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NWSC News – July 19

Gosh, can’t quite believe that I am starting work on this newsletter, whilst the Wimbledon tournament is being played out, this year seems to be trundling by so quickly.
As I write, our planned outing to HOYS in Birmingham in October, is more or less fully booked out – although one place remains available, so if anyone is interested in coming, please do book onto this trip and pay over the monies due £60, by the end of July. The cost covers, hire of mini-bus and driver to B’ham, parking and admission/ seat ticket, and is really good value for money.

Evening Dressage – May 
The evening dressage in May, took place on a Thurs evening, for the first time, so as to accommodate those who might be otherwise committed on a Friday, that includes me!
Entries were low, so not sure that the experiment worked, but 2 riders rode FSM tests, one rider doing so for the first time on her pony, which I know she was anxious about, but aside from one major spook, which with music doesn’t help, she completed the test, took a breath and smiled – music was fab too, rode to Queen 😊
Janet on the other hand rode her lovely pony Sam to Superman music playing in the background, the pony , wearing the appropriate superman browband.
As always, full results of all our competitions can be viewed under the events page of our website.

Charlton Park Funride
A great deal of time / effort goes into planning & running our charity ride through Charlton Park Estate and this year the principal players who were doing the hard graft, from January onwards, were Claire Lawson & Angie Ponting, this fixture ran on Sunday 16th June 2019. So many thanks to them both & others for giving up so much of their time for the Club’s major event of the year. Sadly, because of heavy rain for two weeks immediately preceding the ride and also on the morning of the ride itself, this had a drastic effect on the turnout of riders entering on the day, overall we had 37 riders compared to over a 100 in 2018, although those who did come had a thoroughly good time and unbelieveably didn’t get wet, quite how is a mystery, as there were some very heavy showers. One lovely rider, not part of the ride but a livery at CP, who was hacking out, cheerfully lobbed some money into the charity pot too. The photographer who was booked for the event, also dropped out due to illness but our fantastic club member, Simon Kearsley, stepped up and took some fabulous photos that can be viewed in the gallery section of the website.
Despite numbers, the ride still made a profit, just! The committee will decide shortly how much to dip into our own funds to ensure that our 3 chosen charities don’t miss out, CP Church, Watershed RDA and Wilts Air Ambulance.

Alyce King
The club has had a long association with Alyce, whilst a child & teenager she often attended the club events and latterly has become a welcome sight in the dressage judges box at our competitions, generous with her time, positive comments and smiley disposition.
Sadly she recently suffered a freak accident and spent many weeks in hospital, but is now at home and under-going rehabilitation, although I believe having to use a wheel-chair, for now at least. I am sure that I can speak on behalf of all the club members & website followers in wishing her well, for a full and speedy recovery and hopefully she can get back in the saddle in the not too distant future.

Clear Round Show-Jumping – 1st June
We had only one entry, so it did not run and in all likelihood we shall not run such an event again but focus our attention on the better- supported fixtures.

Long Arena Dressage – 23rd June
This was held at Brook Stud this year, as that venue afforded ample flat parking and a very large arena, on which the warm-up and competition itself took place. Our judge for the day was Casey Stickland ( International dressage rider), writer was Kim Lewis, scoring Inge & Clive and I took a few photos and called quite a lot of tests.
Those that came and supported us, thoroughly enjoyed the experience of riding a long test, daunting but actually much more time and room to ride the movements, although some riders would agree, that they lost marks due to inaccuracies, so a huge learning curve, but all finished the day with rosettes & happy faces, some photos of the day are on our FB page and we do plan to run this again next year.

Chiropractor Talk by Leigh Miller & Pud night
This was a well supported evening “do”, a demo and talk
by Leigh, with a question / answer session afterwards, immediately followed by eating loads of puds, cooked by Kim, Claire and me. No better way of spending a Friday evening chatting, sitting and supping drink and puds in the evening sunlight and even Benni, the horse, seemed to enjoy himself, see FB page for pics.

