Statement – Coronavirus 18/03/2020

March 18th 2020

Dear Member,
It will, I am sure, come as no surprise to you that BRC have issued an edict regarding forth coming Riding Club activities in the current coronavirus

All Riding Club activities will cease until reviewed on June 30th.

Some of you who have qualified for Spring Championships – these have now also had to be cancelled. Such a pity after your hard work.

In the light of these circumstances we will not be putting out a Summer Programme at this time.

For information purposes, I know that some of you train independently at World Horse Welfare – this is now closed until a further review at the end of April.

I am sorry to have to bring you this news but we will keep you informed and the main thing is that we all keep safe.

Take care,

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Due to a unfortunate circumstance. The Dressage competition on the 15th FEBUARY at Kingsedgemoor has had to be cancelled.

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A fun evening of General Knowledge questions and an excellent supper for teams of 4 or 5 players.  Excellent prizes! Superb Raffle!  Donations to charities including World Horse Welfare and the Injured Jockeys Fund will be made from the proceeds. Come and have a really entertaining evening.

For More info please see link MSRC Quiz 2020

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MSRC New Year Newsletter 2020

Dear Member,

Happy New Year to you all!

I am sure you are all fed up with the mud by now – the winter so far has been so wet – but when I saw the first crocus in flower in the garden this morning, it does give us hope that the days are lengthening and Spring will come!

You will probably have realised by now that our membership year has changed – (an edict from BRC) so you have all gained two free months. This will have given you time to adjust to the change so if you have not paid your 2020 sub by now, please do it at once or Carolyn will be after you and you will no longer qualify for member’s rates at our events.

We have had a busy year with competitions, training and teams out and about and doing really well. The dressage divas did well at Hartpury in August and the jumpers have also had a good year, with Martin going to two Championships to fly the flag for us and is also already qualified for one in 2020. It is so good to see Mid Somerset doing well at National competitions again. Carolyn has also qualified for the Championship of the Novice Winter Dressage at Arena UK. We wish them well.

Do remember that 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!!! 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 will get MSRC back to the very top! To refresh your memory and for new members – our Dressage team manager is Carol Plested who can be contacted on 07973 360 968. Martin Boreham on 07813 132 949 deals with any discipline that involves leaving the ground – so HT, SJ or arena eventing – Martin is your man.

Mid Somerset once again ran the Area 12 Novice Winter Dressage Qualifier at King’s Sedgemoor in October and thanks go to the whole team that made the day such a success. We have agreed to run this qualifier again in 2020 for the 2021 Championships – so Marian will be after you for October 18th! 

Our Quiz Night goes from strength to strength and it will run this year on Friday March 6th at Long Sutton Village Hall – with another fabulous supper prepared by Ed Hobbs! So, get your teams together in good time.

The uptake for our training and competition programme has been patchy in the last year and we would encourage you to support these events – or lose them. We have already lost our usual event at Wincanton Racecourse this year – the Combined Training last year that we tried instead of the annual show (which had become less and less popular), also struggled and was a huge amount of hard work for so little return.  We still have training sessions this winter with Jane Holderness-Roddam, Ed Hobbs, Gill Longhurst, Amanda Edmonds and Sue Petty so getting booking for these and the competitions!! Please remember to be vigilant about the flu vaccination requirements which can vary from venue to venue and be aware that BRC have now opted for the 6 monthly boosters.

The Supper Night with Mary King was a really good evening – not as well supported as our racing themed evenings, but we still managed to give her £1000 for Unicef and the Devon Air Ambulance for which she was very grateful.

From the raffle at the AGM we sent a donation to Horatio’s Garden at the Spinal Unit at Salisbury, where Jenny Frampton is continuing her treatment. She was very touched that we had done this.

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 Carolyn know!!!! Jane Surmon would love to hear from you if you can help at any of our dressage competitions (07771 548 317)

We are in the transition period between treasurers at the moment and we owe Julia a huge debt for her many years of service to the club – Judith Hall is now taking the reins and I am sure  you will give her your whole hearted support in this change over. Sadly, neither Judith nor Julia are in the best of health at the moment – so we wish them both well.

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

Your Committee

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 7.30 pm

Our Annual meeting followed with a talk by                                                                             Anna Risius  MCSP  SRP P.G. Dip Vet Phys, Cat A member of ACPAT

Anna will give us in insight into her work with both human and equine athletes.

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 – even if only for a couple of hours – would be invaluable to the Club.

AGM 2019

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MSRC Autumn Newsletter 2019

Dear Member,

                        As I write this, the rain that we were desperate for a few weeks ago, has arrived and now doesn’t seem to know when to stop! Dry, cracked fields have turned to squelching mud. However, there was a lot of nice hay made this year which should bode well for the winter.

Mid Somerset has had a good year with some good results in our team activities, of which you will hear more in the Team Manager’s reports at the AGM. Martin Boreham has made it to not one but two National Championships, which keeps MSRC on the map.

