Read Saddle Club Winter 2009 Newsletter.pub text version

Honourable Artillery Company Saddle Club Newsletter

WINTER 2009

The hunting clinic under tuition (Photo by Jan Starink)

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Contents

Page Dates for your diary Saddle Club committee 2009/10 Editorial Chairman calling The King's troop ride The Annual General Meeting Saddle Club Accounts Riding Master's up-date Riding Schedule Poplar Park riding weekend: report Rycroft cross-country training report Polo 2009 Uniformed Services Show The Saumur Challenge 2009 Royal Artillery Hunt clinic weekend: report HAC Saddle Club hunting Royal Artillery Hunt meet card November ­ January The Royal Artillery Hunt Supporters Club Royal Artillery Hunt auction of promises evening Royal Artillery Hunt:The Big Weekend Saddle Club hunting weekend The Royal Wessex Yeomanry cross-country ride 2009 Advertisement: new livery yard in Ascot Saddle Club carol service supper The Gordon Winter Perpetual Trophy Farriery lecture at the Guildhall Hunting weekend booking form Riding Master's riding survey 3 4 5-6 7-8 8 9-12 13-14 15 16 17-18 19 20-21 22-24 25-26 27-29 30 31-32 33 35 36 37 38-40 41 43 45 47 49 51-52

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Dates for your diary

Do not be a wooden head, put these dates in your diary now

3rd November: 23rd November: 30th November: 7th December: 16th December: 21st December: 2010 11th January: 18th January: 19 January: 22 January: 23 January: 25th January: 1st February: 8th February: 15 February: 20th February: 22nd February: TBC March: 10th March: TBC early May: 11 May: 26th & 27th June: 14th July: 22nd September: 13th October:

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Club Committee meeting. ? King's Troop ride resumes. TBC ­ see article inside ? King's Troop ride ? King's Troop ride Company carol service and Saddle Club supper. 20 Saddle Club seats at Olympia Christmas Horse Show

King's Troop ride King's Troop ride Saddle Club Committee meeting RA Hunt pie & mash evening RA Point-to-Point at Larkhill & RA Hunt Ball King's Troop ride King's Troop ride King's Troop ride King's Troop ride HAC meet of the RA Hunt King's Troop ride, Philip Cowper-Coles Cup, and drinks party. Combined Training competition at Flemish Farm Saddle Club Committee meeting John Palmer and Pyramid Trophy competitions at Flemish Farm Saddle Club Committee meeting Saumur Challenge in the Netherlands Saddle Club Committee meeting Saddle Club Committee meeting Saddle Club AGM

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SADDLE CLUB COMMITTEE

October 2009 - October 2010

President Colonel GE (Geoffrey) Godbold OBE TD DL Home:0207 487 0292 Office: 01420 526487 EA (Edwin) Seabrook Esq Home: 0207 343 5100 Office: 0207 489 1991 Membership Secretary/ Publications Colonel RC (Bob) Shedden TD Home: 0208 743 6884 Mobile: 07816 565 515 Ms J (Jan) Glen Home:01344 303015 Mobile: 07840 104455 Assistant Riding Master Mrs L (Louise) Mottola Home: 0207 581 5029 Mobile: 07771 790677 Hunting Miss JK (Jane) McGill Home: 0207 350 1758 Mobile: 07956 203103 Treasurer T (Tom) Broadhurst Esq Mobile: 07901 796148 Office: Joint Social Secretary Major WTB Sallitt TD HAC Home: 0208 568 5485 Mobile: 07879 624713 Joint Social Secretary Miss CJ (Clare) Bower Mobile: 07778 309511 King's Troop Ride Representative : Assistant Riding Master ­ see above

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EDITORIAL

There were no new members admitted to the Club this quarter (which ended on 31st October), but there will be at least seven reported in the next edition. Review of Membership On reviewing the standing order payments that arrived at the end of July and the beginning of August for the renewal of subscriptions the following are unidentifiable as to which member they relate. If any member can identify him or herself as the payer please can I be informed? The payments concerned were received from: Deutscher International Ltd; TS Moser; Alison Jackson Ltd; A.Pilkington; R Sherrin; H Edwards; S. Granby; Olivia M Bosc. Taking into account the 27 members who did not renew their subscription in July/August, the total identified strength of the Club is 276, of whom 262 are by subscription and 14 are honorary. Assuming that the 5 unidentified payments above are in respect of members `in the shadows' and including the 6 applicants awaiting admission, the total strength for 2009/10 is 287. We are spread far and wide: 2 in France, one in Belgium, one in Switzerland, 2 in Singapore, 2 in Australia, one in South Africa, and last but by no means least, one in Afghanistan. The next edition of the directory of members will follow shortly. Event Attendance Admittedly more a matter for the Chairman than for the Editor/Membership Secretary, I cannot restrain myself from commenting on the poor attendance at our various events. For example, only five members attended the AGM and the Thorney Island trip in September had to be abandoned for want of takers. These are not alone. The Committee runs the Club for the benefit of its members and is very frustrated when their efforts come to naught. In the Riding Master's report below mention is made of a survey of what members want from the Club: her questionnaire to that effect is at the end of this newsletter. Please take a minute or two to complete it and return it to Jan Glen. Other Items There are several other items of interest in this edition. One to which I would like to give prominence is the presentation of the Gordon Winter Trophy on behalf of the Club at the Olympia Horse Show at the afternoon performance on Monday 21st December. This is an annual event. The actual presentation will be made by Gordon's widow, Elspeth, assisted by David Stockford. Gordon was a prominent member of the Club. He died in the saddle at the Royal Mews (when we used to ride there) as he entered Her Majesty's school, for a dressage test. Below there is a short article on Gordon and how this presentation came about. The Club has taken a block of twenty seats for this performance at £45 per head. There is a tear-off slip as part of the article.

