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February 12, 2019

ANIMALS!  WHO WOULD HAVE THEM? – BY SARA LLEWELLYN

We all say this when something goes wrong – usually muttered when some horse has escaped its field, got into a feed room or lost a shoe for the millionth time. Said in frustration – but when faced with the prospect of being without them, we then realise just how much they mean to us and actually, how we cannot live without them, however much bother and hard work they give us.

A true horsey person puts up with all the little niggles – when faced with a serious issue the little quips pale into insignificance. I found myself in this situation just after Christmas and just before New Year. I had been out for a nice hack through the woods, the day before the emergency. Sky had been fabulous and we had, had a lovely 2hr ride. On our return, he was brushed off and mud washed from his legs, before settling him for the night in his stable. The next morning he was a little reluctant to come outside. I looked him all over; including his legs as I normally put a little pig oil on them to protect them from the now increasing swathes of mud in the paddocks – nothing to be seen. He walked out with me and I turned him out. Whilst mucking out his stable – something was niggling me about him and so when I heard him neigh I went back to the field to check on him. I was filled with horror at what I saw – ‘flat out’ he was, his head in the mud and groaning. Immediate thoughts were ‘colic’ so I forced him up, onto his feet. He stood holding his back leg, as if it were broken.  A huge wave of nausea swept over me. On closer inspection I discovered a huge swelling on his hock – it hadn’t been there first thing! Doubt crept in ‘had I checked his legs’ ……………. Yes, I’m sure I had’!

I didn’t want to leave him but I had to get hold of the vet. In full panic mode, I shot into the house yelling to a sleepy husband (it was 8.15am) that I had an emergency and that once I had called the vet, it was his job to escort her down to the paddock.

She was quick – it was a Saturday and Christmas (of course) and she helped me get him back to the stables. Diagnoses – infected hock. The pus that came out was very concerning. Taking the two vials of pus that the vet had syringed from the hock with us, we rushed (as safely as possible, quick action in this situation was called for) up to Langfords Veterinary Hospital. Not a word was said between us – husband was driving the lorry, my vet – left behind on the phone to the hospital.

A party of four greeted us – they took over, taking an extremely drowsy Sky (he had been given sedatives to enable the extraction of the offending fluids from the hock) from the lorry. I was ushered into an office, a hot drink put into my hands (think it was coffee) then the lead surgeon sat me down, introduced himself and praised and praised again the quick action and work done by my vet ‘it could have saved him’ it definitely saved time and time was what we didn’t have, ‘apparently’ – that nauseous feeling swept over me again, as the surgeon explained, using photos what the problem was. ‘Do you know how this happened he asked’? ‘No idea, I replied.  ‘I know I checked his legs and had seen nothing, but you always doubt yourself in this situation, don’t you?’

Whilst Sky was x rayed and the vials scrutinised under the microscope, we were shown where he was to be operated on – the theatre was amazing I knew he was in the right place. After Sky was given a thorough wash – nearly all over – infection was the big worry here, his leg was shaved. Even with magnified glasses nothing could be seen as a cause.  We were told to go home, as we couldn’t do any more and they were awaiting the anaesthetic team (Christmas and a Saturday – of course) those that were working on him were dressed in normal clothes and apologising for such, but they needed to work fast. I didn’t care what they were wearing.

I felt sick for the rest of the day – 4pm the phone rang. Sky had been on the table for nearly three hours and had, had 20 litres of special fluid, flushing out the site of the injury. No foreign body was found – no site of injury – it was a mystery how he had got into this state and still is.

Now as comfortable as he could be in a large stable they were pleased with how the operation had gone.

We visited him the next day, having been told that we could see him whenever we wanted and could stay as long as we liked. A duty vet, nurse, groom and a student, greeted us. It wasn’t until they had finished explaining the seriousness of the situation and that he would have a long stay with them, that we realised it was New Year’s Eve and these lovely people were here looking after all the animals – thank goodness for their dedication. 

 For two weeks we travelled up to the hospital to visit him, each time dreading what the vets would tell us – the infection had to be kept out, but a hole was required for drainage. It also needed to heal but due to its position – an area that was constantly in use and moving – it could be an impossible job.  Whilst he was there, three more horses came in with similar injuries; it seemed it was the time of year for this to happen. Sky made friends with a goat named Frankie, in for kidney stones, they chatted and helped each other heal, giving some companionship and comfort.

Three weeks on and Sky is back home. I cannot thank enough, the vets, all of them and all the staff at Langfords for all their care and kindness not just to my horse but to us. We were always welcome, kept informed and comforted if we needed it.

