May 2016

HWRC Committee - 10-Jun-2016


MAY 2016


Isn’t it exciting that spring has finally sprung? This time last week, I was dreaming of beautiful sunshine, rugs off and BBQs and we were still having frosty mornings! I’ve finally got my season going with a trip to Snowball Farm for a one day event last weekend – the new water rode nicely and it was lovely to get out and catch up with people. We had a scare at our stableyard this week with a fire in the woods surrounding our fields. An old disused caravan had caught alight, but thankfully the fire engines arrived before any of the trees caught. Why do all these dramas happen when your parents are away? Although at nearly 30, I am a fully fledged adult, it would have been nice to have a more ‘adulty-adult’ around!
In Club news, we’ve already had both seniors and juniors representing High Wycombe Riding Club at the National Winter Championships – and they even bought some rosettes home with them and I’m excited to announce that High Wycombe Riding Club are the Senior Intermediate Showjumping CHAMPIONS! Well done Team!


What’s happened so far in 2016 …….
Open Indoor Spring Dressage & Showing Show – Saturday 16th April at BCA
This was a lovely show, despite the inclement weather! Thanks to everyone who came – it was lovely to see both familiar and new faces.


National Winter Novice Championships
High Wycombe Riding Club was represented by our Junior Dressage team; Samantha Firth, Georgia Vella and Natalie Porter. Sam finished just outside the placings in her arena, with Georgia coming 10th (despite a bit of chaos mid-test as the judge beeped her, mistakenly thinking she had gone wrong!) and Natalie was 8th. The team finished just outside of the rosettes in 11th.
We also had a Senior Dressage team consisting of Jane Adderley, Andrea Haslem, Ali Craft and Laura Salisbury, who finished 3rd!


National Winter Intermediate Championships
Jackie Jenkins and J’s Just James represented HWRC in the Medium Dressage class and finished in a cracking 3rd place in only her 5th medium with James! Later on our Intermediate Showjumping team had their turn. The team consisted of Pauline Salisbury on Cloud Nine, Karen Salisbury on Tri-Zone Tango, Jane Adderley on Bandmaster’s Melody and Zoe Furnell-Brennan on Lord Soley and they were the only team to finish the 2 rounds on a clean score of 0, so they were crowned the Champions! Well done guys – beautiful sashes!

Things coming up in 2016……
Camp Fri 29th April to Sun 1st May - Aston-le-Walls
Camp was happening as this went to print! See next month’s newsletter for a write up!
Training! Dressage Clinic with Rob Waine – Saturday 14th May
Dressage lessons with Rob Waine at the Hammer and Harp, Hedgerley Green.
This clinic is currently full – if you are signed up and haven’t paid yet, please pay online before the day.
If you want to see further clinics like this, please get in touch and we will book more as the season goes on.

Qualifier! Area Horse Trials – Sunday 29th May at Snowball Help Needed!
We will be running the Horse Trials again this year – and as you know, this can’t run without a small army of helpers! Members will receive a club voucher and non members will receive a ‘gift in kind’ for helping. Please contact Irene Harper (07974938685) to offer some time!


Dressage to Music
We are very lucky to have a musically minded committee member, Natalie Porter, who is keen to help anyone that is interested in competing in the Dressage to Music qualifier on the 25th June at BCA. Natalie is willing to offer her expertise and provide the music for it at a very reduced rate. If you’re interested, please contact Natalie on


We would love to set up more training for the club – please contact Sue Porter with what you would like to see from the Club!
Sue Porter 07944-725778/


A word from the Chairman –
Thank you to Bryony for another splendid Newsletter. I’m afraid I was unable to get to the computer to send it out to you all so totally my fault for the lateness.
We’ve had some fantastic successes in competitions again recently with our Intermediate Show Jumping Team winning the Championships at Bury Farm, and again (with slightly different riders) winning and qualifying in the Intermediate Summer SJ on 15th May at Wheatlands. It was a huge but wonderful surprise to see the write-up in the Horse & Hound about our Championship win at Bury Farm, together with a superb photo of Jane Adderley riding over a fence and another of the winning team. Fully deserved. Well done to ALL our Team members, not forgetting those that rode for us but were just out of the winning places. It takes a lot of work and dedication to ride in Teams, and we are all in awe of the fantastic support and effort our members put in.
There are more qualifiers to go, not least the Horse Trials at Snowball Farm on 29th May. As HWRC are hosting it, there is a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes before the day and massive thanks must go to Irene Harper for the hours she is putting in to make sure the event is done well. More people than you can imagine are needed to run the day. If I tell you we prepare 100 food bags for the Fence Judges and other helpers, plus a buffet for Judges, Writers and those doing other jobs on the day, it may give you some idea of the size of the event. However many lists one makes, you tend to wake in the middle of the night having just thought of yet another job to be done, so you can’t really relax until the day of competition is over. Everyone has their part to play and we are, as always, extremely grateful to all those who offer and give their time and expertise to help. Even those who hardley know which end of a horse bites and which end kicks, there’s always a job that they can do for us, so if you can yourself spare some time, or have a friend/family member who can be enticed to come along, they will be warmly welcomed.
Another Camp is now done and dusted and once again, it was a fantastic time for everyone who went. Emma Marsden has said she will hang up her organising hat for next year but another couple of members have said they will take over. I’m looking forward to reading the Report that will come out in time for the June Newsletter.
Until my head is cleared of anything to do with Horse Trials, I don’t have any other exhilerating news to impart at this time, so I will wish you all a safe and enjoyable time doing what you like to do best…..horsing around!!
Best wishes,
Jan Eedle-Wells (HWRC Chairman) Home : 01494-882041 Mobile : 07966-276690


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