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BOOKING OF CLUB FIELD

Please note that Joanne is on holiday and will not be taking bookings for the field while she is away (12th to 28th September).

Mandy Law has kindly offered to take over for this period. The number to TEXT is 07940 936556. Please make it easy for Mandy and give her the info she needs

Your name
Date/Day
Approx time
Discipline
If Lesson, instructors name.

TEXT between 8am & 10pm only.
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CROSS COUNTRY CLINIC - SUNDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER

We are running another cross country clinic at Craigie Farm on Sunday 21st September. Our instructor - back by popular demand is JANE GILCHRIST BHSII. Each session will last about 1.5 hours with classes for all abilities from minimus to open

Open to juniors and adults, non-members welcome. Get your entry in now!

To get the application form click below.
For more info contact Linda by phone /text on 07740027427.
CLICK HERE
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REMINDER - MINI HORSE TRIALS 28 SEPTEMBER - ENTRIES CLOSE SOON!!

A reminder that entries for the above competition close on MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER (the day after Craigie HT).
Linda has had problems with internet/emails for some weeks. If you need to contact her please phone/text on 07740027427; leave message on voicemail if necessary.
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MINI ONE DAY EVENT - 28 September 2014 at Club Field

We have had a query about the dressage test to be used in this competition. Apparently there are two versions of BRC HT 90- how confusing is that? Any way, for the avoidance of doubt the test to be used is BRC HT 90 (Q).
Copies of the test are in the 2014 BRC Rule book.
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TOP SCORE COMPETITION 13 AUGUST 2014

A small band of riders made their way to the Club Field on Wednesday night undeterred by the inevitable downpour which arrived at precisely 7pm - thankfully it only lasted about 5 minutes before clear skies followed. This years course was in the big Springturf arena so there was plenty space to gallop if necessary with a choice of fences ranging froma simple cross pole to the big red wall. The course builder, Gillian, was kind to riders so nothing too horrendous allowing competitors the chance to have a real go at clocking up the points. It was great to see all the nursery novices jumping the joker and most riders also had a pop at the water tray.

What a week Lynda Scobie & Paintbox are having - that's their third red rosette in three days!

Joy Clark looked to be well on track to clocking up a great score with Dusty until a crashing fall at the rustics brought their round to an abrupt close. Thankfully horse & rider walked away apparently unscathed but we suspect there may be a few bruises appearing today.

The secret to winning this competition is to jump the Joker fence cleanly not once but twice.
Only one rider managed that in the time allowed - and so, once again, the Gregor Trophy was collected by Lucy Moffat and Tia - the only pair to top the 1000 point mark. A good night for mum too as Edna Moffat won the Intermediate with Topaz. Full results below.
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OPEN DERBY SHOW 10 AUGUST 2014

This was the second year of the Open Derby Show and in spite of the weather we still managed to run most classes through a day marred by strong winds and occasional heavy showers. Organiser, Callum Glasgow, took the Derby theme to heart, producing a course unlike any other seen at the field. Not content with packing the Springturf ring with obstacles, he added a few more outside the ring for good measure. In total 18 fences/ 21 jumping efforts - so riders got great value for money!In spite of heavy overnight rain, the ground held up well. We were lucky to have the support of many sponsors - in fact not only were all classes sponsored but there were also special sashes to the best turned out horse & rider in all the competitive classes.Our thanks then to Wyse Solicitors, Lynda Scobie ADI Driving Instructor, Glenrothes, The Rug Master, Dunfermilne, B Milne Joiners, Ladybank, Gem Equestrian,Lochlands Equestrian, Forfar and Burnside of Cassindily Livery, Ceres for their support - it is much appreciated.
This show format proved great fun for riders and spectators alike until persistent rain persuaded even the hardy regulars to call it quits and head for home mid afternoon. To see the results click below.
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TOP SCORE COMPETITION 13 AUGUST

Just a reminder about the TOP SCORE competition on Wednesday 13th August. This is a points class and the rider with best score will collect the GREGOR TROPHY.

