Chairman Letter September

This month the Riding Clubs National Championships are being held at Lincoln.  We have qualified six teams, and as you have probably realised a flurry of fund raising events have been organised by the team members.

There have already been a successful Dog Show, an evening Show Jumping, and an evening Gymkhana.  On Saturday 10th September, there will be a Combined Training at Bake, near Trerulefoot, entries to Kim Crocker, Orchard Park, Pillaton, Saltash, PL12 6QY (07964255572)

The next day, Sunday 11th, is the Pleasure Ride, also at Bake.  This is always an enjoyable event and I hope to see lots of you there.  More details from Tracey Bond (07976 0669250.

The final event of our Summer Season is the Camp at Stockland Lovell.  If there is anyone who wants to go and has not yet booked, please contact Caroline at carolinewills@aol.com asap.

One event this year which received no interest at all, was the Introduction to Dressage Evening. This was a pity, because we want to encourage members to try all our events, and some knowledge of, for example, the tack you are allowed to use for the test you are riding can only be helpful for you.  It is not the Judge’s job to tell you that the bit guard/martingale/bandages your horse is wearing are not allowed.  In order to help with this, it is intended that  dressage events in future programmes will have a link on them to connect you to the Official Rule Book where you can find an Appendix (no.6 in the current rule book) which is a table setting out very briefly what is and is not permitted.

Finally a plea for information.  The Club owns a loudspeaker system, part of which has now vanished.  We have the power box and microphone, but the speakers, their stand, and the connecting cable is not with them.   Does anyone have any idea where they are?  It can make an event so much more interesting if results can be announced, classes called, or a commentary given.

Janet Owen

Success for ECRC at Dressage Qualifier

East Cornwall Riding Club has a fantastic day on Sunday 24th winning the Senior Open, Junior Novice and Pairs Dressage at the qualifier hosted and run by St Leonards Equitation Centre in Launceston.  Individual arenas were won by Mel Wilton, Sally Callow and Hannah Jolliff who is in her last year of Juniors.  Many other placing were given to East Cornwall competitors.

The Championships are held at Lincolnshire Showground September 17th and 18th and fundraising has already commenced to help with the huge costs involved with.

Already qualified for the championship are the Style jumping team (Sarah Luck, Pippa Hobbs, Becky Wilkins and Sue Minchinton) and Annabel Pearn who won the Intermediate Show Jumping and qualified as an individual.

Chairman’s Letter – August

First I would like to congratulate our teams.

At the Area Horse Trials held at Winkleigh our Junior Team came second, our best Senior Team was fifth, and Louise Garland qualified as an Individual in the Open.

The Area Dressage was held at St Leonards and what a result for East Cornwall! The Junior Team of Hannah Jolliff, Emma Platts, Joanna Philp and Frankie Gilbert qualified in first place, and our Senior Teams of Sally Callow, Mel Wilton, Katie Nichols and Hayley Matthews; and Pippa Hobbs, Amanda Carpenter, Sarah Luck and Val Walkden were first and second respectively. We also had the winning (but only) Pair with Cathy Busby and Pippa Hobbs.

Other events in July were a successful Evening Dressage, the very popular Mini Midi Maxi Show Jumping, and our Open Family Show which was held at Middle Taphouse. This last was blessed with good weather and a good turnout.

As you will know by now, we decided to postpone the Show Jumping Festival from July 31st to August 28th because Downderry Show moved to the31st July when they were rained off earlier in the month. The Mini One Day Event which had been planned for August 28th has been cancelled this year. This is due to the new safety regulations for fixing portable cross country fences. A few of the new fixings will be tried out on the portable fences which are an optional part of the Pleasure Ride in September.

Coming up in August we have our last Mini Midi Maxi, the Evening Dressage, and the Training Day which has been moved from the 13th to the 20th to accommodate Andrew Lovell’s availability. He is a very popular instructor who covers a wide range of capabilities. Please contact Emily Harvey or Sally Callow for further information.

Finally I have received information from Sophie Fitzmaurice who helps organise and run the Fit to Ride Clinics which are led by Jon Pitts. She asked if our members would be interested in attending such a Clinic. Basically “Fit to Ride uses innovative programmes to explain issues and boost your Safety, Confidence and Performance in the saddle”. You can get more information at info@fittoride.org or on 07976 559983. The initial presentation costs £200 and usually consists of an explanatory talk, a break, and a more interactive session. We would need about 20 interested people and a venue with a small hall and a riding arena. Please let me know if you want to take this further.

Janet Owen