 We are ALL in recovery now – Sky has a good few weeks of careful management and physical exercise to go, before I can get back on him and he is left with a capped hock. I don’t mind the wait, I don’t mind what he looks like.

Yesterday Sky escaped from his small enclosure – I didn’t get cross, I smiled, I was pleased that I had to collect him from where he shouldn’t have been, I laughed at the fact that he was covered in mud and as a result got me plastered in mud – what matters is that I still have him with me.  Many don’t!  I am a very lucky person to have a filthy, sometimes naughty, ‘shoe loser’ as part of my life. Sara x

SAUBER – BY KATE HOPPER

I moved to Clayhidon in May 2003 & the farm next door was known locally as the ‘smelly farm’.  Unfortunately the smell was mostly that of decaying animals & as the years rolled on, conditions worsened & I found myself embroiled in a battle with the authorities to get something done.  During those years I managed to ‘save’ just a few ponies; when the owner was finally taken to court & banned from keeping livestock there were over 150 ponies – Sauber was one of them.

He was born into a wild herd in June ’07 & I saw him the morning he had been foaled.  He was almost identical to another pony I had already rescued from the farm 2 years early, Irvine, except Sauber had a complete blaze.  I had to save him.  

Although the conditions we truly awful, none of the foals were taken from the mares until they were naturally weaned so I had to wait until the following June before he could be caught.  The round up was traumatic & he evaded capture on two attempts but he eventually arrived the weekend the Sauber/BMW F1 team had their first ever GP win – hence his name.

All the other ponies I had had from the farm I had re-homed to lovely homes & it was my intention to do the same with Sauber.  I had broken Irvine to harness & sold him to a couple in Wales that asked me to break Sauber to harness too, so they could have a pair.  However it soon became apparent driving was not for Sauber, so I backed him.

I then joined the riding club – I had never been a member of a riding club before – with the sole intention of getting him seen & sold.  I had so much fun with him & the riding club that here we are – I’m now the Chairwoman & Sauber will never be sold. Kate x

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LE TREC – BY SYLVIA PAINE

Firstly I’m not an expert, just someone who has done a bit and really enjoyed it.

Le Trec, as the name suggests began in France as a way of ensuring those escorting riders on a trec were competent.

A full trec consists of 3 phases.

POR – Parcours d’orientation et de Regularite – Orienteering – map reading

MA – Maitrise des Allures – control of paces over a measured distance canter as slow as possible, then walk the same distance back as fast as possible.

PTV – Parcours en Terrain – obstacles representing things you may meet on a hack marked by gait (pace) or style, usually run over 4 levels, level one as a starting level, up to level four with international competitions for the very competitive organised by Trec GB and local area groups eg TrecSouthWest

Also in some areas there are Versatile Trec competitions.  Usually with MA and PTV and an obedience test, a little bit like a dressage test.  Novice and open classes also often an in hand class.

Also this winter Trec Riders Club has been running an on-line competition with MA and PTV. Each month a different course is emailed out, which has been very easy to put together in an arena or paddock.  A 20m x 40m area must be marked out and the obstacles set out according to the test for that month, mostly just using poles and cones, nothing complicated.  The test is then filmed and sent on-line to TRC to be marked. Again novice and open classes and an in hand class, so even non riders or outgrown ponies or young horses needing life experience (or donkeys????) can take part. Rosettes are awarded each month, with some special awards; for example, in December for the most festive outfits.  One advantage of on-line trec is that practice and filming can be done when the weather is good.  To take part riders must join TRC but if only taking part on-line that’s just £7.00 and £3.00 for each months test.

So that’s Le trec, something I find great fun – I hope you found this interesting. Sylvia x 

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JUNIOR COORDINATOR – GEORGINA PALFREY

I have been with the Blackdown Hills Riding Club for around 8 years; I have taken on the juniors this year and have many ideas for them!

I have 2 horses that I compete; Fools Mate (Billy) a 17.2hh, 12yr ex racer who mainly competes in show jumping, but he does do the odd dressage test if he can contain himself, and Pushy Lady a 16hh 6yr ex racer who competes in most disciplines.  She has a more level head than the other one; you will see me out at many of the BHRC events with them. Last year my biggest achievement was representing the BHRC at the West Somerset and Devon Dressage Championships at Kings Sedgemoor 

 I look forward to seeing you all out and about at many of the riding cub events.