WHAT IS TOP SCORE? Top Score is all about clocking up as many points as possible on the night. It’s a one round competition. Fences are scattered around the arena in no particular order, each having a points value ranging from 10 to 120 points. All fences can be jumped from either direction. Riders accumulate points by jumping clear; however, no points are added if the fence is knocked down. There is also a “Joker” fence, usually the biggest on the course. It’s worth 200 points if it is jumped cleanly but – here’s the rub – knock it down and 200 points are deducted. Riders get 60 seconds to find their own line round the track and the winner is simply the person with the highest points total at the end of the night.
We will start at nursery novice height (max 2'3" except Joker) and work up to open. As ever, entries are on the field. See you there!
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HELP WANTED - LAMINITIS RESEARCH

The Animal Health Trust is looking for horse owners to provide information which will assist in research into laminitis. Let's face it, most of us will know of someone whose horse or pony suffered laminitis or you may have had first hand experience of laminitis in one of your own equines. The aim is to build up as much information as possible in order to make progress in reducing the number of cases in future. Any one can take part in this very worthwhile project.Why not check out the Careaboutlaminitis website using this link?http://www.careaboutlaminitis.org.uk/
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INSTRUCTION 6TH AUGUST 2014

Sorry we have decided to CANCEL tonight's instruction due to weather. It has been raining on & off through the day and the forecast is not great so we have pulled the plug on the meeting now.

PLEASE NOTE - Next INSTRUCTION WILL NOW BE ON 20TH AUGUST = CHANGE TO SYLLABUS. We have had problems getting judges on night before Blair so Dressage League 4 has now been bumped back one week to 27th August and Fancy Dress etc will now be on 3rd September. Next week will still be TOP SCORE as per syllabus. If you want to book instruction, please contact Secretary Liz Glasgow as usual - 07970418333
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OPEN MINI CROSS COUNTRY COMPETITION 20 JULY 2014

After heavy overnight rain, organisers were delighted to wake to another warm summer day for the annual Open Mini Cross Country competition held on Sunday 20th July. With almost 90 entries, this competition continues to be very popular with both seniors and juniors. This year’s course included some 17 fences with woodland tracks, banks and a river crossing all over a distance of some 1600m.
Local rider, Jemma Christie, had a busy day with no less than five horses entered. She collected 1st and 4th place rosettes in the Adult Open plus a 6th in the Adult Novice, making her the day’s most successful competitor. Alasdair MacMillan won 5th in the Adult Open with Magheracloone Pete but – not content with going round the course once - was also awarded a special for volunteering to be lead rein to Hannah Cordiner & Gingerbread Man later in the day. Word is that he will be repeating this task around Craigie in September – if so, he will probably deserve a medal!
Well done to the organising team and volunteers who stepped in at the last minute to ensure an enjoyable day’s competition


RESULTS
Class 1 – Junior Open
1st – Lorna MacKenzie (Daddy’s Girl)
2nd – Joanne Bizzarri (Missy)
3rd – Daisy Foniciello (The Pike)

Class 2 – Adult Open
1st – Jemma Christie (Reggie)
2nd – Caitlin Mallinson (Gargarie Rough Diamond)
3rd – Isla Thomson ( Umoristico)
4th - Jemma Christie (Rupert)
5th- Alasdair MacMillan (Magheracloone Pete)
6th – Jacqui McAdam (Papageno)



Class 3 – Junior Novice
1st – Georgie Braithwaite (Connie)
2nd – Chloe Terrell (Avalon)
3rd – Carly Gillon ( Another Victory)
4th – Kate Dalgeish (Mr McGregor)
5th – Robyn Black (Buddy)
6th – Chelsea Sinclair (Hamish)
Class 4A – Adult Novice
1st – Hayley Greig (Tamara)
2nd – Hayley Brown (Acoustic Dream)
3rd – Jayne Thorpe (Raguany)
4th – Steve Donaldson ( Samson)
5th- Demi Smart (Duncrahill Charisma)
6th – Jemma Christie (Shane)

Class 4B – Adult Novice
1st - Deborah Law (Hot & Spicy)
2nd – Lynda Scobie (Halyards Paintbox)
3rd – Julie Radke (Noble House)
4th – Leanne May (Phoenix Rising from the shes)
5th – Ronnie Graham (Flying parks)
6th – Kim Wilson (Jazz)



Class 5 – Junior Cross Poles
1st –Connie Wang (Blackjack)
2nd – Erin Nairns (Spray)
3rd – Niamh Adams (Gizmo)
4th – Iona Stewart (Quest)
5th – Georgia Baillie ( Charlie)
6th – Tia Himpson (Sunny)


Class 6 –Adult Cross Poles
1st – Tracy Miller (Louie)
2nd – Michelle Holborn-White (Stanford Belle)
3rd – Liz Eltringham (Frosty)
4th – Laura Thomson – Storm
5th – Leanne May (Jack in the Box)
6th – Anne Lindsay (Mr Benn)
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MINI CROSS COUNTRY POINTS COMPETITION

It was great to see so many members turning out for this very popular annual competition, held as usual at the Club Field. The course included the usual mix of tracks, banks and water with 19 jumping efforts and a brisk Optimum Time. This year’s “bogey” fence turned out to be the innocuous –looking style which caught them out time and again. [Strangely, this same fence caused virtually no problems a few days later in the open competition].

