MSRC Supper Evening with guest speaker Richard Johnson


Two course supper.  Price: Members £23 Non members: £28
6.30 pm for 7.00 pm (sharp!)

Tickets available from Margaret Peverley

Richard Johnson is a leading National Hunt jockey who is ‘hot favourite’ to become Champion Jockey in the current season. Born into a racing family Richard was Champion Conditional jockey in 1995. He has won nearly 3000 races, amongst them the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle   A night not to be missed! Plus an excellent raffle and an auction!     Supporting The Injured Jockeys Fund.

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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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7.30 pm


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of 2014 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 be an interesting, informal and entertaining talk by Tony Nevin, osteopath, talking about his time running Zoo Ost which saw him treating a variety of exotic animals and birds. He will also touch on his passion for Elephant Polo in the Far East.

 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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Sam Griffiths evening raises £250 World Horse Welfare

Margaret Peverley and Marian Draper were delighted to present a cheque for £250 to Claire Phillips, Manager of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm near Somerton.

This was money from the Sam Griffiths evening earlier this year.  The evening started with Jeremy Greenop from RNAS Yeovilton talking about  low flying helicopter activity and the importance of wearing HiViz for rider safety.  This was followed by an entertaining and informative talk from Sam Griffiths, the Australian Olympic event rider who is based locally at Gillingham.

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Margaret Peverley and Marian Draper present a cheque for £250 to Claire Phillips. Photograph © COPYRIGHT Nigel Andrews 2015

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Forthcoming highlights…

We have lots of exciting events coming up that we hope to see you at – do put the dates in your diary now!

  • Sunday 30 August – Pic n Mix Dressage and Show Jumping at Wincanton Racecourse
  • Sunday 20 September – Dressage (unaffiliated) at South Barrow Equestrian Centre
  • Saturday 10 October – Sue Petty Dressage Clinic
  • Friday 16 October – Supper Evening with guest Speaker Richard Johnson

For more details of all these events visit the Clinics and Social Events page or the Competitions page of the website.

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Upcoming Events

Please visit the calendar page for more events…

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MSRC Spring Newsletter 2015

We couldn’t really complain about this winter – I have only had the water buckets in the stable frozen twice which is amazing. We have been so lucky. The days are getting much longer now and we hope we an all look forward to a good summer with lots of equestrian activity and sound horses.

We didn’t lose one competition day this winter – and one jumping day was amazingly sunny and really brought out the crowds and we had a fantastic day! Thank you to all those of you who ran winter competitions for us – we are very grateful.

Winter training has gone well and has attracted a considerable number of non- members too which is interesting. There were regular clinics with Nikki Stephens, Gaye Farquharson and Amanda Edmonds. There were full day clinics with Steve Hague, Sue Petty and Jane Holderness-Roddam. Despite Area 12 springing the Intermediate qualifiers on two of these days and another qualifier on Jane’s day, we still managed to fill them and these were all greatly appreciated and enjoyed. We also ran an evening with Sam Griffiths in combination with a talk from the Community Relations Officer from RNAS Yeovilton on low flying and the horse rider. This was very much enjoyed and there was an excellent supper provided too!

Our teams have all been in action and there are reports below from each Team Manager. We would remind you that Team Managers do not have the time to ring everyone on the membership list and the onus is on YOU to contact them and offer yourself for team selection. Their contact details are given with their reports – SO PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!

Sara Bartlett (07967 208 778) SHOW JUMPING

The Show Jumping teams got off to a good start with the Intermediate Team qualifying for the Championships. The team consisted of Mandie Bown, Vicky Heal, Shiona Case and Carol Plested. The Novice Team were not so lucky and finished a creditable 5th with some hot competition. It was great to see a couple of new faces in the Novice Team and it would be lovely to see some more for the Summer Qualifiers – so do get in contact!


Late winter brings in the Festival of the Horse qualifiers – on 25 January two teams headed to Pontispool for the Combined Training. It was a fun sociable day with some new team members. Sophie Savage had a successful day coming second in her section.

The Eventer’s Challenge was a great day – with Michelle Phillips winning the 90cm class. Also the team of Michelle, Kathy Emery, Mandie Bown and Carol Plested coming 2nd and qualifying for the Championship at the end of May.
The Horse trails qualifier is on June 28th with heights of 80cm – 100 cm plus – so please get in contact if you would like to be on a team.

Carol Plested (07973 360 968) DRESSAGE AND RIDING TEST

We managed to field two teams and two individuals for the Intermediate Dressage winter qualifier at Stockland Lovell on March 1st 2015. The Maroon Team of Sophie Savage, Lisa Sharpe, Marie Clements & Mandie Bown came 4th with Lisa winning her Novice test. The Gold Team of Camilla Hankinson, Julia Down, Jo Pitman & Nikki Forbes came 5th with Nikki winning her Elementary test. As a non- riding Team Manager I was able to watch all the team tests and chat to everyone; several of the riders commented on it being a good and enjoyable team experience.

The Dressage to Music is at Kingston Maurward on May 25th. 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! If you could just spare three hours it would be an enormous help. 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 Carol as soon as possible. There is also a non BRC qualifier PYO test freestyle class – a really good place to start!

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 4th. Please contact Margaret or Marian.

Our summer training will once again include Gill Longhurst at WHW, Kingsdon; Gaye Farquharson and Ed Hobbs at South Barrow and Amanda Edmonds at Kingfisher. Sue Petty will be making a return visit in May 16th – Sue is very popular and can only take 12 riders – grouped in pairs according to standard – so if you want a place – do get in touch quickly to avoid disappointment.

We hope you find something to interest you in the Summer Programme ~ we look forward to seeing you out and about soon. Please help us by getting your entries in early. See if you can spare time to help at one competition! Just a few hours will be appreciated. Safe Riding!


Main Club contacts: Margaret Peverley (01935 473 188) Marian Draper (01458 241 506 or 07885 301 898) Treasurer & Membership: Julia Down (01373 461 807) Teams: SJ – Sara Bartlett 07967 208 778) – HT/ CT ~ Mandie Bown 07968 146209, Dressage & RT ~ Carol Plested ( 07973 360 968)

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