I HAVE BOOKED CONQUEST ON TUESDAY 19 th FEBRUARY, FROM 2-3PM FOR THE JUNIORS.   Georgina x

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  • Jackets – I have been shopping again – (poor Deana!) As I had sold nearly all our stock, I was in her good books and so I have got some more jackets – and they are lovely! I am using a different supplier and the green is more “green” than the previous ones. The logo is particularly beautiful. Kate, Deana and I have already bought one – I may have to put in another order!
  • Fleeces – BHRC said “thank you” with beautiful black and gold fleeces, presented to the riders and support crew who came along to Westpoint in December; (it is rumoured Georgina has not yet taken hers off) You may see the rest of us wearing them, although the general consensus of opinion was they were too nice to be seen near a horse!
  • Membership Cards – if you joined by the 14th January, you should have your card, any problem, let me know.
  • Website – Emma Pearce has taken on the responsibility of updating and maintaining our website and has made a wonderful job of it. I suggest you have a look at the “Latest News” page….
  • Juniors – come along to Conquest at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 19th February for some half term fun with your ponies. £5.00 per person. If you contact Tricia she will forward your emails to Georgina.
  • Spring ShowSunday 31st March at Heazle. The schedule is on our website and on The Riding Diary.
  • Dressage DaySunday 28th April at Conquest. Schedule to follow but put the date in your diary. This is a stand-alone ‘warm-up event.’
  • Summer Dressage League – All Friday evenings – June 21st, July 19th and August 23rd. To be  held at Paddocks, Schedule to follow
  • Clear round jumping – Mia Perham has taken on the role of show jumping co-ordinator and has arranged the following dates for our ever popular jumping on  Friday evenings – 10th May, 7th June, 12th July & 9th August

All at Paddocks, starting at 6.00 ending at 8.00 pm, £3 per round

  • Teams – information for teams is below and more can be found on the BRC Area 12 web site. We have Horse Trials, Show Jumping and Dressage teams to collate this year, get practising!

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TRAINING – WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT CONQUEST EQUESTRIAN CENTRE.

Flat work with Karen Court and Grid work with Ros Kemp.

6.30pm start in the indoor arena. £20 per hour session, No more than 4 members in each session. 

Grid work training with Ros Kemp 

13th February 

13th March 

Body protectors are recommended for seniors and compulsory for juniors

Flat work training with Karen Court 

20th February 

27th February 

6th March 

If you’d like to join in please contact Deana Rowland either by text message 07841012410 or email deanarowland2@aol.com to put your name down. 

Payment is required at least 7 days before session date and will secure your place. Late bookings will be taken if space allows. Cancellation policy is on the website. 

Other dates and venues will be booked soon, contact Deana and Kate for more details.

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Chairwoman – Kate Hopper, Pleasant House, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon. EX16 3TS.   07707815610

huskykate4@gmail.com

Secretary – Tricia Budd, 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset. TA3 5JJ. 01823 442597 triciabudd24@gmail.com

Treasurer – Deana Rowland, Coombe Hill House, Symonsburrow, Hemyock, Devon. EX16 3XA. 01823 680021 deanarowland2@aol.com

Area 12 Qualifiers

Competition Location 2019 Date
Novice Winter Senior Dressage KSEC  6 Oct 19
Nov/Int Winter SJ KSEC 10 February 2019
FOTH Pontispool  16 & 17 February 2019
Intermediate Winter Dressage KSEC 27 Oct 2019
Combined Training Pontispool 10 March 2019
Dressage To Music  tbc, poss 27 May 2019
Horse Trials  Bicton  9 Jun 19
Summer SJ  KSEC 13 July 2019

Secretary Report for December

December 10, 2018

As I write, there are 11 days to the shortest day! Spring is nearly here! Gem and Sauber are extremely woolly but happy and healthy at the top of the Blackdown Hills. Kate and I took them both to Westpoint at the beginning of December. Gem and I were reserve for the quadrille and it seemed silly not to put her in the box as we all knew if we had her at Westpoint we would not need her! When I looked at the arena at Westpoint, my heart fell. We had been told it would be 20 x 37 metres. We had been practising at 18 x 35 m because we thought the horses would move away from the crowds. They did! The arena was still considerably smaller. Georgina and Pushy were our leaders and knew the music inside out. As they went in, I was far more nervous for them than if I had been riding. I knew their canter movement was going to be short; too right it was! Georgina did exactly the right thing, continue with the floor plan, and change pace with the music. They got there – just. We could not complain that we could not hear the music however. I record our music at a loud volume anyway, ours was particularly loud at Westpoint, as the guns went ‘bang,’ the entire building shook! As always, because we are proper “Blackdowners”, we smiled through and thanked our amazing horses. We already have plans for next year – assuming we are selected. Many thanks to Georgina, Emma, Kate and Dezi, and our fantastic back-up crew; you were all amazing.

