What the club has been up to recently

 

The club held our AGM recently, and unfortunately is was deemed safest not to meet in person, so the meeting was held via Zoom. For those who weren't able to attend, the Chairman's report and minutes can be read here:

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT 

MINUTES

Chairman's Chat - January

 

Happy New Year!

My fingers are firmly crossed that 2022 will be a lot more straightforward than 2021 and we'll be able to get back to many of the activities we've missed out on over the last two years.

   

 Area 14 Competitions. 

 I expect many of you will have read Jill's report on FB about the dressage qualifer at Easton College, which was held in early December. There were placings for Tayne and Michele in the Novice class- two 3rds for Tayne and 4th for Michele and good percentages for our other riders; Maria, Jayne, Kerry and Caroline S. And whilst I shouldn't make this report about me, I was pretty chuffed with Buddy getting 70%, especially as we were the last of more than 100 competitiors to go and it was pretty dark! Thank you Jill for returning to give me support, I very much appreciated it.

Just before Christmas was the Area 14 Arena Eventing Qualifier. We had three riders representing GRS but the course was very challenging and it wasn't to be their day. 

If you are considering competing in your first Area 14 Qualifier this year I'd strongly recommend going on foot to one, so you can get a feel for what is expected and the standard you need to be riding at.

 

BRC Competition. 

BRC held an online dressage competition - Christmas Cracker. GRS members had some great results with Tayne placed 6th in the Novice, Hannah B placed second in the Prelim and good scores from Michele doing Elementary and Freya riding her new horse. Well done!

 

Training.

December training included jumping at Topthorn with Debbie Cox and at Beechwood Stables with Jake Hall, and mini member training at Otley. All were well attended and enjoyed. 

Jan15th and 29th - with Rachel Lee Booker at Crow's Hall. Book direct with Rachel 07752818454. This training is not organised by us but Rachel will always ensure GRS members get a place.

 

Do contact Lynn Eldrett if you've got any specific trainers or activities you think other members would enjoy.

 

Membership 2022

It is time to renew your memberships and whilst there isn't a particular rush, it is important that there is processing time, particularly for insurance, before you attend a GRS event or Area 14 competition. Subscription fees have been kept the same for 2022, as we are continuing to run as a Not For Profit Club.The membership forms are on Webcollect and if you have any difficulty please reply to this email.

As I mentioned in last month's Chairman's Chat  BRC will not be issuing plastic membership cards. Instead they will email with your membership details and a downloadable membership card.

 

Committee Meeting. 

Next Sunday the committee will be meeting via Zoom and one of the agenda items will be to consider events and activities for the upcoming year. If you've any suggestions, or offers of help! do get in touch. Similarly we would dearly love to have more committee members. If you think it's something you might be interested in why not join us next Sunday and see what you think? 

 

 Wishing good health and happiness to you and your horses,

Alison

Chairman's Chat - December

 

As I sit writing this month's Chairman's Chat I can hear rain lashing against the window. Adverts often show glamorous images of fashionably turned out horses and riders against a backdrop of bright sun and snow but that's not my reality. Instead, I've become like a Michelin Man dressed in thermals, waterproofs and wellies, and all coated in mud. Which world do you inhabit?

 

AGM and Awards Evening.

  Thanks to those of you who joined me for the Zoom AGM. There was a real feeling of relaxation seeing you all looking so comfortable in your own homes. No driving, no chilly community centre and no hard chairs! But the downsides were less celebrating of our main award winners; Nicola T, Brooke, Sarah L and Kerry (and special mentions to Katie, Tayne, Julia, Florence, Jess B, Freya, Jasmine, Ava, Charlotte S and Oliver) and no mingling and socialising. This needs to be remedied as we are such a friendly group of people. So do send me ideas for a happy, social event that we can organise for Spring and which could be outdoors, if necessary. Returning to the AGM - the minutes and my report are on our website if you'd like to know what happened.

  

 Area 14 Competitions. 

