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 all members to compete for us in a sociable yet competitive atmosphere with the intention of having fun.

We don't have team selection nor do you have to wait to be invited on to a team - if you want to have a go we would love to hear from you! 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 have to have been received by the event team manager by the close of entry.  

More information on British Riding clubs, BRC health and safety, Flu Vacc record checking, downgrading your horse and the 2016 rule book can be found on our British Riding Clubs Page.

VWH Entry terms and conditions are at the bottom of this page.


BRC 'NAF' Summer National Championships

The NAF National Championships are held at Lincoln in September each year. Qualifiers are held for all levels of Show Jumping and Dressage through-out the Summer . 

Area 9 Summer Show Jumping Qualifier

Date: Sunday 19th June 2016 

Venue: Leyland Court Equestrian Centre (On the new surface) 

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 can hold 1BE point but no BS Winnings.

Intermediate class: 1st round 95cm, 2nd round max 1m. Horses to hold a max £225 BS Winnings. 

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

Style Jumping: This is a one round competition of 7-9 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, they can be registered with BE but not have been placed 1st-6th in a BE90 or completed a BE100 in the current or previous calendar year.

Whilst two team members jump a course at 85cm, these horses can hold up to 10 BE points and have up to £225 BS winnings. 

Team manager: Mariana Gaussen 07939583073 or email member@gaussen.freeserve.co.uk

Results: One Novice Team qualified for the Hartpury Regional Championship, the Intermediate team Won and are off to Lincoln.  

Area 9 Summer Dressage Qualifiers

Date: 17th July 2016 

Venue: Rabson Manor, Wroughton 

This competition has four classes: 

Senior Prelim dressage - teams of four riders all doing Prelim 14 (2006) 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. two members ride prelim and two ride novice.
Riding Test Prelim - BRC Prelim RT (2014) Horses holding upto 60 BD points
Riding Test Novice - BRC Novice RT (2016) 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 27 (2007), one rides Novice 28 (2008) and one rides Elementary 43 (2006). Horses can hold up to 124 BD points for the novice tests and up to 199 BD points for the elementary. 

Senior Medium Dressage - Individuals. Medium 69 (2005) or Advanced Medium 91 (2016). Max 299 BD points

Team manager: Jo Thornton joandtonyontour@live.co.uk or 07966883383

Results:  Our Riding Test Team Won, they will be joined in Lincoln by Gill Horton Individual in the Prelim, Jude Matthews riding individual in Elementary and Mariana Gaussen riding individual in the the Novice. The Open team finished 5th, pairs 2nd and 3rd, and Prelim team 4th.  

BRC 'Animalife' Horse Trials Championship

The BRC National Horse Trials Championship are held at the beginning of August each year at Swailcliffe Equestrian Centre.

The Championships for the 80cm is a One day format. The BRC90 is a Two day long format (including roads and tracks and steeplechase) and for the BRC 100 and BRC100+ they are a 3-day long format (including two veterinary inspections, roads and tracks and steeple chase, and reverse order SJ on the last day). 

Area 9 Horse Trials Qualifier 

Date: 9th and 10th July 2016 

Venue: West Wilts Equestrian Centre 

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) Dressage test: BRC HT Q&C (2013)

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. Riders are not to have competed at BE100 or BRC100 level in the current or previous calendar year.  

BRC 90 - (SJ & XC Max 90cm) Dressage test: BRC HT90Q (2013)

Horses may be registered with BE but only hold a maximum of 1BE point, not to have been placed 1st-6th in any BE100 in the current or previous year.  

BRC 100 - (SJ &XC Max 1m) Dressage Test: BRC HT100Q (20013)

Horses can hold unto 20 BE points, but not have completed a BE Novice or above competition in the current or previous competition year. 

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

Team manager: Pippa Taylor 07971249418 or email pippychick@hotmail.com

Results: Our 80cm and 90cm teams finished 5th, and our Intermediate team Won so are off to the Championships at Swailcliffe in August. 

BRC 'KBIS' Winter Novice Championship 

The Winter Novice Championships are held at the beginning of April each year at Keysoe Equestrian Centre. Qualifiers include Novice Show Jumping and Novice (Prelim and Novice) Dressage.

