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Upcoming competitions and booking now for Autumn Training

Winter Training is starting and the first competitions of the Winter Series are nearly upon us!

Steve Hague next Sat Oct 25th and then the Monday nights with Nikki and the Saturdays with Gaye.

First competitions of the winter series: Nov 1st Dressage at King’s Sedgemoor and November 9th Jumping at Kings Sedgemoor.

Do please support these events…

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MSRC Annual General Meeting





7.30 pm


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of 2013 AGM
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Team Manager’s Reports
  6. Committee Report
  7. Election of Officers
  8. Appointment of Hon. Auditor
  9. Presentation of Points Trophies
  10. Any Other Business

There will follow a ‘What are some of our former members doing now?!!’ with a Racing Theme – will include Nigel Payne, Ron Treloggen and Caroline Keevil

There will be free refreshments!

Remember!!!! This meeting is YOUR chance to have your say regarding the programme that the Riding Club puts on for you.

We need to know what YOU want from YOUR club – – so please make every effort to attend this meeting.

Please also remember that we are ALWAYS looking for more helpers at events and YOUR help , if even for a couple of hours – would be invaluable to the Club.

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Autumn Newsletter, 2014

Well this is amazing – the second Autumn newsletter in a row when we can start with what a wonderful summer we have had!!! There has been plenty of good hay and haylage made this year so the winter feed bills should be no more expensive than the year before, but let us hope that we don’t see the awful flooding problems of last year.

2014 has been a fairly quiet year for our teams at National Championships but our Senior Open dressage team were 8th at Lincoln, with the best individual performance coming from Nikki Forbes in 4th place in her arena, the team were 10th in the Riding Test with Lola Ham securing a well deserved 2nd in her arena. Congratulations to everyone who represented us at Area or Championships in 2014. Our Team Managers work so hard to get teams together and once again we would stress that the onus is on YOU to contact the relevant Team Manager and tell them that you would like to be considered for a team. If you put yourself forward for a qualifying team, please be aware of when and where the Championship is due to take place and if your team qualify you will be expected to go to the Championship. Our Team Managers are: Alys Matravers – dressage – 07525 717 925, Mandie Bown – horse trials and combined training etc on 07968 146 209 and Sara Bartlett – show jumping on 07967 208 778. They would love to hear from you!!!! The first qualifier will take place at Pontispool on October 26th for the Winter Dressage in which 2 members ride a Prelim test and two ride a Novice test. The final for this competition is at Hartpury in the Spring. All tests at the qualifier and championship are on a surface.

The Summer programme of events and training went well and although entries are frustratingly slow to come in – the Pic n Mix looked dire up to a week before the competition – but then by the time the day of competition arrived, entries were quite respectable. It is so stressful for the organisers though especially when we are hiring venues often at vast expense. So please try and enter early!!! We thank our Summer trainers – Amanda Edmonds, Gill Longhurst, Gaye Farquharson and Ed Hobbs. The training has been very enjoyable and informative and several new combinations have benefited from these sessions.

So to the Winter Programme -on the competition front we have dressage and jumping at King’s Sedgemoor and dressage at Kingfisher. We have training at Kingfisher with Nikki Stephens taking the popular Monday night sessions again, three clinics with Gaye Farquharson and day clinics with Sue Petty, Steve Hague and Jane Holderness-Roddam. We need helpers for competitions and training days and will be very glad to hear from you if you can spare a couple of hours on any of the dates. Please contact the organiser of the event or training – they will be delighted to hear from you!

The membership fee has been held at the 2013/14 level and membership is due for renewal on November 1st. We hope to see you at the AGM on November 6th at Long Sutton Village Hall – free supper – presentation of annual awards and for entertainment we have asked various previous members of the Riding Club to come and talk about where their lives with horses have now taken them. Star turn will be Caroline Keevil, who is now a successful trainer. World Horse Welfare will be there with Christmas Cards etc – so please do make use of this opportunity to buy cards and gifts from them. Do come along and tell us the things YOU would like to see the club putting on in future.

The Supper Evening with Mark Todd is almost upon us – this sold out so quickly we hope you were not disappointed – but the applications came in thick and fast and Margaret was inundated with post within days of the announcement of the date and venue.

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 or training sessions.

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A message from Margaret

After standing down as your Chairman at the end of last year our club is running seamlessly on thanks to the ever-efficient working committee, while a new Chair appointment is made.

I would like to say an enormous ‘Thank You ‘ to so many of you who very generously contributed to my gift; to say that I was overwhelmed is an understatement as so many of you were so kind. And my ornamental corgi stands on my shelf, close by, as a lovely reminder of my Chairmanship of Mid Somerset.

I am continuing as an ‘Indian’ instead of the ‘Chief’ for as long as I am wanted so will still be seeing you all as often as you come to our Club events.

Thank you for your support, in every way over the years,

Very Sincerely,


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Mark Todd evening – fully booked

Supper Evening with guest speaker SIR MARK TODD!!



Two course supper:  6.45pm for 7.15pm (sharp!)

Sorry – this event is now fully booked with a waiting list.


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Pic’n’Mix Schedule is now available to download

Pic’n’Mix Competition

Sunday 24 August at Wincanton Racecourse

Choose from dressage only, dressage and show jumping or clear round jumping only.

  • Dressage tests include Prelim, Novice and Elementary tests.
  • Jumping is from 2′ to 3’3″.

Click here to download the Pic’n’Mix schedule

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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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