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 3 households, up to a total of 8 people. Example - a coach, a rider and a groom/helper all 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 (via email to
) 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.