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Last update

26 March 2018

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Grampian Branch Award Winners 2017 Season

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Angi Long

 

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Winners of the Grampian Branch 2017 Quiz

held at our Christmas Meal at Jaff's in Dunecht.

Questions compiled by Angi Long

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Angi Long

 

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Results from the Scottish Regional Group of the Arabian Horse Supporters 2016 endurance points section:

1.  THF Silvallah - Hazel McCorkindale

2.  Kingsmeadowhouse Magicmaker - Arlene Parvin

3.  Sirnunn Golden Snowflake - Anne Short

4.  Sunlights Legacy - Lynda Keeler

5.  Cumbria Khafifa - Mary Stockdale

6.  Zarkhruv - Constance Newbould

In addition, from the Scottish Arabian Championships in June:

Susan Kilgour and GKJ Ibn Calimeer won the Champion Novice Ridden Pure and Part Bred Arabian

and Reserve Ridden Pure Bred Arabian.

Lynda and Sunlight won 2nd for Performance Section (dressage) and

4th for Ridden 75% and over Crabbet Arabian Horse and

4th for Ridden Endurance Pure and Part Bred Arabian Horse at the annual show in June.

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Scotland win the 2016 Home International and are 2nd in the Celtic Challenge at Downpatrick Racecourse, Northern Ireland

Arlene Parvin and Kingsmeadowhouse Magicmaker (Nala) win the Novice Horse Trophy.

  photo by Malcolm Riddell

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Grampian successes at the Scottish Festival of Endurance 2016 at Brodie

Arlene Parvin and Kingsmeadowhouse Magicmaker (Nala) win the Novice Salver, the Novice Horse Cup (for horses aged 6 years) and the Scottish AHS Salver.

  photo by George Michie

Tony Comerford and Aratahnes Shantyie win the Glendevon Quaich for Best Condition in the 30km Open.

Yvonne Thomson with Schadow, Alison Saunders with Cavatina and Carol Potter with Rhydypandy Olympic Gold win the Glasgow Gambol in the Friday Pleasure class.

Matt Walker and Cumbria Aswad achieved their first STQ.

Dot Ralli and Myriewell Freya (Tia) achieved their BTF.

photo by George Michie

Amanda Nicol and Oriel achieved their first BTQ.

Other Grampian results are:

Date Forename Surname Horse Class Distance
awarded
Speed HR SC Award Additional Awards
22/07/16 Pat Dorward Dhabi Pl 22 10.15 48   Pleasure  
22/07/16 Carol Potter Rhydypandy Olympic Gold Pl 22 10.91 54   Pleasure Glasgow Gambol
22/07/16 Alison Saunders Cavatina Pl 22 10.91 43   Pleasure Glasgow Gambol
22/07/16 Yvonne Thomson Schadow Pl 22 10.91 44   Pleasure Glasgow Gambol
22/07/16 Amanda Nicol Oriel Pl 22 10.15 55   Pleasure  
23/07/16 Dorothy Ralli Myriewell Freya ( Tia ) 50 50 11.58 52 2 Silver, BTF  
23/07/16 Alison Saunders Cavatina 50 50 12.99 43 2 Gold  
23/07/16 Arlene Parvin Kingsmeadowhouse Magicmaker 50 50 12.99 29 2 Gold Novice Silver Salver; Novice Horse Cup [horses aged 6 years]; Scottish AHS Salver
23/07/16 Lynda Keeler Sunlights Legacy 30 30 11.18 48 2 Gold  
23/07/16 Yvonne Thomson Schadow 30 30 11.18 46 2 Gold  
23/07/16 Pat Dorward Dhabi Pl 22 9.92 39   Pleasure  
23/07/16 Carol Potter Rhydypandy Olympic Gold Pl 22 9.64 58   Pleasure  
23/07/16 Sarah Taylor Red Cloud Jacob Pl 22 9.5 42   Pleasure  
23/07/16 Amanda Nicol Oriel Pl 22 9.92 56   Pleasure  
23/07/16 Mia Taylor Pentland Lenja Pl 22 9.5 52   Pleasure  
23/07/16 Mary Stelmach Cefngarn Moris Pl 22 9.92 55   Pleasure  
24/07/16 Matthew Walker Cumbria Aswad 60 61 11.69 52 2 Silver, STQ  
24/07/16 Tony Comerford Aratahnes Shantyie 30 31 13.58 40 1 Gold Glendevon Quaich (Best Condition)
24/07/16 Pat Dorward Dhabi 30 31 10.05 40 3 Gold  
24/07/16 Lynda Keeler Sunlights Legacy 30 31 11.48 46 2 Gold  
24/07/16 Angela Long Danny Boy 30 31 10.16 48 3 Gold  
24/07/16 Arlene Parvin Kingsmeadowhouse Magicmaker 30 31 12.92 39 2 Gold  
24/07/16 Alison Saunders Cavatina 30 31 11.48 47 2 Gold  
24/07/16 Amanda Nicol Oriel 30 31 10.05 54 3 Silver, BTQ  
24/07/16 Carol Potter Rhydypandy Olympic Gold Pl 0 9.27 50   Fail - lame  
24/07/16 Sarah Taylor Red Cloud Jacob Pl 19 8.91 42   Pleasure  
24/07/16 Fiona Thomson Bailey Pl 19 9.91 46   Pleasure  
24/07/16 Mia Taylor Pentland Lenja Pl 19 8.91 52   Pleasure  

Full results are on Clubhouse.   Congratulations to everyone.

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Horsescotland Awards ceremony

SERC awarded Club of the Year award 2015.

Lindsay Wilson won a Lifetime Achievement Award for her services to Scottish equestrianism.