This is a points competition with a trophy to the horse & rider closest to the Optimum Time. The Galway Trophy was presented to FRC by Hannah Robb in memory of Galway’s Request – a well-known cuddy in these parts. Hannah not only came along to present the prizes but very kindly donated a handsome keepsake trophy to the winner as well.
The only horse to complete the course with a clean sheet was Penhaligon Stardust with Joy Clark on board. This was the one trophy Joy really wanted to win as she knew Galway very well – and Hannah was delighted to hand over the cup to such worthy winners.

RESULTS

Nursery Novice
1st – Ros Davidson (Skye)
2nd – Lynda Scobie (Halyards Paintbox)
3rd – Linda Wood (Paddy’s Honour)
4th – Margaret Horne (Sportsman)
5th – Michelle Holburn-White (Chelsea)
6th – Tracy Millar (Louie)

Novice
1st – Fiona Deans (Colonial Rule)
2nd – Katie Robertson (Dotty)
3rd – Steve Donaldson (Samson)
4th – Vari Jennings (Sting)

5th – Joy Clark (Roly)

Intermediate
1st Joy Clark (Dusty)
2nd – Gemma Dixon (Storm Control)
3rd – Jacqui McAdam (Papagino)
4th – Ferne Fairfull (Zeva)
5th Ferne Fairfull (Morlyn Gold Flyer)
6th – Edna Moffat (Topaz)

Open
1st – Claire Skinner (Irish Law)
2nd – Lucy Moffat (Gem)
3rd – Jenna Cushnie (Calli)
4th – Laura Nash (Diamond Impact)
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CHANGE TO SYLLABUS

Please note that next Wednesday, 30 July, we will be running the Points Showjumping Competitions originally scheduled for 28 May I.e. nursery novice, novice, intermediate and open classes. We will start with Nursery Novice at around 2'3"(70cm) and work up to open. Entries on the field. Arrive in good time to walk the course. We will try to start promptly as there's a lot to get through and nights are already starting to draw in.
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BALFOUR TROPHY REPORT

The decision to raise the profile of the Granny Balfour Trophy by giving it an evening all to itself was vindicated by the increased number of entries and high standard of competition in this year’s class held on 25th June.
Fine evening sunshine provided the perfect setting for the Club’s summer barbecue while spectators also had the chance to watch the rescheduled Obedience Test between rounds.
“The Balfour” is the trophy any self-respecting showjumper would really want on their mantelpiece. Named in honour of one of the Club’s founder members – Mrs Peggy Balfour – this trophy has been competed for annually virtually from year one. The class always had the reputation for being the toughest competition of the year, such was the standard and there was always a great turnout of well-known faces such as Sandra and Jenny Low-Mitchell, invariably battling it out with the likes of Ron Brady and other regular BSJA riders. The original trophy got so well worn that it was kindly replaced by the Low-Mitchells a few years ago and renamed the “Granny Balfour”. The competition is run over three rounds with all horses going forward to a second round before a timed jump off to determine the places. Usually the course contains something a wee bit different, maybe a bounce, an offset double or an alternative – so riders have to earn their way to the jump off. In recent years, in an attempt to attract more riders, it was decided to drop the height of the first round to a maximum of 2’9”. It was really good to see at least one novice rider – Lynne Harvie – prepared to have a go – and she did very well carrying forward only 4 penalties to the jump off. The jump off course had several changes of leg and ample scope to cut corners. In the end only two riders finished the night with no penalties to add – last year’s winner, Lucy Moffat, riding Gem and Callum Glasgow on Fleur d’Eclipse. Lucy will always jump her socks off against the clock – this year was no exception. She led the class for several rounds and looked to be on her way to yet another success. The last rider in the jump off however – Callum – had nothing to lose by going flat out and he managed to trim nearly 4 seconds off the target time, proving a worthy winner.
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OBEDIENCE TEST 25 JUNE 2014

Many thanks to Dawn Wallace for once again setting up and running this annual points competition. Washed out by torrential rain in April, this competition enjoyed warm evening sunshine instead and even finished just ahead of the midgefest. Nice to see so many "showjumpers" were still prepared to have a go at Obedience as well. The winner received the RUIVES RED ROBIN Trophy donated by Susan Kerr in memory of Robin whose talents in the obedience classes were never surpassed.Judging by the scores, this years winner would have given him a run for his money if he were still around. Well done to Lynne Harvie and Cienna Rass.
Running this class alongside the re-scheduled Granny Balfour Class worked well, especially with a barbecue on hand - maybe next year's committee should look at moving the date into full summer??
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NATURAL FENCES COMPETITION 18 JUNE 2014

