Patricia Margaret ELphick

ALMOND RIDING CLUB      March  2020

Your Club Matters – Bling it On!!

Hi  Everyone

What a Soggy winter it has been. It has been a really looooong hard slog looking after our horsey chums.

Well done!     We’ve  made it!   Spring is here!   Allegedly!!!  Having an empty events diary in February hasn’t been such a bad thing after all while Ciara, Dennis and other unwelcome ’unnamed’ guests visited us.  Thankfully the daylight hours are stretching out at last – even if only to see the sea of mud for an extra couple of hours each  day!


Memberships 2020

Welcome !! to Almond RC 2020 to all our members who have renewed and to all our new members!

This will also be  the last reminder for anyone still to send in your renewal for 2020. At the end of March anyone who still hasn’t renewed will be removed from the mailing and membership lists.

New memberships and renewals are still open online at  


 2020 the story so far . . . . . .

January Training Day at SNEC seems quite a while ago now!!

This was a great day to kickstart the new year. Our experienced trainers provided top class teaching  Les Smith, Patrick Print for jumping and polework, Caroline Paterson and Linda Penman for dressage and test riding. Lovely to have Caroline join us and we hope to have her back again later this year!!

  3rd February  Harry Payne dressage clinic  This clinic did run however most of the riders were blown away  - literally! and sadly had to drop out on the day. Except from 1 hardy new member Gemma who hacked along to enjoy her private lesson with Harry. Ironically it wasn’t windy at SNEC!! More Harry dates will be coming up soon. ALL levels always welcome from Intro, just getting started to Advance competitors . All disciplines too!           Improve your flatwork to improve your performance in your own discipline.

  20th February Almond member Maeve Sheridan provided our latest social gathering for an Evening Classroom Demo at the lovely Arran Room in Oatridge College. A very informative and interactive evening was enjoyed by 50 members and friends while Maeve put some volunteers through various paces and positions. Some much sorer than others! Linda Sykes will vouch for that!! Anyway the moral of the evening was – if you already have a Bungi? Why are you not using it!! And if haven’t got one   - Why not?? 

Whats Coming up next  in 2020                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday 11th March Vet Talk with Malcolm Corsar from Central Vets. 7pm Arran Room Oatridge College                                                             First Aid - Can you recognise early signs and symptoms of various conditions and When to call the vet!! This will be another entertaining and informative evening. Have all your questions answered. Well worth a visit and enjoy a free  cup of tea or coffee and some cake too!!

TEAMS 2020 Intermediate Dressage Winter teams  Sunday 15th March Morris Equestrian Centre in Ayrshire.                                                   Almond  team and an individual rider are getting ready to compete in this qualifier next weekend. GOOD LUCK to Almond riders - Lynne Denholm, Jennifer Surgeon, Elizabeth Rose and Hannah Young  -  team and Louise Howat as an individual. Jackie Galt Bayley has very kindly offered to be Almond’s official helper at the qualifiers for the day.

22nd March CLUB DAY at SNEC Dress Down Day – no show jackets required.                                                                                                           Very exciting day lined up  which  includes showing ringcraft training and The Showing Register ( TSR ) talent spotting sessions with another of our talented members Lesley McNaughton Wells. Lesley is a showing judge with over 35 years experience who has also ridden and competed for over 40 years with Hunters, Riding Horses, Sports Horses, Mountain and Moorlands and Coloureds. Also a successful breeder Lesley has a great understanding from foal to full grown which is invaluable for inhand judging especially young stock classes.    In showing Lesley has qualified for the Royal International Horse show in Open and Amateur sections and also competes in dressage and has ridden for the Scottish team 4 times.         Lesley is currently  on the SSADL Olympia panel, Chaps and TGCA panels, and  is a BHS Riding Test and Style Jumping list1 judge.  

 Dont  be put off with the Talent Spotting Ticket on the showing training. There is something for all levels,inhand or ridden, whether you are a complete rookie to showing and want to learn everything you can about it. You can come as you are – no need to buy full showing kit – (yet!!)                              Or if you’re more experienced you can come in full turnout and get tips and hinds to find the little tweaks and improvements  that are going to make a huge difference to your place in the line this season.                                                                                                                                                            Or even if you are an old hand it’s the perfect place to bring out a youngster to get used to the showing ring in smaller groups in an informal setting. Sessions are filling up fast since the recent facebook blitz of adverts for this!!

Remember March 22nd  Club Day   is also the first club competition day of 2020  -  to open up your dressage points account !!   Dress down day with classes from Intro to Medium.                                                                                                                                                                                        Patrick Print Polework sessions are as popular as ever! And there are also dressage training and test riding practise sessions available with myself  - Linda Penman.              Online entries close next Monday 16th March at noon. Please don’t leave it til the very last minute!!

9th April Thursday Evening SJ competition  at SNEC  clear round from 6.30pm in main arena starting from 40cm crosspoles up to 1m. These are always fun friendly evenings. Online entry will be open this weekend.


19th April CLUB DAY at SNEC Formal day – Show jackets ON!

Dressage competition to include first new Donna Diva CLUB Qualifiers of the season!! Bling it On!!!

We are also running NPS qualifiers for Prelim 14 and Novice 24.

And for Almond members only a new DD Almond Members Points Series over the 19th April, 7th June and 9th August qualifiers.

