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Secretary Report for July

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

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

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

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

Newsletter for June

‘I fell in love with a Spaniard’ cont:

Well our Spanish arrived safe and sound ……………… or so we thought in September 2016
After an initial two weeks of isolation – Just in case they had brought any unwanted foreign bugs with them, (they hadn’t). We went through all the normal checks – feet, teeth, jabs, back etc. My chap went through with flying colours, but he was terrified of everything. Sue’s however, as the weeks went on became rather lethargic and not wanting to do anything. The vet noticed that his bloods weren’t quite right and an infection of some description was diagnosed. He was put onto antibiotics and after the course, appeared to pick up. However after Christmas a year ago, he really went downhill. He looked poor and was reluctant to move – he was eating well – loved his food and showed his disgust at being made to do anything, but he was obviously suffering. The vet insisted that we took him up to Langport Equine Hospital, as she was very concerned that he might be suffering with ‘Shipping Fever’. The investigative work that the Equine hospital did was incredible – we were allowed to stay and watch all the procedures. What we saw within his lungs was very frightening. He was clogged up with fluid of some description (he never coughed).
They confirmed that he was indeed suffering from ‘Shipping Fever’ – a form of pneumonia. This problem can occur in any horse / pony after it has been travelled. There have been horses that have travelled all their lives successfully and then come down with the problem. A lack of rest and allowing the head to come down can be a cause. Our horses had been given rest and heads allowed to drop. My chap was fine, so why was Sue’s so ill? Well the vets still know very little about this condition except that they hadn’t had a horse survive it.
This news was devastating “if he was a racehorse we would recommend euthanasia” we were told. “However, because he has kept going all this time and appears to be fighting the disease we are happy to give him a chance” they went on to say. One of the vets was actually doing a thesis and research into the condition and she was keen to work with him. We left the hospital with an empty trailer and feeling very concerned and worried about his future. Lucero, as he is known, spent a week in hospital on intravenous antibiotics. Luckily the vets had only found one type of bacteria in his lungs – if there were two or more he wouldn’t have stood a chance.
Sue rang every day and then we visited three days later and took him for a little walk and a graze in their paddocks, then caught up on his progress. They had discovered that the bottom part of his lungs had collapsed and would not return to normal but the fluid was subsiding and he was brighter.
Lucero stayed for the week, had further scans and then was allowed home. We were to be very careful about his feed (so he didn’t colic) it was March now and the grass unlike this year was coming through with vengeance. He also had a further three weeks of antibiotics to take and then he was to return to the hospital for scans. We had no emergencies during the three weeks and he was obviously improving as it took two of us to administer the antibiotics. He was also putting on much needed weight.
The vets were thrilled when they saw him off the trailer – he was very alert and rather full of himself. They took him off for his scans – we didn’t want to go with them this time, too nervous. When we met up with them, it was the first time we had ever seen them smile.
“We have good news – the bacteria has all gone”, his lungs had improved but they thought that he could still have scarring in them and he may struggle with exercise, “but we don’t know, as he is the only horse to have survived this, we don’t have another to gauge him by he is a legend”
We couldn’t thank the vets enough – they had been marvellous in everything they had done.
To continued…………………………………………….

Saraloo x

The rest is from me – Tricia

Dates for your diary –

 Monday 18th June 6pm @ Clippersharp

A free evening on turnout tips with Vicky Goody

Trimming and tidying, get the look. It’s not just about the way of going, attention to detail in turnout will go a long way too! Practical tips on how to trim as well as what products are good to use. Will include tidying manes, tails, feathers and what products to use in the show ring. Or anything else anyone would like to discuss or have help with.

We can take a hairy beastie to tidy but MUST be well mannered. – (Health & Safety) with regard to spectators being very close at hand, so if you would like a makeover for your horse or pony please contact Kate at huskykate4@gmail.com.

 Camp – 28th & 29th July. I have a couple of spaces left. Please can you let me know if you are arriving on the Friday evening so I can get you stable prepared in good time. Although a lot of you know Karen well, if you would like to email me with requests and information for her, I will pass your email on. The flat work sessions will be sorted by the beginning of July, jumping lessons Karen tends to arrange herself on the Saturday evening, putting like-minded combinations together. A course of poles on the floor is quite acceptable. Can you also tell me which dressage test you would like to do?
 If anyone has items to sell, horsey or not, you can set a table up in the marquee during camp. I will bring the BHRC merchandise.
SATURDAY FLAT WORK TRAINING SESSIONS

At ‘The Paddocks’ with Karen Court. £20 per hour, no more than 3 in a lesson.
All morning sessions.

May 26th.
June 23rd.
July 14th.

Please contact Deana Rowland to book your place, deanarowland2@aol.com or text 07841012410. Late cancellations will still be charged for.

WEDNESDAY EVENING POLEWORK TRAINING SESSIONS

Jumping / pole work lessons with Nikki Lumb at Southwoods Farm (Clippersharp) Culmstock. EX15 3JX on Wednesday evenings 6.15pm on the following dates;

13th June
20th June
27th June
£20 per session, max 3 per class. Please contact Kate at huskykate4@gmail.com or 07707815610 ASAP to book your place.
 Summer Dressage League – Friday June 29th 2018, Friday July 13th 2018, Friday August 3rd 2018 & Friday August 17th 2018
Starting from 5.30 pm
The schedule is on our web site and also below.
 Clear round jumping, back again, new dates. Can I just ask that when you arrive you let the organisers know what height you would like to start at?

Friday 15th June & 10th August

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
OPEN UNAFFILIATED SUMMER DRESSAGE LEAGUE COMPETITIONS 2018
Including qualifiers for West Somerset & Devon Dressage Championships

Friday June 29th 2018

CLASS 1 – BD WALK & TROT INTRODUCTORY A (2008) (Rosette to all entries) Restricted to
Combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in any dressage event

CLASS 2 – PRELIM 1 (2006) – Restricted to combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in Prelim or higher

CLASS 3 – PRELIM 12 (2005) Open (Qualifier for W.S. & D. Dressage Championships)

CLASS 4 – NOVICE 24 (2010) (Qualifier for W.S. & D. Dressage Championships)

ALL ENTRIES TO BE RECEIVED BY 21ST JUNE

Friday July 13th 2018
CLASS 1 – BD WALK & TROT INTRODUCTORY B (2009) (Rosette to all entries) Restricted to
Combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in any dressage event

CLASS 2 – PRELIM 2 (2016) Restricted to combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in Prelim or higher

CLASS 3 – PRELIM 13 (2006) Open (Qualifier for W.S. & D. Dressage Championships)

CLASS 4 – NOVICE 27 (2007) – (Qualifier for W.S. & D. Dressage Championships)

ALL ENTRIES TO BE RECEIVED BY 6TH JULY

Friday August 3rd 2018

CLASS 1 – BD WALK & TROT INTRODUCTORY C (2016) (Rosette to all entries) Restricted to
Combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in any dressage event
CLASS 2 – PRELIM 4 (2002) Restricted to combination of horse and rider not to have been placed 1st in Prelim or higher

CLASS 3 – PRELIM 14 (2006) Open (Qualifier for W.S. & D. Dressage Championships)

CLASS 4 NOVICE 28 (2008) (Qualifier for W.S. & D. Dressage Championships)

ALL ENTRIES TO BE RECEIVED BY 28TH JULY

Friday August 17th 2018

CLASS 1 – BD WALK & TROT INTRODUCTORY A (2008) (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) Restricted to combinations who have not won at prelim or higher.

CLASS 3 – PRELIM. 18 (2002) – Open

CLASS 4 – NOVICE 28 (2008) – Open

ALL ENTRIES TO BE RECEIVED BY 10TH AUGUST

ENTRIES TO BE SENT TO: TRICIA BUDD- TIMES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE BHRC WEBSITE ON THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE COMPETITION, AND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

EACH COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN AN OUTDOOR ARENA.

IN THE EVENT OF THE COMPETITION BEING CANCELLED, DETAILS WILL POSTED ON
THE FRONT PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE AND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

ROSETTES WILL BE AWARDED TO 6TH PLACE. A SPECIAL ROSETTE WILL BE AWARDED TO THE HIGHEST PLACED BHRC MEMBER IN EACH CLASS.

THE “HECTOR PLAQUE” WILL BE AWARDED TO THE HORSE AND RIDER COMBINATION GAINING THE MOST POINTS OVER ALL CLASSES IN THE SUMMER DRESSAGE LEAGUE.
(POINTS SYSTEM – 1ST = 6PTS. – 2ND= 5PTS – 3RD = 4PTS – 4TH = 3PTS – 5TH = 2PTS – 6TH = 1PT)

GENERAL RULES & CONDITIONS
THE COMPETITION WILL BE RUN UNDER BRC RULES FOR DRESSAGE

1. Riding is a risk sport – ALL COMPETITORS TAKE PART AT THEIR OWN RISK and are expected to exercise due care at all times and to obey all notices placed for their control. The Organisers and Owners of the Venue shall not be responsible or accountable in any way whatsoever for any loss, injury or damage that may happen from any cause or circumstances whatsoever, to competitors, their servants, agents, other members of the public, any animals, property or vehicles bought into the Venue or whilst entering or leaving the same, or for anything else in conjunction with or arising from, or attributable to the Competition. It shall be a condition of entry that each Competitor shall hold the Organisers blameless, and indemnify them against any loss, damage or legal proceedings. SPECTATORS, whether or not connected with competitors are also required to comply with the above conditions for their own safety.
2. The Judge’s decision is final.
3. All accidents/incidents/falls shall be reported to the secretary (whether or not First Aid attention was required) and assistance must be given in recording the event in the accident/incident book. The BHRC recommend that all competitors should have adequate personal sports insurance.
4. It is the responsibility of all competitors to wear a hat complying with current BRC standards. Competitors may be allowed to ride without jackets in excessively hot weather, but a suitable shirt must that covers the arms must be worn.
5. Please work-in in the designated area.
6. Anyone riding or handling a horse/pony in a manner that is considered by the Organisers to endanger the safety or well being of any horse, pony, rider, spectator or official will be asked to leave the showground
7. The horse or pony is only to be ridden on site by the person competing.
8. No refund of entry fees will be given after closing date.
9. No horse may compete in more than 3 Classes.
10. Any person using physical or verbal abuse against any committee member, judge, steward, official or helper will be asked to leave the showground and banned from entering competions in the future.
11. It is your responsibility to report to the steward on time for your test. No refunds will be given.
12. All dogs must be kept on leads.
W.S. & D.D. Qualifiers
Classes are qualifiers for the West Somerset & Devon Dressage Championships.
To be eligible, riders must be a current member of one of the following clubs at the time of qualification: Blackdown Hills, Exeter and District, Ilfracombe and District, North Devon, Quantock, Sid and Otter Valley, West Somerset and Witheridge, and must meet the eligibility criteria. The top two eligible combinations from each qualifier will be invited to the Championships, plus the highest placed eligible junior if not in the top 2 at Preliminary level. The organiser reserves the option to invite 3rd placed combinations.

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SECRETARY REPORT FOR MAY
A warning about holiday romances – as the holiday season approaches………..

‘I fell in love with a Spaniard’:
So, normal people would bring a Toblerone, a donkey wearing a sombrero and a bottle of questionable spirits — all things you may consider classic holiday trinkets. But not us!
Two years ago we …. Us two ladies, brought home, some much larger “souvenirs” – just to remember our Spanish riding holiday of course.
We brought home a pair of Andalusian horses.
My friend Sue and I, Sara – friends of 30 years, fell in love whilst on holiday.
Years ago, Sue and I had kept our horses together and for many years, had long-discussed going on a trail riding holiday.
We always said that we wanted to ride a trail and stay in different places along the way, but we never got round to it — life got in the way,”
Sue moved back closer to me and we decided to “just do it” and booked a riding holiday through the Pyrenees. We didn’t go out there with the idea of buying a horse at all (honest) – we so weren’t looking for anything! Sue thought she was too old and I had horses at home.
However……………………
After the first day we fell in love with our horses and as the week progressed we bonded with them even more.
The horses were not for sale, but, part-way through the week we sort of – made enquiries.
Our guide, kept an eye on us to see how bonded with the horses we were riding.
“I text my husband and said ‘I have fallen in love with a Spaniard’.
His reply was
“Well just make sure he can mend fences and haul bales of hay about”
Eventually I let slip that it had four legs and I’m not sure that he was that relieved really.
During the holiday we rode across varied terrain and even swam with the horses. It was a ‘dream come true’.
The horses were fabulous
We just had the most fantastic time — we went through the Pyrenees and were in the saddle for around eight hours a day. Sudocreme and Deep Heat were our best friends!
On returning to the UK, we kept in touch with the guides and the horses’ previous owners. We told everybody that we were buying the horses and they all told us we were bonkers.

I then made contact with a friend, who works for an international horse transport company, and arranged for the horses — Lucero and Llampec —to be brought to Britain.

The whole purchasing abroad and transportation thing seemed to run really smoothly — I was completely amazed.
We were given all the details of the route, the lorry, the driver and his qualifications and the horses arrived safe and well at their new Somerset home in September 2016.

Two years on………….. You get to hear in next month’s newsletter.
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SATURDAY FLAT WORK TRAINING SESSIONS

At ‘The Paddocks’ with Karen Court. £20 per hour, no more than 3 in a lesson.

May 12th afternoon session. Possibly one session to practice for Clear round jumping if wanted.

Rest all morning sessions.

May 26th.

June 9th & 23rd.

July 14th.

Please contact Deana Rowland to book your place, deanarowland2@aol.com or text 07841012410. Late cancellations will still be charged for.
WEDNESDAY EVENING POLEWORK TRAINING SESSIONS

Jumping / pole work lessons with Nikki Lumb at Southwoods Farm (Clippersharp) Culmstock. EX15 3JX on Wednesday evenings 6.15pm on the following dates;
23rd May
6th June
13th June
20th June
27th June
£20 per session, max 3 per class. Please contact Kate at huskykate4@gmail.com or 07707815610 ASAP to book your place.
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!
Winter Dressage League – no, you weren’t dreaming, you really did see Gem dancing and prancing on the 22nd April! As some of you may know, Gem has left Paddocks and gone to live with our Chairwoman, Kate. Kate was “persuaded”, by Joy, to enter a class on Gem! This was only the 3rd time Kate had sat on Gem! I was a very proud mummy. Gem is having a wonderful time on top of the Blackdowns, she has made particular friends with Kate’s two donkeys, and she would quite like one of her own as she has to share with Sauber!

This was the only class Gem had entered, so she was never a serious contender for the championship. This went to a well deserving Janet Sage and Beau. Beau was poorly last year so it was lovely to see him back competing and thoroughly enjoying himself. Reserve was split by Sue Allen and Dezi Nicholls. Dezi was super excited to win as Merlin had only come off the racecourse 10 weeks earlier!

Details of the Summer Dressage League will be announced shortly. The committee would welcome comments and ideas how to develop these two very popular events over the coming years.

CLEAR ROUND JUMPING AT PADDOCKS
18th May, other dates to be confirmed. Back by popular demand. 5.30pm start. Low key clear round jumping. A course of show jumps at different heights throughout the evening. £3 per round, rosette to all clears. Open to all. This is also a qualifier for Conquest mini show jumping championship in September. We would be very grateful for some help building the course or putting at away after. Thank you in advance.

Jumping / pole work lessons with Nikki Lumb at Southwoods Farm (Clippersharp) Culmstock. EX15 3JX on Wednesday evenings 6.15pm on the following dates;

23rd May
6th June
13th June
20th June
27th June

£20 per session, max 3 per class. Please contact Kate at huskykate4@gmail.com or 07707815610 asap to book your place.

SATURDAY FLAT WORK TRAINING SESSIONS

At ‘The Paddocks’ with Karen Court. £20 per hour, no more than 3 in a lesson.

May 12th afternoon session. Possibly one session to practice for Clear round jumping if wanted.

Rest all morning sessions.

May 26th.

June 9th & 23rd.

July 14th.

Please contact Deana Rowland to book your place, deanarowland2@aol.com or text 07841012410. Late cancellations will still be charged for.

April Accounts for you too.

ENEWS – SPRING 2018

BY YOUR VERY OWN SARALOO!

