NWSC Newsletter May – Aug 2021
1976 – 2021 – Club’s 45th Year
What a Spring and Summer the club has had so far, stupendous, am absolutely over the moon, that so many riders have supported our events, although we are having to “live with Covid” we can crack on and enjoy our horses and good company.
Our membership numbers have been slowly creeping up since January and we are just shy of 50 paid up members, with well over 800 FB followers. Good to see some new members have embraced the club and virtually entered every fixture held, an especially big thank you to them, they know who they are.
In May, we were able to provide polework\sj grid and flatwork clinics, with Katie Withers and Jo Lees respectively – most sessions being booked out completely, but sadly due to inclement weather we had to put back our Le Trec to June.
The pole clinic was especially challenging, Katie having set up a sort of spider’s web with the poles and then prix caprelli curve of poles, so the end challenge was to see if the horse would do flying changes when going through the centre of the web, some did, even if not deliberately ridden – the session was brilliant and another is already up on our events page for booking on 28th Aug.
We also re-started doing “real” dressage competitions, as opposed to “virtual”, it felt so good 😊
June, what a busy month that was.
The Le Trec clinic was ran by Michelle, of Wiltshire Horse Training, an hour spent negotiating PTV obstacles, really testing the partnership and trust of both horse and rider, such great fun. I took a rescue pony, just a youngster, whilst a friend rode my other youngster, they were both fantastic and very brave!
Both sessions were fully booked and the club has arranged another such clinic on 26th Sept, so get booking.
Rhian Jones was the trainer for our second XC clinic of the season, over the course at Rabson Manor, again both sessions were fully booked and all riders, from very nervous beginners to more established partnerships, had a brilliant time and all achieved their goals and MORE.
Rhian is such a skilled trainer across XC, knowing how to encourage the rider and assess what they can achieve, without losing their confidence or their horse’s trust.
We certainly plan to run another clinic either later this year or in 2022.
Our Evening dressage resumed in June and July, both extremely well supported- so much so, that we had to set a limit of 22 tesst to be ridden, otherwise we would have lost the light and the poor judge would have had to don night- vision goggles. Next dressage competition is scheduled for 2nd Oct.
The highlight of the month was our Charity Pleasure Ride in Charlton Park, virtually single-handedly organised by Claire Lawson (committee member). Due to the Covid step-by-step plan to loosen the restrictions, we opted to take pre-entries only, which if anyone has organised an event, is the way to go, and at the same time allocate approximate times for groups of riders to go out, which meant that there was steady flow, without too much bunching up on route itself.
A huge thank you to Claire & Phil and all the other helpers pre-event and on the day itself and Beccy Auston who provided refreshments and Molly Western for the super photos.– the weather decided to play fair so the 100 horses/ riders taking part weren’t drowned rats, as has happened before, and all the profits from the event was paid out to our 3 chosen charities, £350 Charlton PCC, £465 to both Wilts Air Ambulance and Watershed RDA.
July / Aug
Further XC clinics have been held, in July & Aug, over the course at Ravensbrook Farm with Katie Withers, and once again have been booked out with some more novice p’ships taking the plunge. They have enjoyed the experience of a well laid out course with fences in open fields and in woodland, so you get the experience of going from light to dark, which sometimes can upset the horse, so all good education and of course in the woodland setting the jumps appear to come up faster and you’ve got to steer to avoid those blessed tree trunks ! These sessions are always an excellent taster should you then go on to enter the Club’s Hunter Trials – 15th Aug (with SJ option too) and on 19th Sept.
The 15th Aug event has seen an unprecedented level of entries – so be sure not to miss out on 19th Sept, which will also include a Pairs class.
The Ossie Ward Showing Show was held on 1st Aug and was affiliated to the South-West Pony Association. We were a little unsure as to how this would go, as the last time the club ran any showing class only about 5 people turned up, but we needn’t have worried.
Having been guided, by one of our judges, Ruth Mullen, as to the type of classes to run, how the schedule should be set out etc – thank you Ruth !!! – we were delighted to receive entries from 60 competitors, most entering two or more classes.
What a day, weather good, first lorry arrived just after 8am, classes started bang on time at 9.30 am and ran through till 5pm. Hugh thanks to both judges, Kate Woodhams and Ruth Mullen, Molly Western for photos and Beccy Austin for refreshments and Kathryn Mattingley for Clippety-clop tack shop.
We have ideas to run some additional classes nest year, perhaps with children in mind to bring on the next generation and also an in-hand and ridden championship, so make sure you save the date 31st July 2022.
The winner of the Ossie Ward Trophy given to the member who had the highest points over the days competition went to Fi Boughton on Real Milan.
Massive thanks as ever to Katie Withers and the Hall family for their hard work in prepping the venue for our events and allowing us to use their farm as our main base.
Note – all results for all events are posted up on our website.
Dates for your diary;
Sat 21 – Flatwork Clinic with Jo Lees
Sat 28 – Pole and Gridwork Clinic with Katie Withers (28 Aug 21)
Thurs 9 – **DATE CHANGE** Evening Harmony Horse Demonstration with Fliss Bell (09 Sep 21)
Sat 4 – Riding Test Clinic With Jo Lees
Sat 11 – Cross Country Schooling with Katie Withers at Ravensbrook Farm (11 Sep 21)
Sun 19 – Hunter trials (19 Sep 21)
Sat 26 – Trec Clinic (26 Sep 21)
Sat 2 – NWSC Dressage comp with invitation to local RDA group.
Rita ( chair)
Why did the horse miss the joust? He had the knight off!