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Breaking News!!!

This is great news for those of you who have harboured the ambition to be on a team, but have been put off by the daunting prospect of a long drive to Lincoln for the National Championships.

Well now is YOUR chance!

At VERY short notice, a South Wales and West of England Regional Championship has been set up for Areas 9, 12, (us!!), 15, 18 & 19, with the finals at Hartpury College, Glos. on 20th August 2016.

There will be dressage ( Pr 14 at Champs.), Riding Test, Style Jumping ( 75/80 cm) and Novice SJ ( 80/85 cm) . Our qualifying competitions will be at Chard showground on 25/26 June.

Of course, you can still elect to go to the National Championships at Lincoln – but not both!!!

So please get in touch with your relevant team manager as soon as possible! Carol Plested on 07973 360 968 for dressage and RT and Sara Bartlett for Style and Novice SJ on 07967 208 778.

Teams are great fun and do support the new Regional Championships!!

Phone your team manager NOW!!!!

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MSRC Spring Newsletter 2016

Mud. Glorious (or not so glorious) mud! That just about sums up the winter- oh and gale force winds which cost us one dressage day at King’s Sedgemoor in January. We hope you and your horses have survived and are ready to come out and join the activities of your summer programme.

Winter training has gone well – only two lost to the weather- and again has attracted a considerable number of non members which shows that we must be offering popular trainers! There were regular clinics with Nikki Stephens, Gaye Farquharson and Amanda Edmonds. Gaye has had her knee operation and Ed Hobbs kindly stepped in and took over the later sessions when Gaye was indisposed. There were full day clinics with Steve Hague, Sue Petty and Jane Holderness-Roddam. If you have any photos from any competitions or training sessions we would be grateful for these for our Facebook page or indeed a short account to go with it for one of the equestrian magazines.

Some of our teams have already been in action- Carol’s dressage divas tied for first place at the Novice winter qualifier and it had to be decided by the fourth score which put us in 2nd – but a fantastic performance. The eventers challenge team and the novice show jumpers have also been in action. 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 below SO PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!!

  • Sara Bartlett (07967 208 778) SHOW JUMPING
  • Mandie Bown (07968 146 209) HORSE TRIALS AND COMBINED TRAINING
  • Carol Plested (07973 360 968) DRESSAGE AND RIDING TEST

While talking about teams it is opportune to remind you all that BRC have introduced the new rules regarding hats for 2016 – all the information can be found on the BRC website and next year the focus will be on body protectors.

Some of you will have completed the questionnaire which was sent out last autumn. We are still scrutinising the main observations but one thing that stood out was venues. So – IF you know of any affordable venue within the club catchment area that has 2 all weather arenas, one competition size and one 20 x 40 for warm up, with good access, facilities ( loos , power etc) and plenty of hard surface parking for up to 30 – 40 boxes plus cars – please let us know details and availability.

For members who don’t compete – we wonder where you are when we put on social events which are intended for ALL members. We recently ran a quiz night to provide funds for our annual support of World Horse Welfare – it was a really fun evening and in the end we had 11 teams taking part but up until a few days before this was looking to be very badly supported. Ed Hobbs did a wonderful job as Head Chef and the supper was well received, Margaret ran her usual amazing raffle, Carol Plested excelled as Quiz Master and Alison Crommelin crunched all the scores. Kathy Emery’s team ran out the winners in a tightly fought contest, closely followed by Pam Thomlinson’s team and in third place Fiona Britten’s team.

If these social events don’t appeal to you – perhaps you would consider coming to help at an event occasionally – your help would be very much appreciated and can also be a very enjoyable experience. Just contact us please!

So to the Summer Programme ~ we have training with Gill Longhurst at World Horse Welfare, Amanda Edmonds at Kingfisher, Jumping and pole work clinics at SBEC at Sparkford Hall with either Ed Hobbs and/or Gaye Farquharson depending on their availability. There are three day clinics planned with Sue Petty at Kingfisher. Please book early for all training sessions.

On the competition front we have two jumping competitions at King’s Sdegemoor on July 3rd and August 7th. For these days we need two organisers – you will need 4 – 5 helpers plus yourself. Please contact Margaret if you could run one of these dates.

There are two dressage days booked at Kingfisher – May 28th and August 14th. Again if you are happy to help on one of these days please contact Marian.

We will also need help for the Annual Show at Wincanton Racecourse on June 12th and the Combined Training at Wincanton Racecourse on September 25th. Please contact Margaret or Marian.

We are also looking for prizes for the Annual Show – so if you have any spare or duplicated Christmas presents which you could spare for a class prize or a raffle prize, please contact Margaret. If you have used or eaten all your Christmas presents – if you wanted to donate a prize, something like a brush or a haynet etc, it would be gratefully received.

We hope to have another Supper Night at the Northover in the autumn to celebrate the Rio Olympics – so watch this space!!

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 for both training and competitions. See if you can spare time to help at one competition! Just a few hours will be appreciated.   Safe Riding!

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Novice Dressage team take 2nd place at Bicton

A Novice Dressage team travelled to Bicton on 14th February to represent our club at the Area 12 qualifier and came a very creditable 2nd out of 12 teams.

The team consisted of Becky Brunt (Bourne on the Up), Jess Brown (Betty Spaghetti), Sophie Hodges (Stranger on the Shore) and Lola Ham (Marshall’s Murphy).  Becky also received an individual 2nd.

We all enjoyed the day and it was good for the members to meet each other.  Well done and good team spirit!

Carol Plested (Dressage team manager)

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Visit to Oaksey House in Lambourn

Following our wonderful donation to the Injured Jockeys Fund from the Richard Johnson evening,   we were invited to visit Oaksey House, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys, in Lambourn.

At Oaksey House - the rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys

A group made a visit on February 17th and were shown around the complex by Chicky Oaksey and saw the facilities available there to assist in making jockeys recover fitter and quicker.

The bronze is a statue pictured below is of Chicky’s late husband, Lord John Oaksey, whose foresight was instrumental in the foundation of the Injured Jockeys Fund.


Lord John Oaksey

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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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