Well I don’t know about you, but the sight of blue sky and the feel of some heat on my back is a very, very, very, welcome change to all the wind, rain and fog. Hopefully it will start to dry up all the mud, mud, mud! If you are like me and you don’t have the facilities to ride on an arena of any description, riding has been difficult.
Not so if you live by the sea and are allowed to use the beach as a school. This is the luxury that I was party to, for my BIG BELATED BIRTHDAY TREAT.
Last year I reached a milestone age and to celebrate I asked for a ‘horse riding / hawk experience’ as my treat and gift. Amazingly I was given a voucher for said experience. However it has taken until two weeks ago (A year and three weeks late) to actually use the voucher, as the trainer was very, very busy.
Was it worth the wait? YOU BET IT WAS!
Husband accompanied me for a few reasons – Photographer, driver Oh and yes, actually I think he was keeping an eye on me in case I didn’t come home.
We arrived in Cornwall at the riding stables and I started to get a little nervous. I became very nervous when I was given a horse and told to make him pristine clean, as we were going on the beach and there would be a lot of people taking photos, as he was a show horse he had to look his best all the time.
I scrubbed the horse and hoped that he would pass the ‘pristine’ test. Nothing was said, so guessed he must have passed.
We boxed down to the beach and found a space in the car park. The horses were unloaded and people started to stare and click away with cameras and phones. I had to hold my nerve, I had to look professional and I had to look like I knew exactly what I was doing!!!!!
Once the horses were tacked up, I laughingly said
“I hope you don’t want me to mount the horse like you do, one leap from the ground”
“Oh do you need a step”?
“Yes please”
He disappeared into the box and came out with a ladder! NOW when I say a ladder – I mean a ladder! Not a stepladder, not a triangular ladder, not small steps no – he had a proper ladder.
“OH MY GOD”
“ha, ha, you will be fine” and as he placed it against the horse’s shoulder he instructed me to get up.
I was so shocked that I struggled to get on. I felt a right chump! OH Heck all the people watching, how professional was I?
OK, so I scrambled on, sorted out my stirrups and girth and we set off towards the beach.
“Keep the heads of the horses together as this is how they must perform in their show.” I was told, “We’re doing a show?” Panic!
After weaving passed the many holidaymakers, who had come out in their droves, as it was the one and only decent day in the Easter hols. We found ourselves on the sand – the tide was going out and the beach was getting bigger.
“Ok we are going to make a circle, then a figure of eight on the sand, to use as our arena. Keep your horse’s head exactly next to my horse and try not to race” My instructions.
I found it hard to keep with him, as I was on the outside and not only had to go faster than him, but also try to – avoid the boy with the kite, the sandcastles, the old lady who must have been deaf and blind and the game of boules.
After creating our patch and just as I thought I had got it right, I realised that the screaming that was emanating from the now hysterical chap near us, was because his dog was hanging on to my horse’s tail!!!!!
Dog detached, we set off at a canter and as I would normally do, when changing the rein on the figure of eight I slowed to a trot and then struck off on the correct leg. Having done this twice I heard a voice shout “Can you do flying changes”?
“Oh – no, sorry, I have never done dressage” (this is Sara we are talking about here – we don’t do dressage)
“Ok we will soon change that”
I was shown how to perform flying changes, the Spanish Walk and Passage and then had to perform alone. I managed the flying changes; got some Spanish walk and a couple of steps of passage I Think!!!! – Probably only because the horse was amazing.
AMAZING – I still can’t believe that I did any of this.
Then came words that sent me internally into a spin!!!!!
“Ok – so now we need to show our appreciation to the crowd, so turn your horse towards them and we will bow.”
WHAT!

“Well done, now the rear”
WHAT!

“Well you seem like a competent rider so we will ride down the beach, its about a mile and a half and have a gallop through the waves back to here.”

IT WAS AMAZING – one of the best days I have ever had. What amazing horses. SARA
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SPRING SHOW REPORT BY JILL PERRIOR

Last year we clashed with two other local shows on the same day; I’m sure this affected our entries which were down on previous years. This year, to prevent this happening again, I contacted other local shows to warn them that this was OUR date and to clash was counter-productive for all concerned. It worked. When I checked, there were no other shows on our date this year. GREAT!!!

Weather-wise – how lucky were we? Poor Conquest, the week before had to cancel their show due to SNOW – SNOW in March – how unlucky is that? Needless to say, as the day approached, I was panicking that we would also have to cancel due to bad weather.

Sunday 25th March dawned cold and dull, but, NO SNOW – NO RAIN! I arrived early at Heazle Equestrian Centre to find Chris Brake, as usual, harrowing the indoor school. I was a little worried about parking, but, no, Chris had this under control as well.

Competitors and helpers started arriving and the In-Hand entries were going well. By lunchtime the sun was shining, the temperature was rising and due to this everyone was looking really happy – it was lovely to see so many smiling faces. What a difference good weather makes!

We had very good entries in the In-Hand Classes in the morning and the Ridden Classes in the afternoon were also quite well supported. Our judge for the day was Judy Pring who did a brilliant job. I only had one minor complaint all day and that was due to someone not reading the schedule correctly.

As the day progressed my only worry was a very unusual one – were we going run out of Members Special Rosettes? Lovely to hand out so many, and great to see some members competing and doing so well!

A very successful day all round and a great boost to club funds. Thank you to all those members who helped or competed.

BHRC SPRING SHOW 25TH MARCH 2018 – RESULTS

IN-HAND

Class 1 Youngstock – Open
1st Mellway Blue Jazyn Jackie Hutchings
2nd Cared Dion Michelle Cook
3rd Larnica’s Exclusive Chad-Tavis Rowson
4th Simply Dolly Sharon Bateman M 3pts

Class 2 Mountain & Moorland
1st Warrior Michelle Cook
2nd Cairngorm High Light Jill King M 5pts

Class 3 Coloured Horse or Pony
1st Simply Dolly Sharon Bateman M 6pts
2nd Zac Louise Grandfield
3rd Apple Zara Murphy

Class 4 Open Horse
1st Derby Park Granit Rachel Moore
2nd Larnica’s Exclusive Chad-Tavis Rowson
3rd Queen Cee Emma Knight
4th Jupiter Helen Upton
5th Edward Michelle John
6th Apple Zara Murphy

Class 5 Open Pony
1st Newoak Allspice Emma Knight
2nd Warrior Michelle Cook
3rd Gigman Lois Lane Amelia O’Connor
4th Zac Louise Grandfield
5th Charlie Phoebe Wills

Class 6 Foreign Breeds/Arabs
1st Newoak Allspice Emma Knight
2nd Mellway Blue Jazyn Jackie Hutchings
3rd Joshua Sharon Owen
4th Evana Shakira Hutchings
5th Libby Zayna Small M 2pts

Class 7 Cobs
1st Derby Park Granit Rachel Moore
2nd Joshua Jack Thompson- Moodie
3rd Simply Dolly Sharon Bateman M 4pts
4th Edward Michelle John
5th Zac Louise Grandfield

Class 8 Veteran Horse or Pony
1st Cristoline Gingerbreadman Emma Chase
2nd Zac Louise Grandfield
3rd Charlie Leah Wills

Class 9 Child Handler
1st Champers Viscount Amelia O’Connor
2nd Evana Shakira Hutchings
3rd Jackmoor Kia Cheyenne Ryler Seymour
4th Nato Sidewinder Lara Mister
5th Cristoline Gingerbreadman Emma Chase
6th Oldvicarage Clanageddon Eloise Webber

Champion
Newoak Allspice Emma Knight
Reserve Champion
Warrior Michelle Cook
RIDDEN

Class 10 Best Turnout – Open
1st Oldvicarage Clanageddon Eloise Webber
2nd Nato Sidewinder Lara Mister
3rd Hocus Pocus Theo Hayes
4th Elsa Mia Franks
5th Southmoor Star Tyler Seymour
6th Charm Lily-Mae Hayes

Class 11 Novice Ridden – Open
1st Gigman Lois Lane Amelia O’Connor
2nd Grannex’s Gift of Grace Zoe Williams
3rd Pushy Lady Georgina Palfrey M 4pts
4th Black Jimmi Madelene Potticory
5th Nato Sidewinder Lara Mister
6th Ellie May Gem Souter

Class 12 Lead Rein Pony
1st Hocus Pocus Theo Hayes
2nd Oldvicarage Clanageddon Eloise Webber
3rd Elsa Mia Franks
4th Charm Lily-Mae Hayes
5th Charlie Theo Wills

Class 13 Veteran Horse or Pony
1st Mr T Megan Sawyer
2nd Charlie Leah Wills

Class 14 Mountain & Moorland
1st Champers Viscount Amelia O’Connor
2nd Dunkery Firecrest Melanie Cawleu
3rd Black Jimmi Madelene Potticory
4th Oldvicarage Clanageddon Eloise Webber
5th Charlie Phoebe Wills

Class 15 Coloured Horse or Pony
1st Janton A Touch of Gold Katie Bennett
2nd Mr T Megan Sawyer
3rd Elsa Mia Franks

Class 16 Open Ridden Horse
1st Janton A Touch of Gold Katie Bennett
2nd Azers Plan B Melanie Cawley
3rd Pushy Lady Georgina Palfrey M4pts
Class 17 Open Ridden Pony
1st Buddy Georgina Lea

Class 18 Cobs
1st Nato Sidewinder Lara Mister
2nd Elsa Mia Franks
3rd Ellie May Gem Souter

Class 19 Competition Horse or Pony
1st Grannex’s Gift of Grace Zoe Williams
2nd Janton A Touch of Gold Katie Bennett
3rd Buddy Georgia Lea
4th Pushy Lady Georgina Palfrey M 3pts

CLASS 20 Foreign Breeds / Arabs

Champion
Grannex’s Gift of Grace Zoe Williams
Reserve Champion
Champers Viscount Amelia O’Connor

Best Member
Sharon Bateman 13pts
Georgina Palfrey 11pts
Jill King 5pts
Zayna Small 2pts
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Dressage League final this Sunday, everything to ride for!

Due to the recent foul weather in March, the last one was cancelled – therefore, the championship is wide open, the entries for Sunday are below, and as you can see, we have no juniors with any points and the competitors at the top of the leader board have not entered. I am sure Joy will be happy to take a late entry or two!
Class 1 – Class 1. BD Walk Trot Intro C
Time Name of Rider Name of horse
10.00 Rebecca Wheeler Tuckleberry Darwin
10.10 Dezi Nicholls Merlin (M)

Class 2 – Prelim 7
Time Name of Rider Name of horse
10.20 Jo Norton Centyfield Cutmill (M)
10.28 Jemma Whelan Tequilla
10.36 Amy Callow Blue
10.44 Dezi Nicholls Merlin (M)
10.52 Rachel Kydd Halona Xanadu

Class 3 – Prelim 14
Time Name of Rider Name of horse
11.00 Janet Sage Beau (M)
11.08 Jo Norton Centyfield Cutmill (M)
11.16 Kate Hopper Just Gem (M)

Class 4 – Have a go Dressage to Music
Time Name of Rider Name of horse
12.00 Kate Hopper Sauber (M)

Class 5 – Novice 28
Time Name of Rider Name of horse
12.20 Janet Sage Beau (M)

Training Sessions at Paddocks with Karen Court.
More to be added, get your requests to Deana

Saturday 28th April will be afternoon sessions

Please contact Deana Rowland via email deanarowland2@aol.com or via mobile 07841012410 to book your place. The cost £20 per session payable on the day or by bacs, there will be no more than 3 in each session, late cancellations will still be charged.
Look forward to hearing from you.

Secretary Report for March

Welcome to all our new members and welcome back to all others! The BHRC committee would also like to welcome Emma Pearce into their fold! Emma was concerned about coming on to the committee initially as she loves to compete and was worried she would have to do other duties on BHRC event days – certainly not! All our committee members ride and compete and we positively encourage it; you get a completely different perspective and insight as a rider. So if the only thing that is stopping you joining us is you don’t think you will be “allowed” to compete – think again!
Gem decided mid-February she didn’t need her winter woollies any more, I think she has changed her mind this week!
The BHRC year has well and truly begun. Training is on-going and will move back to Paddocks for the summer. We have our Dressage-2-music demonstration and clinic this Saturday – 3rd with our very own Karen Court. You may remember her and Veder strutting their stuff a few years ago at camp. That was lovely to watch and I know it will be even better to music! This is at a new venue for us, Curland Equestrian Centre. Just be aware that parking may be tight if we cannot park in a field.
Our Spring Show is 25th March at Heazle. Jill Perrior has this well organised and it will run like clockwork – because it always does! She would greatly appreciate some willing hands if you are free for a couple of hours. I will miss this event, so my job of poo picking the arena between classes is up for grabs! It is always lovely and warm at Heazle and the food is superb.
Well done to all those who attended our first Dressage League of 2018, I was there at the beginning of the day to set up the arena. On my return, Paddocks was immaculate and it was although we had never been there. Thanks go to Joy Brown and her fantastic team, what stars you are. The next one is 18th March. GET YOUR ENTRIES IN ON TIME!
Results below.
Winter Dressage League – Sunday February 18th 2018
Class 1 – Class 1. BD Walk Trot Intro A
1st – Alison Handel & Moonshadow
2nd – Laura Chilcott & Jingo
3rd – Beth Paddon & Cassie
4th – Dezi Nicholls & Merlin

Class 2 – Prelim 7
1st – Sue Allen & Bella
2nd – Beth Paddon & Cassie
3rd – Lydia Thomas & Just For Me

Class 3 – Prelim 12
1st – Sue Allen & Bella
2nd – Janet Sage & Beau
3rd – Deana Rowland & Indi

Leader Board after 1 event –
Sue Allen & Bella #12 points
Beth Paddon & Cassie #9
Alison Handel & Moonshadow #6
Janet Sage & Beau #5
Laura Chilcott & Jingo #5
Deana Rowland & Indi #4
Lydia Thomas & Just For Me #4
Dezi Nicholls & Merlin #3
Training Sessions at Paddocks with Karen Court.

Saturday 7th April will be morning sessions
Saturday 28th April will be afternoon sessions

Please contact Deana Rowland via email deanarowland2@aol.com or via mobile 07841012410 to book your place. The cost £20 per session payable on the day or by bacs, there will be no more than 3 in each session late cancellations will still be charged.
Look forward to hearing from you.

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

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

TREASURER
Deana Rowland. Coombe Hill House, Symonsburrow, Hemyock, Devon. EX16 3XA deanarowland2@aol.com
BHRC Summer Camp at Paddocks Equestrian
28th & 29th July 2018
Four rides – squares, triangles, circles and rectangles
Saturday
9.30 am onwards – arrive
9.15 – 10.45 am Squares flatwork lesson
11.00 – 12.30 am Triangles flatwork lesson
12.15 – 1.15 – lunch
1.30 –3.00 – Circles flatwork lesson
3.15 – 4.45 – Rectangles flatwork lesson
5.00 – 6.00 – Squares SJ lesson
Evening hack to the local pub (Farmers Arms) followed by a barbeque
Sunday
8.00 am breakfast
9.15 – 10.15 – Triangles SJ lesson
10.30 – 11.30 – Circles SJ lesson
11.45 – 12.45 – Rectangles SJ lesson
1.00 – lunch
2.00 – 3.30 approx. – Dressage competition open to ALL BHRC members – £8.00 per entry
(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!
• Your stable will be ready from 9.30 am
• You are welcome to arrive at Paddocks from 9.30 am on the Saturday, lunch is served at 12.15 pm
• You are welcome to come to Paddocks on the Friday to find your allocated stable. You can move your horse into your stable on Friday night if you wish but you will need to pay an extra £20.
• You can put up your tent on the Friday evening.
• 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 do not have to bring mucking out tools as there are plenty but you may wish to bring your own broom and shavings fork
• 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
• It is recommended that you wear a body protector for jumping.
• 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.

Secretary Report; January 2018
Happy New Year!
2018 membership is now due, thank you to all those who have already paid, I will be sending your details to BRC Head Office on the 14th of this month and you should get your cards and the end of January,
The first committee meeting is on the 8th January so any of you with good ideas for this year, please get in touch! Our first competition is Sunday 18th February. The entire Dressage League schedule is on our web site but the first part is below. Joy has asked that you contact her via her mobile phone number, which is also on the schedule. Below are also our RIDING IN rules and information from the BRC Rule book regarding tack and turnout. We expect all competitors to abide by these rules at all times during BHRC competitions. The entire rule book is on the Area 12 web site if you feel you would like more information regarding a specific discipline.
Deana has been her usual efficient self and has organised flatwork training with Karen Court so that you can start your competition year fully prepared and focused.
A note from our Chair – Kate Hopper
Happy New Year to you all! Hope you & your four legged friends all had a lovely Christmas & are looking forward to a successful & busy year with BHRC.

Two of our junior members have been quick off the mark & have asked us to put a team together for Area 12 BRC SJ Qualifiers held at KSEC on 10th Feb. We would love to send a team so please get in touch with me, Kate at huskykate4@gmail.com

Now if anyone else has a RC competition/event they would like to go to please get in touch & we will do our best to make it happen.