The Natural Fences competition is usually a bit different and this year was no exception. Held in the big Springturf Arena, Callum Glasgow made full use of the extra space and added a further twist by sending horses up the bank, not once but twice. All four sections were hotly contested and it was great to see some of our members taking advantage of a run over grass ahead of Qualifiers.
Gemma Dixon had a good night – rosettes on both horses but the biggest smile of the night belonged to Elaine McDonald with her new boy, Uzello – winners in the Open.
As ever, thanks to all our helpers and to the riders for making this such a good competition
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UPDATE ON TEAMS FOR AREA QUALIFIERS

There has been a lot of comment on Facebook about the forthcoming Area Qualifiers to be held at Brechin on 5th & 6th July. To clarify matters, it was decided that only members who had valid equine passports would be put forward to compete. Over the last several years, members have gone to qualifiers, convinced that they had valid passports only to find that the passports did not meet the strict BRC rules; this meant that they were prevented from competing. This was, as you can imagine, very upsetting for people who in many cases had gone to considerable expense and effort to get to the venue (nearly always in the north of Scotland). It was also very upsetting for the Chef d'Equipe who was left with unenviable task of breaking the news on the day of competition. To avoid all this it was suggested that anyone interested in taking part in qualifiers would be asked to get their passport checked before the teams were assembled. A meeting was duly held at which most interested riders attended. Only three people failed to make it along and they were subsequently notified that they needed to get their passports checked by Sunday 15th. The teams were put together that night. Contrary to rumour, the only people taking part are those members who had their passports checked ahead of the deadline.
Details of who is representing the club at Brechin are now on the clubs Facebook page. We wish them every success.
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AN OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS

Those of you who are regular Facebook readers will have noticed that a long-running thread relating to teams for area qualifiers has been taken down. This was done by the site administrator as he judged the comments to be inappropriate and abusive. When you join both Facebook and the FRC page you agree not to post messages of this kind. On this occasion, the administrator felt the time had come to call a halt to the debate.
Cyber-bullying is against the law and Byelaws.
At the risk of coming over as a jobsworth, members attention is drawn to BRC Rule G15.3 Social Media which states –
“Whilst BRC acknowledge that social media can be an ideal way to communicate with both members and the wider equestrian community any defamatory comments relating to members, officials, volunteers and staff of BRC or the BHS will not be tolerated. An online post is libellous if it damaging to a person’s reputation. Re posting or re tweeting can be seen as an endorsement of the original comment. BRC members and clubs may be subject to disciplinary action if found to be in breach of this rule”.
The site administrator will remove any inappropriate messaging at his/her discretion to ensure that the reputation of the club is not brought into disrepute.
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DRESSAGE TO MUSIC AREA QUALIFIERS

The DTM Area Qualifiers will be hosted by Buchan RC at Ladyleys Equestrian Centre, Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire on Sunday 17th August. (We did offer to run it at Fife).
Further information from Liz Glasgow.
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DRESSAGE LEAGUE 2 REPORT

They say - “The sun shines on the righteous” – well how true that is I don’t know but it was Fife Riding Club, Wednesday Night, Dressage League 2………..bound to be rained off I thought on Saturday and again on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Nothing daunted a merry band of FRC members and co-opted friends/family met on Tuesday evening to put up the arenas (in the rain).
Well how wrong could I be? Wednesday dawned sunny, continued sunny and stayed sunny with a slight breeze to keep the midges at bay and the horses cool. There were sixty tests entered (slightly down on last month) which we were able to run in three arenas, two on the rubber and one in the hay field or as it is more popularly known “The Spring Turf Arena”.
Due to problems with the toppers Paul had not been able to cut the grass here but we like to give our judge a challenge particularly when judging ponies with short legs (she may not even have seen the smaller ponies – just a floating rider!) However, Andi Bruce rose to the challenge magnificently judging three classes resulting in some very happy riders come results time.
Meanwhile in the rubber arenas Kristine Hynd and Sandra Ramsay also judged three classes each, enjoying a higher level of visibility than Andi. Throughout the evening the standard was generally good with the majority of the riders achieving marks of 60% plus and quite a few even topping 70%.
Many thanks to all of the helpers who responded to my pleas and turned up to make the evening a success.
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UPDATE on OBEDIENCE TEST

