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Spring Newsletter

Well – Somerset has hit the headlines this winter for all the wrong reasons.  The flooding has been catastrophic for villages in the middle of  our area and we know our members have come to the aid of many horse owners during this difficult time.  Those of us who only have mud are really lucky!  We have only lost one competition to the weather – a dressage at King’s Sedgemoor – which considering the storms that have battered the region – is quite amazing.

The best news of the New Year was the news that Margaret Peverley had been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to equestrianism in the New Year’s Honours List. We were all delighted for her and at last her tireless efforts have been recognised and rewarded.  Margaret would like to thank all those who sent her messages and cards – she was totally amazed by the volume of congratulations received!

The winter training has been well attended and enjoyed. The regular sessions with Nikki Stephens sorted out the really hardy types that braved flooded roads and high winds in the dark. At least for the Amanda Edmonds and Gaye Farquharson clinics it was daylight, but Amanda had one session when the wind was so strong and noisy in the indoor school that she almost had to teach on a 20 metre circle to be heard! We have also run day clinics with Jane Holderness-Roddam, Steve Hague and Sue Petty and the feedback from all of them has been really positive.

The  Area 12 qualifiers for National Championships are in full swing now. Sara Bartlett has taken on the show jumping teams this year (07967 208 778) so do call her if you are interested in being on a team this summer. Alys Matravers will be looking for team members for the summer dressage qualifier ( 07512 239 303).  Alys already has a team qualified for the Winter Dressage at Hartpury at the end  of March. Mandie Bown  completes the team manager line – up, – Mandie  has hit a purple patch at the moment and has teams qualified for the Eventer’s Challenge and Combined Training at the Festival of the Horse  and is now on the lookout for Horse Trials combinations and she would love to hear from you on (07968 146 209)

The Dressage to Music  is at Kingston Maurward on May 26th. Mid Somerset are running this music qualifier again and Marian will be delighted to hear from you if you could help on this day, please. Some people have already volunteered but we do need more to lighten the load please – it is a very long day!  There are open non music classes too so perhaps some of you will come and swell the numbers.  If you want to have a go at the music – please contact Alys  as soon as possible. There is also a non BRC qualifier PYO test freestyle class – a really good place to start!

Our Summer programme includes a SJ/XC arena competition for the first time and we hope will prove very popular.(May 18th). Otherwise we have our normal mix of jumping and dressage – and the Annual Show. For the Annual Show we are asking for members to donate a prize as sponsorship from companies is becoming ever more difficult ( a haynet, bucket, nylon headcollar etc) – we are also looking for Easter Eggs for the Mini Combined Training on April 19th. Please contact Margaret or Marian.

Our summer training will include Gill Longhurst at WHW, Kingsdon; Gaye Farquharson and Ed Hobbs at South Barrow and Amanda Edmonds at Kingfisher.

We start the new season with a Judge Training and Dressage Explained evening at Kingfisher Equestrian on April 3rd. Alicia Anderson will explain what the judge is looking for and our guinea pigs will demonstrate movements and also ride tests from Intro to Elementary for you to judge. There will also be some dressage to music demonstrations to whet your appetite for freestyle.

We will not be running the terrier racing evening this year but are planning an evening at South Barrow Equestrian – probably in July – with Hickstead Horse Feeds and we will run the tombola there and Ed is planning a barbecue.  We will use this as our charity fundraiser for World Horse Welfare.  If  you have any unwanted Christmas presents – we are on the hunt for tombola prizes please.

We hope you find something to interest you in the Summer Programme ~ we look forward to seeing you out and about soon. Safe Riding!

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New Year Newsletter 2014

Well- what a fantastic start to the New Year!!  Margaret Peverley our stalwart of Mid Somerset since it’s inception 45 years ago -(yes forty five years since the start of the Bath and West RC!!!!) has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to equestrianism in the New Years Honours List. Our heartfelt congratulations go to Margaret – she has so richly deserved this wonderful accolade.

