Once again we have had a very busy and active Spring and Summer season with a huge contrast in weather from one end to the other. In the spring our Hunter Trial was cancelled because the rain never stopped falling, and in the summer we had problems with hard ground and over-heated horses, I’m certainly not going to complain about the lovely hot summer though.

Our teams have done very well this year, although we haven’t actually qualified for any of the Riding Club Championships, but it’s been lovely to see some new names come through to represent the club, which can only be a good thing for our future. Coming up we have the winter team Dressage and Show Jumping competitions at Duchy, and a new Arena Eventing competition at Bicton in November so don’t be shy, sign up and have a go. Members have also done extremely well in non-Riding Club competitions going to the Southwest Unaffiliated Dressage Championships, numerous BD qualifications, and Pet Plan finals to name a few. Particularly note-worthy were Dobs Rusden and Mo Foster who qualified and went to Badminton with the British Eventing Grass Roots Championships, a massive well done to them.

Camp this year was a great success, we had fantastic instructors, Sarah Thorne a BE accredited coach; Fred Scala, an international Event Rider; Claire Deithrick, a list 2 Dressage judge and trainer -and a Mechanical Horse! A huge thanks go to Sabine Smith and Jane Angilley who organised and ran it, camp is on a different weekend next year, 28th to 30th June so put it in your diaries early.

The Open Show in May was well supported with lots of qualifier tickets to be won, and later in the year we held our first TWRC Derby Day at Pendarves EC which was extremely popular and will become a regular on our schedule –thank you to Nicky Palmer and her SJ committee for organising these events. Dressage Shows at Chiverton and SJ and Combined Training competitions at Colraine also took place with the added interest this year of a leader board for the cups and trophies that are given out at the AGM, if you’ve had a good year make sure to look and see if you’ve won something.

The Horse Trials were well supported with a good entry, we are so lucky to have a really good team behind the scenes, too many to name but you know who you are and thank you so much!! This year the web site was hacked before the competition, fortunately Justin, our web guru, had the information copied on another site and we were able to carry on, but all our entry systems for our competitions and training were compromised and an alternative method of running things had to be found. We have decided to use Horse Monkey, which is a professional site for horse competitions and is used by many other clubs, you do have to register yourself and your horse the first time you use the site but after that it remembers you and is very easy to use. Our first training sessions and competitions are already on the site ready to enter so hopefully it will all go smoothly.

This winter sees more training with the ever popular Andrew Lovell who will be teaching dressage and Show Jumping. We also have regular training from Sarah Thorne organised starting October 24th, this will be technical jumping and XC schooling indoors at Colraine and is mid-week to help those that work get their horses out in the evenings. Claire Deithrick is also doing dressage training, and Emily Vincent will have her excellent Arena Eventing course ready for lessons later in the year. In the immediate future we have a Dressage Talk and Demonstration at Chiverton Riding Centre on Saturday 15th October and our winter Dressage Shows are starting soon, we also have a Show Jumping show at Pendarves EC on 28th October. Finally the duty rota for the coming season is on the web site now and a huge thank you to all the members who have helped throughout the year, particularly if you’ve answered a call on face book when we’ve been short of helpers for an event or competition, it makes so much difference and you really are appreciated.

Happy Riding.