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What the club has been up to recently

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Chairman's Chat - June

Fingers crossed that the rain, cold and mud are behind us and we've a couple of months respite before it all starts again!

 

Area 14 and National Championships.

Many of us enjoyed a lovely day on 19th May at Poplar, for the ODE Qualifier. As always, a mix of experiences and results - top ten placings for Tati, Pip, Grace and Libby; sub 30 dressage for Jess and Grace; an overall 2nd for Jess; and a win for the 80 Juniors Team of Jess, Grace and Emma F. But I also want to mention the other riders who all had personal successes in different ways - Jayne, Hannah, Gemma, Nicola and Rebecca J.  A real high spot for me was the 55yr+ age range in our 70cm Mixed Team. How remarkable for a club to have two riders at very different ends of their riding careers competing as equals! I'm so proud that GRS is such an inclusive club. My other standout from the day was just how important each rider is if it's a team of three.

Yesterday and today we have had Kayla,Tati,Grace and Jess B competing in the Arena Eventing Championships. No news yet, so watch out for one of Jill's fabulous FB posts and I'll mention it in July's Chairman's Chat.

June 23rd is the SJ & Style Qualifier at Gelderston. Remember spectators and supporters are always welcome, and we will need to provide some voluntary help. If you could spare a few hours, do contact Jill. The jobs are not onerous and your help means GRS riders are allowed to enter the qualifier.

 

 Helmingham Show   Saturday 11th May

What a splendid day was had yet again at Helmingham. The weather was kind and everywhere you looked there were beautiful horses, immaculately turned out. Such a glorious spectacle! Bex did an amazing job as ever and coped with even more challenges than usual. No wonder Helmingham is central to Gipping's long and successful history as a riding club.

 

 

Club Online Summer Dressage League

This is a members only competition and will run for four months. The first closing date is 28thJune. Each class is judged separately and so you are free to dip in and out of different levels and different months. Additionally, your results go towards an overall league placing. There are sashes, lots of rosettes and the judges usually give more thorough feedback than you'd get at a 'normal' dressage competition.

All the details are on www.dressageonline.org and if you have any queries contact Sarah at dressageonline@gmail.com

 

Have you remembered that British Dressage is changing dressage tests this summer?

 

Training.

Tues 4th June - jump training with Lucy Gooderham, at Topthorn.

Sat 8th June - xc training with Rachel Lee, at Ickworth.

Fri 21st June - flat & poles training with Anne Gayfer, at Suffolk Rural. 

Sun 23rd June - mini member with Anne Gayfer, at Suffolk Rural.

Sun 23rd June - jumping skills - theme tbc with Michael Paveley, at Suffolk Rural.

Sat 29th June - dressage clinic with Tammy Ruffles, at Crow's Hall.

 

All training details are on WebCollect.

  

Club Camp 20th-22nd July at Forest Edge

It's getting really close now! The camp organisers are meeting this week and then further details will be sent out.

Have you remembered to pay your final balance?

 

Membership Numbers

If you need to know your BRC Membership Number, you'll have to look on your Sport 80 page where you took out membership. 

Your official club number is not held on WebCollect

 

 Dates for your diary

June 14th & 28th - Summer Jumping Competitions. These may not be going ahead as we may not have enough helpers. Watch out for further info.

July 20/21/22 - Club Camp

Sept 15th - Charity Fun Show

Oct - Autumn Dressage, Quiz Night

Nov - Awards Evening & AGM

Dec - Christmas Gymkhana.

Every month - at least 5 training sessions 

 

Welfare and Safety

* Did you catch the news in March that every main equestrian organisation signed up to 'The Charter for The Horse'? The pledge is to unify the highest possible welfare standards for horses and other equids; and covers empathy, care, respect, consideration, ethics and learning. I'll mention each one in turn over the upcoming months.

 

Special Mentions

* WK for your thoughfulness in providing the Helmingham parking attendant with drinks.

* EF although your individual result wasn't what you hoped for, your careful, skilled riding earned an important win for the team.

 

Bitesize BRC

As the BRC Handbook runs to some 180 pages, it was suggested that each Chairman's Chat highlights a rule that might apply to GRS members.

 The use of the whip must be for at an appropriate time ie. to support natural aids in encouraging the horse forward, not after a refusal when it has turned away.

 

Club Clothing

There's quite a range of GRS clothing and Bex is the person to contact if you're interested. 