• AGM and Christmas party. We had record numbers attend and handed out lots of prizes. The raffle made over £65 and we have gained 2 more committee members. Thank you to everyone who attended. Below are the reports from Kate and myself as Chair and Secretary.

Chair’s Report. AGM December 2018.

December 9, 2018

Well another year has passed by & both Trump & I are still here! I bet the odds of neither of us being shot by now weren’t that good!
I’ve not done any public speaking since the last AGM so I can’t promise this will be any better but I will try not to gallop flat out this time & may be even try to breath.
At our last AGM I cornered Emma Pearce to join the committee, & what a wonderful job she has done. And I think if you speak with Emma, or anyone else on the committee, they will all tell you that it really isn’t so bad, so watch out I’m head hunting once more.
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of the committee for their time & commitment & smiling no matter what might be going on behind the scenes.
Last February saw the start of our Winter Dressage League & it was lovely to catch up with everyone & welcome new members. Next year we intend to change the format in favour of the Summer Dressage League – & in theory better weather! But we will still have a competition early in the season giving us all something to aim for during the long winter months.
The Spring Show had the best weather of the spring – Jill books it especially – & it was enjoyed by a good turnout.
This fine weather did not last as at the end of March – Good Friday to be exact – we had snow. Now this is not that remarkable to those living on the Blackdowns but that day I was collecting Trish’s horse, Gem, who is now living with me, Sauber & my donkeys. When I got down the hill to The Paddocks Trish told me Gem was now just wearing a summer sheet at night. I said she may need a little more than that tonight as it is snowing up on the hill. I don’t think Trish believed me. Anyway we loaded Gem & all her belongings & set off up the hill & as we climbed the rain turned to sleet & then to snow which was being blown horizontal. Gem & her belongings were unloaded & Trish made a rather rapid escape before her non 4×4 car disappeared under a snow drift. The moral of this story is, when Deana or I cancel lessons because of snow we are not joking.
Anyway the weather did improve, quite a bit & the riding club continued with its flat work training with Karen, jumping training with Nikki Lumb, clear round jumping evenings, which are very popular, the Summer Dressage League, which had a fantastic turnout, & then we get to Summer Camp.
Those of you that are seasoned Campers know what happens to the weather at camp – it isn’t going to last! There will be wind, rain, thunder & lightning. True to form the wind blew & the marquee was done for & that was just Saturday morning. It rained, like a monsoon on Sunday morning. However, not being one to be defeated Karen kept everyone entertained with lessons on plaiting & the weather improved for the dressage to go ahead in the afternoon. Trish is having therapy & plans are being made for next year.
At the end of August came the devastating news that no more could be done for Indi & once again Deana found herself saying goodbye to a beloved friend. They had a roller coaster of a time together but achieved far more than most would have due to Deana’s patience.
In September we were off to Conquest for Strictly – one of my favourite days & this year did not disappoint with a fantastic win for our very own Trish & Gem.
Once more Jill booked more good weather for the Autumn Show & there was another good turnout with lovely horses & ponies.
For the last couple of months the quadrille team have been running through their routine on a Monday evening whilst a very dedicated ground crew have stood in sub-zero temperatures hoping it would all come together at some point. Well, last Saturday the team of Emma Pearce & Teatime, Georgina Palfrey & Pushy, Dezi Nicholls & Minnie (thank you Samara for the loan of your wonderful pony) & myself on Sauber went to Westpoint. The rain held off, the nerves just about held together & our horses & ponies behaved beautifully. We may not have come away with a prize but I hope all my fellow competitors came away with a sense of achievement & they should be so proud of their horses. Plans are already being made for next year!
And as regards next year we hope to have a musical ride for our juniors. There has also been a request to have a dressage team. Don’t be put off by doing Area dressage – the whole point the Riding Club is it is there to support & help you. Remember to let us know what you want from your riding club & we will try our best for you.
Kate Hopper, Chair BHRC

Secretary Report, 2018 BHRC AGM.

