May 2015 Newsletter

Hi everyone and welcome to our latest newsletter. There has been plenty to report on and lots coming up so please take the time to read this so you don’t miss out on anything.

We have some great news regarding Hickstead Teams of 3 and also our successful ballot for the Blenheim Horse Trials BRC Eventers Challenge, so make sure you read to the end!!

Some very exciting news re membership: we now have 108 members so a huge thank you to all of you for joining and making the club the success we are becoming!

If anyone has any feedback or ideas on any aspect of the club please feel free to e-mail Zoe on comms@threecountiesrc.co.uk.

The club is driven by its members so its incredibly important we hear your voices and what it is you are looking for from the club.

In It Together:

We have all the summer qualifiers coming up in the next few months starting with the Horse Trials on 23rd May 2015 at Coombelands in Pulborough.

For each qualifing team we enter we have to provide helpers to enable these events to take place. Especially with the horse trials we need club members to volunteer to assist us even if its only for a few hours, please let us know if you can help???

Team News:

The 6th April 2015: A brilliant weekend at Hartpury with British Riding Clubs for the Winter Championships representing Area 13 for the Senior Dressage and Junior Showjumping.

Saturday saw our senior dressage team competing in dry but very windy conditions. Sam Holland, Nicki Gurden, Josh Hill and Bekka Barrow. Team came an amazing 10th in a class of 34 with Sam Holland on Rock Steady Ed coming 2nd individually and Bekka Barrow on Costela coming 8th in their sections.

Special mentions to Nicki who rode with a broken hand having been in A&E a few days before and Josh Hill who sat a very spooky youngster who took exception to the flags along the side of the arena but both rode cracking tests!

Sunday the juniors were competing indoors to a brilliant but full up course. Roselly Hamlett, Poppy Arnold, Amelia Simpson and Jodie Rogers rode beautifully in very tough competition coming 12th in a class of 27 due to a few poles not being on our side!!

The 6th May 2015: A great weekend at Bury Farm for the British Riding Clubs Intermediate Winter Championships representing Area 13 for Individuals in Prelim, Novice and Elementary dressage.

Sam Holland on Rock Steady Ed came 2nd Individually in her section, Ben Smith on Faran came 6th in the Elementary Individual and Sally McLean rode beautifully on Farmer who was more than pleased with his qualification and showed a great deal of enthuiasm and spirit during his test!

Clinics & Events:

We have now held clinics in show-jumping, showing, dressage, cross country and endurance, and there has been plenty of cake!!! If there is anything else you would like to see put on please let us know on comms@threecountiesrc.co.uk!

19.05.2015 – Show Jumping Clinic with Judi Piper-Dadswell – Felbridge Showground 4.30pm start.

4 people per class. £25 per person. Judi is a UKCC Level 3 Qualified Coach, co-ordinator and coach for Area 46 Junior Academy, Area 46 British Showjumping area training and competition coach for pony clubs, riding clubs and schools..

“I believe in supporting individual’s competing at any level to achieve their goals. Coaching involves developing a personal plan for each rider allowing their goals to be met.”

Please call Sam on 07909 902255 with any questions or to book into the clinic. 23.05.2015 –

Area 13 Horse Trials Qualifier – Coombelands

Senior & Junior HT Qualifier – 80cms London & SE Qualifier – Dressage BRC HT Test 80, Show-jumping 75cms & XC 80cms Senior & Junior HT Qualifier – 90cms Senior & Junior HT Qualifier – 100cms Open HT Qualifier – Dressage BRC HT Test 100+, Show-jumping 1.05 to 1.10m & XC 1m

Helpers still required please contact Sam on 07909 902255

28.05.2015 – Russel Cooper Cross Country Clinic – Coombelands

Sessions run for 1 hr 30 mins, in groups of 4. £45 per person. 9am to 1pm.

To book or for further information please contact secretary@threecountiesrc.co.uk.

Information on Russell Cooper. My ethos to training horses has been one of understanding and compassion and to think of alternative ways to deal with issues other than head on confrontation! For the last five years I have been running a competition and training yard in West Sussex with numerous owners and competition horses. Whilst running my yard I have continued to teach in the area as well as on behalf of Aston Le walls, Biecester RC, High Wycombe RC and Ardingly RC. Unfortunately due to an injury in November 2012 I was forced to shut my yard and have made the decision to focus on my teaching and coaching. This is something I have always had a passion for and get a great reward in watching my pupils improve and do well.

02.06.2015 – Show Jumping Clinic with Mandy Roebuck – Felbridge Showground 4.30pm start.

4 people per class. £25 per person.

Mandy is an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer for all levels. Mandy will put individuals with an appropriate group. Please call Mandy on 07904 061244 with any questions or to book into the clinic.

07.06.2015 – Surrey Spring Show – Felbridge Showground

This show is run to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. We have 43 classes including Working Hunters, In Hand & Ridden Showing, Show jumping, fun classes including fancy dress, mounted games, clear round and championships. This is also a qualifier for Cricklands Showjumping Championship of Great Britain as well as The Sunshine Tour 2015 at Hickstead.

