BSJA Area 33 November Newsletter Member Successes We haven’t received any success stories this month but Amanda Millward has provided some photos of her pony Cool Diamond which qualified for both the Pony Newcomer and Foxhunter finals at HOYS with jockey Stephanie Gunn. This pony is now for sale. Many congratulations to all of you who have already qualified for Blue Chip, and best wishes to all of you jumping at the National Amateur Finals next weekend, please let us know how you get on. Area 33 2009 Points Championship As promised earlier in the year, Area 33 will be awarding Points Prizes for 2009. Collecting information to award points has proved a bit of a nightmare, therefore we request that members wishing to be considered for the awards email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post (Woodside Heights, Shrawley, Worcester WR6 6TF) their BSJA print outs (including double clears gained) for the period January to December 2009 inclusive. These can be obtained from the BSJA website – log in is required. Closing date will be 14th February 2010. Points will be awarded to horse / pony and rider combinations for placings and double clears achieved. Double points will be awarded for placings at Area 33 Shows and Treble points to seniors placed in the Area 33 Championship Classes. Separate awards will be made to Juniors and Seniors. Prizes will be awarded at the AGM. 2010 Area 33 Show Plans are commencing for a 2010 Area Show. However in order to make this successful, we need assistance from Area members. Over the years many members have kindly sponsored classes at the Area show and we would be grateful to anyone who would consider this for the 2010 Show. Additionally, it is YOUR show. So please let us know which classes you would like to see that would ensure you would support. We will be looking for volunteers to help on the day – pole pickers, secretary, etc nearer the time. 2010 BSJA Ball This will be held at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham on Tuesday 6th April. Tickets are £80 per head and include a 4 course dinner. Dress code is black tie. Bookings are in tables of either 10 or 12 but if Area 33 members are interested in attending, we will look to combine numbers and book a table on your behalf. Last year’s ball was thoroughly enjoyable and very entertaining - a chance to rub shoulders with the stars of our sport. Winter Qualifiers The following will be held at Gracelands EC: Seniors: Blue Chip Star (1.10m Open) – 12th December Blue Chip Power (Newcomers) – 31st January Juniors: Blue Chip Coral (Foxhunter) – 13th December Blue Chip Sparkle (JC/JA) – 13th December Blue Chip Novice – 30th January Both Gracelands and Bromyard are running 128 and 138 first rounds throughout the winter months. Schedules can be found at www.gracelandequestriancentre.co.uk and www.bromyardequestriancentre.co.uk Please note that Bromyard EC has been taken over by Mrs Gerry King and her daughter Caroline and will be shortly rebranded Kings Equestrian Centre. We wish them every success and hope that Area 33 members will continue to support the centre. 2010 Summer Qualifiers Below are the provisional show dates for Area 33 and Region C qualifiers: Seniors: British Novice Regional Final – Hanbury 3rd July and Bridgend 10/11 July (Also Summerhouse EC 6th June) Discovery Regional Final – Kingswood Arena 23rd May and Area 36 24th July Newcomers 2nd Round – Wales and West 31st July Foxhunter 2nd Round – Wales and West 2nd August Also please note: HOYS Amateur Qualifier (1.20m) – Summerhouse EC 17th July Juniors: Pony British Novice 2nd Round – Allenshill 29th May Pony Discovery 2nd Round – Gracelands 1st August Pony Showjumper of the Year / Pony Foxhunter 2nd Round / Pony Newcomer 2nd Round / 128 HOYS and 138 HOYS qualifiers – Wales and West 14th-26th July Training Area and 5 Star Training was held at Allenshill with Accredited Coach David Austin on Wednesday 28th October. Four members are now working towards Star Training. Further sessions are to be arranged for next year but if you would like one to be arranged over the Xmas period, please contact Claire Hill @ email@example.com. Claire will only look to arrange if there is sufficient interest. All training is open to both juniors and seniors. Saddle Fitting Please note that one of our members, Caroline Wilde, is a qualified saddle fitter and has kindly offered to check Area 33 members saddles free of charge when at shows. Please visit her website at www.saddle-fitter.co.uk for contact details.