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There is much in this edition about hunting. The season opened on 31 October and the Masters of the RA Hunt have again gone out of their way to make us very welcome to hunt with them. Our Chairman has negotiated for this season a visitor's cap £30 per day with the RA Hunt. As reported in the last edition, we have a new hunting liaison officer in the person of Jane McGill, who writes below. For the avoidance of doubt and confusion at both ends it is essential that all hunting (unless a member provides his/her own horse) is booked through her as is any other request for RA Saddle Club horses. Those members who follow the hunting scene will like to know of the RA Point-to-Point at Larkhill on 23 January and the RA Hunt Ball that evening. As a starter, The Club has booked a table for ten at the latter but as total attendance is limited to 100, we may not get many (or any ) more tickets. "First come first served" via Edwin. On 20th February we host the meet and follow it with a supper at the Antrobus Arms. Finally on the subject of hunting, readers will see below an invitation to join the RA Hunt Supporters Club. The President and Chairman urge those members who hunt with the RA to sign-up for the modest subscription by way of thanking the Hunt for all its hospitality. The Riding Master mentions the Royal Wessex Yeomanry cross-country ride. The details are also below. Writing this at the end of October it seems a little early to wish our readers a Happy Christmas but as there is no other occasion beforehand, this I now do. The deadline for items for the next edition is 31 January 2010 Bob Shedden

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CHAIRMAN CALLING Chairman Calling

The welcome address at the summer drinks party

Another year is drawing to a close which makes me reflect on the year to date and the impact it and the recession has had on the club and its activities. Despite the best effort of an excellent Saddle Club Committee which is always striving to involve the membership in events, attendance at both equestrian and social gatherings this year has been poor to such a degree that some events had to be cancelled. Members of the Committee and I are mindful that we are here to serve you, the membership, so the Riding Master has prepared a survey which I would like you all to complete and return to her, adding any comments you may wish to draw to the Committee's attention. The overall aim is to generate some activity within the Club which will enable it to hold well supported events where young and old members (in both senses of the words!) of our club can socialize together while enjoying the delights of equestrian activities thus putting the heart back into this Club. The AGM was very poorly attended: the Committee members out-numbered those attending . Of course, that could mean that you are all content with the way in which the Committee are running the Club but, even if so, your attendance would have confirmed it and given you the opportunity to have your say in the planning and execution of the Club's activities. Sadly, Debbie Pengelly stood down as the Social Secretary at the AGM. Debbie has always been a good ambassador for the Saddle Club and it was via her good Offices that we made friends with the Society of Equestrian Artists and established a rapport with them. William Sallitt and Clare Bower have kindly agreed jointly to take on the roll of Social Secretary. Also sadly, Hannah Beaumont, after two years, also stood down as our treasurer at the AGM. During Hannah's time as treasurer she put the Club's accounts on a firm footing and successfully had them audited. Hannah's place as treasurer will be taken by Tom Broadhurst who is a member of the Regiment serving in 2 Squadron and is currently learning to ride. I know that you will join with me in thanking the out-going Committee members for all the time and effort they have devoted to the efficient running of the Saddle Club and welcome the new Committee members.

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Christmas is not far away and I would like to remind readers that the Saddle Club has three members who are training for or are in Afghanistan at the moment and will be away from their loved ones over the Christmas period, they are Lenore Russell, Tim Johnson and Carl-Philip Thunstom. Let us all hope that they complete their tour of duty successfully and return home safely to their families and the Saddle Club. Remember to review and renew your riding insurance so that you are adequately covered for all the riding activities you peruse Best wishes. Edwin

THE KING'S TROOP RIDE

The HAC Saddle Club's King's Troop Ride in action.

The RHA and The Honourable Artillery Company have very close ties going back into the mists of time. HAC Soldiers trained at St John's Wood before going off to fight in the Boer War and continued to do so until WW11. After the War, The King's Troop was created and HAC riding at `the Wood' resumed. Later, in 1958, The Saddle Club was formed and continues the presence of the HAC at the Troop and maintains the strong links between our two famous military units. The Troop ride is held on Monday evenings from 1900hrs to 2000hrs at the Troop. Each week there will be eight horses available for booking but the ride is not for novices . Currently all civilian riding at the Troop is on hold while the Defence Estates department of the MOD restructures the procedures for civilians to ride army horse and directs all the implications attached, such as insurance of the Clubs who wish to ride there. Subject to clearing that hurdle, the proposed date for the resumed ride are as follows: Nov 16, 23, 30, Dec 7 then a break for Christmas leave, re-starting on Jan 11, 18, 25 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22. However these dates may be extended into early March, depending on the Troop's other commitments. On the 22nd February (subject to there being a ride) there will be a course competition where the riders attending the Troop ride will eagerly compete for the Phillip Cowper-Coles Cup after which there will be a drinks party. Should you wish to take part in the ride and or attend the drinks party then will you please contact Louise via e-mail [email protected] and register your interest.

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THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The annual general meeting of the Club was held in the Drum Room at Armoury House on Wednesday 14th October 2009. Although our President (Geoffrey Godbold) was present the meeting was chaired by the Club Chairman, Edwin Seabrook, the President suffering a loss of voice. In addition to the President and the Chairman those present were Bob Shedden (Secretary, Membership Secretary and Publications member), Hannah Beaumont (Treasurer), Jan Glen (Riding Master), Brian Kay (honorary Vice President), Philippa Turner, Lee Browne, Claire Bower, William Sallitt, and Ros Robey. Apologies for absence were received from Debbie Pengelly, Douglas Mann, Jane McGill, Mary Bagnall, and Louise Mottala. The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting but expressed his disappointment at such a small turnout. The minutes of the previous AGM, having been published in the Winter edition of the newsletter in November 2008, were taken as read. It was proposed by Geoffrey Godbold and seconded by Ros Robey that the minutes be adopted. There was unanimous agreement. Because the Treasurer had to leave early to attend a Regimental parade the Chairman altered the running of the agenda and called for the Treasurer's report first. Treasurer's Report. Hannah Beaumont presented the balance sheet attached to these minutes. She drew attention to the improved state of our finances, in particular a loss of only £290, as against £2625 last year. She reported the money spent on equestrian activities was broadly the same as last year. There was a small profit from the Summer drinks party and the polo picnic (which this year yielded £600 less than last year). Our subscriptions this year were lower by £600 than last year and the Carol Service supper attendance was lower. Our major item of regular expenditure continues to be the newsletter, followed by our annual insurance premium. The cost of re-flooring the Flemish Farm riding school was £18000 to which we contributed £2000. Hannah ended by saying that she had to step down from being the Treasurer but had found a replacement in the person of Tom Broadhurst, who is a member of the Regiment. The Chairman thanked Hannah for all that she had put into getting the accounts back into shape and getting the Club on a secure financial footing: they were now in fine order and were with the auditor. Afternote. The audited accounts will be published in the Spring newsletter. As a departure present and in recognition of all Hannah had done for the Club under quite difficult circumstances the President presented her with a bronze statue of a horse. Hannah then left the meeting to attend a Regimental parade.

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The Chairman called for reports from the Social Secretary and the Riding Master. The Social Secretary, Debbie Pengelly, presented a written report (now attached) because she was unable to be present. Debbie had already notified the Committee of her retirement because she was soon to leave London. The Riding Master, Jan Glen, reported three successful competitions this year. These were the combined training event in March and the John Palmer Cup and the Andrew Fellows dressage competitions held on the same day in May. The results had been published in the newsletter. The advertised pub ride on the Salisbury Plain in June was cancelled by the RA Saddle Club. In August there was an introduction to cross-country riding at the Ryecroft Riding School, near Reading. (Afternote. There is a full report elsewhere in this newsletter). In September six members went to Poplar Park, in Suffolk, for a mixture of cross-country and flat work. The facilities there were reported as outstanding and were very popular. There would be an escorted hack this month (October) and the Light Cavalry have invited us to take part in their Christmas Show. Next year there will be a `newcomers' hunt (perhaps as soon as the Spring) and also in the Spring and early Summer our own combined training and John Palmer events will be held again. There will be a dressage and show-jumping clinic at Wellington and a joint triathlon (running, cycling, and riding) in the Autumn, the purpose being to get non-riders interested. In addition Jan plans to link up with some or all of the London Riding Clubs events by taking up places in events that they organise. Jan produced a table of proposed events, annexed to these minutes. Ros Robey (from the floor) asked whether, in the light of transport and timing problems associated with getting to Flemish Farm, there was any possibility of linking-in with riding establishments in and nearer to London not only for the riding but also with a social side. What about, for instance, in the Richmond area? Jan said she had already identified Trent Park (a short walk from the end of the Piccadilly Line) and was looking for others. Richmond would be explored and she was looking out towards Essex. The Chairman said he was keen to re-establish weekly rides at establishments that were convenient from both the transport and travelling-time aspects. Lee Browne (from the floor) asked about Lee Valley and Woodreden. The Chairman, having visited the former thought that Lee Valley was no longer up to standard. Woodreden, was also difficult to get to without a car. It was, however, a good venue (and we used to use it some years ago). Maybe it was worth re-visiting. The Chairman's Report. Polo Picnic at Guards: Every year the Guards Polo Club invite us to hold a picnic there and to watch a prestigious polo match. Although popular in the past our attendance this year was down. There was a small charge per car and the income from that was very useful. We will therefore do it again next year and drum up some more support. Entries would still have to be on application and because of ticket distribution problems it was not possible to accommodate late entries. Hunting: This was a strong activity within the Club. He was delighted to report that Jane McGill had volunteered to be our new liaison link with the RA Hunt. She was a member of the Regiment (and on the same parade this evening as the Treasurer). All hunting requests should be channelled through her to avoid confusion at the RA Saddle Club stables. Our Club had recently to renegotiate our cap with the Hunt. This year it will be £30 per member

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per visit. The opening meet is on 31st October. A date for our own meet (at which we act as hosts) has not yet been fixed. (Afternote: now fixed as 20 February) Last year, he reported, we had 24 riders in the field and 45 at the Antrobus Arms dinner afterwards. It was, however, an expensive outing and always ran at a loss because of the high cost of hiring extra horses from Pewsey Vale @ £180 per horse per day, as against £80 from the RA Saddle Club. The King's Troop Ride: The continuance of this ride had come under threat this year because the MoD (who own all the accommodation, horses and equipment) came to realise it was getting no money for the use of these facilities by non-military people. Moreover, they were at risk in the event of an accident. An embargo was placed pending a renegotiation of the arrangements, in particular, cost and insurance. This is still afoot. It is beginning to look as if the hire fee will be in the order of £28 per rider per visit, together with an annual payment of £250 for each of insurance and administration. The Chairman is optimistic of a bearable outcome and a start date in November. He emphasised that the responsibility for this was not with the Army but with civil servants in MoD. London Riding Clubs Liaison Committee: The Chairman said these Clubs were from, for example, John Lewis, the BBC, the Civil Service and others. It was holding an AGM on 25 November, which he would attend. It would be a good opportunity, he said, to see what could be done about the problem of diminishing enthusiasm and to discuss what we could do for them vis-à-vis Armoury House and Flemish Farm. Trent Park: This had already been mentioned by the Riding Master. He was keen to get weekly rides going again and to regenerate a social side as well. Polo: Thanks to the influence of our President, and the generosity of Mr Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers (Chairman of Ham Polo Club) we had held a successful day at Ham Polo Club in September. Our Club entered two teams to play, respectively, 47th Regiment RA and the Adjutant General's Corps. We won both matches. The event was sponsored and our sponsors are keen to repeat that for next year. Claire Bower (from the floor) asked whether we paid Flemish Farm for the competition use of their horses. The Chairman said we did, having asked Caroline Quested to raise a bill. Claire commented that there was no general invitation to compete in the two Spring shows. The Chairman agreed but said there was a small problem about subsidies. Philippa Turner (from the floor) drew attention to a problem of Light Cavalry Supporting Riders apparently taking priority over Saddle Club members when it came to booking rides at Flemish Farm, both earlier this year and as recently as last weekend. Philippa mentioned that last week the Tuesday evening ride (which she had attended for a long time) the instructor was one of the grooms: that was not what she had paid £30 for. The President said he was aware of the booking problem but had been told by Caroline Quested that it was partly because the Supporting Riders paid a subscription to the Light Cavalry which we did not. The Chairman said that he would address these matters with the new Light Cavalry commanding officer. Presentation of Awards: The Chairman said that there was an annual award to the person deemed to be the best all-round rider of the Club. He said that in considering a candidate he took account as well of who had done the most for the Club during the year. The award this year would go to a person who had ridden frequently at hunting and polo and had done a great deal to support the Club wholeheartedly: it was Geoffrey Godbold.

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Motions from the Floor: There were none. Election of Committee for 2009/10: The Chairman said that the retirement of our Social Secretary and our Treasurer had already been noted by the meeting. At present there was no volunteer to replace the Social Secretary. Mr Tom Broadhurst (a member of the Regiment) had volunteered to become Treasurer. In addition, Miss Jane McGill (also a member of the Regiment) had become our Hunting Liaison Officer. All the remaining members of the Committee were willing to stand again for election. Thus the following offered themselves for election: Edwin Seabrook, Bob Shedden, Jan Glen, Louise Mottola, Jane McGill, Tom Broadhurst. It was proposed by Claire Bower and seconded by William Sallitt that they be elected en masse. All agreed. Afternote. After the meeting, William Sallitt and Claire Bower volunteered to be joint-Social Secretaries, and the Chairman coopted them. Any Other Business: The President made a point about the need for socialising within the Club possibly through group riding. Ros Robey wondered whether a weekly ride might be too frequent. William Sallitt wondered whether a survey of interest would be useful. Jan Glen said she had the matter in hand.

