Well done everyone who took part in Saturday’s dressage competition. Thanks to Jan Paxton and Amy Halliday who took on the task of organising the whole event, to our judge, Kate Hancox and everyone who helped.
Friday 28th July we packed out the Conference room at Grange Farm, for our 10th Anniversary Bash. A glass of fizz welcomed the 50+ members and guests to an evening of games, horse quiz, AGM and awards.
Starting with the icebreaker Bingo, 2 short videos – one from 2012 and this year’s VIDEO – followed by The Quiz written by Sharon and Janice.
See the 2017 video here – WARC 2017 Video
There was a dash to the chippy by Tracey & Helen to get a car load of fish, sausages, chicken and of course chips – and I mean a car load, in the boot, back seat, foot wells and on Helen’s lap.
The AGM followed with Tracey (chairman) thanking Di Dunlop and presenting her with a bunch of flowers for her support in using Grange Farm Equestrian Centre over the years, the founders Charlotte Hollis, Julia Dungworth and Dawn Ross. The previous chairs, Charlotte, Sue Proctor and Karen Dinwoodie, followed by thanks to the rest of the current committee.
Sharon Pick – Vice-chair and Junior Representative
Karen Barker – Treasurer and Trec competitions and training
Angela Lumsdon – Training mentoring, Banker and Combined Training Team manager
Janice Price – Dressage competitions and Team Manager
Kerry Dean – Cross-County Training and Team Manager
Helen Mcintosh – Secretary and SJ Team Manager
Lynette Ippolito – Safety and Welfare Officer
Ruth Demagalski – SJ Competitions
Tania Scutt – SJ Competitions and Minutes Secretary
Debbie Littlemore – Membership Secretary
Sharon Reid and Jo Lofts – Junior Representatives
Then onto the legal bits, the Treasurer’s report, from Karen. She firstly thanked Angela who does all the collecting and banking of monies. The accounts were on display for all to see but Karen explained how our accountant has sorted out an important query regarding Corporation tax, and we don’t owe anything for the time being (yippee). The bank balance is very healthy and last year we had 128 members. Our future plans are to buy some new dressage boards and letters.
Official thanks and legal part over we went onto …
The mentors were asked to nominate the horse and rider who had most improved this year.
Tom Fray ‘s award went to Helen McIntosh
Cathy Lammie nominated Jo Meikle
Kate Knight – Hannah Elsey
Claire Llewelyn – Ann Hiles
Jane Ellis – Phillipa Worrall
Rachel Finch – Yvonne Ludeks
The Committee gave two special awards – firstly to some-one who embodied the club’s values – helped at events, regularly came to mentoring, rode in qualifiers, was always helpful and encouraging to other members and was a general good egg, and the 2017 winner was – Debbie Robinson
Also special mention of one of our youngest members – Louis Devonshire who was due to be with us during the evening together with his mum Jo but was in fact recovering from his transplant operation in London – a super Bravery Award for Louis – we all wish you well.
Helpers were thoroughly thanked having clocked up an amazing 900+ hours of setting up, running and clearing away at events over the past membership year. The roll of honour (excluding committee members) was
Sara & Graham Murphy
Hannah And Abi Elsey
Sandi & Maddie Taylor
All their names were put into a hat and one lucky winner drawn out of the hat – Hannah and Abi Elsey – worthy winners of a bottle of fizz (well not Hannah!!!)
And there ended a lovely night and out into the pouring rain …
How delighted are we that our dressage pair Debbie Robinson and Claire Marcus, were placed 1st in the Area 7 Dressage Qualifier competition on Sat 15th July at Earith. They are now off to the Lincoln Championships in September and flying the WARC flag.
Well done ladies and many congratulations from us all
Please see invitation to our 10th anniversary bash – open to members only
RSVP by 21st July
Sat 10th June saw a very bright and sunny day at Ely. Organised by Area 7, I was on flu vac and hat tagging duty and my desk for the day was opposite the show jumping and cross country start and out of the glaring heat and sunshine – wicked! For those not in the know, BRC hold a number of championships in a variety of disciplines . We are part of Area 7 which stretches from us in the north down to Three Rivers right down by the M25, over to Wisbech in the east and Rockingham in the west. Each club in the Area runs a qualifier, and we have run the Combined Training for the last few years at home.
Any member can enter a qualifier – just look out for the facebook messages and emails with details of the event and whom to contact. The team manager can take you through what can seem scary rules and eligibility.
So back to the NAF horse trials. We entered both juniors and seniors, and I think the girls did good coming home with a few rosies and congratulations to Linda Cowd and Claire Ludeks who have since been invited to the Championship.
All results can be found on the Area 7 web site
And it goes without saying a huge thank you to those that helped groom, drive, pay for the entries and pole picked in the glorious sunshine ( see it wasn’t that bad helping out) and to the team managers for sorting the paperwork, monies , helpers, getting together the teams, wardrobes to allow our members to have such a good time.
PS if you think the ground is too hard to jump on grass, our next show jumping competition will be in the arena at Grange Farm Equestrian centre on Sat 15th July.
Well folks, we’re now our tenth year as a riding club, so a big thank you to all the past and present committee members and helpers throughout the years. We will be kind of celebrating with an AGM, Quiz, Fish’n’supper night on FRIDAY 28th July in the evening. So save the date.
A reminder to all those that have to rejoin- get your skates on! You must be members to do qualifiers when the prelim entries go in. For those not in the know, we are part of Area 7, and send individuals and teams to various qualifiers for the Lincoln championship in September, and winter NAF championship at Keysoe, Horse trial championship at Swalecliffe and various Intermediate championships in Dressage, show jumping, Horse trials, Festival of the Hunter, Dressage To Music and finally Combined Training which we run at Wittering. Watch out for emails with dates and details in the next few months.
