Feb – April 2021 Newsletter
Another year, yet still many of our lives are in “limbo” – thankfully slowly but surely we seem to be reaching the end of the tunnel and can once again get out and about with our horses,
Because of the ongoing Covid crisis, it was a slow start to the year, the Club once again focussed its attention on online / virtual dressage competitions, which were well supported, some new faces and some familiar ones but on their new steeds, very exciting 😊
The up-side to these competitions is that it gives you something to aim for, is helpful if you haven’t any transport, plus you can vary your plans as to when to film the test, in case it’s chucking it down!
We were lucky for both Feb & March to have our super judges on board, Casey Stickland and Jo Lees, who have both competed up to a high level, PSG and beyond and are respected trainers – thankfully with a sense of humour, much needed sometimes!
The competition results are posted up on the website, at the foot of the relevant event page, and we have also posted on our Gallery, videos of the winning test for each class.
Our last virtual dressage competition is for April and thereafter we shall return to Ravensbrook Farm for our dressage competitions; 22nd May, 24th June and 30th July, but shall probably revert back to virtual comps between Nov 2021 – March 2022.
Finally, after 3 postponements, we were able to run the flatwork clinic with Jo Lees, using Casey’s great facilities.
The riders kept very warm, having to work hard during their 45 min lesson. Jo had the pleasure of teaching 8 ladies over 4 hours, being fully booked. Due to Covid we were required to re-locate to the outdoor arena so, Jo, at the end of the session was a little cold & hoarse, having to project her voice to 2 riders in a 60m arena against a very strong cold wind, but I could still hear her giggling though !
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, some found their horses more challenging than others but overcame the problem, with Jo’s support and we were delighted to welcome three new club members, Ali, Leanne and Jess on the day.
Future dates: 16th May, 3rd July and 21st Aug
10th April, Katie Withers welcomed us back to Ravensbrook, to enjoy two polework sessions, including raised poles, followed by a SJ grid session.
This clinic was well supported, and photos and short video clip are both on our website and fb page. The next such clinic is on 29th May and currently there are plenty of spaces available, so come on, get booking.
Katie does also book out her Canter Track, next one is this coming Sat 17th April, book through our website. I am sure more such sessions will follow, along with XC clinics with Katie later in the Summer prior to our two Hunter Trials – the first with a twist !
XC Clinics with Rhian Jones at Rabson – After her very successful debut with our club last year, Rhian has kindly offered another two sessions this season, on 24th April and on 19th June – full details on our website/Fb page and we aim to share the riders experience with you by posting pics / videos on our social media page etc after the event.
Le Trec 8th May – wow!! Fully booked – but in case of drop- outs nearer the time, if you wish to take part, please contact us and we shall put your name down on a “wait list”.
Best news of the year so far – Charlton Park Charity Pleasure Ride is BACK 😊
It is running on 27th June, pre-entries only, already had entries from some very keen participants, thank you.
We shall have cakes/tea on offer, a roaming photographer and the option to ride short and long routes.
Full details, as always, on our website and facebook page.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP STEWARD THIS RIDE, consider it a day out – lunch will be provided, please email Claire at email@example.com – thank you.
NEW, NEW, NEW – SHOWING SHOW on 1st Aug. ( QUAL SWPA C’SHIPS)
13 classes to whet your appetite, in-hand and ridden. The show schedule is already up on our website and FB page – no more than 15 entries in each class, pre-entries only and we have already accepted our first two entries.
We shall have refreshments, tack shop and a photographer.
The judges on the day will be Mrs Kate Woodhams and Mrs Ruth Mullen.
Other dates for your diary:
15th Aug – Hunter Trial with a twist.
2nd Sept – Harmony Horse Demonstration with Fliss Bell
19th Sept – Hunter Trial.
Membership – you can join the club at any point during the year. The sub is £15 per person or £23 ( family) and it runs to 31st December 2021.
Thank you for your continued support
Rita West ( chair )
Q. What does it mean if you find a horseshoe?
A. Some poor horse is walking around in his socks.