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HONOURABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY SADDLE CLUB Balance Sheet as at 31 July 2009 Notes 2009 £ 2009 £ 4,305 2008 £ 2008 £ -

Fixed Assets Current Assets Debtors Cash at bank and in hand

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1,411 12,821 14,232

3,843 10,679 14,522 (500)

Current Liabilities

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18,037 Reserves General fund - Balance brought forward - Deficit for the year 14,022 (290) 13,732 Revaluation reserve 1 4,305 18,037 Notes 1 Fixed Assets/Revaluation reserve The above revaluation reserve is comprised of 5 trophies valued during the year: Sphinx Andrew Fellowes John Palmer Pyramid Philip Cowper-Coles 1,625 453 448 630 1,149 4,305 16,647 (2,625)

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14,022 14,022

2 Debtors Prepayments (insurance) Debtors

911 500 1,411

3 Current Liabilities Provision for AGM dinner

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HONOURABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY SADDLE CLUB Income and Expenditure Account for the year ended 31 July 2009 2009 £ Income from subscriptions Equestrian activities Income Expenditure Total equestrian activities Social activities Income Expenditure Total social activities Other income Interest earned Result Administrative expenses Newsletter expenses Secretarial and AGM Club expenses Insurance Donations Other expenses Prior year adjustments Total administrative expenses Net deficit for the year 2009 £ 9,568 2008 £ 2008 £ 10,176

7,247 (9,576) (2,329)

6,832 (7,646) (814)

5,126 (4,271) 855 134 8,228

17,134 (24,789) (7,655) 25 394 2,126

(4,464) (500) (315) (989) (2,150) (100) (8,518) (290)

(3,158) (921) (197) (2,500) (205) 2,229 (4,752) (2,626)

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Contact numbers Flemish Farm Caroline Quested, Manager, High Standing Hill, Windsor Great Park, SL4 4LD Tel: 01753 622291 e-mail: [email protected] Jan Glen, Riding Master: Mobile: 07840 104455 email: [email protected] Louise Mottola Assistant Riding Master: Mobile (0) 7771 790 677 email: [email protected]

Please book lessons directly with Flemish Farm by phone or e-mail (and for cancellations). Please arrive at Flemish Farm at least ½ an hour beforehand as you will need to groom and tack up your horse. (Help is available for those less experienced in tacking up.) If you have to cancel a lesson less than 48 hours in advance you will be liable for the full cost. Dates Every Monday at the same times Flemish Farm, Windsor Event 19.30 ­ 20.30 Novice Lesson 20.30 ­ 21.30 Intermediate / Advanced lesson * Notes Instructor: Claire Russell Please book via Flemish Farm Maximum 6 riders Body protector essential for jumping. Clear round and top score jumping, Gymkhana games and lots of fun. Contact Caroline at Flemish Farm if you wish to enter. TBC January / February Larkhill: Cross-country clinic. A fantastic and rare opportunity to have access to the cross-country course at Larkhill with excellent tuition from Bryan Elliot. If you are interested in taking part please contact me at [email protected] or on 07840 104455 so I can update you once the details are confirmed. Body protectors are mandatory. Tbc March Combined Training competition at Flemish Farm John Palmer Cup and Pyramid Trophy competitions at Flemish Farm Dressage and show jumping. More details in the next newsletter. Dressage and show jumping. More details in the next newsletter.

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* Novice - Able to walk and trot independently and progressing to canter

Intermediate - Riding independently at walk, trot & canter, trot poles, progression to lateral work and jumping. Advanced - As above and confident at lateral work and jumping

Please remember that riding is a dangerous activity and although we hope you will never need to use it, it is vital that you ensure that you have adequate accident insurance cover. Dress for lessons must include a riding hat of the current standard and suitable riding boots (long or short and chaps are acceptable). No fashion boots or Wellingtons please. Coloured jodhpurs/ breeches are allowed except for competitions when they should be beige or white. Riding Hat Safety Standards. The safest standard for a hat is PAS 015, 1994 & 1998. The other approved standards are BSEN 1384, 1997, EN 1384, 1996. You should buy a new riding hat if your hat has sustained an impact (i.e. on a bad fall, banged head orbeing dropped - the damage may not be visible on the outside of the helmet), or if your hat becomes too tight, too loose or too old.

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POPLAR PARK RIDING WEEKEND 19-20 SEPTEMBER

After a worrying weather forecast, the sun came out and stayed out for our weekend trip to Poplar Park. After a short discussion about our abilities we were assigned our horses and headed off to the outdoor manege to be assessed. We then dived in at the deep end, almost literally in Victoria's case as her horse Shenny launched himself into our first obstacle, the water jump. The idea was to walk down the step into the water and then to demonstrate our jumping positions by jumping back out over the step. Fortunately Victoria sat the big leap well and didn't start the weekend with an unscheduled bath.

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Jonjo's careful selection of appropriate fences and his excellent instruction soon had us all successfully clearing a variety of obstacles. After a short break we set off and hacked across the expansive countryside to a nearby pub for lunch. The horses were turned out loose in the paddock at the back of the pub and we revived ourselves with a much needed cold drink and lunch. With both ourselves and the horses rested we tacked up and enjoyed the ride back.

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A very pleasant evening was spent at the Gosbeck Rectory, a delightful country house hotel where most people were staying. We enjoyed a delicious 4-course meal in our elegant private dinning room with some excellent wine. Sunday morning brought more lovely weather as we eagerly mounted up for another action-packed session. Juanita and Sharon opted for some dressage work whilst Steve, William, Victoria and I headed off with Jonjo to tackle some more of the extensive range of cross-country jumps available. Again Jonjo's brilliant instruction had us going over a great range of fences including the bank of 4 steps which proved quite a challenge. After a thrilling morning of riding we rewarded our very patient and forgiving horses with some well earned treats. We finished off the weekend with fish and chips at a lovely pub on the banks of the River Deben whilst sailboats glided along in the background. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend and I'm sure we'll be heading back to Poplar Park again soon.

