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FRIDAY 25MAY18 Debby Lush Talk - How to improve your dressage marks.

Fife Riding Club is delighted to host List 1 dressage judge and international rider Debby Lush who will explain how to improve your marks in a dressage test. From Intro to Medium, the difference between a 5 and a 7 will be described.

Highfield at Howe Equestrian Centre Friday 25MAY18 7-9 Tickets £10 (incl tea/coffee biscuits) available online at Club website. Everyone welcome
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AREA 22 QUALIFIERS

AREA 22 QUALIFIERS - TESTS. Following queries about tests for Area qualifiers due to be held at Fraserburgh 9/10 June please see attached. Full details can be found in the BRC 2018 Handbook which you can download from the British Riding Clubs page (Google British Horse Society and follow BRC Link) - pages 87/88 lists all tests but the handbook also gives you all the info you need about eligibility of horse and riders, dress codes, rules, Flu vacc details etc.
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WANT TO BOOK IN FOR INSTRUCTION?

Next Wednesday marks the start of our summer evening meetings which start at 7pm. If you want to book in, please go to the Events page and follow link to Online bookings; alternatively, if you need more info, please contact Jenny Cushnie who is organising instruction this year. Her details are on Who’s who?
All we need now is Summer............
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SUCCESSFUL BIG QUIZ NIGHT

Another great quiz held last night at Howe. Brilliant questions, great fun - many thanks to LIZ GLASGOW for organising this ever popular evening. We also drew the RAFFLE which we are running to raise funds to buy electronic timing. The winner of the major prize - a hand made Thelwell cross stitch was former chair, Mary Gardner, the handmade patchwork quilt went to Emma Boulton and Frances Bizzarri won the one-off clock. There were dozens of other gifts most donated on the night. Thanks to all who contributed. We took in a fair amount of cash on the night but the fund raising will continue until we raise enough funding.
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CRAIGIE CROSS COUNTRY CLINIC 31st MARCH/1 APRIL - REMINDER - ENTRIES CLOSE WEDNESDAY 28TH MARCH!!

CROSS COUNTRY CONFIDENCE CLINIC
CRAIGIE FARM, BY LEUCHARS
SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2018
GET READY FOR THE NEW SEASON!
There’s still time to book your place at the next CROSS COUNTRY CLINIC to be held on SATURDAY 31 MARCH.

We have two fantastic trainers on standby to help you round the course! With fences at various heights starting from minimus upwards and a range of fences including ditches, steps and water there is something for all abilities - a perfect opportunity to get you and your horse ready to tackle the spring hunter trials season. Each lesson will last approx 90 minutes.
Our instructors– Jane Gilchrist BHSII and Sarah- Jayne Bowers
Jane is a BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship, UKCC Level 3 Generic, Pony Club Accredited visiting instructor and B test examiner who works freelance. Having successfully competed at International competitions in showjumping, eventing and dressage, Jane now teaches all levels and abilities in these disciplines with a specialist interest in young horses. Jane won her first four BE events (Dalmahoy, Blair Castle, Mortonhall and Central Scotland at Dunsinnan),and went advanced in 10 events and was never unplaced at one day events. She has bred her own team of competition horses and last year, along with one of her horses, qualified to ride at the Badminton Grassroots Festival. She is also a Director of Horsescotland. Jane has competed regularly at Craigie and knows the course very well.
Sarah-Jayne is BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship, Stage 5 Teach and Care & Management; BHS Ride Safe Trainer; UKCC L3 (Generic); ABRS Advanced Teaching Diploma. She has trained and produced horses and riders for a range of disciplines and levels, including dressage up to Prix St Georges, showjumping up to Foxhunter, eventing up to Open Novice/Novice 2DE , County level showing and was on the winning England TREC team at the 2001 British Championships and Scottish L2 Individual TREC Champion in 2017. She has competed in dressage and eventing whilst living in the USA, competing up to Prix St Georges, achieving her USDF Bronze Medal and qualifying two years running for Regional Championships in dressage, winning the USEA Area 8 Eventing Championship and qualifying for the USEA American Eventing Championships three times. She has worked with all levels of rider and all types of horses and ponies, including Pony Club, Riding Club, RDA, riding schools and colleges; and enjoyed retraining and rehabilitating ex-racehorses for the Friends of Ferdinand charity in the USA. She is a BHS Approved Ride Safe Trainer and was an instructor at the BHS Adult camp 2014-16. She is also Chair of BHS Scotland.
BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY. ENTRIES CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 28TH.
See online entries at www.fife-riding-club.co.uk.
STOP PRESS - We will now also be running training on SUNDAY 1ST APRIL. Entry forms on the Events page.
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REMINDER TO MEMBERS

