For the eagle eyed amongst you, you may have noticed that I made a mistake with the day of the week that the AGM is on. It is definitely on the 27th January at 8pm – which is a WEDNESDAY as all of you know, and not Thursday as put in the previous post. Sorry for any confusion caused! We would still like to ‘see’ as many of you there as possible. Many thanks for putting up with my errors. Kathryn
This is just a reminder that it is our Zoom AGM on Thursday 28th January. An important fixture in our club calendar and it is your chance to have your say. It is a first for the club, but we are trying to work round these challenging times! Normally it is an effort to turn out on a cold winter’s night, when you have just got in, and are warm and dry. However, this year, for the first time ever, that is not an issue. You can sit in the comfort of your own home, with drink by your side, in your favourite comfortable chair and join in! There is no need to travel, you just need a lap top / computer / smart phone / ipad and 30 mins of your time to join in and have a chat with other like minded people. Click on the AGM page of the website and ‘enter’ your name. Then we will email you with a link and a password to join the meeting.
Want the perfect Christmas present without going out to the shops? We are able to offer vouchers for club membership (single & family)!
To buy a voucher, please go to our website, home page and Join – on form provide full details of recipient of voucher, ie new member, and in notes space give your name as Giver, with email address, so that voucher can be emailed to you for Xmas day. Online payments only please.
Jan – April 2020 Newsletter
Gosh, what a start to 2020, unprecedented, I do hope that all of you are keeping well and coping with the current regime, hopefully life will gradually return to a “ new “normal over the coming weeks.
Thankfully we, as horses riders and owners didn’t have to endure the snow / cold of last year, but crikey, didn’t it rain ? It started the day of our pleasure ride in September through to early March and then suddenly Spring sprung upon us.
Whatever you choose to do with your horses and ponies at this time, just embrace and enjoy those moments, we are so lucky!
Update of past events;
In January we ran a dressage to music clinic at Breach Lane indoor arena, which was well attended, sadly some riders came on foot as their steeds were incapacitated but we had a fun 2 hours trying out different types of music to fit the look of the horses as well as their paces.
February we held a Riding Test clinic at Ravensbrook Farm with Casey Stickland with Kim Lewis, as writer & scorer. The weather wasn’t exactly onside that day, again strong winds, but those that did attend enjoyed the experience and came away feeling that their riding and horse’s going had improved over the session, tests ridden varied between prelim and medium levels.
We do hope to run such sessions again, later in the year.
As you will see from our events page on our website, that was the last event the club has been able to provide for it’s member and others – we shall be making a decision about the June Charity Ride in Charlton Park in early May but for now we are holding our first video dressage competition, have 10 tests being ridden, ranging from intro -medium and our judge is Casey Stickland.
Entry is now closed, although we intend to run another in May, so please look out for details on our website / fb page.
Results will be posted up on these two platforms.
Thank you for your continued support
Rita West ( chair )
It’s way pasture bed time!
July – Sept 2019 Newsletter
It’s a late Sunday afternoon, the spell of gorgeous dry, sunny weather has finally disappeared, as we tiptoe in Autumn, my favourite time of year, still lots on offer though, till the end of the season, and already planning a basic dressage to music clinic in January 2020 and possibly a showing show next Summer, watch out for further details !
Update of past events;
We held two very successful evening dressage competitions, one on a Friday, the other on a Thurs, as felt we wanted to make sure those riders committed elsewhere on Friday’s didn’t miss out, we were delighted with the level of entries, both sessions filled to capacity with 20 or more riders, and we welcomed two local professional riders, one specialising in dressage , the other in eventing, who were on “novice “ steeds – to be fair to all, we did re-arrange the classes to suit. Based on this experiment of different evenings, we hope to do likewise next Summer and perhaps slot in two day-time competitions, one Saturday, the other on Sunday.
Late August saw the second ever Ossie Ward Pick-your-own ODE – numbers were roughly the same as last year, although we opted this time to hold the show-jumping on the arena, with the dressage out in the field, given that we hadn’t had a serious drought this time, the going was much improved and all those taking part seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was lovely to have Tucktruck on site to provide a full range of refreshments.
The NWSC senior club member, Kate Rayner, retained the Ossie Ward trophy, but sadly no junior club members came forward for the event.
The club is aware the ODE is a “slow- burner” especially as there are lots of similar events on offer locally which does tend to affect entries, but nonetheless we feel that the club should continue to run this.
As always, full results of all our competitions can be viewed under the events page of our website.
The first of our Hunter Trials took place on 15th Sept, entries were on par with last year, the sun shone, it was hot enough for several of us to don our shorts 😊. Some riders were local, others had travelled from Newbury to attend, all riders came over the finishing line with beaming smiles, from children, no more than 7 years of age, to adults, let’s say in their “senior” years, sadly one such rider did have a bit of a moment, jumping a lovely round over the main XC course, only to be told that she’d jumped the last fence first, so the wrong course. She was philosophic about it though, as she was so proud of her Blue Cross rescue horse to have ridden clear, although shame about, quote “the numpty jockey “. Simon our website guru and great photographer took some great shots, which you can view in the gallery on our website.
Our next HT is on 5th October, so please refer to our FB page/ website for full details and entry form.
Today, the club held its second annual Pleasure Ride, this time over local byways, bridleways in the Braydon/Brinkworth area. Entries were well up on last year, but sadly the British weather let us down, but did that put a damper on things, NO, if didn’t ! Delighted that all but two riders turned out ( the others had lame horses ) and despite the rain being persistent to start with, they came suitably attired and ready for the challenge, no-one seemed to have issues with the written directions and thankfully all returned back to the yard, incident free, the ride took most 2 hours to complete. After settling their horses & drying themselves off, we then had the chance for a chin-wag in the barn with hot drinks and plenty of cake and the horses didn’t lose out either, as they were provided with carrots. The club has received some great compliments from those taking part and it is an event that we shall continue to run, but it may well be that we alternate between locations, so perhaps back to Bibury in 2020.
There are plenty of great pics of this event on our FB page.
Forthcoming dates for your diary;
5th Oct – final Hunter Trial
12th Oct – Riding Test Clinic, with Alyce King, currently full, wait list operating
20th Oct – polework / gridwork clinic with Katie Withers
9th Nov – final dressage competition, to incl FSM
16th Nov – polework/ gridwork clinic with Katie Withers
Details of our fixtures are on our website/ fb page, look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.
A pony goes to the doctor and tells him, “Doc, I think I’m dying. I have this terrible sore throat.”
The doctor assures him, “It’s okay—you’re just a little horse.”
Finishing touches are being made to the preparations. Dressage boards are being put out in the field this evening. Show jumping course is due to be built at end of week. Cross country courses are all ready.
Final chance to enter this years event! Click here to make your entry: https://northwiltssaddleclub.com/ossie-ward-one-day-event-31-aug-19/
Well the weather is looking to be set fair for the weekend, not too hot, nor too cold. The Cross country course has a good covering of grass, so the going should be pretty perfect. The show jumping phase is to be held on the arena on a surface, but there will still be plenty of space for warming up in the field.
Entries close on Tuesday 27th August.
Click here to enter: https://northwiltssaddleclub.com/ossie-ward-one-day-event-31-aug-19
Look forward to seeing you.