Vectis Equestrian Club


British Riding Clubs and British Eventing have once again teamed up to offer exciting opportunities to BRC members competing at Novice and Intermediate levels with BE.

The leagues will be published on the BRC website and points will be awarded to all BRC members who complete in the following classes:

Novice /  Open Novice /  Novice U18 Section /  Intermediate /  Open Intermediate /  Intermediate U18 Section

BRC and BE will be awarding rosettes to 10th place. Prizes will be awarded in kind.

If you are interested in opting in for this league please fill out the booking form  and send it back to Jessica Payne at BRC HQ.

To find out more details about how the league works please see the link below, which will direct you to our website.- 

Spider Ride & CR Jumping 3rd November @ Linda's Yard, Brading

Our Spider Ride & Clear Round Event on Sunday 3rd November was lucky to go ahead after high winds and heavy rain the day before - flooding the arena.      Amazingly the surface had drained completely in time for the jumping on the Sunday.  This was enjoyed by a small group of hardy riders under the guidance of school owner, Linda Allen.  Many thanks to Linda for building the course and supervising the jumping and to Wayne & Tracey for acting as stewards.  Also, thank you to Deb Harris for taking charge of the drinks, to Louise Rate for acting as waitress and to Sandie Evans for tending to the fallers (luckily only one).      Approximately Β£100 was made for Club funds.

Novice Winter Dressage @ Sparsholt 6th October 2019

Well Done Vectis Team
Winning the Area Dressage today

Amazing riding from all of team Vectis smashing the Novice Winter Dressage.

Vectis Red:   Alex Toogood won her Team test / Penelope Edwards also winning her team test and coming 4th in her individual test. / Georgie Leavold 5th in the team test and 5th in the individual test..................Vectis Red winning overall. ❀️

Vectis Gold:   Natasha Coventry 7th in her team test and 2nd individual./ Rachel Capper 11th in her team test. / Julie Toogood 13th in her team test. / Grace Anna Linington also 11th in her team test.

Mixed JNR IOW team from IWRC and Vectis came 2nd Overall with Tammy Niccolls getting placed 4th in both her team and individual tests.

As always thanks so much to Vectis for sending us was a lovely day with great company. Massive thanks to Josie Toogood and Alexandra Pugh-Panther for coming as helpers - we really couldn’t do it without you. Also thank you to Victoria Clark for being in 100 places at once and reading for us.

Good day in the office for #TeamVectis.

Riding Club Area Dressage to Music 11/08/19

Great day at the Area dressage to music qualifiers at Woodington EC, Helen Bull finishing 4th and 7th in both her Novice classes, Phoebe Nicholls-Taylor winning both her Prelim and Novice classes and Kelly Louise Blow competing in Medium and winning her Advance medium Class. Well done all. Big thank you to Alexandra Pugh-Panther for being our fantastic helper for the event πŸ˜Šand to Vectis Equestrian Club for allowing us and sending us to represent the club πŸ€©πŸ€©

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Riding Club Area Team Dressage 21/07/19

Well done to *Team Vectis* today, a really nice Club day out at the RC Area Team Dressage .Our Vectis members , Alex Toogood, Grace Linington, Julie Hosykins & Josie Toogood all excelled themselves coming home with the *Ribbons.*. Alex & Oscar Winning Novice 38 & Qualifying for the Championship's also 3rd place in test 15. Josie & Harry collecting a 3rd & 5th, & Grace a 6th place in her Arena. The Team finished a very creditable 4th place overall. Thanks to Jane Frost for photos and overall organiser and designated team 'helper'
These Area RC events are open to all members so if anyone would like to take part in the future let us know.

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Pay & Play & Brading - 13-07-19

A BIG Thank you to Linda Allen for hosting today's *Pay & Play* at Quay Lane Brading, a really lovely Venue. It was a such a nice relaxed atmosphere helping to bring out the best in horse and rider, hope all that attended had a good time. A few pictures of some of the riders today.

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Evening Dressage @ Godshill 3-7-19

The weather stayed fine for our evening dressage at Godshill and despite some test time changes due to late entries and withdrawals, the evening ran smoothly.  The Prelim 2 was won by Carla Maskell riding the eye-catching Shetland – Blackator Bounty Hunter in his first dressage season. This combination was also second in Prelim 12 which was won by the experienced Penny Edwards on Maximus 1X with the impressive score of 77%.  Another winner was Alex Toogood and her Styalways Dark Orchid with 71% in Prelim 15 and very close in marks were second and third placed Sue Nye and Alice, and Laura Brodie on Vittlefields Blackberry.  The last class was a pick your own where the winner is decided by the highest percentage score whatever test is ridden.  Although entries lacked quantity, quality was high with less than 1 % between the top 2.Penny Edwards was awarded first prize, with Hilary Box and Ty taking both second and third, the second rosette after riding Novice 22 and third for Novice 37A.My thanks to all the helpers, in particular Judge for the evening -Jackie Woodford; writer- Louise Blow; stewards - Anna Lek and Fliss Crouch; scorer- Trish Collins; runner (& general cheerleader) – Jane Frost also Mandy Steen and Carla Maskell for clearing up the field.

Dressage Festival @ Godshill 23 June 2019

Compared to last year, when we experienced a heat wave, the Dressage Festival enjoyed perfect weather for riding on 23rd June with a nice breeze and cloudy sky.  Although entries were down on last year, because of a clash of dates with other events, we had keen competition in the classes with some very close marks in the top placings. The 4 competitors in the Open Intro A finished within 2 percentage marks of each other with Claire Proctor and RoR horse, Leamington Lad winning.  Whilst the restricted winner was Kate Suitor on her Kingcarra Lily.