December 8, 2018

BHRC have had another fantastic year which came to a thrilling finale at Westpoint last week end. The club continues to go from strength to strength, membership is increasing each year and we have considerably more junior members.
I have to start by thanking my fellow committee members. You are a fantastic bunch and committee meetings are a great laugh. We all pull our weight at the events held through the year and this shows with the continued high entries.
Kate has been our rock this year. Not only does she look after Gem beautifully, she has put the club on an even keel, I am truly thankful it is she, not I, who is you Chair.
Deana takes assorted cash, cheques, BACs transfers and invoices and somehow makes sense of the whole thing. I am truly thankful that it is she, not I, who is your treasurer.
Sara as our health and safety officer is the voice of reason, she has also sorted out our entire H&S folder and got us new first aid kits. It is thanks to her that we can now all draft a risk assessment
Jill organises our showing shows and is the voice of Strictly. This means I can enjoy these events far more because I don’t have the responsibility of running them. It is no coincidence that the only event Gem and I competed in this year was Strictly.
Joy organises our dressage events. For the summer DL this year she handed me all the dressage sheets for each of the 4 events sorted into classes and dated, fixed with a rubber band. Brilliant
Georgina and Jane are taking on the new role of organising events for our juniors. Jane is our CP officer and Georgina has lots of plans for our juniors next year.
Emma is our baby and has taken on the role of sorting out our web site, for which I am extremely grateful. She has put the interactive calendar on our events page, which is amazing.
We all work extremely hard for the club, not always easy as we all work and have other commitments. We know we have some gaps in our curriculum! We don’t have a named person to organise show jumping or cross country so we double up and we don’t have anyone on the committee to collate Area teams. so if you feel you could add a little to our RC year and feel like a laugh, please consider joining our committee. We meet about 11 times a year, usually the second Monday of the month, here at 7.30 pm.
On a personal note, Gem was semi-retired at the beginning of this year, she has gone to live with Kate, Sauber, the donkeys, cats and dogs. Far from feeling left out, I have had a great time helping at events. You see things in a different perspective when you are on the ground, and I get to talk to lots of people, especially all our lovely helpers. It is so nice to put out an email asking for help and people offering, or in some cases, offering without being asked, thank you one and all.
I am confident that the club will continue to thrive far into the future. We already have plans next year for training, clear round jumping, a trip to Windsor horse show, dressage competitions, dressage to music, two shows, Westpoint quadrille and Strictly, to name just a few. My therapy is ongoing and my physiatrist is confident that by early August I will be able to say the words ‘Riding Club Summer Camp’ without twitching! Karen and Camp are booked for 3rd and 4th August.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the club, we will re-group in 2019.
Tricia Budd, secretary.

End of Season Update

November 30, 2018

• Training – both flatwork and jumping training will start in the New Year, we have several venues we can choose from so contact Deana and Kate and they will start booking dates, instructors and venues.
• Juniors – as stated previously, Jane and Georgina Palfrey are taking on the new role of junior co-ordinators. You can contact them direct or through Kate or I via email. Let us know what you would like to do and where. I know plans are afoot for a Musical Ride at Strictly next year, perhaps this time Samara will get to ride her pony!
• Membership – forms are on our website. You can scan the form and send payment to Deana via BACs if you don’t want to print off the form, just make sure you tell Deana and I what you have done!

Should you have any more wishes for anything BHRC related, contact us and we will do our best. Enjoy Christmas with your horses and we will see you all in 2019.
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

Secretary Report for October.

October 31, 2018

Well, the nights are drawing in and we have held our Autumn Show; which means 2018 is coming to a close. BHRC members are still active however, we have members representing us at the West Somerset and Devon dressage Championships on the 28th at KSEC and the quadrille are practising every Monday evening for their competition at Westpoint on 1st December.

Our AGM and Christmas Party is on Friday 7th December. Everyone is welcome, you do not have to be a member. The evening is free and we hand out lots of cups and trophies. Make a date in your diary. At the AGM there is the opportunity for any member to come onto the committee.

Below is piece that our newest committee member, Emma, has written, so if you think you could offer something to the club, and have a great laugh as well, please consider joining our merry band. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month, at The Catherine Wheel, Hemyock.

Trophies – all trophies and cups must be returned by the AGM! It is most unfair to those who have won an award, not have it presented to them on the night because it has not been returned – we had 3 not returned in time last year! They can be returned to any committee member, thank you in advance.

Membership – we have not put up our subscriptions this year so membership is £25 seniors, £20 junior. (Less £5 if 2 or more members of the same family join at the same time.) 2019 membership starts on 1st January.

My first year as a committee member by Emma Pearce!

Well it’s been nearly a year since I was asked to join the committee. I thought about it and thought why not. I’m an active member and felt I could give something back to the club.

It’s been an interesting year and an eye opener to the organisation and planning that goes into club events. All of us work as a team and put our members first.

