I understand some people are having problems paying entries online. Because of this I am accepting late entries provided riders either send me an email to
or by text to 07740028427 giving details of class, horse, riders including contact details. Please forward any late entries as soon as possible as I need to sort out times by Wednesday night if possible. Alternatively, you can catch up with me in person at the FRC meeting on Wednesday night at the club field.You can pay by sending on a cheque or else pay me at the weekend before collecting bibs. If you have any questions phone or text me on above number. Linda
JO BARRY DRESSAGE CLINIC
We are holding a clinic with National dressage rider Jo Barry. Jo originally started showing at a young age at all the major shows; HOYS, RIHS and Olympia. Following her showing career Jo took up dressage and worked for Carl Hester for 5 years. Currently she is based near Edinburgh and has several Scottish and National titles.
Lessons are 45 mins private
£60 for members and £65 for non members. Jo is happy to teach all levels from intro to Grand Prix.
The first clinic will take place on 9 March. Book your space via the online entries page.
SCOTTISH BRANCH, BRITISH SHOWJUMPING LECTURE DEMO 17APR17
This lecture demo is open to all riders from any club, group or any individuals that participate in showjumping whether it be affiliated or unaffiliated. The aim is to increase ALL riders knowledge of good collecting ring etiquette. We will have various speakers from course builders, judges, stewards and experienced riders to help everyone understand the importance of these rules and the consequences that may occur if they are not followed. This event will be held at SNEC on Monday 17th April sharp at 7pm - 9pm.
Area 22 Dressage/Riding Test & Show Jumping/Style Jumping Qualifiers Brechin Castle Equestrian 20th & 21st May 2017 Your club needs you!
Calling all dressage and jumping members itís that time of year again and Fife Riding Club is looking to enter teams and/or individuals for the above competition so if you have enjoyed taking part over the winter dressage and show jumping leagues how would you like to represent your club at an Area 22 competition? Dressage & riding tests are on Saturday 20th May 2017, tests for all levels from Prelim to Advanced Medium. Tests £12.50 each. Show jumping & style jumping are on the Sunday 21st May 2017, heights from 70cm to 110cm. Classes £12.50 each. If you are a seasoned team competitor wanting to do it all again or a first timer who wants to push themselves & their horse to the next level this could be for you. You can compete on one or both days and there is even stabling available if you and your pony want to make it a weekend away together. If you are interested or just want some more information give me a call, send me a message or find me on face book, details below. For Fife Riding Club to be able to compete we have to be able to provide a couple of helpers each day so if competing isnít for you but you would like to be involved then we canít be represented without your valuable assistance. Please contact me if you would be interested in helping this fabulous event to run. JOY FOULTON 07969 618628
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 itís in hand or ridden, weíve all come across people who donít 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 Ė Donít overtake in the ring Everyone in the ring wants the judge to look at their horse, donít be that one person that overtakes right in front of the judge. It wonít impress the judge, in fact it will probably just annoy them and everyone else in there. 2 Ė Always pass left to left This one is for the warm up ring. I have seen countless collisions and near misses because people just donít know this rule. Itís more safety than just etiquette, and very important. Itís 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 Ė When turning your horse/pony push it away from you Ė 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 Ė Donít 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 Ė Take note of coloured ribbons in horsesí tails People donít put ribbons in their horsesí 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 Ė Stallion 2. Green Ė Young or inexperienced 3. Pink Ė Mare in season 4. Red Ė Horse kicks 5. White Ė Horse is for sale
6 Ė Donít 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 donít do it, itís not nice.
7 Ė 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. Donít 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 Ė If youíre not warming up, get out Donít 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 Ė Leave one horseís length to the horse in front Donít crowd other riders and keep at least a horseís length between you and the horse in front of you. This keeps you at a safe distance from being kicked Ė 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 isnít able to bite or kick at the horse on the other track. 10 -Enjoy yourself!
Too many people take showing far too seriously. Iíve 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 donít win then never mind, better luck next time. Donít 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.