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POLO 2009

As the polo season draws to a close now is a good time to reflect on what we have achieved this year and to consider what further progress we can make next season, which will start in April. To start with, three distinct groups have emerged. First is those players in the Regiment. Next there is a ladies group; and then there are those who fall into neither of the other two groups. However, these groups are not formal and (apart from entries for military tournaments) teams can be made up of any member of any group. Heading up all this there is a chairman, Geariod O'Connor, a treasurer, and a hard-working secretary, Charles Dehnel, who is the contact man for HAC polo. Given that under the rules of the Hurlingham Polo Association (the governing body of the game) each player must belong to a club that belongs to the Association, readers may recall that in the recent past we have encouraged our polo-playing members to join the polo club of The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Sadly, experience has shown that, as a generality, this has not been a good choice, largely because, for a variety of reasons, not enough polo is played there. In consequence much time and effort went into finding a club that better suited our needs and I am pleased to report that West Wycombe Park Polo Club was chosen and we now encourage all our new members to join that Club and our established players to switch into it. In fact, so far as playing polo is concerned it is unimportant which Club players join because once a member of a Club, so far as the rules are concerned, any player can play at any Club. So far as forming a team for a match or tournament is concerned the composition requirement is set by a tournament organiser, usually to even-up strength. The advantage of most players belonging to the same club is that they can train together. The advantage of joining West Wycombe Park is that they provide excellent tuition, have good ponies are readily available for hire, and play every Saturday and Sunday from April until the end of September. In addition the other Club members are most friendly and welcoming. So far as match play is concerned, I have earlier reported (in the last edition) the success of our ladies team at the Royal Artillery tournament on Thorney Island in June and also on the Regimental players in the Army Captains and Subalterns tournament in July in which they put up an excellent show against Regular Army cavalry regiments whose teams play together frequently. August was rather a slack month but it was enlivened by Alex Bance persuading his firm, JP Morgan, to challenge us to a match. This was played at Vaux Polo Club, near Reading, and we were represented by Claire Lee (as she then was: now Mrs Jeffery), Gearoid O'Connor, Tim Johnson and myself. Our opponents put up a jolly good fight but we beat them and we each came away with an engraved cut-glass wine goblet. Both sides were keen for a return match next year. In September there were two tournaments in each of which the HAC entered two teams. The first was our own tournament, organised by Edwin Seabrook and sponsored by one of his clients,Ultimate Security. Most readers will know that in past years we have held this event in conjunction with and in the afternoon of the Light Cavalry Annual Inspection. With the loss of the Flemish Farm polo pitch (due to Crown Estate works there) both they and us had to find alternative venues. Thanks to the very good offices of our President, Geoffrey Godbold, (who is also the Vice-President of Ham Polo Club) we were invited to hold our

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tournament at Ham. And so it was. On 13 September, a glorious day, our first match was against 47th Regiment RA with Allie MacLeod, Lexi Hendy (just recovering from two serious falls and a broken wrist therewith), myself and Anna Martin sharing No3 position, and Alasdair Grant (straight in from a two-week training exercise in the South of France) at No4. We gave 47th Regiment a run for their money and, as winners, we each went home with a coloured polo cartoon print. Our second team was Niomi Smart, Angus Piper, Ben de Revas (also just back from exercise), and Alex Bance. They played against The Adjutant General's Corps who put up a very strong resistance but not enough to win. An excellent buffet lunch was available in the Ham clubhouse and most of the afternoon was lost! Ponies for both events were hired from and transported from Adrenaline Polo, run by The Honourable Georgiana Crofton (at West Wycombe Park Polo Club) and very good they were too. We entered the second September tournament on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th by invitation from West Wycombe Park who had organised it as a "Farewell to First Season Cup " for (as is implied) those coming to the end of their first season of polo. In fact, this was a two-day event with the Club end-of-season Ball on the Saturday night. Two teams were entered under the HAC banner and they were put together for the first day by combining two novice players with two of the more experienced and for the second day separating them out into the novices and the experienced. All together there were eight teams fighting it out. Our first team comprised Patrick O'Riordan, Andre Perez de Herrasti, Angus Piper, and myself. Against some pretty stiff opposition which included a player handicapped at plus 2 and on whom the bets were for a win. But punters were disappointed because, thanks to some splendid play by our novices, we forced them to a six-all draw. Our second team was Nicky Hughes, Chris Raeburn, Jackie Dean, with Georgiana Crofton (on loan to make up for a player who dropped out at the last minute). Sadly, for them the opposition was too strong and they went down 2 goals to 9! Never mind! They played well together and learned much from the more experienced platers. Saturday night was, as I have said, the `end of term' party; a lakeside event in the grounds of Wycombe Park House (by courtesy of the Dashwood family) in a marquee decked out at a Moroccan nomad's tent, with a fancy dress theme of `Saints and Sinners'. Patrick O'Riordan went as Arch-Angel Gabriel (complete with wings!) and of course, the party went on `till 4am. Some of the more bold (or just drunk() swam the lake to the island in the middle and back and much other revelry besides. The play on Sunday got off to a shaky start! The HAC team was heavily defeated but were in amongst some really good, fast polo. One can always make excuses for a loss but our opponents had an Argentinean player who played the ball as others may have played a tennis: some wonderful shots and riding. The point of reporting all this is to illustrate that, at long last, what Edwin began six years ago has at last got off the ground and placed the HAC footprint firmly on both the military and civilian polo scenes. Next year we will do more and better. Shortly our polo chairman will call a meeting of those interested to discuss it. Bob Shedden

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UNIFORMED SERVICES SHOW

On Saturday 17th October 2009 the Light Cavalry, Honourable Artillery Company hosted the 32nd Annual HAC Uniformed Services Show-jumping competition (USS). This international competition is held each year by kind permission of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. . This year, The King's Troop RHA provided horses for twelve teams of servicemen and women. The competition attracts team entries from military units from the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium , France and other countries and over 50 competitors rode on the day. Teams are drawn from across regular and reserve Army, Navy and Air Force units, the Combined Cadet Forces and the Police Service The Show comprised two competitions: Competition One: The 4 person team show jumping competition for the Captain Richard Edmondston-Low Challenge Cup which also generates the individual winner Competition Two: The Major Hugh Auger `Fault and Out' show jumping competition for individual riders

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friendly rivalry was much in evidence. Three members of the Saddle Club competed, Christopher Robinson and Charles Gillow in their capacity as members of the Light Cavalry, and Trooper Jane McGill of the HAC Regiment. A number of members of the Saddle Club assisted in the running of the event, including Hillary Myerscough (as a judge) Captain Ben Loxton Edwards in his capacity as a physician (happily, not called upon), David and Gill Stockford, as Show treasurer, Philippa Turner who bought the prizes and organized the prize-giving, Kate Robinson as public relations and press secretary as well as manning the refreshment stall. In the evening a splendid dinner was held at Armoury House for all the competitors (irrespective of rank or status), an occasion much enjoyed by the foreign competitors especially. The principal guest was the Commanding Officer of The King's Troop, Major Neil Cross RHA Arriving for the dinner

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The above images of the HAC Uniformed Services Show are by courtesy of Ivory Images, 45 Garibaldi Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6PB. Tel: 01737 763708 [email protected] Images may be viewed on http://www.lchac.org.uk/ gallery43.htm and on www.ivoryimages.com.