Forthcoming dates for your diary;
19th July – Evening Dressage, incl FSM
27th July – XC schooling, Ravensbrook
8th Aug – Evening Dressage, incl FSM
11th Aug – XC schooling
24th Aug – XC schooling
31st Aug – ODE, if are able to help on the day please email me.
21st Sept – local pleasure ride, details to follow
4th Oct – Organised coach trip to HOYS ( Birmingham )

All details of our fixtures are on our website/ fb page, look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.
Rita.

A jockey is walking down the road leading a racehorse when he bumps into a friend. “What are you planning to do with that nag?” the man asks. “Race it,” replies the jockey, surprised. “Well, by the look of it,” the man says, “You’ll win!”

Dressage – Sun 23rd June at Brook Stud

There’s dressage at Brook Stud this coming Sunday (closing date for entries is Tuesday 18th).

There’s a range of classes available :

CLASS 1. Prelim 19 (2008)
CLASS 2. Prelim Freestyle to Music
CLASS 3. Novice 38 (2005)
CLASS 4. Novice Freestyle to Music
CLASS 5. Elementary 53 (2007)
CLASS 6. Elementary Freestyle to Music

So far, most entries are Prelim 19 and Novice 38.

It’s a great opportunity to do a test in a long arena but in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and by next Sunday the forecast is looking much better.

Why not enter ?   should be fun !   <Click Here>

NWSC News – April 2019

Well an early glimpse of the Summer, during February, the last week of March and the run-up to Easter, glorious blue skies and the heat from the sun, gave most the chance to get out and enjoy hacking around the countryside, everything bursting into life and to get down and deal with the nitty gritty jobs of paddock and stable block maintenance, such a feeling of satisfaction when done. And the swallows are back !!

Dressage Competition
It seems to have been a slow start to the season so far, in part due to the equine flu outbreak, with lower attendances for the canter track / pole work /SJ clinics sessions in March, but we were somewhat bowled over by the level of entries to our first dressage competition of the year, 23rd March, although sadly two riders had to withdraw at the last minute. New faces and ponies joined us, to do their freestyle to music test, with some fabulous music choices booming out across the arena.

Riding Test Clinic
The Riding Test clinic, held a few weeks prior, and run / judged by Charlotte Christopher, new to our club, proved to be very popular and all the riders found Charlotte’s guidance to be very positive and confidence building.
We hope to run another clinic, later in the year, so look out for news of this on the website or on our FB page.
Just another reminder : to assist those who give their valuable time to ensure that the club trundles along smoothly and efficiently, please can you ensure that when making on-line entries, you pay by bank transfer at the same time, and if settling the fee by cheque ( via post ) that it is received promptly, within 5 days of making an entry.
This will the save the need to chase for entry fees and thus save embarrassment, on both sides.
The club really doesn’t want to play “hard-ball” by not chasing up fees and simply dis-regarding unpaid entries, as the ethos of our club has always been to promote a warm, fun & friendly atmosphere, and long may it continue, but we need you to help us, to help you 😊

Clear Round Show Jumping
We have decided this year to offer pre-entry clear round SJ, where each rider will be allocated a 15min session, so that you can warm-up around the arena on the flat and then pop a couple of designated fences, before starting the SJ round itself – these sessions are planned for April & June. Sadly the 14th April session, was cancelled, only two entries received, I suspect in part down to a clash of dates with the ever popular VWH fun ride in Cirencester Park, but we do plan to run a similar fixture in June.

Dressage Competition
Charlotte Christopher joined us once more to judge our dressage competition today, 27th April, when three riders from The Watershed RDA group also took part, with their super ponies, Finn and Copper, all ably assisted by their helpers. The club welcomes and supports this group, from funds raised in our annual Charlton Park Charity ride.
The other classes were well supported, and despite the very windy conditions, all those who took part went away having had fun and having achieved their own personal goals and it was once again a pleasure to see two new faces, who had travelled a short distance from a local livery yard in Wootton Bassett.