Just a polite request to any member wanting to use the field for exercise or training purposes. The rules about who can use the field and when are well known and posted elsewhere on this website. Anyone interested needs to contact SHONA BEFORE going to the field - this is an insurance requirement and covered by Club Rules. Shona works during the day and also has a horse to ride so she will not necessarily be able to pick up the phone when you call. This could be important especially if you have a query that needs an answer - so make sure you give Shona time to get back to you- at least 24 hours. Secondly, please show some consideration by phoning at a reasonable hour. At present people are phoning at any time between 6.00am and midnight! Try to keep your calls confined to daytime and certainly no calls after 8.30pm. Thank you!
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CLUB FIELD BOOKINGS - VERY IMPORTANT!!

WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT can members note that anyone needing to use club field/dressage league entries etc should contact SHONA BREARLEY on 07469254924 Please also no phone calls after 9.00pm.

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RING ETIQUETTE

It's the time of year when riders start thinking about the new season and exciting times ahead. A good time then to remember that we will all have a better experience in the show ring if we all observe a few simple rules. Here are some tips on how to behave in company!
Whether you are a novice show rider, or you have been doing it for years, whether it’s in hand or ridden, we’ve all come across people who don’t know basic show etiquette.
So here are the top 10 tips to show respect to others and to not annoy people at shows in the ring and warming up.
Share this and educate the world!

1 – Don’t overtake in the ring
Everyone in the ring wants the judge to look at their horse, don’t be that one person that overtakes right in front of the judge. It won’t impress the judge, in fact it will probably just annoy them and everyone else in there.
2 – Always pass left to left
This one is for the warm up ring. I have seen countless collisions and near misses because people just don’t know this rule. It’s more safety than just etiquette, and very important. It’s understandable that you will need to change the rein and people will be travelling in different directions, so remember this one and there reduce the risk of an accident.
3 – When turning your horse/pony push it away from you – do not pull it towards you
When showing in hand, the judge will ask you to walk away and trot back to them. At the end of the walk when you turn to trot back, make sure that you push your horse round away from you, instead of pulling them around.
4 – Don’t jump the warm up jump both ways
This follows on from number 2, but for jumping warm up rings. Jumping the jump both ways is just downright dangerous, not only are people warming up on both reins, but jumping both ways means there are horses flying in every direction and no one knows what is coming from where.

5 – Take note of coloured ribbons in horses’ tails
People don’t put ribbons in their horses’ tails for fun, they all mean something, and to keep you and your steed safe, you should take note of what they mean.
1. Blue – Stallion
2. Green – Young or inexperienced
3. Pink – Mare in season
4. Red – Horse kicks
5. White – Horse is for sale

6 – Don’t go cantering past other horses in tight spaces
If it is your first show, or you are on a young horse, or anything like that, there is nothing worse than someone cantering past you trapped in a corner coming very close. It causes horses to feel trapped, can spook them and can unnerve an inexperienced rider. Just don’t do it, it’s not nice.

7 – Not cutting people up before or after a fence
This follows on from number 6, but for jumping. When someone is coming to a fence, or leaving it, their concentration is on the jump and their striding. Don’t get in their way! You have the whole of the ring to ride in, just move or halt for those few seconds and let them jump.
8 – If you’re not warming up, get out
Don’t stand around the gateway having a mothers meeting! Stand outside the ring. The warm up ring is for warming horses up, not chatting. Stand outside and give everyone room to work in. A rider has enough to concentrate on with all the horses flying about everywhere without having to worry about trampling stragglers too. Plus if there is an accident or a horse spooks, you are in the firing line and it is your own fault.
9 – Leave one horse’s length to the horse in front
Don’t crowd other riders and keep at least a horse’s length between you and the horse in front of you. This keeps you at a safe distance from being kicked – remember these are more than likely to be horses that you do not know. When there are riders working on both the inside and outside track, leave enough passing room that one horse isn’t able to bite or kick at the horse on the other track.
10 -Enjoy yourself!

Too many people take showing far too seriously. I’ve seen tears, tantrums and slanging matches way too many times. At the end of the day horses are our passion and showing is for just that, showing our pride and joy off. If you don’t win then never mind, better luck next time. Don’t be horrible to the person that won and ruin their day, however you are feeling, say well done and smile on your way out of the ring and let them enjoy it. You would want them to do the same to you.
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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.
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 Shona Brearley on 07469 254 924. 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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