We have finally moved to our new site at Woodside Stables, Saltash. The container is in position and the jumps are safely stored inside. The entries shed is also there, as are the cross country jumps. The latter really need to be stored under cover as they could deteriorate quite quickly, so if anyone has suitable storage please contact a committee member.
There is, of course, a lot more work to be done on the ground at our new site as it was really rough before, but as weather permits the cutting and tidying will continue.
Events for September were satisfactorily concluded. The dire weather forecast meant that entry numbers for the Pleasure Ride were down on last year, and in fact the weather was breezy and dry until almost the last minute, and feedback from the riders was really positive.
The Cross Country Training Day took place on 1st October with Caroline Creighton at Highhampton and several members took advantage of this opportunity.
The committee is very grateful to Caroline Wills for taking over the organisation of the camp at Stockland Lovell. Let’s face it, she is good at it. The Spring camp at Pontispool is not settled as yet because the proposed date clashes with the Easter weekend, but the possibility of changing the date is being pursued.
The National Championships at Lincolnhave come and gone. Congratulations to all our competing qualifiers. The only team to make the top ten in their event was the Intermediate Show Jumpers who achieved 10th place. The Dressage teams were unplaced, but individually Mel Wilton and Hayley Matthews achieved 10th in their respective arenas, Sally Callow 11th, and Katie Nichols 15th. For the Juniors Claudia Earle joined forces with another Area 19 member from West Devon and they came 5th in the pairs. Very well done to all.
I mentioned the Fit to Ride programme in an earlier newsletter. An introductory session is now being organised by Sarah Martin at Penewin. Details are on our website under Events.
The only remaining event in the Summer Programme is the Area Qualifier for the Festival of the Horse competition which is being held at Chyverton on 16th October. This competition involves a round of show jumps immediately followed by a Cross Country jump course. Do go and support our teams if you can.
The Annual General Meeting is being held on 31st October at the “Who’d Have Thought It” Pub in St Dominic. Notifications are being sent out and you may well have received yours by now. Hope to see you there.