Keep up to date with the latest news about the club and how our teams and individuals are doing at Area 13 qualifiers and BRC National Championships. Also read about important rule changes and updates from British Riding Clubs, the Area Liaison Committee and other relevant bodies.
Saturday May 22nd 2021:
BRC HorseQuest Arena Eventing Championship
Venue: Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, NN11 6RT
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Our team of Allison Ingram, Louise Bradley, Anna Rigler and Harriet Tidey will be competing in the AE80 Class at these championships.
Good luck to you all. Enjoy the championship and do the club proud!
Area 13 Arena Eventing Qualifier
Sunday 11th April at Coombelands
Congratulations to our team of Allison Ingram, Simon Leadbetter and Louise Bradley who won the AE80 Team event at these qualifiers. Allison finished 2nd, Simon 3rd and Louise 4th individually. All of them finished on 0 faults, as did the winner. Places had to be decided by the time closest to the bogey time!
Well done everybody. A supreme effort.
Horse Sensory Hairs
We have had this correspondence from British Riding Clubs:
‘I can confirm that for 2021 it will remain as strongly recommended that sensory hair is not removed from the horse.
From 1 January 2022, a horse will not be eligible to compete if the horse’s sensory hairs have been clipped and/or shaven or in any other way removed, unless sensory hairs have been removed by a Veterinary Surgeon (wording to be confirmed for the Handbook but will be along these lines).
British Riding Clubs – Plan for opening up of activities after lockdown.
The BRC plan can be found here. But the date for Phase 2 is only 2 weeks after Phase 1 when the current government stipulation states 5 weeks between phases. If the government adheres to 5 weeks, then Phase 2 will be 3 May, Phase 3 = 2 June and Phase 4 = 12 July. We will have to wait and see!
Area 13 Arena Eventing Qualifiers.
Area 11 has preliminary asked Area 13 to join them for the BRC Arena Eventing Qualifiers at Coombelands on Sunday April 11th. If you are interested in representing Ardingly Riding Club at the Arena Eventing Qualifiers, please let Louise Bradley know as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cross-Country & Show Jumping on Grass Schooling Facility
Please note: Ardingly Riding Club no longer manages this facility. It is now privately owned and all enquires should be made to Bucklands-Farm-XC and not to Ardingly Riding Club officials.
Friday 26th February – 7:00 p.m.
Are Supplements necessary for my horse?
with Jo Woodman MA VetMB MRCVS
(Lingfield Equine Vets)
We are very lucky to have this opportunity as Jo is an incredibly experienced Vet looking after horses at the very highest levels of competition, as well as having good personal experience of ownership and competing. She also has no bias to any provider of supplements. She will be concentrating on giving us useful information about the ingredients in a horse’s diet that really matter, not the brands, leaving you free to find what works for you and your horse.
Please submit your questions before the event.
British Riding Club Statement
Because of the difficult times that riding clubs are facing since Covid-19 restrictions were enforced, British Riding Clubs have issued the following statement, which will provide some relief to clubs in regard to the compulsory insurance payment paid by clubs. However, since this statement was received after the membership renewal date for 2021 and some members had already renewed their membership, the committee has decided to defer any refunds or reduced cost for membership until the membership renewal date for 2022.
The club’s new Treasurer is Lorraine Williams. She can be contacted at: email@example.com
Thursday 11th February – 7:00 p.m.
Pilates for Riders with Jo Lawrence
Exercises for your lower back and stiff hips.
Let me know if you would like to attend and I will send you a zoom invite: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 30th January – 7:30 p.m.
Loading and Travelling Horses
All the questions you always wanted to ask….Caroline Arnold will be giving a short presentation on loading and travelling horses safely, followed by a chance for your questions to be answered. Whilst opportunities are limited at the moment to travel, this is a chance to find out about those things you didn’t know.
Let me know if you would like to attend and I will send you a zoom invite: email@example.com If you can also please submit your questions before the event that would be useful.
We are looking forward to future zoom sessions, including a Pilates for Riders, again in the format of a short presentation which will include specific exercises that are good for our backs and hips, plus a chance to ask questions. We are also planning a zoom session for the Psychology of Competing.