STRANGLES IN FIFE
This is the season for strangles and we are already hearing of an outbreak in Fife. Strangles is a nasty illness which is highly contagious. If you have strangles in your yard or if you even suspect your horse may have strangles please do us all a favour and just stay at home until the all clear. The worst thing you can do is continue attending shows as this is exactly how infection is spread. It can be carried on boots,clothes, tyres and bio-security measures will need to be taken in most cases. For more information speak to your vet or check out the BHS website
FRC Talk - Endurance Riding 22FEB17 7.30pm Freuchie Cricket Club
An Introduction to Endurance Riding
In 2016 Fife Riding Club hosted a combined dressage and endurance event which was greatly enjoyed by members of the riding club and endurance riders. As a follow up to this event I will be giving a talk on endurance riding which aims to give an insight into what endurance riding is about and how to start. There will necessarily be some technical bits but they will be mixed up with anecdotes, some of which I have been told I am not allowed to relate. Hopefully many of those attending will feel inspired to give endurance riding a try and get infected by my enthusiasm.
As always the audience will ask 'who is talking' and 'what are their credentials'. I'm a late recruit to equestrian pursuits and having tried my hand at different disciplines I took up endurance riding 6 years ago riding my Harley Davidson of the distinctly non-endurance breed called Irish Draught. Until recently I had the good fortune to be a member of Fife Riding Club and having moved to East Lothian miss FRC a lot. Bernie Heidemann
Raffle will also be held.
(Event on: 22 Feb 2017)
WINTER SHOWJUMPING LEAGUE - THURSDAY 29 DECEMBER 2016
We enjoyed another day of clear skies for this, the final event of 2016. Course Builder, Callum Glasgow, built a nice, flowing track to encourage less experienced horses, starting at a very manageable 45cm. There were wins for Fiona Soutar, James Moffat(surely one to watch), Kerry Anne Strachan, Joanne Bizzari and Laura Rennie - well done to all. The winners also received a selection box. This was a quiet show by our standards - very relaxed and informal - and all our riders had a great day out. Many thanks to Callum and his helpers - Liz, Linda W, Linda G, Shona, Diane, Ronnie and anyone else who chipped in on the day. The next WINTER SHOWJUMPING LEAGUE IS ON SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 2017 - mark your diary now!
WINTER DRESSAGE LEAGUE 3 - TUESDAY 27 DECEMBER 2016
Congratulations to Shona and her helpers for running yet another successful winter dressage competition today. At last the weather was kind to us with a clear but cold day and little wind making it ideal for dressage. It's always hit or miss with a winter programme so it was great to see so many tests being ridden. Well done to those members and friends who answered Shona's appeal for help on facebook - in truth this was very nearly cancelled as no one turned out to help put out the arenas ahead of competition. Special mention is due to Tracey & Elaine who went up to the field on Monday night to move the jumps to the side and to Shona, Linda, Sharron & Joy who were at the field at the crack of dawn to put out the arenas. They were joined by Callum & Liz, the other Liz, Christine & Donna plus Phil who between them managed to keep the show on the road. In future, if the show organiser is asking for help, please do try to assist if we are to keep doing these shows. The riders certainly appreciated the efforts. They all had a great time with nearly everyone going home with a rosette and many earned chocolates as well. Very well done to Joyce Simpson who got into the festive spirit by turning up decked put in tinsel which didn't seem to put off Clive at all. Apparently, Joyce was crocheting his festive "hat" at 2.00 in the morning to make sure he looked the part - well, she (and he) did!. The judges (Judy Taylor & Heather Carstairs) were also awarded chocolates as a thank you for all their support over the year.(Good to see Heather out & about again , after a nasty accident). All in all a great day's competition - well done to everyone. Looking forward now to the Showjumping on Thursday 29th - the forecast is for more sunshine - so don't miss it!
Area 22 Liaison Committee AGM 20NOV16
Please see agenda below for anyone wishing to attend
We saw a good turnout of horses & riders for the August Points competition night when we ran TOP SCORE & NATURAL FENCES classes. The glorious weather was a bonus. In the Natural Fences competition, course builder, Callum, took full advantage of the Springturf arena, making use of the bank and throwing in a few ďchallengesĒ including a tricky offset double which caught a few. The first fence also proved a bit of a ďbogeyĒ especially in the Nursery Novice class.