Sorry to come back down to earth but …………

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP???  IF NOT THIS WILL BE YOUR LAST COMMUNICATION FROM THE RIDING CLUB!!!!

Having hopefully reminded those of you who have forgotten that November 1st has now passed ~ we will pass on to more pleasant topics!

Those of you who came to the ‘Jock Paget’  evening at the Northover in November – will hopefully have enjoyed the wonderful evening with Tina Cook. We could not have announced this in advance as until Jock Paget’s test of the B sample was postponed – he was still hopeful that he would have been allowed to come.  Tina was amazing and understood our predicament and stepped in at the eleventh hour and did a superb job.

Now the 2014 qualifying season kicks off on January 18th at Badgworth  with the Indoor Show Jumping – our new SJ team manager is Sara Bartlett ( 07967 208 778) – she would love to hear from jumpers ready for summer teams too!  For the Winter Dressage – Alys Matravers is the team manager for dressage ( 07512 239 303) that is January 26th at Pontispool .  For Horse Trials, CT, Hunter Trials etc. , Mandie Bown is again the Team Manager( 07968 146 209).  Being a Team Manager is really hard  and very often thankless work, these managers do not have time to ring everyone on the members list – so the onus is on YOU to contact them and make yourself available!!!  We usually run at least one Area only team which will give you the taste of team participation without the stress of thinking you may face a National Championship before you really feel ready.  So please pick up the phone and talk to the relevant team manager for whichever discipline suits you and have a chat to them – we need to get MSRC back at the top! Let’s make 2014 a vintage year!

The start of the winter season has begun without weather disruption and although entries haven’t been brilliant – the competitions have been well run and enjoyable.  Do please help the organisers by entering dressage in good time as it makes the organisation much more difficult when the entries don’t come in  until the poor organiser is preparing the times.

Training clinics are going well – Nikki Stephens, Amanda Edmonds and Gaye Farquharson have been busy and we are about to have clinics with Jane Holderness-Roddam (spaces available -please book asap), Steve Hague and Sue Petty.

The summer dates for our open shows are :

Wincanton Racecourse
May 11th – Dressage Festival
June 8th – Annual Show
Aug 24th Pic n Mix Combined Training day
We would be delighted to have offers of organisers for these events – or if not organisers – some helpers, please! Could you contact Margaret or Marian if you are prepared to take on one of these competitions?

South Barrow
Dressage – June 1st, August 3rd & 21st September
Show Jumping – May 4th, July 6th & August 10th.

King’s Sedgemoor
May 18th Eventer’s Challenge Jumping

Mid Somerset are running the Area 12 Dressage to Music qualifier at Kingston Maurward again this year (May 26th) – so  yet again Marian is looking for helpers for this day –so please ring her.  If you want to come and ride in the non music classes – there is something for everyone and if you want to ride in the music classes please ring Alys.   We hope Saracen will again kindly sponsor the music classes with lovely prizes. There will be an Open – Pick a Test -  music class so if you want to have a go at this – now is your chance!

We also are planning another Judge Training session with Alicia Anderson – watch the website for more details!

Finally – as many of you will know – Margaret has moved house.  Her new address is: 31, Yeovil Marsh Park, Yeovil, Somerset. BA21 3QQ. Please DO NOT send mail to Locombe Cottage – or if you can’t break the habit of a lifetime and still do it by mistake ONLY mail addressed to Mrs M Peverley will be redirected by the Royal Mail – nothing addressed to Mid Somerset Riding Club will be sent on to the new address – it will just fall into a black hole!

We hope to see lots of you out competing in the New Year and wish you all sound and healthy horses and a very Happy New Year. Please enter early and please if you change your e-mail address or mobile phone number don’t forget to let Julia know!!!!

Your Committee

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Next competitions

The next dressage competition is:

  • Sunday 9 February 2014 at King’s Sedgmoor EC

The next show jumping competitions are:

  • Sunday 19 January 2014 at King’s Sedgmoor EC
  • Sunday 9 March 2014 at King’s Sedgmoor EC

Visit the competition page for more information.

