What the club has been up to recently

Chairman's Chat - May

 

I do hope you're having chance to enjoy your horses now that winter is behind us.

 

Helmingham Show

This is the club's biggest event and a huge part of our tradition. Having missed two years, we're so happy to be holding it on Saturday 14th May. As our main event we would love you to be involved in some way - as competitors; for setting up, which will be at 5pm the evening before; helping on the day, from 7.30am; as spectators; or for packing away. Helping to pack away is particularly appreciated, as we're usually beginning to flag at the end of a long day!

 

Area 14 Competitions. 

 Congratulations  to Tayne and Hannah who had successful days at the Combined Training and have qualified for the Championships.

The next Area 14 qualifying competition will be the ODE at Poplar Park in June. If you might be interested do make contact with Jill and Kerry Baldwin.

Area 14 Subsidised Training This year three sessions are being organised by GRS and are open to all BRC members in Area 14. The first training was xc at Poplar Park and several of our members took part and had a great time. The next one is SJ and will be with Paul Kennedy at his fabulous yard in Gislingham. All details are on Webcollect, as usual.

 

Club Competition - Good Manners Awards 

We've certainly got some very well mannered horses and ponies in our club! And it was my pleasure to give Gold Awards to Florence and Teddy, Bex and Harn, and Tayne and Duke: and Silver Awards to Abi and Sid, Katie and Jamal, Amelia and Miller, Kate and Merlin. I hear the rosettes are truly magnificent.

 

Spring Dressage Competition 

A big 'Thank You' must go to Holly as, yet again, she organised a fabulous day of dressage. It was a very successful and full day, with competitors from 9am till 5. Special mentions to our class winners - Florrie, Nicola T, and Maria; and Charlotte S and Julia, who both won two classes. If you weren't able to attend,  you could get a feel for the day by looking at the wonderful photographs on the Legend Photography website. We are so very fortunate in being able to use the spectacular venue that is Crow's Hall. 

 

Training.

May 15th  Anne Gayfer will be doing  SJ training at Park Farm Arena. Book via Webcollect.

May 21st  Rachel Lee Booker will be at Crow's Hall and you can choose flat, pole or jump training.  Book direct with Rachel 07752818454. 

Lynn is hoping to arrange SJ training with Georgie Webster either in June or July.

 

Club Clothing - as seen in the latest edition of Horse and Hound!

Have you had a look on Webcollect to see what's on offer? Do contact Bex if you'd like some advice or have a question

 

BRC Membership Number You won't be getting a plastic membership card from BRC so if you want to know your membership number look at your page on Webcollect. The top number is your Webcollect id and the lower one, titled Unique id, is your BRC Membership Number. Current members' numbers start with 22095 and then have three further digits.

 

Accidents and Injuries. BRC ask that clubs send them details of accidents and injuries. So if you're at anything organised by GRS and you get a minor injury eg nose bleed, foot trodden on; or anything more serious, please alert a committee member 

 

Happy riding,

Alison

*** GRS Good Manners Challenge ***

Way back in March we had a fun challenge based around your horses manners!

Alison had the tough job of judging and I have just taken delivery of some rather splendid rosettes which I will be posting out to those who took part.

Results were as follows:

Gold Award: Tayne Louise Eaton, Bex Kelly, Florrie (Kate Rosten)

Silver Award: Katie Hull, Abi Milner, Kate Rosten, Amelia (Sarah Lock)

Do keep your eyes on our emails over winter as we will look to run another challenge next winter...

Chairman's Chat - April

 

 Bye, bye March. You tempted us with warm sun and then dashed our hopes of summer by snowing. April we're hoping for better from you!

 

 Area 14 Competitions. 

BRC Winter Champs - Congratulations to Tayne (dressage) and Violet (SJ) for representing us so well. Your photos looked fab and are a great reminder of what you achieved. But deepest commiserations to Isabel M who had to withdraw last minute when her pony was injured on the trailer. What a huge disappointment for you.

 The Senior Intermediate Winter Dressage qualifier was held early in March at the rather splendid Martley Hall. Special mentions must go to Nicola T and Michele for their placings in the Elementary test; and Amber who rode in her first qualifier as a senior.

This Saturday is the Combined Training qualifier, at Anvil Park. Good luck to Tayne, Hannah, Danielle N, Freya and Danielle L.

Area 14 Training   Area 14 events are dependent on clubs organising them and this year Gipping (thank you Sarah Ahrens) will be organising training open to all BRC members in Area 14. You will see it advertised on our WebCollect page. The first training is xc at Poplar Park and although places are limited, initially to two per club, a waiting list will be kept. So if you are up for subsidised xc training, with excellent trainers, don't hold back!

 

Club Competition - Good Manners Awards 

How are you getting on with your practice for this? Is your horse / pony a quick learner and now has excellent manners?

If you haven't yet entered there's just about time as the closing date is Mon 4th April. I'm very much looking forward to receiving your WhatsApps.

 

Spring Dressage Competition  - Sunday 10th April

Entries are coming in well but there are still places for those of you who haven't got round to it yet. If you haven't been to one of our dressage competitions before, you should find the calm atmosphere particularly good for an early year outing or for an inexperienced horse or rider. If you're feeling a bit anxious about entering, or would like a run through beforehand, look at the training opportunity below. 

