June 2010 newsletter June’s newsletter starts off with another raft of excellent results for the club. The day before the club’s hunter trial, Cressie Heath and Claire Pearson set off to the Festival of the Hunter Championship at Aston-le-Walls and came back with a clutch of rosettes. Cressie Heath riding Sub Zero was placed second in the BRC Eventer’s Challenge with a fantastic double clear. They were also placed second in the Novice Ridden Hunter. Claire Pearson riding Cody was placed second in the Riding Club Horse and third in the Ridden Coloured. Cressie’s form continued as she was part of the Open showjumping team which qualified at Holmside for the Summer National Championships at Lincoln. Fiona Gibbon and Emma Langstaff completed the Open team line-up. And not to be outdone, our Intermediate showjumping team also qualified. The team consisting of Amanda Rowe, Beth Quinn, Claire Pearson and Sara Metcalfe also head down to the Championships at the beginning of September. With the dressage qualifier and the eventing qualifier coming up within the next couple of weeks we need to keep everything crossed that we continue this run of form! Anyone interested in being in any of the teams for the dressage or eventing qualifiers please drop Katie a line on 07850 911 053 / firstname.lastname@example.org. As always we do need ever-willing volunteers to help out at these events. In the previous newsletter the new team’s policy was attached – if anyone would like another copy of this please contact Katie. Our popular showjumping series held at Foxberry runs again on Wednesday night (30 th) with classes ranging from 2ft 3” to 3ft 3”. Kick off is 6pm with everyone welcome and we will try and cater for all levels. We will also be holding another jumble collection in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance at the showjumping as it proved such a success last time. The hunter trial held at the beginning of the month proved more popular than ever with a record number of entries. A massive thank you to all who gave up their time to help out at the event, to help make it such a success. A special round of thank you’s need to go to the following people: - Farmway and Gee Gee Gear for providing the fab prizes - SHG Photographic for its kind sponsorship of the rosettes - Dr Green for providing onsite medical cover - Clayton’s of Carlton for providing transport to make sure the scores were collected quickly - Zetland Pony Club for the use of its bibs, radios and flags - And of course a huge thank you to Sara and Phil Metcalfe for letting us use the excellent facilities at Foxberry. The results of the hunter trial are on the Darlington Riding Club website but well done to all competitors who took part. Jane Simmons riding Bold Pursuit was the winner of the DRC Evelyn Graham perpetual trophy for the highest placed club member. As many of you will know we are hoping to hold a first aid course for both horses and humans. The horse first aid course would run on an evening at someone’s yard with a local vet advising on various treatments for wounds, illness etc. There may be a small cost to cover any cost. The course for administering first aid to humans would be run by the Great North Air Ambulance and would be run over two evenings with a certificate presented at the end of the course. This would cost around £30. If anyone is interested in this then please drop Sara a line at email@example.com or 07793 444 247. For anyone competing or transporting a horse the following information will be worth making a note of. A rider coming home from the Royal Windsor Horse Show was stopped by Trading Standards Officers for a horse passport check, only to be told that hers was illegal – she fortunately received an official caution rather than being prosecuted. Her offence, she had not got a completed Section 9 certificate, Medicinal Treatment concerning "slaughter for human consumption or not" in her passport. Her passport was issued by the Welsh Pony Society pre mandatory passports so the certificate was not included. Here is a simple checklist of the sections that Trading Standards Officers check: Name of horse is shown together with colour and sex name, address and signature of current owner completed certificate in Medicinal Treatment concerning "slaughter for human consumption or not", plus if any treatments have been given that the vet has completed the section fully drawing and description of horse signed by a competent authority or vet plus vets stamp Of course this must also include the flu certificate giving all the vaccinations. Finally, after the success of the first cross country clinic with Jeanette Brakewell at Foxberry, a second clinic has been arranged for 21st July. If anyone is interested in booking a place please contact Sara Metcalf on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07793 444 247. That’s all for this month - we hope to see you at event soon!
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