We start our Winter Dressage League on Sun 18th Feb at The Paddocks – with new warm up area! If you need to brush up on your flatwork we have training sessions with Karen, Monday evenings at Conquest starting on 15th Jan. Please contact Deana deanarowland2@aol.com to book your place.

Don’t forget your memberships & hope to see you all soon, Kate
CHAIRWOMAN
Kate Hopper. Pleasant House, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon.
EX16 3TS huskykate4@gmail.com
SECRETARY
Tricia Budd. 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset. TA3 6JJ
triciabudd24@gmail.com
TREASURER
Deana Rowland. Coombe Hill House, Symonsburrow, Hemyock, Devon.
EX16 3XA deanarowland2@aol.com
ETIQUETTE FOR RIDING IN AN ARENA & WARMING UP AT
ALL BHRC COMPETITIONS.
1. Pass left shoulder to left shoulder (thus, a horse on the left-rein on the track has right of way).
2. A slower moving horse (walking) keeps to the inside track. When walking or halting, do so 5m off the track in order to keep the track clear for faster moving horses (i.e. cantering horses).
3. A horse doing lateral work has right of way (shoulder-in, leg-yield, half-pass).
4. A horse doing more advanced work (tempi changes, extended trot, etc.) has right of way. If you would like to use the diagonal or centre-line, please announce it in a clear voice (ie “Diagonal please!”).
5. Be aware of stallions, they can be unpredictable and should be treated with respect.
6. Be aware of your fellow riders and ride considerately:
7. Try not to stop suddenly and don’t deliberately cut across someone else’s path,
8. Don’t obstruct the entrance/exit, or the track,
9. When entering the riding arena, make sure you do not get in the way of approaching riders. If the entrance or view to the entire arena is obstructed, announce in a clear Voice “Door/gate please”, before entering, in order to prevent accidents,
10. Give riders ample room when passing them so they don’t get pushed up against the railings of the arena, whether passing from behind or in front.
11. When passing, make sure your whip does not inadvertently touch the other horse.
12. Don’t gallop past riders in the arena or anywhere on the grounds.
13. If you have a fractious or young horse, use the riding and lunging arenas to settle him but not at the expense of everyone else’s safety. Also, if you see a young or fractious, horse, try not to upset them
14. Instruction from the side of the arena is allowed, but not at the expense of distracting other riders or to the detriment of the image of our sport – instructors and riders are encouraged to use microphones and earpieces in order to minimise distractions.
15. Make sure which tack is allowed in the warm-up ring at competitions, as it can lead to elimination.
16. It is the BHRC committee’s duty is to protect the sport & ensure safe and fair warm-up experience for all competitors. Their decision is final: if you are reprimanded or warned, obey graciously and learn from your mistakes.
17. Only the person competing can warm up the horse in the arena.

BHRC committee August 2018

TACK: The following ARE permitted:
• English and continental type saddles
• Preliminary, novice, teams of six, teams of four and riding tests – snaffle bridles only
• Miklem Bridles are allowed as snaffle bridles with permitted bits only at any level
• Elementary and above tests – ordinary snaffle or double bridles
• Nosebands are obligatory (drop, flash, cavesson with a snaffle and a cavesson with a double bridle or crossed noseband/Mexican noseband)
• Discreet padding of the bridle at the poll or noseband
• Nose nets & Equilibrium Net Relief Riding Masks or similar that are discreet and cover the nose only, leaving the mouth and bit visible
• Breastplates
• Neckstraps – at any level
• Ear covers and fly hoods but should not cover the horse’s eyes
• A gel pad, memory foam or sheepskin seat saver provided it is unobtrusive and matches the colour of the saddle
• Anti-fly impregnated brow-bands or fly repellent discs
• Numnahs and saddle cloths
• Sponsors logos on clothing (see relevant discipline)
• A stallion disc MUST be displayed on each side of a stallions bridle at all times
• Side saddles (Dressage only)
• Diamanté plaiting bands.
The following ARE NOT permitted:
• Martingales
• Bit guards, tongue guards and tongue straps or tying down the horses tongue
• Boots and bandages except in warm up
• Substitutes for conventional shoes, except in warm up
• Elasticated reins
• Saddle covers and seat savers, except an unobtrusive saddle coloured gel pad seat saver, unless the rider has dispensation from BRC office
• Market Harborough’s, side, draw, check or running reins
• Hackamores and other bitless bridles
• Blinkers or hoods
• Ear plugs (Spot checks may be carried out – evidence of use for sound muffling may incur elimination)
• Fine wire, twine or cord around the horse’s mouth
• Full faced fly shields
• Sheepskin cheek pieces or any other attachment that may affect the horse’s vision
EQUIPMENT:
• Whips are allowed in all competitions including the Championships but must not be used in a way or be of a length that disturbs other riders – see dress guidelines Appendix 4
• Spurs are permitted – see dress guidelines Appendix 4
• Cruppers, breastplates and balancing straps are permitted
• You may not warm up in equipment not permitted in the actual test except for boots or bandages on the horse

SECRETARY REPORT – HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE,

Hope you all have a fantastic time over the festive season. We are all looking forward to 2018 and all the horsey things it has to offer. Look out in the New Year for our table of events and hopefully we will see you all, at one of the many events we have in store.

QUADRILLE REPORT FROM SARA:

So as Chef de equip for our Quadrille group, I found myself driving down to Westpoint at 9.30am. Armed with a ticket and a car pass for the lorry park, I drove confidently up to the front entrance of the venue. No one about – that’s odd I thought, perhaps they were having a doze. I got out of the car and peered into the hut. A large bloke got up from a chair, reluctantly put his mobile down and came outside to the gate. I waved my yellow car pass at him.

“No, you can’t come in here, you’ve got no os’
“But I have a pass and I’m here for the Quadrille event”
“Well you ‘aint got an ‘os so you ‘ave to go in through the public entrance’

He was not going to open the gate and although very tempted to just drive through it, I turned the car round and headed for the public entrance.
Here I came upon two more fluorescent dressed chumps. I waved my Yellow pass at them and they held up their hands to stop me. I wound the window down
“You’ve come in the wrong entrance’ – that was my greeting!

‘I KNOW, they wouldn’t let me in at the front, as I don’t have a horse’
“Well yer in the wrong place’
“I KNOW, and I need to be in the lorry park with my team, as I have all the kit for their competition’
“Well what exactly are you ere for?”

‘The Quadrille’ – there was a sharp intake of breath from both men.

“Oh, you’re too late for that, that’s all finished, that happened first thing this morning’ – I was confused! But knew the Quadrille started at 2.45 so I had loads of time.

‘No, the Quadrille is on this afternoon’
‘No, its not, I told you, it’s all over love’ – now irritated I replied with a little more assertiveness
‘The Quadrille starts at 2.45 and will finish about 3.45′. I am the manager of my team and I need to be with them, so please let me in and stop faffing!

He then leaned into the car and stated very slowly
“I think you’ll find that I’m right love and it’s all over’
I just shot him a look and asked where I should park
‘Well I suppose you can go and park with all the disabled lot’
Then he waved me on. GRRRrrrrrrr I’m now miles away from my team and will have to lug body protectors, tabards, stencils and sprays as well as my own things to the other side of the venue.

I found a space – don’t think it was in the Disabled area – I didn’t want to take up a place that someone may need. As I was early I went into the building, had a quick look around – ooooh so many fabulous things! I found a lovely saddlecloth the exact colours for my horse Sky, so decided to purchase it, as a Xmas gift from my husband – I even had Sky’s name embroidered on it. I expect I would have to wrap it too, but this way I would get something I wanted rather than – STUFF! After another purchase, of what looked like a years supply of horse treats, at a bargain price, I managed to find something that I could eat and drink and then walked back to the car.
Dumping my shopping I hauled out all the stuff for the team and slogged over to the barriers. I put on my sorry looking face and asked if I could go through to greet the team.
‘No problem,’ they said – with smiles and they opened the gate – good grief! What kind young men.

I found Greta first, then Kate arrived – apparently those strange men on the front gate had checked inside Kate’s lorry – just to make sure that she had a horse on board. Our reserve Vicky turned up with her super cob Victoria and then we started to worry about the rest of the team, as there was no sign of them. It turned out that they had been directed into another carpark. After some wandering about we spotted their vehicles. We explained where we had been parked up and as there was some space they joined us – after all that fuss our whole team were together. Horses were taken out of their lorries and so started the long and fun process of dressing up.
There was an extremely excited young chap next to us.
(He was squealing and flapping his arms about, whilst also dancing and with a huge grin on his face) turned to me and stated ‘ oh my lord, look at the wonderful, glitter hoof varnish, for the horses, oh its fab, oh I just love all this,
Its such fun’

Yes and yes his horse’s hooves were now nail varnished up in glitter. I struggled to not break down in a fit of giggles.

Seeing that their beautiful horses were warm blood types and their colour co -ordinated jackets had – Quadrille team champions written on them we knew we wouldn’t stand a chance against this lot. But we had got here and that was a real achievement – would we be able to actually get into the arena and face all the lights, people, and noise???????
Anyway worries aside, we enjoyed dressing up and sprayed the horses with coloured stencils – thanks Vicky for the stencils. Once everyone was ready we stood back and looked at them. FANTASTIC – a HUGE thanks to Jill Perrior who had spent the whole of last week sorting out all the costumes – they looked amazing. 20171202_143336570_iOS
Kate and I took the CD to the control box to check it worked on their system and yes (we had Kate’s old CD player as a back up, just in case ) we declared our team, then I asked the ‘ladies in control’ a question –
‘Hello, please can you tell me where is A and C in the Arena?’ she looked at me blankly.
‘Can you tell me where the judges will be seated please?’
‘Oh dear you are asking me technical questions’ she got onto her walkie talkie ‘
and called for the judges to come to the control box
‘I don’t know anything about technical stuff’ she announced, why do you need to know?
Oh dear!
’The judges aren’t here, come back in five and we can ask them’

Our CD worked in their system – that was a relief, so we left the control box and went back to the team who were now mounted and warming up. They looked amazing and dear ‘Tea Time’, was obviously feeling full of himself as a very smiley Emma on top yelled ‘better we get the bucks out of him now’ to me as she whizzed around the grassy warm up area.
I went back after 10 and asked the Chef d Equip of one of the other teams if they knew – how we were to enter and which end the judges were, so we could salute them. She hadn’t thought about that and came with me to ask ‘again’.
The ‘lady in control’ looked at me in horror and stated that the judges hadn’t turned up and that we were to watch the first group that go in and as long as everyone does the same it won’t be a problem.

OMG – Well we tried to cram the riders into the entrance so they could see, but it wasn’t possible so myself and our other supporters got to the front to see what was going on. The judges had been squashed into the corner of the arena and were sat on a jump filler. I explained to our riders which way round they were to ride and then gave them the difficult news – the arena dimensions that we had been given were wrong. A quick conference was held and new tactics were put in place to cope with the size of arena. Poor Squirrel at 17.2 would only take a couple of strides in canter to get him down one of the sides.
The first team came out – it was our turn. I turned to wish them luck, only to see poor Sauber having a panic attack over the grill that he had to cross to get into the entrance. Several people grabbed hold of him and we managed to get him into the arena. My heart was beating like mad I was so nervous for them. The music started and off they went – they put in the strategy for canter and managed the whole piece without too much bother. They looked fantastic and the horses were amazing. However poor Sauber felt a little too vulnerable to do his party piece at the end and sit. We applauded and cheered them all – they had been fantastic and achieved great things in our eyes and in such a short period of time too. We were all so proud of what them. We all hung around to watch the other four teams do their thing. The next group actually bronked into the arena and one of the ponies managed to throw his rider off, nearly at the judges feet. She re mounted and they started again, a little more cautiously this time. The third group dressed as St Trinians came into the arena and part way through one of the horses reared up and dislodged her rider. They got back on and carried on. The Lion King group had spectacular outfits and did a good test and then last to go were the champions and of course they were really good, all dressed up as The Phantom of The Opera.

So the results were – the winners – the ‘champions’, 2nd Lion King and we came 5th. – WELL DONE TEAM we were very proud of you and everyone had enjoyed themselves. Can’t wait for next year – Jill, you had better start creating costumes now I think.

Sara
CHAIRWOMANS REPORT FOR 2017
FROM KATE HOPPER
Hi, some of you may have noticed, Trish has developed a nervous twitch as she has absolutely no idea what I’m going to say! Now back in Feb when I first took on the role of chair – somewhat by default – I do recall Trish muttering to me I had a long time to prepare my speech for the AGM; I said nothing. After all she said, I only needed to be Chair in name – I didn’t actually have to do anything! She then said to me, in front of a few members, at our Autumn show ‘it was customary of the chair to make a speech at the AGM’, to which I replied ‘Oh yes, I’ll be making a speech!’ This was not the reaction Trish was clearly expecting from someone that she knows can be a bit of a loose cannon at times, so hold on to your horses!!

Now I’m not going to pretend I would make a Chair in any other organisation – & this is not a slight on the riding club – & it is only with the backing of such a wonderful group of committee members that I’ve made it this far, but if there is one thing I have learnt it is delegation! I have learnt from a group of pros!!! I joined the committee quite by accident & if any of you have any thoughts or reservations about joining us please do come along to our meetings & see for yourselves what we get up to. We meet here, once a month & talk about horses! & we really do need more committee members.

Now, without wanting this speech sounding too much like something you would hear at the Oscars I do need to throw in some thank yous along the way;

Well the year started off with the Winter Dressage League run efficiently as ever by Joy. If you want to know anything about timings or scores for dressage she’s your girl! Next year we will have a warm up area at Paddocks so we hope that will improve the whole experience for everyone.

We then had the Spring Show organised by Jill – who is clearly in her element as the whole day ticks along like clockwork & she does it all again in the autumn & before wrapping that one up has sorted a date for the next Spring Show – 25th March ’18 – & god forbid anyone that clashes with that date!

We had our first Summer Dressage League this year. The weather didn’t always participate but our members certainly did & we hope to make this a regular fixture on our calendar.

At the height of summer we had our Summer Camp at Paddocks. Organised by Trish, this event, like Glastonbury, gets bigger & better every year! I’m sure those of you that were there will have your own highlight but I will not forget Indi taking a ‘nap’ mid lesson or Georgina with her little band of juniors.

At the beginning of September we had our charity dressage day – this year supporting Willberry The Wonder Pony & we are continuing to raise funds with our raffle this evening – not too late to buy a ticket!

Mid-September saw our annual migrate to Conquest for Strictly! Unfortunately down on entries this year but we will be doing it all again next year so we are holding a dressage to music clinic with Karen early in the year in the hope that we can inspire & help some of you to have a go.

I made a brief mention to the Autumn Show earlier, which sadly suffered from the weatherman’s curse – the forecast was dire, the weather was fine! This really is a lovely show & we have a very knowledgeable show person in Jill so if showing is your thing please take this opportunity to take your horse or pony along.

We have had training sessions going on throughout the year with Karen, without whom the riding club would be lost now. Karen we are truly indebted to you & thank you for all your patience & good humour.

Now for you members. Well thank you for behaving, generally, & staying on board, most of the time…
Thank you for helping out – sorry about all the nagging but if everyone can pitch in it makes it so much easier for all & I think most of you will agree it’s not that bad & it’s a great way of meeting other members.
We hope we’ve provided you with what you’ve wanted from your riding club this year & if there is anything you want (within reason) please do let us know & we will try & accommodate. Remember it is your riding club so let us know what you want.

Deana, our treasurer – how you cope with the money & cheques we randomly throw at you I don’t know & now you have to deal with anonymous bacs payments it really is a wonder you get our books to balance! That bottle of whiskey that goes to the account is worth every penny!

Finally we wrapped up the season just last Saturday when we took our Quadrille Team to the Equine Fair at Westpoint. The process of getting a team together for training with sickness & injury didn’t go a smoothly as hoped & Sauber may not be the only one with gastric ulcers now! However, a team plus reserve – thank you Vicky & Victoria for that difficult role – in fantastic costumes beautifully made by Jill – thank you Jill for coping with my ‘little’ suggestions so well! – duly turned up, on time, at Westpoint.
Thank you to Sara for seeing us through all the muddle of Risk Assessment & being our Chef equip. Thank you to all our ground crew & photographers – your support was invaluable. But I think our team, Greta, Emma, Georgina & I will want to thank our horses for being so well behaved in what was a very challenging & different environment for them. They did us proud & we had a fab time!

