Chairman Letter – October 2011

Dear Members

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.

Janet Owen

AGM 31st October 2011

This years AGM will be held at the Who’d have thought it Inn at St Dominick on Monday 31st October. 7.30pm start

For more details please see letter in the post in the next week or contact Cathy Busby 07775 797759 cathybusby@btconnect.com . As in previous years reduced subscription for 2012 will be available to those who attend on the night.

Raffle Prize Winners 2011

Framed original painting of poppy seed heads by local artist – Amanda Loveridge

Limited edition print of original painting of horses eye by Paul Halam – Jan Hankin

1-2-1 Pilates session – Chris day

1hr Sports massage at Lamerton physiotherapy practice -Angie Murns

Bottle of port – Bond family

2 bottles of red wine – Tony Farrant

1/2hr photo shoot with eclipse photography -Sally Callow

Box set of Ben Sherman socks from Richard Parish, Launceston – Ryder

Porcelain mugs and coasters set from Becks of Launceston – Emily Harvey

Decorative french soaps from Cornucopia, Launceston – Ann Rowe

Fairtrade handmade hand bag from Nomads – Katie Hoare

Flower candles – Velven

Bucket of horse treats – Margaret Best

Grooming kit – Emma Sylvester

£20 voucher for the Countryman pub Launceston – Alison Bond

£40 voucher for Nevilles restaurant Polperro – Louise Tate

£10 voucher for ECRC – Sophie Mc Hale

£20 vouchers for Cornwall Farmers – Felicity Reed

£10 Pets at home vouchers – Sue Jolley

Tin of Quality Streets – Steaddon

Handmade checked cushions – Christine Matthews

Welly Warmers – Emily Johns

Champneys spa treatments – Pauline Ward

Moet and ChandonChampagnein presentation box – Mr Baxter

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.