Welcome to our riding club
Calderdale Saddle Club is an adult only riding club affiliated to British Riding Clubs. We have around 100 members throughout Calderdale with an age ranging from 18 to 70! Our aim is to promote training and welfare for both horse and rider and have a lot of fun along the way. If you love horses and want to share time with like-minded people then please come and join us!
Meet Dressage Team Manager - Rachael Newth
As some of you will know already I have taken over from Rebecca Starling as the Chef D’equipe for the Calderdale Saddle Club Dressage Team. I hope that I can do as good a job as Bex did.
For those of you that don’t know me, I am a dressage obsessive and it is all CSC’s fault. I bought my pony three years ago for hacking (having never had a horse before) and she turned out to be a napper (can’t wait to get to elementary so I can show the judge rein back because we have that totally nailed…). I ended up giving the hacking a miss for a while and found myself in an arena practising an intro B test for CSC’s winter dressage at Aireview Equestian.
So here I am, years later, working on lateral and longitudinal suppleness - words I never knew existed - and hoping that I can encourage others to give team dressage a go, move up a level or get people in our club to the BRC National Championships!
I have set out some info on the BRC events for you all in case you are new to the club or haven’t ridden in a team before (see above).
For those that are interested I will be arranging some test riding sessions before the events with Ashley Ward and Kath Pinington so watch out for those dates.
I have also had a lot of interest in the pairs dressage, I am planning some sessions to help you plan your tests and run through riding in your pairs for anyone that is interested. I will put these dates on Facebook and send an email. I was at the competition last year and the pairs class had a limited number of entries but they looked really good fun!!!
There will also be some other dressage training dates being released in the next week or so so keep an eye out for those.
Don’t forget our club winter dressage is underway and the next event is on Sunday February 19th at Aireview Equestrian Centre. The Schedule is on Horse Monkey and on our website. I’ll be there so come and say hi if we have not met before. We are also running sessions on the Mechanical Horse with Liana at Ravenroyd Equestrian.
I am looking forward to 2017!
Show Jumping Lessons Richard Barton
Cher has organised further clinics with Richard Barton in 2018. Latest dates are:
- 13th January 2018
These will again be held at Richard's Yard in Wilsden. Richard will teach at all levels from poles to top of the wings and we have had some very good feedback from club members and friends who have had lessons with Richard before. The lessons will be £20 or £30 for non-members.
Book onoine at Horse Monkey
Area 4 Dressage Events 2017
Area 4 Dressage Events in 2017
16th July Manor Grange Stud Area 4 Dressage to Music and Pairs (non music test in a 20 x 40 arena and music in a 20 x 60 arena).
22 and 23 July Richmond Equestrian Centre Summer Show (which includes the summer dressage team event)
Winter Show (which includes the winter dressage team event) – Date and Venue to be confirmed.
If you become a member of the team the information that I will need from you is as follows:
- Name of your Horse (exactly as it appears on your passport)
- Mobile phone number and email address
- Any winnings your horse has had with BD (if any)
- A copy of your horses full flu vaccination history from your passport (see notes below)
- Passport number
I will be there on the day of the competitions all day to help out, offer moral support, shoulder to cry on, photographer, whip holder, I’ll chase you’re horse if they are not in front of your leg etc etc…☺
You can have a reader for your test if I can nab someone that is hanging around, but ideally you should learn it inside out before the competition!
Deadline for entries
All entries must be made by me to British Riding Clubs 21 days before the event. I must also send separate entries to Area 4 organisers.
Eligibility to compete and the BRC Rules:
The rules for determining your eligibility to compete are set out in the BRC rule book. This can be downloaded from the British Horse Society website in the British Riding Club area, here is the link:
Some of the key rules are listed below (but not all of them!). BRC Area 4 are extremely strict on these rules, the first one in particular. We have had team members arrive at a competition to be informed that they cannot compete. I will help you if you get stuck, eg checking you vaccs are right (and I check these before the comp anyway) to avoid this happening but you should read the eligibility section of the BRC rule book to ensure you are eligible to compete, (eg it is not just ensuring that your horse is vaccinated because there is a rule which states that you are ineligible to compete if your horse has been vaccinated in the 6 days prior to the competition).The key rules:
- Your horse must be vaccinated against Equine Influenza
- You must be a member of the club
- You can only compete for one club (you can be a member of as many clubs as you like)
- You must be over 18 years of age on 1st Jan 2017
- Your hat must meet the standards set out on page 23 of the BRC Rulebook
• The number of BD points you have governs which tests you can ride and in some cases may make you ineligible (if you have too many) to ride particular tests. There are classes specifically for people with no or a limited number of BD points too so don’t read this and think that you’ll be riding alongside Charlotte Dujardin in the warm up if you don’t ride in affiliated competitions!!
There are also rules relating to the tack and equipment that you are permitted to use. These are on page 87 of the rule book. There have been changes made to rules this year, they have gone all out and permitted the use of diamante plaiting bands (not that I could ever get these over the fat plaits my pony has...)
Any questions about any of the above or anything else give me a shout!
Dressage Team Manager