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Member Newsletter – January 2019

Dear Member

Welcome to an exciting new season at Laffak Riding Club, as usual we will be holding our points shows on the 3rd Sunday in the month (21st April, 19th May, 16th June, 21st July, 18th August and 15th September) and our annual Trophy Show on Bank Holiday Monday( 26th August).

I have enclosed a Membership form and entry form so you can get things sorted before the first show, please can you send in the membership forms ASAP. Once you have become a member you can email or text your entries to me; so saving time on show days. You can also print these forms off the website.

We are the only club in Merseyside affiliated to the British Horse Society, this means all members are fully insured when competing at any event run by us or competing as a team member for the club. The BHS have increased the membership costs this year by another 50p we have decided that we will be keeping our membership fees the same as last year. Senior membership will be £17 and Junior’s £15. All membership cards are sent from BHS Head Quarters so it is important your address details are correct especially you’re Post Code if it isn’t on they will not be able to send you a copy of the Rider Magazine direct from HQ. Please can you ensure contact phone numbers are on the membership form in case we need to contact you if we have to cancel because of the weather? We have decided that we will have put the entry fee up it will now be. Members – £5.00. Non – Members £7.00. Dressage – Members £8.00. Non – Members £10.00.

This season we are looking for sponsors for Championships the cost will be £35 per ring Champion and Reserve Champion Sash. Or if anyone would like to sponsor all 5 rings this will be £200, the Sashes will have your company or your own name on them. We were extremely grateful last year sponsors this enabled us to have Ring Champion and Reserve sashes at all the Shows. Hopefully we can do the same again this year but we do need help from Sponsors. We are always looking any donations of prizes to be given at some shows! So if you have anything you could donate please let us know.

As a BHS Affiliated Riding Clubs we are able to enter teams in various events throughout the season, these include , Dressage, Show Jumping, Hunter Trials and Combined Training, these are always great fun and our team spirit is fantastic. If you would like to be considered for team events please let us know. You must be able to get to the event, your horse /pony must have a valid passport and be fully vaccinated and most important you must be willing to travel to Lincoln for the National Champs should we be lucky enough to qualify! The cost of entering the team events is quite high; team members are expected to pay towards the entry fee although the club does subsidise this, team members are riding as a team but they are also riding as individuals so therefore they do have an extra chance of qualifying for the championship. At each area event we also need to provide 3 stewards, this can involve writing for dressage judges, collecting sheets, jump judging and pole picking. Please let us know if you could help with this, without stewards we can’t send a team.

As a BHS Affiliated Riding Club we work closely with BHS Merseyside and support them at events, they have asked us to run the North West Dressage Championships Qualifier we will be holding this on 21st July.

The tests are Intro B. Prelim1. Novice 28. You must be a British Riding Club Member or a member of the British Horse Society. The competition is split between Juniors & Seniors. Juniors under 18 years on 1/1/2019. Seniors over 18 on1/1/2019. The top 5 from each class will be eligible to qualify for the championship. Qualifiers are open to all. You can find out about BHS events by going on British Horse Society Merseyside website.

This year members will be able to qualify for Stars Champion of Champions held at Aintree in October. The member who is leading in the points at the 18 August show will be invited to compete, if the first placed cannot go it can be passed down the line. We will also have qualifying cards for the Showing Register Show Final on 22 September at Aintree.  The cards are for ridden classes but there are qualifiers for Inhand classes but you have to send for the qualifying card for them but I usually have one or two of them, they need to be signed by the judge on the day.

As usual we always help before the shows to put out the jumps and dressage arena and on show days to put things away,  Even if you can only spare half an hour we would be most grateful to see you. Is there anyone who would like to steward for one of the judges? That would really be a great help.

I have enclosed a schedule of the season’s classes. There is a start time for each ring and a not before time for after lunch but the rings usually carry on other than this, please keep an eye on your rings, If you are in one class and are also needed in another class please let the judge know.

Look forward to seeing you all this season. If you have any queries, please contact me or any committee member.

Yours Sincerely. Linda Armstrong. Secretary