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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
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Dressage to Music Evening

Fife Riding Club are delighted to host an Introduction to Dressage to Music evening at Howe Country Centre on Friday 25th March 2016, 7-9pm. Kay and Andrew Gebbie will show how to put together your floor plan with all the compulsory moves and how to choose music which suits your horse. There will be a variety of horses "dancing" to demonstrate how to find the best music to match your horse's paces.

Tickets are £10.00 and will be available for both the Riding Club and Howe Country Centre.
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The rules about hats are changing this year - check out details in the attached link before buying a new hat.
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Just to say a big thank you to Shona Brearley for organising NICOLA WILSON's two day training clinic at Howe on 10/11 December. Riders loved her! Also for fantastic question & answer session on Thursday evening which was also brilliant. Thanks too, to Heather for assisting in the arena both days. All in all, a great way to round off the Club's 50th anniversary year!
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Just to say the extra Showjumping Show scheduled for tomorrow (6th December) has been CANCELLED. The arenas, lorry park and safe area are all saturated and puddled. The forecast is for more rain today. The field usually dries out fairly quickly given half a chance but it seems to have been raining for weeks and everywhere is waterlogged. There is no realistic prospect of the ground improving by tomorrow morning so unfortunately we have pulled the plug on the show. We will try to reschedule when weather shows some signs of improvement.Thanks to everyone who had offered to help.
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Extra Showjumping Show - SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER

Following the success of the "pop up" show a few weeks back, we are running another showjumping show on SUNDAY 6 th DECEMBER at the club field . Starts with 45cm cross poles. Adults & juniors. Details on the events page
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BHS Central invites you to a Show jumping Course walk evening at SNEC

Looking for something to do now the nights are drawing in?
Monday 16 November - 7pm for 7.30pm start at SNEC - SJ course walk
George Blackie will lead a course walk explaining the types of fences, distances and questions asked of horse and rider at the different levels. Douglas Duffin will explain how he would plan to ride the course - then put his money where his mouth is by jumping a few horses round the track and seeing if everything goes to plan. Jordan will then bring out some youngsters and discuss what exercise s and questions we would / wouldn't do at each stage of training. Entry is free - just turn up on the night. Tea, coffee and home baking available for a donation, and there will be a charity raffle with some fab prizes.
All welcome.
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Following the totally unexpected balloting out of ALL six FRC teams from the team competition to be held at Howe today, it was decided - to avoid disappointing the riders - to run an alternative show under the same rules - at the Club Field instead. Miraculously, this show was put together at only a few days notice. A total of five teams took part (unfortunately, due to the lateness of the cancellation a couple of teams had to drop out). We were however joined by the Parkview Ponies who gave us a good run for our money in the 55cm class. Indeed, they won the class ahead of Nags on Nags.
The pony riders gave us a demonstration of how it should be done , finishing on a score of zero after two rounds, but Nags on Nags weren't far behind with a total of only 4 faults. Roslyn Davidson & Lexi finished on 4 faults, Jo Keillor & Milly were eliminated in the first round but improved in the jump-off to finish on 8 faults, Frances Bizzarri & Millie had double clears and Kerry-Anne Strachan and Kenzie also ended up with zero jumping penalties. With regard to the ponies, it should be said that young James Moffat has clearly inherited the "Moffat" style of riding with the fastest rounds of the day! The 70cm class had only one team so they ended up comnpeting against each other to sort out the places, resulting in a clear win for Lynne Harvie and Cienna Rass who set out in Round 1, clearly meaning business, setting a fast time and ending up as the only double clear of the class.Mandy Law and Innes weren't far behind only 8 faults, following a technical refusal in the timed jump-off with Lauren Burnett in third.
The 85cm class was won by Sniff & The Tears on zero faults while the Drunken Divas had "issues", (possibly related to their name??). Joy Clark took a tumble at the first part of the double but remounted to complete the course followed by a faultless jump-off (she'll be sore tomorrow). Edna & Lucy Moffat had mixed fortunes. Edna went clear in the first phase but collected 4 faults in the jump-off while Lucy had a very uncharacteristic 16 faults in the first phase, improving in the jump-off to finish on 20 faults. Lauren Burnett on Hey There Delilah were eliminated so the Drunken Divas ended up on a total of 32 faults - but they still got second!

