What the club has been up to recently
Chairman's Chat - August
Buddy and I have had a busy few weeks and it has been a delight to meet and chat with many of you. We all share an expensive hobby, so having fun is important!
Area 14 Competitions
Area 14 SJ and Style Qualifiers at Gelderston. The club was well represented by junior and senior members, who tackled challenging tracks. As always there were highs and disappointments but a very creditable 6th place for the seniors and two good placings for Megan. Very well done!
Area 14 Dressage qualifiers on Sunday 10th at Blackwater. Several things made it impossible to field a team but congratulations to Harriet for her placings in two classes.
Area 14 Subsidised Training.
Interested in xc? The next Area 14 subsidised training is with Jonathan Allinson on 10th September at Stratford Hills. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I hope you have saved Thursday 16th August ready for our social evening. There will be a BBQ and we're lining up an exciting attraction! Next week the committee will be meeting to finalise arrangements and then an email will go out.
Club Shows. (also open to non-members)
Unfortunately we had to cancel the Summer Jumping Evening we'd planned for 26th July as we hadn't enough man power. However, we have a second chance to hold a jumping evening on Friday 19th August. It would be lovely to have lots of you there as competitors, helpers and spectators.
And it will make a great warm up for the following weekend when we'll be holding our second, big, club show of the year; the Charity Fun Show on Sunday 28th August at Topthorn. This will be similar to last year's event with a wide range of classes, including many suitable for young or inexperienced horses and humans. Helmingham was a terrific success and we're aiming for this fun show to be equally wonderful. Hiring the venue, paying for professional first aid cover and buying super rosettes means our financial outlay is quite high. Having sponsors for classes or rings will make a difference to breaking even and hopefully making a profit (all profit will go to Air Ambulance) Do you know people or businesses who might be willing to sponsor us? Please ask around and let us know.
The Charity Fun Show Schedule has just gone live on Webcollect. If you have any problems with booking classes get in touch.
Remember training is open to all ages and abilities.
Wed 3rd Aug - introduction to fillers with Anne Gayfer at Topthorn
Wed 17th Aug - flat/poles with Anne Gayfer at Topthorn.
Huge thanks to Sarah for organising this.
May I repeat my plea from last month? If you're on foot at training would you mind lending a hand with the equipment and poo picking? This type of help makes a huge difference to club activities
Watch out for a September date for XC with Rachel Lee Booker at Ickworth.
And don't forget Rachel Lee Booker will be at Crow's Hall fortnightly and you can choose flat, pole or jump training. Book direct with Rachel 07752818454.
Remember club clothing can be bought through WebCollect. If you're not sure about some of the items, do ask a committee member as between us we've bought several different garments.
We have had our logo made into sew on badges which should look fab on tee shirts, jackets, numnahs etc. Single badges will be £2.60 or two for £5. Bring money to the Social Evening and you'll be able to proudly demonstrate your affinity to GRS!
What an epic day!!!!
My news feed is full of photos of everyone’s gorgeous horses and ponies having fun and making memories at Helmingham.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw classes at a local show as big as they were today, full of pure quality. THANK YOU to everyone single competitor for supporting our event you were all amazing. So many comments about the fantastic atmosphere which is down to you guys, you help make it.
Our judges certainly earned their lunches today a tough job but they were all superb giving each person their time to shine.
The amazing team of not just the committee but members & non-members doing their bit and not forgetting every other family or friend who gets roped into helping out. It ran so smoothly today, team work makes the dream work!
We are so lucky to have also have a huge band of very generous and supportive sponsors who really do make a difference to us being able to put on the kind of show we do.
Everyone was kept well fed, photographed and had somewhere to spend their prize money and the first aid was on point too.
As always I cannot thank everyone enough, I do hope I caught most of you to personally say it but if not please know how grateful we are.
Till next year!!
If you didn’t get a chance to see and buy pictures on the day, they are available for viewing and purchase direct from the photographers website
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: