Wagga Wagga Dressage Club Inc. Newsletter November / December 2009 Mr. Ed says….. A wonderful two day dressage championships has been held. Congratulations to all members who competed in very difficult, hot, hot, conditions. Yet another display of Inside this Issue Wagga talent with a number of members taking home Mr Ed Says champion & reserve awards. Thanks to everyone who helped out at the event this Claire Seidl Clinic year; without you, we would not have a club or any local competitions. Special thanks must go to those Important wonderful members we see at every competition. These Information: Pony people work so hard to ensure that we all have a great How to care for your time. It would be great to see some other members pitch in and help out too! All help is greatly appreciated and horse in the heat will ensure the future of the club. Committee Contacts Thank you to all our sponsors, judges and competitors in making this such a successful event. Full result can Christmas Party be found on the web site. As the Festive Season grows ever closer, remember to take care of our precious horses in this hot weather. Good luck to all members competing at the Victorian State Dressage Championships. Don’t forget the club Christmas party and Awards Night, mark it in your diary now. NEXT MEETING OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON CONGRATULATIONS MONDAY 18TH JANUARY 2010 AT 8PM John Potter & UPSTAIRS AT THE UNION CLUB HOTEL “Sommersby” MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE 3RD MONDAY OF NSW Novice Dressage EVERY MONTH Champion & NSW Novice Horse of the Year Wagga Wagga Dressage Club Inc _______________________________________________________________________________ Claire Seidl Clinic Important Information - Amnesty on Pony Dressage Points Elysha Sargent, Wednesday, 21 October 2009 At the recent meeting with SDAs on 13/9 and the ADC meeting on 14/9 there was much discussion about Pony Dressage and how the numbers are low and ponies are grading up too quickly as a result. A great clinic was held for the club The ADC is currently reviewing the grading by Claire Seidl. Most lessons were system with any new system proposed for taken up by club members with all implementation about 1/1/11. This will give horses improving throughout the ample time for members and SDAs to clinic. Anyone interested in finding comment on any changes. Initiatives being considered for the new grading system will out more about Claire should visit address the problem for horses (and ponies) her web site www.claireseidl.com.au/. She but OC’s are at the point of not being able to has some great horsey gifts and offer pony competition due to lack of Jewellery available for sale, just in numbers – this is not the case for horses. time for Christmas. We are trying to accommodate organising committee’s who are obliged to run pony classes but are hampered by low participation. This is putting a strain on resources and funds at a time when neither Check Out the Web : are in abundance. www.dressagensw.com.au In the meantime the SDAs and ADC have www.efansw.com.au agreed that there be an ‘amnesty’ on www.claireseidl.com.au grading points for ponies. This ‘amnesty will www.horseland.com.au become effective from Wednesday 14/10/09 until www.saddleworld.com.au such time as the review of the grading www.cooramin.com.au system is completed and a new system www.waggablinds.com.au implemented. As a result of this ‘amnesty’ www.centralpointmotel.com ponies will remain at their current graded www.jirrima.com level until any new system is implemented. www.kazjods.com.au Riders would still be required to keep a record of their performances for qualification www.awha.com.au purposes. Alternatively all pony results need to continue to be entered on the National data base but without accruing any grading points. Wagga Wagga Dressage Club Inc _______________________________________________________________________________ enough water to Step 3 How to properly support Protect him. The other Cool down and thing to watch your horse Comfor out for in the appropriat ta summer is ely after bacteria, which any work Horse will grow faster session. 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Invest in some strong fly Your committee: PRESIDENT: BRONWYN NEIL PHONE: 0269717778 VICE PRESIDENTS: KATIE HENDERSON LISA HARRISON SECRETARY: ROS PULLEN PHONE: 0269225362 MOBILE :0419216329 ASSISTANT SECRETARY: JENNY PEEL PHONE: 0269284155 TREASURER: MAREE WALKER PHONE: 0269718498 PUBLICITY OFFICER: MAXINE CUMMINGS PHONE : 0269284528 COMMITTEE: MAREE MASKILL “We may only dream” 22nd November Stutgard Masters You are invited to a Christmas Party !!! Wagga Wagga Dressage Club Inc __________________________________________________________________________________________ When: 7.00pm Thursday 17th December Where: Union Club Hotel (Upstairs) ASAP: 10th December Ros Pullen 0419216329 This will also be the club Annual Awards Presentation Night (Any outstanding perpetual trophies need to be returned to Ros ASAP) “Moorelands Totalis “ 87.8% in Freestyle.