Book now for our training clinics with Jane Holderness Roddam and Steve Hague

There are many exciting clinics coming up over the next few weeks including special ones with Jane Holderness Roddam and Steve Hague.

Bookings are being taken now and non-members are always welcome if there is space.  Do come and join in.

Please visit the clinics page for more information…

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Grand Quiz Night


7.15 pm






Click here to download the information and a booking form

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New Year Newsletter 2016

Happy New Year to you all!

Sadly on the very day that I am writing this , we have lost our first competition to the weather. The dressage at King’s Sedgemoor has fallen victim to the wind and rain.

Soggy fields and wet rugs seem to be the order of the day for this winter so far and yet the grass still continues to grow. At least the evenings are beginning to draw out already.

So -to round up our recent events~ I am sure those of you who came to the Richard Johnson evening will agree that it was a fantastic evening. We were able to send an amazing £2280 to the Injured Jockeys Fund as a result of this event, a magnificent effort. We have had pictures in the Mendip Times and also Horse & Rider magazine and a very appreciative letter of thanks from the IJF. Richard charged us nothing and would not even take travelling expenses and even felt guilty at accepting our gift of champagne – but as he had just ridden his 100th winner of the season at Wincanton that afternoon – we are sure he could find a use for this.

Training sessions have been going well with Amanda Edmonds being as popular as ever, Nikki Stephens clinics busy on Monday nights and the Gaye Farquharson clinics being enjoyed and our thanks to Ed Hobbs who has stepped in while Gaye is sidelined having her knee made bionic! In the New Year we have Sue Petty, Steve Hague and also Jane Holderness- Roddam. Please, please book early for these clinics. All of these trainers will teach ALL abilities so don’t think ‘ I am not good enough to do that’ because you are!!

2015 was not one of the best years for our teams – but the Horse Trials teams kept the flag flying with Gemma Sharpe winning her arena at the Championships and Kathy Emery putting in a really good performance. 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! Our SJ team manager is Sara Bartlett ( 07967 208 778) – she would love to hear from any of you jumpers – there is a new intermediate winter competition this year too. For the Dressage – Carol Plested is the team manager, we know we have talent in this discipline so please contact Carol on 07973 360 968 ) For Horse Trials, CT, Hunter Trials etc. , Mandie Bown is again the Team Manager( 07968 146 209).

We have had some new organisers this winter – which is great news- but are always still looking for more and for helpers – so please if you can spare a couple of hours – please, please get in touch with us.

As yet all the Summer dates are not confirmed – the Annual Show is booked for June 12th at Wincanton Racecourse and there will also be Combined Training & Dressage there in September. At the Annual Show we will also be running the Badminton qualifiers again.

All our dressage and jumping competitions are now Cricklands qualifiers – so if you want to ride in a Championship at the David Broome Centre at Mount Ballan – now is your chance. All details can be found on the Cricklands website.

Mid Somerset will not be running the Area 12 Dressage to Music qualifier this year but it will run on May 30th at Kingston Maurward with SWDG taking on the organisation. So all you potential music stars – get your programmes together now! It takes longer than you think! A huge thank you to the Mid Som team who have run this event so well for the past eight years.

Over the years some of us have attended Quiz evenings run by SWDG and they have proved to be great fun – so we are planning a similar event at Long Sutton Village Hall on March 12th. It will be a fun evening and there will be a supper provided – so make up a team and come along.

Bev Hodges ran another successful Table Top Sale in November and we are very grateful to her for this initiative – but sad that not many members attended. Another new venture was a test riding evening with Gill Longhurst which proved popular.

We hope to see lots of you out competing in the New Year. Just a reminder – please, please enter early and please, please if you change your e-mail address or mobile phone number don’t forget to let Julia know!!!! Between them Alex and Julia are still having all kinds of nightmares with your contact details! If you receive your programmes electronically , please download them or pay the extra £5 and have hard copy by post. It is so disheartening to hear people say that they didn’t know about a certain competition or training event because they hadn’t printed the programme.

Hats!!! Don’t forget that apart from British Dressage- hats only compliant with standard EN1384 are no longer acceptable! Do check yours!