 

GRS Committee 

The GRS Committee is myself, Sarah Ahrens, Amanda Salmon, Bex Kelly, Katie Hull, Jill Baldwin, Jayne Ackland-Snow, Elaine Peasey and Rachel Snow. However, we've always got room for extra committee members........ and if you think you might like to join us, do join one of our Zoom meetings to see what happens..

 

Training

The theme for the Jumping Skills training with Michael Paveley is 'Poles and Grids to Develop Athleticism'. He chose this as it's appropriate for any level of rider/ horse.

It is taking place this Sunday, along with Mini Member Training. At present the sessions have quite a few spaces, so please book before Thursday so we can finalise planning.

 

 Happy horsing,

Alison

 

Chairman's Chat - May

 

 May your good times help with your trickier ones.

 

Area 14 and National Championships.

What a flurry of successes at the Novice Winter Champs and the Intermediate Winter Champs, and all in the matter of 3 weeks. Gipping must have worn a groove in the roads leading to Arena UK!

At the Novice Winter Championships Maria was placed 6th, Jess had a 5th & 8th, Megan D a 2nd and Emma a 7th and the team, which included Megan N placed 5th. Great results.

At the Intermediate Winter Champs it was two sashes for Jess, an individual placing for Emma and the team came 4th. Huge congratulations to Megan D, Jess, Emma and Charlotte - 4th at Intermediate level is a massive achievement! And well done to Freya for representing us in the 90 SJ, I bet the course was one of the most challenging she'd had to face.

The weather was truly appalling both weekends, synchronised swimming next??

 

Area Training

If you're thinking of taking part in the Area 14 ODE, have you seen that Finn Valley are organising some training at Poplar Park on 8th May with Michael Paveley? It would be a great opportunity to help in your preparation. As Finn Valley RC are organising it, you'll find the details on their WebCollect site.

 

Club Competition - Online Groundwork Skills

It's always a highlight of my GRS year to view entries for the annual in-hand challenges. I'm always heartened to see the close relationships based on calm, fair and consistent communication. You made it look easy but I can appreciate how many hours, weeks, months and years go into it!

Congratulations for gaining Silver Level to Brooke & Sunny and Kathy & Jelly; and Gold Level to Brooke & Woody, Katie & Jamal, Bex & Harn, Ava & Frank, Tayne & Duke, Danielle & Oakey, Sarah & Goat and Beth & Holly. The rosettes will be well worth waiting for!

 

Spring Dressage at Crow's Hall, Sunday 14th April.

 What a wonderful day was had at Crow's Hall, and with the sun shining down on us. We had a full day from 9am to after 4pm and the standard was very high - and am I talking riding or baking?!! And what about the Prix Caprilli, I'm sure that will appear in our schedules again. Unfortunately I don't currently have the results but I'll try and get them for next month's Chairman's Chat.

Below is the link to Steve Gray (Legend Photography). At the time of writing there was a problem with Class 3 but hopefully that has been resolved by now. 

https://www.facebook.com/share/p/yzcmhd5VYVGRmmj7/

 

 Helmingham Show   Saturday 11th May

 This is part of Gipping Riding Society's history and year on year it grows and becomes even more spectacular. The parkland setting, backdrop of the Hall and range of showing classes make for a very special day out - whether you're a competitor, spectator or one of Bex's team of helpers. We really hope to see as many members and friends as possible, and if you're able to spare a few hours your help would be much appreciated.

Do have a look at the schedule and as always pre-entries can be done via WebCollect

  

Club Online Summer Dressage League

Over the winter months Sarah staged a new activity for GRS, an online dressage league. It proved to be very popular as it could be done in your own time and at your own field or arena. And best of all it didn't involve lots of horse washing, plaiting and dressing up!

Sarah has very kindly agreed to run a summer version, which will start in June and run for four months. Again it will be a members only competition.

Did you know that British Dressage is changing dressage tests this summer? The league will give you an opportunity to ride tests that you know in June and July, and then tryout new tests in August and September.

Further details will be available later in May.

 

Training.

Sat 4th May - jump training with Rachel Lee, at Crow's Hall.

If you'd like Saturday training with Rachel to have a different focus let Jill know. Other things are possible.

Tues 7th May - flat & poles with Lucy Gooderham, at Suffolk Rural

Fri 17th May - jump training flat with Anne Gayfer, at Topthorn.

Sat 18th May - Dressage test riding with Dena Green, at Crow's Hall.  

Sun 26th May - mini member with Anne Gayfer, at Suffolk Rural.

