VWH Team Events

Competing for your Club

If you would like to have a go at competing for the club at an Area qualifier, details of upcoming competitions can be found below.

Please read the details for each competition, including level, eligibility of horse and rider, costs, venues and who to contact.
We are a friendly club and want to encourage members to compete for us in a sociable yet competitive atmosphere with the intention of having fun.

Usually there is a lovely picnic and often a glass of wine or G&T in the lorry park during the day!

To compete for our club at an Area Qualifier, you must be a fully paid-up member of our club, your horse's passport and vaccinations must be correct and up to date and your entry fees to have been received by the event team manager by the close of entry.  

For further details on terms of entry, vaccinations and horse downgrading opportunities please see the bottom of the page.

More information on British Riding clubs, BRC health and safety and the 2013 rule book can be found on our British Riding Clubs Page.

Equestrian Clearance Winter Championship

Qualifiers in Area 9

Winter Intermediate Dressage

Sunday 1st March 2015

Leyland Court Equestrian Centre, Bristol

A team competition whereby four members form a team, with each member riding one of the following tests: Prelim 13, Novice 28, Novice 34 and Elementary 42

Eligibility: Prelim test - no BD points, Novice tests - up to 124 BD points, and for Elementary up to 199 BD points.

Entry fee: £tbc

Entries Close: Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Entries to: Mrs Jo Thornton 07966883383 or email joandtonyontour@live.co.uk 

Winter Show Jumping

Saturday 14th March

Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 2RG

Teams of four riders all compete in two rounds of show jumping. First round at 95cm and the second round at 1m and the best four scores from each round count.

Eligibility: Horses can hold up to 20 BE points and have won up to £225 at BS. Your horse can't have competed in the winter Novice show jumping or the Open Show Jumping qualifier in the summer.

Entry Fee: £tbc

Entries Close: Tuesday 17th February 2015

Entries to: Lynda King  

Winter Novice Show Jumping

Sunday 2nd November

Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 2RG

This is a team only competition, whereby four members form a team, each member jumping two rounds of show jumps. The first at 80cm and the second at 85cm with the best three scores from each round forming the team result. All teams on double clears will then 'jump off' if necessary.

To be eligible to compete your horse can't have any BS winnings or BE points. It can be registered with BE but not have been 1st-6th at BE100 in the current or previous season.

Your horses flu vaccination record and passport must also be up to date and correct.

Entry fee £20 

Entries and payments to: 

Fiona Russell-Brown 07979032448 or email fiona@mfha.co.uk

By Wednesday 8th October

Cheques payable to 'VWH Riding Club' please send to Mrs F. Russell-Brown, Kenarah House, 2 Churn Hill, North Cerney, Cirencester or by BACS VWH Riding Club, Sort code: 30-92-06, Account number 00028639. Please let me Fiona know when you make a BACS payment or post your cheque.

Winter Novice Dressage

Sunday 9th November 

Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 2RG
This is a team competition whereby two members ride Prelim 18 (2002) and two members ride Novice 24 (2010)
To be eligible to compete in the Prelim test your horse can't hold any BD points nor can have ridden a Novice test at the Summer Qualifier this year
To be eligible to compete in the Novice test your horse can't hold more than 124BD points
Entry Fee: £16
Entries to: Jude Matthews 07970976063 or email judematthews@yahoo.co.uk
By Wednesday 15th October
Cheques payable to 'VWH Riding Club' please send to Mrs F Russell-Brown, Kenarah House, 2 Churn Hill, North Cerney, Cirencester or by BACS VWH Riding Club, Sort code 30-92-06, Account number 00028639
Please let Jude know when you make a payment by BACS or post your cheques.


Festival of the Horse Championships

Qualifiers in Area 9 


Eventers Challenge Qualifier

To be held at: Larkhill

Date: Sunday 2nd March 2014

This competition involves teams and / or individual competitors competing over 7-9 show jumps immediately followed by approximately 15-18 cross country fences.

The competitors dress for cross country to compete. The show jumping is timed and the XC has an optimum time.