Wishing you all sound and healthy horses and a Very Happy New Year

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Cricklands qualifiers

As of our competition on December 13th – all our dressage and jumping shows will be Cricklands qualifiers!!
So with a dressage score of 58% or more you can qualify to ride at the Championships at the David Broome Centre.Similarly for showjumping all you need to achieve is a
double clear at any height – you can qualify at as many heights as you choose!
Then you are off to Wales for a fabulous weekend of competition!!
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We held our Annual Supper Evening recently at Northover Manor in llchester – the charity this year was the Injured Jockeys Fund and Richard Johnson was the guest speaker. The occasion was made even more special by the fact that Richard had just ridden his 100th winner of the season at Wincanton that afternoon. Richard and Johnson White ( who is assistant trainer to Philip Hobbs establishment and where Richard is stable jockey) gave a fascinating insight into the life of a National Hunt jockey.

Margaret Peverley had produced her usual fantastic raffle and four extra special prizes were efficiently and lucratively auctioned by Nigel Payne. These four lots consisted of a lesson with Lucinda Fredericks, a subscription to Anthony Honeyball’s Racing Club, a morning on the gallops at Philip Hobbs’ yard for four people followed by breakfast and tickets to a West Country race meeting and finally a subscription to Brian Barr’s Racing Club which included yard visits and a stake in four horses running this season in the name of the club. Bidding was brisk and Nigel extracted every last penny out of the diners.

Richard very kindly waived his fee and expenses and at the end of an excellent evening with good company and excellent food, Mid Somerset were able to send a cheque for £2280 to the Injured Jockeys Fund – which is am amazing achievement. The Riding Club would like to thank all those who so kindly donated prizes for the raffle and the auction and enabled this fantastic total to be realised.

Richard Johnson with Margaret Peverley from MSRC and Johnson White

Richard Johnson with Margaret Peverley from MSRC and Johnson White

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An Equestrian Table Top Sale


Date: Friday 20th November 2015

Sellers: £5 per table (in advance only)
Purchasers: £1 on the door (adults) Children free

Doors open to sellers 6pm
Doors open to purchasers 6.30 pm

More information and a booking form

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MSRC Autumn Newsletter 2015

As I write this we are having a wonderful Indian Summer which will help to make up forsome of the dismal wet days in August that we endured. Horses have started to get woolly and I know a few of you are thinking about getting the clippers out already.

2015 has been a fairly quiet year for our teams at National Championships with neither dressage nor show jumping teams fielding qualifying teams at the Area competitions. We had qualified teams for the Festival of the Horse competitions but for one reason or another by the time of the Championships – we no longer had teams sound enough to participate. Our Horse Trials teams were the best of the bunch this year and the combinations who represented us at Swalecliffe after qualifying at Bicton in June did us proud and I understand enjoyed the experience as well. Gemma Sharpe won her section and Kathy Emery was 4th in hers, with the team finishing a really creditable 5th on a score that in some years would have had them first!! The other team members were Vicky Heal and Jo Gale – well done to them all. 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: Carol Plested – dressage on 07973 360 968, 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 January 30th 2016 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 Keysoe on April 9-10th. All tests at the qualifier and championship are on a surface for this competition. A list of planned qualifiers and Championship dates and venues is given at the end of this newsletter. In 2012 Mid Somerset were Riding Club of the Year , for our performances at Championships and we would like to get back to this level!

The Summer programme of events and training went well but entries have not been good and indeed the last dressage competition at South Barrow had to be cancelled due to lack of support. If we are not providing the type of competition you want – please do let us know. Our thanks to our summer trainers – Amanda Edmonds, Gill Longhurst, Gaye Farquharson, Sue Petty and Ed Hobbs. These trainers will also be available to you, plus others, during the winter programme. Ed’s jumping training will continue, as required, mid-week or weekends to fit in with the competition schedule – so please text Ed for more details.

So to the Winter competitions – we have dressage and jumping at King’s Sedgemoor and dressage at Kingfisher.   We need helpers for both 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! There is a test riding evening on December 7th which should be of interest to new combinations just starting to compete and more seasoned campaigners alike – Gill Longhurst is excellent in this role.

The membership fee has been held at the 2014/15 level and membership is due for renewal on November 1st. Please renew promptly! We hope to see you at the AGM on November 12th at Long Sutton Village Hall – free supper – presentation of annual awards and for entertainment we have osteopath Tony Nevin talking about his work with exotic animals which should be very entertaining. 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 leading NH jockey Richard Johnson is almost upon us – if you haven’t yet booked – contact Margaret NOW!

We hope to see you out and about at our events this winter and we normally add -Safe Riding! However, three of our members have had horrible accidents recently while handling horses on the ground, so maybe Keep Safe is more appropriate.

and remember~

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

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