Area 9 Winter Novice Show Jumping Qualifier 

Date: 23rd October 2016 

Venue: Hartpury College 

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 and only 1BE point. 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: £tbc

Entries Close: Wednesday 28th September

Team Manager: tbc

Area 9 Winter Novice Dressage Qualifier

Date: Saturday 12th November

Venue: Summerhouse Equestrian Centre

This competition includes teams and individuals competing at Prelim and Novice level dressage. Teams are made up of two members riding Prelim and two members riding Novice.

Prelim - Prelim 2 (2016). Eligibility - Horses can't hold any BD points except those gained at prelim level. The horse also can't have competed at Elementary or above (BD or BRC) in the same competition year.

Novice - Novice 27 (2007). Eligibility - Horses can hold up to 124 BD points, those gained at prelim won't be counted. 

Entry Fee: £tbc

Entries Close: tbc

Team Manager: tbc 

BRC 'Equi-Threme' Winter Intermediate


The Intermediate Winter Championships are held at Bury Farm, Bedfordshire at the end of april each year. This includes Team only intermediate show jumping and both team and individual dressage with Prelim, Novice and Elementary tests

Area 9 Winter Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifier 

Date: 23rd October 2016 

Venue: Hartpury College 

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 225points at BS. Your horse can't have competed in the winter Novice show jumping or the Open Show Jumping championships in the same competition year.

Entry Fee: £tbc

Entries Close:

Team Manager: tbc 

Area 9 Winter Intermediate Dressage Qualifier 

Date: 28th February 2016 

Venue: Leyland Court Equestrian Centre, Bristol 

A team competition whereby four members form a team, with each member riding one of the following tests: Prelim BRC D3 (2014), Novice BRC D10 (2014), Novice 30 (2006) and Elementary 44(2002)
NEW: Individual Medium Competition - M63 (2002) 

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

Results: Sadly our team just missed out of a placing however lots of individual rosettes. A Win for Patricia Haskins in the Medium, 2nd For Jude Matthews and 4th for Mariana Gaussen in the Novice 30 and 6th for Sarah McMurray in the Novice D10. Brilliant!

BRC 'Horselyx' Festival of the Horse Championship

The Festival of the Horse Championships are held at Aston Le Walls at the beginning of June each year. Competitions include the Eventers Challenge competition (SJ and XC) and a Combined Training Competition (D & SJ) and some individual showing classes that can be entered directly.  

Area 9 FOH Eventers Challenge Qualifier 

Date: Sunday 15th October 2016 

Venue: Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre, The Cart House, Chewton Field Farm, Stoneaston, Radstock, BA3 4BX

This competition involves teams and / or individual competitors competing over 7-9 show jumps immediately followed by approximately 10-19 cross country fences. 

The competitors dress for cross country to compete. The show jumping is timed and the XC has an optimum time with no window. 

The 80 Challenge: New for 2016 - Eligibility to follow.

The 90 Challenge: Show Jumps max 85cm and XC max 90cm, horses may be registered with BE but only hold 1 BE point and are not to have competed at BRC100 level or above in the same season. 

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

Entry Fee: £tbc

Entries Close: tbc

Team manager:  tbc

Area 9 FOH Combined Training Qualifier 

Date: tbc 

Venue: tbc 

This competition involves teams of four riders.
Prelim / 75cm Section - Two team members ride BRC HT90Q (2013) and jump a round of show jumps at 75cm. 
Novice / 85cm Section - Two team members ride BRC HT100Q and jump a round of show jumps at 85cm.
Those riding prelim may not hold any BE or BD points or BS winnings, they can be registered with BE but not have been placed 1st-6th in a BE90 or completed a BE100 in the current or previous calendar year.

Those riding the Novice test may hold up to 124 BD points, 10 BE points and up to £225 BS winnings. 

Team Manager: Pip Taylor pippychick@hotmail.com or 07971249418 


Terms of Entry: As a club when we enter Area qualifier events there are two sets of entries. Prelim 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 prelim 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: 30-92-06Account number: 00028639) by the close of prelim 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 after the close of entries 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 a member cancels their entry after the close of prelim entries and their place can not be filled they will receive no refund from the club.