 What a busy club we've been! Juniors and Seniors show jumping at Wix at the end of November and two senior dressage teams competing on Saturday at Easton College, Norwich. And to round off the year we've three members doing Arena Eventing on Dec 12th. Well done to Tayne, Danielle, Caroline S, Kerry, Michele, Jayne, Charlotte G, Freya, Hannah, Jess B, Violet and Maria. As always, mixed results but you and your horses are all a credit to GRS. Sincere thanks to our super organised and hard working Team Managers, Jill and Kerry. If you'd like to know more, Jill's reports on our Facebook page make for an excellent read.

 

Training.

 Sun 12th Dec - pole work with Anne Gayfer at Crow's Hall. Details on Webcollect.

Tues 14th Dec - jumping training with Debbie Cox at Topthorn. Details on Webcollect.

Sat 18th Dec - with Rachel Lee Booker at Crow's Hall. Book direct with Rachel 07752818454. This training is not organised by us but Rachel will always ensure GRS members get a place.

Thurs 23rd Dec - Mini member Christmas fun! - with Anne Gayfer at Otley College. Details on Webcollect

 

Do contact Lynn Eldrett if you've got any specific trainers or activities you think other members would enjoy.

  

Club Clothing 

This is happening and there will be further details asap.

 

Membership 2022

 For your information - BRC will not be issuing plastic membership cards. Instead they will email with your membership details and a downloadable membership card.

  I haven't yet set up Webcollect to receive your memberships for 2022 but it is on my To do list and I intend having it ready for you to use from 1st Jan.

Have you thought about what a great Xmas present membership to GRS would make for one of your horsey relatives or friends?

 

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas,

Alison

 

Chairman's Chat - November

 I feel as though summer has come to a very abrupt end: dark evenings doing horse care are not my idea of fun!

 

AGM and Awards Evening.

 Last week you received an email about the AGM. Since then the committee has had a Zoom meeting and our plans have changed. Taking into account Government advice that face coverings should be worn in enclosed areas where there is contact between people who don't usually meet; advice about how to ventilate indoor spaces; Suffolk's public health leaders successfully requesting that we become an Enhanced Response Area due to the high coronavirus rates and the understanding that fully vaccinated people can infect others, means that exercising our duty of care to protect members is compromised. So, very disappointingly, this means no gathering in a village hall for fish and chips this year. However, please save the date of Sat 27th Nov and we will meet virtually. We will still have a brief AGM, awards will be announced and the super rosettes and trophies viewed, Jill will give us an update on teams and how to be involved in Area 14 competitions, then will be the unveiling of new club clothing and finally we'll have a quiz. Is there anything else you'd like us to include? Further details and the Zoom link will be sent nearer the time.

 

Autumn Dressage.   

What a lovely day of dressage on Sunday 24th Oct, at Crow's Hall. It may have been conventional riding but many of the outfits certainly weren't! Totally fab - u - lous  Halloween themed horses and riders. Thank you for making so much effort, it really contributed to the fun atmosphere. A first for GRS was the Pairs Class. Having never seen pairs dressage before I was super impressed with how the riders worked together and how much practise it must have taken. I'd like to give a special mention to the class winners - Charlotte, Amy, Hannah, Emma, Amber & Kath, Maria, Isabel, Kerry and Lucy. Steve Gray of Legend Photography had his first visit to a GRS event and did us proud. There'd be no need to have videoed the tests as he took so many pics. His details are on our Facebook page and even if you weren't a competitor you might be interested to have a look, see the fantastic outfits and get a feel for the day.

Thank you Holly for organising yet another club dressage competition, especially as it was at such a difficult time for you.

 

 Area 14 Competitions. 

Upcoming are show jumping later this month and dressage in early December. As always the contact is - Jill and Kerry Baldwin -  gippingteams@gmail.com

 

Training.

In October there were three training sessions, all at Crow's Hall and all well received. The mini members had Halloween fun with Bex and Anne and the slightly older members enjoyed flat-work with Rachel and pole-work with Anne. 

Tues 16th Nov - jumping training with Debbie Cox at Topthorn. This is almost full but there are two spaces remaining

Christmas Mini Member Training - date t.b.c so keep a look out for a WebCollect email and a FB post. This will be indoors and even better news, Christmas themed dress!! Time to start planning your outfits

There will be monthly indoor training at Topthorn, from this month.

Do contact Lynn Eldrett if you've got any specific trainers or activities you think other members would enjoy.