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Crabbet Organisation Endurance Achievement Awards 2015

 

75%+ Crabbets in their Open Season 

 

Name

Sex

Sire

Dam

Owner

Rider

Breeder

kms

1st

Cavatina

mare

Shahako

Calliope

Alison Saunders

Alison Saunders

Lady Elizabeth Moyne, Biddesden

516

2nd

Sunlight's Legacy

mare

Sorrento

Kohineera

Lynda Keeler

Lynda Keeler

E.M Whittome

451

 

2015 Champion Crabbet Mare Sponsored by Suzanne Parojcic

 

Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

Breeder

Reserve

Cavatina

Shahako

Calliope

Alison Saunders

Lady Elizabeth Moyne, Biddesden

 

75%+ Crabbets 2015 Advanced Season

 

Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

 kms

3rd

Sefra's Blue Jewel

Ledarb Silver Blue Sovereign

Sefra of Slaterich

Hazel McCorkindale

598

 

2015 Champion Crabbet Gelding Sponsored by Tim & Rebecca Gant

 

Name

Sire

Dam

Owner

Reserve

Sefra's Blue Jewel

Ledarb Silver Blue Sovereign

Sefra of Slaterich

Hazel McCorkindale

 

Full results of the 2015 Awards can be found on the Crabbet Organisation website:

http://www.crabbetconvention.com/wordpress/2015-endurance-horse-awards/

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2016 Hat Regulations Guidelines from BHS

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This year's Quiz winners -

Sally Smith, Ruth Riddell,

Angi Long and Karl Leye -

at our annual Christmas meal

at Jaff's in Dunecht.

 

 

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Congratulations to Alison Saunders with Cavatina

and Lynda Keeler with Sunlights Legacy

who came 2nd and 3rd respectively in the

2015 SRGAHS Endurance point results

 

 

 

Photo of Alison and Cavatina at Mergie 2015, taken by Chloe Christie

 

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Congratulations to Lorna Hogg and De Marco

for reaching 5000 kms at Balmoral 2015.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Gayle and Austen Marr on the birth of their son Lucas Fraser Marr, weighing 8 pounds 1 and 3/4 ounces.  Mother and son are doing well  :-)

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Glasgow Gambol winners

Alison Saunders and Cavatina

Yvonne Thomson and Schadow

Arlene Parvin and Kingsmeadowhouse Magicmaker

setting off on the Friday Pleasure class at the 2015 Scottish Championships.

 

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Congratulations to Gemma Cooper and Overhall Sharpe Cooper who gained their STF at the 2015 Scottish Championships at Seacliff.

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Congratulations to Matthew Walker with Cumbria Aswad and Donna Hemmings with Cumbria Black Shamal who both gained BTF at Ellands in July 2015.

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Congratulations to Caroline Allen and Meriden MH on gaining their STF at Forest of Deer in June 2015.

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Successful outing for Grampian members at Darnaway 2015.

Caroline Allen & Meriden Mh gained their 2nd STQ

Kathy Meyer & Zeno do Mochao gained BTF

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Congratulation to Lorna Hogg & Cloughwood Gold Spangle

who successfully completed the 2-day 120km at Red Dragon 2014.

Photo courtesy of Sian Broderick of Mane Image Photography

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Congratulations to Penny Howard and Aryan on achieving GTF at Glen Tanar 2014

and

Gayle Marr & Selim el Sabok on achieving GTF at Black Isle 2014

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Congratulation to Angela Long and Danny Boy who achieved their BTF at Ninestanes.

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Congratulations to our members who rode at Seacliff 2014:

Lorna Hogg/Cloughwood Gold Spangle - FEI* 2nd place

Gayle Marr/Selim El Sabok - GT Pt 1

Penny Howard/Aryan - STF

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Congratulations to our members who gained gradings at Darnaway 2014:

Lorna Hogg/Cloughwood Gold Spangle - GTF (in a oner)

Gayle Marr/Selim El Sabok and Sharon Chugg/Tango - STFs

Gemma Cooper/Overhall Sharpe Cooper - STQ

Fiona Stephen/Myriewell Brooklynne and Jenna Humphrey/Senetar  - BTQ

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SERC Clubhouse - Non-members

Non members can download some handy "How to Guides" in the Document Download section on the Home page of Clubhouse.  See link on www.scottishendurance.com or click here

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SERC Clubhouse - Members

Members please remember that, if you change your personal details - address, telephone number, email address, then please go into Clubhouse and make the changes.

Horses must be registered on Clubhouse before ride results can be credited - make sure that you have completed this task.  Go to 'My Horses', register a new horse, then complete the details.

If you are upgrading from Pleasure rides to competitive classes, make sure you have a competitive rider membership and a log book for your horse.  On Clubhouse, go to "Buy a new subscription" and select the upgrade option which costs £10.  For the log book, click on the link "purchase a log book" and then select that option from the list - cost is £15.  The log book will be mailed out to you within 7 days.

If you have any problems with the above or any other sections of Clubhouse, please contact scottishendurance82@gmail.com or use the "Contact Us" option on the Home page of Clubhouse.

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Club Website

New to Endurance Riding? - the new website has Quick Guides for new and day members - what to do, what to bring, what to expect.  See www.scottishendurance.com

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New Club Trophy

There is a new Club Trophy for horse and rider completing at least 6 rides at an average of 11 kph with no failures.

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New Awards – “Best Presentation”!

This is a new award for those entering non-competitive rides.

To help you train you horse for the important veterinary presentation, we are awarding rosettes for the “Best

Presentation” in the training, pleasure and taster classes.

We had previous called this “Best Trot-Up”, but felt that there was more to this inspection than just trotting up correctly.  If you wish (and there is time) you will have the opportunity to ask advice and practice this at rides.

Each time a horse is presented for inspection by the “competent person” it will be marked out of ten points – five for good behaviour and standing quietly to have its heart rate taken, and five for trotting up correctly. This will happen at the beginning and end of each ride, and the horse’s score out of 20 will be accumulated. The highest mark in each class wins the “Best Presentation” rosette.

Start training now as the first of these rosettes will be awarded at Clashindarroch!

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Congratulations to the following Grampian members on their awards at the 2014 Club AGM.

