Well done to everyone who took part in last nights competition - the last leg of our summer jumping series. We spiced things up a bit by adding in some more challenging fences including the Road Closed barrier, a nippy wee stile, wavy planks and some never-seen-before at FRC barrels but they were no barrier to Team Moffat who breezed around without penalty. As the fences grew smaller, however, the scores grew bigger, and it was those planks that caused most problems. Only one spectacular dismount (unscheduled) but only bruised pride, thankfully. Many thanks to members who mucked in to ensure we could run the competition - that’s what clubs are all about. And many thanks to those riders who have supported this jumping league all summer long - hope you all enjoyed yourselves and managed to see a bit of progress over the these 5 months. To see the results, click below.
LETHAM GYMKHANA will be held at the club showground on SUNDAY 22 August. Open to all - members/non-members, adults/juniors. To see schedule, click on link.
LAST CALL FOR SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
We have been reminded that entries for the above close on Friday - so if you would like to take part, we really need to know ASAP. Anyone interested in taking part should forward details of which class(es) they want to do and also if stabling is required to LIZ at
or phone direct on 07970418333/01592754809. We will also be at the club field from 7.00 on Wednesday night if anyone wants to call in to see us in person and, if necessary, we may set up a Zoom meeting to get details sorted out. The schedule is posted below - please check which classes you fancy. All horses must have valid flu vaccination certificate, copies of which must accompany entries - so Riders will have to forward a copy of their certificates plus the front page of their passport to Liz as well (the name on the entry form has to match the passport). Although we have seen some interest on Facebook to date only two people have been in touch with Liz as requested so we need to clarify what you want. Team entries need to be accompanied by the name of a helper. Team entries are preferred as in the event of over subscription teams tend to get priority plus they are a bit cheaper. If anyone needs more information please get in touch with Liz or myself within the next day or so. Thanks
To see results, click on link below. DL4 concludes the summer long competition. Our thanks to Tricia for organising these evening meetings and to all the "team" who ensured that arenas were set up, who helped write for judges, stewards, Covid wifie,and scorers - as we keep saying, no help = no show. Also to the riders who supported the competitions and helped clear up afterwards.
The BRC Scottish Championships 2021 will be held on 11 & 12 September at Auchlishie near Kirriemuir. The Horse Trials will run on the Sunday and all other classes on the Saturday. A copy of the (lengthy) schedule is below. If anyone is interested in representing the club, we need to know SOON! Entries close 13 August and may be limited. Only clubs providing helpers will be eligible. Please note that these will run strictly under BRC rules and horses must have a current valid vaccination certificate. The rules around vac certs are complicated so make sure you are familiar with them - even being one day out can result in elimination. Read about flu vacs and rules etc in the BRC Handbook 2021 available to download from the the BHS/BRC website. If there is enough demand from members we will set up a meeting to go over what’s involved. Stabling is available at £30 for first night, £15 for second night. Must be prepaid at time of entry. Please note entries can only be made through the club. If you would like to have a go please contact Liz Glasgow in first instance and NO LATER than 6 August.
We have had a few enquiries about the dressage test to be used. You can get your own copy if you head to the British Eventing website and follow link to Dressage downloads - OR just click on the link below.The good news is that we are allowing the tests to be commanded!
New members often have lots of questions! Here are some useful points of contact: 1. For anything to do with MEMBERSHIP - Contact Club Secretary LIZ GLASGOW on 01592 754809/07970418333 or email at
2. For queries about payment of subscriptions/invoices etc - Contact Club Treasurer ANDREW THOMSON on 07967655691 (after 8pm, please) OR email him at
3. For club field bookings, you MUST contact TRICIA GARNETT at least 24 hrs before you plan to visit. She is on 01337 860331/07752581642.[Please note Covid rules apply to anyone using the field at present].
For specific Club training/competitions/shows contact the event organiser in first instance.
For more general enquiries about BRC/FRC speak to Liz.
Hope this helps.