  

Club Clothing 

 As mentioned earlier, there is to be club clothing. It is quite some years since we organised GRS sweatshirts and polo tops but in response to members' views Bex has contacted a company. Some of the committee members have ordered items and at the AGM there will be a form of fashion catwalk, so that you can get an idea of what's on offer and prices.

  

Have you got your 2022 diary yet? There are now two dates to write in - Sat 14th May (Helmingham Show) and Sun 28th Aug (Charity Fun Show at Topthorn)

 

Please keep in touch with suggestions, ideas for events, feedback, offers of help etc. The committee loves to hear from you and we do want to run the club to support your interests.

 

 With best wishes, 

Alison

 

Chairman's Chat - October

 

 Wow, what a start GRS had to the month!! So much happened that first weekend.

 

Sunday 5th September was our Charity Fun Show and what a wonderful day it turned out to be. The sun shone and lots of competitors and spectators thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There were over 40 classes spread between the jumping indoors and the two grass arenas. The club received lots of very positive feedback and as is so often the case, many comments about the lovely relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to our many generous sponsors, entry fees and donations we were able to send East Anglian Air Ambulance £787.11. I would like to thank all of you who kindly gave your time to make this large event so successful.

 

Also happening over the first weekend in September was the British Riding Clubs National Championships. What a great opportunity for Freya, Jess, Amber, Megan and Charlotte! But as is so often the case things didn't go to plan - lame horses, missing shoes, a stirrup malfunction etc etc. But, undaunted, the girls faced the challenges and were rewarded with great dressage scores, clear rounds, their team being placed 15th and rosettes for pairs dressage. Well done all of you, you're a credit to Gipping Riding Society.

 

Autumn Dressage.  I'm sure that you put the date of Sunday 24th October in your diaries after me mentioning it in last month's Chairman's Chat. It is going ahead at Crow's Hall and details will be on WebCollect very soon. As always, everyone will be welcome and if you, or your horse, are nervous or inexperienced our dressage competitions are a good opportunity to practice test riding. Hope to see you there!

 

Area 14 Competitions. Upcoming are Junior Dressage Qualifiers on 10th Oct and Junior and Senior SJ Qualifiers on 28th Nov. If you're interested in qualifiers you must keep a lookout for details and closing dates. If in doubt contact Jill and Kerry Baldwin gippingteams@gmail.com

As meeting the requirements to take part in Area 14 competitions is complicated, Jill will be organising a Zoom session to give information to prospective competitors. The date is yet to be decided but it would be worth being proactive and emailing Jill, if you might be interested in future qualifying events.

FYI The vaccination rule has reverted back to 12 mths, for qualifiers.

 

Mini - members. It has been a total delight to welcome another generation of pony lovers to GRS. There has been strong support for training, many mini members came to the Charity Fun Show and on 19th September there was the Scavenger Hunt. I dropped in to see what was happening and was met with lots of happy smiley faces as the 'hunters' handed over the treasures they'd found and were rewarded with goody bags and refreshments. What a fabulous morning of pony fun!

Could anything beat this? Well the Halloween themed morning on Oct 27th promises to run it close! So dust off your broomsticks, find the scariest makeup and polish your pumpkins - fancy dress will be the order of the day!! 

 

Training.

Oct 9th - Dressage Training with Rachel Lee at Crow's Hall

Oct 17th - Pole work with Anne Gayfer at Crow's Hall

Oct 27th - Mini member Halloween fun with Anne and Bex at Crow's Hall

We're expecting to hear from Topthorn imminently about indoor training over the winter months

Do contact Lynn Eldrett if you've got any specific trainers or activities you think other members would enjoy.

 

AGM This is currently being planned and will be a Saturday evening in November. The format is likely to be similar to the past few years - AGM, awards, Fish and Chips, games/quiz.

 

Helmingham Show has always been an important part of GRS's annual events programme and there's good news in that after a two year break it will resume. Save the date - Saturday 14th May 2022

 

Free bag of horse food. If you would like a voucher for a sack of Saracen feed, reply to this email and it will arrive through the post. Thank you Clare for this.

 

 

Please keep in touch with suggestions, ideas for events, feedback, offers of help etc. The committee loves to hear from you and we do want to run the club to support your interests.

 

Kind regards, 

Alison