Well, what a summer we have had – that long spell of REALLY hot weather and then the worry that the wet spell would put the Open Show in jeopardy. Although rain is very welcome to soften the ground, it is not appreciated when running events!
As it was, the weather gods looked after us and we had fantastic ground on the day – which was appreciated by all who came from far and wide.
The Club has had a very busy July and August, including the Open In-Hand Show (another busy & successful day) and we have been making good use of our Working Hunter jumps, with clinics and clear round jumping, before we have to store them away for the winter.
Looking forward, we have several events planned for the coming months, including the Dressage Gala on 10th September, Show Jumping, including the Team Jumping, on 23rd September and the Charity Sponsored Ride on 1st October – many thanks to Linda Skakich for stepping in to organise the Ride. As we don’t have anyone linked to Barclays Bank involved in the Ride this year, while Tracy Ralph-Bates is on maternity leave, it means that we cannot benefit from their match-funding scheme – but let’s see how much our riders can raise… The ride is in a lovely setting and brings our season of events to a fun and sociable close.
Some of our events this year have not been well supported so we will be thinking hard about planning our events for 2018. Most events take quite a bit of organising – so please do come along and support us! Our other (ongoing) problem is lack of helpers, which makes it so much harder for the committee member running the event. We just do not have enough committee members to have several at each event, so we really need the help of our members.
However, now is the time to let us know what events you WOULD like us to run in the future. If members are keen to support something in particular, we are happy to look into getting things organised – you can contact any Committee member or bring your ideas to the AGM in November.
Talking of planning ahead, Tracy Tucker has put a request on Facebook to see what trainers you would like us to book for the Clinics over the winter – again, please do let us know…
Hope you all enjoy the rest of the season!