 

Lynda Keeler and La Rouge - Cheryl Wallace Longevity Award

Lisa Maitland and Aztec 111 - Free Factor FEI Trophy

Nicola Price and Fifi Le Bon - Veteran Horse Series

Lynda Keeler and La Rouge - 5000 Kms Award

Tony Comerford and Aratahnes Shantyie - 3000 Kms Award

Donna Hemmings and Cumbria Sameh - Platinum Award

Lisa Maitland and Aztec 111 - Platinum Award

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Earl of Allachoy  1986-2014

 

Older members will be sorry to hear that one of Grampian's and indeed Scotland's endurance equine heroes died recently.  Helen Hogben's Earl was PTS on 6th February having enjoyed a happy and active retirement until a couple of weeks ago.

 

Helen said

 

"Just wanted to send a farewell to Earl who passed away on Thursday aged 28.  He was well loved and retired at Sunnyside where he was loved by all.

 

He started his first pleasure ride with Grampian in 1997 and went on to complete all distances and won most of the trophy's during his endurance career.  He was on the Scottish Team 4 times - first as the Novice Horse, then he did 75 miles in Ireland he also did 100 miles over 2 days twice for the team."

 

In 1997, Helen wrote an article about their escapades together which can be seen on our Profiles page.

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Forest Hunter  1992-2014

 

We have sad news that Roger Searle's Forest Hunter was  been PTS on 7th February.

Roger took Hunter up to GTF, which they achieved in 2010.  Roger and Brenda then took Hunter down south to their daughter's family to enjoy a more leisurely life.

 

Brenda's article about Hunter is on our Profiles page.

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The Charley Girl Trophy - New trophy for 2014

 

Donated by Katie Keith and Alison Saunders in honour of Charley Girl who died, aged 32, in October 2013, having taken up Endurance Riding at age 17.  Charley Girl was a redoubtable veteran who loved the sport.

In her memory, the Charley Girl Trophy will be awarded to the horse, aged 17 years or above, who has completed the greatest number of endurance rides in the season, of any distance from pleasure rides upwards.

 

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Man v Horse Race beside Loch Ness

 

How do you fancy undertaking something completely different for charity this spring? On Sunday 13th

April 2014, the third Man v Horse race will take place on the edge of Loch Ness. The question for

runners is "have you ever raced a horse?" and the question for the horses is "are you brave enough

to take on a 2 legged competitor"?! Last year, there was only 10 minutes between the fastest horse

and the fastest rider, and we expect it to be even closer this year. Entrants are asked to raise

sponsorship if possible, 50% of which goes to South Loch Ness Access Group, and 50% goes to

Altzheimer Scotland.  

For more information, see http://www.visitlochness.com/loch-ness-highlights/man-versus-horse.php 

or look for 'Man v Horse Scotland' group on Facebook

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2014 Membership now available on Scottish Endurance online

Please note new membership fees.

Membership can still be applied for manually - please contact the Membership Secretary.

Download Postal Membership Form 2014:  Word 

Download Postal Horse Registration Form 2014:  Word     

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Reporting Horse Accidents from BHS

 

‘Where is the evidence?’ is the first question asked when any claim is made about the issues horse

riders face, so www.horseaccidents.org.uk provides the perfect platform for this evidence to be

collected in the form of statistics, hard facts and first hand evidence. Obviously, this is totally

reliant on equestrians actually using the website to record their unfortunate experiences.

 

To this end, please record any accidents or incidents you have on www.horseaccidents.org.uk 

This can be anonymous if you prefer but it is very important to gather the information to get a

fuller picture of the problem and in order to make things better in future.

 

BHS can offer advice and will pursue issues if they have information about the frequency and severity

of a problem. BHS have already been involved in updating the Highway Code to give greater

protection to horse riders and they are also in consultation with the Government about uncontrolled

dogs.

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Congratulations to all the members of the Scottish Squad at Barbury Castle 2013

 

Fantastic result!! 6 riders home in HI and 2nd place. We also won the novice HI.
5 riders home in the CC and 4th place and we won the Celtic Novice.
We also won the turnout!! Well done Scotland.

 

All 4 Grampian members were successful in their respective classes

 

Alison Saunders 2day 120k

Gayle Marr 2day 80k

Nicky Price 80k

Arlene Parvin 40k

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Grampian Team came third in the Capercaillie at Broughton.  

 

Not bad as we only had a team of 3 - we just couldn't get a fourth person to ride the 2 day 80km.  

However, Alison Saunders on Cavatina finished the 50km on a gold heart rate of 47,

Angela Christie's horse Mirren came in with a silver heart rate of 54

and Sarah Taylor completed the Pleasure ride.

 

Lothian Branch were the actual winners as they had 4 team members home.

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Pat Williams

Many long-standing members will be shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Pat Williams

from a heart attack at the age of only 61.  Pat joined SERC in the early 1990 and had been a staunch

supporter of the Club, not only on the committee but helping at many rides.  Although not riding in the last

few years, she was a familiar sight as she roared up on her powerful bright red Ducati to crew with Leon

for Mary Stelmach and Solo at almost every 80km they did up until two years ago when Solo died.

She was working with her lovely young Arabian mare, Windflower, and she & Philip had just sold the farm

and were embarking on their dream project of building their own eco-friendly house in the woods.

Our hearts go out to Philip and her daughter Tamsin for their loss.

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Good News

Congratulations to Katie Keith on the birth of her little boy Teddy.

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News Announcement, October 2012.......................

Subject: Equine infectious anemia detected in Cornwall, England

 Dear All

You will wish to be aware of the following:

bulletA horse in Cornwall has tested positive for equine infectious anaemia (EIA).
bulletRestrictions have been put in place at the premises where the horse was kept and the infected animal will be humanely destroyed.  Other horses on the premises are currently being tested.
bulletThe premises are undergoing further epidemiological investigations.

Background Information

EIA is a viral disease of equines causing intermittent fever, anaemia, leading to emaciation and death.  It may be transmitted by the exchange of blood by biting insects and occurs typically in low-lying swampy areas.

This disease occurs in horses, mules and donkeys.  Animals may be acutely, chronically or subclinically affected.  The incubation period is variable, from a matter of days to a few months but generally one to three weeks.  Antibodies usually develop seven to 14 days after infection and last for life.

Once an animal tests positive for EIA, the only course of action is to humanely destroy it.  This may be for the welfare of the affected horse, but also to protect other horses from infection.  Once infected, horses are infected for life and can pose a risk to other horses in close proximity. 