The 90 Challenge: Show Jumps max 85cm and XC max 90cm, horses may be registered with BE but hold no BE points, nor have been placed at BE100 in the past 2 seasons.

The 90 Pairs Challenge: As above but horses may hold a maximum of 20 BE points

The 100 Challenge: Show Jumps max 1m and XC 1m, horses may hold up to 20 BE points.

Entries: £35 per entry, entries close Monday 3rd February

Team Manager: Pip Roberts

Results: Congratulations to the Novice team who finished 2nd, the novice pairs who had a brilliant win and Sharon who was individual 2nd in the Open. 

Contact: pippychick@hotmail.com or 07971249418 

Combined Training Qualifier

To be held at Rabson Manor

Date: Sunday 20th April

This competition involves teams of four riders.

Prelim / 75cm  Section - Two team members ride Prelim 18 (2002) and jump a round of show jumps at 75cm.  

Novice / 85cm Section - Two team members ride Novice 30 (2006)  and jump a round of show jumps at 85cm.

Those riding prelim may not hold anyBE or BD points or BS winnings.  

Those riding the Novice test may hold up to 124 BD points, 10 BE points and up to £175 BS winnings.

We have entered two teams and two individuals for this event. Best of luck all!

Team Manager: Scarlett Crew - 07960769643 or email scarlettcrew1@gmail.com


BRC Summer Championships

Qualifiers in Area 9 2014 


Summer Dressage Qualifiers

To be held at Rabson Manor, Wroughton

Date: 29th June 2014 

This competition has four classes:

Senior Prelim dressage - teams of four riders all doing Prelim 12 (2005) with the best three scores counting. Horses can hold no BD points.

Senior Riding test - ie, they judge your riding not what the horse is doing! Again teams of four with the best three scores counting.

Riding Test Prelim - BRC Prelim RT (2014) Horses holding upto 60 BD points  

Riding Test Novice - BRC Novice RT (2014) Horses holding upto 124 BD points. 

Senior Pairs dressage - find a friend, dress the same and choreograph your own test riding side by side! BRC Pairs 5 (2014) stipulates the moves to be included. Horses can hold upto 124 BD points.

Senior Open Dressage - teams of four riders, one rides Novice 24 (2010), one rides Novice 30 (2006), one rides Novice 34 (2009) and one rides Elementary 44 (2002). Horses can hold up to 124 BD points for the novice tests and up to 199 BD points for the elementary. 

Entry fees: £13 per test and £2 per rider for first aid 

Team manager: Jude Matthews judematthews@yahoo.co.uk or 07970976063

Summer Show Jumping Qualifier

To be held at: Leyland Court Equestrian Centre (On grass)

Date: Sunday 13th July 2014

Teams of four members can enter any one of four classes and everybody get to jump two rounds (even if the first is a disaster) and any double clears go through to the jump off. Hence plenty of time for a good pic-nic.

Novice class: 1st round 80cm, 2nd round max 85cm - Horses to hold no BE points or BS Winnings. Horses can be BE registered but not to have been placed in the first six in any BE100 competition in the current or previous calendar year.

Intermediate class: 1st round 95cm, 2nd round max 1m. Horses to hold a max £175 BS Winnings.

Open class: 1st round 1.1m, 2nd round 1.15m. Unlimited BS winnings.

Style Jumping: This is a one round competition, of 7 fences to include a skinny and a double and you are judged like a dressage test on rhythm, style and position through-out. 

Two team members ride a course at 75cm, these horses can't hold any BE points or have any BS winnings. Whilst two team members jump a course at 85cm, these horses can hold up to 10 BE points and unto £175 BS winnings.

Entry fees - £16 per class and £2 per rider for first aid

Entries Close - Tuesday 17th June  

Team manager: Judith Wilson 07771914447 or email findjudith@aol.com


Horse Trials Championship Qualifier

To be held at West Wilts Equestrian Centre

Date: Sunday 22nd June 2014

This event is always popular with members. You can be part of a team or compete as an individual for the club and tackle any of four classes:

BRC 80 -  (SJ &XC Max 80cm) Horses may be registered with BE but can't hold any BE points or have been placed 1st-6th at BE90 level and can't have completed a BE100 or above in the current or previous calendar year. Dressage test: BRC HT Q&C (2013).