(unfortunately this is the only month we aren't able to arrange a Jumping Skills session with Michael Paveley)

We are working on booking more clinics with Tammy Ruffles.

All training details are on WebCollect.

 

Last call for interest in mid week training, possibly to include coffee and cake.

 

Club Constitution

As you'll be aware from the last Chairman's Chat an EGM was held, by Zoom, on Sunday 21st April. The only changes that were made to the copy you were emailed were to the numbering and lettering of sections and subsections. This was to provide a consistent format across the document and reduce the risk of confusion. It was unanimously agreed by the nine members present to adopt this version.

The next stage is to register it with the Charity Commission, which Kate and Sarah have kindly agreed to do.

 

Club Camp 20th-22nd July at Forest Edge

There remains room for some more 'hackers' but as the camp WebCollect is currently closed, you'll need to speak to myself, Jill, Amanda or Elaine first. 

Final payments are due by the end of May.

 

Membership

Wow we're over 100 members now!  A huge welcome to all of you who've joined in the last month, particularly if you're a first timer with GRS!

Remember we're a club for all; irrespective of age, ability or ambition, current horse owner or not. But we do ask that you place equine welfare at the heart of what you do.

 

Club Points

This is certainly bringing out the competitive side in some of you. But as there's such a range of club activities and involvement, there's no certainty of the final line up. Keep your card with you.

 

 Dates for your diary

May 11th - Helmingham Show

May 18th - Dressage Test Riding Clinic, with Dena Green at Crow's Hall

June 8th - xc training at Ickworth

June 14th & 28th - Summer Jumping Competitions

July 20/21/22 - Club Camp

Sept 15th - Charity Fun Show

Oct - Autumn Dressage, Quiz Night

Nov - Awards Evening & AGM

Dec - Christmas Gymkhana.

Every month - 5 training sessions (with the possibility further ones with Tammy Ruffles)

 

Welfare and Safety

* Would you be interested to have your horse weighed at the Charity Fun Show? Let me know and I'll try asking a feed company to attend.

*Do you know how much your horse is carrying? I nearly do but then remembered I don't wear riding clothes, inc boots and hat when I step on the scales!!

 

Let's Share

 If you've got 30mins, make a cuppa and watch 'The 24 Behaviours of the Ridden Horse in Pain: Shifting the paradigm of how we see lameness'. Very thought provoking and you may need a hankie.

 

Special Mentions

* JB I am so impressed by what you've achieved with your horse. You have worked so hard to understand him and build a happy relationship, which you both clearly enjoy.

* SL your pony is coming along so well.

 

Bitesize BRC

As the BRC Handbook runs to some 180 pages, it was suggested that each Chairman's Chat highlights a rule that might apply to GRS members.

 The use of the whip must be for an appropriate reason ie. to support natural aids in encouraging the horse forward, or to encourage the right direction.

 

Club Clothing

There's quite a range of GRS clothing and Bex is the person to contact if you're interested. 

 

GRS Committee 

The GRS Committee is myself, Sarah Ahrens, Amanda Salmon, Bex Kelly, Katie Hull, Jill Baldwin, Jayne Ackland-Snow, Elaine Peasey and Rachel Snow. However, we've always got room for extra committee members........ and if you think you might like to join us, do join one of our Zoom meetings to see what happens..

 

Wishing you happy and harmonious horse time,

Alison

2023 AGM

Firstly, thank you to everyone who attended our AGM, as always it is a pleasure to see you, and without the pressure of getting ready for a class or wondering if our horses are behaving at the trailer/lorry.

Those who have been to a previous AGM will know the format by now, the meeting part followed by presentation of the awards, including the points league. Then everyone's favourite part, Fish & Chips and games. Who doesn't find a game of Horse-Beetle exciting, if not a little frantic!

For those who didn't attend, please find the minutes and Chairman's report HERE

Those who attended will also be aware of the new points league we are trialling for 2024.

For those that weren't there, we now issue points cards for you to complete. The onus is now on yourself to collect and keep track of the points you earn. Points are only earned at GRS or BRC Area 14 events.

 Please print our a copy of the score card HERE and the scoring sheet HERE. Each points card is valid per horse, so if you have more than one horse, you will need more than one card.

Rules are shown on the League card, and should answer any questions you may have. If you do have any further questions, please contact Bex.

Please be reminded that cards MUST be signed on the day the relevant points are awarded, so make sure you take your card with you to every event you attend, even if you are helping.

Points make pretty frillies!

***Helmingham 2022***

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!!

Bex x

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

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