Unlike last year, the weather gods were kind to us at the end of the season and we only lost one event in September (Handy Pony) to the wet weather & soggy ground.
We had good weather, albeit slightly breezy for most of the Dressage Gala, but our luck ran out by the last class and the Open Championship competitors got slightly damp – then the heavens opened while we were packing up! However, the day was a great success, with our competitors benefiting from Jennie Loriston-Clarke’s experience and expertise.
The Show Jumping a couple of weeks later was another good day, with four teams competing to win the goody bags, kindly sponsored by Frys Electrical, and provided by Fine Equine.
We carried on watching the weather forecasts and keeping our fingers crossed for the following weekend – and it worked! Not a brilliantly sunny day but the rain held off for our Charity Sponsored Ride. Once again held at Manor Farm, Gussage St Michael (and our grateful thanks to Mr Rowe for allowing us to invade his pristine yard again!), 55 riders took part raising a total approaching £2500 – once again, a fantastic effort from everyone who participated. An extra-special ‘Thank You’ to Linda Skakich for stepping in to organise the ride and of course to all our helpers on the day, including Dorset Trail Riders who mark the route for us. Congratulations to our top fund-raisers, Alyson Arkell & Fiona Wright who raised £491 and £430 respectively.
We finished off our season with some fun events; the Winter Woolies Show and the final Gymkhana of the year – thank you to Sharron & Nessa for organising those.
Although we will not be using the Club field throughout the Winter months, the Club will continue to run a variety of Training Clinics in the all-weather arena at Higher Merley Farm, with the farm car park being used to park trailers and horse boxes instead of the Club field. The car park can become congested so please do park considerately and clear up any mess before you leave. Also can I remind you all of the 10mph speed limit along the farm track, reducing to 5mph past the farm cottage.
We also have our Charity Quiz fast approaching (17th Nov) – we’ve been lucky enough to acquire the services of Kevin Ashman as quizmaster so do contact Ann Bish to book your team a place.
Finally, don’t forget about the AGM on 24th Nov – usual venue of Holt Village Hall (conveniently next to the Old Inn!). We hope to see plenty of you there to review the year and help us plan for 2018…