Word from the chair………
I don’t think anyone will ever forget 2020.
The year started so well with our wonderful show jumpers winning their 80cm class at Lincomb, and with Lois Unit qualifying in her dressage class (run at Hartpury in October) yet again, we had a solid representation at the BRC Championships.
We had a lot to look forward to in the 2020 programme – the Horses Inside Out Lecture Demo, the Equine Dentistry talk, Area and Mercian competitions, Mounted Games, our numerous training sessions and our residential camp at Lincomb. Covid-19 had other ideas.
As per the information released by BRC on 17th March, everything has stopped for all Riding Club activities until the 30th June this year. This is solely down to our BRC Insurance it is non negotiable.
We are allowed to care for our animals as long as we maintain the recommended social distancing rules and we avoid all un-necessary travel – but as I have previously indicated, riding your horses is becoming more and more frowned upon. Some of you might be aware of the extreme ‘shapes’ my particular animal indulges in, so I have taken the decision to keep out of the saddle and work him on the ground. That is my decision and it is based on avoiding any run in with paramedics but you must make your own decisions.
We had a ‘virtual’ committee meeting last night – using technology to our advantage! We are all keen to keep everyone engaged, so we are launching a monthly newsletter. We want you to enjoy your horses, so there will be some photo competitions, some quizzes and some general hints and tips. Let me know your thoughts.
I know this is a very difficult time for all equestrians, but…… and there is a but……. this will be over. The sun is shining, the days are getting longer, the grass is fighting it’s way through and the muddy fields are becoming a distant memory. There is a lot to be thankful for we just have to hold our nerve.
See you ‘on the other side’ !!
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