Secretary Report for July | blackdown hills riding club

Secretary Report for July

‘I fell in love with a Spaniard’ – up to date:..…….

So Lucero (the black horse) was recovering and doing well – what about my chap?
I knew when I first met him (Llampec) out in Spain, that he was ‘shut down’ He didn’t like being tied up, or having his face touched. But he spoke to me (I know!)– He wanted to come home to my house. I knew this was the right thing to do and this was confirmed when on the last but one day of our riding holiday, I hurt my back and found it very painful to ride at any speed. He, like all horses felt the need to be in a herd and keep up with everyone and was very concerned if he got left behind. However when my back was at its worst and the group set off at a trot or canter he seemed to know that I found it very uncomfortable – I had given him his head, but he went slowly so I could cope, even though it meant that he was well behind the other horses.
Fast forward …. and he is home with me.
He didn’t answer to his name – he ignored me, he was also frightened of everything. After the initial few weeks of quarantine, I had his back checked, teeth sorted, new saddle fitted, feet done and jabs. Then slowly, slowly I started to work him. He gradually improved but I knew that there were past issues that he needed to work through. I was told about a lady who used self-selection of herbs / oils and energy healing with horses. She sounded fascinating and so knowing that I had to make a relationship with my horse which was proving challenging, I contacted her. She came out to see me and (llampec) and I instantly knew I had done the right thing. Regardless of whether you believe in energy, healing, ‘self-selection’ whatever you want to call it, what I saw, converted me.
“He doesn’t like his name” the first thing she said to me – ‘you need to change it’ – I thought it was unlucky to change a horses name? However I spent a week thinking up a variety of names – nothing seemed to work, until …. I had been listening to the radio and Mr Bluesky was being played – it was still in my head when I went to get him in from the field. I was singing Mr Bluesky out loud when I got to the gate. Hearing me singing his head, shot up and he called to me. OH!
I tried out this name several times and each time he responded especially when I called him ‘Sky’, so his new name evolved, chosen by himself.
My lovely lady came twice more offering him herbs and oils and working with his energy. Each time she told me more about his past, explaining that the scar on his nose was from the ‘Spanish’ use of a very nasty so called ‘training aid’ a type of headcollar with metal on the inside of the straps. The metal digs into their nose causing them to bring their head down – this explained why he didn’t like his head touched. All this happened before he went to the ‘riding holiday’ stables.
Long story short – I have worked hard with him and he is now chilled and trusts me totally when on the ground. He ties up, he lets me touch his head and he knows his name. We are working on trust when on board, but bit-by-bit he is improving.
Did I do the right thing in bringing him over? Yes for sure – I have learnt so much from him, he now has a forever home and I have a lot more adventures ahead.
Sara xx

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Thank you Sara, the rest is from me – Tricia

Summer dressage league


A glorious summer evening heralded our first Summer Dressage League event. Beautifully turned out horses and riders and although the sun shone, we also had a bit of a breeze and NO HORSE FLIES! A thoroughly lovely evening. Thank you to all who attended, either competing spectating or helping. Thank you also to all our volunteers, you are true stars and we thank you all, we could not run events like this without your help. The next one is this Friday, again, we are full on entries. So if you have a free half an hour or so, please come and see us, have a cup of tea and join with us in our love of our horses.
Results from our first event.
CLASS 1 – INTRO A
1st – Alison Tomlinson Willoway Forest Gold
2nd – Georgina Palfrey Pushy M
3rd – Laura Chilcot Jingo M
4th – Zayna Small Libby M & J
5th – Ellen Forster Chitter Chatter Chaz


A glorious summer evening heralded our first Summer Dressage League event. Beautifully turned out horses and riders and although the sun shone, we also had a bit of a breeze and NO HORSE FLIES! A thoroughly lovely evening. Thank you to all who attended, either competing spectating or helping. Thank you also to all our volunteers, you are true stars and we thank you all, we could not run events like this without your help. The next one is this Friday, again, we are full on entries. So if you have a free half an hour or so, please come and see us, have a cup of tea and join with us in our love of our horses.
Results from our first event.
CLASS 1 – INTRO A
1st – Alison Tomlinson Willoway Forest Gold
2nd – Georgina Palfrey Pushy M
3rd – Laura Chilcot Jingo M
4th – Zayna Small Libby M & J
5th – Ellen Forster Chitter Chatter Chaz

A glorious summer evening heralded our first Summer Dressage League event. Beautifully turned out horses and riders and although the sun shone, we also had a bit of a breeze and NO HORSE FLIES! A thoroughly lovely evening. Thank you to all who attended, either competing spectating or helping. Thank you also to all our volunteers, you are true stars and we thank you all, we could not run events like this without your help. The next one is this Friday, again, we are full on entries. So if you have a free half an hour or so, please come and see us, have a cup of tea and join with us in our love of our horses.
Results from our first event.
CLASS 1 – INTRO A
1st – Alison Tomlinson Willoway Forest Gold
2nd – Georgina Palfrey Pushy M
3rd – Laura Chilcot Jingo M
4th – Zayna Small Libby M & J
5th – Ellen Forster Chitter Chatter Chaz


