Comments from the Chair

Laura Vandervleit

Above Laura Vandervleit © SMR Photos

Hello,

Its that time of year again and amongst all the preparation for Christmas fun and festivities I want to remind you of the fantastic opportunities we have at your riding club . I do hope that like me you are looking forward to another year of fabulous riding in 2019

Our membership year starts on January 1st 2019 and so please remember to complete your membership renewal forms and submit to our membership secretary Teresa with your membership fee. We can accept cheques and PaypalOur first show of the year is on Sunday 6th January and it is not too late to enter so it would be lovely to see lots of members riding making a positive start to 2019!

We have had such a busy year in 2018 with so many successes. Our shows continue to be busy and the mix of Affiliated, Freestyle, Para and club shows along with the range of qualifiers is proving popular with members and non members alike. It’s great to see lots of new faces and it would be even better if we could encourage more of those riders to join the club. There are many benefits of being a member of the riding club.  Firstly you have reduced entry fees for all our shows, and you can qualify for our championships and league prizes.  The team for EEFDG is also having a very successful time and once more the showjumping team has qualified for the Championships. If you would like to join in with the team competitions just contact Colleen who will advise you on how you can  be selected as a team member. In addition to team events we also have a number of very successful expert clinics which are available to members of the club. And in addition to all of that, membership also includes public liability insurance and BHS discounts.

Of course members are really important in the successful running of the club and for every member we ask you all to help out at one show per year. Naomi is often emailing around trying to get help at the last minute and it would be great if you could indicate the date you can help when you submit your renewal form if possible. You also get a voucher entitling you to free entry for a club show in return.

I would also like to say congratulations to our member Mandy Luesley. Mandy is often riding at our shows and is an experienced trainer and breeder who has now been awarded Fellowship of the BHS. This is a real achievement Mandy and marks the depth and breadth of the work you do within the horse world

Finally we do try very hard to keep communicating with you as members of the riding club. All events are on our website and our Facebook page and if you have changed your email details lately please do send an email to Naomi so we can update our records.

Have a very happy and successful year of riding in 2019.  I look forward to seeing you all very soon

Best wishes

Laura Vandervleit

Chair

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