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 2015 rule book can be found on our British Riding Clubs Page.
Festival of the Horse Championships
Qualifiers in Area 9 2016
Eventers Challenge Qualifier
Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre, The Cart House, Chewton Field Farm, Stoneaston, Radstock, BA3 4BX
Date: Sunday 11th October 2015
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 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 90 Pairs Challenge: 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.
Entry Fee: £40
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, (ref EC and your name). Please let me Fiona know when you make a BACS payment or post your cheque.
Entries Close: Tuesday 15th September
Team Manager: Zoe Gell
Contact: Zoe Gell 07881385848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse Trials Championship
Area 9 Qualifier 2015
Date: Sunday 28th June 2015
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)
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. Dressage test: BRC HT Q&C (2013).
BRC 90 - (SJ & XC Max 90cm) Horses may be registered with BE but only hold a maximum of 1BE point 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 in the current competition yearDressage 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)
A huge thank you to our volunteers who helped on the day to allow our teams to compete!!
Team manager: Lynda King 07767343835 or email email@example.com
Championship Date: 7th-9th August Swailcliffe
BRC Summer Championships
Summer Show Jumping Qualifier
Date: Sunday 5th July 2015
Venue: Leyland Court Equestrian Centre (On grass)
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.
Results: This year we only entered a Intermediate team - and brilliantly they won and are off to the championships! With Individual 4th for Marianna, 5th for Lynda and 6th for Rosie. Lynda also stepped in a the last minute to form an Area 9 Open Team which they won with a beautiful clear!
Team manager: Mariana Gaussen 07939583073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Championship date: Lincoln 5-6th September
Summer Dressage Qualifiers
Date: 12th July 2015
Venue: Rabson Manor, Wroughton
This competition has four classes:
Senior Prelim dressage - teams of four riders all doing BRC D3 (2014) 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 (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 45 (2010). Horses can hold up to 124 BD points for the novice tests and up to 199 BD points for the elementary.
Entry fees: £15 per test
Entries Close: Tuesday 16th June
Team manager: Jude Matthews email@example.com or 07970976063
Championship date: Lincoln 5-6th September
Intermediate Winter Championships
Qualifiers in Area 9 2015
Winter Intermediate Dressage
Date: Sunday 1st March 2015
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 13 (2006), Novice 28 (2008), Novice 34 (2009) and Elementary 42(2008)
Eligibility: Prelim test - no BD points, Novice tests - up to 124 BD points, and for Elementary up to 199 BD points.
Entry fee: £16 per test
Entries Closed: We have entered two teams
Entries to: Mrs Jo Thornton 07966883383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment: To be received by 1st Feb
Results: Teams 6th and 11th, Individual 2nd Jude Matthews, 4th Lynda King, 8th Mariana gaussen
By BACS:VWH Riding Club, Sort code: 30-92-06 Account number: 00028639 (reference dressage and your name) or cheques - payable to VWH Riding Club sent to Jo Thornton, Crudwell Court Farm, Crudwell, Malmesbury, Wilts, SN16 9EW
Winter Intermediate Show Jumping
Date: Saturday 14th March 2015
Venue: 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: £20
Entries Close: Tuesday 17th February 2015
Entries to: Lynda King 07767 343835 or email email@example.com
Results: Team 5th, Individual 2nd for Lynda King
By BACS:VWH Riding Club, Sort code: 30-92-06 Account number: 00028639 (reference show jumping and your name) or cheques - payable to VWH Riding Club sent to Mrs Fiona Russell-Brown, Kenarah House, North Cerney, Cirencester. Please let Lynda know when you have paid.
Combined Training Qualifier
Date: Sunday 19th April 2015
Venue: Rabson Manor
This competition involves teams of four riders.
Prelim / 75cm Section - Two team members ride Prelim 7 (2002) and jump a round of show jumps at 75cm.
Novice / 85cm Section - Two team members ride Novice 27 (2007) 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: Scarlett Crew - 07960769643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Equestrian Clearance Winter Championship
Qualifiers in Area 9 2015
Winter Novice Show Jumping
Venue: 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.
Entries and payments to:
Fiona Russell-Brown 07979032448 or email email@example.com
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
This is a team competition whereby two members ride Prelim 18 (2002) and two members ride Novice 24 (2010)
Prelim test - your horse can't hold any BD points nor can have ridden a Novice test at the Summer Qualifier this year
Entry Fee: £16
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 an 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 include their horses Name and Ownership page, the picture page and all vaccinations to date page. Obviously not forgetting to let them know who has sent it - i.e. your details and club name. Once you are on the database each year after your horses annual booster please forward another copy of the vaccinations page.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 02476 840518