Emma Pearce :: blackdown hills riding club

March Newsletter

March 13, 2019

There is light at the end of the tunnel! The evenings are drawing out, the daffodils are in full bloom and every time I groom Gem I am woollier than she is; spring is on the way! The BHRC committee has been extremely busy; we already have a full year of events planned, training is well established at Conquest and our Spring Show is at the end of this month. Jill Perrior would be grateful for a few more helpers to make the day flow in its usual smooth fashion. I am in charge of poo picking if anyone wants to help me out? With that in mind, please read the following item below.


In the light of the recent Equine Flu outbreak, The Blackdown Hills Riding Club will be following guidelines / rules as set by the specific venues that we use, to hold our events. These guidelines may vary from one venue to another. In the interest of the health of your horse and the possibility of you being able to compete, it is advisable that you have your horses inoculated against the illness. Please check each venue’s website for their update on their ruling.
Below is such an example taken from The Stretcholt Equine Centre.


In the face of recent equine influenza outbreaks the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) asks all event organisers or coordinators to check equine ID passports of all horses attending your event:

Ensure that the horse (or pony) has received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only these two injections need to have been given before a horse/pony can attend. In addition, if sufficient time has elapsed a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination. Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year apart. Any horse not complying with the vaccination rules should not be unloaded nor any horses travelling with it and they will not be allowed to participate in any session.

Future Events – more details will appear on our web site, Face Book page and the Riding Diary.

  1. Spring Show – 31st March @ Heazle. Please contact Jill on 01823 480349 if you can help out.
  2. Rider, Horse and Saddle – A Match Made In Heaven?

Aoife Cooper, MChiro  & Nicola Nicholls saddle fitter and Wow saddle consultant. *Present an evening about the influence of the saddle on the horse and rider, straightness and balance and how chiropractic care can help* Neroche Village Hall. 7pm. April 10th 2019. This is a free evening put on by BHRC for BHRC members, their friends and family. Everyone is welcome. Contact Nicola on fabionicholls@hotmail.co.uk – or contact Tricia and she will forward your email to Nicola and Aoife. During the evening they will be offering free spine checks and booking for free saddle check!!! Light refreshments will be available for a small donation. I expect to be skipping along like  a spring lamb  after this!

  • Dressage Competition @ Conquest – Sunday 28th April. The schedule is on our website. Joy is now taking entries and this event is expected to be very popular.
  • Clear Round Jumping – 10th May, 7th June, 12th July & 9th August at Paddocks. 6.00 pm start. £3.00 per round, rosette to all clear rounds.
  • Summer Camp 2nd, 3rd & 4th August (Friday eve – Sunday afternoon) Details below, £100 per person, £80 deposit required to secure your place. New for this year; camp starts on Friday evening with members and committee getting together over dinner. Kate Hopper (BHSAI) and Karen Court (BHSII) will be doing a lecture, demonstration and/or stable management on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a dressage competition on the Sunday which is open to ALL BHRC members. Help at this event will be very gratefully received; even an hour filling flasks is greatly appreciated.
  • Strictly Dressage-2-Music– 29th September at Conquest. D2M and BD classes. Booked and going ahead, Kate and Tricia will organise some training for those members who would like to enter but are a little unsure. More details later in the year
  • Summer Dressage League – (Friday evenings) June 21st. July19th. August 23rd. all at Paddocks, 5.30 pm start. Schedule is on our web site and on The Riding Diary.(part of it is below) Joy and Sara are in charge! They to, would be grateful for some help.


Training (polework/gridwork/jumping) with Nikki Lumb (BHSAI, Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship) at Conquest 6 – 7pm on 28th March, 11th & 25th April.  These are all Thursday evenings  in the indoor school. £20 per person, no more than 4 in a group. Body protectors are recommended for seniors and compulsory for juniors.

Flatwork Training with Karen Court – (BHSII, RDGAI) at Conquest 6.30 – 7.30 pm on 3rd and 17th April. Both Wednesday evenings, £20 per person, no more than 3 in a group.

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. 

BHRC Summer Camp at Paddocks Equestrian

2nd, 3rd & 4th August 2019

Four rides – squares, triangles, circles and rectangles


5.00 pm onwards – arrive and settle horses

6.30 pm approx.  Teatime; everyone is welcome!