The Top Score, by comparison, proved pretty straightforward for most and the points came thick and fast especially for the overall winner, Fiona Soutar who clocked up an amazing 1060 points in a minute, thereby securing the Gregor Trophy for 2016.
Many thanks to all our helpers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights
Full results on "Events" page shortly
****IMPORTANT NOTICE - BOOKING CLUB FIELD**** Please note new contact is TRICIA GARNETT 07752 581 642
BUSY NIGHT OF POINTS COMPETITIONS!
Wednesday 25th May saw not one but THREE points competitions so a busy night was had by one & all.
In the main arena we ran our annual STYLE JUMPING Competition, judged by Jane Gilchrist. Quite a few riders hadn't tried style jumping before so were glad of a wee pep talk from the judge before setting foot in the ring. Style jumping involves a single round of between 8-12 jumps including a double and marks are awarded for the style of the horse & rider over the fences. This competition is also run to an optimum time which was possibly the biggest factor in the final result as too many competitors were simply not going round fast enough and so picked up time penalties. However, it was a useful training night for some. The best score on the night was that of JOY CLARK and Penhalogen Stardust - and, appropriately enough, Joy collected the GLENROTHES RIDING CENTRE TROPHY awarded many moons ago by Pat & Joan Gilbert.
In the SPRINGTURF ARENA we saw the OBEDIENCE TEST once again organised and judged by DAWN WALLACE. Riders had to undergo a series of tests around the course including the hill, through the bushes, flags, a jump and the dreaded umbrella test. In fact all horses did remarkably well with fewer that 5 points separating top and bottom - however, the test was also timed and there was quite a variation - between 1.48 minutes and 3.01. Riders should be thankful - after the trip to the Police Stables last week, Dawn was at one point talking about getting her paws on some smoke bombs to liven things up..... The best on the night was CIENNA RASS ridden by Lynne Harvie who collected the RUIVES RED ROBIN TROPHY donated by Susan Kerr in memory of Robin - himself an Obedience Test expert.
At the top end of the showground ELSIE POLLOCK SMITH had the unenviable task of trying to decide who was to win the TACK & TURNOUT competition. It was great to see how many people made the effort to take part this year. The standard was high so Elsie had to resort to recording the fine details of both horse and rider turn out in order sort out the places. In the end there was only half a mark between first & second. A big well done to everyone who had a go - hopefully Elsie gave you all some handy tips on how to get even more marks next time. The winner of the ARTHURLEA TROPHY was LIZ CAMPBELL & Ultimo.
All in all, a great nights competition with loads of rosettes and trophies and lots of happy riders. Many thanks to our judges on the night and to our volunteer helpers.The results will be posted on the events page shortly.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL FIELD USERS!
Following a spate of fly-tipping incidents at the top end of the access drive, it has been decided to refit padlocks to the white gate on the main drive to deter vehicles accessing the area beside the gas plant. This system used to be in operation before. This will mean that field users will now have two gates to unlock and lock when using the facilities. It is especially important that the gate on the drive is kept locked AT ALL TIMES and anyone using the field MUST make sure BOTH gates are securely locked before leaving the premises. Please also be aware that CCTV cameras are being set up by Balbirnie Estates to catch any would-be fly-tippers trying to access the drive or indeed the field - so we will know who to contact if the gates are not locked! This new arrangement will come into force within the next few days. Meantime anyone intending to use the field should contact Joanne McIntyre in the usual way before going to the showground
HAT RULES ARE CHANGING!
The rules about hats are changing this year - check out details in the attached link before buying a new hat.
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. Thirdly, anyone wishing to use the field must notify TRICIA GARNETT 07752 581 642 IN ADVANCE, giving full details of date/time and name of instructor. More information is available on the Membership page.
IF WE HAVE TO CANCELÖ
We try not to cancel if at all possible but the weather this ďsummerĒ 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 on 07752581642. 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.