For some of us this has not been the best of years but in those difficult times we are lucky to have our four legged friends who ask nothing of us & accept us as we are.
SECRETARY REPORT FOR 2017
FROM TRICIA BUDD

BHRC has enjoyed yet another successful year. We ended 2017 with 56 members nearly all whom we have seen at events, either on their horses or helping out. My role has been incredibly easy this year, not only because I have had the help and support from our fantastic committee, but in January Kate Hopper was cajoled into becoming our Chairwoman, and she has taken on this role as if she was born to it.
The club goes into next year on a positive note and we have many events planned. BHRC will be running the D2M Area 12 qualifier at KSEG, along with camp, training, clear round jumping, two shows, 2 dressage leagues and a myriad of other excuses to avoid housework. I cannot stress enough however, how much we are going to need help on the ground.
We are a relatively small committee and we all have families, horses and jobs to contend with. All help is greatly appreciated, trust me, on a cold February dressage league morning, someone putting the kettle on and filling a flask will always be met with open arms!
I am confident that with a strong and happy committee BHRC will continue to grow in 2018 and beyond. Anyone who would like to join our merry band will be made most welcome, we meet here, each 2nd Monday of the month – feel free to form and orderly queue!

SEE YOU ALL IN 2018. T X

Secretary Report for August
A note from our Chair –

Hi All, there is a new Quadrille Competition to be held at The West Country Equine Fair @ Westpoint on 2nd Dec. It will be open to 6 riding club teams and we would like to put together a team, so we need you! We need 4 riders & horses and 2 reserves. We already have our theme & music so we just need some keen riders with their lovely horses who will come & train at Conquest on several Monday evenings from the end Sept until the end Nov. If you are interested please contact me, Kate, at huskykate4@gmail.com

Now dare I say it but we still need more help please! Sunday 3rd Sept is our Charity Dressage Day @ The Paddocks and Joy is in desperate need of more help. Please contact Trish if you can spare any time at all that day.
We will also be needing some helpers for Strictly on Sun 17th Sept & our Autumn Show on Sun 1st Oct – I will be nagging again soon!

Thank you to all of you that have come forward with offers of help & those that have been helping – it’s a busy year & we can’t do it without you. Kate
• Summer dressage League – congratulations to everyone who attended our last competition on a blowy and rainy Friday in July. The points were incredibly close in both Seniors and Juniors. The final results as follows –
Senior Champion – Dezi Nicholls and Pollyanna
Reserve – Emma Pearce and Teatime
Junior Champion – Megan Edwards on Dandy
Reserve – Bea Perham and Jay
This was the first year we have run a Summer League and it was a great success, the committee plan on running this event next year.
Clear round jumping – the last one in this series is Friday 11th, starting at 5.30 pm, £3 per round. This has been very popular during the summer months and we plan on running it again next year. We could do with some help setting up and putting away please.

• Camp – I don’t quite know what to say! It just seemed to be the loveliest, happiest time! Yes, we did get some thunder, and Karen did get wet, but I am typing this Wednesday lunchtime and with hindsight, we got away very lightly! There were so many highlights of the week end, I can’t begin to recount them all. We all learnt something over the two days (for me it was caravans are not too bad as long as you don’t have to sleep in them!) and made new friendships that will last us a very long time.

Progress Award went to Jo Richards and Argy
Achievement Award went to Tasha Hart and Ted
Karen’s Instructors Award went to Megan Edwards and Dandy

Next year Camp will be 28th and 29th July. The same price – £100 or £110 if your horse wants to arrive on the Friday. We will take a maximum of 16. In January, I will start a list on a first come, first served basis and you are welcome to pay Deana in instalments.

Class 1 – Intro A
1st – Deborah Cable on Target
2nd – Denise Kneale on Lady Fay
3rd – Lisa Gane on Jenny’s Gem
4th – Georgina Palfrey on Pushy
5th – Jo Richards on Argy
6th – Samara Nicholls on Minnie

Class 2 – prelim 7
1st – Tricia Budd on Just Gem
2nd – Dezi Nicholla on Pollyanna
3rd – Emma Pearce on Teatime
4th – Deana Rowland on Indie
5th – Janet Sage on Beau

Class3 – prelim 7
1st – Megan Edwards on Dandy
2nd – Abbie Gearing on Dante
3rd – Tasha Hart on Ted
4th – Tilley Cable-Simpson on Missy
5th – Bea Perham on Jay
• Training – Deana will be booking Conquest and Karen on Monday evenings during the winter months. Contact her and tell her what you would like to do. As we all know after camp – Karen is an excellent show jumping trainer!

Charity dressage – Saturday 3ed September at Paddocks. This is our fund raiding event for Willberry the Wonder Pony. The BHRC musical ride will also be performing Oliver; the Musical! We will be doing a raffle and refreshments, please feel free to contribute.

Strictly: Dressage-2-Music. Sunday 17th September at Conquest. We will be doing light refreshments in the café, we would be grateful for a cake or two.

• It has been brought to the attention of the committee that riding in an arena, either for training of warming up for a competition can be a Health and Safety nightmare!

BHRC now have a code of conduct which we will adopt at ALL our events from now on.
It is below and I will be photocopying and laminating many copies and they will be on display at all our events.

I am quite sure there will be parts you did not know and hopefully this will cut down on the near misses we have witnessed!
Evening hack to the local pub – look at that blue sky!

ETIQUETTE FOR RIDING IN AN ARENA & WARMING UP AT ALL BHRC COMPETITIONS.
1. Pass left shoulder to left shoulder (thus, a horse on the left-rein on the track has right of way)

.2. A slower moving horse (walking) keeps to the inside track. When walking or halting, do so 5m off the track in order to keep the track clear for faster moving horses (i.e. cantering horses).

3. A horse doing lateral work has right of way (shoulder-in, leg-yield, half-pass).

4. A horse doing more advanced work (tempi changes, extended trot, etc.) has right of way. If you would like to use the diagonal or centre-line, please announce it in a clear voice (ie “Diagonal please!”).
5. Be aware of stallions, they can be unpredictable and should be treated with respect.
6. Be aware of your fellow riders and ride considerately:
7. Try not to stop suddenly and don’t deliberately cut across someone else’s path,
8. Don’t obstruct the entrance/exit, or the track,
9. When entering the riding arena, make sure you do not get in the way of approaching riders. If the entrance or view to the entire arena is obstructed, announce in a clear Voice “Door/gate please”, before entering, in order to prevent accidents,
10. Give riders ample room when passing them so they don’t get pushed up against the railings of the arena, whether passing from behind or in front.
11. When passing, make sure your whip does not inadvertently touch the other horse.
12. Don’t gallop past riders in the arena or anywhere on the grounds.
13. If you have a fractious or young horse, use the riding and lunging arenas to settle him but not at the expense of everyone else’s safety. Also, if you see a young or fractious horse, try not to upset them.
14. Instruction from the side of the arena is allowed, but not at the expense of distracting other riders or to the detriment of the image of our sport – instructors and riders are encouraged to use microphones and earpieces in order to minimise distractions.
15. Make sure which tack is allowed in the warm-up ring at competitions, as it can lead to elimination.
16. It is the BHRC committee’s duty is to protect the sport & ensure safe and fair warm-up experience for all competitors. Their decision is final: if you are reprimanded or warned, obey graciously and learn from your mistakes.
17. Only the person competing can warm up the horse in the arena.
BHRC committee August 2017

 

Secretary Report for June
Well, the hot weather finally broke and Gem thought winter was here as she spent a week of nights in her stable! Thankfully, it softened the ground and got the grass growing, it is Glastonbury in 2 weeks however!
• Summer Dressage League – the first (ever) was held on a cloudy but dry Friday 9th June at Paddocks. As we have never run a summer dressage league before we didn’t know if anyone would turn up, but they did and we had a lovely time. We had lots of helpers and with Pat Etherington serving hot drinks and her very special flapjack, it felt like a summer picnic! Results are below and the next one is Friday 30th June.

Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way, we could not run these events without you!
Class 1 – intro A
1st – Bea Perham Jay M & J
2nd – Lauren Tarr Jacob M & J

Class 2A – prelim 1
1st – Emma Smith Miss Dixie Bell M
2nd – Katie Lloyd Sea Lord
3rd – Greta Duff Momenta’s Tiger M

Class 2B – Prelim 1
1st – Dezi Nicholls Pollyanna M
2nd – Emma Pearce Teatime M
3rd -Olivia Hodges Oscar
4th – Ellie Wakeman Clever Trevor

Class 3 – Novice 24
1st – Dezi Nicholls Pollyanna M
2nd – Penny Hoare Lolly M
3rd – Emma Pearce Teatime M
4th – Ellie Wakeman Clever Trevor
5th – Olivia Hodges Oscar

SENIOR LEADERBOARD

Dezi Nicholls Pollyanna # 12 points
Emma Pearce Teatime # 9
Ellie Wakeman Clever Trevor # 6
Olivia Hodges Oscar # 6
Emma Smith Miss Dixie Bell # 6
Penny Hoare Lolly # 5
Katie Lloyd Sea Lord # 5
Greta Duff Momenta’s Tiger # 4

JUNIOR LEADERBOARD

Bea Perham Jay # 6 points
Lauren Tarr Jacob # 5

Clear round SJ - Friday 23rd June from 5.30 pm. This is an informal show jumping evening but please remember your arms must be covered, hats up to the current BRC standards must be worn at all times and body protectors are recommended. £3 per round, this is a qualifier for Conquest Centre’s mini show jumping championship. I have the qualification cards.

• The senior and junior Area 12 show jumping will be run on 25 June 2017 at Heazle by TDRC. The schedule is attached to this email. If you would like to represent BHRC, please contact me, Tricia, and I will collate teams.

• The Area 12 summer dressage will be held on Saturday, 29 July 2017, at Aldon Showground, Yeovil and run by SWDG. As above.
• Training – is on-going and Deana is the person to contact to book your place.
Members only dressage – Sunday 6th August at Paddocks. Prelim 7. Contact Tricia to enter.
Musical ride – is also ongoing. We now have the music and the majority of a routine. The next practise is Saturday June 17th at 10.00 am. Contact Kate Hopper for this event.
Charity dressage – Sunday 3rd September at Paddocks – schedule below
Strictly dressage-2-music – Sunday 17th September at Conquest, schedule below.
OPEN UNAFFILIATED DRESSAGE COMPETITION
PLUS
HAVE-A-GO DRESSAGE TO MUSIC COMPETITION

ON

SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2017

AT

‘The Paddocks’
Bickenhall
Nr Taunton TA3 6TS
By kind permission of Kate Baker

FANCY DRESS ENCOURAGED
Three tier rosettes to 6th place in each class

Members Rosette to the highest placed BHRC Member in each class

ENTRY FEES:
BHRC MEMBERS £9.00 PER CLASS – NON-MEMBERS £10.00 PER CLASS
Late entries for classes will incur a £1 surcharge per class and are at the discretion of the secretary
Late entries on the day £1 extra per class SPACE PERMITTING
Cheques to be made payable to Blackdown Hills Riding Club

ENTRIES CLOSE 28TH AUGUST 2017
TIMES WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEB SITE ON FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
www.blackdownhillsridingclub.co.uk
OR TELEPHONE 07756773010 FOR YOUR TIMES – BETWEEN 6–8PM ON FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
RAFFLE, CAKE & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE
CLASS 1 – BD INTRO. B
Entries restricted to horses and ponies not to have come first in a dressage competition – Rosette to all entries.

CLASS 2 – PRELIM 4
SECTION A – Restricted to combinations who have not won at prelim or higher.

SECTION B – OPEN

CLASS 3 – PRELIM. 12 –
‘OLIVER THE MUSICAL RIDE’

BY THE BHRC DRESSAGE–2-MUSIC DISPLAY TEAM
Class 4 HAVE-A-GO DRESSAGE TO MUSIC – Time allowed 4 – 5 mins.
SECTION A. individuals SECTION B. pairs

Mandatory Moves: Halt at beginning and end of test – walk and trot on both reins, to include circles or a serpentine – free walk on a long rein – any additional moves may be performed.
There is no charge to enter this class but a donation to WILLBERRY THE WONDER PONY CHARITY would be greatly appreciated – Rosette to all entries.
CLASS 5 – NOVICE 28 –

HAVE-A-GO DRESSAGE TO MUSIC GUIDELINES
AS FAR AS WE KNOW, BHRC ARE THE ONLY CLUB TO RUN THIS SORT OF COMPETITION

# BHRC DTM Tests will take place in a 20m x 40m Arena.
# All DTM test are timed from the first halt to the final halt which has to be on the A – C centre line, but not necessarily at D, X or G.
# No more than 20 seconds of introductory music may be played before the first halt.
# A definite signal to start i.e. a big wave, must be given
# You do not have to canter.
# MUSIC must be recorded on a standard CD and it is recommended that each rider has at least one spare copy to hand. You are permitted to ride to just one track. The CD and the case must be marked with the competitor’s name. Competitors may provide their own technical adviser to be present to supervise the playing of the CD. BHRC will play all music on its own Adastra PAV8 PA and CD player. This system is very loud. Be aware that if your music was recorded at a low volume, when we turn our volume up, it may distort the sound of your CD.

The judge is looking for music that suits the horse, a test that covers all the arena and looks neat, with a happy horse and rider. A well-executed, simple test that is a joy to watch, will beat an over ambitious test.
RULES & CONDITIONS

1. THE COMPETITION WILL BE RUN UNDER BRC RULES FOR DRESSAGE

2. Riding is a risk sport – ALL COMPETITORS TAKE PART AT THEIR OWN RISK and are expected to exercise due care at all times and to obey all notices placed for their control. The Organisers and Owners of the Venue shall not be responsible or accountable in any way whatsoever for any loss, injury or damage that may happen from any cause or circumstances whatsoever, to competitors, their servants, agents, other members of the public, any animals, property or vehicles bought into the Venue or whilst entering or leaving the same, or for anything else in conjunction with or arising our of, or attributable to the Competition. It shall be a condition of entry that each Competitor shall hold the Organisers blameless, and indemnify them against any loss, damage or legal proceedings. SPECTATORS, whether or not connected with competitors are also required to comply with the above conditions for their own safety. Competitors will be expected to abide by any Health and Safety Rules that may be posted on the day.

3. The Judge’s decision is final.

4. All accidents/incidents/falls shall be reported to the secretary (whether or not First Aid attention was required) and assistance must be given in recording the event in the accident/incident book. The BHRC recommend that all competitors should have adequate personal sports insurance.

5. No lunging allowed in the warm up area. Please work-in in the designated area.

6. Anyone riding or handling a horse/pony in a manner that is considered by the Organisers to endanger the safety or well being of any horse, pony, rider, spectator or official will be asked to leave the showground

7. Any person using physical or verbal abuse against any committee member, judge, steward, official or helper will be asked to leave the showground and banned from entering BHRC competitions in the future.

8. The horse or pony is only to be ridden on site by the person competing.

9. All competitors will be expected to wear correct riding hats conforming to the current standards.

10. All horses will be expected to ridden in the correct tack.

11. It is your responsibility to report to the steward on time for your test. No refunds‘s will be given after the closing date.

12. All dogs must be kept on leads.

13. Horses must not be left unattended in the lorry park at any time.

14. At the discretion of the judge, competitors may be permitted to ride without jackets in excessively hot weather, but a suitable shirt that fastens at the neck (not bright or multi-coloured) with a tie. American collar or correctly fastened stock must be worn. Short sleeved shirts MAY NOT be worn.

IN THE INTEREST OF HYGIENE PLEASE COULD EVERYONE CLEAR UP THEIR HORSE’S DROPPINGS, HAY AND LITTER AND REMOVE THEM FROM THE FIELD AND OR PARKING AREA
THANK YOU

OPEN UNAFFILIATED DRESSAGE COMPETITION
SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2017
ENTRIES CLOSE 28TH AUGUST 2017
ENTRY FEES:
£9.00 per class BHRC members £10.00 per class non-members
Late entries for classes will incur a £1 surcharge per class and are at the discretion of the secretary
Late entries on the day £1 extra per class space permitting
Cheques to made payable to Blackdown Hills Riding Club
CLASS RIDER HORSE BHRC MEMBER? ENTRY FEE

TOTAL ENCLOSED £

I HAVE SENT A BACS PAYMENT OF £…………ON…………… (DATE) WITH REFERENCE …………………………………..….. (SURNAME)
NATWEST – SORT CODE 60-23-05, ACCOUNT NO; 74506439 BLACKDOWN HILLS RIDING CLUB

I HEREBY AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES AND CONDITIONS

NAME………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………….
ADDRESS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
CONTACT DETAILS………………………………………………………………………………..
DATE……………………
SIGNED (parent or legal guardian if on behalf of a junior)………………………………………………………

Entries to: Mrs Joy Brown, Hidon Mead Cottage, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon
EX15 3TJ – Tel: 07756773010 .

