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POSTPONED TO 30th JUNE ….Area 4 Horse Trials update….

Horse Trials update….Due to ground conditions – sadly this Sunday 16th June is cancelled 😭 After reviewing the forecast for next week, a decision has been made to run on Sunday 30th June, giving the ground time to recover and be safe! I know this will not suit everyone, however it may give others the chance to ride 👍🏻😁 Please keep all your riders updated and reply to Sam‘s e mails re changes ASAP.Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.Again, thank you all for your patience.Margaret NEW DATE – SUNDAY JUNE 30th @ BRECENBROUGH

BRC to reward their Members competing with British Showjumping

BRC to reward their Members competing with British Showjumping

The British Riding Clubs (BRC) will begin rewarding and acknowledging the success of their senior members who are competing on horses with British Showjumping.

As of the 1 April 2019 two annual BRC Leagues will be hosted on the British Showjumping website.  The leagues will highlight all members that are also a member of a British Riding Club and sit within either the British Showjumping Bronze or Silver leagues.

The British Riding Club Bronze & Silver Leagues will run from the 1 April each year until the 31 March and are for horse and rider combinations.  BRC will award the top ten competitors from each league with rosettes and prizes in kind.

Justine Naylor, National Director of Sport at British Showjumping said “We are delighted BRC are recognising the success of their members in this way, it is a great way to celebrate the achievements of cross-discipline participants.  With Bronze League classes starting at 70cm through to 1.10m there are many opportunities for their members to compete with us and for them to make use of the training programmes we deliver via our Academy framework”.

Existing members that wish to be included in the BRC League need to give British Showjumping Membership their BRC Membership number.   If you are a BRC member wishing to join British Showjumping for the first time, there is a BRC Membership Offer where both horse and rider can join for a discounted combined rate of £136 for the year.

For further information regarding the leagues or the BRC discounted member offer please call the BS Membership team on 02476 698824.

Nominations for Area 4 Committee

Hi please find attached the nominations for the Area 4 Committee roles that have become available.

Area nomination form

If you wish to be nominated for a role on the committee please download this form and send to Maggie Smith as soon as possible and no later than 1st October 2018.

The roles currently available are:-

Area 4 Vice Chairman Regional Vice Chairman

Area 4 Secretary Regional Secretary

Area 4 Treasurer Regional Treasurer

Area 4 Training Officer Regional Education and Events Officer

There is also going to be an Area 4 Events Team to help with the running of each show during the year.

Ideally we are looking at one particular team to run the Dressage based show and One team to run the Jumping based shows and for the combined shows a bit of both or a merger of the two.

If you wish to be a part of these teams either at just one or all of the Shows that we run please contact Maggie Smith as soon as possible.


Thankyou from Area 4 Comittee


On behalf of the area 4 I would like to thank all of the helpers who gave up their valuable time to help out over the last weekend. The outside helpers particularly had a very long cold day. We had lots of comments as to how helpful and efficient they were. The car park stewards get a special mention as they have the worst job going in my opinion. Richard did make special comment as to how efficient the Sunday pair were, so a big thank you to them, Sunday is always the busiest day, but they fitted everyone in well. Calderdale did a great job on Saturday as well.

I would like to thank all the competitors for their patient attitude, during 2 very long days. The weather was cold, but the sun shone and we had no snow.

So a big thank you to all of the Clubs



White Rose

Ebor Vale



and a special thank you to one of the Juniors for North Ryedale, Erin, who came back on the Sunday and helped out just because she wanted to.


See you all at the show cross



BRC Hat & BP Update for 2018

Dear Riding Club Official,

Please feel free to pass the following information on to anyone within the BRC movement.

2018 BRC Hat Tagging Guide for Competitors v1

No new hat standard

Some of you will be aware that there has been talk of a new hat standard that was due to be introduced next year – a new BS/EN1384 2017. We have been talking about this at our recent Area Visits and Club Training days. Late last week we were made aware that this standard will now not be introduced anytime in the near future, and as such, WILL NOT be added to our list of accepted standards for BRC activities.

Further details…

Despite the European nations voting almost unanimously for the approval of the new EN1384  2017, the EU Commission last week informed us that they are opposed to the harmonisation of the standard.  Despite the standard being published across Europe, until it has been “harmonised” it cannot be used for the purposes of CE marking.

This decision has come out of the blue, having been given every indication that it would be harmonised. It remains as a published standard but without harmonisation it cannot be used by manufacturers for the purpose of CE marking.  A meeting is being called in January in Brussels to discuss their objections and reason for refusal.  We will know more after this meeting and it may well be that the hat standard is revised further to allow for harmonisation.