My highlight of the year has to be Strictly Dressage at Conquest. What a fun day!! Loved seeing everyone’s outfits and routines.

With my pony Teatime now taking semi-retirement I have helped at several events. I got to chat to people and not worry about riding but secretly I was envious of the riders having fun on their horses.

This year I’ve been on the lookout for a new best friend, every committee meeting the ladies have endured my stories of different ones I’ve viewed- there has been plenty!!! But eventually at my last viewing of this year I found the one. He’s called Boris, and I am very excited to be bringing him to the club training sessions and competitions next year.

I’ve had plenty of giggles this year and made lots of new friends. Roll on 2019….. but first of all Westpoint Quadrille in December. Emma Pearce x

Following on – our Treasurer Deana has written a few words,

I would like to say ‘thank you’ to all, for good wishes sent to me since losing Indi. Indi was both challenging and very rewarding, I learnt so much from him, the navicular disease he had was very rare, called tripartite, he would have been born with it; neither my vet or farrier had seen anything like it from his x-rays. Specialists confirmed what it actually was, they we’re all amazed at how well he’d done for so long. A testament to him not wanting to let me down I believe now. I did the only thing left for him I could, the hardest thing ever. He dominated my everyday life and now I miss him terribly. All your good wishes do help, thank you again. The photo is of him as a foal, with all his life in front of him. Deana. X

For Sale – 1986 Olympic trailer. Front unload, grooms door, spare wheel, wooden floor. No longer needed – horse retired! £400 ono, contact Tricia. Stored near Heazle.

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

Agenda of the Annual General Meeting
For the
Blackdown Hills Riding Club
To be held at the Catherine Wheel Pub, Hemyock
On Friday 7th December 2018 Starting at 7.30 pm
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of 2017 AGM
3. Matters arising
4. Chair’s report
5. Secretary’s report
6. Treasurers report
7. Adoption of accounts
8. Subscriptions for 2019
9. Election of committee for 2019
10. Charities to benefit from club funds in 2019 –
11. Presentation of awards
12. AOB – raffle
13. Buffet!

Should any member have a topic they wish to have raised at the AGM, please notify the BHRC secretary: – Tricia Budd, 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton. TA3 5JJ
Should there be any further nominations, please forward the form below to Tricia Budd before the day of the AGM
Please note the proposed must be a current BHRC member and have shown a willingness to stand
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I propose ……………………………………………………………………….
For election as a committee member of the BHRC at the AGM 2018
Proposed by: – …………………………………. (BHRC number……………………………….)
Seconded by:-…………………………….…… (BHRC number……………………………….)

Autumn Show – beautifully organised as ever by Jill Perrior and her team, well done to all. We had some lovely autumn weather and good entries. Our Spring Show will be at the end of March, schedule out in the New Year.

BHRC AUTUMN SHOW 7TH OCTOBER 2018 – RESULTS

IN-HAND
Class 1 Youngstock – Open
1st Federico Michelle Scears

Class 2 Mountain & Moorland
1st Stoak Va Va Voom Sara Blair Salter
2nd Cwmmeavdwy Sain Aimee Wright
3rd Lucky Lane Majestic Gloria Perkins
4th Rascal Zara Murphy

Class 3 Coloured Horse or Pony
1st Aldensfarm Blue Print C V Lamb-Cooper
2nd Fluff Liz Peach
3rd Stoak Va Va Voom Sara Blair Salter
4th Rascal Zara Murphy

Class 5 Open Pony
1st Lucky Lane Majestic Gloria Perkins
2nd Aldensfarm Blue Print C V Lamb-Cooper
3rd Stoak Va Va Voom Sara Blair Salter
4th Cwmmeavdwy Sain Aimee Wright
5th Rascal Zara Murphy

Class 6 Foreign Breeds/Arabs
1st Janata Sara
Jones
2nd Libby Zayna Small M 5pts
3rd Doebanks Dexterity Sue Allen M 4pts

Class 7 Cobs
1st Harry Jill Acheson
2nd Fluffy Liz Peach

Class 8 Veteran Horse or Pony
1st Doebanks Dexterity Sue Allen M 6pts
2nd Miss Holly Jessica White

Class 9 Child Handler
1st Libby Zayna Small M 6pts
2nd Rascal Zara Murphy
3rd Miss Holly Jessica White

Champion – Lucky Lane Majestic & Gloria Perkins
Reserve Champion – Federico & Michelle Scears

RIDDEN
Class 10 Best Turnout – Open
1st Esme Pippa Maggs
2nd Cwmmeavdwy Sain Aimee Wright