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Jane Holderness Roddam Clinic – 11 January

Are you planning on attending the Jane Holderness Roddam clinic? – if so please contact Marian Draper to let her know… …please see booking form below.

By popular demand, Jane will be taking four sessions, starting at 10am. Each session will last for approximately 90 minutes.  Please be honest about your ability as it will help everyone if we grade the sessions correctly.  We can obviously tailor classes, depending on the demand for various activities, but it was thought that they would include some pole exercises and small grids with the later classes having more emphasis on the jumping and focusing on technique and accuracy which would be useful for cross country.  All abilities catered for – young horses – novice riders – just be honest and we can fit you in to the correct group and you will undoubtedly enjoy your lesson.
Venue: Kingfisher Equestrian, Lovington. BA7 7PS
More information and booking form.

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Are you interested in being in the Novice Indoor Show Jumping Team?

A plea for any show jumpers to get in touch with Sara Bartlett as soon as possible if they would like to jump on the Novice indoor show jumping team please!

The qualifier is at Badgworth on January 18th 2014 but Sara has to get the entries in before Christmas.

The final is at Hartpury College the last weekend in March.  Sara’s contact number is 07967 208 778

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Autumn Newsletter

How nice to be able to say what a wonderful summer we have had – yes the ground has been hard , but there has been wonderful hay made this year and the horses have looked well with the sun on their backs and we haven’t had to cancel events due to waterlogged ground – so lots to be grateful for!

2013 hasn’t been a vintage year for our teams and our representation at Championships has been much below our normal performance.  Sarah West did well at the Horse Trials and Marie Clements qualified for Lincoln but declined the invitation as she was our sole representative and that is a long way to go on your own. Alys Matravers qualified both Tiger Tim and Fancy Pants for the Dressage to Music finals which are about to take place shortly. We are constantly on the lookout for team riders and please do make yourself known to either the Team Manager or a member of the committee who can point you in the right direction – the next qualifiers to come up will be the winter novice dressage ( Prelim and Novice standard) and the Novice Indoor Show Jumping.  The championships for both of these will be at Hartpury in Spring 2014 – all on surfaces and a straightforward one day journey from here.  So think about it and get in touch!  Sarah Whittington and Ed Hobbs ran some very popular jumping training during the summer –  with teams in mind – and we are very grateful to them. Let’s look forward to a good 2014 campaign!

So to the Winter Programme – For our Supper Evening we have been so lucky in securing the services of Jock Paget to come and speak to us – and we had him booked after his Badminton victory – so we made a good choice!!. He will be talking at the Northover Manor, Ilchester on November 7th and you will find a booking form with this mailshot.  There are only 120 places – so don’t leave it too late!! For our training days you will see that once again we have our usual stalwarts in  Jane Holderness – Roddam, Steve Hague & Sue Petty, in addition to our regular sessions with Nikki Stephens, Amanda Edmonds and Gaye Farquharson. There will be something suitable for everyone and every ability so do come and support these clinics.  For any clinic involving jumping we are insisting that participants provide a helper or help in another session themselves – we cannot expect our trainers to do this by themselves! Fees for clinics MUST also be paid in advance.

We are using only King’s Sedgemoor EC at Greylake on the A361 near Othery and Kingfisher Equestrian this winter! We are still desperately looking for helpers at events – so please try and spare some time to help at an event this winter – please ring one of us
before we have to ask YOU!!!

The membership fee has been held at the 2012/13 level and membership is due for renewal on November 1st.  We hope to see you at the AGM on November14th  at Wincanton Racecourse – free supper – presentation of annual awards and  a quiz!!! Our cheques from the Terrier Racing will be presented to World Horse Welfare ( who will also be selling Christmas Cards etc) and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

We hope to see you out and about at our events this winter and Safe Riding!

If you are not riding – please offer to help at one of the events.

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