EIA cannot be transmitted to humans. 

For further information on EIA please see the Scottish Government website:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/animal-welfare/Diseases/disease/eia

 Kind regards
Angela

Angela Johnston
Exotic Animal Disease Team
Scottish Government
P Spur, Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD
(0300) 244 9819

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SERC Grampian Branch have renewed their affiliation to Aberdeenshire Sports Council for 2012/2013.
Information about the benefits available to members through the Sports Council, including Grants and Awards, can be found on  www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/sportscouncil  or contact one of the committee.

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Grampian Branch are happy to support the SRGAHS (Scottish Regional Group of Arabian Horse Supporters)

 

The Versatile Arabian 2012, a demonstration of the talents of the Arabian Horse

 

on 8th September 2012 at Fountain Equestrian Centre, Goval, Dyce, Aberdeenshire.

 

Photo courtesy of Carola MacCallum

Endurance Riders at the Versatile Arabian Demonstration 2012

(l-r: Pat Dorward on Cavatina, Lynda Keeler on La Rouge, Gayle Marr on Salim El Sabok,

Arlene Parvin on Rodeo Goldrush and Emma Parvin on Magic Moonshine)

More photos on Grampian Scottish Endurance Riding Facebook 

Video to follow.

 

Photos courtesy of Peter Fairbairn

Traditional costume, side-saddle, jumping, ridden showing, cross country, young handlers, endurance, dressage, racing, stallions, plus raffle and more.

A percentage of any profits will be donated to The Veteran Horse Society

 

Entry by programme only, adults £2.00

Open from 11.00am to allow time to view stands/displays, be seated and join raffle.

Demonstrations start 12.00am

To be sure of a place you must book in advance:  Call Margaret on 01346 571 675 or Angela 01340 871 380

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Grampian members have a successful trip to the Scottish Championships at Kelso in 2012.

 

Tony Comerford and Aratahnes Shantyie placed second in the 80km ER, finishing on the same time as the winner Candy Cameron.  Tony and Shantyie were awarded Best Condition and the Club Shield for the highest placed SERC member next to winner.

 

Alison Saunders and Cavatina, in the 60km CR, received Gold award, Best Condition and STQ.

 

Lorna Hogg on Cloughwood Gold Spangle and Frauke Jurgensen on Button Biting Benjamin both gained the BTF in the 50km CR Novice class.   Spangle won the Novice Horse (5/6yo) Cup and Frauke won the Novice Rider Trophy. Together, Lorna and Frauke were awarded the Novice Team Trophy

 

Lynda Keeler and La Rouge were awarded a Silver award in the 50km CR Open class and the Raddery Equine Trophy for the best equipped team.

 

Full results are available on the following link:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=1bwY91leeP8-s5jJ7WVM-V4sutSyvMuZ3wrDxvwg3Jcs

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Lisa Maitland, Alison Saunders and Frauke Jurgensen all complete successfully in their classes at the HI/CC in Donard, Co. Wicklow.  Well done to our Grampian members.

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Congratulations to Lisa Maitland and Aztec 111 on winning the Dengie 80k CEI* at Seacliff 2012.

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Congratulations to Grampian members Lisa Maitland, Alison Saunders and Frauke Jurgensen who have been selected to represent Scotland at this year's Home International and Celtic Challenge in Ireland.  Full squad below - congratulations to all and good luck.

 

Constance Newbould

Zarkhruv

Lothians

Marina MacArthur

Ringing Solitaire

Argyll

Ben Heidemann

Harley Davidson

Tayside

Colin Bell

Macs Dancer

Tayside

Marjorie Grant

Trailtrow Eriskay

Tayside

Lisa Maitland

Aztec  III

Grampian

Candy Cameron

Rumelito de la Boulen

Highland

Sue Ravenhall

Aratahnes Azheni

Border

Breagha Hayes

Sam

Highland

Megan Lott

Aratahnes Athene

Lothians

Frauke Jurgensen

Button Biting Benjamin

Grampian

Alison Saunders

Cavatina

Grampian

Joe Newlands

Bluefire Midnight Shadow

Highland

Angus Scott Dickens

Hazoor

Highland

 

Go Scotland 2012!

 

Kindly sponsored by:

Trinity Consultants  trinity-consultants.com 

Forever Living Products  Lis George

Horse Quencher UK  www.horsequencher.co.uk

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NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND MEDIA RELEASE

14 May 2012

 

Holiday with Your Horse on Mar Lodge Estate

Introductory Accommodation Offer Lets Your Steed Go FREE!

 

In a first for the Grampians region, Mar Lodge Estate has been accredited by The British Horse Society as an Approved Centre for the UK-wide Horses Welcome scheme. For equestrian enthusiasts looking to holiday with their horse, a visit to Mar Lodge Estate under the Horses Welcome scheme provides unprecedented access to over 72,000 acres of the spectacular Cairngorms.

 

As an introductory offer for those booking a mid-week, four-night stay in one of Mar Lodge’s very comfortable apartments between now and the end of August, horses go entirely free (subject to availability).

 

To find out more about the Horses Welcome package and introductory offer, contact Fiona McCulloch at Mar Lodge Estate by calling 01339 720163 or emailing her at marlodgeestate@nts.org.uk. Alternatively, follow the links to the Horses Welcome website at www.horseswelcome.org/mar-lodge-estate.html. For enquiries about any other National Trust for Scotland holiday property, go to www.nts.org.uk or call the Holidays Team on 0844 493 2108.

