Emma Pearce :: blackdown hills riding club

May Newsletter

May 17, 2019

A note from our Chairwoman – Kate Hopper

Hi All! Well, it’s that time of year when I rally the troops for the musical ride once more!  For those of you new to us, this is not a competition, but a chance to get to meet others & have a bit of fun & it is open to all – juniors & seniors.  This year’s theme will be ‘Minions’ (Despicable Me!) & we aim to put on a display at our Strictly Dressage Day on 29th Sept.   Our first training session will be Sat 8th June – time to be confirmed – & this session will be free, there after it will be £5.  Keep a look out for further details or contact me at huskykate4@gmail.com

We are also looking to put together a team for the Quadrille Competition at WestPoint in December.  We won’t know until October if we have been successful with our entry but we will need to be prepared well in advanced.  This year there will be team selection – I will keep you posted!  Kate x

The rest is from me – Tricia.

There is an awful lot of information in this newsletter and I have numbered each point so I hope you will find it easier to follow. I have just about recovered from putting up (and down, then up, then down……then away) the show jumps from our clear round jumping. It was as popular as ever and it was lovely to see so many of you there.

The spring dressage at Conquest ran as smoothly as ever with Joy, Sara and the rest of the BHRC team doing a fantastic job. We decided not to run our Winter Dressage League this year but have a “one off” pre-season dressage competition. This worked really well and we plan on running it again next year. We will continue to run our Summer Dressage League however, and knowing how popular this has been in previous years, I suggest you get your entries in early.

  1. Juniors – our next junior rally will be Tuesday 28th May 11.00 – 12.00 at Paddocks with Karen Court. This will be a mixture of mounted and unmounted activities; the aim of the rally will be “how to improve your flatwork using poles on the ground” and all juniors are welcome; either with their ponies or on foot. The cost is £5.00. We have had requests and ideas from several juniors; we welcome any other ideas, thoughts or reports. Contact Tricia. Our Summer Dressage League is fast approaching and the juniors have their own championship. So remembering all Karen has taught you, come along and be dressage divas with BHRC!
  • Musical ride – Kate is organising training for our Musical Ride that will take place during the interval at Strictly Dressage 2 Music on Sunday 29th September.  Everyone is welcome, juniors especially; a free training session is on Saturday 8th June. Kate and I love our D2M and we find our horses love it too. Even Gem, who is now deaf!
  • Training – from Deana Rowland – Continuing our flat work training with Karen Court at ‘Paddocks’ on Saturday mornings. From 10am. £20 per session. 

25th May; 8th & 22nd June; 13th & 27th July

No more than 3 members in each session.  Please contact me via text 07841012410 or email deanarowland2@aol.com  to book your place. All monies to be paid up front to secure places. Cancellation policy as on website. Look forward to hearing from you, Deana

NatWest – sort code 60-23-05, account no; 74506439

Blackdown Hills Riding Club

Please state you surname and ‘training’

Training by Kate Hopper – Hi All, can you let me know what training you would like this year?  We can’t make promises but we will do our best.  If you could also let us know what days of the week & what times are good for you we will do our best to accommodate.  Finally if anyone has any preference to a location, please tell us.  We do have some restrictions with parking, availability & cost with some venues, but your suggestions would be very welcome. 

Further training dates with Nikki Lumb in June will appear shortly.    

Email Kate at huskykate4@gmail.com

  • Summer Camp – 2nd – 4th August at Paddocks. I still have a couple of spaces and we are still taking deposits. We have various activities on during the week-end, two lecture/demonstrations, an Allen & Page rep with a set of weighing scales (this is for the horses!) and an informal bring and buy sale (horse related items)

BHRC Summer Camp at Paddocks Equestrian

2nd, 3rd & 4th August 2019

Four rides – squares, triangles, circles and rectangles

Friday

5.00 pm onwards – arrive and settle horses

6.30 pm approx.  Teatime; everyone is welcome!