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
“STRICTLY DRESSAGE”
HAVE-A-GO DRESSAGE TO MUSIC COMPETITON

ON

SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017
Commencing 9.00am

AT

CONQUEST RIDING CENTRE
CONQUEST FARM
TAUNTON TA2 6PN
ENTRIES CLOSE 10TH SEPTEMBER 2017
TIMES WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEB SITE ON FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
www.blackdownhillsridingclub.co.uk

or email Tricia on Friday 15th triciabudd24@gmail.com

FANCY DRESS ENCOURAGED
Three tier rosettes to 6th place in each class and to 10th place for afternoon final
Special Rosettes for Best Outfit, Best Routine,
Oldest Horse, Youngest Competitor, Oldest Combination and many other categories.
FREE ENTRY TO ALL SPECTATORS
A panel of judges will decide the best technical performance, however, the
fun categories will be decided by public vote and everyone attending the
afternoon performance will be issued with a voting slip.
(Spectators may wish to bring their own chairs as seating is limited)
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE ON SALE
MORNING SESSION
Commencing from 9am

THE FOLLOWING CLASSES WILL BE JUDGED AS STANDARD DRESSAGE TO MUSIC CLASSES. THE THREE HIGHEST PLACED COMPETITORS IN EACH CLASS, PLUS ONE WILD CARD SELECTED BY THE JUDGE AND THE BHRC GROUND CREW, MAKING A TOTAL OF 10 COMPETITORS WHO WILL GO THROUGH TO THE AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE. THEY WILL ALSO AWARD SPECIAL ROSETTES AND PRIZES TO THE YOUNGEST COMPETITOR, THE OLDEST HORSE, THE OLDEST COMBINATION AND THE MOST AMUSING ROUTINE, NOT GOING THROUGH TO THE AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE.

CLASS 1 –HAVE-A-GO WALK & TROT DRESSAGE TO MUSIC – Time allowed 3 ½ – 4 mins.
Competitor may be assisted but not led
Mandatory Moves: Halt at beginning and end of test – Walk and Trot on both reins, to include circles and/or a serpentine – Free Walk on a Long Rein – Any additional moves may be performed. (Excluding canter) Entry Fee: £14 BHRC member £15 non BHRC member Rosettes to 6th place – Rosettes to all competitors – Members rosette to highest placed BHRC Member.

CLASS 2 – HAVE-A-GO OPEN DRESSAGE TO MUSIC – Time allowed 4 – 5 mins.
Mandatory Moves: Halt at beginning and end of test – Walk, Trot and Canter on both reins, to include circles and/or a serpentine – Free Walk on a Long Rein – Any additional moves may be performed. Entry Fee: £14 BHRC member £15 non BHRC member – Rosettes to 6th place – Members rosette to highest placed BHRC Member.

CLASS 2 – HAVE-A-GO OPEN PAIRS DRESSAGE TO MUSIC – Time allowed 4 – 5 mins.
Mandatory Moves: Halt at beginning and end of test – Walk and Trot on both reins, to include circles and/or a serpentine – Free Walk on a Long Rein – Any additional moves may be performed Entry Fee: £23 BHRC member £25 non BHRC member Rosettes to 6th place – Members rosette to highest placed BHRC Member.

AFTERNOON SESSION
Commencing 2pm – prompt.

THE ROUTINES OF THE TEN FINALISTS WILL BE JUDGED BY A PANEL OF FOUR JUDGES AND A CHAIRMAN (WHO WILL HAVE THE DECIDING VOTE) AND IT WILL BE THE TEST, THAT IN THE JUDGES OPINION, IS THE MOST TECHNICALLY ACCURATE, ARTISTICALLY PLEASING AND INVENTIVE THAT WILL WIN STRICTLY DRESSAGE. THE PUBLIC WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VOTE ON THIS PART OF THE COMPETITION! HOWEVER, THE PUBLIC WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE ON THEIR FAVOURITE COMBINATION, BEST COSTUME & THEIR CHOICE OF BEST ROUTINE.
ROSETTES TO10TH PLACE – MEMBERS ROSETTES TO ALL BHRC MEMBERS
SPECIAL ROSETTES AND PRIZES WILL AGAIN BE AWARDED TO THE YOUNGEST COMPETITOR,
THE OLDEST HORSE, AND THE OLDEST COMBINATION.

WE WILL NOT BE USING THE CONQUEST MUSIC SYSTEM
BHRC will play all music on its own Adastra PAV8 PA and CD player. This system is very loud. Be aware that if your music was recorded at a low volume, when we turn our volume up, it may well distort the sound of your CD.

GENERAL RULES & CONDITIONS
1. Riding is a risk sport – ALL COMPETITORS TAKE PART AT THEIR OWN RISK and are expected to exercise due care at all times and to obey all notices placed for their control. The Organisers and Owners of the Venue shall not be responsible or accountable in any way whatsoever for any loss, injury or damage that may happen from any cause or circumstances whatsoever, to competitors, their servants, agents, other members of the public, any animals, property or vehicles bought into the Venue or whilst entering or leaving the same, or for anything else in conjunction with or arising out of, or attributable to the Competition. It shall be a condition of entry that each Competitor shall hold the Organisers blameless, and indemnify them against any loss, damage or legal proceedings. SPECTATORS, whether or not connected with competitors are also required to comply with the above conditions for their own safety.
2. The Judge’s decision is final.
3. All accidents/incidents/falls shall be reported to the secretary (whether or not First Aid attention was required) and assistance must be given in recording the event in the accident/incident book. The BHRC recommend that all competitors should have adequate personal sports insurance.
4. All juniors under the age of 18 must wear a riding hat to the current BRC standard. Seniors may opt not to wear a hat, but must sign a disclaimer before warming up.
5. No lunging allowed in the warm up area. Please work-in in the designated area.
6. Anyone riding or handling a horse/pony in a manner that is considered by the Organisers to endanger the safety or well being of any horse, pony, rider, spectator or official will be asked to leave the showground
7. The horse or pony is only to be ridden on site by the person competing.
8. Any person using physical or verbal abuse against any committee member, judge, steward, official or helper will be asked to leave the showground and banned from entering competions in the future.
9. It is your responsibility to report to the steward on time for your test. No refunds will be given.
10 All dogs must be kept on leads.
DRESSAGE TO MUSIC RULES & CONDITIONS

# All DTM test are timed from the first halt to the final halt which has to be on the A – C centre line, but not necessarily at D, X or G.
# No more than 20 seconds of introductory music may be played before the entry at A. A definite signal to start i.e. a big wave, must be given
# All BHRC DTM Test will take place in a 20m x 40m Arena.
# In the event of a tie for any place in the morning session, the competitor or pair with the highest mark for Artistic Presentation will be placed highest,
# Music must be recorded on a standard CD and it is recommended that each rider has at least one spare copy to hand. CD’s must be handed to commentator at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time of their test. The CD and the case must be marked with the competitors name and which class they have entered. Competitors may provide their own technical adviser to be present to supervise the playing of the CD
# Props are allowed and an un-mounted assistant are allowed in the arena with you.
The judges are looking for music that suits the horse, a test that covers all the arena and looks neat, with a happy horse and rider. A well-executed, simple test that is a joy to watch, will beat an over ambitious test.
IN THE INTEREST OF HYGIENE PLEASE COULD EVERYONE CLEAR UP THEIR HORSE’S DROPPINGS, HAY AND LITTER AND REMOVE THEM FROM THE FIELD AND OR PARKING AREA
THANK YOU
“STRICTLY DRESSAGE”
HAVE-A GO DRESSAGE TO MUSIC COMPETITION
SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

CLASS RIDER (PLEASE GIVE AGE IF JUNIOR) HORSE & AGE BHRC MEMBER? ENTRY FEE

STABLING AT CONQUEST IS AVAILABLE AT £10 PER DAY (SUBJECT TO THERE NOT BEING A STRANGLES OUTBREAK IN THE AREA) TO BE PAID AT TIME OF ENTRY) PLEASE STATE NO, OF STABLES REQUIRED @£10 EACH
TOTAL ENCLOSED £

I HAVE SENT A BACS PAYMENT OF £…………ON…………… (Date) WITH REFERENCE …………………………………..….. (Surname)
NatWest – sort code 60-23-05, account no; 74506439 Blackdown Hills Riding Club

Please use the space below to tell us about yourself, your horse and your routine/choice of music. The commentator will read this out before your test starts. Feel free to put this on a separate piece of paper,
I HEREBY AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE SHOW RULES AND CONDITIONS

NAME………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………….
ADDRESS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
CONTACT DETAILS………………………………………………………………………………..
DATE……………………
SIGNED (parent or legal guardian if on behalf of a junior)………………………………………………………

Entries to: Mrs Tricia Budd. 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton Somerset. TA3 5JJ – 01823 442597

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE

Sunday 9th April saw the final of the Winter Dressage League. Held at The Paddocks with kind permission from Kate Baker and with some great help from a few of the liveries there.
‘Winter Dressage League?’ What happened? Did we miss a whole season? There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the sun shone and shone. It felt like a special summers’ day rather than spring. We were able to park up in the field which created a lovely calm ‘camp’ like atmosphere.
We had a good entry, which kept the judge and her writer busy all day. So on behalf of the riding club we would like to thank Helen Hewitt (dressage judge) for all her hard work and for Jill King for writing for Helen. Both of you looked quite contented sat in the car munching on the most delicious homemade apple cake. Thanks Trish for providing the day with lots of delicious calories. I noticed that there was hardly a crumb left at the end of the day; so glad I got in early.
I have to make a very special mention to the lovely lady – whose name I don’t know – who spent the whole day poo picking the arena. What a total star you were. Obviously the new grass was affecting the equines, as there was quite a lot of picking up to do.

So…………… to the lady with the wheelbarrow we salute you!

The league is a competition for the Cassie plate – a couple of lovely plates one for Senior one for Junior donated to the club by Joy Brown in memory of her lovely horse Cassie on who Joy competed at dressage. Joy organises and runs the event each year and does a splendid job – many thanks for all your hard work Joy. This year’s competition was so closely fought and we had no idea who would be the winner until the last class of the day. Even then we discovered that first place was to be shared by Tricia Budd and Deana Rowland – we just couldn’t split you.
Congratulations you both so deserved to win. Trish with her lovely Gem who at the grand old age of 26 is still enjoying her dressage and at times totally forgets that she is a senior lady now and then Deana with Indi who has battled through a couple of difficult years – getting to know each other and working through a few issues that Indi had when he first arrived. Well-done Deana you stuck with him and you make a great pair now.
All the horses behaved themselves really well and the scores were close between everyone in each class. It apparently came down to a few rider errors and how accurately the tests were ridden. So take note – make sure you use the arena correctly – not cutting out the corners and get your transitions accurate on the markers. I did notice there were some very nice halts.

Results from April 9th

Class 1 – Class 1. BD Walk Trot Intro B
1st – Gemma Ruffle & Patches
2nd – Ellie Wakeman & Clever Trevor
3rd = Sandy Barber & Chance Encounter
3rd = Amy Callow (M) & Blue
5th – Dezi Nicholls (M) & Trades
6th – Deborah Cable (M) & Target

Class 2a – Prelim 14
1st – Ellie Wakeman & Clever Trevor
2nd – Amy Callow (M) & Blue
3rd – Megan Finall (M) & June
4th – Dezi Nicholls (M) & Trades

Class 2b – Prelim 14
1st – Deana Rowland (M) & Indi
2nd – Janet Sage Beau (M) & Beau
3rd – Nicola Nicholls (M) & Charlie
4th – Gemma Smyth (M) & Playmate 4th.

Class 3a – Dressage to Music (have a go) Freestyle.
1st = Kate Hopper (M) & Sauber
1st = Tricia Budd (M) & Just Gem

Class 3b – Pairs Dressage to Music (have a go) Freestyle.
1st – Tricia Budd (M) & Deana Rowland (M) Just Gem & Indi
2nd – Kate Hopper (M) & Emma Smith (M) Sauber & Dixie Belle

Class 4 – Novice 34
1st – Penny Hoare & Lolly
2nd – Tricia Budd (M) & Just Gem
3rd – Janet Sage Beau (M) & Beau
4th – Gemma Smyth (M) & Playmate 4th.

Senior Cassie Cup – Joint Champions –

Tricia Budd – Just Gem and Deana Rowlands – Indi

Junior Cassie Cup – Champion – Megan on June. Reserve – Lauren on Jacob

UNAFFILIATED SUMMER DRESSAGE LEAGUE

Yes ……………….. We are running a Summer league; This will take place at the Paddocks, Friday evenings. Our winter league proved to be very popular and we had a few requests for a summer competition. We have taken note and so dates are as follows. Schedules are out in various Equine and agricultural feed outlets or you can get one online. Hope to see you there in the summer.
Friday 9th June, Friday 30th. June Friday 28th July

OPEN SPRING SHOWING SHOW

Our Annual Spring Show is taking place on April 23rd. at Heazle Equestrian Centre.
Please come along and support your club. There are many classes both ridden and in hand. Hope to see lots of you attending. It will be a good start to the showing season.
OPEN CLEAR ROUND JUMPING – Friday 23rd. June
I’m, like many of my age – stuck to the ground these days. However, we are aware that many of you are still ‘flying high’ and so we thought we would have a little Clear Round Competition to keep you ‘flyers’ happy. There are a few schedules out there and the starting height is actually something I could possibly attempt. If there are any members who are not happy about leaving the ground – perhaps you could offer your services for the evening as we will require some helpers to put the jumps up.
Many thanks.

HEREPATH
Hopefully most of you will be aware of the Herepath. This route is in the Blackdown Hills and runs for approx. 13.5 miles. It gives riders, walkers and cyclists an off road experience through fabulous countryside. The Herepath was set up and constructed in conjunction with both The Forestry Commission and Lottery funding. Most of the trail has stood up to the elements and usage. However due to one contractor cutting costs and dumping loads of tyres into the ground, part of the trail is dangerous and totally unusable.
Some of the committee have had a site visit, to look at the problem and then a couple of us attended the Local Bridleways Association meeting, to find out what is happening about repairing and opening up the route. Presently, to complete the whole ride you are diverted onto roads to avoid the dangerous track.
This route is a fantastic resource and as riders we should all be supporting it, as it gives us somewhere to ride that is safe and away from traffic – and these days, this type of riding is like gold dust. We are asking you, the riders to please lobby the local authority to get something done about the route. The local Bridleways Association have asked if every rider, cyclist and walker can write a letter / email and ask the local authority to prioritize the route. Please if you have five minutes, can you put together an email / letter and send it to Peter Hobley at Somerset Rights of Way Department, Somerset Council, Taunton. Nothing will be done about this route unless the local authority receives lots of requests. It’s up to you!

Best wishes, Sara Llewellyn x
The rest is from me, Tricia
• Musical ride FREE session. Saturday 22nd April at 10.00 am at Paddocks. Contact Kate Hopper for more details.
• Flatwork Training – the following dates are booked – all with Karen Court – venues to be confirmed with Deana nearer the time. £20 per person, no more than 3 in a group
• 22nd April – flatwork training with Karen Court at Paddocks. Contact Deana for times and more information.
6th & 20th May, 3rd & 17th June, 1st & 15th July, 12th& 19th August, 2nd 9th & 16th September
Venue to be confirmed.
• Spring Show – Sunday 23rd April at Heazle. Jill would be grateful if you can spare a couple of hours help.
• Summer Dressage League – the first one is Friday 9th June from 5.30 pm. To avoid any confusion, the following rule applies to ALL BHRC COMPETITIONS unless otherwise stated –
At the discretion of the judge, competitors may be permitted to ride without jackets in excessively hot weather, but a suitable shirt that fastens at the neck (not bright or multi-coloured) with a tie. American collar or correctly fastened stock must be worn. Short sleeved shirts MAY NOT be worn. BRC Rule Book 2017
• Summer Camp – 5th & 6th August. Due to the unprecedented demand this year, we have put in an extra ride, therefore we can take a maximum of 16.
• Details as follows. Note that the dressage competition and clear round jumping is open to ALL members, not just those at camp. There will also be a Tack Sale on Sunday 6th starting at 10.00 am. Free to buyers and sellers.