9.00 – 10.00 am Squares flatwork lesson

10.15 – 11.15 am Triangles flatwork lesson

11.30 – 12.30 am Circles flatwork lesson

 12.30 – lunch

1.30 –2.30 – Rectangles flatwork lesson

2.30 -3.00 – stable management/lecture/demonstration

3.15 – 4.30 – Squares SJ lesson

4.45 – 5.30 – Triangles SJ lesson

Evening hack to the local pub (Farmers Arms) followed by a barbeque


8.00 am breakfast

9.00 – 10.15 – Circles SJ lesson

10.30 – 11.45 – Rectangles SJ lesson

11.45 – 12.30 – lecture/demonstration/stable management

12.30 – lunch

2.00 – 3.30 approx. – Dressage competition open to ALL BHRC members – £8.00 per entry – Intro A or Prelim 12.

(Members attending camp do not pay)

4.00 – presentation of prizes and afternoon tea

4.30 – muck out stables and box up to go home

FAQ’s and questions you may not have thought to ask!

  • You are welcome to come to Paddocks on the Friday afternoon/evening. Your stable will be ready from 5.00 pm at an extra cost of £10. Your dinner and breakfast will be provided by BHRC and several committee members will be there to welcome you and help you settle in.
  • Most  stables are on shavings
  • You need to provide your own hay, please make sure the hay doesn’t get mixed in with the bedding.
  • You do need to provide hard feed for your horse.
  •  You will need water buckets.
  • You may wish to bring your own mucking out tools. (a wheel barrow is especially helpful)
  • All YOUR food is provided but you may wish to bring a cake or crisps to share
  • You will need to provide your own alcohol!!!!
  • If you are vegetarian or have a food allergy, please make sure we are aware of it before camp starts.
  • It is recommended that adults wear a body protector for jumping. (This is compulsory for juniors)
  • You are automatically entered for the dressage competition but it is not compulsory! You can enter either Intro A or Prelim 12.
  • All juniors must have a responsible adult stay with them at night
  • £100 per person. A non-returnable deposit of £80 is required to reserve your place. We take a maximum of 16 at camp therefore the first 16 to pay their deposit will have a place. I will also have a waiting list.
  • Everyone attending camp gets a T shirt, the size guide is below. I will order XL for everyone unless you tell me you want smaller.


The 2019 BRC rule book is now out and can be downloaded from the BHS web site. I have downloaded part of the dress code below. Please note, hats do not have to be tagged for BHRC events, but they do, if you are representing the club at Area level.  The tack rules are different for each discipline. I suggest you check the rule book if you are at all unsure.

Hats – (Must be worn to at least this standard with a harness properly adjusted and fastened – Skull caps must be worn with a silk). All Hats must be BRC, PC or BE tagged.  PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kite marked or Inspec IC Marked VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kite marked or Inspect IC marked.

Jodhpurs & Breeches – White, cream or beige breeches or jodhpurs.

Boots Long riding boots designed for riding are to be worn. Short riding boots with gaiters of the same leather and colour may be worn. Suede half chaps may be worn providing they are of identical colour to the boots and have no decoration or tassels.

Jackets & Shirts – Jackets or smart fitted waistcoats may be any conservative colours in muted tones; they may not be multi coloured or boldly pinstriped. Subtle pinstripes are permitted, as are colours and contrast piping to collar, lapels, pockets and vents. Service dress is permitted as is a tweed jacket with coloured stock or collar and tie. White stocks, white American collar or white shirts with collar and tie may be worn. Plain, dark coloured waterproof coats may be worn in wet weather.

Body protectors – A body protector Level 3 2009 or after purple label or a blue 2018 label or after should be fitted and worn as per the manufacturers’ guidelines. Hybrid Air- jackets and air jackets incorporated into a blouson style jacket are permitted. Exo Body Cages are permitted with a Level 3 2000 purple label.

Hair & Jewellery – Hair must be neatly secured and MUST not hang lower than the shoulder line when standing normally. Any item of jewellery or alternative medical treatment wrist bands must be covered up by clothing or gloves, if they cannot be removed, at the riders own risk.

Gloves – Gloves must be worn in all dressage tests.

Whips – One whip of any length is permitted for all BRC dressage. Whips must not be used in a way or be of a length that disturbs other riders and may not be picked up if dropped during a test.