 

For full press release, click here

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KBIS British Riding Club's Team Event

 

On Sunday 5th May, the five members of the Findon Riding Club endurance team headed to Clashindarroch near Rhynie for their first attempt at qualifying for the British Riding Club Team Endurance Event (http://www.rcteamevent.endurancegb.co.uk/ ). Gemma Cooper with Morgan, Lorna Hogg with Spangle, and Frauke Jurgensen with Benji were the "scoring team" for the day, competing over a distance of 35 km.
Bev Everard with Wallace and Angela Runcieman with Garry completed a 18 km Pleasure Ride in preparation for competitive rides later in the season. The ride was a tough one: very hilly, and with long stretches of stony tracks, so we were very happy that the three competitive horses, who all went around barefoot and un-booted, came home sound and within the time! The weather was a bit bizarre: warm and sunny, with flurries of snow! Exciting moments were Spangle's first jump over a fallen tree, and Benji and Morgan's first crossing of a fast-flowing ford. The team's scores (calculated based on heart-rate and average speed) will be entered into a league table, and updated as the season continues. At the end of the summer, the top-scoring teams will
compete in the Final, to be held at the Red Dragon Festival in Wales. It's not too late to get involved- Findon are the first Scottish RC Team forward for Region 10 so come on- give it a go- teams can continue to try to better their scores throughout the season.

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Quadrille sessions - A big success!
 

First of all a huge thank you to Viv, who kept us all safe and in order for a full three hours without a break. I think we owe her a round of throat sweeties!
 

Also to Ruth, who made sure the day ran smoothly, handled all the money, kept an eye on the refreshments and videoed our efforts.  I can't wait to see the videos!**  I am especially grateful to Ruth as by taking over the running of the day allowed me to take part in the Quadrille and I am very grateful for that because I had an absolute ball! 

 

And to everyone who brought along homebakes, especially Heather, who must have spent the whole winter baking ...

 

Finally to everyone who took part in the Quadrille, thank you for coming out and trying something new and I think all the groups achieved some amazing results today. We even had people coming in and watching us! Perhaps we could charge entry next year ;) 
winking!

 

Speaking of money, so far we have made about £70 from today and there is still a bit more cake money to come in!  All the proceeds will go towards travel money for any Grampian members who get selected to represent Scotland in the Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge in Ireland this July.

 

What a super day!
Cheers,

Carola x

 

**  Videos are now up on YouTube "sercgrampian"

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Grampian SERC facebook page has been updated.  There are reminders about rides and threads about everything from 'the best riding tip', advice about 'the best towing cars' to 'everyone's aims for the season'... along with a regular caption competition!

 

Members and non-members are encouraged to view our page which can be found by searching for 'Grampian Scottish Endurance Riding Club' in facebook where you can also request to become a member.

 

Thanks, 

Nicky

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Congratulations to Donna Hemmings and Cumbria Sameh on winning the Distance Rider Trophy

and the Trooper Series Trophy at the 2012 Club AGM.

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SRGAHS (Scottish Regional Group of Arabian Horse Supporters) are holding 3 events at Fountain Equestrian Centre at Goval, Dyce in 2012:

- 5th May – Spring Show at Fountain Equestrian Centre, Goval, Dyce, Aberdeen;

- 2nd June – Group Show at Ingliston showground;

- 18th August – Scottish Group’s Northern Show, also at Fountain (also the date of our own Scottish Championships); and

- 8th September - Versatile Arabian Event at Fountain.

Further details on www.srgahs.co.uk

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Nicola Price selected for the Scottish Teams  at the 2011 Home International and Celtic Challenge at Red Dragon.

 

Flying the flag for Scotland this year:
 

Colin Sykes - Border

Marjorie Grant - Tayside
Fiona Kirk - Dumfries

Gill Main - Lothians
Iain Paterson - Tayside

Lorna Benson - Highland
Breagha Hayes - Highland
Fionnghuala Paterson - Tayside
Lois Canham - Highland
Wendy Kyle - Glasgow
Nicola Price - Grampian
Iain Paterson - Tayside

Candy Cameron - Highland

Judith Allen - Border

Tilly Hepburn-Wright - Highland


GOOD LUCK

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Congratulations to the following Grampian members for winning their classes at the

2011 Scottish Championships:

Tony Comerford & Aratahnes Shantye - 2-day 160km class & Highland Challenge Cup.

Lisa Maitland & Aztec 111 - 2-day 120km class & Pasquill Trophy.

Arlene Parvin & Rodeo Goldrush - 30km CR.

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Grampian members had a good weekend at Broughton 2011

Congratulations to Donna Hemmings and Cumbria Sameh on winning the 2-day 80 km Lothians Challenge Cup (and Best Condition)
and to Lorna Hogg and de Marco on coming 2nd in the 2-day 60 km Hot Trod Trophy.

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Congratulations to Donna Hemmings and Cumbria Sameh on winning the 80 km ER at Seacliff 2011

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Congratulations to Grampian members who won awards at the Club AGM at Blackford.

 

Yvonne Thomson and Schadow

- joint winner of the Alli Balli Bee Gold Cup

- winner Border Trails Intermediate Trophy

- Cheryl Wallace Longevity award

 

Sharon Chugg and Tango

- Glasgow Cup

 

Jane Hollstein and Polmailys Lord Abu

- The Quest Trophy

 

Allison Carrington and Tia

-  runner up of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers' Most improved adult award

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Congratulations to Roger Searle and Forest Hunter who achieved GT Part 2 and to Donna Hemmings and Cumbria Sameh who achieved STF at the Highland Fling.  This has been a great achievement showing commitment and determination and a great example of teamwork and support within the SERC family, not just on the weekend but throughout the year.

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Home International and Celtic Challenge 2010

 

Photo - Imke Mulder

Allison & Carola at the Burgie 2010

 

Home International

1st - Scotland – 6 Riders Home
2nd - England – 5 Riders Home
3rd - Wales – 4 Riders Home
4th - Ireland – 3 Riders Home

Celtic Challenge

1st - Scotland – 6 Riders Home
2nd - Wales – 5 Riders Home
3rd - Ireland – 5 Riders Home
This was decided on Average HR rate – Ireland 46.5 and Wales 44.75

Handling & Presentation Award – Wales
Highest Place Young Rider - Sancha Talbot & Calypso (Ireland)
Best Novice Home International - Carola MacCullum & Stazi (Scotland)
Best Junior Home International – Jenni Cunningham & Kilgarry Breezer (Ireland)
Best Novice Celtic Challenge - Allison Carrington & Tia (Scotland)
Best Junior Celtic Challenge - Iain Paterson & Tannasg Primo Dancer (Scotland)