Trade stands, BBQ, cake stand and photographer will all be on site. Schedules available on www.surreyspringshow.org

14.06.2015 – Area 13 Team Style & Show Jumping Qualifier – Brinsbury

Style Jumping – 75cms or 85cms Novice Show-jumping – 1st round 80cms and 2nd round 85cms Intermediate Show-jumping – 1st round 95cms and 2nd round 1m Open Show-jumping – 1st round 1.10m and 2nd round 1.15m Open to Seniors and Juniors.

Please contact Sam on seniors@threecountiesrc.co.uk or Claudia at juniors@threecountiesrc.co.uk.

 19.06.2015 – Area 13 & BHS Bit & Bitting Clinic

The BHS are putting on a demo on Bits and Bitting given by Tricia Nassau-Williams from the Worshipful Company of Loriners, she will be bringing various bits and explain their different actions. It is on Friday 19th June at Coolham Village Hall at 7pm for a 7.30 start. Price is £5 per person to include light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Please e-mail comms@threecountiesrc.co.uk to put your name on the list.

23.06.2015 – Show Jumping Clinic with Mandy Roebuck – Felbridge Showground 4.30pm start.

4 people per class. £25 per person.

Mandy is an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer for all levels. Mandy will put individuals with an appropriate group. Please call Mandy on 07904 061244 with any questions or to book into the clinic.

27.06.2015 – Dressage Clinic with Robbie Carpenter – Belmoredean

Robbie was a GB talent spotting finalist in the mid 90s and competed nationally and internationally as a GB Young Rider. He was trained classically from an early age and have continued training with various elite trainers including Emile Faurie and Conrad Schaumacher. Robbie teaches all levels and his mantra is “keeping it simple”! For more information about Robbie please see www.robbiecarpenter.com. Lessons are 1-2-1 and £40 for 45 minutes.

To book or ask any questions please e-mail secretary@threecountiesrc.co.uk.

28.06.2015 – Area 13 Dressage to Music Qualifier – Plumpton College

This will include L&SE Prelim DTM, L&SE Novice DTM, L&SE Elementary DTM, National Novice DTM, National Elementary DTM Seniors & Juniors, National Medium & Advanced Medium DTM Seniors & Juniors, L&SE Pas Seul (Novice DTM in Costume), L&SE and National Pairs DTM, L&SE Pas de Deux (Pairs DTM in costume), Junior National Prelim and Junior National Novice.

Please contact Sam on seniors@threecountiesrc.co.uk or Claudia at juniors@threecountiesrc.co.uk.

05.07.2015 – Area 13 Subsidised Training Melissa Beer – Barns Green

Dressage Test riding clinic with Melissa Beer at her yard in Barns Green, West Sussex. 30 mins individual training sessions working on a test in a 20×40 arena. You will be able to warm up before you time slot, riding through the test of your choice & perfecting the movements to maximize your marks. Subsidised for Area 13 members to £10each. Melissa is a UKCC level 2 qualified coach who has competed internationally representing Great Britain on many occasions, as well as part of the Junior and Young Rider European Teams. She has now been working as head rider for Sarah Millis for 5 years whilst teaching and running her own livery yard at home. ( as featured in Horse & Hound 19th February 2015!) She is happy to help horses and riders of all ages and abilities.

For more information on Melissa please visit her website; www.melissabeer.co.uk

To book please email Liz on lizmarlow22@hotmail.com stating which club you are a member of & what test you would like to ride through

07.07.2015 – Show Jumping Clinic with Mandy Roebuck – Felbridge Showground

4.30pm start. 4 people per class. £25 per person.

Mandy is an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer for all levels. Mandy will put individuals with an appropriate group. Please call Mandy on 07904 061244 with any questions or to book into the clinic.

08.07.2015 – Evening Grid Clinic with Donald Kear – Orchard Farm

Great opportunity for riders of all levels with a brilliant and entertaining trainer. Every clinic starts with poles on the floor so even for those who have not been off the floor for a while this is a great way to get back into it! £15 for members.

To book please e-mail: margaretallday41@gmail.com

11.07.2015 – Area 13 Dressage Qualifiers and London & SE Qualifier – Rackham

London & SE Qualifier – BRC D3 2014 London & SE Riding Test Qualifier – BRC Prelim RT 2014 National Senior Prelim Qualifier – BRC D3 2014 National Senior Riding Test Qualifier – 2 riders BRC Prelim RT 2014 & 2 riders BRC Novice RT 2014 National Senior Open Qualifier – 1 rider Novice 24 (2010), 1 rider Novice 30 (2006), 1 rider Novice 34 (2009) & 1 rider Elementary 45 (2010) National Senior Medium Qualifier – Medium 61 (2002) open to individuals National Senior Pairs Qualifier – BRC Pairs 5 (2014) South Coast Dressage Championships – Novice 30 (2002) Hi-Flyers Dressage Championships – Elementary 45 (2010) National Junior Dressage – 1 rider to ride each of BRC D1, D2, D3 & D10 (2014) National Junior RT Qualifier – BRC RT (2014) National Junior Pairs Qualifier – BRC Pairs 5 (2014)

Please contact Sam on seniors@threecountiesrc.co.uk or Claudia at juniors@threecountiesrc.co.uk.

