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FINAL TIMES FOR AREA 22 QUALIFIERS/STABLING and other things

To see the revised times for this weekends competitions at Brechin click on the links below.
Directions as follows:

Stabling

For all those stabling please after coming off the A90 continue past the main entrance to Brechin showground and take the next road on the right sign posted Aberlemno and follow the signs taking the next right, along past Brechin Livery and continue on to the show field. Please park on the left hand side nearest the stables. All Stables will be marked with the individuals name. Please ensure on your departure that your clubs stables are completely mucked out and free of all bedding etc.

Non Stabling

For all those not staying overnight please use the main entrance into the showground again this will be signed posted.

Reminder that all hats need to be tagged before competition and please remember to bring your flu vaccination certificates as we have been told these will be checked. Anyone without a cerificate may be turned away (hopefully not!). Untagged hats and flu certificates need to be handed to the chef d'equipe (Linda G) before the start of competition as the chef is the only person allowed to deal with the organisers on the day.

IF YOU ARE NOT COMPETING, WHY NOT GO TO BRECHIN ON SATURDAY AND/OR SUNDAY TO CHEER ON THE TEAMS? - riders always appreciate support and it's great to have some other folk around just to help with tack etc. We will be using Tricia's lorry as the FRC "Bistro" for the day so feel free to drop in for a cuppa - so look out for it in the lorry park area - it will be the noisy one!
Dressage & RT times
Showjumping & Style Jumping times
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MINI CROSS COUNTRY - WEDNESDAY NIGHT

The re-scheduled mini cross country competition will be taking place tomorrow night (Wednesday 27 July). It will start with the Nursery Novice at 7pm sharp. The numbers wont be going out until Wednesday night but if you wish to walk the course earlier you can download a copy of the course plan below.
Maps
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MORE INFO ON AREA 22

Area 22 have issued a set of guidance notes for competitors - helpful for "first timers" - and a useful reminder for those who have done it all before!
Competitors notes
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AREA 22 QUALIFIERS, BRECHIN - JULY 30/31

Provisional times for the Area 22 Qualifiers to be held at Brechin at the weekend have been issued. Most of you will already have been contacted by Elsie using the good old-fashioned telephone - but the details are available by clicking the links below. We should point out that these are PROVISONAL - and the final version will be issued on Wednesday. Those of you doing Riding Test please be aware of an amendment to the test which should be NOVICE RT (2016) - not as per some rule books. Copies of this test are available online; if you are having problems, please get back to either Elsie (01764 660864) or Linda (07740027427). Please remember to take your FLU VACCINATION CERTIFICATE - as these will be checked on the day. You should hand your certificate to Linda as she is Chef d'equipe on the day. You will also need to have your hat tagged before competing - again these need to go to the Chef d'equipe before you compete.
Stabling is booked and on site.

Finally can all competitors take time to acknowledge the part to be played by members Helen Sinclair and Ailleen Walker. All participating clubs must provide help on the day. By volunteering to help, Ailleen & Helen have ensured that Fife can take part.
More info to follow when available.
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Open Mini Cross Country Competition

Despite the wet start and heavy shower around 1pm this competition proved to be another hit with most riders completing the course with a smile on their face. The results can be found on the Events page.

Big thank you to Linda G, Liz, Sheila, Linda W, Zoe, Taylor, Anne, David, Kate, Pamela & Mandy for their help on the day and to all those who came to help with the course build.
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BUSY NIGHT OF POINTS COMPETITIONS!

Wednesday 25th May saw not one but THREE points competitions so a busy night was had by one & all.

In the main arena we ran our annual STYLE JUMPING Competition, judged by Jane Gilchrist. Quite a few riders hadn't tried style jumping before so were glad of a wee pep talk from the judge before setting foot in the ring. Style jumping involves a single round of between 8-12 jumps including a double and marks are awarded for the style of the horse & rider over the fences. This competition is also run to an optimum time which was possibly the biggest factor in the final result as too many competitors were simply not going round fast enough and so picked up time penalties. However, it was a useful training night for some. The best score on the night was that of JOY CLARK and Penhalogen Stardust - and, appropriately enough, Joy collected the GLENROTHES RIDING CENTRE TROPHY awarded many moons ago by Pat & Joan Gilbert.

In the SPRINGTURF ARENA we saw the OBEDIENCE TEST once again organised and judged by DAWN WALLACE. Riders had to undergo a series of tests around the course including the hill, through the bushes, flags, a jump and the dreaded umbrella test. In fact all horses did remarkably well with fewer that 5 points separating top and bottom - however, the test was also timed and there was quite a variation - between 1.48 minutes and 3.01. Riders should be thankful - after the trip to the Police Stables last week, Dawn was at one point talking about getting her paws on some smoke bombs to liven things up.....
The best on the night was CIENNA RASS ridden by Lynne Harvie who collected the RUIVES RED ROBIN TROPHY donated by Susan Kerr in memory of Robin - himself an Obedience Test expert.

At the top end of the showground ELSIE POLLOCK SMITH had the unenviable task of trying to decide who was to win the TACK & TURNOUT competition. It was great to see how many people made the effort to take part this year. The standard was high so Elsie had to resort to recording the fine details of both horse and rider turn out in order sort out the places. In the end there was only half a mark between first & second. A big well done to everyone who had a go - hopefully Elsie gave you all some handy tips on how to get even more marks next time. The winner of the ARTHURLEA TROPHY was LIZ CAMPBELL & Ultimo.

All in all, a great nights competition with loads of rosettes and trophies and lots of happy riders. Many thanks to our judges on the night and to our volunteer helpers.The results will be posted on the events page shortly.
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**** MATT BURNETT CLINIC **** 21 JULY ****CLUB FIELD

Fantastic opportunity to have a private or shared lesson with a professional dressage trainer and Grand Prix rider competing at international level.

Mark this date in your diary - booking details to follow.
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BRC AREA QUALIFIERS - Dressage/Show Jumping etc

30th & 31st July 2016 - Brechin Castle Equestrian

Anyone interested in competing / representing FRC at the above event,please contact Elsie Pollock Smith
01764 660 864 as soon as possible.
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IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL FIELD USERS!

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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HAT RULES ARE CHANGING!

The rules about hats are changing this year - check out details in the attached link before buying a new hat.
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NICOLA WILSON CLINIC 10&11DEC15

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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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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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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