Forthcoming dates for your diary :-
16th May – Evening dressage, judge Casey Stickland
25th – Canter track afternoon
1st June – Pre-entry Clear round SJ
16th June – Charlton Park Charity Pleasure Ride
23rd June – Long Arena Dressage Competition, to incl FSM, Prelim, Elem, to be held at Brook Stud, Grittenham, Judge Alyce King
5th July – Pudding Evening & Talk by Leigh Miller, equine chiropractor.
31st Aug – One Day Event
4th Oct – Organised Coach Trip to HOYS ( Birmingham )

All details of our fixtures are on our website / FB page, look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.
Rita.

NWSC News – January 19

A belated happy new year to you all.

Can’t quite believe that we are nearly into February and hopefully Spring is just around the corner, although must confess I love those cold, sunny crisp days for hacking out, glorious.

 

AGM
We held our AGM last week, a small number turned out to hear a resume for 2018, the main thrust being that in the last twelve months, the club has thrived, with many new members and a greater variety of horsey activities being organised for all to enjoy.

Plenty is on offer for the coming season too, see our website for events listed to date, we hope to slot in a few more, as the year goes on and remember that joining our club is easy, there is a join option on our home page, and the subscription fee can be paid by bacs or cheque.

We duly thanked both Mark Lambourne & Julie Room, who have resigned from the committee, for their contribution to the club and welcomed on board Inge Studnik.

After the formalities were done and dusted, we then enjoyed a game of skittles and some food, needless to say, Craig won again!

Events So Far
So far this year, we are delighted to see that both the canter track afternoons & polework / SJ sessions, with Katie Withers, have proved to be very popular, so much so that they are filled quickly, with a wait list operating.

I attended the one on Saturday last and it was great fun, meeting a new rider Angela on her lovely Arab and Scarlett on her super new pony, Malley, very striking and such a good boy, especially as he‘d had to hack some distance to get there and behaved very well for her to achieve some good work over those pesky poles, even if he was a bit nappy at times, but Scarlett kept smiling !

Am sure at times, Katie was pulling her hair out, as some of us had a few “senior “moments and seem to be constantly riding in the wrong direction, such fun!

BUT, isn’t there always a but, Katie has found on occasion that some riders, although booked into the sessions, which are “ pay on the day “, simply don’t turn up or give notice that they can’t make it, which isn’t fair to either Katie or others, who might have wanted to attend.

Payment For Events
As a consequence, we are considering changing how these clinics are set -up, to pre-paid entries only, via website – payments either online to NWSC, at time of entry, or if by cheque, then to be received by Kathryn Tudor, secretary, no later than 5 days before the clinic with refunds only being given for withdrawals, with more than 48hrs notice.

The club shall update you via the FB /website events page, when any such change takes place.

In respect of other events that we run, to assist those who give their valuable time to ensure that the club trundles along smoothly and efficiently, please can you ensure that when making on-line entries, you pay by bank transfer at the same time, and if settling the fee by cheque ( via post ) that it is received promptly, within 5 days of making an entry.

The same refund policy will apply, 48 hrs notice must be given.

This will the save the need to chase for entry fees and thus save embarrassment, on both sides.
The club really doesn’t want to play “hard-ball” by not chasing up fees and simply disregarding unpaid entries, as the ethos of our club has always been to promote a warm, fun & friendly atmosphere, and long may it continue, but we need you to help us 😊

Forthcoming Dates For Your Diary
9th Feb – Canter Track afternoon
17th Feb – Polework/ SJ grid clinic – wait list for first session, places available for SJ session.
23rd Feb – Riding Test clinic with Charlotte Christopher, 3 places left, test intro – elem, see website.
9th March – Polework / SJ grid clinic
23rd March – first dressage competition of the season, to incl music classes – Judge Jo Lees.

We have already booked our dressage judges for dates later on in the season, Charlotte will join us again in April and Alyce King is booked for our long arena competition that we shall hold at Brook Stud in June.

We have decided this year to offer pre-entry clear round SJ, where each rider will be allocated a 15min session, so that you can warm-up around the arena on the flat and then pop a couple of designated fences, before starting the SJ round itself – these sessions are planned for April & June.

All details of our fixtures are on our website, look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.

Rita.

A horse walks into a bar. The barman confuses idioms with jokes and offers him a glass of water, but can’t make him drink.