 Spurs – The band around the heel must be smooth and spurs must be made of smooth metal, be blunt and be incapable of wounding a horse. Comb, tines and ‘spursader’ style spurs are not permitted. Spur designs which include necks set to the inside of the heel, roughened/ cutting edges or serrated spurs with or without necks are not permitted. Spurs with smooth rowels not exceeding 1cm are permitted. Spurs must be made of metal, although spurs with a smooth rotating rubber, metal or plastic ball on the shank or ‘impulse spurs’ are permitted. Dummy spurs are permitted and if there is a shank it must not exceed 3cm for seniors or 2.5cm for juniors; for Horse Trials, spurs must not exceed 4cm. Spurs may only be worn in the traditional manner, with the curve, if any, pointing downwards with the shank pointing to the rear and the end clearly horizontal to the ground or pointing downwards. All spurs are measured from the back of the boot/inside of the spur.

At the discretion of the Official Steward and judge, competitors may be permitted to ride without jackets or waistcoats in excessively hot weather. An American collar, correctly fastened stock or a suitable shirt* that fastens at the neck (not bright or multi- coloured) with a tie must be worn.

*BHRC insists on a LONG SLEEVED SHIRT for all disciplines if you are not wearing a jacket.*

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


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


Held by kind permission of Kate Baker
‘The Paddocks’ Bickenhall TA3 6TS

Dates: Friday (early evening) June 21st.

            Friday (early evening) July 19th.

            Friday (early evening) August 23rd.

Friday June 21st.

Class 1 BD Intro A (2008) Walk & Trot   (rosette to all entries)

Restricted to combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in any dressage event.

Class 2   Prelim. 7 (2002 rev. 2016)   

Class 3     Prelim 12 2005 rev 2016

All entries in by June 15th. to Joy Brown (see front cover for address) ) times will be posted on our web site. Alternatively, please ring for times between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday June 20th. Tel: 07756773010.

Friday  July 19th.

Class 1     BD Intro B 2009  Walk and Trot (rosette to all entries)

Restricted to combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in any dressage event.

Class 2       Prelim 18 2002 rev 2016 – (*qualifier for the WS&DD Championships)

Class 3       Novice 27 2007 (*qualifier for the WS&DD Championships)

All entries in by July 13th. to Joy Brown (see front cover for address) times will be posted on our web site.  Alternatively,  please ring for times between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday July 18th. Tel: 07756773010.

Friday August 23rd. 
Class 1     BD Intro C 2016  Walk and Trot (rosette to all entries)

Restricted to combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in any dressage event.

Class 2    Prelim 13  2006 rev 2016   (*qualifier for the WS&DD Championships)

Class 3    Novice 28 (2008)   (*qualifier for the WS&DD Championships)

All entries in by August 17th. to Joy Brown (see front cover for address) times will be posted on our web site. Alternatively, please ring for times between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday August 22nd . 07756773010

January Newsletter

January 31, 2019

Hi All & a Happy New Year to you

Now since our antics at Westpoint & the AGM/Christmas party, the riding club has taken a little bit of a break over the festive period to allow all a well-earned rest & as such Trish was a little concerned there was nothing to go in this month’s newsletter! S,o being the diligent teacher that she is, she set us (the committee) all homework & asked us all to write a piece for you.  Now I have to confess I was not the best pupil at school……………….. Kate H x


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 3 members in each session. 

Grid work training with Ros Kemp 

23rd January 
6th February 
13th February 
13th March 

Flat work training with Karen Court 

30th January
20th February 
27th February 
6th March 

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

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

The rest is from me – Tricia.

We are now well into 2019 and Gem has started to shed her winter coat which must mean BHRC is ready to play. We have two new committee members, Sylvia and Mia, who have lots of exciting ideas, Georgina and Jane have great plans for the juniors and the rest of the committee have put their heads together and planned lots for 2019.  But the rest is down to you!

We are putting teams together for Area 12 competitions, the juniors will be performing a musical ride at Strictly, camp is booked for the 3rd and 4th of August, Deana and Kate are in the process of booking more training, the Spring Show is booked, what else would you like. Contact Kate, Deana or myself and we will try our best, but we may be calling you for help!

We have had a huge amount of membership forms submitted this month. All I received before today have gone to BRC Head Office. In theory we should get our membership cards by the end of January. If you are concerned about your membership, email me, I can give you your unique membership number so that you can join in on the training etc.

Gem has just turned 28 and as she is thriving at the top of the Blackdowns with Kate, we may surprise you yet and do a bit of dancing and prancing ourselves in the spring.

Below are the 2019 committee with just one of the roles they undertake!