A glorious summer evening heralded our first Summer Dressage League event. Beautifully turned out horses and riders and although the sun shone, we also had a bit of a breeze and NO HORSE FLIES! A thoroughly lovely evening. Thank you to all who attended, either competing spectating or helping. Thank you also to all our volunteers, you are true stars and we thank you all, we could not run events like this without your help. The next one is this Friday, again, we are full on entries. So if you have a free half an hour or so, please come and see us, have a cup of tea and join with us in our love of our horses.
Results from our first event.
CLASS 1 – INTRO A
1st – Alison Tomlinson Willoway Forest Gold
2nd – Georgina Palfrey Pushy M
3rd – Laura Chilcot Jingo M
4th – Zayna Small Libby M & J
5th – Ellen Forster Chitter Chatter Chaz

CLASS 2 – PRELIM 1 (2006)
1st – Georgina Palfrey Pushy M
2nd – Laura Chilcot Jingo M
3rd – Sylvia Bentley Max M
4th – Alison Tomlinson Willoway Forest Gold

CLASS 3 – PRELIM 12 (2005)
1st – Olivia Hodges Oscar
2nd – Jo Norton Centyfield Cutmill M WS&DDQ
3rd – Deana Rowland Indi M WS&DDQ

Class 4 – NOVICE 24 (2010)
1st – Jo Norton Centyfield Cutmill M WS&DDQ
2nd – Deana Rowland Indi M WS&DDQ

LEADERBOARD AFTER ONE EVENT
SENIORS
Jo Norton Centyfield Cutmill#11
Georgina Palfrey Pushy#11
Alison Tomlinson Willoway Forest Gold#9
Deana Rowland Indi#9
Laura Chilcot Jingo#9
Olivia Hodges Oscar#6
Sylvia Bentley Max#4
Ellen Forster Chitter Chatter Chaz#2

JUNIORS
Zayna Small Libby#3
Clear round jumping
This has, yet again, proved to be extremely popular. The last one this year is Friday 10th August. Turnout of riders has been a little disappointing at these events. We do not expect you to wear full competition dress, but long boots, or jodhpur boots with chaps or gaiters are expected, plus your arms MUST be covered. This is not us being picky. Every event that we hold is individually risk assessed. At Paddocks you are riding extremely close the post and rail fence – sometime at considerable speed. Strappy tops are completely unsuitable and you will not be allowed to compete
Summer Camp 28th & 29th July
All members attending camp should have received an email from me telling them which rides they are in, below are a few other pieces of information/pleas for help etc.

• Chairs – please can you put an extra char or 2 in your horsebox, BHRC chairs are few and far between!
• Tables – again, we have some, but another one or two would make all the difference.
• Dressage entries – very few (one) people have told me which class they would like to enter on the Sunday, if you don’t mind that is fine, if you don’t want to canter, let me know.
• Friday stables – I have had 3 people tell me they want a stable on the Friday evening, I have negotiated the price down to £10 if anyone would like one.
• Stable payment – can I ask that you put your stable money/deposits in a named envelope please? I make Deana cross when I hand her a large amount of cash and can’t tell her where and from whom it has come from!
• Natural horsemanship – a practical lesson open to all will be held on Saturday afternoon run by our Chairwoman Kate Hopper BHSAI. More details to follow.
• Merchandise – I will bring the BHRC suitcase with items to sell (I went a bit mad with the ordering a couple of years ago and I am not allowed to order any more until it has gone!) If anyone would like to clear out their tack room and bring some bits to sell you are very welcome, you can set up in the marquee.

Training at paddocks

New dates for training with Karen Court on Saturday mornings.

11th August
1st, 8th & 22nd September

Please contact me Deana Rowland, to book your place either by email deanarowland2@aol.com or text 07841012410.
£20 per hour session, no more than 3 in a lesson. Late cancellations will still be charged for.

Committee member Emma is looking for a horse – can anyone help!
“Looking for 14.2-15.2hn cob/cob x. ideally no older than 12 years old. Needs to be safe on the road as I live on busy lanes. Can hack alone and in company. Loads and travels in a trailer. Good to handle as non-horsey husband and dad helps. I’m looking for a family friend who would be hacked/fun rides/riding club events and rallies. I do like to do bit of jumping but my main interest is dressage. Please email me on emmapearce1982@gmail.com or my mobile is 07882 278911 many thanks Emma”.
Chairwoman Kate is looking for an entire quadrille!
Hi All, we would like to enter a Quadrille Team for Westpoint again this year. We have a theme, we now need the team! The competition takes place on Sat 1st Dec at the Equine Fair so obviously you need to be available for that & training sessions prior to this. Please don’t be shy in coming forward if you are interested. Please contact Kate at huskykate4@gmail.com or 07707815610.

Calling all juniors – you are welcome to participate in everything BHRC run.

NEWSLETTERS – I send out one newsletter a month, they are always put on our website – blackdownhillsridingclub.co.uk – 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!

CHAIRWOMAN
Kate Hopper. Pleasant House, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon. EX16 3TS huskykate4@gmail.com or text 07707815610

SECRETARY
Tricia Budd. 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset. TA3 6JJ. triciabudd24@gmail.com or text 07883631354

TREASURER
Deana Rowland. Coombe Hill House, Symonsburrow, Hemyock, Devon. EX16 3XA deanarowland2@aol.com or text 07841012410