A belated “Happy New Year” to you all. I do hope you are keeping well and that you are managing as best you can in this present lockdown….
I am finding this third lockdown much tougher than the previous two and I think the time of year has a lot to do with it. It is taxing enough caring for our ponies in winter but add to the mix Covid and hurricane Christophe and it makes everything doubly hard. My paddocks resemble lakes at the moment and the horses come in covered in mud, it seems relentless…..However let’s try and be positive and look forward to spring and being able to go out with our family and friends once more.
2021 Membership renewal
Membership for 2021 was due on the 1st January so if you haven’t filled in a membership form and paid the annual fee please do so A.S.A.P. Margaret Hope deals with membership and you can send her either a hard copy of the membership form or fill it in online and email it to her. Payment can be by cheque or preferably by Bank transfer to Sort code 54041024 Acc 54647908. Membership forms and all the details on how to renew are on the website.
If by the 1st February we haven’t received your membership renewal unfortunately you will no longer be covered by BRC insurance, be able to represent the club in Area Qualifiers or be entitled to cheaper club training and entry fees. In addition you will no longer receive club and BRC updates via email.
What’s coming up for members in lockdown
The committee have not been idle since Christmas! We have been trying to think of ways to engage you all as best we can.
Becky Whitely our IT guru, has set up an EVRC You Tube account and we are in the process of recording short sessions for you all to look at and hopefully be able to take some inspiration from. This week was a session using poles, emphasising straightness.
We have plans to include sessions for those of you that cannot ride at the moment on subjects like rider fitness, talks from feed companies, dentists, physiotherapists and Vets. If you have any particular requests please get in touch with your suggestions and if you know any experts who would be interested in giving up some time to become a You Tube star please let us know.
Online Dressage Competition
Following on from our very successful first Lockdown dressage Competition we have a second planned, using BRC dressage tests. The closing date for getting your test/s to me is 15th Feb. Hopefully arenas will have dried out and be defrosted to allow you to ride and have your test videoed!
All the details of how to enter and what to do are on the EVRC FB page and on the website. If you have any questions at all please give me a ring on 07917431087.
Area 4 Competitions Update
Covid 19 and the “Lockdown” have had a massive impact
On the Area 4 Qualifiers and BRC Championships for 2021.
At the moment the Novice Dressage Qualifier and Championship is going to be run as a virtual competition. The details will follow when we receive them from Area 4.
Unfortunately the Combined Training Championship has been cancelled therefore there will be no Qualifier for this event.
The Arena eventing has been rescheduled and will be run at Richmond EC on the 24th and 25th April if restrictions allow.
The HT will now be on the 18th July at Helen Bells.
The Summer Show has been moved to the 14th and 15th August and will be at Richmond EC.
DTM does not have a date but the venue will be at Manor Grange.
Let us all hope that things improve and that we can get back to what we love doing with our ponies but until then… “Stay safe”