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Here are the dates for the main inter- club competitions in 2019.
1. Area 22 Horse Trials Qualifiers - 28 April 2019 at Forgandenny.
2. Area 22 DTM Qualifiers - 9 June 2019 at Ladyleys, Old Meldrum.
3. Area 22 Quaifiers ( Dressage/ Riding Test/ Style Jumping & Showjumping) - 27/28 July 2019 at Brechin.
4. Saddle Up Scottish Riding Clubs Championships - 28/29 September 2019 at Auchlishie.

Good news that these competitions are mostly within an hours drive.
For more info about Area competitions etc just google
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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.
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There are reports of a number of cases of EQUINE FLU down south. Although no cases reported in Scotland so far, it is probably only a matter of time before it heads our way. 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.
For more information speak to your vet or go to the BEF website - http:// or
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We are having a field tidy up this weekend on SATURDAY 19 January between 2 and 4 pm. Help us shift dressage boards and jumps under cover before the real winter kicks off! We look forward to seeing the many folk who expressed enthusiasm for helping the club turn out. The more help we get, the quicker we finish. See you Saturday!

POST SCRIPT - huge thanks to everyone who came along to help with the above. We have never had such a great response. Everything was done & dusted within an hour - another record! Thanks again. Watch out for request for help for next big exercise - arena raking.
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The first Polework clinic of the year will be held at the club field on Saturday 16 February. As usual, the clinic will be taken by Kay Gebbie and Helen Brown with a maximum of 4 riders per lesson. Cost is £18 per rider and the choice is between poles on the ground or poles to jumping. Online entries.
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Just a reminder to all members (except anyone who joined after 1st August)that the annual subscription is due for payment now. The subs are £50 for Full Riding Members, £40 for Associates and £20 for Non-Riding. Under the terms of the Constitution, your sub must be paid no later than 30 NOVEMBER. Please send payment to Club Secretary, Liz Glasgow, 296 Muirfield Drive, Glenrothes, KY6 2PZ ASAP. Cheques should be made to "FIFE RIDING CLUB".
Alternatively, you can pay online - go to "Events Page" and follow link to online entries.
Thank you.
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***PLEASE NOTE Field Coordinator is now Tricia Garnett 07752 581642 ***

If you wish to use the club field, please text Tricia with your details
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER Lomond Hills Hotel, Freuchie, 7.30pm.

Just a reminder that we have our AGM on Thursday night and we hope as many members as possible will come along. This is your chance to let us know what you want from your club in the coming year. A chance, too, to join the committee and put something back into FRC. Also, this is your chance to vote for the winner of the VIC TROPHY.This trophy was presented to the club many years ago by past Chair, Ann Small, in memory of her horse, Victor,to be awarded by the members to the HORSE ( not rider) which has improved the most over the year. There are a couple of candidates that spring to mind immediately! There will be a ballot on the night so please fill in your voting slip when you arrive at the meeting. This is the most prestigious trophy of the year as it is voted for by the members themselves so do get involved. If you cannot attend, you can still vote by forwarding a note of your nomination to the club secretary in advance.
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Here is a round up of the results:
On Saturday we had riders in the dressage, riding test, showjumping and style jumping classes.
By 10.00 am we learned that Glenn Wheelans & Ruby were runners up in the 100cm individual Showjumping - not a pole down, just a tad slow in the jump off. Meanwhile at the opposite end of the showground, way down the hill and far way, we had dressage where Fiona Wright & Annie won the N24 class. Not to be outdone, team mate, Kim Wilson was 1st equal in the N28 with 21st Century Fox. There were three in the team - Fiona, Kim and Mandy Law & Innes and the team ended up in 3rd place overall.Fiona also won the Individual N28 class and collected a special prize of an Equitheme shirt from the sponsor. In P14, Dawn Wallace & Silver Banner DW (Bobby) finished in the runner up position ( in spite of an unexpected dismount in the warm up!);in the RT Novice individual class Joyce Simpson & Clive were the winners, with Mandy in 3rd and Kim in 5th. In the 70 Showjumping Individual class, Joyce was second and Kerry Anne Strachan & Kenzie were 4th.These two were also in the ribbons in the individual 75 style jumping class. Then there was Sunday. In the end only 5 riders made it - Jenny Cushnie & Diablo Sie and Sarah Cunningham & GL Flashy Blue in the 100. This was Sarah's first 100 and how well they went - sadly a blip at the combination cost them a place but a great try anyhow. Jenny and Dalton ended in 6th place. The 80 team of Elaine McDonald (Wizzard), Ferne Fairfull (AmourevaZ) and Alicia Hay (Elliot III) had an outstanding day. The dressage was won by Ferne with Alicia in second which set them up nicely for the rest of the day. With clear showjumping rounds and minimal time penalties on the xc phase, this team of three were miles ahead of the runners up. What a performance by all our riders - probably our best ever result at these championships. Again, well done , all our riders!
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A change to our syllabus! - we are running an informal JUMPING SCHOOLER night at club field from 6.30 pm. Emphasis on simple fences/ straightforward track starts at 40cm and works up depending on what riders want to do. Informal dress is fine. Open to non-members & juniors. Entries on the field; £5 per class. Schedule on Events page. COME ALONG AND JOIN IN THE FUN!
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STOP PRESS! Fife are hosting an INVITATIONAL TEAM SJ SHOW involving local Fife riding clubs. It will be a great warm up for the Scottish Championships at Kirriemuir later on. Heights will start from 45 cm and work up. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN A TEAM? Details are on the club Facebook page or see Events page. WE NEED NAMES SOON - contact CALLUM GLASGOW ON 07792 243838 ASAP for more information also so he knows you might want to have a go
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01 SEP 18 Fundraising Open Dressage Show