Information on the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery The King's Troop RHA was formed on the orders of His Majesty King George VI in 1947 following his express wish that a mounted battery should be maintained and dressed in traditional manner to perform ceremonial duties. In addition to these duties as the Saluting Battery of Her Majesty's Household Troops, The King's Troop trains for operations and reinforces other Royal Artillery Regiments on operational tours and operations overseas. In recent times soldiers from The Troop have served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan They also participate in exercises and competitions in Australia, South Africa, Canada, Kenya and America.

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The Musical Drive consists of 6 sub-sections. Each one is made up of 3 drivers and 6 horses plus a Gun and Limber. Each sub-section is 18 metres long, the Gun and Limber weigh one & a half tonnes and there are NO brakes. These 13 pounder Guns were fired during the First World War. The Musical Drive is performed at County Shows throughout the Country as well as occasionally at shows in Europe. Information on the Light Cavalry HAC The Light Cavalry HAC is a ceremonial sub unit of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC). The Light Cavalry HAC was originally formed in 1861 as an extension of the HAC. For thirty years the Light Cavalry's primary duty was to provide reconnaissance troops for the Regiment. It was absorbed into the Horse Artillery element of the Regiment in 1891. In 1979, the Light Cavalry HAC was re-formed as a ceremonial unit but is run along military lines and with a military command structure. In 2004 it received a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen. The Light Cavalry HAC carries out many duties throughout the year, including Polo Guards at Smith's Lawn, Windsor and also acts as the official escort to the Lady Mayoress of the City of London The Light Cavalry HAC maintains close ties with local schools, cadet forces and other cavalry units, providing military equitation lessons from their stables at Flemish Farm, Windsor. All members of the Light Cavalry have served in the Armed Services or the Police Service for a minimum of 3 years. All of its members are volunteers who pay for their own uniforms and accoutrements, thus continuing the tradition of "yeomanry" units. Current members of the Light Cavalry have served in every conflict involving British Forces from Suez to the current deployment in Afghanistan. The Light Cavalry HAC is entirely self funding and relies on charitable donations primarily sourced within the network of the City of London. Information on the Uniformed Services Show In 1977, the then President of the HAC Saddle Club, Captain Richard Edmondston-Low conceived the idea of holding an equestrian competition, to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, to which all the Services would be invited to participate. The first one was held at The King's Troop RHA on 5th November 1977 Following the success of this competition, it moved to Park Farm in Northwood, Middlesex as at that time the venue offered more space for additional events such as a display by the Corps and Drums of the HAC and also the Pikemen and Musketeers. The 1979 show witnessed the first appearance of the newly re-formed Light Cavalry HAC. In 1981 the competition venue moved to Towerlands Equestrian Centre in Braintree. Whilst this centre offered marvelous facilities it was felt to be too far away from London. The show, which by now was becoming an annual event for the Saddle Club, moved back to St. John's Wood where it has happily remained. The Show has enjoyed the continuous support from all branches of the Uniformed Services (Navy, Army and Air Force) including the Police - (both Metropolitan and City) The competition is truly international with teams from France, The Netherlands, and Belgium competing annually. The Show would not be possible without the assistance of The King's Troop RHA. Without the loan of their horses each year it would be very difficult to organise the competition for teams who are unable to provide their own mounts. In 2002 it was not possible to hold the Competition owing to the impending fireman's strike. In 2005, the decision was taken to transfer the organisation of this unique event in the Military Equestrian World from The HAC Saddle Club to The Light Cavalry HAC.

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THE SAUMUR CHALLENGE 2009

Members may know that the Saumur Challenge is the French equivalent of our Uniformed Services Show and accordingly attracts military competitors from all over Europe. It is rotated through the various competing countries. Last year it was held at Melton Mowbray. In most years the HAC enters a team or individual competitors and a number of members of both the Company and the Saddle Club attend as supporters. This year there was, despite exhaustive calendar gazing, a direct clash of dates with our own show (reported on elsewhere in this newsletter). In the event only Christopher and Ros Robey were there to represent the HAC. The French and Dutch were very appreciative that the HAC had sent anyone and they made sure that we knew how much the HAC support was valued. Christopher reports that the French put on a very good show at Fontainebleau on the weekend 16th to 18th October. Both the cross-country and the show jumping courses were well laid out and testing and there was especially good viewing for the spectators. They had a wonderful sunny weekend. On the whole, he said, the quality of the horses provided was good, although there were the inevitable sluggish one or two, particularly over the cross-country course. The French team reaped its revenge for their last visit to Melton Mowbray by taking 2nd and 3rd place behind the Belgian team: the UK team trailed behind at 5th and 6th

Colonel Michel Bachette-Peyrade, French Team & Honorary Saddle Club member

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Entertainment in the evening was excellent. The band of the Republican Guard serenaded the host before they dined in Chateau de Fontainebleau. After dinner there was dancing to the same band.

Ros Robey in the Palace of Fontainebleau

Next year the event is to be held on the weekend 26th and 27th June in the Netherlands. It is hoped that our Club will send a party of supporters (and they will be made most welcome. The date is in the Club calendar!) and a number of competitors. Any member of the Regiment who would like to try for a place in the British team should contact Major Rupert Foster at [email protected] Fear not: the team is not impossible to get into. Indeed, bringing on competent but less experienced riders has been one of the traits of the British team for many years.