We had intended to include the standard in our rules for 2018 in the expectation that hats will enter the market in the next year.  However, most manufacturers will now be waiting to manufacture to the new standard until after it has been harmonised. As far as we know, only one company has started manufacturing to the EN1384 2017 but it’s uncertain whether any have entered the UK market, and if so, they will not be Kitemarked anyway. BSI who are responsible for the Kitemark are holding off making any decision about Kitemarking this standard until the situation is clarified. It is thus highly unlikely, if not virtually impossible for hats to be Kitemarked to the EN1384 until this situation is resolved.

Hat Tagging

Hopefully you will have already seen the recent press release regarding hat tagging for 2018 onwards. BRC, BE and PC will be tagging with the same AQUA coloured tags for 2018. This means that each of the three member bodies will accept each other’s tag – thus reducing the need for separate tags for each organisation. New aqua tags will be sent to all BRC Official Stewards by the end of the year. The full press release follows:

British Eventing, British Riding Clubs and The Pony Club are delighted to announce that they have joined together to unify the hat standards across all three Member Bodies; resulting in a single hat tag being accepted across British Eventing, The Pony Club and British Riding Club events in 2018.

The new ‘aqua’ coloured hat tag will carry the logo of the body that checks the hat so that the source of the tagging can be tracked and will mean that riders no longer have to wear multiple tags on their hats.

The 2018 hat rules includes a small change to the AS/NZS 3838 standard for The Pony Club and British Eventing, both of which will now only be accepting from 2006 onwards.

All three bodies will use an aide memoire that will list the standards and quality assurance marks and will be used by officials.

British Eventing’s Chief Executive David Holmes said; “Safety in eventing, and all equestrian activity, is of the highest priority for us and an area that British Eventing has invested in extensively over many years. This universal hat tag system is a great step forward in improving rider safety across multiple Member Bodies, which is not only beneficial for risk management in the sport, but means a more clear and efficient process for riders, officials and volunteers.”

Head of British Riding Clubs Laura Sanger added; “We are delighted to be working with BE and the PC to promote the highest safety standards to all of our members. We are also pleased that this will reduce the burden on officials and volunteers across all three disciplines, as the need for multiple tags will no longer be necessary.”

Mary Tuckett the Pony Club Chairman confirmed that; “We are delighted to have come together with British Eventing and British Riding Clubs to introduce the universal hat tag system for 2018.  Keeping our Members safe is always of great importance to us and the new ‘aqua’ tag will aid officials and volunteers with a clear and streamlined process that will help promote hat safety among riders.”

Body Protectors

Remember from 1 January, only BETA 2009 purple labels will be accepted. There is one exception tot his – Exo Body Cages are only compliant with BETA 2000 purple label, but they will continue to be allowed. See the attached guide for further information.

We have attached the 2018 hat and body protector guides for you – please feel free to disseminate these amongst your Clubs and add to your websites etc as required. New hat tags will be sent out to all Official Stewards before the end of the year, ready to start re-tagging at qualifiers form 1st January.

If you have any queries at all, please do come back to me.

Kind regards,

Laura Sanger
Head of British Riding Clubs & Participation
The British Horse Society

Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth
Warwickshire CV8 2XZ

Telephone: 02476 840594

BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships 2017 YouTube Videos

Subject: BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships 2017 YouTube Videos

Dear Area Reps

I have just uploaded the new BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships 2017 videos to our BRC YouTube Channel.

They really seem to capture the spirit of this exciting BRC National Horse Trials weekend, please feel free to share with your Clubs.

BRC NAF Five Star Senior National Horse Trials Championships 2017

BRC NAF Five Star Junior National Horse Trials Championships 2017

Kind regards



Hi All,

NEW AREA 4 LIAISON COMMITTEE MEMBER REQUIRED – nominations by Wednesday 19th April (in preparation for the meeting on Monday 24th April)

We would like to invite an additional committee member to join our Area 4 Liaison Committee team. We are currently a team of 7 as follows:

Margaret Smith – Chair
Nicky Green – Vice Chair
Mary Kay – Area 4 Liaison Rep
Denise Newsome – Secretary
Toni Tait – Treasurer
Lisa Fieldsend – Training
Georgina Ashton – Competitions

As you may well be aware we have lost some key people in the past few months who have dedicated a huge amount of their time to create a fantastic scoring team and provide times for all our Area 4 Qualifiers.
We are by far the largest Area and as an example of the huge amount of entries we receive, we had over 700 competitors entered for the ODE and the Summer Show last year. These 2x key competitions happen a month apart.
For one person to receive entries, changes and create timings for these 2x events on a volunteer basis is almost an impossible task. To this end, we are looking for someone to work closely with Georgina and joining the Area 4 committee, predominantly to receive all the entries and collate them so that Georgina can continue to provide the times for all competitions.
The person nominated will need to have good ICT skills and a sound working knowledge of MS Excel and ideally, MS Access too.
This person also needs to be willing to dedicate their time to some qualifiers on the actual day of the competition to help the team make these competitions run smoothly.