MORE INFO FOR NEW MEMBERS
As well as queries on dress code, we have had some new members asking about correct tack/spurs/whips etc for various competitions. Firstly, check the schedule: if it says it is run under BRC rules then you need to consult the BRC Handbook where you will find loads of information - and it is FREE to download. Different competitions have different rules so be aware that rules for affiliated British Dressage might not be the same as dressage at affiliated British Eventing - always check if you are not sure. Be aware, too that some of the competitions which we run are unique to Fife RC - these may well be described as being under FRC Rules because they don't fit any specific category. If you have queries about these particular competitions, you should contact the organiser direct.The best source of local info on more general BRC matters is your Club Secretary - Liz Glasgow - on 01592 754809/07970418333 or
Ultimately, the rider is responsible for having the correct tack on their horse - and wearing incorrect tack can result in elimination or deducted points - so it pays to check things out first.
DRESS CODE AT CLUB FIELD
We often get queries about what to wear at the shows etc. Here s a quick guide. Firstly, all riders need an appropriate safety helmet.The standards vary but if you are in doubt the latest rules can be found in the BRITISH RIDING CLUBS HANDBOOK - or you could just phone the club Secretary, Liz Glasgow. For cross country type competitions your hat should be a skull cap or a hat with no fixed peak. Check schedules for local variations. Jackets are desirable for competitions or shows so you might want to aspire to one if you don’t have one already. For members-only competitions it is acceptable to wear smart casual/ rain jackets etc or a club sweatshirt. Jodhpurs or breeches should be worn, preferably light coloured ( although darker colours ok for club meetings). In hot weather, it is tempting to peel off a few layers. Please be aware that this can usually only be done with the permission of the judge. Generally, short sleeves are permissible but sleeveless is not. Waistcoats can be worn with shortsleeved shirts/blouses. Proper long riding boots should be worn but short boots with matching leather gaiters are also ok as are suede chaps provided they match the boots. Smart casual ok for training at field. For more serious competition eg inter-club meetings, you would be expected to wear the “proper” rig. A very useful source of info is the BRC Handbook which not only has all the rules but all the info on dress codes for different competitions. You can order a paper copy or download it for free from the BHS website. Another place to check is the Club ByeLaws page (see Membership page). Please note that if you are using the field for private exercise, you MUST wear a safety helmet correctly fastened whenever on horseback. For more info on hats click on the link below.
Well done all our competitors at today's Arena Event. Hope you all enjoyed your trip the the club. Many thanks to our helpers who turned out in force yesterday to put the fences up and came back today to help steward, pole pick, course change etc. As ever, no show can run without lots of volunteers - so well done everyone. To see the full results, click on the link below.
OUR NEXT EXCITING COMPETITION! - OPEN ARENA EVENT, SATURDAY 12 June 2021
If you enjoyed our last show, you might like to know about our next one! On SATURDAY 12 JUNE we are running our popular ARENA EVENT. What is an Arena Event? Well if you like show jumping and mini cross country this should suit you. Basically riders do a round over coloured poles then head off to do a round over working hunter type, rustic fences. Want more info? Click on link to see schedule. Entries, as usual, via clubentries.com.
Times for tomorrow's show available here - click on link below. Please note there are major rodaworks at the east end of Western Avenue where the B969 meets the A92 Dundee road. The road between the Cadham roundabout and Western Avenue is closed to northbound traffic and vehicles are being diverted via the car wash to join Western Avenue at the Pitoudie Roundabout. Traffic travelling south from the New Inn roundabout however can still turn west onto Western Avenue and access the field as normal. If you are coming from the Kirkcaldy side suggest you allow another 15 minutes or so in case of hold ups.
AREA 22 CAMP, 21-23 August 2021, Auchlishie, Kirriemuir
Bookings now being taken for the above. Places are limited and always in great demand so early booking recommended. For more info, contact the organiser direct - -
note all horses must have a valid/current flu vaccination certificate. Please read the Important Information note attached before booking.
SUMMER DRESSAGE LEAGUE #1, 12 May 2021: Great to see dressage back at the club after a break of around 18 months or so. Covid rules meant we had to do things a bit differently but everyone seemed to cope with these changes. We hope that as the pandemic crisis eases, we might manage to get back to something a bit more like normal in the next month or so. Meantime, thanks to all who supported us and especially to the small band of volunteers who helped clear and level the arenas, set out arenas and rope walkways, also to the admin team who sort out times, entries and results and, of course, our judges - Shona Brearley and Gillian Kettles. In a change to normal, we had no presentation and score sheets were not issued. All competitors should get a picture of their individual score sheets direct shortly. Meantime the overall results can be seen by clicking on the link below.Thanks to Club Secretary, Liz for doing this so quickly.if you have any queries about the scores, please contact either Liz or the organiser, Tricia Garnett direct. Thanks again.