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HAC SADDLE CLUB HUNTING

In order to hunt with the RA and regardless of whether you hire their horses or horses from Pewsey Vale it is essential that you first have had a riding assessment at the RA stables in Larkhill. If you have already had an assessment would you please let me know by email or give me a call, because I need to compile an up-to-date list of those who have passed for the Saddle Club Committee and the RA stables. Once you have passed the assessment all horses are to be booked through me throughout the season. Another important requirement is that you are insured. Membership of the Countryside Alliance includes free insurance for hunting and other riding activities as well as free cover for shooting. Adult subscription is £52, which can be paid annually or quarterly, and the under-25 subscription is £15. On a lighter note on the 12th November there will be an informal after work drinks meet at The White Horse, Parsons Green. Come for one or come for the evening it will be a good chance to meet other people in the Saddle Club who hunt and it's always nice to see a familiar face out in the field. Friends and family welcome, the more the merrier. I have created a group on Facebook named, `HAC Hunting,' so do join for updates on all RA events and meets. If you aren't on Facebook and would like regular updates please email me so that I can keep you informed on everything that is happening. We now have a date for the HAC Hunting Weekend so get the 20th February 2010 in the diary it will be a fabulous weekend. There will be hunting during the day and then a good old-fashioned feed up in the evening at the Antrobus Arms. Horses and dinner will be booked and paid for through me using the application form attached to the details below. The individual must book accommodation at the Antrobus Arms. It is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment. One more thing, The Royal Wessex Yeomanry Regimental Ride is on the 5th December, at Worcester Lodge Badminton. This is open to those who have, or are currently serving in the forces and have access to a suitable horse. It is a 2.5 mile course with 16 jumps. If interested in entering email me for more information. Some details are published separately below. Looking forward to meeting you all over the coming season. Jane McGill 07956 203 103 [email protected]

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ROYAL ARTILLERY HUNT CARD

NOVEMBER ­ JANUARY 2010

DATE Sat 31 Oct Wed 04 Nov Sat 07 Nov Wed 11 Nov Sat 14 Nov Wed 18 Nov Sat 21 Nov Wed 25 Nov Sat 28 Nov Wed 02 Dec Sat 05 Dec Wed 09 Dec Sat 12 Dec Wed 16 Dec Sat 19 Dec Wed 23 Dec Thu 24 Dec Sat 26 Dec Wed 30 Dec Thu 31 Dec Sat 02 Jan Wed 06 Jan Sat 09 Jan Wed 13 Jan Sat 16 Jan

MEET Opening Meet The Packway Mess, Larkhill HH Crossing Beeches Barn Saddle Club, Larkhill. YO's Meet Weather Hill Firs Cap for Earl Haig Fund Carter Barracks The Bustard Inn Highland Cottages Queen's Building Military Meet X Belts Middle Barn, Chitterne Joint Meet with The Tedworth C1 Xing Tilshead Lodge Sling Green The Bustard Inn Middle Barn Farm, Little Durnford The RA Hunt Kennels Chitterne Playing Field Cap for Hunt Staff Ablington Farm Children's Meet Lavington Vedette Manor Farm, Bulford The Crown, Everleigh Stole Joint Meet at The Tedworth Carter Barracks Neston Park *Jumping* Joint Meet at The Avon Vale

PARKING Gd SU 128 454. Knighton Down, Larkhill. Hack from Knighton Down West around Camp to Packway Mess. Gd SU 244487. Hard standing North of the Perham Down Road. Gd SU 186 512. Gd SU 137450. Park above the P to P course and hack down to the Equitation Trg Wing back gate. Gd SU 205534. Gd SU 183448. Gd SU 090 464. Meet and parking will take place on the hard standing beside the pub. Gd ST 995 509. By invitation SWWH Please park to the S of the Racecourse buildings ivo GR SU 131456. Gd SU 217 461. On the hard standing to the North of the road. Gd SU 003 453. Park opposite the farm heading towards Chitterne or South of Crossing K. Gd SU 164462. Just off the track, next to the plantation. Gd SU 016470. In the layby to the N of the road. Gd SU 183448. Carter Barracks, Bulford Camp. Gd SU 090 464. Meet and parking will take place on the hard standing beside the pub. GD SU 133 334. Parking at the Driers Gd SU 183448. *Carter Barracks*, Bulford Camp. Gd ST 991442. Pse follow directions of the Parking Marshalls and DO NOT OBSTRUCT the road. Gd SU 161468. Pse park at C Crossing East GU 164462 Gd SU 024533. Gd SU 183 448. Pse park at Carter Barracks, Bulford Camp, and hack to the Meet. Gd SU 205534, Pse park at Weather Hill Firs. Tedworth Hunt Hon Sec: Harriet Allen 01672 562063 or 077672 17292. Gd SU 183 448. Carter Barracks, Bulford Camp. Call RA Hon Sec for details, email to follow.

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MEET Cadet Camp Royal Artillery Hunt Point to Point ­ First Race 1100hrs. Highland Cottages Rookery Farm, Burns Meet Cap for HSBS Gd SU 040467.

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ALL MEETS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CHECK WITH HUNTSMAN

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The Big Weekend 22/23 January 2010 Pie and Mash Night, Point to Point and the Hunt Ball

Following on from the success of the festivities earlier this year the Big Weekend will be back again for 2010. · The weekend kicks of with the traditional Pre Point to Point Pie and Mash Evening on 22nd January at the Crown at Everleigh. Contact: Major Ed Botterill 07970 797187 or [email protected] The Royal Artillery Hunt Point to Point at Larkhill Racecourse is on the Saturday 23rd January with the traditional King's Troop Race at 11.00am to start the proceedings so get your picnics and thermals ready. Contact: Alex Connell 07771503533 or [email protected] The Hunt Ball is back and will be held at Horne Barracks Officers' Mess after racing on Saturday 23rd January. Final details are being put together as we speak, but tickets are likely to be in the region of £75 a head to include drinks reception, dinner and dancing. Tickets are limited to 100 so contact Ali Wilson to reserve a table or tickets. Accommodation is available at the Mess, at very reasonable rates for entitled members, and can be booked through the Central Accommodation Service on 01252 352154. Contact: Ali Wilson 07787 502572/01264 773191 or [email protected]

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THE ROYAL WESSEX YEOMANRY REGIMENTAL RIDE 2009 ENTRY FORM

Rider: .................................................................................................. ....................................................................................

Rank and/or Title: Regiment: Division:

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Please state qualification for entry into chosen Division (see para 3b): ................................................................................................................ Name of Horse: 1. 2. .................................................................................

I enclose the entry fee of £50 + £10 deposit for a number bib. *I do/do not wish to hunt with His Grace the Duke of Beaufort's Hounds. I enclose the appropriate field money. I hereby state that the ifnroamtion contained within this entry form is correct and that I conform to the eligibility criteria laid down for the race. I understand that The Royal Wessex Yeomanry and its designated organisers accept no responsibility for any loss, accident, damage or any other liability arising from the race. I hold third party liability insurance for myself and my horse. I accept the compulsory safety dress code and will dress accordingly. Delete as appropriate.