Club Day Training options will also be available in the morning. 

There is a separate page of guidelines for Donna Diva qualifiers and NPS dressage eligibility rules!!


Some housekeeping -  

Almond RC Flu Vaccination Policy – Following last years Equine Infuenza outbreak and although main discipline organisations BE, BD and BRC have introduced 6 monthly flu vaccine requirements for their shows and qualifiers, as a club we are staying with annual vaccinations and only. However  horses competing in Area1 qualifiers will be required to have had a vaccination within 6 months & 21days of any qualifier. BRC head office accept that clubs can take this dual approach.

New Almond Flu Vacc Database ** Lynn Taylor email address has set up an Almond Club Flu Vacc Database. Members have been sending in passport copies which is great.  If you want added to the database please send in clear photos  of your horses’ passports -  including passport  numbers, microchip no, horses name, ID page  and flu vacc dates. It will save time and hassle having to produce passports on the day at all our events. Once registered on the database in the future you will only need to send in the last updated page when latest boosters have been done by the vet. Lynn Taylor


First Aiders Wanted!!

We have qualified First Aiders who hold their HSE First Aid at Work certificate who man all our club events. It is a BHS/BRC insurance requirement for ALL affiliated clubs to have fully qualified First Aiders on site at all events. Current certificates are held by Lynn Taylor, Linda Penman, Gillian Thomson, Karyn Hynd, Jo Tavern, Lynn Denholm and Miriam McCloy.  Gillian and Miriam are due to renew in May and we’re delighted they have signed up for another stint! 

If this is something you would be interested in doing. Please get in touch. Certificates last 3 years and involve 3 days training at either Oatridge college or at Alba Care in Bathgate. The club pays for this training as it is a vital cog in the running of club events!!

Alternatively if you already hold this HSE FAW or a BHS First Aid( 2 day) certificate through your work and would be willing to cover a shift here and there for the club, please let me know. 

Linda 07803 927 975



Jenni Surgeon will be organising volunteer names for our 2020 Club Days. Please sign up on her facebook posts on the Almond Members group page or email Jenni at 

Our events always rely on our members volunteering to help out so our events can run smoothly.

Helping is a great way to learn from trainers and judges while writing, scoring , stewarding on the day. If your horse is off or you are sadly horseless at the moment it is also a great way of still being involved and active within the club and a chance to meet up for a chat with fellow members even if only to swap sob stories!!

*PLEASE REMEMBER it is a condition of your club membership to help at at least one event each year.

HELPERS 2019 Thank you  and Congratulations to the following people who have helped regularly at club events last year.  All members who have helped for 4 or more stints are eligible to 1 free class entry or a half price lesson at any of the 2020 club days. Special online entry category will be made up to accommodate this. If you are on the list below ** remember to contact **   Lynn Taylor to claim yours.            Jenny Dall Lynne Denholm Hazel Donaldson Margaret Elphick  Karyn Hynd Sarah Johnsen  Gill King Pamela Ligget  Pamela Mailler Kerry McCready Linda Penman Elizabeth Rose  Chris Rushton Jenni Surgeon Linda Sykes  Joanne Tavern Lynn Taylor Gillian Thomson Helen Woollven

**  Exciting New Qualifiers for 2020  **

Something for everyone from Intro to Medium.

   DONNA DIVA Club Qualifiers Finals will be held at The Donna Diva Championships on 25th October


   DONNA DIVA Almond RC Points  Spring/ Summer series



Each NPS  test will consist of the following six sections all of which will have their own Final:- 



Diary Dates Summary

11th March         Vet Talk  -  Marcus Corsar Central Vets First Aid Signs and Symptoms

15th  March        Area1 Team Winter Intermediate Qualifiers                      Morris Ayrshire

22nd March         Club Day  - dress down day TSR talent spotting, polework dressage       Snec

9th    April           Evening SJ Competition            Snec

19th  April          Club Day  - Donna Diva 1 and NPS qualifiers  and usual training options

4th    May           Harry Payne Clinic

23rd  May           Club Day -  SJ competition and training  Main arena!!

1st    June          Harry Payne Clinic

7th    June          Club Day -  Donna Diva 2  plus training options

XX    July          Area 1 Summer Qualifier Teams Dressage & SJ              Morris Ayrshire 

11th  July            Club Day -  Showing Show and WH training and competition

9th    August      Club Day -  Donna Diva 3   plus training options

6th    Sept          Club Day

4th    Oct            Donna Diva SJ Championships

25th  Oct            Donna Diva Dressage Championships

15th  Nov            Club Day

13th  Dec            Club Day

There’s a lot happening already  at Almond RC for 2020.  More dates and regular training days will be added throughout the year.


. . . . . . And last but not least another very exciting project is about to go live very soon!!!!!!!

New Club Merchandise!! New look for Almond RC members and everything Almond!!

We have lots of exciting things going on in this department! New committee members Linda Sykes and Hazel Donaldson have been co-ordinating this. Watch this space. ALL will be revealed Very soon!!

Please all pray for some more sunshine soon, fields to dry up  and for some grass to grow!!

This will be what’s happening next!


Hang on tight!!


Linda Penman

Chairman Almond RC  07803 927 975  






Almond Riding Club