The riders appreciated the chance to get out and the glorious autumn sunshine was a further bonus.
Thanks to everyone who helped get this show on the road - much appreciated by the competitors.
To view results click on link below
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Thursday 10th December and Friday 11th December 2015


Fife Riding Club is proud to announce a dressage and showjumping training clinic with Nicola Wilson (member of the British Olympic Eventing team). There will be flatwork and showjumping lessons on both days. This clinic will be open to members of all Area 22 riding clubs so demand will be high! All lessons will take place in the main arena at Highfield at Howe, will last 90 mins, with 4 riders per lesson.

Lessons must be paid at time of booking and refunds will only be given with a Dr / Vet certificate and if a replacement can be found .

Nicola is happy to teach all levels of riding club member so the lessons will grouped into horse / rider combinations of similar ability. However we aim to be as inclusive as possible

Cost will be £ 70 per rider per lesson.

Application rules-
1. All riders can only book one lesson (this may be changed depending on demand)
2. There will be a priority booking system – FRC members who have given up riding at an event to help, FRC members who have helped in the preparation of an event , FRC and other Area 22 riding club members.
3. If you are balloted out of a lesson , you will be given a full refund.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 22 November 2015 and lesson times will be published on the club website on the 24th November. Applications will only be accepted on the booking form with the correct remittance.

Application forms now available on the Events page.
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AREA 22 NEWS -BRC Style Jumping & Riding Test Training Day

Area 22 have arranged a refresher day on Style Jumping & Riding Test, to be held on Saturday 7th November at Hogholm Farm, Kintore (near Inverurie) to which all BRC members are invited.Although aimed at updating judges, the day will alos be of interest to anyone interested in competing. Anyone interested should contact Cecilia Gladwyn at or phone 07778 114453 for more information
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Reminder that your annual subscriptions are now due now or before 30 November 2015. You can send your subscription to secretary Liz Glasgow or pay online using the online entries page.

Membership fees are as follows;

Full Membership £40.00
Associate Membership £30.00
Non-Riding Membership £15.00
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31st October 2015

