Vectis Equestrian Club


Since restrictions were eased slightly, Vectis has been able to get going again. After a break of several months, horses and riders were brought out of compulsory retirement; tack was cleaned; boots polished and tests re-read to get ready for competitions once more.  We have held two dressage events; the first in April to finish off our much-shortened Froghill winter series held at Island Riding Centre.   The second, last week, in May took place at Oak Tree Stables, Brading.  This was the first outdoor event of the year and heralded the start of our summer schedule.  Linda has made a brilliant job of cultivating a flat grass arena for dressage and we, also, had the use of her sand school for all-day clear round. With ample room for parking and for warming up, we are very grateful to Linda for providing Oak Tree as a grass arena venue for the club. Both events were very well supported, with members keen to be out with their horses again and meet up with other members. Thanks to everyone who helped at each event.  Having sufficient volunteers for all the necessary jobs involved in running an event makes the day run smoother and stress-free for everyone. On days when you are not competing, please take a turn in helping at a club event.  

Our next club event is a dressage competition to be held at Stone Farm, Blackwater next month.  This is a new venue for us and we must thank Verity and Paul Lightbown for making it available to us.  

We have now started training evenings with Robert which I’m sure many of you have missed during lockdown.  They are organised, as usual, by Mandy at either Froghill or Rodgebrook Stables.   Fingers crossed that life will soon return to normal.

Diane Andrews - Chair VEC

Individual Show Reports:-

Sunday 9th May @ Oaktree Stables, Brading - Wow it almost seemed like “normal times” today , our first outdoor Event for 2021, a lovely venue with beautifully turned out Horses and Riders able to compete in the Sunshine. a really good Vectis Club Day, great to see members & friends.
Well done to our Class Winners * Molly Sheath, Cally Dawkins, Grace Linnington and Freya Jones*
Thank you to Linda Allen for the use of Oak Tree Stables our Judges Vicky Lacey and Jacky Cook. and of course all the wonderful helpers.
Next Vectis Events are Dressage at Stone Farm June 6th.
Evening training with Robert Booth.

*Riding Clubs Virtual National Dressage Championships*
Due to Covid the RC Winter Dressage Championships had to be held Virtually.
Vectis Members who Qualified for this Competition , were Zoe Cheek, Alex Toogood, Grace Linnington, Penny Edwards, Nicole Adhyaru and Junior member Charlie Adkins. (Team &Individuals.)
They all put a lot of time and effort into sending their videos off for this RC Event, and although the Team were not placed our Individual entries were. As this was a National Competition entries were from the whole of the UK!
Penny and her lovely coloured horse Maximus were placed 4th & 8th , Charlie and his super pony Henry finished a fantastic 2nd & 3rd.
There was a huge amount of entries for this National Championships so
** Well Done Team Vectis **
Thank you all for Representing Vectis.

Sunday 18 April @ IRC - “Great to be back” lovely sunny day for our first Vectis Event of 2021! Riders and horses looked pleased to be out competing again.
Well done to our class winners today, Olivia Hedley, Cally Dawkins , Nicole Adhyaru, Alison Heywood, Natalie Brougham, Charlie Adkins and Kelly Blow .
Full Results will be posted.
Thank you to our Judges, Gemma, Jackie and Vicky,and the wonderful *Army of helpers * without them our Vectis Events could not go ahead!
Next Vectis date is May 9th, Dressage at OakTree Stables.

Report from Di Andrews [VEC Chairperson] on Summer 2020 activities :  Despite the problems of Covid, we were able to get the Club active again in June.  Thanks to Mandy and Robert training evenings were first to start up again and are continuing through the winter provided Covid conditions stay as they are. We ran our first dressage of the summer on July 12th and again, many thanks to Mandy for allowing us to use Froghill and for making sure we complied with all the new guidelines.  It seemed that many of our members were more than ready to do a competition again and it was really nice for us all to see each other again.  The weather was fine and we had some very good tests ridden.  This was followed on 26th July by a showjumping show which attracted a large number of entries, and thanks are due to Mandy for the use of Froghill again and to Linda for being in charge of the course and giving everyone a chance to conquer any problems.  This was followed by another dressage at Froghill on 9th August – a really hot day with large classes, especially the Intro!

On 13th September we held a dressage and show jumping event at Oak Tree Stables (belonging to Linda).  Linda has carried out a huge amount of work at her fields.  Riders had a flat, green dressage arena, heaps of space to park lorries (social distancing to extremes), a large, flat area to ride in and an enclosed manége for showjumping. Sadly, as if Covid isn’t a disaster enough, the day before the competition we heard there was a case of strangles on the Island and felt we had to offer competitors the chance to withdraw.  Understandably, the majority withdrew and we were left with only 9 competitors.  However, Linda decided to continue and so we made it an afternoon event and the remaining competitors enjoyed perfect weather in perfect conditions. Thank you to our helpers at all these events and to all our dressage judges and writers who have to be in their own ‘bubble’.

We are moving indoors from October and will be at Island Riding Centre for our dressage and training nights (Covid Permitting)

Report from Di [VEC Chairperson] on dressage held at Froghill 12th July 2020:           What a pleasure to see our members at events again.  The first dressage competition since lockdown took place on Sunday 12th July after Jane prodded us all into action. Riding Clubs Office gave us the green light for events as long as correct procedures were observed and huge thanks must go to Mandy for ensuring Froghill was Covid 19 ready. Trish took on the paperwork and Kelly & Louise Blow solved the problem of requiring judge and writer in a ‘bubble’ as they needed to share a car. Although spectators had to be kept to a minimum, the day ran smoothly with some highly sanitised helpers.

