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June Newsletter

June 17, 2019

June Newsletter

Hi all, well as the summer equinox approaches the thunder storms begin!  Unfortunately our last clear round jumping evening fell victim, but hopefully we will dodge the showers with the many events we have coming up for you.  We have further dates for clear round jumping; our very popular summer dressage league starts on Fri 21st June. Our infamous summer camp (now fully booked!) takes place at the beginning of August but we do have an ‘open to all members’ dressage competition on Sunday 4th Aug.  We have two Dressage to Music competitions this summer – so get those old CDs out & show us what’s hot to trot!

If you would like any help with any of this, we have training on going with Karen & Nikki – please see our website for details.

Back in the half term, our juniors had a rally organised by Trish & taught by Karen at the Paddocks.  I took my pony Sauber along as a spare which George rode beautifully for me.  Great fun was had by all learning about pole work.

At the beginning of June some of the committee members took their horses & ponies along to Heazle to learn about horse agility with Lotta van de Heyde.  This has given us plenty to think about & we are planning on bringing

what we have learnt to you soon!

Last Saturday saw the first of this year’s musical ride practice.  This is open to everyone & is just a bit of fun & a good way to get to know everyone & their horses & ponies.  The next two sessions will be on Sun 7th & Sun 21st July 11am @ The Paddocks, £5 per session.  For details contact Kate-

Please check out our website for all details of upcoming events & general info – Emma is doing a fantastic job for us with our website.  Kate x

  1. Juniors – the next Junior Rally will be mid-August at Greenacres Farm by kind permission of Sylvia Paine, dates and times to suit so contact Tricia with your preferences.
  • Training – Continuing our flat work training with Karen Court at ‘Paddocks’ on Saturday mornings. From 10am. £20 per session. 

22nd June; 13th & 27th July

No more than 3 members in each session.  Please contact me via text 07841012410 or email  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

polework/jumping training with Nikki Lumb @ Curland on Tuesday 18th June 6.30pm.  £20 per session.  Please contact Deana

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Boris goes to his first pony party.
By Committee member Emma Pearce.
I decided to take Boris to his first pony party last week. Kate contacted me to see if I’d like to do a pole work training session and thought let’s do this. The lesson was at Curland with the fabulous Nikki Lumb. Boris has never been in an arena with other ponies so all very exciting. We did have a leap and a buck at the beginning. Words came to me ‘I’m to old for this’ ‘right that’s it I’m not taking him to camp it’s all too exciting for him’. Anyway he soon settled and took it all in his stride. At the beginning I said to Nikki I might just walk the whole lesson….. By the end we were trotting round, doing trot poles and we even managed a teeny tiny cross pole!! This was a huge achievement for me! Looking forward to more training with club. 


Training cancellation policy

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.    
  • Musical Ride Training – The next two sessions will be on Sun 7th & Sun 21st July 11am @ The Paddocks, £5 per session.  For details contact Kate-
  • Clear Round Jumping – (12th July & 9th August) We are going to need some help setting up, 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!
  • Summer Dressage League – (Friday evenings at Paddocks) June 21st. July19th. August 23rd. Schedule is out, entries are being taken.
  • Summer Camp – 2nd – 4th August at Paddocks.  Camp is now full and all deposits are paid. I have strted a waiting list. 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)
Sunday 4th August at Paddocks
Open to ALL BHRC members – £8.00 per entry – Intro A or Prelim 12.
Entries can be emailed to Tricia. Times between 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm (Members attending camp do not pay)    
  • “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. Schedule below.
  •  Summer Dressage League – (Friday evenings at Paddocks) June 21st. July19th. August 23rd. Schedule is out, entries are being taken.
  • 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 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

Secretary – Tricia Budd,   24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset.

 TA3 5JJ. 01823 442597

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

Strictly Dressage Schedule

Dressage to Music Schedule


February 24, 2014


February 23, 2014

Sharer wanted

October 4, 2011

Sharer wanted for 14.3hh cob, good to hack alone and in company.

Kept nr Taunton, suit novice or more experienced rider.

Email or call for more info.

Laura 07516 351066  or