Saturday

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

Sunday

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.
  • Rising Stars show jumping – this popular team event is being held by WSRC at Cannington College on Sunday 26th May. We have a team of Lydia Thomas on Ghost, George Smith on Maiden, Samara Nicholls on Minnie and Laura Chilcott on Jingo. These four members have been at many of our training sessions during the winter and it has certainly paid off. This is the first time these brave souls have represented BHRC in a team competition and we wish them the very best of luck. They are jumping at 9.30 am and they would love to see lots of BHRC members supporting them. Thanks go to the BHRC back-up crew of Jane Palfrey and Mia Perham who are our Team Managers for this event. Our thoughts go out to the rider’s back-up crews – (deep breaths!)
  • Clear Round Jumping – (7th June, 12th July & 9th August) we have held the first one which was the usual success, we even managed to stay dry! We are going to need some help setting up on the 7th June. Also  taking money and putting away at the end of the evening. Please contact Tricia if you can give a few hours help – I promise cake!
  • Horse agility 2nd June at Heazle – It appears that we have had little response to questions on what you; the members would like to do, re equine events. Sooooooo we the committee, having banded about the idea of Horse Agility, thought that it might be something you would be interested in.  Sometimes we have to trial new events to ensure that they are safe, suitable and cost effective for our members. The committee have decided to give it a try out, with the view to putting on a small competition / training session in the future, for anyone interested.
    Please feel free to come along and WATCH On June 2nd  10.am – 1pm. at Heazle Equestrian Centre – indoor arena where we will be having  a small trial  session with Lotta Van de Heyde.
  • Strictly – 29th September at Conquest. Similar set up and classes as last year. Kate and Karen are going to run a lecture and demonstration at camp for anyone who would like to have a go.
  • “Have-a-go” Dressage 2 Music competition – Saturday 31st August at Paddocks. Aimed primarily at combinations that have never been confident enough to enter a D2M class before, it will also be a good practise for anyone wanting to enter Strictly D2M at the end of September. 3 classes, Walk and Trot, Open and Pairs. 20 x 40 m arena. We promise a nice, sympathetic and knowledgeable judge!
  1.  Summer Dressage League – (Friday evenings at Paddocks) June 21st. July19th. August 23rd. Schedule is out, entries are being taken.
  1. Hartpury Horse Trials –  (10th August) – NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials – Experience World class Trials in Gloucestershire, up close and personal.

We are laying on a minibus to take anyone interested to this event on Saturday 10th. August. We will be leaving Hankeridge at 7.45 am. and leaving Hartpury after the event, at 5pm.
The minibus is free of charge to members and the event itself is £10 entry.

We only have 16 places available so put your name down quickly. Please email saraloosmenegaria@talktalk.net to put your name on the list.

For further details of the event – go to the Hartpury International Horse Trials website.

  1. 12. Hats – British Riding Clubs do not check or tag hats until you got to  Area events. Please be aware that if your hat is not to the current BRC standard, your insurance is not valid. The current standards acceptable are in the BRC hand book or ask one of our instructors if you are unsure.

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 ic”===

April Newsletter

April 22, 2019

By Tricia Budd

Happy Easter!  We have a champion in our midst! Committee member Sylvia Paine and Max have just been awarded the Newcomer, Reserve   Champion, online, International Trec League; awarded by Trec Riders Club! Sylvia was at pains to point out to me at the last committee meeting that she is not an expert; until today, I had believed her! She gave a talk to the juniors, showed them her beautiful rosette and sash and set up a course of obstacles in her school for them to try. We are all now hooked and want to have a go!

I spent the most fantastic time with some of our juniors at their Easter Rally. We all met up at Sylvia’s yard where they bandaged tails, practised Le Trec manoeuvres in the school and then used up the rest of their energy on an Easter egg hunt – well done to Gracey who won with 11 eggs. Sylvia’s lovely horse Max had been feeling a little lonely and thoroughly enjoyed all the fuss and like the gentleman that he is, welcomed us to his yard and allowed us to take over. Thank you to all the mums, dads, aunties, uncles and grandparents who support the juniors and BHRC, we are very grateful and cannot do it without you. I am now the junior coordinator with lots of things planned for the rest of the year!

  1. Spring show – What a fantastic day! The weather was beautiful, the horses gleamed, everyone had a smile on their face and Jill Perrior and her team worked tirelessly all day. I wandered around picking up poo’s and talking to people – I had a wonderful time. Jill and I commented on how many members attended, we had to use our emergency supply of member’s rosettes!

Results at the bottom of this newsletter. A special mention needs to go to junior member Zayna, who took control of the BHRC camera and took some lovely shots, so good in fact that we were able to sell them, making even more profit for the club.

