Comments from the Chair

Above Laura Vandervleit © SMR Photos


As this very strange year draws to a close, we resumed our competitions once more and I am delighted that today Sunday, 13 th December we had our last club competition of the year. Although rather wet all seemed happy to be back out. Thanks to our lovely judges Neil & Penny and their writers Stewart & Chris, as well as soggy Ann Melor for stewarding. Results and photos( SMRphotography) from today will be on our website which has had some time spent on bringing it up to date and this includes the new section for our online calendar. Go to this online calendar and make your payments via Paypal or My Riding Life.

On 30 th Dec we have our next BD Affiliated show. We are delighted to offer this to enable riders to qualify before the 31 Dec cut off date for winter regionals. As ever we will require support from members to run both these shows so please do consider if you can spare a few hours to help. If you are a member of EEFDG then you will also get discounts of £2 per class on the entry fees for our BD affiliated shows.

We recognise that this year we have had many stops and starts for competitions. Although it is of course beyond our control we are offering a £4 discount on the membership fee for 2021. All we ask is that you pay by 31 st January for the year. Our Senior membership fee is £28 for the year and Junior fee is £24 for the year. So, if you pay by 31 st January 2021 that’s £4 off these prices. It would helpful if you can renew via and please give your name and membership number as reference. Don’t forget – pay as friends and family to save the club fees as well. This means we can focus all our income on ensuring you have the best riding club experience with EEFDG.

January is already looking busy, the rescheduled area liaison qualifiers are on 9 th and 10 th January. Prelim entries close on 12 th Dec so please let Colleen know if you are interested. The qualifiers are going to be held at Brook Farm and you will need to be a member to represent the club. Your club will be helping to organise this event so please do let us know if you can help with the organisation on either day.

Finally we have been asked if we will run pairs qualifiers. We can do this and so please keep an eye out on the schedule and do enter to support this new initiative.

It’s been a challenging year for all of us in many different ways, but I hope that, like me, you have really found the positive impact your horse can have. They provide us with so many opportunities to enjoy the small things as well as the competitions.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you at all the club events we have planned. Let’s look forward to a fabulous 2021

Best wishes

Laura Vandervleit