January 2017 Newsletter


Your Committee
Following many years of service to the club, a number of committee members stood down at the AGM on 26th October 2016. Thank you for all your hard work for the club.
The following members were elected to the committee:
1. Lucy House – Chair
2. Alf Broadhead – Secretary
3. Louise Baddick – Treasurer
4. Kath Govier – Membership Secretary
5. Louisa Sarney – Health and Safety
6. Vicci Greenaway
7. Cathy Barrow
8. Sue Mahoney – Photography
Since the AGM Sue has had to stand down due to other commitments but we have welcomed Kirsty Harrison and Fleur Blackmore as new committee members. Both have been very busy organising events already. We still have vacancies on the committee so if you like organising or just helping at events then please do get in touch.


Show Jumping Lessons with Ian Wright
Show jumping lessons at Mullacott Event Centre have continued since October. Clinics are booked in groups of three, each a fortnight apart and are just £20 each for an hour in small groups. If all three clinics in the group are booked then the total price is reduced to £50. The next set of three lessons is 9th March, 23rd March and 6th April. Book with Suzie Wilson on fb or 07749 907747.

Open Dressage Competition At Mullacott Sunday 16th October
With approximately 60 entries this was a great day of dressage. Well done to everybody who took part.

AGM Wednesday 26th October 2016
Many thanks to our guest speaker, Ruth Squance, Equine Dental Technician

It was agreed that we would amend the membership year to fall in line with the calendar year. This will make our administration with British Riding Clubs much simpler. The change is:
‘the annual subscription shall be payable by the 1st January each year’
We will manage this by extending the coming year from renewal on 1st November 2016 until 31st December 2017.

Indoor X Country Clinic with Tim Cheffings Wednesday 28th December
Five of us enjoyed a post Xmas XC clinic – just what we needed after all that Christmas food.

Xmas Meal
Twenty of us had a lovely evening at The Rock in Georgeham in early January as a post–Xmas party. Good food, good company and an impossible quiz. Well done to our winner – Helen Prentice

Feed Evening with Allen & Page Friday 20th January
Many thanks to Isabel Greenaway for talking about Allen & Page’s ethical approach to feeding and for explaining all the different types and levels of feed. Looking forward to hearing how our members get on that have now changed their feeding regime.



Half Term Indoor XC Clinic with Tim Cheffings. Thurs 16th February 2017 Downe Farm Event Centre
This clinic is now full

Flatwork Clinic with Louisa Brend Saturday 18th February 2017 Mullacott Event Centre
Saturday afternoon/evening flatwork clinic from 3pm. Members 45 mins private – £40; 1 hour shared (two people) – £25:
Non-members 45 mins private – £50; 1 hour shared (two people) – £35
Book with Louigi Powell on fb

Shetland Pony Carriage and Scurry Driving open event free entry all welcome Sunday 12th March 2017 Calvert Trust 1000- 1300hrs
A family fun day out – come and meet Peter Kyle and his beautiful Shetland ponies. Peter will give a short talk and demonstration and then there will be an opportunity to have a go at scurrying around cones, back step or simply going for a ride. Hats that comply with British Riding Club standards must be worn if you wish to take part. Tea, coffee, cold drinks and cakes will be available to buy. There will be a collection for the Air Ambulance.

Show Jumping Lessons with Ian Wright Thursday 9th and 23rd March 2017 and 6th April 2017 Members only
The next set of three lessons are taking place at Mullacott Event Centre. Small groups, £20 per session or £50 for all three payable in advance by bacs or cheque, ref IWSJ. Book with Suzie Wilson on fb or 07749 907747

Flatwork Clinic with Louisa Brend Saturday 18th March 2017 Mullacott Event Centre
Saturday afternoon/evening flatwork clinic from 3pm. Members 45 mins private – £40; 1 hour shared (two people) – £25:
Non-members 45 mins private – £50; 1 hour shared (two people) – £35
Book with Louigi Powell on fb

NOW CANCELLED – Club Spring Camp Members Only Sunday 19th March to Thursday 23rd March 2017 Stockland Lovell Equestrian, Bridgwater
Sadly, we have had to cancel the Spring Camp as we were not able to get enough members to make it viable for the venue.

Members Only X Country Clinic with Sara Gallagher Sunday 21st May 2017 Southcott XC Winkleigh
£30 for one and a half hours instruction in small groups of 3 or 4. Price includes unlimited use of the course on the day. Body protectors to current BRC standards are compulsory for this clinic. There is no food or drink available at this venue so bring a picnic. Book with Louigi Powell on fb.

Dates for the diary – details to follow:
Monday 24th April 2017
Evening Dressage Competition
Mullacott Event Centre

Spring 2017
Vet talk with Jenny Green from Torch Equine
on legs and lameness

Sunday 1st October 2017
Fun Ride
Bratton Fleming

Club Camps
We were very disappointed to have to cancel the spring camp and would love to know your thoughts on what to do. Is it the venue / facilities / distance to travel / time of year / length of stay / price that is putting you off? Is there something we could change to make camp more attractive? We would love to have your ideas so that we can organise an event that you would like to attend.

The Air Ambulance
As many of you will know one of our members had a serious fall at camp in October 2016. The Committee has nominated the Air Ambulance as its charity this year and we will have a collection tin at our events. We would love to make a difference for this charity and hope you will be able to give generously.

Booking on Clinics and Events
To help us manage clinics and events please contact the clinic/event organiser prior to paying to check there are spaces. Spaces are confirmed as payment is received so
your place will only be confirmed when the club has received your payment.
Please tell the organiser when you have paid too. You must pay by the advertised closing date.
If you are unable to attend for any reason tell the organiser as soon as possible and we will try and re-sell your space. If we re-sell your space your money will be refunded. Unfortunately sometimes we are unable to re-sell spaces but the club still has to pay for the venue and for the instructor. For this reason too, we can no longer accept payment ‘on the day’. The easiest way to pay is through bank transfer:
Sort code: 30-90-49
Account number: 00385651
plus the clinic/event reference
or you can ask the organiser for an address to send a cheque.

Reduced rate for Riding Club Members at £25

New Members
Welcome to all our new members:
Briony Burge
Lis Gillingham,
Mike Gray
Sophie Crone
Georgina Govier
Ellie Taylor
Jenny Stone (non-riding)

The new website is live – hurrah!!! We apologise that the old one went down and we haven’t had one for a while but we took the decision to focus on getting the new one up and running. Thank goodness for fb!! We are still adding information so you should see it developing as we go along. Is there anything else you would like to see on the site? Is it easy to use?

Paying by bacs?
Sort code: 30-90-49
Account number: 00385651
for Ian Wright show jumping – IWSJ plus your surname
for Tim Cheffings – TC16Feb
for Louisa Brend – LB18Feb or LB18Mar



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