Jose Toogood and Moortown Flash Harry took the Prelim 7 Restricted class - a mere 0.45 % ahead of Simone Morley. The Open 7 was won by NPS qualifier Jade Davies and Turpane Boy.   The next class was judged on percentage with a choice of 2 tests – Prelim. 18 & Novice 24 and this was won by Kirsty Hume and Angus who also took 1st place in the novice in Arena 2.Other winners were Nicole Adhyanu with Tommy in Prelim. 12; Julie Hoskyns on Pauldary's Amaretto in the Prelim 15 and Helen Bull won the Pick your Own riding the Elementary 40 on FabergΓ© Mystic.

We were pleased to welcome back to the Island our judges Sheena Russell and Jan Drewett who have judged for us many times over the years.   Also, we had our experienced A team of helpers, without whom no event can run smoothly - although I think Jane's superb lunch is the main attraction.

Report on BRC Horse Trials Qualifier by Amy Nicholls-Taylor:

Fantastic weekend representing Vectis equestrian at the BRC Horse trials qualifier. Well done Penny Edwards finishing 6th in the 80cm with an outstanding dressage score of 21 , 4 faults sj, and a little too speedy but clear xc🐎, Maddie-jayne Oakes and Ozzy coming 12th in the Junior 80cm, completing her first ever dressage test, clear sj and clear xc with just time faults to add, you should be super proud of your achievement πŸ˜Š and Phoebe Nicholls-Taylor in junior 80cm, individual 3rd dressage 31, only one pole sj and clear xc near to optimum time, also combining with IOW riding club juniors to represent area winning and qualifying for the finals.😊Big thank you also to Paul and Sue for being our helpers and doing a great job, and to Vectis Equestrian Club for allowing us to represent you at these events.

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Vectis Annual Team Quiz Report 2019

Vectis News

BRC Festival of the Horse


Sunday March 31st 2019 - Dressage @ Lake Farm

This will be the final and championship show of our Winter Dressage Series kindly sponsored by Wight Animal Bedding and featuring Sunshine Tour 2019 Qualifiers as well as the Retraining of Racehorses Riding Clubs Challenge for ex racehorses.   The winner of this series on the Island for 2018 was Seigneur des Bois owned by Anna Reed and ridden by both Sam Dyer and Martine Harbour.

Summer Showjumping series 2018

Many thanks to Helen and her army of helpers for organising these events. 

The points have been worked out and the top 4 in no particular order are:

Penny Edwards.         Tonto
Maddie Oakes.            Ossie
Keira Harper.               Dolly
Jessica Morris.            Striker

So, come along to the AGM where the winners will be revealed!!

Area Dressage Sunday 15th July 2018

Report from our WINNING TEAM member Helen Bull

 It was a very early start but at least it was cool at 5am. The Senior Vectis Dressage team were traveling to Hurn to compete in the Riding Test and Senior Open Teams, Tina Read, Penny Edwards, Cally Dawkins and myself, Helen Bull. Tina and Penny went via Yarmouth and Cally and I from East Cowes meeting up on arrival. Our very valuable helper was Alex Pugh-Panther and team leader Jane, both always encouraging and enthusiastic even when things did not go to plan.

  I am not sure any of us performed to the best of ours or the horses abilities in the Riding Test prompting Jane to say afterwards that we should give that a miss next time! However we managed to pull it out of the bag in the Open team, where we all rode a different test and everyone upped their game having settled down in the surroundings and acclimatised to the heat. I believe Tina got very overheated and felt quite unwell for a time, but we horsewomen are made of stern stuff. Personally I don't think I've ever ridden in quite such intense heat and the relief at being able to take your hat and boots off when finished was immense. Alex was perched in a chair in the hottest part of the field for two hours stewarding, shouting at the top of her voice for the correct number to come on down, she did a magnificent job and got all to the correct arena in time.

  Before we left Jane was getting quite excited as depending on Cally's result we had either finished first or second. We all left at a similar time, going in different directions. Unfortunately we got held up for half an  hour in traffic due to an accident on a roundabout so missed our 4pmferry. We were still on the way home when Jane sent through the news that we had WON! She also sent a picture of her Bacardi and coke that she was then enjoying in the cool of her garden. Talk about envy, we were still on the ferry!

  I think we would all like to thank the club for giving us this opportunity and especially to Jane, who always seems to believe in us when we have doubts.


Area Show Jumping Feb 18th 2018 at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre

A day in the life of Georgina Leavold!!!!!

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes for #TeamVectis SJ. 

To say adversity played a part today would be an understatement! Last night saw our first hurdle with poor Lauren's pony having a swelling to his leg. We all thought our prayers were answered when she had a second ride but at 7am this morning to realise the jabs had just gone out of date! πŸ™ˆ

None the less with a team of helpers and supporters in Lauren and her family we headed off to crofton with Jane's fine words of: "don't worry you only need three to win!" 

I think I then jinxed the team by joking; "No one can get eliminated in the first round as now we have three it will mean the team won't be able to jump the second!!"

Charlotte was in first and sadly (or frustratingly for Charlotte) Barney couldn't overcome his fear of the very scary Olympic Swimmers cut out fence.

I was to ride second and in a very busy electric warm up arena and a couple rodeo moves later I was hoping to stay on board!! Thankfully we got in the ring and Carrera switched on to her job popping the course to role an unlucky pole after loosing a bit of balance coming off a tight corner.

Abbey was last to ride and had a lovely round and having that same "pesky" pole I did; just loosing rhythm on the corner. 

We are all a bit gutted we didn't bring back any placings and we could have done with a bit of luck on our side, but it wasn't to be today. That's horses.....πŸ™„

As always thank you to vectis for sending us. Thank you to Tash, Katarina, Sophie and Kirsty for helping today we couldn't have done it without you guys. 

Next training! 🐴