To see times, click below. If any queries, please contact Tricia direct. Please note this is strictly an "ARRIVE - RIDE - LEAVE" meeting, due to the restrictive covid rules and time constraints. Riders should check in with the collecting ring steward no sooner than 30 minutes before the test and must leave the showground within 15 minutes of completing the test. Score sheets will NOT be available on the night but will be retained and can be picked up later. Photos of your score sheet will be forwarded to riders direct via email/phone. Similarly, the full results will be posted on Facebook/Website as soon as possible after the competition. No rosettes will be issued.Once mounted riders should head up the horse lane to the big grass arena and wait there until called forward into the collecting ring where a maximum of 5 riders will be allowed, giving all riders half an hour on the rubber surface before their test. On completion of test, riders should leave the main ring via the safe area. Sorry, but this is the only way we can operate under the current rules. We are hopeful that these rules will be eased in the near future as the pandemic threat reduces. Please remember to bring face masks, sanitiser etc and maintain social distancing at all times. Thank you.
Open Mini Cross Country Competition - Sunday 9 May
Thank you to all those that helped over the weekend to make the competition happen, whether it was helping build the course on Saturday or jump judging, stewarding, scoring, timing etc on the Sunday.
The weather was less than desirable on Saturday afternoon however, it did improve for Sunday and with the exception of the unfortunate few, most riders managed to get round the course in between showers.
Hopefully, you all enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing you all again soon at our next show.
The first of our Showjumping League nights will run next week! Schedule and entries can be found on clubentries.com. Please note this is members-only and must be pre- entered; times will be allocated. Entries close on Monday. This will be run on same lines as our recent weekend shows i.e. single round with second part timed. Riders limited to one class only for now due to Covid restrictions ( details on schedule). This will only go ahead if we have enough help on the night - we are looking for someone to steward the collecting ring, someone to check names etc at entrance gate and a couple of pole pickers. Please get in touch if you would like to help. Thanks REMINDER - ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY
SUMMER IS HERE! (almost)
Looking forward to our first evening meeting of the Summer programme tonight!
MEMBERS SHOWJUMPING SHOW, Easter Sunday
Entries are now closed. To see times, click on link. Please remember we are running under restrictive Covid rules in accordance with the Clubs Covid protocol. More info on the show schedule. Please remember to bring your face masks and hand sanitisers and maintain social distancing at all times. No spectators are allowed and if you bring a helper they must stay at your vehicle.Competitors are organised into bubbles. To avoid bubbles mixing, riders in the first two bubbles are are asked to leave the showground within 15 minutes of finishing.Forecast is cold, so wrap up well! Show dress is not compulsory.
As the Covid rules relax and the weather improves, we are expecting more people to use the field for private training/exercise. Just a reminder, then, that anyone using the field outwith normal organised meeting times MUST still adhere to the clubs COVID PROTOCOL (details below) and should ensure that their trainer (a) has up to date insurance and (b) also follows club/ government/ HorseScotland Covid rules. Please be aware that the club Secretary holds details of instructors insurance on file but renewal documents still need to be forwarded annually for our records. Your trainer should have done their own Covid Risk Assessment - a copy of that should also be sent over to the secretary. Any queries, please contact Liz Glasgow on tel:01592%20754809.
SOMETHING FOR THE EASTER WEEKEND!
With the relaxation of lockdown rules, we are planning to run another “pop-up” show for members on SUNDAY 4 APRIL. This will be a chance to get some practice in for what we hope will be a busy summer. As ever, the emphasis will be on having a bit of fun over simple courses. Nothing too taxing as horses and riders haven’t been doing too much over the last few months. Classes start at 45cm and work up. Better still, it’s only £5 a go! Details in your newsletter. Entries via www.clubentries.com (click on Fife Riding Club).
With the latest (albeit limited) relaxation of rules on Covid, we are now thinking that we can MAYBE think about putting together another wee jumping show for members. We will need to see how viable it is to organise anything under the new restrictions but we are hopeful of putting something on. WATCH THIS SPACE!
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR FIELD USERS!