Just to let you know the OBEDIENCE TEST which had to be cancelled because of bad weather will now be run on WEDNESDAY 25th JUNE (next week). It will run alongside the BALFOUR TROPHY competition and the summer BBQ. Entries on the field from 7pm. Ruivrs Red Robin trophy to winner
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EXTRA TRAINING

In response to requests from members, we have arranged additional STYLE JUMPING training with Judge, Jane Gilchrist on SATURDAY 28 JUNE at club field. This will be of particular benefit to anyone going to area qualifiers but is open to all members. Times tobe confirmed as depends on numbers.
If you are interested in taking part, please text Linda on 07740027427 as soon as possible. Thanks
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ATTENTION DRESSAGE DIVAS

A reminder from the organisers - if you enter a dressage competition but do not turn up on the night (without good reason), then your entry fee is forfeit unless you cancel before the closing date. If the organiser has been good enough to accept a late entry and you don't turn up and have failed to hand in the payment in advance , you will still be due the club the cost of the entry.
Finally, while organisers do their very best to accommodate the wishes of those riders who insist they will only ride on artificial surfaces, it is sometimes physically impossible to run all tests in the allweather arenas in the available time; consequently, some tests will have to be ridden on grass - maybe not such a bad thing for some, however, as Area Qualifiers and Championships are always on grass (maybe not in such long grass as last week tho'...)
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NATURAL FENCES COMPETITION WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE

Don't miss tomorrow nights Natural Fences Competition starting 7.00pm. This is a chance to have a pop over the rustic fences in the big grass arena , a bit like a working hunter course. There are usually a few "surprises" thrown in by the course builder so it's a bit different. Class starts at Nursery Novice height, working up to open in the usual way.
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OPEN SHOWJUMPING SHOW 15 JUNE 2014

FIFE RIDING CLUB SUMMER SHOWJUMPING SHOW, SUNDAY 15TH JUNE 2014
Glenrothes-based rider, Gemma Dixon had a successful outing to the Fife Riding Club Summer Showjumping Show held at the Club Showground, Glenrothes on Sunday 15th June winning two classes as well as picking up third and a fourth place rosettes. The closest class of the day was the Novice Jumping where less than a tenth of a second separated first and second, while in the main event – the Alan Ashby Memorial Class, only Catherine Paterson and Warrior finished the third and final round without penalty.
Course builder, Callum Glasgow decided to use the big grass ring to allow members to have the chance to compete on grass ahead of British Riding Clubs Area Qualifiers to be held within the next few weeks and this gave plenty of scope for a long, flowing track making full use of the extra space. Elsewhere on the showground , members hosted Clear Round jumping which raised a tidy sum towards funding teams making their way north to represent Fife Riding Club at the Area Qualifiers

RESULTS

BEGINNERS JUMPING – 1st – Zoe Morrison (Allons- Wy); 2nd Cat Kirk (Mr Flynn)
NURSERY NOVICE JUMPING – 1st – Gemma Dixon (Breeze), 2nd Emma Lind (Charm), 3rd – Lynda Scobie ( Halyards Paintbox), 4th – Lynn Harvie (Cienna Rass), 5th Cat Kirk (Mr Flynn), 6th- Nicole Wilson ( Yvette)
NOVICE JUMPING – 1st –Nicole Wilson (Foxy), 2nd – Edna Moffat (Topaz), 3rd Karen Young ( Marley), 4th Emma Lind (Charm). 5th – Louise Ritchie (Special)
INTERMEDIATE JUMPING – 1st – Gemma Dixon (Storm), 2nd – Joy Clark (Dusty), 3rd – Suzie Roberts (Craigieburn Heleedd), 4th - Karen Young (Marley), 5th – Nicole Wilson (Foxy), 6th – Edna Moffat (Topaz)
ALAN ASHBY MEMORIAL TROPHY – 1st – Catherine Paterson (Warrior), 2nd – Lucy Moffat (Tia), 3rd – Gemman Dixon (Storm), 4th – Alex Scott ( Oscar), 5th – Angela Welsh (Troni), 6th Joy Clark (Dusty)
OPEN – 1st – Angela Welsh (Troni), 2nd Alex Scott (Oscar), 3rd – Jordan Mathieson (Glenfid)
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FUNDRAISING QUIZ

Our Horse Trials teams for Area Qualifiers are doing their bit to raise funds by running a Quiz Night this Thursday evening (5June) at Freuchie Cricket Club from 7.30pm. Cost is £10 per team.
Should be fun! Why not do your bit as well by supporting the teams and putting together a team on the night?
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TONIGHTS COMPETITION

Due to shortage of helpers last night, we were only able to put up one course of jumps, not two as intended. This means that we will run classes one after the other starting with Nursery Novices and working up to Open. This means that Intermediates will not start at 7pm as previously advertised
Sorry but there is a limit to what we can ask our unpaid volunteers to do and if not enough people turn up in response to a request for help then we have to accept certain things won't happen.
Meanwhile many thanks to the members who did help out last night- you know who you are!
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DRESSAGE MUSIC LECTURE/DEMONSTATION

Fife Riding Club are holding a Dressage to Music Lecture/Demonstration by Kay Gebbie at Balcormo by Leven on Friday 9th May at 7:00pm.