BRC 90  - (SJ & XC Max 90cm) Horses may be registered with BE but cant hold any BE points and it can't have completed a BE100 or above in the current year. Dressage test: BRC HT90Q (2013)

BRC 100 - (SJ &XC Max 1m) Horses can hold unto 5 BE points but not have completed a BE Novice this season. Dressage Test: BRC HT100Q (20013)

BRC 100+. (Show Jumping max 1.1m and XC Max 1m but longer and more technical than BRC100) Horses can hold an unlimited number of BE points. BRC HT100+Q (2013)

Entry Fees: £50  

Entries close: Tuesday 27th May

Team manager: Pip Roberts 07971249418 pippychick@hotmail.com 



Terms of Entry

As a club when we enter Area qualifier events there are two sets of entries. Pre-lim entries are payable direct to the BRC and then club entries are payable to who-ever is organising the competition.

As a member all the entry fees charged to you are subsidised by the club to help keep events affordable (generally by the club paying the pre-lim entry fees).

However once prelim entries are made we are liable for the whole cost of entry even if the competitor is unable to do so. Sadly for riding clubs vet and doctors certificates do not get any return of entry fees.

As a consequence the following terms of entry have been discussed and agreed by the VWH committee:

1. Once you commit to a team manager that you wish to enter a competition you must ensure your entry reaches the team manager (by cheque in the post) or the club account ( VWH Riding Club, Sort code: 30-92-06   Account number: 00028639) by the close of pre-lim entries (24 days prior to the competition). Only once payment is received will your entry be processed.

2. If the member cancels their entry outside of 24 days before the event, the member will receive a full refund.

3. If the member cancels their entry with between 7 and 24 days remaining and their place can be filled with another member they will receive a 50% refund of entry and the member taking their place will only be charged 50% of the full entry fee.

4. If the member cancels their entry within 7 days of the event no refund will be given and if another member is able to take their place at this late stage to complete a team they will not be charged by the club.

5. If a member cancels their entry within 24 days of the event and their place can not be filled they will receive no refund from the club.


Horses Passport Information 

To compete at a BRC Area qualifier, your horses vaccination history MUST be correct and complete. Horse passports are checked at each AREA qualifier event so as a club and area we hold a database of every-ones horses vaccination history to ensure it's correct before you enter a competition. If your horses details aren't on the database and are found to be incorrect on the day of competition you will eliminated and unable to compete.

To prevent this from happening we recommend all our members send an up to date photocopy of their horses passports to Mrs Fiona Russll-Brown, Kenarah House, 2 Churn Hill, Cirencester. Fiona kindly holds our club database and will check your horses are eligible to compete.

To assist Fiona with this we request that you send a copy of your horses Name and Ownership page, the picture page and all vaccinations to date page. Obviously not forgetting to let her know who has sent it - i.e. your details. Once you are on the database each year after your horses annual booster, Fiona just needs an updated copy of the vaccinations page.
If you wish you can verify your horse's vaccination dates by using this checker: BRC 'flu vaccination checker 2012

If you have seen a competition you would like to enter but your horse is not eligible you can now apply to the BRC directly to downgrade your horse.

From 1 January 2011 BRC changed the rules regarding downgrading for BRC competitions. As a result of feedback from members, BRC has decided that anyone who would like to downgrade their horse for BRC competitions can complete a downgrading form and support it with an accompanying letter explaining why they wish to downgrade their horse. 

BRC will be looking at each application on a case by case basis, taking into consideration the horse and riders age, past achievements, injuries and current levels of performance.

You can apply to down grade at any point during the year, however a decision must have been formally made by BRC before prelim entries close for any particular event you wish to compete in.

Forms are available in Word and PDF. For any queries regarding downgrading please contact Rachael r.hollely@bhs.org.uk 02476 840597