Kate Hopper – chairwoman

Most of you will know me & my pony, Sauber, & I have two donkeys, Lotus & Cosworth.  Some of you may realise there is a theme going on here – I am a massive Formula 1 fan.  I also have four cats, Jenson, Lewis, Sterling & Moss and two huskies (hence the email address – nothing to do with my voice!) Farina & Coulthard.

There are some Sundays that you will not see me at our events – these are dates that I have not chosen – as I will be glued to a tv watching motor racing.  As you may well be aware it is not a cheap sport to participate in, in any form so nowadays I seek my ‘need for speed’ from racing my huskies.  Hardly the same thing you may think but trust me just inches from the ground with nothing but your voice for control & very little in the way of breaks – if that rabbit or deer pops up in front of your team, you pulling on bicycle breaks is not going to stop them, believe me! – at 20 mph it’s quite a thrill.  And they say riding a horse is dangerous….Kate x

Tricia Budd – secretary

I have been a keen BHRC member and competitor for more years than I care to remember. Last year was a huge change for me. Gem left DIY livery at Paddocks and went to live with Kate Hopper. As she was then 27, I assumed that this would be the ideal time to retire her.  Surely, she would appreciate a quiet life? Not Gem! She made it clear she was more than happy to join in with the quadrille training, we went to the beach and paddled in the sea, we went to Westpoint and got filthy cantering around the warm-up arena, and we won Strictly! With the help and back-up of so many lovely people and non-more so than Kate herself, Gem is now 28 and hacking out like a youngster. I have no set plans for 2019, experience has taught me to live for the moment. But Gem is happy and healthy and when I can get back into my show jacket, we hope to be out strutting our stuff again.

Sylvia Paine – Emotional Support (For now!)

I have been a member of BHRC since moving to Somerset 5 years ago. I’m not quite sure how it happened but I’m now a committee member (blame Kate!)  Nor am I sure what my role is to be but time will tell.  I have often helped at the spring and autumn shows and have really enjoyed that.  

I have 2 horses, Max my 24 year old Irish Sport,  some of you will have met, we have done some of the dressage competitions at Paddocks, prior to moving here we did some Le Trec (versatile and full) and have this winter taken part in the online trec. Great fun.  I also have Branston, a very young 7 year old dark bay Cob, typical cob -totally food originated- having had problems with a poorly fitted saddle and then biting problems. We are what you might call a project in progress!  If I ever get to do a dressage test with him it will be an amazing eureka moment…..

Well that’s me and mine, I hope to get to know more of you through this next year   Sylvia

Emma Pearce – Website

I am really looking forward to 2019. I have my new horse Boris. He’s only young and needs work. So looking forward to bringing him to riding club activities and aiming to start doing walk and trot dressage tests on him. Teatime is semi-retired now but I’m sure I will do some dressage with him and bring him to some clear round jumping – he loves that!!!

Deana Rowland – Treasurer

Hi everyone, ‘Treasurer’ what do I do? I try to keep track of payments coming and those going out, basically! sometimes a little confusing but on the whole it’s straight forward, references are the key to any easy life, so please try to remember that when paying into BHRC account. Our committee meetings once a month are great, good chance to catch up with everyone,  not having a horse to ride at the moment makes it all the more important to me to feel a part of the club and know what’s happening out there in our horsey world. 

We’ve organised training,  both flat work and grid work, that’ll I’ll be taking bookings for, looking forward to catching up with you regulars from last year and welcome any one else wanting to join in.

I am looking to find myself another horse, not an easy task, word of mouth of course is the best way often to find the good ones, I’m hoping to find, a slimmer build horse, around 15.2hands, with a bit of active life experience, around 10years old, to be generally happy in its own skin temperament wise, must enjoy schooling/dressage, be happy hacking the country lanes and country side without too much drama, I’d prefer a gelding.  So, hey ho , may be you’ll know of something that would suit me. Happy 2019 everyone.  


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


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

Sara Llewellyn – Health and Safety

Jane Palfrey – Child Protection

Joy Brown – Dressage

Georgina Palfrey – Juniors

Jill Perroir – Shows

Emma Pearce – Website

Mia Perham – Show Jumping

Sylvia Paine – Emotional Support!

For Christmas I got a new computer and I have been going through the archives of the old one. Above is a photo from our Open Show held at Willand in 2005. Charlotte and Gem are there, possibly Jill King? Anyone recognize the other two, I suspect it was the veteran class. I have many more old photos; do you have any from years gone by? Send them to me and I will do a “Back in the old days” section! l