The evening will consist of a ridden demonstration followed by a review of the test video. It will also go in to how to plan your own test (Intro, Prelim and Novice), selecting your music, fitting music to your horse and preparing your Music CD.

Admission: £5.00

Have your test prepared and ready for Fife Riding Club’s Charity Dressage Show on Sunday 18th May.
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CROSS COUNTRY CLINIC

We are once again running a cross country clinic at Craigie Farm on SUNDAY 4 MAY 2014 - a great way of ironing out any problems you might have without the pressure of competition - or else just a good way of introducing your horse to cross country fences. Our instructor will be BERTIE DIXON (formerly Whiteford)- we had her along last year and she proved very popular with riders.
Each session will last approx 1.5 hours. All abilities catered for, juniors/non-members welcome.All riders will receive a voucher for use at the nearby Rhynd x/c training course, worth £10.
Cost is a very reasonable £25 for members and £30 for non-members.

IF YOU WANT TO RESERVE A PLACE, PLEASE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM (copy on "Events" page) AND FORWARD ALONG WITH PAYMENT TO LINDA GOVE, 16 ABOYNE GARDENS, KIRKCALDY, KY2 6EL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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INSTRUCTION 23 APRIL 2014

We had a packed evening for the first of our summer instruction meetings on 16 April. We have some new instructors this year and had lots of very positive feedback from members. The instructors are - Kay Gebbie (who needs no introduction), Dressage trainer & judge, Helen Brown, Liz Burton (she trained with Geoff Billington) and Ruth Elliot.The next of our summer instruction evenings will be held next WEDNESDAY 23rd APRIL at the Club Field. Places need to be pre-booked as the number of instructors depends on demand.All abilities catered for.For April only, lessons will be held at 6.00 and 7.00pm.
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART you need to contact LIZ GLASGOW on 01592 754809 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
If you turn up without booking, we cannot guarantee a place.
Members are reminded that anyone booking a place but either failing to turn up or cancelling at short notice will still be required to pay the cost of the lesson.
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CRAIGIE HUNTER TRIALS 27 APRIL 2014

Our Spring Hunter Trials will soon be upon us.

As ever, we need help on the day - especially jump judges. We need people to do half or whole days. If you can help, please get in touch with LISA ALLAN on 07791 120227 as soon as possible.

We cannot run this major competition without our fantastic volunteers - do please help if you can.
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AREA QUALIFIERS

The dates for the 2014 Area Qualifiers have been announced as follows:-

Horse Trials - 22 June 2014 at Knock, Huntly
Dressage, Riding Test, Showjumping and Equitation Jumping - 5&6 July 2014 at Brechin
DTM - end of July, Cabin, Aberdeen (date to be confirmed).

Anyone interested in representing FRC at these competitions should let committee know. If your interest is jumping or Horse Trials, contact Callum, if you prefer dressage let Shona know.
Callum and Shona can also let you know what is involved and what is expected of competitors.
If you need more information about whether or not you are eligible, either contact the Secretary Liz Glasgow, or ask any committee member (they should have a Rule Book) or else you can see all the rules online at the BHS/BRC website. All horses taking part must have a valid flu vaccination certificate - however, its not sufficient just to have an in-date certificate, it must comply with BRC rules in respect of boosters etc so you need to be certain you have the correct paperwork or you won't be allowed to compete. The good news is there is still plenty time to get things sorted out if necessary. If there is sufficient interest, we may arrange an evening meeting where members can get more information.
We think there will be a lot of interest particularly in going to Brechin as its only an hour or so travel time but either way Area Qualifiers are a great excuse for a weekend away!
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PARKING AT CLUB FIELD

Can all members or visitors using the Club Field please refrain from parking on the access drive. This road needs to be kept clear at all times to allow the farmer and Scottish Gas to get into their land/gas plant at the end of the drive. Do not park around the corner either as this is private property and in any case the road is unstable (a large hole has appeared as a result of a collapsed drain).
ANYONE PARKED ON THE DRIVE WILL BE ASKED TO MOVE INTO THE LORRY PARK.
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WINTER DRESSAGE LEAGUE 5 - SUNDAY 23 MARCH