Just been up to MYERS CASTLE, for a look around and have to say it is a superb choice for our special Anniversary Fun Night on 31st October. I think you will be really impressed by the facilities - not too grand, not too basic, all in a stunning setting. Better still , it's only 5 minutes from the Club Field and very easy to find.
Well done to Gillian, Shona and Liz Campbell for finding this venue!
I have also heard that we have been donated some fantastic and quite special prizes for the Raffle - do, please keep them coming in; we want to make this a really special night for everyone.
Tickets are available online or you can buy them at the AGM on Thursday night at the Lomond Hills Hotel, Main Street, Freuchie from 7.30pm
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Another September, another Hunter Trial!
Once again, members and friends gathered at Craigie Farm, near Leuchars for the Autumn Hunter Trials.
As ever the course had been spruced up to look its very best. The weather, too, could hardly have been better – beautiful clear skies with a light breeze ensuring it was warm but not too warm – great for horses and spectators alike, and Craigie’s sandy tracks provided great conditions underfoot.
Entries were down on the norm – perhaps the change of date to accommodate the European Championships at Blair was a factor – although there were a lot of other things on too on our date; however, if there is an upside, it did mean that we all had a shorter day and for the organisers, the rare opportunity to finish in daylight.
We got lots of very positive feedback from competitors who loved the course and had a ball. It’s great to hear whoops of delight when riders make it back over the finish line. Interestingly, one seasoned hand made the observation that, having competed on other courses nearby, Craigie was miles ahead in terms of presentation and organisation particularly on the safety front – so much so that she will never let her child compete at some other (unnamed) places again. Go, girl!
None of this would have been possible without the sterling work done by a host of volunteers both on the day and beforehand. Many members came along to help with fence preparation over several weekends in advance of the big day. We are indebted to lots of people but must mention Gillian who not only took entries and organised jump judges but also loaned us the use of various vehicles and trailers to shift equipment up and down the road; better still she volunteered the rest of the family and some neighbours and friends as well to help out on the day (well done Alastair, Graeme , David, Lachlan & Ronnie!); others also helped – Jenny brought her trailer along for the starters to sit in, Sharron loaned us her minibus for course control, Mandy provided her lorry for the scorers and Shona went up to Perth to collect the walkie talkies. Liz & Jim Campbell spent three days armed with paint brushes and strimmers, while Kate is a dab hand with plastic tie wrap (mmm.......)
Talking of scorers, Joe Smith was super-efficient in getting scores out, largely on his own. He did have Lynda Scobie for a while, til she got whisked off to do jump judge support (tea lady). In the absence of some “regulars” we had a largely new start team (Lachlan, Joy, Alison, Jenny, Mandy) who proved effective in getting horses out onto the course in good time while course control seemed remarkably calm. Tricia was Course Controller again with Elsie mastering the skills of plotting in the absence of Liz. Liz was on holiday but had organised everything in advance before she went (how stressful is that?).
Andrew was kept busy as course repair, assisted by young Jamie all day ensuring swift course changes and helped reduce the clear up time.
Mandy & Joanne manned the bibs trailer at various times while also dealing with various other questions and queries from riders with good humour.
Many thanks to our wonderful jump judges who proved patient and adaptable throughout the day (its not easy when some folk don’t turn up) – some even volunteered to do extra shifts to help us out.
We should also thank Sinclair Photography and Browns Tack Shop for their generous class sponsorship – much appreciated.
The day went by largely without incident. The ambulance was never called, the vet was scarcely troubled – that’s a “good” day for organisers.
And, when the last horse had come safely home , we still had a squad of helpers who stayed on to clear everything away in record time – now that was really appreciated – and we were off the showground just about in time for tea - a rare treat indeed.
As for the competition – how apt that Linda Wood should pick up a rosette in the Nursery Novice? – after all, her father Christie was a founder member – and the host of the Club’s first-ever Hunter Trial at New Farm, Lochgelly way back in 1966.
The results are now on the “Events” page.
Well done to the entire “team” for ensuring another great day - you are simply the best.
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The Club's Open Showjumping Show was held on Sunday 26th July at Glenrothes. In spite of the forecast, the weather was in fact really not bad at all - dry with sunny spells, ensuring good going all day. Entries were however very disappointing - a show with so many trophies for FRC members should really see better attendances. However, those that made it had a good day's jumping - and a chance to try out some of our new jump fillers. Strangely, for at least one horse the scariest fence on the course was a rustic....
Our thanks to Callum for organising the show and to the (very few) helpers. To see the results, click below
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A small band of enthusiatic FRC members headed up to Brechin Castle over the weekend of 18/19 July to take part in this years Area 22 Qualifiers, hosted by Findon RC.
Determined to get as many people involved as possible, Chef d'Equipe Elsie Pollock Smith had spent the previous weeks organising practice sessions and various get togethers to make sure everyone was "on song". What's more Elsie had converted her lorry to FRC"HQ" - a great move as it ensured everyone enjoyed a brilliant vantage point overlooking the showground while being served up coffees by assistant, Alison.
The weather on Saturday was however truly awful with howling gales, not to mention the occasional downpour. The winds were so strong that sadly a few people opted out of travelling, worried about towing over the Tay Bridge - a great shame as they had spent a lot of time training for the weekend and they missed a great time.Sunday's weather wasn't a whole lot better with torrential rain starting at 2.00 in the morning (sleepless nights all round) meaning a soggy start;luckily things improved a lot so that the weekend ended in something actually resembling summer.
In spite of depleted teams all our riders did really well and FRC collected a good haul of rosettes on both days; more importantly, everyone had a great weekend away. Hopefully some of our first-time area competitors will now be raring to have a go at another big team event - the resurrected Caley Champs in October.
Our dressage teams picked up 7th in the Prelim team section and 8th in the Open teams;and a creditable 4th in the Rising Test.
On Sunday, more success - Mandy Law & Innes won the Style Jumping with Edna Moffat & Topaz in second, while in the Showjumping Mandy was 3rd and Edna 6th . Suzie Roberts and Craigieburn Heledd just missed out on a place after making the jump off.