BHRC Summer Camp at Paddocks Equestrian
5th & 6th August 2017
Four rides – squares, rectangles, triangles and circles
Saturday
9.15 – 10.45 am Squares flatwork lesson
11.00 – 12.30 am – Rectangles flatwork lesson
12.30 onwards – lunch
1.30 – 3.00 – Triangles flatwork lesson
3.15 – 4.45 –Circles flatwork lesson
5.00 – 6.00 – Squares SJ lesson
Evening hack to the local pub (Farmers Arms) followed by a barbeque
Sunday
7.30 onward – breakfast
9.15 – 10.15 – Rectangles SJ lesson
10.30 – 11.30 – Triangles SJ lesson
11.45 – 12.45 – Circles SJ lesson
12.30 onwards – lunch
2.00 – 3.30 approx. – competitions (dressage and clear round jumping) open to ALL BHRC members
4.00 approx. – 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!
• Your stable will be ready from 9.00 am
• You are welcome to arrive at Paddocks from 9.00 am on the Saturday, lunch is served from 12.30 pm
• You are welcome to come to Paddocks on the Friday to find your allocated stable. You can move your horse into your stable on Friday night if you wish, but you will need to pay Kate an extra £20.
• You can put up your tent on the Friday evening.
• 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
• 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 – over 18’s only!
• If you are vegetarian or have a food allergy, please make sure we are aware of it
• You must wear a body protector for cross country, (no matter how small they are!) and it is recommended for show jumping as well
• You are welcome to hack, use the show jumps or cross country fences at any time over the week-end (juniors must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult).
• The school is available for BHRC members to use all over the week-end, so you can practice your dressage test if Karen is not teaching.
• All juniors must have a responsible adult stay with them at night. (BHRC will have several DBS checked adults in attendance all week-end)
• £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.

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MEMBERS ONLY DRESSAGE COMPETITION

Sunday 6th August 2017
Held by kind permission of Kate Baker, ‘The Paddocks’

Bickenhall, Nr Taunton
TA3 6TS
ONE CLASS – Prelim.7, but it will be split into sections depending on entries.

The competition will be held in an outdoor arena, warm up on grass.
Entries to: Mrs. Tricia Budd, 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton. TA3 5JJ – 01823 442597

BHRC MEMBERS ONLY SUMMER CAMP DRESSAGE ENTRY FORM

Name ………………………………………………………..…………………………………………………………..

Address: …………………………………………….…………Tel No:……………………………………

I hereby agree to abide by the show rules and conditions

Signature…………………………………………………..………………………Date…………………………
Name of Horse/ pony Name of rider Fee – £7.00
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…….and a note from Kate our Chairwoman.

Hello All, hope you & your equine friends are all well & enjoying the weather (if it’s not sunny when you are reading this it was when I wrote it!). It’s nearly time to start practicing for this year’s musical ride & we have our first session at The Paddocks on Saturday 22nd April at 10am.
Please let me know if you can make this – huskykate4@gmail.com – or if Saturdays are a problem for you but you would still like to join in then do get in touch & I will see what we can do to accommodate. As well as the ride we will also discuss future dates & venues as we would like to vary things a little & get as many of you as possible involved. Hope to see you soon, Kate

Club officials 2017–
Chairwoman – Kate Hopper, Pleasant House, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon. EX16 3TS huskykate4@gmail.com
Secretary – Tricia Budd, 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset. TA3 5JJ 07883631354 triciabudd24@gmail.com
Treasurer – Deana Rowland, Coombe Hill House, Symonsburrow, Hemyock, Devon. EX16 3XA 01823 680021 deanarowland2@aol.com
Two more dates for your diary – schedules to follow –
Sunday 3rd September – Willberry the Wonder Pony Charity dressage day at Paddocks
Sunday 17th September – Strictly Dressage at Conquest
Conquest Centre Mini Show Jumping Championships

NO MEMBERSHIP OR REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO COMPETE AT THESE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
• Competitors who go clear in the first round qualify.
• You can qualify for as many classes as you wish, but combinations can only ride in three consecutive classes. • No horse / pony can compete in more than 3 classes.
• Riders may compete in the class higher than their qualifying classes, if they wish, in a non-championship section, providing they are within the above rules.
• The class may be split into junior and senior sections if numbers permit (juniors being 16yrs and under).
• The competition will be run under the current BRC rules.
• No side reins or adaptions of tack will be allowed.
• No whips or spurs will be allowed in the competition, practice arena or Conquest site.
• The schedule and entry form for the championship show will be put on the conquest website by the end of May 2017.
• No entries will be accepted without a qualification card or after the closing date. Entries open on 1st July 2017. Closing date for entries 1st September 2017

 

Secretary Report for March

Club officials 2017–
Chairwoman – Kate Hopper, Pleasant House, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon. EX16 3TS huskykate4@gmail.com
Secretary – Tricia Budd, 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset. TA3 6JJ07883631354 triciabudd24@gmail.com
Treasurer – Deana Rowland, Coombe Hill House, Symonsburrow, Hemyock, Devon. EX16 3XA 01823 680021 deanarowland2@aol.com

A note from our Chairwoman, Kate –
Hello all, after the success of our musical ride last year it’s time to start training for this year’s display. We will be having a free session on Sat 22nd April (time & venue to be confirmed) when hopefully I will be able to give you an idea of what we will be doing. As previously mentioned the theme is ‘Oliver, the Musical Ride’ & I hope plenty of you will come & join us as I hope to be able to provide a part for everyone whether you want to join the main ride or would be happier with a walk or trot part – all equally important.
There after we will be holding training sessions, approximately 2 per month, at a cost of £5 per session with our displays at the Charity Dressage Day on Sun 3rd Sept & at Strictly Dressage on Sun 17th Sept. This isn’t a competition, just a bit of fun where I hope we can get to know our members & their horses.
If you are interested in joining us please email me at huskykate4@gmail.com
Look forward to seeing you on the 22nd if not before, Kate

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Dressage League Results – Sunday March 19th 2017
Class 1 – Walk Trot Intro B

1st – Olivia Hodges & Oscar
2nd – Gemma Ruffle & Patches
3rd – Karenza Frear Law & Order
4th – Dezi Nicholls (M) & Trades
5th – Sarah Armitage & Dusty
6th – Amy Callow & Blue

Class 2a – Prelim 12

1st – Olivia Hodges & Oscar
2nd – Nicky Smith & Dylan
3rd – Amy Callow & Blue
4th – Karenza Frear & Law & Order
5th = Nicky Smith & Chocolate
5th = Megan Finall (MJ) & June
Class 2b – Prelim 12

1st – Dezi Nicholls (M) & Pollyanna
2nd – Deana Rowland (M) & Indi

Class 3 – Prelim. 18 – WSDD Qualifier

1st – Nicola Nicholls (M) & Charlie Q
2nd – Nicky Smith & Dylan
3rd = Deana Rowland (M) & Indi Q
3rd =Gemma Smith (M) & Playmate 4th. Q
5th – Nicky Smith & Chocolate
6th – Tricia Budd (M) & Just Gem
Class 4 – Novice 30 – WSDD Qualifier

1st – Dezi Nicholls (M) & Pollyanna Q
2nd – Gemma Smith (M) & Playmate 4th.Q
3rd – Tricia Budd (M) & Just Gem Q

Championship places so far –
Senior

Deana Rowland & Indi = 12 + 9 = 21 points
Tricia Budd & Just Gem = 11 + 5 = 16 points
Dezi Nicholls & Pollyanna = 4 + 12 = 16 points
Gemma Smyth & Playmate 4th – 7 + 9 = 16 points
Olivia Hodges & Oscar = 12 points
Nicola Nicholls & Charlie = 4 + 6 = 10 points
Janet Sage & Beau = 9 points
Dezi Nicholls & Trades = 7 points
Emma Smith & Miss Dixie Belle = 6 points

Junior

Lauren Tarr & Jacob = 2 points
Megan Finall & June = 2 points

The senior leader board is looking very tight with very few points separating the top 8 and the junior championship is even closer! There is everything to play for on the 9th April! If you can help out for an hour or two Joy would be over ‘Joy- ed’!

• Show Jumping Training with Karen Court – Thursday 13th April at Paddocks. From 2.00 pm. No more than 4 in a group. £20 PER PERSON. CONTACT TRICIA TO BOOK THIS ONE!
• Flatwork Training – the following dates are booked – all with Karen Court – venues to be confirmed with Deana nearer the time. £20 per person, no more than 3 in a group
22nd April, 6th & 20th May, 3rd & 17th June, 1st & 15th July, 12th& 19th August
2nd 9th & 16th September
• Spring Show – Sunday 23rd April at Heazle. Jill would be grateful if you can spare a couple of hours help.
• Summer Dressage League – part of the schedule is below, I have attached the entire schedule to this email.

February Enews

A note from our Chairwoman, Kate

Hello All, well how did that happen? A question that we are all asking! As most of you will be aware, we have been without a chairperson for some years but this is against the Riding Club rules & they weren’t going to let it continue any longer. So as America was waking up to the inauguration of a new president, unbeknown to you, you had a new Chairwoman. I hope there are no other similarities between me & Trump!
The Chair has to be someone unrelated to the Secretary & the Treasurer, so that ruled out Trish & Deana. Our other committee members are all investing a great deal of their time to the riding club (the dressage league/shows etc) & other commitments, so that only left yours truly to step up!
Now I don’t know too much about the role, as yet, but I’m guessing it’s a bit of a poisoned chalice as it’s been vacant for some time. Trish assures me it will be fine, so here’s to giving it a go! What I do know is the buck stops with me so all I ask of you is have fun but please be safe & don’t give me any extra work!
One final thing – in the short time I have been on the committee I can truly say what a great bunch of people we have running this club for us & being a committee member really isn’t such an arduous thing as you might think. We meet up – at a pub! – Once a month, for an hour or so to discuss what’s been happening & what we want to happen. We would love some fresh faces to join us, perhaps throw some new ideas in & you don’t have to run for Chair, unless you want to! So if you would like to join us & see what we get up to, get in touch. Kate – huskykate4@gmail.com

A note from our Roving Reporter Sara.

Hello all,

As I sit here writing this, Storm Doris is raging outside causing havoc and ensuring that my horse is getting some exercise in his field; you see the intensity of the wind has blown a few terrifying monsters his way, a plastic flower pot being the most scariest of all. We all know what that is like and wonder how most of our equines can put up with and face without so much of a twitch the largest tractor and yet a small leaf or plastic flowerpot is the worst monster of all. Luckily I’m not on board and so am safe at present. Of course this brings me on to that dreaded subject – Health and Safety. It’s a subject that gives us, as a committee the most headaches. The world in this respect has sadly changed and so as a club we have to be very careful with all of you. At present we are updating our H&S policy and risk assessment forms. What we put in place is to protect you, your horse / pony and others around you.
This year we will be putting on a range of activities for your enjoyment including Training, Dressage, Shows, and Camp, maybe some show jumping. We are hoping that you will be joining us and supporting your club in participating in our events as well as perhaps representing us at Area 12 level or helping out on the ground by stewarding or just being there at an event to encourage others in their quest to have fun. We pride ourselves in being a friendly club encouraging and gleaning the best out of you and your horse.

If we have to ask you to fill out a form (yet again) check your tack, change your hat for an up to date standard, leave the ring because your horse is having a melt down or take control of your dog or child, even to park your vehicle somewhere else PLEASE BEAR WITH US – we have to do these things as a requirement from the BRC. It isn’t personal and in fact this will probably be a feature at most events whoever they are run by, in the coming years. If we all work towards a safe and happy activity whatever it is, then all our lives will be easier.
Sorry if this sounds a little preachy (is there such a word?).
It’s the beginning of the events calendar and there are a lot of exciting things to look forward to – lets hope the weather calms and we can all get out there and enjoy our lovely horses.
We have already started, with a super day last Sunday, when Joy Brown (our dressage queen) organised the first of the Winter Dressage League competitions. We had a fair turnout and we thrilled to see so many members taking part. No sign of Doris – although a few horses were definitely ‘full of themselves’ and it was rather hit and miss coming down the centre line at times. Behind the scene all was calm and the day came to a successful conclusion at 3pm. Thanks to all that helped, took part and organised. Thank you Kate Baker for allowing us to use your lovely arena. Results are below. If you missed this one – don’t worry the next is on March 19th same place. There is still time to collect enough points to have a shot at the Cassie Plate so be brave let Doris blow herself out, get out and have a quick practice and join us on the 19th. We look forward to seeing you.

Sara xx
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…………………and a note from your secretary!
Dressage League Results – 19th February 2017
Class 1 – Walk Trot Intro A

1st Deana Rowland Indi – M
2nd Deborah Cable Target – M
3rd Dezi Nicholls Trades – M
4th Lisa Gane Jenny’s Gem – M
5th Lauren Tarr Jacob – M&J
Class 2a – Prelim 1
1st Deana Rowland Indi – M
2nd Sylvia Bentley Max – M
3rd Nicola Nicholls Charlie – M
4th Emma Smith Miss Dixie Belle – M
5th Holly Sprague Noah’s Reign
6th Gemma Smyth Playmate 4th.

Class 2b –
1st Tricia Budd Just Gem – M
2nd Janet Sage Beau -M
3rd Dezi Nicholls Pollyanna
Class 3 – Novice 28
1st Gemma Smyth Playmate 4th.
2nd Tricia Budd Just Gem -M
3rd Janet Sage Beau -M
4th Emma Smith Miss Dixie Belle M
Championship places so far –
Senior

Deana Rowland & Indi = 12 points
Tricia Budd & Just Gem = 11 points
Janet Sage & Beau = 9 points
Gemma Smyth & Playmate 4th – 7 points
Emma Smith & Miss Dixie Belle = 6 points

Junior

Lauren Tarr & Jacob = 2 points
Rising Stars Dressage – Monday 17th April at Conquest. The full schedule is on The Riding Diary. Contact Tricia if you wish to represent BHRC, the competition is open to seniors and juniors. This is also an individual dressage competition on the same day. The schedule is huge, so I have only picked out the important team bits, email me if you are stuck.
Spring Show – Sunday 23rd April at Heazle. the full schedule is on our website, or I can email it to you. The judges are: – In-Hand – Claire Borough, Ridden – Kerry Osborne.

 

Happy New Year! Secretary Report for January 2017

Hello and Happy New Year! Gem and I ate well over Christmas and New Year and one of us is struggling to get her show jacket done up; I can only move the buttons so far!

I hope you all had a lovely peaceful time over the holidays and had some time to enjoy your horses, Gem and I managed a Christmas morning hack which was lovely, she may be 26 but she is skipping along like a four year old, especially if she sees a funny shaped leaf in the hedge.

With our first Dressage League competition on the 19th February, we will be booking some lessons with Karen Cameron at Conquest, Deana tried just before Christmas but they had yet to purchase a 2017 diary; watch this space!

I will be sending 2017 membership details to BRC Head Office on Friday. Those of you who have already joined this year should get your cards at the end of January; mine is in this batch so email me if we get to February and you are still waiting. You are members however and I can email you your BHRC membership number.

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Fame at last for our very own Sara and Sue, this appeared in Horse and Hound online

Written by Lucy Elder – 24 December, 2016

Toblerone, a donkey wearing a sombrero and a bottle of questionable spirits — all things you may consider classic holiday trinkets. But two ladies have brought home some much larger “souvenirs” to remember their Spanish riding holiday — a pair of Andalusian horses.
Friends of 30 years Sara Llewellyn and Sue Whitehouse, who kept their horses together for many years, had long-discussed going on a trail riding holiday.
“We always said we wanted to ride a trail and stay in different places along the way, but we never got round to it — life got in the way,” Sara told H&H.
Last year, Sue moved back closer to Sara again and they decided to “just do it” and booked a riding holiday through the Pyrenees through Venture Co for this summer.
“We didn’t go out there with the idea of buying a horse at all — I wasn’t looking for anything!” said Sara.
“After the first day we fell in love with our horses and as the week progressed we bonded with them even more.”
The horses were not for sale, but part-way through the week the pair made enquiries.
“I think [our guide] kept an eye on us to see how bonded with the horses we were,” she said.
“I texted my husband and said ‘I have fallen in love with a Spaniard’.
“Eventually I let slip that it had four legs and I think he was a bit relieved.”
During the holiday they rode across varied terrain and even swam with the horses.
“The horses were fabulous and they looked after them really well,” she said.
“Every time we stopped the horses were cared for first.
“We just had the most fantastic time — we went through the Pyrenees and were in the saddle for around eight hours a day. Sudocrem and Deep Heat were our best friends!”
On returning to the UK, the pair kept in touch with the guides and the horses’ previous owners.
Sara then made contact with one of her friends, who runs an international horse transport company, and arranged for the pair — Lucero and Llampec —to be brought to Britain.