  • April Dressage at Conquest – We are still taking entries so let Joy know sooner rather than later what you are going to be entering!
  • Calling all Juniors – we have already held 2 junior rallies this year, with more planned. The next one will be on Tuesday 28th of May; 11.00 am – 12.00 (during half-term.) It will be at Paddocks with Karen Court. The cost will be £5.00 for 1 hour. There will be some ridden and non-ridden activities, you are welcome to bring your pony, or come on foot.  If you contact me and tell me what you would like to do, Karen and I will do our best to put things on that you want.

Emma Pearce has made a ‘junior’ page on our website. On there are some things that may be of interest to you.  However, we would like you juniors to send us things as well. It may be a report on a schooling session, a new goal you have reached with your pony; or a new pony – or a new horse! Please do not worry if you are concerned about spelling mistakes or that your teacher has told you to open each paragraph with a fronted adverbial (and you can’t remember what one is) I will sympathetically edit. Those of you old enough to use Facebook can (and do) contact me via messenger. Others will need to ask a responsible adult first. Don’t forget that juniors can join in every event we hold.

  • Training – from Deana Rowland – Continuing our flat work training with Karen Court at ‘Paddocks’ on Saturday mornings. From 10am. £20 per session. 

25th May; 8th & 22nd June; 13th & 27th July

No more than 3 members in each session.  Please contact me via text 07841012410 or email deanarowland2@aol.com  to book your place. All monies to be paid up front to secure places, cancellation policy as on website. Look forward to hearing from you, Deana

NatWest – sort code 60-23-05, account no; 74506439

Blackdown Hills Riding Club

Please state you surname and ‘training’

Training – a report on training by Emma Pearce – Well this month I have done something a bit different with Teatime. We attended the pole work training with Kate and Sauber. As you all know, Teatime and I love to do dressage. So I thought, let’s do something different for a change. 
It was a fantastic training session with Nikki Lumb, we did some really interesting exercises with poles….there’s more to poles then trot poles and jumps! The exercises we did will help my dressage and Teatime definitely picked up his feet l. I’m sure this will make his schooling a lot more fun and varied. I can’t wait to put what I learnt into practice and attend another training session. 

Training by Kate Hopper – Hi All, can you let me know what training you would like this year?  We can’t make promises but we will do our best.  If you could also let us know what days of the week & what times are good for you we will do our best to accommodate.  Finally if anyone has any preference to a location, please tell us.  We do have some restrictions with parking, availability & cost with some venues, but your suggestions would be very welcome.  Email Kate at huskykate4@gmail.com

  • Summer Camp – 2nd – 4th August at Paddocks. I still have spaces and we are still taking deposits.
  • Rising Stars show jumping – this popular team event is being held by WSRC. I am collating teams and already have 3 who would like to do the 60 cm. We will send as many who want to compete. Details are over there! 
  • 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

BHRC SPRING SHOW 31ST MARCH 2019 – RESULTS

IN-HAND

Class 1 Youngstock – Open

1st            HenyfynyGold  Top                                              Lisa Fowler

2nd           Comet                                                                    Michelle Cook      

3rd           Caulan Merri                                                         Sara Llewellyn                               M 4pts

4th           Roundhills Magic Montans                                                Rebecca Bahrami

Class 2 Mountain & Moorland

1st            Dion                                                                        Michelle Cook

2nd           Brunan Spartacus                                                Ellie Wallace                  M 5pts

3rd           Caulan Merri                                                         Sara Llewellyn                               M 4pts

Class 3 Coloured Horse or Pony

1st            Golden Phoenix                                                    Sarah Jane Lowe

2nd           Gadence Harry                                                     Sylvie Bellenge

3rd           Centyfield Cutmill                                                Ray Norton

4th           Comet                                                                    Michelle Cook

5th                 HenyfynyGold  Top                                             Lisa Fowler

6th           Roundhills Magic Montans                                                Rebecca Bahrami

Class 4 Open Horse

1st            Golden Phoenix                                                    Sarah Jane Lowe

2nd           Escribano                                                               Anna Stewart                  M 5pts

3rd           Ash                                                                         Debbie Howe

4th           Centyfield Cutmill                                                Ray Norton

Class 5 Open Pony

1st            Dion                                                                        Michelle Cook