We did not run an Annual Show this year but ran a Combined Training event which sadly was not well supported. Dressage continues to attract competitors and we did not run any summer show jumping this year. Training continues to be popular and well supported. This winter we will have training with Gill Longhurst, Ed Hobbs, Amanda Edmonds, Sue Petty and Jane Holderness- Roddam.

We recently ran the Area 12 Novice Winter Dressage Qualifier at KSEC. This is a huge undertaking and a big ‘thank you’ to all of you who wrote or stewarded, scored, collected sheets or braved the chaos of the office. We couldn’t have done it without you. 

This year, our long term treasurer, Julia is going to hang up her calculator. She has performed this role for more years than we can believe and will be very much missed. At the time of going to press her successor is not yet in place. Membership in its entirety will now be done by Carolyn Edwards. Because BRC have now increased the affiliation fees – we are having to increase our membership costs. There has been no increase for many years so we hope that you will understand this.

Also BRC are insisting that all clubs start their year on January 1st. As you know we have traditionally had November 1st as the start of our year – but we now have to comply – so in fact you will be getting two months membership FREE!!!!  It does mean that all standing order mandates will have to be changed for the new date – so please ensure that you do this.

We hope that there is something for everyone in the Winter Programme – if not – it is up to you to tell us what you do want!  We are still DESPERATE for helpers at events – so please come forward and volunteer your services.

Many of you will know that Jenny Frampton had a horrible accident in her school at home and is now in the Spinal Injuries Unit at Odstock – we wish her well. It does bring it very close to home to hear of such incidents. At the AGM, Fiona Britten will demonstrate a new app called What 3 Words – which can pinpoint your whereabouts to a 3-meter square and could be lifesaving in many applications other than riding.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on November 25th at Long Sutton Village Hall – don’t forget that there is a free supper. The Annual trophies will be presented and our guest speaker will be Anna Risius who is a top class human and equine physiotherapist who works with top class riders at the big national and international events and was a member of the physio team at the 2012 London Olympics.

Finally, do remember to check flu vaccination status of each venue that you attend and always have your passport ready for inspection.

Meanwhile – Safe Riding!


Your Committee



Main Club Contacts:

  • Chairman: Ed Hobbs – 07968 628 169
  • Margaret Peverley – 01935 473 188
  • Marian Draper – 01458 241 506 / 07885 301 898
  • Treasurer: Julia Down – 01373 461 807 / 07720 626762
  • Membership: Carolyn Edwards – 07786 553 765
  • e-mail programmes: Alex Green – 01460 281 032 / 07766 885 965
  • Dressage Competitions: Jane Surmon – 07771 548317
  • Facebook: Martin Boreham – 07813 132 949
  • Website: Jade Forbes –

Our Team Managers are:

  • Dressage: Carol Plested – 07973 360 968
  • Horse Trials / Show Jumping / Combined Training: Martin Boreham – 07813 132 949


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 SUPPER EVENING with guest speaker  MARY KING MBE



6.15pm for meal served at 7.00 prompt

Mary King needs no introduction – her illustrious eventing career is legendary. She has three Olympic medals to her credit, silver in 2004, bronze in 2008 and silver again in London in 2012.  Her dynasty of King horses have been one of the most successful in the eventing world and of course, daughter Emily is now herself riding at the very top level of the sport.

Two course supper. 

Tables will seat 8 and there will be a maximum of 120 tickets on sale.

Tickets available from Margaret Peverley. Tel 01935 473 188.  31, Yeovil Marsh Park, Yeovil Marsh, Yeovil, Som BA21 3QQ.

for More details and menu please see the booking form here Dinner Evening M.King 2019

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Area 12 Showjumping Qualifiers 2019

Fantastic day at Kingsedgemoor area 12 summer show jumping qualifiers.

Team 80
Dani Flintan, Helen Robert’s, Patricia Saintey, Debbie Shields.

Team 2nd.                                                                                                                                       Helen 4th Indervidual.

Team 90
Martin Boreham, Lizzie Clark, Rosey Bradburn, Sue McCulloch.

Team 3rd (& 2nd in the Championship Qualifier).                                                                     Martin 6th Indervidual (& 3rd in the Championship Qualifier).                                          Lizzie 4th Indervidual in the Championship Qualifier. 

Absolutely Well Done Everybody.

Mid Somerset’s Show Jumping teams are now firmly back on the map.

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Ace doing his photo bombing bit and deservedly so after his clear round.

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Don’t forget Combined Training is Tomorrow

The jumps are up ready for tomorrow at Wincanton Racecourse

Don’t forget there is also Clear round,

we look forward to seeing you there!

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Congratulations Martin Boreham & Zaccharia

Congratulations to Martin Boreham riding Zaccharia

Who came 7th at the BRC National Championships FOTH 9OCM, held at Aston Le Walls Equestrian Centre.

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