Just to warn any member thinking about heading to the club field to exercise or have private instruction the COMBINATION CODE ON THE PADLOCKS ON THE DRIVE AND GATE INTO THE MAIN FIELD HAVE BEEN CHANGED. You will be advised of the new number by TRICIA when you notify her that you are wanting to use the field. Please remember, Tricia is not always able to answer your call so if you need the new number you should give at least 24 hours notice. If anyone has a problem speaking to Tricia direct please contact Secretary, Liz, instead. Her details are on the Who’s Who page of this website. Thanks
Details of our summer programme have been posted on the Events Page, perhaps more in hope than expectation, in view of the current Covid situation. As we write, these rules are being relaxed but if the virus kicks off again we could be staying in lockdown for longer. SO put the dates in your diary BUT be aware that everything is SUBJECT TO CHANGE and watch this space for updates!
December Virtual Dressage 2020
Drumroll please ....🥁
Results of the December round of the FRC Winter Virtual Dressage League are as follows ...
Intro C 1st Simonne Adams and Heidi - 164/235 - 69.79% (and highest mark for Xmas Theme of 4.5/5) 2nd Sarah-Jayne Bowers and Dottie - 161.5/235 - 68.72% 3rd Sherral Wilson and Blue - 152/235 - 64.68% 4th Dawn Wallace and Tommy - 151/235 - 64.26% 5th Dawn Wallace and Hector - 150.5/235 - 64.04% 6th Diane Roberts and Skuggi - 150/235 - 63.83% 7th Frances Bizzarri and Saffy - 146/235 - 62.13%
Prelim 4 1st Kirsty Trotter and Milo - 155.5/225 - 69.11% 2nd Alison Burlison and Torin - 141/225 - 62.67%
Elementary 41 1st Colleen Macrae and Lucas - 167/255 - 65.49% 2nd Colleen Macrae and Fingal - 158/255 - 61.96%
WELL DONE to everyone who managed to get a test done and submitted - ALL of you achieved over 60%!!! 🍾
All of your tests have been sent to you by Messenger or Email (the % scores are not on the sheets - Sarah-Jayne added them up after they had been scanned and sent back to her). Please note that if you are checking her arithmetic the total score to divide your score by is 5 marks more than the official max total score due to the 5 possible marks for the themed turnout.
THANK YOU to our wonderful judge Joanna Wilkie for her very thorough and constructive feedback ❤️
Just to advise that due to tightening Covid restrictions, we will not be able to run any more shows for the next few weeks at least. Horse owners/riders are still permitted to visit their horses for welfare reasons (this includes exercising your horse) and one-to-one Training is permitted. You can only meet with one person from one another household outdoors and you should avoid any unnecessary travel. This may rule out some people using the club field for exercise. Further information can be found at the Scottish Government, HorseScotland and BHS websites.
SHOWJUMPING SUNDAY 3RD JANUARY - SADLY THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO FROZEN ARENA. We will be re-scheduling so watch this space. Thanks to those who offered to help on the day.
WE'RE RUNNING ANOTHER MEMBERS SHOWJUMPING SHOW!
Kick off the New Year by coming along to our next MEMBERS ONLY SHOWJUMPING SHOW on 3rd January 2021 from 10.00am. Classes start from 45cm cross poles and go up to 1.00m. It's strictly about having fun and getting horses round the course - all in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Dress - casual is fine- but it's also fine if you prefer show gear. As usual, this will be run under Covid protocols. These little shows are proving popular so don't delay. Entries are now open - see clubentries.com (or click on the usual link on RHS of this page). Needless to say, this will be weather & Covid-rule dependent. If we have to cancel, we promise to give you as much warning as we can and entries will of course be refunded. To see the schedule click on the link.
Don’t miss our first ever VIRTUAL WINTER DRESSAGE LEAGUE which opens Tomorrow, 1 December. Entries close 20th of each month through to March. All you need is a space to lay out a 20 x 40 m area and something for markers ( feed buckets would do). Alternatively, we have laid out a Dressage arena at the club field for those with transport. Each month will be themed, with extra points for riders getting into the spirit of things. It’s a bit of fun and it gives you something to aim at over the winter months. Open to members only, sorry. To see schedule click below. Entries are only £5 per class.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING DOWN! FINAL REMINDER -YOUR ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION IS DUE TO BE PAID BY 30 NOVEMBER!
