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29 Jun

Area 7 NAF Five Star Horse Trial Qualifier 2017 at Ely Eventing Centre

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.

Linda Cowd and Debbie Robinson

Claire Rodgers looking good on the cross country

Debbie Robinson

Even the team manger managed to get a round in – Kerry Dean

Junior – Megan Bradley

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.


June Newsletter
18 Jun

June Newsletter

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:

  • Please tidy up arenas and car park when you come for mentoring or competitions
  • Help Angela organise mentoring by letting her know whether or not you can make your  mentoring session.
  • Come and join in and have fun!

Don’t forget our Facebook page and the WARC classifieds


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