The results for the above competition can now be found on the Events page.
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USING CLUB FIELD

Can all members please note that following Susan's retiral from committee, with effect from 2 DECEMBER 2013, bookings for the field will be taken by JOANNE McINTYRE . Her contact number is 07900 192779.
A reminder, too, that the field may only be used by FULLY PAID UP MEMBERS. If you have not paid your subscription already, please forward the appropriate amount to Secretary, Liz Glasgow at 296 Muirfield Drive Glenrothes as soon as possible;under the terms of the constitution, your payment should be made no later than 30th November 2013 (with exception of anyone who joined after 1st August). If you want further information, contact Liz direct on 01592 754809.
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Annual Subscription

Quick reminder to all that your membership fees are now due for renewal.

For those of you that missed the AGM, it was agreed to increase the membership fees by £5.00 across the board;

Riding Member £40.00, Associated £30.00 and Non-Riding £15.00.
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WINTER TRAINING

In spite of extensive advertising, there has been very little interest in winter training at Balcormo. Consequently, it has been decided that NO winter training will take place until further notice.
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TOP SCORE COMPETITION

Another great night’s competition as the Club’s summer season draws to an end!

Top Score is all about clocking up as many points as possible on the night. It’s a one round competition. Fences are scattered around the arena in no particular order, each having a points value ranging from 10 to 120 points. All fences can be jumped from either direction. Riders accumulate points by jumping clear; however, no points are added if the fence is knocked down. There is also a “Joker” fence, usually the biggest on the course. It’s worth 200 points if it is jumped cleanly but – here’s the rub – knock it down and 200 points are deducted. Riders get 60 seconds to find their own line round the track and the winner is simply the person with the highest points total at the end of the night.

Course builder Gillian Kettles gave riders plenty options on the night; indeed the jumps were placed in such a way that the open horses had to work a wee bit harder than the novices to clock up their points, thereby ensuring everyone had a fair crack at the trophy.

History shows that it is the riders who can clear the Joker twice who are likeliest to win and this class was no exception. A few riders were brave enough to tackle the big white gate – and, sadly, a few found themselves on a minus score as a result – still, that’s the fun of Top Score.

Only six riders clocked up over 1000 points but the results were evenly spread across the sections with Fiona Deans and Colonial Rule on 1310 pts and Lorna Hume with the veteran Floyd just behind on 1300. No one however could beat the Top Score specialist, Lucy Moffat who collected a whopping 1480 on Gem, thereby ensuring the Gregor Trophy headed back to the Moffat household for the third year in a row.

For full results see Events page.
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REPORT ON FIFE RIDING CLUB OPEN DERBY SHOWJUMPING SHOW HELD SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST 2013

A great day’s jumping was enjoyed by riders and spectators alike at this inaugural Derby Showjumping Show organised by Fife Riding Club and held at the club showground in Glenrothes on Sunday 11th August.

The programme was designed to make maximum use of the main Springturf arena – a mix of grass, sand and rubber which ensured great going throughout the day. The other big feature of this arena is its bank, not quite as big as the Derby Bank at Hickstead, perhaps, but big enough to give riders food for thought.

This Derby Show gave competitors the chance to tackle a mix of rustic and coloured obstacles over a long flowing course in “Derby” type conditions and the new format was well received by all participants.

Local riders were in the ribbons. In the Nursery Novice class, Kinghorn-based rider Joy Clarke did a storming jump off time with Penhalogen Stardust but no one could beat the time set by Fiona Deans from Lochgelly with ex-racehorse Harry who won by nearly two seconds. The Small Open and Open classes were hotly contested with honours even between Sam Smith (Nipper) and Louise Coombe (Chennok).

The organisers are most grateful to the support shown by many local sponsors and volunteer helpers who ensured another successful show.
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OPEN DRESSAGE SHOW

The annual Fife Riding Club Open Dressage Show ran on Sunday 23rd June 2013 with a mixture of sunny spells and torrential showers. Judges Judy Taylor, Heather Carstairs and Liz Love were kept busy with a large turnout of members and non-members keen to win the many trophies on offer.
Class ! (Intro A) was for horse /rider combinations new to dressage and winning the Wand Shield for this class was new FRC member Samantha Hopkins riding Torrie.

Class 2 (Intro B) winner Natalie Young riding the 6 year old Springtime Tiger posted the highest score of the day with 82.17 % with non member Bernard Heidemann and Harley Davidson scoring a very respectable 73.91 % to take second place (though Bernard did take a membership form home so we may see him back to contest more classes soon).