Just a reminder that annual subs are due to be paid by the end of this month. The only exceptions are those members who joined after 1st August - you don’t need to renew until next year. The charges remain as before I.e. Riding Member £50, Associate (under 18 years) - £40 and Non- Riders - £20. After 1st December, the names of non-payers will be removed from the members list and as such anyone who has not rejoined will no longer have access to the club field, will not be able to take part in any members only shows , competition or training, will not get the benefit of members discounted entry fees and will no longer be covered by the BRC insurance. Lapsed members who subsequently wish to rejoin will have to start again from scratch and will have to pay a joining fee of £20 like any other new member. You may be swithering about rejoining under the current pandemic, or maybe your horse is out of work through injury. In such case, you should consider rejoining as a non riding member: you can then upgrade to full riding membership later on by paying the difference to the secretary once you are ready to bring your horse back. There are various ways of paying - you can forward a cheque to the club secretary (details below or see Who’s Who page), you can pay online by going to clubentries.com ( see right hand panel) and follow link to Fife Riding Club or you can pay over the phone by contacting Andrew Thomson on 07967655691 between 7.00 and 9.00 pm only (please).
MEMBERS SHOWJUMPING SHOW NOVEMBER 2020
Schedule for the upcoming Members Showjumping Show on Sunday 22 November.
POLEWORK & GRIDWORK LESSONS ****SORRY, WE ARE CANCELLING THE OCTOBER TRAINING DUE TO WATERLOGGING- HOWEVER THE TRAINING SCHEDULED FOR 28 NOVEMBER WILL STILL GO AHEAD********* Anyone booked in for 24 October will be refunded in due course
Sarah - Jayne Bowers is running Polework & Gridwork Training on SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER and SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER. Polework lessons will be held at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00 o’clock and are suitable for all abilities. Gridwork lessons will start at 1.00pm (fences below 60cm), followed by fences between 60 & 90 Cm at 2.00pm and fences over 90 Cm at 3.00pm.Groups of 4, price £15 per head. To book your place go to clubentries.com ( see link right) and follow link to Fife Riding Club.
Just to remind those members who didn’t manage to join in last week’s AGM, subscriptions are due now ( except for anyone who joined after 1August - your subs don’t need paying until next years AGM). The charges are as agreed at the 2018 AGM, namely Riding - £50; Associates (under 18 years) - £40; and Non-Riding - £20. You can pay online by visiting clubentries.com and follow link to Fife RC, or you can pay by card over the phone by contacting Andrew Thomson on 07967 655691 (between 7.00pm and 9.00pm ONLY, please). Alternatively you can post a cheque made out to “Fife Riding Club” to Liz Glasgow at 296 Muirfield Drive, Glenrothes KY6 2PZ. Many thanks.
SHOWJUMPING SHOW SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
TIMES ATTACHED - click on link below. Don't forget your face mask and hand sanitiser!
A REQUEST FROM YOUR CLUB SECRETARY: if any member has changed email address , or indeed now acquired one, can they please contact LIZ GLASGOW on 01592 754809 as soon as possible so that details of the forthcoming AGM can be forwarded to them.
MEMBERS SHOWJUMPING SHOW SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2020
AT LONG LAST we are going to attempt to run our first proper show of 2020! This will be MEMBERS ONLY, due to Covid restrictions. All entries need to be made online and times will be allocated. Classes from 45cm -1.05m. £5 per class, max 2 classes per rider (must be consecutive classes).The online entry system should be up & running shortly. To see schedule click on link below. All riders will have to comply with the FRC Covid Protocol [see below].
Sarah-Jayne Bowers is running jump traing lessons at the Club Field TOMORROW (Friday 28th) in the afternoon. You can find out more on the FRC Facebook page and book your place via Clubentries website. Details on side panel. Please remember anyone attending the club field must comply with club Covid protocols ( see below)
JUMP TRAINING DAY SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2020
Times for competitors. Riders are reminded to stay in their "bubbles" and to park as directed in order to meet Covid compliance rules.
If you are taking part in this meeting, please take a few minutes to read the following notes about what riders need to do before, during and after riding; also check out the layout plan showing the new one way system which will be in operation on the day.
