LAMBERTS CASTLE RIDING CLUB

Newsletter - Summer / Autumn 2020

Dear Members
Hope you are all well and have kept busy during these strange times.
The good news!! Following latest Government easing of Lockdown restrictions, BRC (British Riding Clubs) have given approval for some Club activities to restart. These will be in line with BRC guidelines and at all times complying with Government guidelines.
At this time BRC are not allowing any Competition to restart and only outdoor activities can be considered. 
Our Committee met on Monday and have planned a program of rides and training in line with these guidelines.
The full government update can be found HERE

Below are some of the first plans, together with brief overview of the guidelines we must follow.
Activities can now take place with a maximum of 6 person groups, to be held outside as of 1st June 2020.
LCRC expect only one person from a household to be attending the rides and or training.
If another person comes to drive the vehicle, they can unload, assist tack up, rider getting onto the horse etc. But should then remain in or with their vehicle throughout the session, to maintain social distancing as they are not part of the gathering.
We will allow time for groups to assemble and disperse.
Parking should be 5-10 m apart to allow for social distancing of 2 metres to be maintained when horses are tied up.
Masks are not compulsory but can be worn if Members wish to.
Gloves as PPE are not ideal if worn all the time as you touch things and then your face, the advice is regular hand washing.
Ride group maximum of 6 with social distancing to be maintained. Should there be an incident during the rides which needs a rider or horse to have outside assistance. Only one rider should move to help (preferably the ride leader). If dismount is needed and horses are required to be held during the incident one rider per horse held and maintaining social distancing from the rest of the ride as far as safely possibly.
Anyone showing symptoms of Covid 19 or who has been in contact to stay at home, the advice for clinically vulnerable groups remains the same. If you are in this group, you are advised to stay at home as much as possible.
By booking into one of our activities you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.  Please reconfirm your emergency contact number when booking your place.

As restrictions ease going forward, we will consider other activities, including subsidised training with other trainers, as we had planned at Chard.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Wednesday 24th June – Dressage training with Pam Ewell: Pendragon, Lodge Lane.
Dressage training, all levels and abilities catered for, the cost is the same as last year: £25 1 hour individual lesson or : £15 each per 1hour paired session / ½ hour Individual  lesson – Cash Payment on the day – correct amount please
Names to Sarah Wharton: 01297 32020 or HYPERLINK "mailto:sarah.wharton64@gmail.com" sarah.wharton64@gmail.com by Monday 22nd June

Tuesday 30th June – Show Jumping training with Jane Rogers: Swallowfields, Wyke.
Groups of similar abilities or individual lessons, all levels catered for.
£30 individual lesson or £18 each per pair lesson
Names to Jane Rogers: 07773 298430 or  HYPERLINK "mailto:jane.rogers95@gmail.com" jane.rogers95@gmail.com by Saturday 27th June.

Monday 6th 2pm for 2.30 & Thursday 9th July 9 for 9.30 start – Swallowfields, Wyke.
Jane Rogers has offered to do 2 rides from her house this week with maximum of 5 places [6 including Jane] on a first come first serve booking, they will be slow rides with a chance to have a canter, parking in Jane’s Field.  Please be mounted and ready to ride out at 2.30 pm 6th July & 9.30am 9th July
£5 each Payment by Bacs or correct cash to put in the collection Jar.
Names to Fran by Saturday 4th July - EMAIL

Thursday 23nd July – Dressage training with Pam Ewell: Pendragon, Lodge Lane.
Dressage training, all levels and abilities catered for, the cost is the same as last year: £25  1hour individual lesson or : £15 each per 1hour paired session / ½ hour Individual  lesson – Cash Payment on the day – correct amount please
Names to Sarah Wharton: 01297 32020 or EMAIL by Monday 20th July

Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th July – Pendragon, Lodge Lane: 8am Breakfast ride
Led by Sarah Wharton around the many bridleways in Hawkchurch, very little road work and chances to canter in open fields, the ride will be at a moderate pace.
Numbers will be limited to five members per ride, in line with the government’s current regulations.
£5 each Payment by Bacs or correct cash to put in the collection Jar.
Names to Sarah Wharton: EMAIL by Friday 24th July
On a first come basis due to limited numbers allowed

Thursday 30th July – Show Jumping training with Jane Rogers: Swallowfields, Wyke.
Groups of similar abilities or individual lessons, all levels catered for.
£30 individual lesson or £18 each per pair lesson
Names to Jane Rogers: 07773 298430 or  EMAIL by Monday 27th July

Thursday 13th August – Dressage training with Pam Ewell: Pendragon, Lodge Lane.
Dressage training, all levels and abilities catered for, the cost is the same as last year: £25 - 1hour individual lesson or: £15 each per 1hour paired session / ½ hour Individual lesson
Cash Payment on the day – correct amount please
Names to Sarah Wharton: 01297 32020 or EMAIL by Monday 10th August

Thursday 20th August 10am – Higher Brucklands, Musbury
This is an amazing ride with stunning coastal views and plenty of chances to canter in open spaces, we have been kindly invited by the Holmes family, long time club supporters
Please be mounted and ready to ride at 10.00am
£5 each Payment by Bacs or correct cash to put in the collection Jar.
Names to Fran Summers: EMAIL "mailto:fran.summers60@gmail.com" fran.summers60@gmail.com by Monday 17th August

