Please make a brew and take a moment to read our Spring Newsletter – loads going on
Dates are now arranged for the next block of mentoring sessions
Everyone should know what group they are in and please let me know whether you can attend your next session (or if you can’t) ideally a week before so I can arrange groups and times. If you are a new member and I haven’t yet been in touch with you – please do email me and we can sort out what you want to do.
Training for those taking part in the BRC Area Dressage Competition next month is available on a first come, first served basis as follows:
Sat 27th Jan and Sat 3rd Feb 10.30 onwards at Wittering in the new sand and rubber surface arena.
30 mins private sessions with Claire Llewelyn , one of our excellent mentors (ride your test, have comments, work on specific areas, re ride your test)
£26 each or use your helper credits. There is space for 6 riders ONLY on each day.
If spaces are not filled then slots can be made available for other members – a waiting list will be kept
Please book with Janice
Remember from 1 January, only BETA 2009 purple labels will be accepted. There is one exception to this – Exo Body Cages are only compliant with BETA 2000 purple label, but they will continue to be allowed.
Interestingly the Beta official website also says
Body protectors should be replaced at least every three to five years, after which the impact absorption properties of the foam may have started to decline.
If you should have a heavy fall, your body protector should be checked immediately for dents. The foam will expand back to its original shape within 30 minutes; but if a dent is showing on examination, then it’s likely that this part of the garment has lost its impact absorption properties and should be replaced.
Of course here’s hoping none of you have had a fall bad enough to dent your body protector !
BRC, BE and PC will be tagging with the same AQUA coloured tags for 2018. This means that each of the three member bodies will accept each other’s tag – thus reducing the need for separate tags for each organisation and a rainbow on your hat !
Please note that the dressage competition due to take place tomorrow – Sat 9th December – has been cancelled
The weather forecast is very very cold overnight and not rising much above zero all day. We aren’t confident that the arena surface will be suitable for riding.
All entries can be rolled over to the next competition. Please let Janice know. If you want to cancel your entry we can destroy your cheque or refund your payment. NB if you paid online then unfortunately we cannot return your £1.50 booking fee as that is an administration fee taken by the company running onine entries on our behalf.
A big thankyou to everyone who helped out at the 3-phase trec competition. There were more helpers than competitors but those who rode had a great time – lots of smiley faces at the end – and they were very appreciative of everyone giving up their time so that they could compete. A special thankyou to Karen Barker without whom none of these events would be possible, plus Sara Murphy and Sue Gregg who helped with the course routes as well as being there all day (and the stalwart Graham Best who keeps Karen’s husband Richard company on the MA.). Special thank you also to Karen’s daughter Nicki who gave up her weekend to help out. Well done all intrepid treccies for having a go. It’s is a lot harder out of the arena!
Results – results for 3 phase trec 8th Oct 2017
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 …
Please see invitation to our 10th anniversary bash – open to members only
RSVP by 21st July