Chairman’s Report, Spring 2017
It’s time to come out of hibernation and start preparing for the season ahead, although as I write this we are having more rain than for the past 4 months altogether!
Not everyone has been asleep for the winter and our Teams representing the Club at the Area Winter competitions have kept the flag flying for Threewaters. In the Novice Show Jumping we sent two teams who came 4th and 5th in a very close finish, and in the Area Dressage our team came 2nd by one point, so another nail biting result. Well done to all those who took part and thank you to all the supporters and helpers who made the days possible.
The Dressage Committee have been very busy throughout the winter and run several very successful and well supported shows, our dressage stars have also been competing in Team Quest competitions and at affiliated British Dressage with some excellent results. From the pictures I’ve seen of Team Quest it looks great fun and everyone really enjoys competing as a team with their friends.
We’ve had our usual winter training sessions continuing with top class instructors Andrew Lovell, Tamsyn Hutchins and Emily Vincent – all these are very popular and really help to get us ready to start the Spring up and running. Andrew and Tamsyn will continue with their training through the summer.
In addition to the training and dressage shows we’ve held Show Jumping competitions, Arena Eventing and Combined Training so there has been lots going on. The next big outing is the Area Combined Training at Colraine in March and we have two teams entered so wish them all lots of luck.
Nicky and I travelled to the Jamaica Inn for the Area meeting in November and learnt that there are a few rule changes and new guidance for holding competitions. All shows we hold now, including Dressage Shows, must have a first aider with the full Three Day at Work First Aid certificate, we are finding this increasingly hard to fulfil and will probably have to consider using professional First Aiders unless a lot of members with the correct qualification appear with the time/willingness to cover for all the shows, a big ask! We also have to provide a full 4x4 ambulance with the paramedic for the Hunter Trial and Horse Trials, as well as a vet in attendance and horse ambulance, but if it was us or our horse lying hurt we would want the best treatment so there is no alternative.
Being a member of any affiliated Riding Club gives you third party insurance at all riding club activities, training and shows. British Riding Clubs now recommend that anybody attending any of our Open Shows must have third party insurance, this will protect our members in the event of an accident so non-members will be asked to confirm that they are insured.
Coming up this Spring we have our Hunter Trials, Horse Trials, Camp, Dressage and Show Jumping competitions. The Open Show on 21st May has a new venue at Higher Callestick Farm, Penhallow. The schedule is available now and includes lots of new showing classes as well as the Show Jumping, Working Hunter and Derby Jumping. We are also organising more XC training, schooling, and other events, so watch the web-site and Face Book pages for all the information, there is a full schedule ahead and it’s definitely time to dust of the cob-webs an get going again.
See you soon,