COVID 19 UPDATE - Club field reopening - NEW PROCEDURES
With some loosening of lockdown restrictions we are now able to announce that the club field will reopen for members' use with effect from WEDS 1st JULY. Members (only) will again be allowed to exercise in the field or have training subject to compliance with government rules re social distancing, use of sanitisers etc. PLEASE NOTE BECAUSE OF THE LOCKDOWN RULES, THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY WERE - NEW PROCEDURES ARE NOW IN PLACE WHICH ALL MEMBERS MUST OBSERVE. Sarah-Jayne has put together a protocol follows:-
Fife Riding Club - Club Field Usage Protocol during the Covid-19 Pandemic
This protocol has been developed to enable us to allow members to use the club field for schooling their horses/ponies in accordance with Scottish Government guidance and British Horse Society/British Riding Clubs advice to enable us to meet hygiene, disease reporting, insurance and health and safety requirements. Failure to adhere to these guidelines places the health of yourself and other users at risk, and may lead to closure of the Club Field and possible membership sanctions, as well as invalidating insurance cover. Spot checks will take place to ensure that the protocol is being adhered to. The Club reserves the right to close the field to all users if lockdown is tightened again. Booking All use of the field MUST be booked at least 24 hours in advance via Tricia Garnett on 07752 581642. When booking you must inform Tricia of the names of ALL of the people who will be at the field during your booking - e.g. riders, helpers, coaches, etc. This is to allow accurate contact tracing in the event of a notification of Covid-19 illness. Please note that the number of people must be in accordance with Scottish Government regulations on current outdoor gatherings (e.g. the members of no more than 2 people from 2 households. Example - a coach and a rider from different households is ok but a coach, two riders and a helper all from different households is not. Who can use the field? Riders MUST be current paid up members of Fife Riding Club. No non-members are allowed to ride on the grounds at this time. If you are using a coach then they must provide evidence of current insurance and a clear written risk assessment to provide evidence of their compliance with current Scottish Government, BHS and horsescotland coaching guidelines. Hygiene and Disease Control You must NOT visit or use the Club field if you or your household are exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms, and/or are confirmed as having Covid-19, and/or have been notified as being exposed to someone with Covid-19 and should be self-isolating. If you or anyone in your household develop Covid-19 symptoms or are confirmed as having Covid-19 within 7 days of using the field you MUST inform Tricia immediately so that contact tracing and monitoring can take place. Whilst using the Club field you must maintain social distancing, and provide your own hand sanitiser/hand washing materials. We are unable to supply them at this point due to the open access nature of the field and the likely theft of anything that we leave. Please provide your own masks if these are necessary. You should sanitise your hands before and after unlocking/opening/closing/locking the gates. Please ensure that all vehicles park at least 5m apart. No jumps, poles or other FRC equipment is available for use at this time due to the inability to keep it sanitised between usage. Personal Safety and Field Security If you are riding on your own, please utilise a ‘Lone Riding’ plan, such as, by notifying someone when you are getting on, how long you plan to be and notify them when you and your horse are back on board your transport or are back home. Please ensure that all your tack is in good condition, paying attention to likely weak areas such as cracking, stitching and where metal and leather are in contact, such as where reins attach to the bit. All gates MUST be left as they are found with regard to locking, e.g. locked when you leave - please ensure that all padlocks are secured and not left on the floor when using the field to prevent them being lost or stolen. Please ensure that the outer gates are closed while you are inside the ground to prevent horses getting loose onto the road. Please note that there will be no toilet facilities provided due to the inability to sanitise them between usage. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FLUID SITUATION AND THESE PROTOCOLS MAY CHANGE DEPENDING ON GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE. Please observe the latest government advice e.g. numbers of persons allowed to meet is liable to fluctuate.
In view of the ongoing coronavirus emergency, please be aware that ALL RIDING CLUB MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED until further notice in accordance with BRC guidance. Members please also be aware that, for the same reasons, the CLUB FIELD IS OUT OF BOUNDS until further notice. This is a major health emergency and guidance is changing daily. We are in regular contact with BHS/BRC and will update you on any new guidance as it arrives. BHS are currently reviewing the PM’s latest statement and have said they will be issuing further guidance tomorrow (24 March). Watch this space. Riders are reminded the best way forward is to keep at least 2m away from other people and wash your hands regularly. Keep yourself and others safe.
NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2020
Here is the first newsletter of 2020 to inform you of what's coming up at Fife Riding Club!