A big well done to everyone who represented the Club - you did us proud. A big Thank You to Elsie & Alison for all their hard work before and over the weekend and also to those who went up to Brechin to support their fellow members. Finally, thanks to Findon RC for putting the show on the road - all in all a great weekend!
To view the results click on the link below
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The Club's annual Open Showing Show went ahead on Sunday 31st May as advertised, despite a lot of scaremongering on social media about the likely weather following mid-week forecasts suggesting a monsoon crossed with a tornado. In fact, the weather forecast on Saturday night was spot on with its prediction of light rain first thing , clearing later. That's exactly what happened , and we ended up with sunshine and blue skies. Sadly, it seems a lot of people believed the stushie on Facebook and failed to show - a great shame, really for this was a great show with some quality horses. Those riders of a hardier disposition who made the effort to come along enjoyed a good day's competition and headed off festooned with rosettes. Particularly successful was Jenny Adams with Moose, although Anne Lindsay (Mr Benn ) and Rhona Beda (Puddledub Temptress) won nearly as many red ribbons. Nice to see Lorna Hume's Floyd back in action again after two years out through injury - he has obviously recovered! Well done to all concerned. Thanks to Mandy and her team for putting this together and to our judges who gave such great feedback to competitors on the day.
Results available on the Events page.
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In a day that saw all four seasons in as many hours, a dozen riders enjoyed the best of the weather up at Craigie where JANE GILCHRIST was again on teaching duties at our popular cross country clinic.
The rain on Saturday ensured perfect going, as ever, and - apart from one small snow shower- we enjoyed brilliant sunshine.
The great thing about Craigie is the fact that there are so many height options, so riders who are feeling a bit bolder can have a go at a bigger fence than they might normally tackle in a competition.
Most participants were at Minimus or Nursery Novice level and judging by the feedback, all had a great day out. Biggest grin of the day was from Michelle Donaldson who finally got her young horse in the water!
Our thanks, once again, to Jane for coming along in the middle of lambing to help us out.
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The 2015 season was declared “OPEN” at the un-mounted opening night on Wednesday.
The event was advertised as Brains, Brawn and Balance and involved teams of three
1. Answering three questions loosely (VERY Loosely) related to FRC and all things equine,
2. Attempting FRC’s own Grand National course which thanks to the course builders , Elsie and Charlie Pollock Smith, included The Chair, Bechers Brook, The Canal Turn, The Open Ditch and a couple of FRC specials before the sack/pillowcase jump.
3. Proving their skills (NOT) by getting balls in buckets, hooking rings off a pole and getting horseshoes around a spike.
Six teams of three participated and were the first to receive the celebratory 50th Anniversary rosettes.
1st The Badminton Babes; Kate Milne, Fiona Deans, Janet Croft
2nd The three Fillies; Far too young and athletic to be named here.
3rd Red or Dead; Heather Jones, Jenny Cushnie, ??
4th The three Amigos; Hilary Moore, Mandy Law, Gillian Freidman
5th Team Splodge; Linda Gove, Dawn Wallace, Pamela Crawford
6th Triple Trouble; Liz Eltringham, Caroline Baillie,
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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 Joanne McIntyre IN ADVANCE, giving full details of date/time and name of instructor.
More information is available on the Membership page.
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The Annual General Meeting was held on 9th October at Freuchie with the usual good attendance.
Ailleen Walker and Lisa Derby decided to “hang up their boots” and give committee a rest for a while. Ailleen has served on committee for twelve years and has been a hard working supporter, mainly behind the scenes where she was busy organising jump judges, helping judge the showjumping or jump judging at Craigie (usually with Alastair). Lisa has been a star jump judge organiser at Craigie for a number of years – an invaluable member of the team – as well as entries secretary for the mini xc among other jobs. We thank them both for their hard work on behalf of the club. We also lost the services of Sheila McCann earlier in the year. Sheila too had been heavily involved in helping with shows and has been missed although she promises to help out again when she can.
As for the rest of committee, this year we had eight vacancies. Five members of the outgoing committee were prepared to stand for re-election and were duly re-appointed. Two members – Elsie Pollock-Smith and Linda Wood – were interested in joining committee and were elected. Linda has been on committee before, having previously served as Vice-Chair; this is Elsie’s first time. We are delighted to welcome them “on board” and are confident both will make a positive contribution to the organisation.
There remains a vacancy - the committee can chose to co-opt someone else to join for the rest of the year. No other names were forthcoming, but if you are interested - or if you know someone who might make a good committee person - please let us know by contacting Secretary Liz Glasgow or any other committee member.
The AGM was followed by the presentation of awards for 2014. Some rosettes were not collected at the meeting. The results can be seen by clicking on the link below. If you were a winner but did not get to the AGM, the rosettes will be available for collection from the Club Field office from 11.30 onwards on Saturday 27th December and during the Winter Dressage Show on Sunday 28th December (details to follow) from 11.00 am onwards; alternatively you can send a LARGE STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE to Liz. Her details are under "Who's Who" page
For results click here
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We try not to cancel if at all possible but the weather this summer 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.
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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.


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 Joanne McIntyre on 07900 192779. 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.
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