If you haven't done this already please do go to the website Membership page and renew for the 2018 season. The fees have stayed the same again so when most of the other affiliated societies are increasing theirs we think it's really great value for money. Any problems with membership renewal please contact AJ Harwood-Stamper by email on email@example.com
If you are hoping to come to one of the Area qualifiers next year check on the Teams to find out who you need to contact.
It was agreed at the AGM that as the cost of sending teams was over £10,000 last year we will have to start asking members to pay half of the entry fees for qualifiers and championships. We are still very fortunate as most clubs expect their members to pay all entry fees. If you put your name forward we assume that you are available to attend the relevant championship if the team qualifies. The other important thing to remember is that these competitions only happen due to the help of volunteers - this means you! We understand that you may not be able to help at a qualifier you ride at but there are several through out the year so you can offer help at another.
Thank you from Daphne Poupart
I am over the moon at your kindness in presenting me not only with the coveted Grace Kear Memorial Trophy, but also the stunning Side Saddle sculpture for me to keep.
The former Trophy has of course been here in my home before, as you may remember I had the pleasure in sourcing it on behalf of Donald in 2010. A base wasn't available then, so Keith made the oak plinth on which is now stands. So for me to be awarded it, and in this special year, is wonderful. I will have my name engraved on it with pride.
I first saw the Side Saddle bronze a few years ago when a similar one was awarded at the National Side Saddle Championships and I have coveted it ever since! So your choice is thoughtful and absolutely perfect. I didn't learn to ride side saddle until I was in my early 40's although I had longed to do so from a very young age having watched Jennie Bullen (Loriston-Clarke) ride show ponies side saddle at RIHS - held at White City, London, way back then. I was taught by my good friend Valerie Millwood (who sadly passed away in March), and some time later Donald patiently put up with me appearing sideways at a few of his gridworks. I never fell off jumping side saddle even out
hunting, but did get bucked off during a dressage test. It was deliberate I told the judge, tongue firmly in cheek, as I just wanted to check that my safety stirrup worked!
So thank you all once again. Our Golden Jubilee year is one I will never forget. And I promise to care for and return the Grace Kear Memorial Trophy for presentation at the next AGM!
Best wishes to you all