Fife Riding Club is hosting a fundraising open unaffiliated dressage show. Profits made from this show will be split equally between a number of FRC fundraising initiatives, which currently include a travel fund for competitors who have qualified for national championships and new timing equipment.

A warm welcome is extended to all dressage enthusiasts to attend this friendly show. Please circulate this schedule widely. Delicious home baking and horsey treats will be available for purchase on the day too!

Classes 1-5 are open to junior riders and if entries are sufficient, these classes will be split into junior and senior sections. Please note on the entry form if rider is a junior.

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Just a note to say that schedules for the above are available now on the club Facebook page and will shortly be posted here as well. If anyone is interested in taking part, please get in touch either with Secretary, Liz Glasgow or with Linda Gove. Competitors can check eligibility by looking at the BRC Rulebook which can be viewed online via the BRC website. Competitors will need to have valid flu vaccination certificates as spot checks may be made and anyone without the appropriate paperwork will not be allowed to compete. Stabling is available on site. PLEASE NOTE, team entries will only be accepted if each team nominates someone to volunteer with helping on the day. This is a very popular competition and Entries close 7 September. Entries cannot be made by individuals, only by the Club Secretary. If there is enough interest, we may hold a meeting so everyone knows what is involved but first we need to know how many members would like to have a go - so let us know NOW!��
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Just a heads up about our next POINTS COMPETITION NIGHT on 4 July.

We will be running two arenas - the Natural Fences in the Springturf ring and Top Score in main ring.

The Natural Fences will just be like a normal jumping class held over rustic fences. Clear rounds will go forward to a timed jump off as usual. Top Score is a ONE ROUND competition. The course will comprise a number of fences each with a different value depending on difficulty. Each fence can be jumped from either side and can be jumped twice. If the horse jumps it cleanly the rider collects the points. Knock it down and no points are scored. No penalties for refusals. One fence on the course will be the JOKER worth 200 points if jumped clear: however it will be MINUS 200 points if knocked over. Riders have 60 seconds to collect as many points as possible. The horse with most points on the night will win the Glenrothes Riding Centre Trophy.
Both classes will start as close to 7.00 as possible and each will run in points sections I.e.nursery Novice/ novice etc. Entries on the field as usual.
Course building will be Tuesday 3 July at 7.00 if you can help. We will also need helpers on the night - two ring stewards, two writers, two time keepers/ ring assistants. If you can assist, please contact Linda Gove.
Many thanks. More detail about class timing nearer the night.

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FIfe Riding Club training night now open to NON-MEMBERS for first time ever! Flatwork or jumping basics with top trainers! More info and details of how to pay online available on our “Events” page now.
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Just a reminder that we are running not one, not two, not three but FOUR showjumping competitions on Wednesday night. The classes will also count towards the POINTS competition and will start at Nursery Novice height working up to the big class - the GRANNY BALFOUR TROPHY. Entries on the field - £5 per head. Please note due to time constraints riders can only do ONE class on the night. All classes to run in main ring.
If anyone is free to help, we will need volunteers to assist with course changes, stewarding, etc. If you can spare an hour or two please let us know. Finally, can all last years winners please return your trophies? Nothing more disappointing to winners than finding out yet another cup hasn’t been returned.
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FRIDAY 25MAY18 Debby Lush Talk - How to improve your dressage marks.

Fife Riding Club is delighted to host List 1 dressage judge and international rider Debby Lush who will explain how to improve your marks in a dressage test. From Intro to Medium, the difference between a 5 and a 7 will be described.