2 day 160K - 9 started
1st – Karen Shotton & Patchwork Polly – 11.76K
2nd – Jean Weightman & Brysons Chance – 10.60K
3rd – Ashley Muirden & Miss Pip – 10.58K

2 day 120K – 4 started
1st – Joe Newlands & Blue Midnight Shadow – 12.36K, Gold HR day 2
2nd – Anita Gordon & IBN – 11.88K Gold HR day 2
3rd – Alex Freaks & Maresha – 13.07K, Silver HR day 2
4th – Sally Toye & HS Eclipse – 12.49K, Silver HR day 2

80K ER - 14 started
1st – Francis Bakker & LTF Reef – 15.0K
2nd – Tracy Thompson & Crystal Jabaar – 14.26K
3rd – Sarah Norris & Gengis Ibm Charismma – 13.90K
4th – Carol Jones & Ptolramus – 11.71K
5th – Lisa Frank & Coedeneirin – 11.71K
6th – Kate Russell & Spike – 11.18K

Karin Roger & Fantasi Sky – 11.18K
Marion MacDonald & Blue – 11.18K
Tony Comerford & Aratahnes Shantyie – 11.18K

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Grampian members win trophies and prizes at 2010 Scottish Championships at Perth.

 

Tony Comerford won the 2-day 120km and the Pasquill Trophy.

Lisa Maitland came 3rd in the 80km ER and also won the Druid's Hill Trophy for highest points TB cross.

Pat Dorward won the 80km CTR.

Donna Hemmings won the 60km ER and the Hamilton Cup.

Team Drum comprising Katie Keith, Tony Comerford, Lisa Maitland and Pat Dorward won the Prince of Aird Shield for highest placed Open Team.

 

Well done to everyone.

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Congratulations to Jane Hollstein and Polmailys Lord Abu who won the Lothian Challenge Cup and Best Condition in the 2-day 80k at Broughton.

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Lorna Hogg is HIGHLY COMMENDED in the Outstanding Achievement of 2009 Award at Aberdeenshire Sports Council annual awards evening.

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SEA - Horsewatch

The Scottish Equestrian Association is introducing ‘Horsewatch’ on their website to inform of thefts.

www.s-e-a.org.uk

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We are putting together a list of “Friends of Grampian”  These will be people who have been members of the

Club in the past, maybe are no longer riding, but who are still interested in our activities. They will be sent an

emailed newsletter to keep them in touch. If you can think of anyone whom you would like added to this list, please advise Leon, Lorna or any member of the committee.

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Access News

PARKING PROBLEMS AT BALMEDIE BEACH

The entrance to the public car park has been narrowed in order to prevent anyone taking caravans in.

Unfortunately it is now so narrow that many car drivers are now parking on the grass area where we normally park our trailers.

ON DRY WEEKEND DAYS, THERE MAY BE NO SPACES FOR A TRAILER OR LORRY.

The Council has been contacted and this was their reply "The bollards were indeed erected in an attempt to

exclude caravans and the area just inside the gate was left for buses and horse boxes. Unfortunately

although we can get our transit pick up between the bollards in the raised position many people in cars are not going through them and parking instead in that area. We are currently seeking to get the area tarred and then

signs will go up saying buses and horse boxes only. Hopefully this will improve the situation for horseriders."

If you have any problems, please feel free to contact Graham Waters, Landscape Services Officer, 31 Bridge

Street, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 9AA. tel 01358 726414.. fax 01358 726410. E-mail

graham.waters@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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Lorna Hogg and De Marco had another successful foray to the 2009 Red Dragon, coming 5th by just 21 seconds, continuing a very successful year for Team Marco.

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2009 Home International & Celtic Challenge Results

 

Home International
1st – Ireland (6 horses home/Distance completed 532k)
2nd – Scotland (6 horses home/Distance completed 532k)
3rd – Wales (5 horses home)
4th – England (3)

Celtic Challenge
1st – Ireland (6 horses home)
2nd – Scotland (5 horses home/ Distance completed 332k)
3rd – Wales (5 horses home/ Distance completed 332k)
4th – Cornwall (3 horses home)

Best National Award
1st – Ireland (11 horses home/Distance completed 972k)
2nd – Scotland (11 horses home/Distance completed 864k)
3rd – Wales (10 horses home)
4th – England/Cornwall (6 horses home)

SPECIAL AWARDS
No Handling & turnout prize was awarded. (To be revamped for 2010)
Best Junior Home International – Scotland/Emma Matheson
Best Junior Celtic Challenge – Scotland/Colin Bell
Best Novice Home International - England
Best Novice Celtic Challenge - Wales

Scottish Team – Ludlow 2009

2 day 160k
Lorna Hogg & De Marco – 4th
Katie Keith & Jakhiri - Elim

2 day 120K
Ashley Murden & Miss Pip – 4th

80K
Kaye Conafray & Maia – 5th
Iain Paterson & C.S. Kismet – 6th

2 day 80K
Colin Bell & Jacara – Best CC Junior
Marjorie Grant & Trailtrow Eriskay
Marion MacDonald – Blue

50k
Dot Ross & Coco of Caldside
Emma Matheson & Weatheroak Manor White Knight – Best HI Junior

40K Novice
Stephanie Brammer & Redhouse Islay
Donna Hemmings & Cumbria Sameh

Reserve
Kirsten Jenkins & Shadrach

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Scottish Endurance Championships 2009

26, 27 & 28 June 2009, Perth Racecourse

 

The 80km ER class was a very close finish with the first three riders all finishing in the same time and Grampain member Tony Comerford was pipped into 3rd place.

 

Arlene Parvin won the Alba Challenge Shield for the 50km Open class and also the Scottish AHS Salver for the highest placed arab or pba in either 50km class.

 

Emma Parvin won the Alba Junior Trophy for the best junior in either 50km class.

 

Donna Hemmings won the 30km Open Challenge Trophy.

 

Congratulation to all.

 

Full results are on the SERC website.

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Brooke Hospital Summer Solstice Ride report and photos

Message from the ride organisers.....