Can we ask you to go back to your clubs to see if anyone would be interested in this position and let Denise know by Wednesday 19th April your nomination(s).

Many thanks in advance,

Kind Regards,

Area 4 Chair

British Riding Club News 2017 including Championship Dates 2017

British Riding ClubsPart of the British Horse Society

Welcome to the December 2016 BRC eNews, we would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and an action packed New Year. Many Area Qualifiers are already taking place up and down the country, so good luck to everyone trying to qualify. We already have a new Championship sponsor, Equi-Thème for the BRC Intermediate Winter Championships and NAF will the sponsoring the 2017 NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships. There is lots to read in this issue of our eNews, with top feeding tips, 2017 Championship dates and BHS Challenge Ride opportunities, the BRC Volunteer Survey and much more.

BRC 2017 Championships Dates

BRC KBIS Novice Winter Championships – 1 & 2 April

The College Equestrian Centre, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford MK44 2JP

BRC Equi-Thème Intermediate Winter Championships – 28 – 30 April

Bury Farm Equestrian Village, New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks LU7 9BT

BRC Horslyx Festival of the Horse Championships – 20 & 21 May

Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6RT

BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships – 4 – 6 Aug

Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxon OX15 5EX 

BRC NAF Five Star National Championships – 2 & 3 Sept

Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 2NA

BRC Dressage to Music Championships & Quadrille Selection Trial – 29 Sept – 1 Oct

Bury Farm Equestrian Village, New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks LU7 9BT

BRC Quadrille Final – TBC

BRC Stars recognised at annual BHS Awards

Some BRC stars were also recognised at the recent prestigeous BHS Awards which took place at Saddlers’ Hall in London. Anne Kidd received the BRC Volunteer of the Year award for all of her hard work at BRC Championships this year. And Rochdale & District RC were presented with the BRC Club of the Year award for the best results at BRC Championships this year. The awards were presented by Martin Clunes, with special guest HRH The Princess Royal. What a fantastic way to recognise these BRC heroes!

In addition to the BHS Awards, Horse & Hound also ran an Awards evening at Ascot Racecourse in November sponsored by NAF and CROWN RC from Area 5 was awarded NAF Club of the Year, which is a wonderful achievement for such a recently affiliated BRC Club.

BRC Volunteer Survey

We need your help! Would you like to win a pair of tickets to an equine event of your choice? For a chance to win, complete the survey in the link below to be entered into a prize draw. Whether you volunteer for BRC or not we would like your feedback on how to improve. The survey closes at 3pm on 22 December 2016. The winner will be contacted in January and will be announced in the next issue of Rider magazine. BRC Volunteer Survey

BRC Volunteer Prize Draw 2016

Harriet Notley is the BRC Volunteer Prize Draw winner for 2016. She has been awarded tickets for the Royal Windsor Horse Show in appreciation of her tremendous support of BRC. Harriet joined the BRC Volunteers’ Club in 2015 and has volunteered at many of the Championships this year, most notably volunteering on all three days of the BRC National Horse Trials Championships, fence judging on the cross-country phase.

“I’m amazed, I never win anything! Thank you so much, this has made my week (and quite possibly my month)! I love volunteering! It’s so kind of BRC to do this, thank you so much. Also, thank you so much for organising the volunteers, there is always such a friendly atmosphere at events and they are so well run.” Harriet Notley.


BRC Grassroots Points LeagueThe Grassroots Points League is a new opportunity for all BRC members, starting on 1 January, running through to 31 December 2017.

All Dressage (Walk & Trot and Prelim Level) and Show Jumping (60cms & 70cms) competitors can gain points at BRC Club organised competitions. Area Qualifiers and National Level competitions will not count.

Points can be gained when competing at BRC Club organised competitions only. Scorecards and further information can be found on the BRC website.


