Patricia Margaret ELphick

September Newsletter

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Almond Riding Club News                                                                                           September 2019


Hello !   Its officially autumn!  

The last of our swallows disappeared last  weekend 😊 Darker nights here we come!! 

However, it is not all doom and gloom, we have a busy fun packed schedule of events lined up for the rest of the season!


Thank you to everyone who came along to support the September club day. Entry numbers were much healthier this time round with the combined training competition being a good addition to the morning activities. Full results and points are available online.


As promised we have an exciting and varied program put together for the Autumn / Winter season. October entries are already open online.


October Club Day 20th October at SNEC

Really exciting news!! David Gatherer is coming back to teach SJ.

We will have the return of the SJ & Combined Training Competitions in the morning and Dressage competition in the afternoon with classes from intro to medium.


November Club Day 17th November at SNEC

TREC is back! – Dot Still is bringing over her TREC equipment. Something for everyone! Give it a go if you want to find out what it’s all about or if you are already a dab hoof at it you can have a good indoor practise.

David Gatherer will be back again for our showjumpers, flatwork training and test riding available with Linda Penman and Dressage competition in the afternoon.


December 15th Xmas Party at SNEC

Fancy dress, pairs, music, CT competition more details and schedule to follow soon but get the date in your diary / phone!!



Jenni Surgeon is gathering volunteer names for October, November, December Club Days. Please sign up on her Facebook post on the Almond Members group page or email Jenni at 

Our events always rely on our members volunteering to help, 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!!

Thank you to everyone who has been helping at events this year and a reminder to anyone who hasn’t helped out yet that it is a condition of your club membership to do so.


!! Congratulations !!

Karen Young, Hannah Young and Joy McLean all qualified for the BRC National Finals at Lincoln as individuals in the Prelim, Novice and Elementary Dressage Finals respectively, sadly not as a team!!

Hannah made the journey south to take up her individual invitation and Cantaro performed well on a very windy Lincoln showfield  to come 11th in the Novice Final. Not bad for a first test ridden on grass!!  


Winter Area 1 Qualifiers

                   **  Roll up Roll up Roll up!! **

Would you like to be part of a team at the riding club qualifiers in November? 


Winter SJ Qualifiers are running at SNEC on 3rd November  heights 80cm 90cm 100cm and 110cm

Winter Novice Dressage Qualifiers are running at Morris on 23rd November  teams are made of 2 x prelim riders and 2 x novice riders.


Open to all that would like to take part. It is a great feeling being part of a team and absolutely no pressure to get amazing results. As long as everyone has fun that is the main thing.

Please email (or PM on Facebook) if you would like to be on a team. Please inform Jenni of level you would be happy to compete at and if you have any BD or BS points 😀. Please also send copy of your horses’ passport and flu vaccines.


And Finally . . . .the last note is about two special horses Taz and an unnamed stripey little fellow looking for a home!!  


Taz Memorial Award

For the second year we are looking for nominations for the above award. 

This award has been set up in memory of a very special horse Taz. For those people that were lucky enough to meet her you will know just how special she was. Taz would turn her hoof to anything. Together with Jenni, they were active members of Almond, competing on the teams and even represented Almond at the summer champs at Lincoln (in torrential rain!!!).  Although she had a heart of gold she was never the easiest. Taz was part of Jenni’s family for almost 17years and will never be forgotten. 

As it has already been said Taz was never the easiest and although throughout her career she was successful in all disciplines, it was not an easy journey. It took a lot of bad results to get the good ones and a lot of training from many instructors. Taz also suffered several health issues and a lot of owners may not of persevered but Jenni did.

For this award we are looking for nominations of active club members. Now when we say active it does not necessarily mean that they have to be riding at club events. This award is for someone that may not have necessarily even won a rosette, but they attend club events, have lessons, try their hardest to improve or helped with the running of events. Some people’s achievement is even getting to ride their horse again after their horses have had health issues. 

So do you have someone in mind? If so, please go ahead and nominate and please give a reason for the nomination?  Nominations will be open online


Stripey Fellow!!

Lesley McNaughton Wells has very kindly made a lovely stripey creation  and donated him to the club to help raise some club funds. We have decided to run a ‘ Guess The Birthday ‘ competition to help find him a lovely new home.  Look out for more news about this chap! He will be attending club events with his diary  where you can try your luck at guessing his special date.


Phew that’s a lot going on over the next few months!


Linda Penman

Chairman Almond RC  07803 927 975  







Almond Riding Club