Members Newsletter – February 2015

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 (19th April,17th May, 21st June, 19th July, 16th August and 20th September) and our annual Trophy Show on Bank Holiday Monday( 31st 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 www.laffakrc.org.uk.

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. As the BHS have increased the membership costs this year we have had to put up the membership fees up slightly. Senior membership is now £17 and Junior’s £16.
We have kept entry fee the same as last season. All membership cards are sent from BHS Head Quarters so it is important your address details are correct especially you’re Post Code. You will get 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?

This season we have managed to have secured a number of sponsors to whom we are extremely grateful, this will means that at EACH points show we will have Ring Champion and Reserve sashes in the Ridden Showing Ring, the In-Hand ring, the Equitation Ring, the Dressage and the Working Hunter Ring! Also at the August show and the September show we will have a Supreme and Reserve Supreme of the show!! The April and July shows will be Medal shows with medals to all first placed in all rings. We also have prizes to be given at some shows! This includes a Riding Hat to the dressage champion at the June show, bags of feed and other prizes depending on sponsors.

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! Team members are also expected to pay towards the entry fee although the club does subsidise this. 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 various events coming up this spring which include fun rides and informative talk. The fun rides are The Rainford Loop which takes place on 15th March and on the 12th April it is the Croxteth Ride. On the 19th March there will be a talk on Obesity & Laminitis and Equine well-being by vet Jenny Croak and on 15th April a talk all about Careers and BHS Exams by BHS Examiner Sue Pimbley, the talks are free and the rides are £12 in advance. All riders must wear Hi Vis jackets and have 3rd party insurance. Check out our Facebook page for more information on these and further dates.

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, Please note there are some changes to the schedule this season. 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.

I 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