“We came home and told everybody that we were buying the horses and they all told us we were bonkers,” said Sara.
“The whole thing seemed to run really smoothly — I was completely amazed.”
They were given all the details of the route, the lorry, the driver and his qualifications and the horses arrived safe and well at their new Somerset home in September.
Sara said they are being carefully managed and are settling to the way of life in the UK.
The pair have started hacking them out and are hoping to enjoy some riding club activities with them.
“They are beginning to show their real characters now,” Sara added.
So is Sara glad she decided to bring her four-legged Spaniard home from her holiday?
“Absolutely!”

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Another member making the headlines has been Emma Smith and Dixie. This extract and photo were in the Somerset County Gazette.

A BUSINESSWOMAN and her horse are set to hit the big screen after filming as extras in the first of a trilogy.
Emma Smith, of Blackbrook, Taunton, was one of 12 owners and horses who spent a day shooting at Brean Sands before Christmas for The Wall of Lyon, which is due for release later this year.
And her horse Miss Dixie Bell so impressed the director that it was filmed nearest the camera.
Miss Smith, who runs ES Pet Care, said: “It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time.
“There were about 500 applicants and 12 of us from all over the country got picked, including a horse that was in Braveheart.
“They really liked the look of Dixie and put us camera-side.
“We had to canter and gallop in formation up the beach and then part around the actor.
“There was a lot of re-shooting and filming from different angles and we’re in four scenes.
“It was a lovely experience and to share the day with my horse was very special – Dixie’s my world. It was a day I’ll never forget.”
Miss Smith regularly competes with Dixie in showing and dressage events, added: “As it’s a trilogy, we’re hoping we get used again.”
The Wall of Lyon sets the scenes for an epic journey spanning time and exploring humanity and our perception of who we are.
It is heavily influences by ancient mythologies and interlaced with what we have become in our modern world.
It was written and directed by Ashleigh Harley and stars Wolfie Hughes, whose previous credits include King Arthur: Excalibur Rising.

 

Secretary Report for December

I have sung Away in a Manger many times since the 1st December, helped Angel Gabriel with his wings and wrestled a cardboard donkey to the ground, Christmas is coming and 2017 is almost here!
I start with some sad news; Waterford, the cheeky and truly adorable horse of Victoria Pitcher has been put to sleep at the grand old age of 24.
Victoria writes – I had eleven wonderful years with him – he looked after me – taught me so much and was truly a horse of a lifetime – I never once came off him in this time! I loved dressage and he was such a character – quirky but safe – he was a gentleman with impeccable manners. He started his showing career with Robert Oliver in small hunter classes – he had a 15.2 life height certificate; how he shrunk to that height I have no idea! He went to the Royal International on many occasions. I bought him at 13 years and by then he had become very naughty in the ring and was there for the gallop – not much fun to be on top as he was sooo on the ball and anticipated with squeals and fly bucks!
He put the fear of God in me at times but over the years, I realised what a safe horse he was. I enjoyed fun rides, and last season enjoyed 4 days hunting on him – he was impeccably behaved! I have loved dressage with him and we competed up to elementary level; I have loved every moment with this beautiful boy. I had the greatest of fun with all riding club activities – he hated coloured jumps but so did I; at cross country he was awesome, I can honestly say he was the kindest horse and so respectful to handle and take anywhere – I will miss him terribly.

Sadly, he started falling with me on the roads and he never enjoyed hacking on roads – I decided to retire him a couple of months ago and he was allowed to get fat on some good grass – I knew he would not be happy doing nothing and had to make a decision as the weather was turning – he was nearly 25 – the hardest decision; but I felt it was the right one.
BHRC remembers him fondly for many reasons. He was one of our original quadrille members – when we didn’t know if it would work! He was also dressed up the following year as the friendly lion from the Wizard of Oz, complete with Tor dressed as Dorothy; and he was also in our Warhorse Quadrille, the one where everyone in the audience cried!
Victoria has donated a beautiful cup in his memory. It is to be presented to the BHRC Veteran who gains the most points at our showing shows. More details to follow but it is a lovely way to remember a very special horse.

• AGM & Christmas Party – it was lovely to meet up with all BHRC friends at our AGM recently.

CHAIR AND SECRETARY SPEECH 2016 AGM

I want to start off by thanking the committee for all their hard work and dedication. I usually say this at the end but I don’t want it to be seen as an afterthought. It is thanks to this brilliant group of ladies that Gem and I have been able to prance around at many of our RC events again this year. As I have said before, you don’t always see them at every event, but they all contribute in their own special way and 2016 has been no exception, not a cross word between us all year!
Deana has taken on the mantle of training again this year and has booked Karen Cameron at both Paddocks and Conquest for a variety of flatwork rallies. We have also used Kate Hopper to teach grid work training at both Conquest and Clippersharp. All training has been popular and well attended and we shall continue next year.
Joy started the year off to a great start with our ever popular Dressage League. Organised superbly, I am tempted to say it runs itself – except I know it would grind to a halt if Joy and her helpers were not around. Schedules are out for 2017 – we start on 19th February, weather permitting. Following on from this, the committee have decided to run a Summer Dressage League over the summer months on an evening. We will be looking to use a new venue and new tests so if you have any thoughts or suggestions see one of us later as we will be planning this at our next committee meeting.
And on to camp! This year, we got the weather right. Karen and I looked skywards after Saturday lunch expecting to see the resident black cloud overhead to be greeted by blue sky – and so it continued all week end. A lot of people did a lot of things to make the week end go so well, I am not going to name anyone as I am sure to forget someone and offend them. You know who you are and we are extremely lucky as a club to have such wonderful helpers, camp would not happen without you. Thank you all. Camp was also the debut outing of our new camera. I got in everyone’s way and irritated a lot of people; Karen learnt to teach around me and Billy decided the only way to shift me was to land on the bit of Paddocks I was stood on! Karen and Paddocks are booked for August 5th & 6th 2017.
The following week end we all met in Sainsbury’s carpark and hopped on to a mini bus to Gatecombe Horse Trials. I took the new camera and sadly, felt a little inadequate as my lens was considerably smaller than the professional photographers. Let me tell you, size does matter. I have also put on my Christmas list a hi- viz vest with “photographer” on it – because everyone else had one. Thanks to Sara for organising this, we will go again in 2018, this is a free day out paid for by the riding club.
Jill has organised our two showing shows again this year and they are two more events you would think run themselves – except we know differently! Jill has a merry and super-efficient band of helpers who work like clockwork over the day answering the question “how many in class……. approximately every minute from 8.00 am until the last championship. The shows are very popular and it is nice to have them in the heart of the Blackdown Hills. They will run again next year, the spring schedule will be out in the New Year and I have already had an email from a competitor asking for the date of the Autumn Show 2017. The Spring Show is 23rd April and the Autumn Show is the 1st October
We ran two evening clear round jumping sessions this year and they proved to be popular again. Thanks go to all those who helped put up or take down the course. It was also lovely to see Kate Hopper’s pupils putting into practise what they had been taught and earning a rosette for their efforts. This will continue again next year at Paddocks on a Friday evening.
Our charity day was at the beginning of September and raised money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. A great time was had by all and we raised lots of money. More importantly, it was the debut of our first ever musical ride. This was the brain child of Kate Hopper who came to a committee meeting earlier this year; either because she was lost or there was nothing on the telly that night. “I have had an idea” she said, “how about a musical ride? “

“Great idea” we said, “you’re in charge!” (As a committee, we have learnt the art of delegation!) Some would have run a mile, but Kate is made of sterner stuff and sure enough, it worked! We took on a military feel, Jill did us some beautiful brow bands and we whirled, twirled and ended up where we should have done, a feat in its self! It was yet another example of BHRC trying something different and having fun with our horses, neither us nor the horses had a cross word either. Kate has bigger plans for 2017, OLIVER THE MUSICAL RIDE. She assures me there will be parts for everyone, even if you just want a walk on part. Gem and I are signed up although it is difficult to see either of us passing as a waif or stray; however, we do know how to ask for more.
Then there was Strictly Dressage. I went to Conquest to book some training in January and was told there was no longer going to be X Factor Dressage. Again, some would have said “never mind, what a pity.” BHRC said, “We’ll do it.” We wrote a schedule, tweaked it, tweaked it again and kept our fingers crossed. We did not expect to make a profit and we were not sure anyone would enter after last year, but as competitors ourselves we know a bit more about what is important and it is not always to make a profit – sorry Deana.
It was a long day, I prowled around the indoor school early on Sunday morning, checking for Mr Badger, but he seemed to have got the message. The music system played beautifully, if Jill turned up the volume up any more you would have heard us on the Blackdown Hills it was so clear. Gem behave disgracefully in the morning, jumping the sunlight shadows on the school surface and then bucking – because she knew I couldn’t do anything about it, all others were beautifully behaved and we had 10 go through to the final. Thanks to Jill – again, we did make a profit – about £3 if my memory is correct, more importantly, we had a great time and we plan to run it again next year. I have provisionally booked Conquest for 17th September, but I haven’t told the committee yet!
And that is about it. We have had another successful BHRC year, we have laughed, shed a few tears, got covered in mud and burnt our noses in the sun; we have watched the ground turn from swamp to concrete and back again, swept, clipped, shovelled barrels of poo, drunk endless cups of tea and coffee; Groomed, bathed and plaited (us and the horses) spent a fortune and hidden our purchases and receipts from our husbands (or maybe that’s just me?) and we will do it again next year because of our one common love – the horse!
Below are the members who were awarded trophies and cups at the AGM. If you were not with us on the night they are being kept safely with me until you can arrange to collect them.
Senior Achievement Dezi Nicholls
Junior Achievement Alice Major
Most Enthusiastic Member Sylvia Bentley
Newcomer Greta Duff
Flatwork Training Award Bea Perham
Individual D2M, Dressage League Kate Hopper
W & T Dressage League Alison Tomlinson
Prelim. Dressage League Tricia Budd
Novice Dressage League Greta Duff
Autumn Show Emma Smith
Spring Show Rebecca Turner
Good Ambassador Karen Cameron
True Spirit Jo Richards
Helper Award Jill King
Most Improved Junior Samara Nicholls
Prelim WS&D Dressage Emma Pearce
Exceptional-ness Mia Perham

There are also some trophies outstanding, please return them to me before the end of December so I can hand them over to the 2016 winners.

Training – Deana has this in hand and is about to book Karen at Conquest early in the New Year so we can have a practice before the Dressage League. I am happy to book some more grid work/show jumping training with Nicky Lumb if there is enough interest.
Dressage League –  if you can offer a few hours help we would be very grateful.

Secretary Report for October

Blackdown Hills Riding Club does Strictly Dressage

On Sunday 25th September BHRC held its first Strictly Dressage competition. This was a two phase D2M competition, the morning was judged as a standard dressage competition – with a twist! Competitors were encouraged to dress up. We saw Spanish, salsa, fairies, ballerinas, cowboys and the Jungle Book, to name just a few! Everyone was very encouraging, clapping at the end of each routine. The judge – Helene Hewitt and her writer Jane Palfrey had their work cut out because as well as awarding places 1st – 6th, they had to decide on other categories such as best fancy dress, most amusing routine and the best costume. By the end of the morning, 10 competitors were selected to go forward to the afternoon final.

Class 1 – W&T
1st Amy Yapp & Stevie’s Royal Pride Q
2nd Sammy & Colnafarrah June Q

Class 2 – Open
1st Kate Hopper & Sauber Q
2nd Amy Yapp & Stevie’s Royal Pride Q
3rd Amy Durkin & Comanche Q
4th Kerry Osbourne & Slim Q
5th Tricia Budd & Just Gem Q
6th = Greta Duff & Mary’s Squirrel
6th = Emily & Peasdown Amarillo

Class 3 – Pairs
1st Kate Hopper & Sauber and Emma Smith & Miss Dixie Belle Q
2nd Gina King & Doublon and Lynne Tarr & Elliott Q
3rd Tricia Sainty & Nico and Jackie Parris & Boris H/C

Wild Card – Ann Enticott & Pocahontas

• Youngest Competitor – Isobel & Red Campion
• Oldest Horse – Mary’s Squirrel
• Oldest Combination – Greta Duff & Mary’s Squirrel
• Most Amusing Routine – Gina King & Doublon
• Best Props – Gina King & Doublon
• Best Combination – Greta Duff & Mary’s Squirrel
• Best Fancy Dress – Isobel & Red Campion

The main competition was judged by a panel of 3 judges who watched all the routines and spoke to the competitors afterwards. After all 10 finalists had finished, they had the unenviable task of sorting them out 1st – 10th – a lively discussion followed!
Whilst they were making their deliberations, the newly formed BHRC Musical Ride did a display dedicated to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Deana Rowland on Indie, Emma Smith on Dixie, Kate hopper on Sauber, Tricia Budd on Just Gem, Greta Duff on Squirrel and Sylvia Bentley on Max performed a routine to “A life on the Ocean Waves” and other military tunes.
The musical ride was formed in the spring of this year and had been meeting every couple of weeks. This was the brain child of Kate Hopper and she has been training them thorough-out the summer with her lovely pony Sauber playing all sorts of positions as the ride sorted themselves into some sort of order.
After their performance they were presented with rosettes and goody bags to thank them for all the hard work they had put in.
Then it was time for the results. The public had been given voting slips for the fun categories and they were announced first.

• Favourite Combination – Ann Enticott & Pocahontas (Jungle Book)
• Best Costume – Kerry Osbourne & Slim (Concours d’Elegance)
• Best Routine – Amy Yapp & Stevie’s Royal Pride (Jungle Book)
• Best Props – Gina King & Doublon and Lynne Tarr & Elliott (The Mob)
• Best Fancy Dress – Ann Enticott & Pocahontas (Jungle Book)
• Youngest Competitor – Sammy & her pony June
• The Oldest Horse – Just Gem (25)
• Oldest Combination – Tricia Budd & Just Gem

Then the chairwoman of the panel of judges announced the winners, she explained that the quality of the routines had been particularly high and the results had come down to technical merit – the results were as follows –

1st – Amy Yapp & Stevie’s Royal Pride (Jungle Book)
2nd – Tricia Budd & Just Gem (Dance of the Hours)
3rd – Kate Hopper & Sauber (Wild West)
4th – Kate Hopper & Sauber and Emma Smith & Miss Dixie Belle (Entertainment)
5th – Kerry Osbourne & Slim (Concours d’Elegance)
6th – Sammy & Colnafarrah June (Purple Prince)
7th – Gina King & Doublon and Lynne Tarr & Elliott (The Mob)
8th – Amy Durkin & Comanche (Buena Vista Social Club – Cuba)
9th – Ann Enticott & Pocahontas (Jungle Book)
10th – Amy Yapp & Stevie’s Royal Pride (Wipe-out)

BHRC would like to thank everyone who attended, either as a competitor, helper, groom or taxi driver, Jill Perrior for sponsoring the rosettes for the fun categories and playing the music, all our judges who gave up their time so willingly and Conquest Centre for allowing us to use their facilities. BHRC hopes to run this event next year.

Musical Ride report– From Kate Hopper – For those of you lucky enough to have been at Conquest on Sunday 25th Sept you may just have seen the culmination of a lot of (hopefully) fun training & dedication. I won’t pretend that training wasn’t without it’s issues & on no occasion did we manage to have the full line up of riders & horses (although my thanks go to those that stood in, doing a sterling job & contributing to the routine) but we overcame everything & performed one of our best routines to date when it really mattered.
The last few months have been a fantastic opportunity to get to know other members of the riding club & their beautiful horses & I thank you all for sticking with it especially in those moments when it looked quite hopeless but I said it would be fine & it was! Thank goodness!!
Thanks also to the tireless ground crew. Saraloo, who played the music & spent most of the time without a clue of what we were doing – you were not alone! & Jill who designed our lovely browbands.
Next year we are going to do ‘Oliver, The Musical Ride’ so if you would be interested in joining in let me know. This is going to be so much bigger & better so I would love lots of you to be involved in this! I will be scouring the Radio Times Christmas double issue for the film to bring myself up to speed although I understand Trish is a bit of a connoisseur on this subject.

“In this life, one thing counts, in the bank, large amounts, I’m assured these don’t grow on trees, you’ve………. join in when you’re ready”! T x

Autumn Show – 2nd October at Heazle – and the following week-end we all met up again! Another glorious day and although entries were slightly down from the Spring Show, the quality certainly made up for the quantity. I left Gem at home as she is having a well-deserved rest after her exploits the previous week end, so I was poo picker and photographer – I have got into this role rather well, the paparazzi have nothing on me, one nice lady even asked me where she could buy my images! The highlight for me was seeing our very own Emma Smith and Dixie awarded the in-hand Championship – congratulations to them both.

• AGM and Christmas Party – Friday 2nd December 7.30 pm at the Catherine Wheel Pub, Hemyock. Everyone is invited, you do not have to be a member. Come along and help celebrate another wonderful year for BHRC.

