Merricks Saddle Club January 2009 Hello fellow Riders, Now that we are starting to enjoy some summer weather, though I know we need the rain, the MSC is providing sunscreen for members. This will be available on the canteen bench so please use it if you need to. Don’t forget about the Dressage Jackpot that MSC is running on March the 9th. This is being held at our grounds so an ideal venue to launch your competitive career/adventure/journey in a very relaxed atmosphere. There will be plenty of help available should you need an encouraging launch. Mid-week dressage rally available on second Wednesday of the month. You book in on Chelli’s email address email@example.com Please inform Chelli what level dressage you are—all levels welcome. Exciting news is that some cross country jumps will be in place by our next rally. Don’t forget to fill in the volunteer hours sheet because if they aren’t there I don’t know about them and then you have a surprise at the end of the year when you find you haven’t done as many hours as you thought you had! See you at the next rally, Jan Wilson Vice pres. CANTEEN ROSTER : CLUB CONTACTS REMINDER NOTICE President Ray Winslow: firstname.lastname@example.org February 2009: 11.30am – 2pm Vice President Jan Wilson: 5989 7446 Holckner Family, Clark Family, Heather Geschke Secretary Alice Hodges: 5981 8625, email@example.com NB: Parents are required to carry out canteen duty on Turramurra’, 120 Shergolds Lane behalf of children under the age of 16 years. Dromana 3936 Treasurer Jan Tucker: 5989 7325 Contact Karen Brown if unable to attend or for further information on:- Rally Co-ordinator Sam Willis: 5983 6518 59715984 Mid-Week/Month Chelli Carder or Rally Co-ordinator; firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Newsletter & Claire McKenzie 5989 8119 Website; firstname.lastname@example.org Canteen Roster for next two months Uniforms Karen Bilham: 0429 952 921 March ‘09 Georgie Gibbs Grounds Committee Jenny Moore: 5989 2895 McNicoll –Smith family Representative Jill Reason April ‘09 Christina Adams, Canteen roster Karen Brown; 59715384 Clark Family Equipment & Maintenance: Brian Bourke: 59835696 Lana Moran Competition coordinator: Elinor Hannay: 5979 3780 Important Notice PLEASE TAKE NOTE….. You must book in to ride at the FROM NOW ON LATENESS rally no later than the Monday TO YOUR LESSON WILL night before the rally. I will no NOT BE TOLERATED. longer accept late callers and you will be put on a waiting list IF YOU ARE NOT THERE in case of a WHEN YOUR LESSON COM- cancellation. MENCES YOU WILL BE UN- ABLE TO JOIN YOUR GROUP AND WILL HAVE TO Many thanks, Sam Willis WAIT UNTIL THEY BEGIN 5983 6518 THE NEXT SESSION TO JOIN THEM. Merricks Saddle Club Official HRCAV Jackpot Dressage Day Monday March 9th 2009 Merricks Station Reserve Frankston/Flinders Road Merricks (Mel 192E9) Level Dressage tests Advanced A1 A3 Level 1 1B 1E Level 2 2B 2E Level 3 3B 3E Level 4 4B 4E Level 5 5B 5E Catering will be available on the day. All weather surfaces for all dressage tests Prizes: Sashes as per event rules 24. Prizes to Jackpot and 1st place winners. Entry Fees: Two tests $40 One test $20 Entries close: Thursday February 26th 2009 Entries will be predetermined, so enter early to avoid disappointment, preference given to Jackpot entries, a waiting list will be kept. Cheques to: Merricks Saddle Club inc. please enclose an SAE for times Times will also be on the Merricks saddle club Website www.merrickssc.com Entries to: Event Secretary, 6 Recreation Street, Bittern, Vic 3918. Please use March 2008 version of Official HRCAV Standard entry form. Enquiries to: Claire McKenzie 5989 8119 Sam 5983 6518 not after 8.30pm Scratchings on day: 0411 178 678 Conditions of entry HRCAV rules apply Entries must be on HRCAV official entry form Riders may compete at their assessed level and one level higher Riders must present correct membership and performance cards All riders must wear an approved hat Riders must supply own numbers Tests may be called Riders must present to gear check 20 minutes before their test No refunds unless medical or vet certificate supplied within 7 days of the event. A $3.00 administration fee will be charged. No dogs allowed on the reserve The organisers reserve the right to change the program without notice The ground jury’s decision is final MSC will not be liable for any loss, damages or injury of any horses, persons or property CARE OF YOUR NAME PLAQUE Many of the name plaques are becoming quite weathered and need a bit of TLC to look their best. I’m sorry, I can’t do this for everyone, so individuals will have to Merricks Saddle Club look after their own plaque. On the WWW http://www.merrickssc.com All that is required is a light sanding and coating with linseed oil. Please Visit the Website for all the latest News There is sandpaper, oil and paint brushes The Newsletter Photos from Rallies & Competitions in the cupboard of the shed where the Links to related and informative websites. BBQ is stored – so help yourself. The plaques should only need treatment twice per year, but do it as often as you UNIFORMS like!!!! Uniform Shop will be open 12.30pm to 1pm most rally days for enquiries between rallies please phone Jenny M Karen Bilham on 0429 952 921. Payment to be made on the day—Thankyou. PRICE LIST Windcheaters $40.00 Polo tops $25.00 Caps Woollen Saddle Blankets—Lrg $10.00 $73.00 MID-WEEK RALLIES -Sml $63.00 Our February rally will be held on; Cotton Saddle Blankets—S/M/L $45.00 Winter Jacket (pictured Below) $60.00 Wednesday the 11th February, 2009. Please note, we have a new Mid Week/Month rally co-ordinator, Chelli Carder has been kind enough to take over, so you will need to contact Chelli via email ; email@example.com. Lessons start at 10.30am