We asked – you replied
We sent a couple of short surveys on mentoring and training , and one on events. It seems you like the mentoring system, the groups are social and supportive, you like our instructors and the price is right. So we’re not going to change anything 😊
You liked our friendly and well run events and you wanted more showjumping so … the next show jumping is Saturday 15th July.
A question of helpers
This last year, you, our members volunteered for over 900 hours. Pretty amazing considering most of you work, have family and partners and of course, all time consuming, your own horses. So a huge gushy thank you. As a reward we offer refreshments and helpers credits. Sorry, there’s no way could we afford to pay for help. I think we are almost unique in giving credits, which can be redeemed on mentoring and training sessions – give a little and hopefully get a lot back. The jobs are varied and can be physically demanding – setting up show jumping courses, to taxing – scoring, or very social- stewarding. Or if you want a cosy sit down job – what about dressage writing. Watch out for requests a couple of weeks before events, and offer to help even for an hour – that’s enough time for some-one to have a toilet break and go for a burger 😉
The other major save the date is Camp Sat 30th Sept/Sun 1st Oct. More of a training weekend full of training (surprise surprise), demos, talks and lunch !
And the perennial thank you to
Tracey Matthews as Chairman
Karen Barker as Treasurer and Trec guru
Debbie Littlemore – Membership secretary
Janice Price – Dressage competitions and team manager
Kerry Dean – Jumping and cross-country
Sharan Pick – Vice Chairperson and Junior Rep
Lynette Ippolito – Welfare officer
Ruth Demagalski – show jumping competitions
Tania Scutt – show jumping competitions , minute secretary
Jo Lofts – Committee member and chief scorer
Angela Lumsdon – mentoring training and assistant bean counter.
Sharon Reid – Committee member and good egg
Helen McIntosh – Committee member and back-up crew.
Every-one is welcome to come along and join the mad-house.
And then we have the usual reminders:
New regulations come into force on January 1st 2016 regarding riding hat standards for anyone competing in BRC competitions. Anyone wishing to compete as an individual or team member representing WARC at Area qualifiers and national championships, will need to ensure their hat meets this new standard. For club activities and competitions we strongly recommend you check your hat and replace if necessary.
Thanks to everyone for turning out in the windiest Wittering conditions for a while!! We had 55 tests ridden and some lovely photos taken during the event and of our Champions by Ben Clark. Congratulations to our 2015 Champions: Intro Hannah Cope; Prelim junior Annie McIntosh; Prelim senior Dawn Sugden; Novice Claire Mellor and Elementary Christine Collett.. Thanks also to everyone who helped today and throughout the winter series – it wouldn’t happen without you all.
If you enjoyed the Championship idea or preferred the league idea, we would really like to hear your views so we can decide how to run next year’s event!! Thanks again and well done everyone!!!
On Sunday 22nd February, after a painfully early alarm call, we all reached the yard and thankfully found our ponies relatively stain free and still plaited up. After quickly mucking out we loaded in the dark and headed off to Keysoe with high spirits. Despite getting lost twice (thanks to mum’s broken sat nav!!) we arrived in one piece, unloaded and checked in.
We then (with the help of the fantastic Liz Ennis) cleaned off any stray specs of dirt and tacked up. Liz did an amazing job helping us to spruce up the ponies and Maddy’s pony Archie’s tail looked amazing. We were all due to ride our tests in Arena 5 so made our way over together and warmed up. Again Liz was amazing and shouted out encouragement and a few last minute tips on how to get the ponies going nicely (and settle our nerves!) She was a great mentor and support for all of us.
Our team was down to 3 riders after an injury (fortunately not too serious) had meant Maddie Price had been forced to withdraw from the team earlier in the week. Becky Pick and Star were first up with the only novice test for the team. Star took it all in her stride and aced her test which set the pace for the rest of the team. Next up was Lucky (aka Codie) and myself. Codie had been eyeing up some X Country Jumps which were being used to separate the warm up from the arenas but luckily remembered he was wearing his white numnah and settled down to complete a very nice prelim test. Finally it was the turn of Maddy and Archie. Both were feeling a bit apprehensive but very excited as this was their first dressage test at a competition. They both acted like real pro’s and performed a great test.
Relieved the riding bit was now over we all headed back to the trailers to untack, wait and eat breakfast. Leaving the ponies to tuck into their hay nets, we set off in search of food and hopefully positive dressage sheets!
After eating large quantities of cheesy chips and bacon butties we looked over the photos which had been taken and then gathered for a group photo. The organisers had explained that the results would not be in until late morning so Liz very kindly offered to ring the results through to us so we could head home.
As we drove back (again taking another small detour!!) the call came through from Liz. We were heading home in ribbons with a team 5th plus an individual 3rd for me and a 6th for Maddy. This was fantastic news and teamed with the great comments we all received from the judges made the perfect end to a great day.
Wittering Academy has joined up with Jumpcross to offer training sessions in this exciting discipline. The excitement of cross-country teamed with the technicality of show-jumping , offering riders the chance to try something new safely.
Ideal for introducing horses to cross-country (including water), inexperienced riders or those lacking confidence. How far you go is up to you!
Sessions will be 90 minutes long. Groups will be a maximum of 5 riders of similar ability/experience/goals for the day.
Places and times can only be confirmed ONCE PAYMENT has been MADE for the clinic and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Any queries, please contact Helen McIntosh 07935591983 or ...