Another very busy day at Howe last weekend with around 140 tests ridden and a twelve hour shift for the organisers. Many thanks to all our volunteers. This show was in aid of horses affected by the terrible Australian bush fires (still burning) - details of how much money was raised to follow. Thanks also due to everyone who donated gifts to the bottle raffle which drew in £130 on its own. To see the full results, click below
Well done everyone! The fund raising at the Dressage on 25 January raised over £500 which the club has rounded up to £550. Many thanks to everyone who donated gifts to the raffle and to the helpers who were equally generous with their time on the day.
CHANGE TO WHIP AND SPUR RULES
Competitors at Area or Championships please note that BRC are bringing their rules on whips and spurs in line with BS. Click on link below for full details
We lost a number of long-serving committee members at the AGM. Jenny Cushnie, Joy Fulton, Dawn Wallace, Sharron Ferrier and Ferne Fairfull all decided to stand down. We thank them for all their hard work on behalf of the club over many years. As a token of thanks, all were presented with a bottle of special “FRC” vino (possibly to celebrate their escape!). A hard act to follow but we were very pleased to welcome some new faces on board – Kirsty Trotter, Simone Purves, Kerry Anne Strachan and Glenn Wheelans; also Linda Wood is a welcome rejoin. Julia Edwards has since been co-opted so we are back to full strength. Please give them your full support in the new season.
UPDATE ON FLU JABS RULES
No doubt you will have read about changes to requirements for flu jabs. In line with BE and BD, Riding Clubs now need horses attending qualifiers to have been vaccinated within 6 months of the competition. This does not mean that you have to get your horse jabs every six months; the advice is that if you are likely to compete at qualifiers you should get your horse jabs in April and that will give cover to the end of the summer. It’s probably worth doing this anyway if you are going to be out at lots of horse shows next summer as well as it will give your horse better protection. The six month requirement will be mandatory for Area/ Scottish Championships from 1st March 2020.
HAVE YOU VISITED THE FRC MEMBERS FACEBOOK PAGE?
Having checked our current members list, we found that there are nearly 40 people who are paid up members but who are not on the clubs Members Facebook page. This page is only open to paid up members, not the general public. While you can get lots of information about the club on our website, the Fife Riding Club Members Facebook page is the best way of getting the most up to date info direct to your mobile device. So, if you haven’t joined up yet, now might be a good time to do it, as we head towards springtime.
You might also want to visit the Fife Riding Club Flog it Facebook page and the Fife Riding Club Open Shows Facebook page - both are open to non-members.
EQUINE FLU - KEEP YOUR HORSE SAFE!
Equine flu is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS.
The best way of ensuring your horse’s safety is to keep your flu vaccinations up to date - or get your horse vaccinated if you have not done so already.
Just a polite request to any member wanting to use the field for exercise or training purposes. The rules about who can use the field and when are well known and posted elsewhere on this website.
Anyone interested needs to contact TRICIABEFORE going to the field - this is an insurance requirement and covered by Club Rules.
Please bear in mind committee members are volunteers who also have other commitments so please be patient when waiting for a response and ensure they phone/text at a reasonable time.
It's the time of year when riders start thinking about the new season and exciting times ahead. A good time then to remember that we will all have a better experience in the show ring if we all observe a few simple rules. Here are some tips on how to behave in company! Whether you are a novice show rider, or you have been doing it for years, whether it’s in hand or ridden, we’ve all come across people who don’t know basic show etiquette. So here are the top 10 tips to show respect to others and to not annoy people at shows in the ring and warming up. Share this and educate the world!
1 – Don’t overtake in the ring Everyone in the ring wants the judge to look at their horse, don’t be that one person that overtakes right in front of the judge. It won’t impress the judge, in fact it will probably just annoy them and everyone else in there. 2 – Always pass left to left This one is for the warm up ring. I have seen countless collisions and near misses because people just don’t know this rule. It’s more safety than just etiquette, and very important. It’s understandable that you will need to change the rein and people will be travelling in different directions, so remember this one and there reduce the risk of an accident. 3 – When turning your horse/pony push it away from you – do not pull it towards you When showing in hand, the judge will ask you to walk away and trot back to them. At the end of the walk when you turn to trot back, make sure that you push your horse round away from you, instead of pulling them around. 4 – Don’t jump the warm up jump both ways This follows on from number 2, but for jumping warm up rings. Jumping the jump both ways is just downright dangerous, not only are people warming up on both reins, but jumping both ways means there are horses flying in every direction and no one knows what is coming from where. The jump wings are usually marked. Make sure the RED flag is on the RIGHT HAND side - that way, you know you are jumping the fence from the correct side.