2nd           Flojo                                                                       Gracey Montgomery        5 pts

3rd           Otztaler Amakai                                                   January Tewson

Class 6 Foreign Breeds/Arabs

1st            Escribana                                                               Anna Stewart                  M 6pts

2nd           Roundhills Magic Montans                                                Rebecca Bahrami

3rd           Otztaler Amakai                                                   January Tewson

Class 7 Cobs

1st            Teddy                                                                     Emma Chase

2nd           Garlence Harry                                                     Sylvia Bellange

Class 8 Veteran Horse or Pony

1st            Peppermint                                                           Emma Chase                    

2nd           Coco Springs                                                         Nicola Shakeshaft            M 5pts

3rd           Dream Alliance                                                     Clare Sandarcock

4th           Jingo                                                                       Laura Chilcott                  M 3pts

Class 9 Child Handler

1st            Peppermint                                                           Emma Chase

2nd           Flojo                                                                       Gracey Montgomery        M5 pts

3rd           Coca Springs                                                         Charlotte Greenaway

Champion Dion    & Michelle Cook      Reserve Champion   Escribana               Anna Stewart      

RIDDEN

Class 10 Best Turnout – Open

1st            Bertie                                                                     Grace Gendall

Class 11 Novice Ridden – Open

1st            Bertie                                                                     Grace Gendall

2nd           Harlequin Prince                                                  Janice Stoker                    M 5pts

3rd           Egwysfach Robbie                                                Katie Bennett

4th           Escribano                                                               Anna Stewart                  M 3pts

5th           Ash                                                                         Debbie Howe

6th           Otztaler Amakai                                                   January Tewson

Class 12 Lead Rein Pony

1st            Peppermint                                                           Alexa Kavanach

Class 13 Veteran Horse or Pony

1st            Justin                                                                      Grace Gendall

2nd                 Coco Springs                                                        Charlotte Greenaway

Class 14 Mountain & Moorland

1st            Trejorya Noalwyd                                                                Natalie Pastor

2nd           Applewitch Roan Majic                                       Emily Vincent

3rd           Justin                                                                      Grace Gendall

4th           Eglwysfach Robbie                                              Katie Bennett

5th           Annandale Foxy Roxy                                         Sonya Jones

Class 15 Coloured Horse or Pony

1st            Janton Touch of Gold                                          Katie Bennett 

2nd           Harlequin Prince                                                  Janice Stoker                     5 pts

3rd           Lottie                                                                      Amanda Champion             

Class 16 Open Ridden Horse

1st          Janton Touch of Gold                                          Katie Bennet

2nd           Queen Cee                                                            Emma Knight

3rd           Croxley Jaz                                                            Victoria Owen

Class 17 Open Ridden Pony

1st            Willowway High Jinks                                         Alinson Tomlinson

2nd           Otztaler Amakai                                                   January Tewson

3rd           Newoak Allspice                                                  Emma Knight

Class 18 Cobs

1st            Teddy                                                                     Emma Chase

2nd           Harlequin Prince                                                  Janice Stoker                     5 pts

Class 19 Competition Horse or Pony

1st            Willowway High Jinks                                         Alison Tomlinson

2nd           Janton Touch of Gold                                          Rosie Bennet

3rd           Croxley Jaz                                                            Victoria Owen

CLASS 20 Foreign Breeds / Arabs

1st            Newoak Allspice                                                  Emma Knight   

2nd           Otztaler Amakai                                                   January Tewson

3rd           Escribano                                                               Anna Stewart                  4 pts

Champion   Trejorya Noalwyd          & Natalie Pastor    Reserve Champion  Bertie  &           Grace Gendall

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.

EQUINE FLU:

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.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL COMPETITIONS AT STRETCHOLT EQUESTRIAN CENTRE – ALL PASSPORTS MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE SECRETARYS UPON ARRIVAL, BEFORE UNLOADING

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.

NEW TRAING DATES!

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

Friday

5.00 pm onwards – arrive and settle horses

6.30 pm approx.  Teatime; everyone is welcome!

Saturday

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

Sunday

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.

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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

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

OPEN UNAFFILIATED SUMMER DRESSAGE LEAGUE COMPETITION 2019

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

February Newsletter

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

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


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 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.  

THE 2019 COMMITTEE

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

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

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