Chairman’s Report, Winter 2017
This autumn we sadly lost Bridget Jasper who many members will recall as being a founder member and secretary of Threewaters Riding Club. I thought it would be good to remember her by including a brief history of the club and how we came to be, so with the help of Dympna Gethin and Bridget’s husband John Jasper, here we go……
The club was started in 1969 when a meeting was held to start the first Riding Club in Cornwall, it was called Threewaters because the area covered included Blackwater, Chacewater and Saviot Water. The committee then included Pam Warren who lived at Kernick, Penryn at the time – where Asda sits now, and shows were held to raise funds. It was very much all hands on deck with pole painting, making fences and if the weather was bad they had an old shed they used as an indoor school. Membership started with just 15 – 20 people but at its peak reached 270 and members could buy a small enamel badge to show they’d joined, the turnover for the first year was £65, membership was £1 and visiting instructors include Bertie Hill, Janet Pulden, Jane Holderness-Roddam, and Stephen Hadley, some pretty impressive names. Janet Pulden came down from Gloucestershire in the mid 1980’s, she was the first person to give Dressage to Music demonstrations, originally the music was used to help the riders keep the beat and tempo to the various paces, how it has progressed since then!
Teams from the club competed at Powderham Castle and Hickstead, always flying the flag for Cornwall and doing well. Throughout the club’s history it has been extremely lucky to be hosted by various members, Sarita Perkins at Casawes Pascoe Farm and then Porloe, and of course Angela Rogers at Penrose, Helston, where for many years we had one of the best cross country courses in the county. We should all be very grateful to the early members who were brave and committed enough to inaugurate a Riding Club, and for their good stewardship that means we are in such a healthy and competitive state even today, nearly 50 years later.
Back to the present and we are still doing well with a full calendar of training and competition, instructors we’ve used this year include Sarah Thorne, a BE accredited trainer, Andrew Lovell BHSI, Tamsyn Hutchins, Emily Vincent and Karen Cowling with training offered at least once a month. Competitions included Dressage, Combined Training, Show Jumping, Horse Trials and Hunter Trials.
Our Area Teams have done extremely well, starting with Georgina Young and Kate McCarthy winning their classes at the Area Dressage Competition. Then Bryony Hutchinson won the Individual 80/85cm Show Jumping and Nicky Palmer won the Individual 85cm Style Jumping at the Area Show Jumping competition. New this year was a class for 70/75cm and Natalie White came 3rd in this with her good young horse, and Jane Morris came 3rd in the 70/75 style jumping.
The Area Horse Trials teams did well too, Dawn Evans came first individually in the 80cm class and went on to the National Championships where she came a brilliant 5th in her arena and 18th overall. The 100cm team actually won the Area competition and went on to the National Champs to compete in a 3 Day Event with a steeple chase course and everything, so very well done to Emma Vague, Peter Ramsey, Paula Tippett, and Naomi Bush who stood in for Dobs Rusden. They came a brilliant 10th overall with some excellent individual results and can’t wait to try again next year. Team members are currently arranging a dog show to help raise funds for their travelling expenses, so please support them if you see a Team Fund Raiser event, it could be you next year!
Finally thanks once again to all the committee members and helpers, we are indeed fortunate to have so many people who give up their time to make the club run smoothly, I say it every time but without volunteers we wouldn’t have a Riding Club – so make sure you volunteer too!