Thanks, are also due to Mandy and Robert for getting the training evenings up and running as soon as it was permitted.

With Show Jumping next week as our next event let us hope that a sort of normality can return for riders, as long as we abide by the precautions.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our summer events

15th March 2020 - Dressage @ IRC kindly sponsored by *Froghill* - Results llsted on 'results' page.  This turned out to be our last 'event' before Covid-19 lockdown overtook us!

19th January - Spider Ride to Old Smithy Car Park : We enjoyed a lovely winter’s morning for our Spider Ride on 19th January.  After a frosty start to the day, the sun shone for the rest of the morning, with no wind.  Nearly 40 riders from all over the Island arrived between 11.00a.m. and 1.00p.m at the Old Smithy car park at Godshill. This included the amazing Di Chesterton still riding at over 80 and one small tot less than 3 years old.  In addition, much to the horror of a few horses, we had 2 pony and trap combinations; the very smart ensemble of Robert Young and an extremely small Shetland with an extremely small trap.           Riders were provided with a hot drink, crisps, chocolate bars and a wonderful selection of home-made cakes. Approximately £180 was made for Club funds.     Thank you to everyone who helped and thank you to the riders for supporting it.

Winter Dressage Series @ IRC sponsored by *Froghill* - 12/01/20

Sunday 12th January  saw the Club returning to Island Riding Centre for our first dressage event of the new Year. Although very windy it stayed fine all day with even a few periods of sun.

Entries were good and judges Gemma Maddocks followed by Martine Harbour were kept busy all day from 9.30 until 4.00.  Points from our winter dressage all go towards a Championship when a sash and special rosettes will be awarded to the winners.  All the rosettes and sashes are sponsored by Froghill Tack and we thank them  for their support. The Show was also a qualifier for Julie Hoskyns’ Championship event in September and we had qualifiers in 4 classes.   We also ran qualifiers for NPS [registered M&M ponies] and Sunshine Tour.

The Intro class went to Harriet Kent and Winston with Clare Adhyaru on Disney in second place.  Charlie Adkins won the Prelim. 7 on Henry and in second place came Beatrice Bonsey riding Linda Allen’s 19 year old Pantomime Telystar.

The placings were reversed in the Novice N24 with Beatrice having top marks. First place in Prelim 19 was taken by Sue Nye with Abergavenny Alys and, less than ½ percent away, in second place was Lindsey Mariner and her Sorren. The second Novice went to Penny Edwards on her Maximus IX beating Lindsay White and Wento.

The final class was a PYO which was dominated by Helen Bull and Fabergé winning the class with Medium 61 and taking third riding the Elementary 53 - sandwiching Alex Toogood and Oscar in the middle in second place.

The RoR points were awarded to Claire Procter & Leamington Lad (8); Penny Edwards & Shannon Spirit (6); Emma Hiscock & Josie Joe (2)

Well done to everyone and many thanks to the helpers who make these events possible.

Winter Series Dressage sponsored by *Froghill* on 15/12/19 @ IRC

The second in the Club’s winter dressage series took place 10 days before Christmas Day at the Island Rising Centre with good entries in all classes.  Robyn Dyer, making her debut in dressage with her pony Paddy, got off to a flying start by winning the first class - the intro - with Rosie Egerton on Treflan Cadi only 2 percent away, and Annabel Russell less than a further 2 percent behind her.  Judge Jackie Woodford also put Robyn first in the following Prelim 14, this time ahead of Lindsey Mariner and Sorren and Phoebe Nicholls-Taylor on Blackertor Bounty Hunter.  Once again it was a very close competition with the marks within 2 percent of each other.     

Our mainland judge, Abi Schoenmakers, then took over the judging for the last 4 classes.  Jenny Attrill and Brynera Elins Last won the Prelim 17a, closely followed by Sue Nye (Abergavenny Alys) and Lindsey Mariner. The novice 23 went to Shannon Spirit and rider Penny Edwards with Sue Nigh second and Linda Allen and the dependable Broadstone Lovebug in third.   Novice 38 had fewer entries but some very good marks.  Georgina Leavold and Iris WB just pipped Phoebe (Farriers First Dream) to win and in close third came Natalie Brougham with Abbotswood Zeus.                     The last class was a Pick Your Own of the higher tests.  The ever-improving Helen Bull and Faberge Mystique took both first and third places; the first riding Elementary 45 and the third doing Medium 61.  Squeezing into second was Kelly Blow and Chelesto completing an advanced medium.               

The highest RoR [Retraining of Racehorses] points scorer on the day was Penny Edwards with Shannon Spirit and the overall Champions for 2019 Riding Clubs Challenge series was Claire Procter with Leamington Lad and Reserve place was taken by Penny Edwards and Shannon Spirit.   Thank you to all ex racehorses who have competed during 2019.   This series will continue for 2020.                              

Well done to all the competitors and a huge thank you to our judges and writers.  A quick mention of Mandy the organiser; Jane, the outside steward; Carol for providing refreshments once again and Trish our wonderful show secretary.

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 £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 😊and to Vectis Equestrian Club for allowing us and sending us to represent the club 🤩🤩

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 Fabergé 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 😊 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! 🙈

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.....🙄

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! 🐴