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Thank you all so much for supporting the Brooke Summer Solstice Ride - we hope you had a fantastic time.

 

We raised an amazing £2,600 for The Brooke and had 85 riders taking part.

 

If you would like to see the photos taken by Malcolm Riddell click on the Picasaweb site below or cut and paste.

I don't have all the riders email addresses so if you know of someone that took part please feel free to forward on this message.  Malcolm is happy for you to download the photos but if you want a proper photo please contact Malcolm on :  ruth_riddell@yahoo.co.uk

 

Once again, thank you so much for taking part and helping to raise so much money which will help relieve the suffering of working equines in some of the poorest communities in the world.

 

Kind regards

Lynda Keeler and Linda Moncur

PS. If you have any problems accessing the site please contact me on : howieshill@aol.com


http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/sredir?uname=Howieshill&target=ALBUM&id=5352753258484721425&authkey=Gv1sRgCP_YrNzajOnyGQ&feat=email

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Lorna Hogg and De Marco achieve Gold Award at the 2009 Golden Horseshoe in Exmoor.

They also won four Special Awards:

THE TOP LADY AWARD

Presented by Mr W D Francis to the highest placed lady to be decided, if necessary, on their horses’ pulse rates.

HANDLING AND PRESENTATION AWARD

To the combination of horse and handler judged best in Class 1 at the pre-ride vetting.

THE FERHANOUSH SHIELD

Presented by Mr and Mrs John Passant to the highest placed horse and rider completing the ride successfully in their first attempt at the Golden Horseshoe Class in their second full season as an advanced rider.

The Wayward Lad Trophy - presented by Ms Pauline Higgs - to be awarded to the non Arab or non Part Arab horse competing for the first time in either the Golden Horseshoe or Exmoor Stag class which, in the opinion of the veterinary panel, is in best condition at the end of the ride.

What an achievement!  Congratulations to Lorna and her team, Francis, Catriona and of course Mum and Dad, and to the wonderful Marco himself.

For more information, go to www.goldenhorseshoe-ride.co.uk/index.htm

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Safety – it could be you

As if actually riding our horses wasn’t risky enough, we should also be thinking about road rage and fire. Alison Wilson tiptoed into a recent BHS safety conference …

 

Years ago, when I was a smart-suited city girl in killer heels with a mobile phone the size of a breeze-block, it was my fate to attend conferences and seminars on exciting subjects such as the opening of the new Stock Exchange and the effect of the latest Budget. Pinned to my little plush chair in the Sheraton or SECC, how I longed for some distraction – anything that would put audience and speakers out of our collective misery.

 

So the masked gunman who burst into the conference room at the airport Hilton a few weeks ago was about 15 years too late for my liking. Clad in black, waving a handgun and shouting instructions, he had everyone’s total attention for about 20 seconds – until it dawned on us that this was all part of the seminar that had just started. But those 20 seconds gave us all time to show our fear reflexes – and that was the point of the exercise. The speaker, a hefty police officer specialising in personal security, was part of an impressive line-up launching the new National Emergency Services Protocol. His remit was to show us how to break out of the paralysis that extreme fear can cause, to impress upon us that we should all have some personal protection strategies to use when threatened – apparently road rage incidents involving riders and motorists are now quite common (did you know the best weapon you have to hand if threatened in your yard or out riding is your hat? It doesn’t half hurt if swung hard by the harness … and if someone grabs your reins or leg, ride your horse forward and sideways into them – use the horse’s strength and weight to your advantage. Don’t strike out with your whip because it could be snatched from you and used against you or the horse.)

 

Emergency – who’s in charge?

 

The overall theme of the seminar, sponsored by the BHS Scotland and Equisafety, was to explain to us the protocol developed by Hampshire Fire Service that is now to be used nationwide in emergency situations involving horses. An example might be an overturned lorry or trailer on a motorway, or a horse stuck in a bog. In short, the Fire Service will be the lead co-ordinator, directing the police, ambulance, vets – whoever else might be involved.

 

Several short videos showed examples of good and bad practice in some alarming circumstances – and one sickening American clip, used to bring home to emergency personnel just how dangerous a frightened or injured animal can be, showed a vet hot-branding a horse in a cattle crush – the horse lashed out between the bars and caught him full in the chest. He was dead by the time he hit the ground.

 

So, safety at incidents is paramount – which is why the Protocol has been developed. We’re not talking daft Health and Safety ‘this packet of peanuts contains nuts’ rules here – we’re talking ‘be careful where you stand/what you do because this animal could take your head off’. Specially-developed slings, boards and hoists protect both the horse and the people at the scene. The owner/handler (unless hurt or hysterical!) is encouraged to remain close by the horse to reassure it. Sedation for the horse is recommended to prevent further trauma, facilitate first aid and allow the rescuers to work without distraction.

 

An Emergency Services Protocol Fund has also been established which guarantees that there is no delay in injured horses receiving veterinary care when their owners cannot be traced. The fund also pays for rescue training and the specialist lifting and rescue equipment used by the emergency services.

 

Fire!

 

A session devoted to fire safety in the yard was also pretty alarming … Hands up all those who keep their lorry or other vehicle in a barn along with their horses and hay/straw supplies … Apparently it’s akin to keeping a bomb under your bed. Why not invite the Fire Service to your yard to assess the risks and advise on prevention?

 

Some startling facts (and hopefully useful tips) in relation to stable fires:

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Horses will try to return to a burning stable so it’s not enough just to let them loose – they should be taken to a safe place. Have a prominently-displayed evacuation plan.

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Horses are unlikely to be viable after four minutes of a fire taking hold.

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Lightbulbs can ignite dust and cobwebs – get a brush to that roof!

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Rolled-up extension cables can heat up – always unroll them when in use.

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Don’t overload sockets.

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Store flammable items downwind of other buildings – and not in the stables.

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Make sure livery owners and staff know what the procedure is in the event of fire.