Be in touch, be involved.
Latest BRC Covid 19 News
From 5 January England is in another national lockdown. This means that no BRC activity will be permitted during this time. The only exception to this is virtual activities, such as virtual dressage competitions.
Detailed information can be found on the government website here.
Further information regarding looking after and exercising your horse can be found on the BHS website here.
BRC are currently looking at contingency plans for the first Championships of the year and we will update you once we know more.
BRC Covid 19 Regulations
From 26th December 2020 the Government has placed the whole of the club’s membership into Tier 4 restrictions. Here is British Riding Clubs’ regulations in respect of what this means for you and your horse(s).
BRC Update – 21/12/2020
New Club Officials
At this year’s Annual General Meeting, held virtually on Thursday 17th December, the following members were voted onto the committee:
Chairperson: Louise Bradley
Secretary: Laura Cotterill
Membership Secretary: Allison Ingram
Treasurer: Susannah Givons will continue as Treasurer temporarily until a new Treasurer can be found.
Other Committee Members without Portfolio:
Their contact details can be found on the Contacts page.
We wish the new officials and committee a successful and prosperous year in charge of the club.
2021 Area 13 NAF Combined Training Qualifiers
These qualifiers took place at Felbridge Showground on Saturday 12th December.
Congratulations to our red team of Susannah Givons, Anna Rigler, Allison Ingram and Louise Bradley who won the Senior Team Qualifier in a very close competition with 102.3 points. Individually, Anna Rigler finished 2nd in P13/75 cm., Allison Ingram 2nd in N30/85 cm., Louise Bradley 2nd in N34/85 cm. and Susannah Givons 3rd in P12/75 cm.
Unfortunately there were two withdrawals in our second team, so the remaining two members rode as individuals. Bryony Basden finished 4th in P13/75 cm. and Caroline Arnold 5th in N30/85 cm.
Anna Rigler also rode in P14/85 cm. and finished 2nd, whilst Susannah Givons also finished 2nd in N24/75 cm.
Many congratulations to all of you that represented the club and performed so admirably.
This year’s Annual General Meeting is being held virtually because of the governments Covid-19 restrictions. The date is Thursday 17th December at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to be part of the meeting, please inform our Chairperson in advance – Susan Barratt: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 4 main positions on the committee are all being vacated this year by the current holders:
Chairperson: Susan Barratt is standing down after 6 years. During that time she has worked tirelessly for the club. She oversaw the building of a new website for the club rather than a blog as it had been previously; ran the summer dressage series at the South of England Show Ground; made club clinic bookings there; sold the club bus at the insistence of the Show Ground and tried to negotiated with the new CEO there for better conditions for the club. When this fell on deaf ears, she oversaw the transference of the club assets to their present setting at Bucklands Farm and helped set up and maintain the joint venture cross-country and show jumping schooling facility there. Prior to her six years as Chairperson, Susan had been on the committee for 14 years in various positions. I’m sure all the members Susan has been associated with over those years would like to thank her sincerely for the work she has done for the cluband wish her well in the future.
Treasurer: Susannah Givons is standing down, again after 6 years, from looking after the club’s finances. She has also overseen the club’s move of venues, organised numerous clinics and supervised the transfer of bookings and competition entries from a manual to an on-line interactive system. The club would like to thank Susannah for her dedicated service.
Secretary: Kate Cox is standing down after just a year because of increasing family commitments. Thankyou Kate for the job you’ve done.
Membership Secretary: Apart from Jane Kendall, Sue Ewins has been a member of the club for longer than any other member. For at least the last 10 years, she has held the position of Membership Secretary, looking after new members as they join or present members renewing their membership. Informing British Riding Clubs immediately our members join or renew, so that they are insured and eligible to compete as soon as they join. Due to increasing family commitments, Sue has decided to stand down this year. We wish her all the very best for the future and thank her for everything that she has done for the club over a very long period of time.
Whips for Show Jumping, including Horse Trials & Arena Eventing.
The new British Showjumping Whip Rule, (also includes BS Spur Rules for 2020), has been adopted by BRC for any BRC Competitions involving Showjumping.