September DC Report

With glimpses of Spring weather appearing, we look forward to the September rally where we will get all of our groups out onto the x country course in preparation for our own horse trials to be held on the 17th and 18th November.

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to compete in this event before, it is a great event held over 2 days and attracts big numbers from far and wide. Over the next couple of rallies, we will endeavor to provide as much assistance as we can to ensure that our riders have had exposure to all facets of a horse trials competition, but if you haven’t competed in this event before, please come and talk to Bec or myself, as the home ground is a great place to start your horse trials career.

In addition to our rally day lessons, Sally Gill is busy organising a fantastic “Horse Trials Training Day” aimed at our grade 3 to 5 riders, with a specific group aimed at first time competitors. Stay posted for further details of the clinic which will hopefully be held at our grounds over the next school holidays.

This month we welcome 2 new members, Stephanie Newman and Madison Neville, so please say hello and help make their first rally a pleasant one.

This year, the Whittlesea Show is being held on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of November, and as we will also have our horse trials in November, the Committee has decided that we will not hold a rally in November. Riders that compete in the show, will be granted a rally attendance and for our younger riders or riders that are new to the show scene, we will have an instructor available to help. We will seek confirmation of attendance closer to the date, but in the meantime, have a look at the program (due out in early September), as there are lots of events for everyone from beginner to expert.

As we develop the new YHPC web site, in addition to emailing information, we are posting information on the YHPC members’ page on Facebook. Great to see members using this page and posting helpful information and positive comments.

Rally Etiquette

A reminder of some housekeeping matters, which will help our rallies run a little smoother.

  • Late Arrivals -It is unfair to interrupt the instructor and group, so please report to the shed if you miss gear check. Once checked, please apologise to the instructor and check if it is okay to still join the group-not always possible, particularly if it is a jumping lesson and your horse has not been warmed up.
  • Rally groups – if you need to change groups for a session, please do not do so without first discussing the change with either the DC or Assistant DC. Rally planning is given considerable thought, however this is undermined if riders/parents take it upon themselves to change groups.
  • Should you need to leave a session early, please explain this to your Instructor.
  • As a courtesy, riders leaving the rally early must notify the DC or Assistant DC– this avoids uneven group numbers or Instructors not having any riders in their last session.

Ring to Ride

Could riders in White, Grey and Black please text or email your preferences to me by Friday 5pm at the latest. Riders who do not respond or respond late, will be placed according to group vacancies.

Email Sinead

Text: 0425 75 95 65

Lost Property

One of our youngest riders lost her brand new polar fleece wind-cheater at the July rally. She left it in a plastic shopping bag on a table in the clubrooms as she was waiting to exchange it for a smaller size. If anyone has seen it or put it away somewhere safe, can you please let me know or see Ireland Parsons or her Mum Kellie, in the junior ring at the rally.

Cheers, Sinead.