There will be refreshments and contributions of cake etc would be gratefully received. Remember that we want to cut down on disposable cups which then go into landfill, so do bring your own mug.

Also we're still looking for a couple of volunteer writers and stewards.

Do come if you can, even if it's just for the cake! 

 

Helmingham Show.

After a two year break, this highlight of Gipping Riding Society's year is back. Sat 14th May. How about making it one of your highlights - either as a competitor, volunteer or spectator? Entries via WebCollect are now open.

 

Training.

Apr 4th SJ training with Jake Hall at Beechwood Stables. As I write there are a couple of spare places so book via Webcollect if you'd like to take part. 

Rachel Lee Booker will be at Crow's Hall on Apr 9th. As Spring Dressage is the next day, this is a great opportunity to practice your test in the same arena as the competition. For those of you who don't know Rachel I can personally recommend her as a trainer. She is very kind and encouraging, and will give you great tips for how to get extra marks. Additionally you and your horse will have had a practice journey and be better prepared for the next day.  Book direct with Rachel 07752818454. 

Rachel will also be training at Crow's Hall on Apr 23rd.

Apr 19th Mini members Easter Fun at Otley College.

 

Quiz and Social Evening  - Friday 11th March 

 Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend but by all accounts it was a great evening, and so lovely to have a social event after so long. Many thanks to Jill our Quiz Mistress. Should this become an annual event on our calendar? Let us know.

 

Club Clothing

Have you had a look on Webcollect to see what's on offer? Do contact Bex if you'd like some advice.

 

Membership 2022   

Remember if you haven't paid for a membership since Jan 1st 2022, you're not a current member.

 

 BRC Membership Number

If you want to know your membership number look at your page on Webcollect. The top number is your Webcollect id and the lower one, titled Unique id, is your BRC Membership Number. If it starts with 22 then it shows you've paid membership for 2022

 

Club Treasurer 

 GRS has many strengths as a club and is rightly popular because it is friendly and welcoming. I can't begin to count how many times I've been told that there's always a lovely atmosphere at our events. And in part this is due to members helping - whether this is by chatting to someone who's unsure, doing some stewarding or by checking the car park has been poo picked! Helping can take many different forms, all of which benefit GRS.

We are now at the point where Nicola would like to gradually step back from being treasurer. Is becoming treasurer  something you could help with? There would be a very supported hand over.  Please do consider if this is a way in which you can contribute to our club.  

 

Feedback   I'd love to hear from you with general feedback, about whether the Social Evening/Quiz should be considered for next year, offers of dressage writing or stewarding, and whether you'd like more information about what being treasurer involves.

 

Enjoy your Easter eggs,

Alison

Chairman's Chat - March

 

 Let's start with some wonderful club news. On March 26/27th Violet, Isabel and Tayne will be representing GRS at BRC Winter Novice Championships at Arena UK. Life is about making and taking opportunities, so go and enjoy it! There's no pressure from the rest of us but do get some fab photos so we can share your success in being there.

 

Quiz and Social Evening  - Friday 11th March

This is now very close, in fact next week! Jill, myself and the rest of the committee do hope that you'll be able to come along. It will be a great opportunity to get together, chat, have refreshments and do a quiz. I quite understand if you feel a bit reticent about coming, particularly if you don't know many people or aren't confident about answering questions but we've got a lovely evening planned and it should be surprisingly enjoyable! Places can be booked via WebCollect and I'll send a letter out next week with the final arrangements.

 

 Area 14 Competitions. 

 This Sunday is the Senior Intermediate Winter Dressage qualifier, at Martley Hall. We have two teams and three members riding individual tests. Good luck everyone.

Next will be Combined Training on 2nd April, at Anvil Park. Have you contacted Jill and Kerry if you'd like to enter?

 

Club Competition

This is going to be a members only, virtual 'competition'. There will be 10 challenges to be attempted by the handler and their horse/pony and rosettes will be awarded at gold, silver and bronze levels of success. As it is non-ridden and doesn't involve travelling to a venue, it is open to all. Practising before submitting pictures and videos is encouraged. Further details will go out in an email, hopefully within the next week.

 

Spring Dressage Competition  - Sunday 10th April

Plans are well in hand for this event which will be held, as usual, at Crow's Hall. Is the date in your diary? For those of you who haven't been to one of our dressage competitions before, you should find the calm atmosphere particularly good for an early year outing or for an inexperienced horse or rider. Details will be on WebCollect very soon. It would be lovely to see lots of you at this event.

 

Helmingham Show.

After a two year break, this highlight of Gipping Riding Society's year is back. Sat 14th May. How about making it one of your highlights - either as a competitor, volunteer or spectator?

 

Training.

Mar 12th and 26th - 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.

Now that the worst of the winter weather should be behind us, we are planning on organising regular training twice a month and also having additional clinics with specialist trainers.Watch out for emails.

 

Club Clothing

I've alluded to this in several Chairman's Chats and the Quiz/Social Evening will be the launch of our fashion range. After this it can be ordered through WebCollect. 

 

Membership 2022   

Remember if you haven't paid for a membership since Jan 1st 2022, you're not a current member.

  

Happy horsing,

Alison

 

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