Trophies – on that note – if you were lucky enough to be presented with a trophy last year, please can you return it? Many thanks, T.

• Flatwork Training – at The Conquest Centre, Norton Fitzwarren, with Karen Cameron
• Monday 24th October at 6.00 pm
• Monday 21st November at 6.00 pm
• £15 per person. Contact Deana to book your place. deanarowland2@aol.com

• Friday 11th November at The Conquest Centre – 6.30 – 7.30 pm, show jumping training with Nicky Lumb. £15 per person. Book with Tricia on triciabudd24@gmail.com

Secretary report for September
I am back at work, Gem is getting woolly and the nights are drawing in!
The eagle eyed of you will have noticed this email comes from a different email address – I have done a foolish thing! Back in the summer my account was hacked and I changed my password; no problem. My iPad and iPhone are linked and have cookies so I don’t need to use my password. When I got to school I tried to log in to my account and for the life of me I can’t remember my password. I have tried every possible combination I can think of – nothing. I can send a request to the phone or email address I used when I set up the account. But the phone has long gone and Steve can’t remember the password to the recovery email! I can still send and receive emails to my”24” account, but its days are numbered. Therefore, update your contacts and use triciabudd1991@gmail.com for all further communications to me. 1991 was the year I got married and the year Gem was born – which do you think I am remembering in my email address?!
Royal Marines Dressage – The latest competition in the Blackdown Hills Riding Clubs busy year was a fund raising event with all proceeds going to the RMCT fund. Competitors were encouraged to dress themselves in a military style and special rosettes were given to the best outfit in each class. The newly formed Blackdown Hills Riding Club Musical Ride made its debut performance. Eight horses and riders rode to a selection of sea-faring music, including the Royal Marines theme tune “a life on the ocean waves”. The horses were foot perfect and looked great in matching brow bands made by committee member Jill Perrior. The sun shone and the club had record entries; dressage Judges Sally Haddon and Karen Cameron commented on the high quality of tests and the ever popular have-a-go dressage2music classes were great fun and hotly contested! The whole day was a great success, making over £300. The results are as follows –
Class 1 BB W&T Intro B
1st Trudi Mann Fizby R
2nd Sarah Gallaway Hot Toddy
3rd Megan Final June
4th Bea Perham Baby Jay

Class 2 Prelim 4 Section A
1st – Suzie Maunder Just Nicola
2nd – Deana Rowland Indie
3rd – Ann Enticott Pocahontas
4th = Sarah Gallaway Hot Toddy
4th = Sylvia Bently Max
6th –Megan Edwards Dandy

Class 2 Prelim 4 Section B
1st Janet Sage Beau
2nd Georgina Palfery Billy

Class 3 Prelim 12 WS&DD
1st – Suzie Maunder Just Nicola
2nd Ann Enticott Pocahontas
3rd Dezi Nicholls Pollyanna Q
4th Emma Smith Miss Dixie Belle Q
5th Janet Sage Beau Q
6th Jenny Jordan Bramble
Class 4 D2M Individual
1st = Kate Hopper Sauber
1st = Greta Duff Marys Squirrel
3rd – Tricia Budd Just Gem
4th – Jenny Jordan Bramble

Class 5 Novice 28
1st – Dezi Nicholls Pollyanna Q
2nd Janet Sage Beau Q

Strictly Dressage to Music – Sunday 25th September at Conquest. Entries are in and times will be out next week. This is free entry to spectators who will get a voting slip for the “Fun” categories, a chance to see if you agree with the judge’s panel! The Musical Ride will also be doing their Royal Marines performance at approximately 2.30 pm. If anyone is able to help for a couple of hours I would be very grateful. Gem is sound and behaving like a part broken thoroughbred so we are hoping to compete – fingers crossed!
Autumn Show – 2nd October at Heazle.
Amendment to the schedule regarding foals.
Class 1 – Young-stock Open will now be accepting foals. This class will be divided as follows – Class 1 A – 1, 2 and 3 year olds. Class 1 B – foals. The full schedule is on our website blackdownhillsridingclub.co.uk/events
Quantock Equestrian is holding a sale of Tack, Clothing and Gifts also gifts from Quantock Lavender and Quantock Inspiration with their unique animal related gifts Sunday 2nd October 10am-4 pm Being held at: Broomfield Village Hall, Broomfield, Somerset, TA5 2EQ Come along and grab a bargain. Vicky Henderson.
Training - 24th September at Paddocks with Karen Cameron. Polework and/or flat work. £15 per person – contact Deana to book your place.
AGM and Christmas party – Friday 2nd December at Catherine Wheel Pub, Hemyock. Come along and help us celebrate yet another fantastic year for BHRC.
• Contact us –

• Tricia Budd 24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset .TA3 6JJ. 07883631364 triciabudd1991@gmail.com

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

 

August enews from Saraloo
Hello all,

Where has the Sumer gone? I don’t mean weather wise, as in all fairness, its not been too bad. On the sad side, my fields have cracked badly; my garden is in need of water, as do my pots that have shrivelled to nothing. However I haven’t had too many nasty flies and for every event I have been to so far, it has remained dry. I just can’t believe that it is nearly Autumn. There is dew on the ground most mornings and the birds are singing their Autumn song, why does time pass so quickly?
This was the same for our trip to Gatcombe. I booked the minibus ages ago and yet in no time we had filled it and here I was nervously waiting for everyone to arrive. There was a threat of rain / drizzle but it was all burnt off by the sun and we had a great day.
Well done to all of you that peeled yourselves out of bed at ‘stupid o’clock’ if like me you had to sort out a few animals before driving to Hankridge in Taunton to meet the minibus for 7.30am.
Having collected my friend on the way we parked up and then watched as the next 10 people gradually arrived. The minibus was a few minutes late, not a problem to anyone except the person who organised the trip (me) always nervous that everything works out ok. I was stood with everything crossed as the very nice, newish minibus arrived driven by the same chap as last year. Our driver had never been to such an event and had thoroughly enjoyed himself and so greeted us with great enthusiasm at the thought of going again.
There was hardly any traffic and so we had a good drive up to Minchinghampton, the small town where all this excitement happens. As per last year we timed it to perfection and arrived before the crowds. Now knowing the site, our lovely driver stated that he would try to get parked where we were last year even though the parking arrangements had slightly changed. I have no idea what he said but we ended up parked along side the Police vehicles right outside the entrance, amazing.
We all piled off the vehicle and headed straight for the coffee. After eating a small piece of very nice flapjack and downing a particularly delicious Latte we felt ready to attack the retail stands. My friend Sue with thoughts of her new horse in mind was so eager to look for practically everything and we as her good friends eager to help her spend her money – he he. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves trying to remember which stands we had purchased at, as they very kindly offered to hang on to our goods until the end of the day so we wouldn’t have to carry bags of goodies all round the course.
I think this year there were more stands than ever. They were all varied and held an interest for most. I was especially impressed by the food vans. Having now, a rather alternative diet, it can be very difficult to find anything to eat at these events and I usually take my own food. I had been rather lazy and had only brought water so I was especially delighted to be offered a choice. We ate a leisurely lunch noting the numbers of people now thronging into the stands and food vans and feeling smug that we had done the retail therapy without the crowds, fabulous.
We then headed off to the Cross Country Course where we stayed a while before heading back to the main arena to see the end of the Shetland Grand National.
Into the main arena rode the Devils Horsemen – a group of men and two ladies on Andalusian type horses doing amazing stunts and riding tricks. They were fantastic to watch and proved to be rather exciting for my son who was with us as one of the ladies played a main character in Game of Thrones. (no idea about that) but he was excited and so were two ladies stood next to me, whose squealing of delight at this fact, nearly deafened me.
We stayed on to watch the most hilarious falconry display with a vulture and a huge group of volunteer children. The chap was planting dead mice under the children for the vulture to find, the kids were loving it – the parents – well I’m not too sure, but I found him very amusing.
We then ventured back to our favourite perch on the cross-country course – the hill overlooking approximately six jumps the main one being the water jump with Gatcombe house as the backdrop. We enjoyed watching the last 10 riders do their thing before the end of the days events and then …………………
well it seemed that every dog on the show ground and course had been let off the lead. They all belted down to the water jump and total chaos ensued. It confirmed that the most popular dog was the black Labrador I have never seen so many Black labs together, however the boss of them all was some indeterminable breed of terrier, which ran after all the dogs yapping loudly and trying to chase them out. Whilst the chaos was happening in the water, around the edge of the pond and at great speed several whippets were showing off their talent and not daring to venture in the water. Of course the best part of all this was when the owners tried to retrieve their mutts. The raucous yelling that occurred made us all giggle, many of the dogs had selective hearing and who was the last out – why the Terrier of course. Those fifteen minutes was one of the most entertaining events of the day.
We headed back to the main arena to watch the prize giving before wandering back to the bus. Amazingly we weren’t last and as the stragglers returned we all caught up on each other’s adventures of the day and scrutinised what had been purchased – Yes we had remembered to go back to the stands to collect our purchases.

Many thanks to the Riding Club for funding the minibus for us and the driver who was friendly safe and a jolly chap and many thanks to those that came along and made a great day, fantastic.

Sara
The rest is from me – Tricia.

Thank you Sara, I had a wonderful time at Gatcombe, although I forgot the sun screen and got burnt knees; now I know how Gems nose feels!

I have spent the last 2 days repairing and cleaning Gems rugs (all 15 of them) ready for the winter. I love the summer holidays!

I have also updated the slide show on our web site, using many of the photos I have taken with our new camera. I have been putting it off as it is time consuming and tedious as I can never remember what to do and in which order, this time I have written it down! (And I have become a crashing bore with said camera!)

The committee were out in force for our Summer Camp. They are a fantastic bunch and as a club we are very lucky to have them; thank you Joy, Deana, Kate, Jill, Jane, Georgina and Sara a great example of many hands making light work; 2 hours after the presentation of prizes and you would not have known we had been there!

Musical Ride training is this Saturday at Paddocks (20th) at 9.00 am and Monday evening at Conquest 6.00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in, either as a spectator or bring your horse and have some fun with us.

Clippersharp have an Equine Car boot sale tomorrow evening (18th) 5.30 pm start. Neither Gem nor I need anything but it will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, have a gossip and eat cake!

Our next event is our Dressage Day on 4th September. If anyone has a raffle prize or a cake, we welcome any donations. Please feel free to come along and join us. Similarly, if you can offer a couple of hours help we would be very grateful.

Times for this event will only be available from Joy; they will not be put on Facebook or our website due to a technical hitch.

Training at Clippersharp has finished for the summer and will resume at Conquest during the winter months. Thanks go to Kate Hopper who taught us well. Gem and I managed poles and grids, all the others have flown over jumps, bounces and all manner of poles in prominent places!

Training will continue at Paddocks for the next couple of months with Karen Cameron. Poles and/or flatwork sessions. Contact Deana for dates and times.
Blackdown Hills Riding Club Summer Camp – 30th & 31st July 2016

T’was the night before camp and at Paddocks the horses said to each other;

That mad lot are arriving, you know the ones
With kettles and flasks and hot bacon buns
With saddles and bridles
And tents by the score
They will keep us awake
With their music uproar.

They take over this place, for a couple of days
With salad and fruit and eyes all a glaze
With coffee and tea
And wine of a night
In a big white marquee
We need to sit tight

They go Sunday evening, with barely a sound
With prizes and gifts and rosettes abound
All tired and happy
With horses content
Ready for next year
In the scary white tent!
The following report has been sent to Ridgeway Rider. Out on the 1st September.

On the last week end of July, 12 members, horses and assorted BHRC helpers took over Paddocks Equestrian, Bickenhall for their 4th annual summer camp. Blessed with beautiful weather for the whole week end, a great time was had by all.

Open to both junior and senior members, camp started with a flat work session for the first ride, whilst everyone else settled their horses into their stables. Then everyone put up their tents, sorted out their beds and tucked into lunch, beautifully prepared by head chef
Pat Etherington.
More flat work and grid work training followed on from lunch, all taught by Karen Cameron BHSI who was a great hit with all participants. From tiny Samara just off the lead rein to more “mature” members, several who had new horses and gained in confidence over the sessions thanks to Karen with her humour, knowledge and plain common sense!

Saturday evening saw everyone head off to the local pub, some on horseback and others piled into cars. On their return, all were delighted to find their stables mucked out by Mia Perham and sausages and burgers sizzling on the B-B-Q, cooked by assistant chef Carl Reynolds.

Sunday morning dawned bright and campers rose sleepily from their beds to feed their horses and then themselves with cereal, fruit, yogurts and the very important first coffee of the day.

After either grid work training, hacking or fences in the show jumping field, there was frenzied activity as horses were bathed and plaited, saddles and bridles were cleaned and jackets dusted off ready for the afternoon dressage competition.

After hot bacon rolls and water melon, horses were tacked up and the competition started in earnest. Everyone had a go, being encouraged and supported by friends, family and fellow competitors.

At 4.30 pm everyone sat down to a cream tea in the marquee and were given their rosettes, score sheets and goody bags plus 3 special awards to members who had improved the most over the two days.

Achievement award – Lisa Gane
Progress award – Vicky Henderson
Instructors award – Bea and her new pony Jay.

Dressage Results

Section A
1st Bea and Jay
2nd Samara and Minnie

Section B
1st Deana Rowland and Indie
2nd Megan and Dandy
3rd Vicky Goody and Victoria
4th Kirsty Johns and Oska
5th Lisa Gane and Gem (hers, not mine!)

Section C
1st Georgina Palfrey and Billy
2nd Emma Smith and Dixie
3rd Vicky Henderson and Rodney
4th Emma Pearce and Annie
5th Amy Middleton and Mitzi
Section D
1st Dezi Nicholls and Pollyanna
2nd Tricia Budd and Just Gem
3rd Janet Sage and Beau

Many thanks to Kate and Graham Baker who made us so welcome, Paddocks liveries who didn’t complain when we took over their entire yard and Carl Reynolds for the evening entertainment!

Upcoming BHRC events –

4th September at Paddocks – Royal Marines Charitable Trust dressage day
25th September at Conquest – Strictly dressage-2-music
2nd October at Heazle Arena – Autumn Showing Show

 

Secretary Report for July

Hello to you all, I have recently had my email account hacked. I have changed my password and fingers crossed I am now un-hackable! Thank you to the people who contacted me to report the dodgy email. If you are in any doubt about anything I send you, text me on 0788363354. I send out block emails about once a month and I always put it on Facebook and our BHRC website. On a positive note; the sun still shines and I have less than 2 weeks before school finishes for the summer break!

Summer Camp is fast approaching! We are full but members are welcome to enter the dressage and/or the clear round jumping. We have a special treat in store as at 12.30 pm on the Sunday, Karen Cameron will be giving us a dressage demonstration on her lovely new horse Jet. (Gem is deeply in love with Jet) we are also going to hold a tack sale at camp. If you have anything to buy or sell, you are welcome to bring it along. (There is no charge)
Any help at camp would be greatly appreciated on either day and everyone is welcome to join us for afternoon tea at 4.30 pm for scones, tea, cakes and the presentation of prizes.

Gatcombe Horse Trials
We are funding a mini bus to take us on Sunday August 7th. Last year was a huge success and Sara has 4 spaces left. If you are interested then please email her – saraloosmenagarie@talktalk.net you pay for your own entrance either on the gate on the day, or pre book online.

Members only dressage Sunday 31st July at Paddocks.
From 2.00 pm. One test (prelim 12) but it will be split into several sections depending on entries. Entries to Tricia via email. Rosettes to all.
Dressage-2-Music Display Team – training is at Paddocks on the following Saturdays;
23rd July, 13th & 20th August – £5 per person per session.

Training
• Flatwork training with Karen Cameron at Paddocks, Bickenhall.
£15 for an hour with no more than 3 horses taking part in each lesson. They will be morning lessons, times to be confirmed nearer the dates.

23rd July, 13th Aug & 20th Aug

Anyone wishing to take part please contact Deana via email deanarowland2@aol.com
or by text 07841012410, spaces will be limited, last minute cancellations will still need to be paid for.

• polework/gridwork/show jumping training with Kate Hopper at Southwoods Farm, Culmstock (Clippersharp)
Training sessions will be £10 for an hour, there will be no more than 3 riders in a lesson. To be paid on the day, late cancellations will still need to be paid for and made through Tricia. Contact her on triciabudd24@gmail.com

They are all Fridays and are all 6.00 – 7.00 pm with the option of a second ride, 7.00 – 8.00 pm if the first is over subscribed.

22nd July; 5th & 12th August

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