Class 11 Novice Ridden – Open
1st Fluff Liz Peach
2nd Rascal Molly Fincher

Class 12 Lead Rein Pony
1st Stourton Whidabouts Violet Guerin
2nd Esme Pippa Maggs
3rd Ceamaiteach Mozart Maisie Wright

Class 13 Veteran Horse or Pony
1st Esme Pippa Maggs

Class 14 Mountain & Moorland
1st Stourton Whidabouts Violet Guerin
2nd Rascal Molly Fincher

Class 15 Coloured Horse or Pony
1st Fluff Liz Peach
2nd Rascal Molly Fincher
3rd Libby Zayna Small M 5pts

Class 16 Open Ridden Horse
1st Little Darcy Zara Semmens
2nd Queen Cee Emma Knight
3rd Rupert Michelle Scears
4th Fools Mate Georgina Palfrey M 3pts

Class 17 Open Ridden Pony
1st Chiddock Two Time Sarah Baker
2nd Stourton Whidabouts Violet Guerin

Class 18 Cobs
1st Fluff Liz Peach

Class 19 Competition Horse or Pony
1st Little Darcy Zara Semmens
2nd Queen Cee Emma Knight
3rd Divertido Rebecca Turner
4th Educardo Louise Steel
5th Rupert Michelle Scears
6th Fools Mate Georgina Palfrey M 1pt

CLASS 20 Foreign Breeds / Arabs
1st Divertido Rebecca Turner
2nd Chiddock Two Time Sarah Baker
3rd Educardo Louise Steel
3rd Libby Zayna Small M 3pts

Champion – Little Darcy & Zara Semmens
Reserve Champion – Stourton Whidabouts & Violet Guerin

Best Member

Zayna Small 19 pts
Sue Allen 10 pts
Georgina Palfrey 4pts

Autumn Enewsletter – Written by Saraloo

September 30, 2018

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The Strictly season is back!

Tango, Waltz, Rumba and Anton.

Well …..in our case it was Pirates, Sugar Plum Fairy and The Wurzels

Sunday September 16th. The Blackdown Hills Riding Club held their 3rd.
Strictly Dressage Competition at the Conquest Equestrian Centre
Norton Fitzwarren.
Amazingly from where I was (behind the scenes) trying to keep the day
running smoothly, all appeared calm and in control. I was aware of all the hustle and bustle that was happening outside. Children and adults dressing up in amazing outfits and horses and ponies being covered in glitter, paint and gowns. Yes, several ponies were adorned in flowing outfits, showing them off in all their glory as they trotted / cantered around the arena to a range of music genres. Not one horse spooked at the (in their eyes) ridiculous outfits that their owners had made them wear – not even seeing themselves in the mirrors put them off Oh No – the scariest part of the day was the judges table. Well who could blame them! How scary are judges? Sitting at the table in the morning was our lovely Helen Hewitt (not really scary) and her very able writer Greta Duff.
This year we had put in some official dressage tests so the judge had her work cut out switching from dressage to music, to a Prelim test and back. The formula seemed to work very well, it gave all competitors time to prepare themselves and for those not brave enough to have a go at the DTM classes, a chance to watch – I overheard someone say that they would have a go next year. He he he – it also kept our compere and ‘disc jockey’ on her toes, thanks Jill you did a great job even when the music died sometimes.
The afternoon was strictly, STRICTLY. A change of judges – now we had Mr Robert Pink, Heather Marsh and Lorna Mountstephens sat at the table, ready to cast their eyes over all the fantastic routines that the competitors had spent time and effort in perfecting. Golly there were some good ideas. For the pairs, we had, Pirates, The Wurzels and a particular ‘tight’ and well co ordinated routine from a pair of coloured horses, who vowed they would dress up next year. Carey Collet and Jo North, we are awaiting next year’s outfits!
The individual competitors were varied and very entertaining – Mozart, Sugar Plum Fairy, Michael Jackson…….and there was a good contingent from the youngsters who showed us how well behaved their little ponies were and didn’t put a foot wrong, even though they had long cloaks floating around them. We had a superb outfit from Zayna who presented us with The Greatest Showman and won Youngest Competitor and the Pirates who appeared very calm, unlike their parents who were almost riding the test themselves from the side and of course the Dad (I think) who had obviously spent many an evening in his shed, to produce a super pirate ship – it won him the best prop award. We were entertained by the RC Quadrille, who dressed in glitter and feather scarves – dancing to T Rex. Whilst I went off with the public and judge’s votes to work out the prize winners. Everyone got at least one rosette – there were plenty of happy faces afterwards. Well done everyone.