21.07.2015 – Show Jumping Clinic with Judi Piper – Felbridge Showground

4.30pm start. 4 people per class. £25 per person.

Judi is a UKCC Level 3 Qualified Coach, co-ordinator and coach for Area 46 Junior Academy, Area 46 British Showjumping area training and competition coach for pony clubs, riding clubs and schools.. “I believe in supporting individual’s competing at any level to achieve their goals. Coaching involves developing a personal plan for each rider allowing their goals to be met.”

Please call Mandy on 07904 061244 with any questions or to book into the clinic.

31.07.2015 – Three Counties Dinner Dance – Norfolk Pavilion at Ardingly Showground

This is open to everyone and we hope you will organise tables and bring your friends and family along to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Three Counties Riding Club. There will be a 2 course dinner, a game of heads & tails, disco and tombola.

Tickets are £38 for adults and £30 for under 18’s. Tables can be as big or as small as you like and bookings can be made by e-mailing treasurer@threecountiesrc.co.uk

02.08.2015 – Teams of 3 at Hickstead!

THE BRITISH HORSE SOCIETY BRITISH RIDING CLUBS TEAM JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIP

A Show Jumping Competition for teams of three riders; open to senior members of a British Riding Club which is affiliated to the British Horse Society (although teams may include one junior member if desired).

Riders do not have to be members of British Showjumping. Horses to be 14.0hh and over.

Teams to be made up of one novice horse and rider combination (not to have won more than 125 British Showjumping points); one intermediate horse and rider combination (not to have won more than 255 British Showjumping points); one open horse and rider combination (not to have won more than 375 British Showjumping points).

Points in each section to be correct at time of entry. Riders and horses may only compete in one team.

All competitors must have their hats tagged with a BRC hat tag in order to compete. This service will be available on the day. Please allow plenty of time!

Novice horses to jump 0.85m; intermediate horses to jump 0.95m; open horses to jump 1.05m.

All riders scores to count. In the event of elimination of one team member, 50 faults to be added, the remainder of the team to carry on. Competition under Table A4.

One round against the clock – competitors placed on faults and time. The team with the least number of combined faults and the fastest combined time will be the winner – there will be no jump-off. Regrettably, as this is a team competition, no individual riders will be allowed to ride hors concours.

Entry’s are to be by 5th June 2015 so if you are interested please e-mail seniors@threecountiesrc.co.uk asap!!

15.08.2015 – Russell Cooper Cross Country Clinic – Coombelands

Sessions run for 1 hr 30 mins, in groups of 4. £45 per person.

To book or for further information please contact secretary@threecountiesrc.co.uk.

Information on Russell Cooper. My ethos to training horses has been one of understanding and compassion and to think of alternative ways to deal with issues other than head on confrontation! For the last five years I have been running a competition and training yard in West Sussex with numerous owners and competition horses. Whilst running my yard I have continued to teach in the area as well as on behalf of Aston Le walls, Biecester RC, High Wycombe RC and Ardingly RC. Unfortunately due to an injury in November 2012 I was forced to shut my yard and have made the decision to focus on my teaching and coaching. This is something I have always had a passion for and get a great reward in watching my pupils improve and do well.

17.09.2015 – Blenheim Horse Trials BRC Team Eventers Challenge

We have some very exciting and quite frankly brilliant news!!!!

We have been successful in the ballot to send a team to the The Pony Club and Riding Club Team Eventer Challenges are kindly sponsored by Dodson & Horrell at The Blenheim Horse Trails on the Thursday 17th September 2015!!!!!!!

These very popular events are grass-arena-based competitions, held in the Bladon Arena, over a testing course of show jumps and cross country fences with an optimum time for completion. The team with the lowest cumulative score are the winners, but there is also an award for the most stylish rider.

The course is 90cms but will a full up and technically demanding course.

If you are interested in putting yourself forward for the team please contact Sam Holland on seniors@threecountiesrc.co.uk.

You will need to be running at 90 cms and 1m BE or BRC events on a regular basis and be available in the run up to the event to participate in additional training.

Obviously as its such an exciting opportunity we would love as many of our members to come along and cheer on our team. Tickets are available from http://www.blenheimhorse.co.uk/ticket-information and start from just £8.00.

We will obviously forward more information nearer the time but hope you will come along and have a great day out!

So that is all for now, we hope you are enjoying the good weather and look forward to seeing you all soon!!

If you have any feedback or questions on anything please feel free to let us know on comms@threecountiesrc.co.uk

The Three Counties Riding Club.