Wed 26th August – Show Jumping training with Jane Rogers: Swallowfields, Wyke.
Groups of similar abilities or individual lessons, all levels catered for.
£30 individual lesson or £18 each per pair lesson
Names to Jane Rogers: 07773 298430 or  EMAIL by Monday 24th August

Thursday 10th September 10.30am – White Lodge, Dalwood. Lunch ride.
Led by Fiona Benger: This ride will be will be at a slow to moderate pace and will be ideal for first timers, to include a lunch stop at the Tuckers pub in Dalwood.
Please be mounted and ready to ride at 10.30am
£10 to include lunch. Payment by Bacs or correct cash to put in the collection Jar.
Names to Fiona Benger: EMAIL by Monday 7th September

Thursday 17th September – Dressage training with Pam Ewell: Pendragon, Lodge Lane.
Dressage training, all levels and abilities catered for, the cost is the same as last year: £25 - 1hour individual lesson or: £15 each per 1hour paired session / ½ hour Individual lesson
Cash Payment on the day – correct amount please
Names to Sarah Wharton: 01297 32020 or EMAIL by Monday 14th September

Wed 23rd September – Show Jumping training with Jane Rogers: Swallowfields, Wyke.
Groups of similar abilities or individual lessons, all levels catered for.
£30 individual lesson or £18 each per pair lesson
Names to Jane Rogers: 07773 298430 or  EMAIL by Monday 21st September

Thursday 1st October 10.30am – Lamberts Castle.
This ride will be will be at a faster pace, Jenny Legg will help guide us.
Please be mounted and ready to ride at 10.30am
£5 per person Payment by Bacs or correct cash to put in the collection Jar.
Names to Fran Summers: EMAIL by Monday 28th September

Thursday 22nd October 10.30am: Club ride – Damas Lawn, Hawkchurch
Brenda Lunt will lead this ride, around the local bridleways, it will be at a moderate pace
£5 each Payment by Bacs or correct cash to put in the collection Jar.
Names to Brenda Lunt: EMAIL by Monday 19th October

Monday 9th November 10.30am – Uphay Farm.
This ride will be a gentle pace around the bridleways of Smallridge and Membury.
£5 each Payment by Bacs or correct cash to put in the collection Jar.
Names to Fran Summers: EMAIL by Friday 6th November

Tuesday 29th December 10.30am – Christmas Ride: Golden Cap
This ride will be will be at a moderate pace with chances to canter in open fields, led by Fran Summers. Please be mounted and ready to ride at 10.30am
Jan Osborne has kindly offered parking again at Seadown Caravan park on hard standing.
Free, please bring a plate of food to share
Names to Fran Summers: EMAIL by Sunday 27th December

XC training to be arranged
£30 per person, the club will subsidise this training, making it affordable for all members to enjoy.
Names to Jane Rogers: EMAIL by 3rd July, Jane will organise a venue and the training

AGM: Thursday 7th Jan 2021- 7.30pm Venue TBC

 

60 seconds & 10 questions with…… Greta Duff

Your first pony, name, size & breed: I did not own a pony as a child. I rode all sorts. I bought a 15hands chestnut cob, Timothy. Timothy moved here with us in 1976. He taught me a lot!

Funniest pony / horse moment: I think it has to be, when hacking home from hunting, about 1997, over the bridleway from Brinscombe, on Saracen , wet and cold, happily mulling over the day , a deer suddenly jumped out of the hedge ahead of us. Saracen whipped around and I was cast on top of the hedge on my back. Clambering out of the hedge and trying to remount a rather startled 17hand horse must have been very comical. Fortunately, I don’t think anyone saw!

Top tip: Take time to observe and really get to know your horses.

Rider hero: May I have three? Mary Bromily, (who sadly died this year) Her advice on treating injured horses was invaluable when trying to keep polo ponies fit and well. Carl Hester - who rides so beautifully. Mary King - who inspired so many of our youngsters with her drive and kindness.

Horse you might like to steal: Valegro!

Your proudest achievement: Training Saracen to carry a scary very disabled man who was too heavy for regular RDA ponies, and seeing them go to a fun day at Conquest.

How much did you pay for the first set of shoes and in what year: 1974. No idea. The farrier had a forge on the village green. It was certainly cash.

How many years have you been a member of L.C.R.C.: I must have joined between 1990 and 94.

Favourite food / meal: Salmon with new potatoes and different salads.

Main aim for 2020: To try and enjoy lovely Squirrel. She is now 22 and I think she may want to retire soon. Also, to watch my grandchildren compete.

And Finally: some silly horse jokes!
What do you call a scary female horse?
A nightmare!
How did the cowboy ride into town on Friday, stay for three days, and ride out on Friday?
His horse's name was Friday!
Did you hear about the depressed horse?
He told a tale of whoa!
What sickness do cowboys get from riding wild horses?
Bronchitis
What’s the hardest thing about learning to ride a horse?
The ground!
A disgruntled buyer rings the person who sold them a horse – “You said this horse could jump as high as a five-foot fence and she can’t jump at all”. The seller replies, “Well neither can a fence!”