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CRAIGIE WORK DAYS

We're now in the final run up to Craigie and only have a couple of work days left before the event. There is still a lot to be done. Strimming, painting, stuffing brush fences, putting up greenery.

If you are able to help it would be greatly appreciated. We are meeting on the following days;

Sunday 30 August at 11am.
Saturday 5 September at 10am.

We also require help on the day, stewarding, jump judging etc.

Please if you can help on the day contact Gillian Kettles.
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HELP NEEDED!

CAN YOU HELP?

We need volunteers to assist with running our Autumn Hunter Trials competition to be held at Craigie Farm, near Leuchars on SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER.

WE URGENTLY NEED JUMP JUDGES TO DO EITHER A HALF OR WHOLE DAY. You don’t need any previous experience as you will be briefed beforehand.

WE ALSO NEED HELPERS TO ACT AS STEWARDS, TO ASSIST WITH COURSE CONTROL, TO HELP OUT WITH ISSUING NUMBER BIBS, TO HELP WITH JUMP JUDGE SUPPORT (tea lady!) etc. - again either half day or whole day.
The club will provide snacks to helpers on the day.

Without the help of our fantastic volunteers, this competition simply cannot run – please help us if you can!

CONTACT GILLIAN on 07825 648948 or LINDA on 07740027427
Thank you!
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OPEN SHOWJUMPING SHOW 26 JULY 2015

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
Results
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AREA 22 REPORT

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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OPEN SHOWING SHOW REPORT

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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ANOTHER GREAT CROSS COUNTRY CLINIC!

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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OPENING NIGHT REPORT

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.
Results.
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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MEMBERS - PLEASE NOTE

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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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REPORT

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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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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ONLINE ENTRIES SYSTEM

We are trialling a new online entries system. For those interested the

MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE

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.

USE OF CLUB FIELD

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

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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