Highfield at Howe Equestrian Centre Friday 25MAY18 7-9 Tickets £10 (incl tea/coffee biscuits) available online at Club website. Everyone welcome
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AREA 22 QUALIFIERS - TESTS. Following queries about tests for Area qualifiers due to be held at Fraserburgh 9/10 June please see attached. Full details can be found in the BRC 2018 Handbook which you can download from the British Riding Clubs page (Google British Horse Society and follow BRC Link) - pages 87/88 lists all tests but the handbook also gives you all the info you need about eligibility of horse and riders, dress codes, rules, Flu vacc details etc.
Click here
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Next Wednesday marks the start of our summer evening meetings which start at 7pm. If you want to book in, please go to the Events page and follow link to Online bookings; alternatively, if you need more info, please contact Jenny Cushnie who is organising instruction this year. Her details are on Who’s who?
All we need now is Summer............
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Another great quiz held last night at Howe. Brilliant questions, great fun - many thanks to LIZ GLASGOW for organising this ever popular evening. We also drew the RAFFLE which we are running to raise funds to buy electronic timing. The winner of the major prize - a hand made Thelwell cross stitch was former chair, Mary Gardner, the handmade patchwork quilt went to Emma Boulton and Frances Bizzarri won the one-off clock. There were dozens of other gifts most donated on the night. Thanks to all who contributed. We took in a fair amount of cash on the night but the fund raising will continue until we raise enough funding.
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There’s still time to book your place at the next CROSS COUNTRY CLINIC to be held on SATURDAY 31 MARCH.

We have two fantastic trainers on standby to help you round the course! With fences at various heights starting from minimus upwards and a range of fences including ditches, steps and water there is something for all abilities - a perfect opportunity to get you and your horse ready to tackle the spring hunter trials season. Each lesson will last approx 90 minutes.
Our instructors– Jane Gilchrist BHSII and Sarah- Jayne Bowers
Jane is a BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship, UKCC Level 3 Generic, Pony Club Accredited visiting instructor and B test examiner who works freelance. Having successfully competed at International competitions in showjumping, eventing and dressage, Jane now teaches all levels and abilities in these disciplines with a specialist interest in young horses. Jane won her first four BE events (Dalmahoy, Blair Castle, Mortonhall and Central Scotland at Dunsinnan),and went advanced in 10 events and was never unplaced at one day events. She has bred her own team of competition horses and last year, along with one of her horses, qualified to ride at the Badminton Grassroots Festival. She is also a Director of Horsescotland. Jane has competed regularly at Craigie and knows the course very well.
Sarah-Jayne is BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship, Stage 5 Teach and Care & Management; BHS Ride Safe Trainer; UKCC L3 (Generic); ABRS Advanced Teaching Diploma. She has trained and produced horses and riders for a range of disciplines and levels, including dressage up to Prix St Georges, showjumping up to Foxhunter, eventing up to Open Novice/Novice 2DE , County level showing and was on the winning England TREC team at the 2001 British Championships and Scottish L2 Individual TREC Champion in 2017. She has competed in dressage and eventing whilst living in the USA, competing up to Prix St Georges, achieving her USDF Bronze Medal and qualifying two years running for Regional Championships in dressage, winning the USEA Area 8 Eventing Championship and qualifying for the USEA American Eventing Championships three times. She has worked with all levels of rider and all types of horses and ponies, including Pony Club, Riding Club, RDA, riding schools and colleges; and enjoyed retraining and rehabilitating ex-racehorses for the Friends of Ferdinand charity in the USA. She is a BHS Approved Ride Safe Trainer and was an instructor at the BHS Adult camp 2014-16. She is also Chair of BHS Scotland.
See online entries at
STOP PRESS - We will now also be running training on SUNDAY 1ST APRIL. Entry forms on the Events page.
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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 SHONA BEFORE going to the field - this is an insurance requirement and covered by Club Rules. Shona works during the day and also has a horse to ride so she will not necessarily be able to pick up the phone when you call. This could be important especially if you have a query that needs an answer - so make sure you give Shona time to get back to you- at least 24 hours. Secondly, please show some consideration by phoning at a reasonable hour. At present people are phoning at any time between 6.00am and midnight! Try to keep your calls confined to daytime and certainly no calls after 8.30pm. Thank you!
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WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT can members note that anyone needing to use club field/dressage league entries etc should contact SHONA BREARLEY on 07469254924 Please also no phone calls after 9.00pm.

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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.

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.
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The rules about hats are changing this year - check out details in the attached link before buying a new hat.
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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.
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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.


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.
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