Chairman’s Report, Summer 2018

This winter has been a very busy and productive one, with shows, training and competitions.  A huge thanks to our committees and all the helpers, volunteers and duty rota people who make everything possible, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes and is never recognised but vital nevertheless.  Particular thanks to Mike Deering who keeps all our monies up to date, and Justin Hunt, who is our web Guru and puts all the competitions and training onto the web site for us, neither of them ride but both play an essential part in the running of the club.This winter has been a very busy and productive one, with shows, training and competitions.  A huge thanks to our committees and all the helpers, volunteers and duty rota people who make everything possible, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes and is never recognised but vital nevertheless.  Particular thanks to Mike Deering who keeps all our monies up to date, and Justin Hunt, who is our web Guru and puts all the competitions and training onto the web site for us, neither of them ride but both play an essential part in the running of the club.

Training through the winter included regular favourites Andrew Lovell, Tamsyn Hutchins and Emily Vincent.  Sarah Bell also organised a fabulous session with Padraig McCarthy for the Eventers which we hope to repeat.

The training paid off when we went to the Area Teams competitions starting with the Intermediate Dressage Qualifiers last November.  Maggie Docking won the N30 and Dom Mills won the Medium and Advanced Medium classes, both have qualified for the National Championships as individuals.  The team of Sarah Fletcher, Mandy Lean, Jane Emmett and Maggie came an excellent 5th overall.   Our Novice Show Jumping Team had a great day out in February and were the only team to go through to the jump off with four double clears, to be pipped to second place by an unlucky pole in the final round, well done to Chris Ellis, Bryony Hutchinson, Sarah Baldwin and Sarah Bell.  Thanks go to Ali Felton and Georgina Young for organising and supporting the teams making it a really enjoyable day.   The Novice Dressage team had some lovely young horses representing us which is very exciting for the future and we look forward to seeing Georgina Young, Carolyn Richards, Beth Taylor, Emma Pill and Lucy Nelson again.   Thanks to Jane Dyer for all her support (and cake!) Good luck to our Combined Training Teams on the 18th May which is the next Area competition.

From a competition view we have held monthly dressage Shows throughout the winter.  Many of the dressage classes gain points towards the cups that are won annually and given out at the AGM.  This year the results are being put on the web site in a league table so that you can easily see how you are standing and which competitions to enter to win a beautiful prize!  This is a fantastic idea and thanks to Inger Kavanagh for organising it and doing all the maths.  We also held a very successful Show Jumping show at Pendarves Equestrian Centre, this is a fabulous facility that we are using more often now and spreads our activities throughout our Area.  The next show is on Sunday March 25th at Pendarves again, thanks to Nicky Palmer and her SJ committee for organising these competitions.

At the AGM in October members voted to change the rules regarding payment of expenses for any teams qualifying for the National Championships.  We will continue to pay preliminary fees to HQ for Area and Championship entries, for anyone qualifying for the Champs we will pay all stabling and entry fees, but we will no longer give travelling money to cover diesel. Instead we will help anyone going to the Championships to raise funds for their journey, they could run a raffle, hold a show, fun ride, cake stall etc. and we will support them in every way that we can.  The money saved from the travelling expenses will be used to subsidise training that all members can enjoy.

This year BE, the Pony Club and Riding Clubs have agreed one colour, Aqua, for hat tagging to ensure hats are to the required standard.  Body protectors must be BETA level 3, purple label 2009 or later.  Stop watches are permitted for all levels of Horse Trials but no head or body cams are allowed.

Coming up in the next few months we have our Hunter Trial, Open Show, CAMP and Horse Trials as well as more dressage shows and training.  Winter is nearly over, dust of your ponies and enjoy!  

Happy Riding

Heather

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