 

Resources

 

The BHS and other bodies have much material focusing on various aspects of equine safety:

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‘Road Sense for Riders’ and ‘Horse Sense for Motorists’ are both free from the BHS Bookshop or Safety Department, along with the ‘Riding and Road Safety Test Guidelines’ (www.bhs.org.uk)

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In conjunction with the MoD, the BHS has also published a leaflet on reducing the risks associated with riding in areas used by low-flying helicopters. There is also a free-phone advisory service for helicopter traffic information: 0800 515544.

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Towing trailers – how to and how not to – is covered in a DVD ‘Fit to Tow?’ presented by Carol Smillie and available from the Highways Agency (www.highways.gov.uk). (And did you know you should change your trailer tyres every five years regardless of how much mileage they’ve done, because they’re liable to perish? And that towing with the top (front) door open is heavily discouraged because of the risk of debris being blown in and of oncoming lorry wing mirrors or wide loads catching in the opening when negotiating narrow roads?)

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Personal safety – the hefty police officer and his gunman pal have their own personal safety training company – www.state11.co.uk

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Equine safety – conference co-sponsors Equisafety produce a wide range of reflective gear. See www.equisafety.com

 

Meantime, to borrow the famous Crimewatch phrase: don’t have nightmares – do sleep well…

 

 

Editors note:  More information is available from http://www.bhsscotland.org.uk/Pages/safety.html

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FANTASTIC news from Ireland

Scotland has won team GOLD in.........

THE HOME INTERNATIONAL
&
THE CELTIC CHALLENGE
& TEAM TURNOUT

and SUE RAVENHALL HAS WON THE NOVICE TROPHY

RESULTS:

 

SPECIAL AWARDS
Top Junior (Celtic Challenge) – Evelyn Moore (Ireland)
Top Novice (Home International) – Sue Ravenhall (Scotland)

HOME INTERNATIONAL
1. SCOTLAND 160 + 160 + 120 + 80 + 48 + 40 = 608km
2. ENGLAND 160 + 120 + 80 + 80 + 48 + 40 = 528km
3. WALES 160 + 80 + 80 + 48 + 40 = 408km
4. IRELAND 120 + 80 + 80 + 48 + 40 = 368km

CELTIC CHALLENGE
1. SCOTLAND 80 + 80 + 80 + 48 + 40 = 328km
2. WALES 80 + 80 + 80 + 48 + 40 = 328km
3. IRELAND 80 + 80 + 48 = 208km

TURN OUT
SCOTLAND

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Scotland win the Home International (HI) and come an incredibly close 3rd place in the Celtic Challenge (CC) at the NAF Red Dragon Festival of Endurance in Builth Wells......more

 

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Congratulations to Lorna Hogg and Marco (with crew help from her Mum & Dad) who achieved their Platinum Grading at 11.90kmph at the Northern Championships in Cumbria in spite of losing a shoe three times. Well done guys!

Photo supplied By West End Photography.

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Overnight Corralling for horses at Mar Lodge

There are four mains-electric fenced corrals at Mar Lodge for use at a cost of £5 per horse per night.

They are in front of the workshop next to the old stables, which are now offices and a Base Camp. The Base camp can accommodate 12 in four rooms, and there are SYHA hostels in Inverey and Braemar, and numerous B&Bs in Braemar.

To make a booking contact Neal Gregory, the Estate Foreman, on either the Estate number 013397 41433 or his mobile 07917 333305.  As a matter of courtesy, and self-interest, anyone proposing to ride on the Estate should also inform Peter Holden, the Senior Ranger at the Rangers’ Office in the Old Stables – telephone number 013397 41669

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A challenge by Eleanor Mennie

The Grampian BHS committee comprises an eclectic mix of equine devotees.  Discussion during (and after) our meetings often mentions the fact that few of us ever see the others “in action” as it were.  Roger Searle,  an endurance rider therefore set up a challenge – taken up by Annella, our illustrious Scottish Chairperson, Julia, Grampian Chairperson and Eleanor, who edits the Grampian newsletter.  The challenge was to complete a training ride at a SERC competition at Gold Standard speed and Heart rate i.e. around 18km at 13kph or faster with heart rates (the horses not ours!)  of 48bpm within 30 minutes of completion.  £50 each was promised to BHS funds! 

We had absolutely no experience of this type of thing being more dressage and eventing  sorts.  But we took up the stethoscope and went for it – pounding the local tracks and along the beach – until we had worked out how fast we would have to go.  The horses seemed to thoroughly enjoy being allowed to swing along at a far more open trot than normal and to canter for ever increasingly longer intervals.

After one measured practice run round the wonderful hills of Westertown, courtesy of Anna McClelland, whose lovely mare Tara  Julia was riding, we declared ourselves ready.

Our chosen competition was through  Clashindarroch Forest near Rhynie.  We would really like to thank the SERC officials who made us feel  so welcome and talked us through the vetting procedure both before and after the ride. 

We set off  - myself setting the pace in front on Jack, my 7yr old Welsh Cob – I had on the stopwatch, followed by Annella on Plum, aged 18  enjoying yet another career after her first 2 as Polo pony then eventer, and Julia  with Tara, who mostly show jumps but is a great all rounder.  Julia, who had the map,  did a magnificent job as we hurtled round the course,  We completed  with the horses still bouncing along and were delighted to find that their heartrates were at 44 within the 30 minute deadline.  Our speed of 16.36kph was also well within Roger’s limit and the challenge was achieved!  The SERC members couldn’t have been more pleased, as was Roger – that is until we presented him with a counter challenge – taking part in a prelim dressage competition and achieving a score of 58% or better!! 

 


After the ride – note tasteful matching tops and hat covers!!  L-R Annella with Plum, Eleanor and Jack and Julia with Tara.  Also many thanks to our Crew (note endurance lingo), Anna who sloshed water and provided Lucozade!  Lastly thanks to Roger  - a great idea!

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Balloch Riders Access Group

Our little group of hard working and energetic riders up here in Huntly and Keith have been awarded a £30,000 grant to improve the riding tracks in the Balloch – something that those of you who ride at Smallburn will be able to appreciate (although it will not be done in time for this year!). Perhaps we’ll have an extra pleasure ride and BBQ to celebrate when the work is completed in 2007!

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Access News

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