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Annual Dinner and AGM 2014

Posted by CB on June 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The inaugural OURC Annual Dinner and AGM took place at St Catherine's College on the 13th May.

A first for the club, the evening was attended by over 20 OURC members, who enjoyed a three-course dinner, a round-up of the year by the President, Members' Awards and hustings for next year's committee. It was a fantastic evening, and a great chance for OURC members to meet each other, find out more about the club and enjoy a lovely meal and drinks in the bar afterwards.

Members awards were presented to: Elizabeth Hamilton (Best 1st team rider); Alexa Bish-Jones (Best 2nd team rider); Iulia Popescu (Volunteer Award); Neil Sanghvi (Most Improved Beginner); Shriya Misra (Most Improved Novice); Lucy McInerney (Most Improved Intermediate) - well done to everyone who received an award, they were well-deserved!


Cuppers 2014!

Posted by CB on May 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On Friday 9th May, we hosted a very successful Cuppers competition at our wonderful home venue, Hall Place Equestrian Centre. The weather held out for us, resulting in a great afternoon of competition and smiles all round! We had 6 College teams entered this year, along with several individuals competing for rosettes and glory - full results below, many thanks to helpers Susie Wise and Iulia Popescu, who were instrumental in the smooth running of the day!



WINNERS: St John's (Rachel Kolb and Anna Coenen-Stass)

2nd: New College (Lucy Gregory and Ylwa Petterssen)

3rd: St Hilda's (Holly Armstrong and Neil Sanghvi)

4th: Keble (Jessie McNiel and Milica Dusanovic)

5th: St Catz (Kate Robinson and Katie Hickson)

6th: Kellogg (Emma Moran and Alice Roworth)


1st: Rachel Kolb (St John's)

2nd: Lucy Gregory (New)

3rd: Vikaran Khanna (Merton)

4th: Anna Maria Lara (St John's)

5th: Holly Armstrong (St Hilda's)

6th: Louise Hill (Linacre)

7th: Katie Hickson (St Catz)

8th: Thomas Johnson (LMH)

Best Walk/Trot test: Emma Moran (Kellogg)

Best Walk/Trot/Canter test: Rachel Kolb (St John's)

Cuppers 2014 is coming!

Posted by CB on April 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

OURC will be hosting our annual inter-college Equestrian competition on the afternoon of Friday 9th May, at Hall Place Equestrian Centre, near Reading.

The competition is intended to be a relaxed, fun afternoon for riders of all abilities - whether you have just started taking lessons, ride for fun or competitively, this is a competition for you! Transport will be arranged for you, so just have to enter and turn up!

It will be a dressage competition on borrowed horses, with a simple walk/trot only test for beginners/improvers, and a walk/trot/canter test (BUCS Equestrian test) for everyone else, with a comparative, penalties scoring system (more details later!). Competition wear is not required; hats, boots etc can be borrowed from Hall Place, and you can have the test called out to you.


What is the competition format?

College teams are made up of two riders, however you can enter as an individual as well, and still be eligible for individual prizes. If you have 4 riders at your college, you can make up an A and B team!

If you don’t know whether there are any other riders at your college, please either email me (I have a list of OURC members, with their colleges) or maybe put out a notice on your college Facebook group/mailing list? I’m also willing to send messages round the mailing list, if you’re struggling to find someone from your college. On our members list, there are at least two riders from the following colleges: St Catz; St Hilda's; St Cross; St John's; Christ Church; Magdalen; Keble; Trinity; St Anne's; Pembroke; Hertford; Jesus.

We currently have confirmed teams from St Catz, New College, St John's, Keble and LMH entered!

There may be more of you out there, who are not OURC members this year – everyone is welcome, so please try and find teammates, to make this a fantastic inter-college event!


What are the prizes?

There will be a trophy presented to the winning college team, plus individual rosettes 1st-8th place, and special rosettes for the winner of each test level.


How do I enter?

Please enter online by filling out this Google Docs form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CX1kt4GmNMV64LCfxox316ZfIscbdIKuNvYpjPg-STo/viewform by Sunday 4th May.

The entry fee is £15 per person, including transport, and your cheque needs to reach our treasurer Elizabeth Hamilton at Christ Church by Wednesday 7th May. Alternatively, if you’d like to pay by direct bank transfer, email [email protected] for OURC’s bank details.

Many colleges reimburse cuppers’ entry fees from their sport budget, so ask your College’s Sport/Clubs & Socs rep!


Oxford win the Varsity Match 2014!

Posted by CB on March 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The annual Oxford vs Cambridge Varsity Equestrian match took place on the 7th March at our home venue, Hall Place Equestrian Centre. This year, we hosted both the 1sts and 2nd matches on the same day and were blessed with glorious sunshine all day!

The First team - Susie Wise (captain), Lizzy Hamilton, Charlie Baker and Anna Coenen-Stass - came away with victory this year in a close match. We led convincingly after dressage, but Cambridge were firmly on our tails in the showjumping, leading to a thrilling conclusion.

The Seconds - Madeleine Barr (captain), Maddy Pope, Alexa Bish-Jones and Lucy Rands - were unlucky to just lose out to Cambridge after some strong performances all round and did themselves credit in the individual placings!

We were very grateful to our judge, Ellie Dadkhah, and our brilliant helpers, Iulia Popescu and Mia Van Manen, as well as to Hall Place, who were as wonderfully efficient and helpful as ever. The day ended with a team meal, which was a nice chance to relax and chat to our counterparts from Cambridge.

Full results below and see the 'Photo Gallery' page for full photos from the day - here are some highlights below!