sharp and go for an hour and a half, the cost is $25.00, please try to have correct money for Chelli. You will receive a return email letting you know which group you are in for the rally. Some Second Hand stock available $2 Cheers, (mainly very small sizes) Donations of second hand Chelli stock always welcome. If you wish to sell your second hand uniforms, advertising is available in the Newsletter. MEMBER PROFILE THIS MONTH MEET; Sally Teh Q1. How Long have you been riding? Apart from a shetland as a child, we have had trail riding horses for the last 25 years. Laurence and I really enjoy taking them up to the high country. Q2. How long have you been a member of Merricks Saddle Club? I think about eight years, which I have really enjoyed,meeting friends with similar interests and some formal instruction which has really been a great help. Q3. Tell us about your Horse. My horse is called Bee (having come from old Johnny Oswin named Glory Bee) she is now 11, I have had her since she was 2 (by accident as the dentist informed me of her age after I had taken her to Snake Island) perhaps the devil you know is better. She really comes into her own trail riding, we have had her very close to brumby heards and she is still calm and rarely afraid of anything. She loves cattle mustering and will find cows in the bush long before I have spotted them. She will push through very rough terrain, bravely and sure footed. In short a safe ride for an old mother! Q4. What do you enjoy about riding? I just love horses, I like the smell of them, I love the peace of riding and the fact that such a powerful creature will listen to me ----- sometimes. Q5. What don’t you enjoy about riding? Probably the times that the horse does take fright, gives my heart a fright as well. Q6. What have you learnt from Horses? They take you out of todays busy life , and for a city person allow us to be close to nature. I think they do teach us patience as break throughs seem to happen slowly, but are very exciting when they do, and only make you more determined to try harder. Q7. Who inspires you? Our daughter who just loves her horses and enjoys riding so much, and my very very patient instructor Raquel Corbett who keeps me on the straight and narrow! Q8. When you’re not riding, what else do you do? (work, other hobbies, special interests) I dabble in making jewellery. Q9. If you were stranded on a desert Island, what three things would you take with you? Definitely my hunter gatherer husband, a good book and my horse. Q10. What are you reading? The Blue Bear , a true story about Alaska Competition report By Elinor Hannay No actual comps to report on this month so I thought I would use this space to inform members of how the HRCAV competitions work. If you have just joined the club you will have been given a green membership card stamped and signed in the 2008/2009 box. This you will need for all competitions. You will also have been given a set of cards for each of the disciplines that the HRCAV run competitions in. In order to compete you need to be level assessed in each dis- cipline you wish to compete in. The club is very lucky and we have three level assessors, Jodie Goodman, Gayle Dorning and your scribe Elinor Hannay. If you wish an assessment please let Sam know when you ring in and she will let one of us know and we can assess you at the rally. This is much cheaper option as although there is a small charge; it costs $60 plus travel if we go to your home. The idea behind the level assessing is to put you in a grade with riders of the same ability. The assessor will be watching you and your horse as a combination. The HRCAV has 5 grades going from 5-1. Each discipline, except for combined training, is assessed sepa- rately, so for example is you if have a good dressage horse and excel at dressage but are not so keen on jumping you can be a high level in dressage and a lower one for jumping or vice versa. More on this will be explained to you at assessment. The level assessor will then write your grade in the card and you are ready to go competing. To find the HRCAV competitions you can purchase Chaff Chat, read the club copy or use the internet. All the entering instructions will then be available to you. There is a very comprehensive rule book which is worth reading and this can be purchased from the HRCAV or you can read the club copy. You may have noticed my report in the December Newsletter on Top Team Trophy Dressage or TTT comps as we call them. Each discipline has one every year and teams of four from all the clubs in Victoria compete together. The next one coming up is TTT Combined training on the 5th of April. If you are interested in joining a team please let me or a committee member know and we will let you know who else is planning to go. In order go to TTT you have to keep a log which shows you have done a certain amount of competitions to qualify, or have a level assessment in your card within three months of the closing date of the TTT. In 2008 this was waived due to EI and it is important both old and new competitors realise this is now back in place. For the Combined training it is 3 CT comps and you will need to present a completed logs or the card with the level assessing marked in it. Our club is running a HRCAV Dressage comp on the 9th of March so please put that in your diary to help or to come and compete. On a different note I have been looking at horses for sale recently and have found that many of them are not having their teeth done yearly, causing problems with the contact. So before you start competing it is a good plan to have the teeth checked and while you are thinking of that to make sure the worming, shoeing and saddlery is all up to date and in good order. Happy Riding.