Thanks to everyone who helped in any way especially the two scorers Sue and Nigel Black who were busy calculating and often missed out on all the goings on – you were great. Thanks to Jill Perrior who supplied the fantastic Special rosettes. What a lovely happy and successful day all round. Looking forward to next year which will be even bigger and better.

Written by Sara Llewellyn.

Results – Morning

CLASS 1 – BD INTRO A
1st – Dezi Nicholls on Minnie
2nd -Zayna Small on Libby
3rd – Anabelle Gregory on Rambo

CLASS 2 –HAVE-A-GO WALK & TROT DRESSAGE TO MUSIC
1st = Anabelle Gregory on Rambo (Best fancy dress)
1st = Zayna Small on Libby
3rd – Harriet Quick on Diddy
4th – Jessica Quick on Blue

CLASS 3 – BD PRELIM 7, (2002)
1st – Gwenda Bassett on Prince
2nd – Millie Salway on Pink

CLASS 4 – HAVE-A-GO OPEN DRESSAGE TO MUSIC
1st – Kate Hopper on Sauber
2nd – Tricia Budd on Just Gem (Best fancy dress)
3rd – Millie Falway on Pink

CLASS 5 – PRELIM 12 (2005)– OPEN
1st – Emma Pearce on Teatime
2nd – Anouska Hesp on Splash
3rd – Daisy Pollard on Prince

CLASS 6 – HAVE-A-GO OPEN PAIRS DRESSAGE TO MUSIC
1st – Bev Troutt & Yvonne Eaves on Toby Tobias & Clogheen Bella ( Best fancy dress)
2nd – Anoushka Hesp & Daisy Pollard on Splash & Prince
3rd – Carey Collett & Jo North on Irish Mist & Milo

Afternoon Grand Finale

1st. Tricia Budd on Just Gem
2nd. Bev Troutt and Yvonne Eaves on Toby Tobias & Clogheen Bella
3rd. Carey Collett and Jo North on Irish Mist & Milo
4th. Millie Salway on Pink
5th. Kate Hopper on Sauber
6th. Anoushka Hesp and Daisy Pollard on Splash & Prince
7th. Zayna Small on Libby
8th. Anabelle Gregory on Rambo

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Web Site – Emma Pearce has taken over the editing of the website and has added a stunning calendar to the Events page. No longer will you search in vain for details of one of our events!
Autumn Show – 8th October – the schedule is on our calendar!
Westpoint Equine Fair – 1st December. We are sending a quadrille to WestPoint again this year. Training will start on Monday 1st October at Conquest. Contact Kate Hopper for more information.
AGM and Christmas Party – Friday 7th December. A short AGM and a much longer party! Please could all winners of last year’s trophies return them to a member of the committee before the night unless you know you will be attending? You are on my list!
Training – both flat work and jumping training will move to Conquest for the winter. Kate and Deana will still be organising these and we will be using Karen Court and Nicky Lumb.
• All BHRC events/rallies are booked under the following conditions.
• Full payment is required to confirm your place, and must be received 1 week before the rally/event 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.

As I am sure most of you now know, Deana’s beautiful horse Indi has been put to sleep. X-rays of his front feet showed degenerative navicular. Sadly, he was born with this condition and there was nothing the vets could do. We are all devastated as you can imagine; they had been such an important part of BHRC life. Deana is slowly coming to terms with life after Indi and I know you will join all of us in hoping to see her on a new horse when she feels the time is right.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who stepped up to the plate this year and helped out at a BHRC event. You have been fantastic! Scoring, stewarding, writing for the judges, poo picking the arena, putting up jumps, making cups of tea… the list is endless and you have been fantastic – the committee salute you!
It is a condition of membership, on our membership forms, that everyone helps out a one event a year. For this you get a £5 voucher and the feeling of satisfaction that you have helped to continue the success of BHRC. We quite understand that personal circumstances can get in the way of horsey things but one half day a year is not too much to ask, surely? Please make it a New Year’s resolution for 2019 to give a little back to BHRC.

For Sale – 1986 Olympic trailer. Front unload, grooms door, spare wheel, wooden floor. No longer needed – horse retired! £400 ono, contact Tricia. Stored near Heazle.

Secretary Report for August

August 31, 2018

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 – deanarowland2@aol.com 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 – huskykate4@gmail.com 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.
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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

Secretary Report for July

July 31, 2018

‘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

lost

February 24, 2014

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