Dengie Healthy Tummy is a nutritionally-balanced high-fibre feed made from pure alfalfa, which is naturally low in sugar and starch and is also proven to help maintain correct acidity levels in the digestive tract.  Protexin In-Feed Formula is also included to supply prebiotics and yeast along with a high specification of vitamins and minerals, magnesium and calcium to help support digestive health.  Healthy Tummy now has the BETA approval mark for equines prone to EGUS.  For further nutritional advice click here.


Aerborn Equestrian

Aerborn Equestrian will no longer be selling any of their products through the traditional retail channels, and instead will be selling direct to the end user. Same great quality as before, but now with a great direct price. No more middle man – just straight to you, the end user.”



Dodson & Horrell Offer

Dodson & Horrell’s fully balanced, high fibre, low cereal complete feed now with £1.50 off. Low in starch and sugar they are a fantastic way to provide slow releasing energy for horses or ponies prone to laminitis. With a low feeding rate of just 300g per 100kg of bodyweight they are great for excitable horses and ponies or those prone to weight gain. 

RRP £7.10



Don’t miss this week’s issue of Horse & Hound which includes a must-have pull-out wall planner. Featuring all of your key dates for 2017, including the Liverpool International Horse Show, gorgeous illustrations by Emma McCall and room for all of your equestrian appointments it’s an essential for all tack rooms. Horse & Hound On sale from 1 December.

Plan your 2017 season with Horse & Hound


When it comes to making rugs that last, Shires know what they’re doing. Building on a heritage of 47 years experience, this years range provides sensible rugs that will stand the test of time. All turnout rugs feature a ShireTex® waterproof, breathable outer which helps draw moisture away to the outer surface  of the rug to evaporate, keeping the inside warm and comfortable.Visit the website to find out more – its the only place to see the full Shires range online! For changing weather conditions, the WarmaRug thermal layer system allows you to add and remove insulating layers to your turnout rug quickly and without fuss.



Combined Training jumps back onto BD calendar

British Dressage (BD) is delighted to be bringing the mix of white boards and coloured poles back into the competition calendar. That’s right – combined training is back, bigger and better than ever before!  The dressage element will run at Prelim and Novice levels with short arena tests and the show jumping from 70cm to 1metre so there’s a wider appeal for competitors. Competitions will start in November and run through to April 2017 with two finals, one in the north at Vale View in Leicestershire and southern competitors aiming for Wellington in Hampshire, both held on Bank Holiday weekend, 27-28 May 2017.

BD has worked in close collaboration with British Eventing, British Showjumping, British Riding Clubs and Pony Club to bring the series alive and any paid member of these organisations can take part; that’s of a minimum Quest Club member for BD. There’s no requirement for the horse to be registered so it’s an inexpensive way to hone your dressage skill while working on your show jumping technique all with the chance of qualifying for a fabulous final.

Schedules for each competition will be available on the BD website or each of the venues’ own websites. Full information and rules are available in the BD rule book (Section 17) which is available online on the BD website.



Latest BRC Sponsorship News

NAF will be the title sponsor of the BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships for 2017.

Around 600 riders will compete at the long-format championships in August, which will incorporate roads and tracks and a steeplechase.

Rachael Hollely-Thompson, BRC competitions manager, said the organisation is “thrilled” to be working with long-term supporters NAF for another championship.

“Their support helps BRC to continue to offer fantastic events to the membership,” she said.


Fundraising with a DifferenceThe British Horse Society (BHS) 2017 Challenge Rides

Do you fancy an exciting equestrian adventure in 2017? Full details on all these exciting BHS Challenge Rides, booking forms and itineraries can be found on the BHS website.

Since the launch of the first British Horse Society fundraising riding challenge in 2000, hundreds of riders have taken part in an adventure overseas. The ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ riding challenge opened the door for our intrepid challengers to travel the world in aid of British Horse Society welfare. The challenges now operate in Bulgaria, Chile, Iceland, Morocco, Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and Lesotho. There is a trip to inspire everyone, each offering a unique experience no matter where you ride.India –  Ride to Balotra Fair 14 – 26 Mar

Namibia – Namib Desert Crossing, 8-20 April

Spain – Alpujarra Ride, 22 – 30 July

India – Riding with Kings in Rajasthan, 23 Sept-4 Oct

Chile – Patagonian Andes, 17-29 Nov



British Showjumping Just for Schools Competition

British Showjumping is pleased to announce that British Riding Club Members can now join our National Schools League and Championship Series without paying an additional registration fee. Following on from its first successful year in collaboration with The Pony Club, we are excited to welcome British Riding Club members on board to join in the ‘Just for Schools’  experience.

Further information can be found on the British Showjumping website.