1st Team winners: Oxford


1st - Alice Watson (Cambridge)

2nd - Susie Wise (Oxford)

3rd - Ginny Fellows (Cambridge)

4th - Stephanie Willis (Cambridge)

5th - Anna Coenen-Stass (Oxford)

6th - Charlie Baker (Oxford)

2nd Team winners: Cambridge


1st - Ali Simon (Cambridge)

2nd - Alice Strang-Steele (Cambridge)

3rd - Bridget Hipwell (Cambridge)

4th - Lucy Rands (Oxford)

5th - Lexii Bish-Jones (Oxford)

6th - Madeleine Barr (Oxford)

OURC Abroad!

Posted by CB on February 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, OURC was invited to send a team to the International Universities Competition in France - the team of Susie Wise and Floriane van der Brande came a very credible 5th overall - see below for Team Captain Susie's report:

'We were invited to compete in the student trophy competition at the EDHEC jumping show, which also hosted a CSI*** competition. On saturday was the individual competition. Both me and flori put in good individual performances but just missed out on a top six place. Sunday was the team competition with our scores being combined to give a team total. We finished in 5th place. Two of the top teams were riding they're own horses (bit unfair if you ask me, they took 4/6 individual spots too!!!) so I think we did very well considering!'

They also got featured on the front page of the sports section in the Cherwell newspaper for their efforts - probably a first for OURC! 

Competition results for OURC teams!

Posted by CB on January 24, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

After a disappointing start to the season saw the 1st team finish in 4th place at Coventry University in November (with strong placings of 4th for Floriane Van der Brande and 8th for Susie Wise), they had a turn of fortunes at their home competition, held at Hall Place Equestrian Centre on 22nd January. Some hard work in training resulted in a strong 2nd place for the team, with an individual 2nd place for Lizzy Hamilton, and a credible 8th for Captain, Susie Wise. 

Meanwhile the 2nds battled wind and rain for their first competition of the season, our home event at Hall Place on the 27th November 2013. Despite adverse weather conditions, good dressage left the team in 1st place after dressage, however some unlucky incidents in the showjumping dropped them down to 3rd overall, with a 6th placing for Jessie McNiel and an 8th place for captain, Madeleine Barr.

The teams are now looking ahead to their remaining BUCS competitions, as well as the Varsity match against Cambridge, which will take place on the 7th March 2014. 

OURC visit to Grand Prix Dressage Rider's yard

Posted by CB on December 11, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

On the 9th November, OURC was privileged to be invited to a demonstration at the yard of Grand Prix Dressage rider, Samantha Thurman-Baker. Samantha is one of British dressage's rising stars - she has competed on many European Junior & Young Rider championship teams and qualified for the Nationals at Grand Prix level, competing against the likes of Olympian, Carl Hester. She is based at her family's yard, Turville Valley Stud, where she competes alongside her younger sister, Joanna - both girls are trained by their mother Diane, whose uses classical training methods.

At the demonstration, we were treated to a demonstration of some of the in-hand work that is so vital in Diane's training ethos, watching them work their young horse, Zazu, and then later on, Highcliffe Apollo, who is working at PSG level. It was a fascinating insight into an aspect of dressage training that so often gets overlooked - for the Thurman-Bakers, it is the cornerstone of everything they do with their horses, and is clearly paying off!

After a short break for a tour of the beautiful yard, we were treated to a display of some ridden work, firstly by Diane herself, who showed us the beautiful Friesian horse, Euwie, who doesn't compete but can still perform lots of high-level test movements. We were all particularly in awe at his demonstration of the Spanish walk, and his generally beautiful flowing mane and feathers! Our final treat of the afternoon was watching Samantha ride Highcliffe Apollo, demonstrating all the Advanced movements with utter ease and elegance.

With Diane and Samantha alternating in their detailed explanations of what the horses and riders were doing, it was a fascinating and informative afternoon, where everybody learned a great deal about dressage and the training methods of those who have made it to the top. We are incredibly grateful to the Thurman-Bakers for hosting us for such a brilliant afternoon!

To find out more about Samantha and Turville Valley Stud, see their website http://www.turvillevalleystud.co.uk or Samantha's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Thurman-Baker-Dressage/309146022479378?fref=ts. ;

First OURC social of term

Posted by CB on November 8, 2013 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We held our first social of term on Wednesday 6th November at the Duke of Cambridge - it was well-attended by a variety of club members, from team competitors to those taking lessons to some of our RDA volunteers. Everyone had a great evening of cocktails and equestrian conversation - keep your eyes peeled for the next one, would be great to see even more of you there! 

OURC Teams 2013-14

Posted by CB on October 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

After trials held today at Hall Place Equestrian Centre, we are pleased to annouce the OURC Squads for the academic year 2013-14:

1st Team Squad

Susie Wise (Captain)

Anna Coenen-Stass

Floriane Van den Brande

Maddy Pope

Lizzy Hamilton


2nd Team Squad

Maddy Barr (Captain)

Norah Oles

Alexa Bish-Jones

Jessie McNiel

Lucy Rands


Well done to everyone who trialled - the standard was high and we had some hard decisions to make. Good luck to the squad members - we wish them every success in the coming competitions!

OURC Information Evening - Thursday 17th October

Posted by CB on October 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We are holding an Information Evening for anyone interested in joining OURC. Come along and ask any questions you have, meet the committee and find out how you can get involved in all things equestrian at Oxford. The evening will take place on the top floor of the Athletics Stand at Iffley Road Sports Ground, from 6:30-8pm. We will have membership and trials forms there, so bring along cash or a cheque book and join straight away!

Look forward to seeing you there!


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