Class 3 (prelim 13) was the class for veteran horses (over 15 years old) and was a qualifier for the Veteran Horse Society Dressage Championships in Derbyshire in September 2013. All three horse / rider combinations scored the required percentage to qualify but the class was won by Diane Biddle riding Baccus with a score of 67.08%.

Class 4 (prelim 13) saw Springtime Tiger and Harley Davidson go head to head again for the red rosette and this time Bernard Heidemann and Harley Davidson took the honours with Springtime Tiger in second. Louisa Bizzarri won the Nicol Cup as the highest placed pony club member in this class with a score of 57.5%.

Class 5 (prelim 18) saw FRC regular Joy Clark and Penhalogen Stardust score 67.08% to take first place with Mandy Moore and Tallulah Belle in second. Liam McGurnaghan riding the 4 year old Arctic Roll were third in this class in their first ever dressage competition with a very respectable 60.83%.

Class 6 (prelim 19) was a long arena test which gave several FRC members their first opportunity to ride in a 20x 60 m arena, with movements at the extra markers. Liam and Arctic Roll seemed to prefer the long arena and improved their score by two places to win with 61.36%. Non-member Lindsay Graham with her Highland Teddy were only 1 mark behind Liam, taking the second placed rosette with Joy Clark and Penhalogen Stardust taking third.

The prelim classes at the show all count towards the Barnhill blaze Memorial Trophy (best placings in 2 prelim classes to count). Barnhill Blaze was FRC member Elaine McDonald’s horse, who was tragically killed in a field accident several years ago, and was a regular competitor at FRC dressage events. This trophy was won this year by Joy Clark and Penhalogen Stardust and presented on behalf of Elaine by Linda Gove, FRC Chairperson.

Class 8 (Novice 30) saw 7 entrants and was won by Natalie Young with her own Esso with a score of 68.85 % with Liz Veitch and her Friesian Ricki May taking second.

The Elizabeth McKenzie Cup is awarded to the winner of class 9 (Novice 39) and this year went to Jenny Cushnie and Diablo Sie with second place going to Gillian Kettles and Ballymark. Both Jenny and Gillian are regular competitors at FRC dressage leagues.

Class 10 (elementary 45) gave us the closest result of the day with only 1 mark separating the two competitors. Natalie Young and Esso came out on top with 61.37% whilst Rebecca Hughes and Tinker scored 61.03%.

The final class of the day was the pairs freestyle and the only pair in the class (Natalie Young and Michelle French Fraser) scored a whopping 71.4%.
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VANDALISM AT CLUB FIELD

Just to let you know that we are continuing to have problems from local yobs trying to break into our steel containers. At last nights meeting we found more damage - they had been trying to get onto the roofs and put poles on top of the cabin etc; they also removed the padlock from the gate at the water crossing. Tonight, when I went up to field to meet yet another policeman, we found that they have now turned their attention to the newly arrived office container. The damage is minimal but it is really annoying. The police have said they will increase visits at night time to see if they can catch them in action but this is obviously a long shot. Meantime, can all members keep a close eye on the field - and if you spot anything untoward, please contact Glenrothes Police on 101 or call in at Napier Road Police Station.
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CRAIGIE SPRING HUNTER TRIALS

Over 180 riders turned up for the Spring Hunter Trials held at Craigie Farm , by Leuchars, courtesy Club President John Foster. This is the 35th year of running competitions at Craigie and yet again we had cause to feel very lucky to have been supported by the Foster family over the years as we enjoyed perfect going and blue skies, whilst others who had opted to go the Gleneagles instead were appparently ankle deep in mud in the pouring rain - shame!
As ever the classes were hotly contested but FRC members were in the ribbons throughout the day.
Many thanks to all our hard working volunteers who turned up in good numbers not only to get the track ready, but also on the Friday before to flag & rope the course, on the Saturday to attend to the final touches and put up tents but also on the day itself - we simply cannot run this competition without the goodwill of our helpers, so thank you one and all. Judging by the positive feedback from riders throughout the day, we must be doing something right. Well done everyone who helped in any way.
The results of the competition will be on the "Events" page shortly.
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IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL

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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USE OF CLUB FIELD

A reminders that the club field can only be used by members & must be booked in advance through Joanne McIntyre on 07900 192779. Further details on using the clubs facilities, the club Constitution & Bye Laws are available on the membership page

VOLUNTEER DATABASE

We now have a facility that allows us to be more efficient at organising events. Members can volunteer to help at specific competitions & preparation for events via the following link

FACEBOOK

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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