Secretary Report for August | blackdown hills riding club

Secretary Report for August

After the searing heat of previous months, the weather has broken and the grass is beginning to return to green. I can recall the precise moment the weather changed, I drove to Paddocks on Saturday 28th July, the first day of our “summer” camp, to find the previously erected marquee on the floor! Other clubs may have packed up and gone home – not BHRC! We soldiered on, tweaking and adapting as the weather dictated. Kate Hopper came over and gave a demonstration on natural horsemanship and Sunday morning, Karen Court gave a practical stable management demonstration on plaiting with thread. As the gales subsided, the rain stopped and a weak sun struggled out, everyone donned their “posh” outfits and did their dressage tests, putting into practise what they had learnt previously. We had a cream tea and handed out lots of prizes and rosettes and set for home with the intention of a bath and 24 hours of uninterrupted sleep!
Thanks must go to everyone who attended and helped out in any little way – it is greatly appreciated. BHRC are extremely lucky to have such wonderful willing helpers; one member brought a lorry load of juniors to our CR jumping; just to help put up jumps and then put them away again! We also have lovely people who email and ask if we need any help stewarding at our Dressage League. It makes such a difference to the smooth running of our events. However, ALL members tick a box on their membership forms to say they will help at one event a year. If you have not yet done so, please offer a few hours help at our next two competitions – Strictly D2M and our Autumn Show. You see life from a completely different perspective, and you earn a £5 voucher. I am organising Strictly and Jill Perrior is organising the Autumn Show – we look forward to hearing from you!
Sadly, we have had to cancel our Charity Dressage tomorrow as we only had 10 entries. We will still be making a donation to The Greyhound Trust, contact Deana if you would like to send them some money. We need to rethink our charity event for next year. Any thoughts?
Summer Dressage League – this series of events has been a huge success and will be run again next year. We have meet some lovely people and horses. We have renewed old acquaintances and made some good friends. Our judges have been very positive in their comments and our winners have been well deserved. Congratulations go to our champions – Juniors; Zayna on Libby, Seniors; Laura Chilcott on Jingo and Reserve; Georgina Palfrey on Pushy. Well done everyone.

Clear Round Show Jumping – this has also been a huge success. It is our intention to continue with this next year and expand it to a series of show jumping competitions, with the possibility of a points system and championship. Some thoughts on classes, heights etc?

Strictly: Dressage-2-Music – Sunday 16th September at Conquest – we are offering both BD and D2M classes. This is always a great fun event and horses love dancing to music. Kate Hopper is collating members for the Musical Ride and several members of the committee are happy to offer help and advice on how to prepare for your first D2M competition. Schedules are on our web site – Events.

Autumn Show – Sunday 7th October at Heazle – make a date in your diary, schedules are being drafted but will be similar to the Spring Show.

AGM and Christmas Party – Friday 7th December – a time to celebrate 2018 and plan for 2019, everyone is welcome.

• Training at Paddocks

New dates for flatwork training with Karen Court on Saturday mornings.
1st, 8th & 22nd September
Please contact Deana Rowland, to book your place either by
Email – or text 07841012410.
£20 per hour session, no more than 3 in a lesson.
• Training at Clippersharp

Pole work & jumping training with Nikki Lumb at Southwood Farm, 6.15pm on Wed 22nd & Wed 29th Aug. £20 per session. Limited places available so please contact Kate at – or text 07707815610 Dates for Sept to follow shortly.
Wednesday 22nd August, pole work & jumping training with Nikki Lumb
Wednesday 29th August, pole work & jumping training with Nikki Lumb
Saturday 1st September at Paddocks, flatwork training with Karen Court
Saturday 8th September at Paddocks, flatwork training with Karen Court
Saturday 22nd September at Paddocks, flatwork training with Karen Court

Full payment is required to confirm your place, and must be received 1 week before the rally date please.
Later entries will be accepted if space allows.
Payments via bacs or cheque posted to organiser.
There will be NO refunds for withdrawals unless the space is filled from a waiting list or late entry.
NEWSLETTERS – I send out one newsletter a month, they are always put on our website – – and a notification is put on our Facebook page. Unless an email bounces back to me, I assume all members have received my email. If you can’t find it, it may have gone to your spam folder instead. I can always resend an Enews if yours has gone missing.

PAYMENTS – you can pay for anything riding club related by BACs – including clear round jumping/training/show entries/merchandise/camp etc. – using your surname as a reference code. The details are as follows –

NatWest – sort code 60-23-05, account no; 74506439 Blackdown Hills Riding Club

However, PLEASE tell Deana how much you have paid and your reference code, it makes her life much less complicated if you do!

Kate Hopper. Pleasant House, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon. EX16 3TS or text 07707815610

Tricia Budd. 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset. TA3 6JJ. or text 07883631354

Deana Rowland. Coombe Hill House, Symonsburrow, Hemyock, Devon. EX16 3XA or text 07841012410