5 – Take note of coloured ribbons in horses’ tails People don’t put ribbons in their horses’ tails for fun, they all mean something, and to keep you and your steed safe, you should take note of what they mean. 1. Blue – Stallion 2. Green – Young or inexperienced 3. Pink – Mare in season 4. Red – Horse kicks 5. White – Horse is for sale
6 – Don’t go cantering past other horses in tight spaces If it is your first show, or you are on a young horse, or anything like that, there is nothing worse than someone cantering past you trapped in a corner coming very close. It causes horses to feel trapped, can spook them and can unnerve an inexperienced rider. Just don’t do it, it’s not nice.
7 – Not cutting people up before or after a fence This follows on from number 6, but for jumping. When someone is coming to a fence, or leaving it, their concentration is on the jump and their striding. Don’t get in their way! You have the whole of the ring to ride in, just move or halt for those few seconds and let them jump. 8 – If you’re not warming up, get out Don’t stand around the gateway having a mothers meeting! Stand outside the ring. The warm up ring is for warming horses up, not chatting. Stand outside and give everyone room to work in. A rider has enough to concentrate on with all the horses flying about everywhere without having to worry about trampling stragglers too. Plus if there is an accident or a horse spooks, you are in the firing line and it is your own fault. 9 – Leave one horse’s length to the horse in front Don’t crowd other riders and keep at least a horse’s length between you and the horse in front of you. This keeps you at a safe distance from being kicked – remember these are more than likely to be horses that you do not know. When there are riders working on both the inside and outside track, leave enough passing room that one horse isn’t able to bite or kick at the horse on the other track. 10 -Enjoy yourself!
Too many people take showing far too seriously. I’ve seen tears, tantrums and slanging matches way too many times. At the end of the day horses are our passion and showing is for just that, showing our pride and joy off. If you don’t win then never mind, better luck next time. Don’t be horrible to the person that won and ruin their day, however you are feeling, say well done and smile on your way out of the ring and let them enjoy it. You would want them to do the same to you.
IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL…
We try not to cancel if at all possible but the weather this “summer” has been exceptionally bad and occasionally we have to accept defeat!
As far as Wednesday Night meetings are concerned, the latest time we can cancel is around 5pm.
If the decision to cancel has been made, a note to this effect will be placed on the FRC website and also on our Facebook page. If you do not have access to the website or Facebook then you should text Linda on 07740 027427 (after 5pm) to avoid a wasted trip.
As far as weekend shows are concerned, if there is any doubt about the weather or ground conditions, a site inspection will be made at about 8am. If cancelled, again a note will go on the website or Facebook page or else the show organiser should be contacted by text or phone after 8.30am for an update.
ONLINE ENTRIES SYSTEM
We are trialling a new online entries system. For those interested the
A further reminder to all members wishing to use the club field for private tuition outwith normal meeting times.
Firstly, the field & facilities are for the exclusive use of PAID-UP MEMBERS ONLY (i.e. Full Riding, Associate or Honorary Members). NON-MEMBERS or other family members are NOT permitted to ride except during open shows. Instructors are not permitted to ride unless they are also members.
Secondly, following advice from BRC insurers,with effect from 1st March 2015, anyone providing private tuition at the club field outwith normal meeting times will be required to forward documentary evidence of valid instructors insurance cover to the Club Secretary in advance. The Secretary will retain details of trainers insurance on file. If the trainer does not have suitable insurance, then they will not be permitted to teach on club premises. Members booking their own trainers are responsible for ensuring their instructor complies with this requirement. Failure to so will be a breach of Club Bye-Laws.
USE OF CLUB FIELD
A reminders that the club field can only be used by members & must be booked IN ADVANCE, giving full details of date/time and name of instructor through Tricia Garnett 07752 581642. Further details on using the clubs facilities, the club Constitution & Bye Laws are available on the membership page
For those of you who don't already know FRC now has its own Facebook Group. Check it out for all the latest news, gossip and updates. Please note only members can join & comment on the FRC Group.