New Year Newsletter 2021

Dear Member,

I am sure none of us will be sorry to see the back of 2020! What a year!

First of all your committee would like to say a huge thank you for staying with us through a year in which we have been able to run so few events for you. I know it may seem that some of the centres have been able to offer more than MSRC have, but this is purely down to economics, in that they own their facilities –but for us to commit to big hire fees in such uncertain times and having to adhere to Covid protocols which changed all the time – was just impossible.

We did not run the Area Novice Winter dressage qualifier for the above reasons but kindly Charlotte took it on at KSEC and Carol’s report of a very good day follows later in this newsletter. The Intermediate qualifier had to be changed from it’s original date and will now take place on January 17th 2021 at KSEC. A reminder to potential team members to ensure that your 2021 membership fees have been paid on time!!

World Horse Welfare locked down their facilities for a long time but we are now back using the indoor school. There are strict protocols in place and no access to the visitor centre is permitted which means no loos! For this reason I have not asked Jane Holderness-Roddam to offer a clinic this winter – for an all day clinic some basic facilities are essential. Hopefully, the Sue Petty clinics can start again soon and the Amanda Edmonds and Gill Longhurst ones are currently running. The only change with these is that they will be organised by different people. Sara Bartlett has kindly agreed to take on the Amanda Edmonds ones and Jaki Dyer has kindly agreed to take on the Gill Longhurst ones. I have been running 34 + clinics a year for more years than I care to remember and I just hope you will give Sara and Jaki as much support as you gave me.

The situation has meant that of course it was impossible to have our popular Supper Night this year and our Quiz Night scheduled for March 2021 also looks in danger of having to be delayed. The Injured Jockeys Fund were delighted with our £500 donation from our 2020 Quiz and we hope at some point in the future to arrange a staged presentation like the one we did with Brough Scott last year.

Our Annual General Meeting is due in January, but quite how this will be achieved is still under discussion, but we will be presenting our annual trophies as the winter programme was just about complete – so instead of winter and summer trophies we will be awarding ‘total points’ trophies in the  various categories. If you were the lucky recipient of a trophy last year – you should by now have returned it to Sophie Savage – if not – please do it NOW!!!! ( And return it clean please!).

Report from Carol on Novice Winter Dressage competition at KSEC on Dec 6th

The area Novice Winter Dressage qualifier took place on 6 Dec 2020 having previously been cancelled due to Covid regulations. Charlotte and John at KSEC kindly took it on – so a huge thanks to them. It ran like clockwork and was an enjoyable day. We only managed to field one non – qualifier team which finished 7th out of 13 teams. Anita Wilcox riding her new horse, Casper Rebel, came 2nd in the Individual Intro class. For the team Anita came 10th in Prelim 2. Jane Surmon on He’s The Man came 4th (Prelim 7). Emma Doyle on Esme came 9th in Novice 24, and only just stepping up to this level, Rosey Bradburn on High Spirits came 4th in Novice 27 – so we finished on 17 points. The next Area Qualifier (Intermediate) is planned for January 17th 2021 at KSEC so if you would like to be in a team please let me know as soon as possible. Carol.

We all hope for a better 2021 – so stay healthy and keep safe – we will get through this and we are lucky to have our horses to help us through all this.

Safe Riding!

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