for next year! Detailed report HERE.
Equestrian Festival – 12th & 13th July 2014 at SNEC - This included Dressage classes on Saturday 12th, with the Show Jumping, Style Jumping and Working Hunter classes running on Sunday 13th July. Although a full prelim dressage team and an intermediate showjumping team were entered, neither were complete on the day. Those who did make it had a great time though and the days ran very well.
Horse Trials Qualifier (Area 1 and 2) - Sunday 25th of May; at Ivesley Equestrian Centre (Co. Durham). See for results the Area 2 website. PDRC did very well with Sandra Lamb qualifying as individual in the 90 class and the 100 team qualifying for the Championships. Report to follow.
Indoor season 2013/14
The Winter Team Dressage took place at SNEC on Saturday 2 November 2013 and the Novice Team Showjumping was held at Kingsbarn (near Falkirk) on Saturday 23 November 2013. PDRC sent a team to both competitions and both times the team ended up in 9th position overall; more or less in the middle.Although this was out of the rosettes, everyone had a good time and gained some valuable experience. More details are in the Indoor Teams report.
Outdoor season 2013
PDRC was represented strongly at the Show Jumping qualifiers at Stobbs Farm (Gorebridge). The Intermediate team did not qualify as a team, but Anne Paxton jumped clear in both rounds and was fastest in the jump-off to win the competition and qualify for the Riding Club championships at Lincoln Showground on the 7th of September. Another team member, Liz Fletcher, also did extremely well and ended up third in the class. Anne did brilliantly at the Championships and ended up 27th in her class out of 120!
PDRC was successful in qualifying a Horse Trials team for the British Riding Clubs Championships held at Swalcliffe, near Banbury at 3-4 August. The team competed in the novice (90) class and had a fantastic time. The team was not placed, but Sandra Lamb was placed 5th in her arena. A full report can be found here: HT-writeup.doc.
More pictures can been seen on the PDRC Facebook page.
Area Horse Trials Qualifier - 21st April 2013
Two teams, one novice and one intermediate headed south to Hunwick in Durham on Sunday 21st April 2013 to take part in the above qualifier kindly hosted by BRC Area 2.
The Intermediate team consisted of Annemarie van Heelsum, Caz Mosley, Danielle Crawford and Kirsten Warden. All the participating teams from Area 1 were much of a muchness after the dressage. The show jumping however costed us points, however we all redeemed ourselves xc all going clear. Believe or not the hard ground (yes, I wrote hard ground!!) and undulating terrain resulted in us all gaining a few time penalties.
The Novice team; Barry Thorp, Liz Fletcher, Susan Terris-Weir and late ‘stand in’ Susie Dykes after the dressage and show jumping were in 2nd place. The cross country proved to be the deciding factor with 2 PDRC team members going clear round an accuracy challenging Novice course resulting in them coming 1st and qualifying for the British Riding Club Championships at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Banbury, Oxon on 2nd & 3rd August 2013.
In addition Terri was 3rd, Barry 4th, Annemarie 6th and Kirsten 3rd individually in their respective classes.
A HUGE thank you goes to our helpers Sandra Lamb and Kathryn Muir who travelled down to Durham to allow our teams to compete.
Well done to all who took part, being placed is always an advantage but it's the taking part that matters and being part of the team representing PDRC.
Kirsten Warden Team Co-ordinator
Area Horse Trials 2012
Peebles and District Riding Club put forward three teams , one intermediate and two novice, to the Area 1 Horse Trials held in the beautiful grounds of Houston House on Saturday 26th May.
Our Intermediate Team members were; Jo Luton riding Black Eyed Pea, Jennifer Lange on Desdemona, Annemarie van Heelsum on Bolinda and finally Lyn Millar riding Hit the Road Jack. The course, although not overly high was pretty technical in places with several challenging corners and skinnies. Only 10 riders in total managed to ride the course without stops or run outs.
As a team PDRC finished 3rd, with Jo and Jennifer both clear xc, they were placed 4th and 5th, respectively.
Nine Novice teams were competing for a chance to go South to the championships. The first of our novice teams comprised; Sandra Lamb on Winnetoe, Bea Munro with Billy Fox, Susan Terris Weir riding Knockaun Diamond, and Liz Fletcher with Clee View. Sandra and Bea both rode clear XC where again steep hills with corner fences and arrow heads at the bottom of them caused chaos for many riders. The team did very well and were 3rd, with Sandra achieving a 3rd individually.
Team two were; Helen MacNeil riding Mackilame, Jo Luton with her second ride of the day Presenting Edward and Sarah Chambers on her young horse Shadow the Opposition, who did very well coming 5th in her 1st ODE. As a team, they were unfortunate not to be placed, but having only three riders puts you at a bit of a disadvantage.
We all had a very good time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we would like to thank our two volunteers, Iain Ronaldson and Delia Thorley as, without them we would not have been allowed to compete.
I would like to encourage other PDRC members to come forward and compete in teams, the camaraderie is great, we all look out for each other and give great encouragement, it is a good way of getting to know fellow members of the club and pick up tips on riding courses.