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Signature ......................................... Return to: Capt C A Rotherham LD Adjutant Address: .......................................... The Royal Wessex Yeomanry Allenby Barracks ....................................................... Bovington Dorset ....................................................... BH20 6JA Tel No: ............................................. by 1600 hrs Fri 27 Nov 09 E-mail: .............................................. Please note e-mail address to be used for enquiries is: [email protected]

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ADVERTISEMENT: NEW LIVERY YARD IN ASCOT

Bex Harris, who members will recall as being a Light Cavalry groom at Flemish Farm, has, in partnership, opened a new livery yard with the name FOXTROT EQUITATION She writes; "We are a small exclusive private yard situated in the heart of Ascot, home of the most prestigious race meetings in the world. It has fantastic traffic links to the M3 and M4 motorways and is only 40 minutes from the centre of London. "Our stable yard is purpose-built and well maintained to the highest standards. It is situated down a private road in the heart of the Crown Estate. All our stables are generous foaling boxes 16ft x 15ft. They are light and airy and fitted with automatic drinkers. We have a lovely outdoor manage overlooking the grounds, with a small picnic/ seating area for the use of clients. There is, as well, a jumping paddock during the Summer months. "We have a fully equipped tea room/kitchen with table and chairs and a cosy sitting room for clients' relaxation. There are also bathroom and shower facilities. "We at Foxtrot pride ourselves in the re-training and re-homing of ex-racehorses and are pleased to be able to offer a limited amount of livery services designed to meet the needs of each individual horse and client. Below is a list of some of the packages we offer. Foxtrot 5* full livery Foxtrot 5* training livery Foxtrot 5* rehabilitation livery Foxtrot 5* sales livery "Foxtrot Equitation is dedicated to offering a top-class individual bespoke service. For further details please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements or to arrange a meeting and come along and meet us. We look forward to working with you." The website is at www.foxtrot-equestrian.co.uk

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Honourable Artillery Company Saddle Club Carol Service Supper Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The Regimental Carol Service will take place at Armoury House on Wednesday the 16th December, commencing at 1900hrs. This unique service is taken by the Regimental Padre the Revd Canon David Reindorp whose ability to spread the Christmas spirit is unequalled. This year's service will be held in the Prince Consort Room and is a wonderful opportunity for members of the HAC, associate members and their families and friends to renew old friendships and make new ones. After the service, you are invited to join other members of the Saddle Club in the Queens Room at 2015hrs promptly for their annual Christmas Carol Supper. Rosette of Smoked Salmon, Rillette of Smoked Trout and of Smoked Eel with Potato and Beetroot Salad Served with: Backsberg Chenin Blanc 2007 Daube of Venison braised in red wine with Baby Carrots, Red Cabbage and Dauphinoise Potatoes Served with: Chateau Lescalle 2003 Christmas Pudding Parfait with Cinnamon Spiced Plumbs Coffee and Chocolates Hutcheson Port, HAC Special Reserve This is a well-attended event that sells out every year, so if you would like one or more of the 45 places available, please complete and return the form below by 7TH December 2009.. ----- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------To William Sallitt, 103 Darwin Road Ealing London W5 4BB I ................................................... would like............. place(s) @ £35 per head to the HAC Saddle Club Carol Service supper and enclose my cheque made payable to the HAC Saddle Club for £ ............. My guests are (print in block capitals and continue on the reverse if necessary. Please include titles): 1..................................... 2.................................... 3.....................................

I/my guests have the following dietary requirements: ....................................................................................... My telephone number is ............................. and my e-mail address is ...........................

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GORDON WINTER PERPETUAL TROPHY

presented by

THE HONOURABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY SADDLE CLUB

To the RIDER of the WINNER of the NATIONAL PONY SOCIETY RIDDEN MOUNTAIN AND MOORLAND CHAMPIONSHIP to be held at OLYMPIA, 21st December 2009 at 2 pm. Gordon Winter, who was a man of very many interests, pursued a career in journalism commencing in 1931 with the FIELD magazine. He also worked with the Editor of RIDING magazine (the well known equestrian authority R. S. Summerhays) before finding his way to the LISTENER Magazine in the late 1930's. After World War II he worked for the BBC, first in the European Service and later as their representative in Canada, where he learnt to ski. However it was in 1958 that he began a long association with COUNTRY LIFE magazine, becoming Assistant Editor in 1962 and subsequently Chief Assistant Editor, a post he held until he officially retired in 1977. He continued to maintain a close interest with Country Life, contributing articles on a regular basis and he also remained Consulting Editor until three months before he died. He was a countryman at heart, a keen horseman, an historian and was always interested in the conservation of British Breeds becoming President of The National Pony Society in 1991. It is therefore fitting that this trophy is awarded to a Rider in a Championship which is under the auspices of the NPS. Gordon Winter joined the Honourable Artillery Company in 1937. However, having joined, it was not long before Gordon Winter was called up to see active service with the Royal Artillery during the 1939-45 War in Europe and North Africa. He rose to the rank of major. It will not surprise you to learn that he was for a short time connected with one of the last horse-drawn Artillery units, although they were then rapidly being phased out. After the war he renewed his association with the H.A.C. and in due course joined the Saddle Club. He was an active participant in all Club matters, equestrian and social, regularly riding with his friends at The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace (as was once our privilege). At the age of 78 he was still entering Club dressage competitions to show that it could be done and it was whilst riding in such a competition at the Royal Mews that he collapsed and died in 1993 at the age of 81. The Trophy presented to the winner is in his perpetual memory. The Saddle Club has purchased a block of 20 good seats for the occasion @ £45 per seat.

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From:.................................................................................................................................................... To: Edwin Seabrook, The Dugout, Flat 15, 27 Bunhill Row London, EC 1Y 8LP Please send me................tickets for the afternoon performance of the Olympia Horse Show on Monday 21st December 2009. I enclose my cheque for £................

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Hunting weekend 20th February 2010 To: Jane K McGill, 556 Garratt Lane, London SW17 0NY From: ............................................................................................................................................. Address: ............................................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................ Phone (Office).............................................. (Home)................................................ (Mobile).............................................................................................................. E-mail................................................................................................................ Please book me a place on the hunt for Saturday 20th February 2010 @ £95 per horse (this includes a £30 subsidy from the Saddle Club). The Cap of £30 is to be paid to the Hunt Secretary on the day. I enclose a cheque in favour of the HAC Saddle Club for £......................................... Riding /Hunting experience...................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................ If possible what type of horse do you prefer to ride? ....................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................... This information will be passed on to the supplier of hirelings. The HAC Saddle Club cannot be held responsible for the type or temperament of the horse you are provided with. Are you a hunt member? or a supporter if so please give details? ................................................................................................................... .................................................................................................................... Date of birth ....................................Weight .........................Height ..................... Next of kin details Relationship....................................................Contact Number.................................... Address.......................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................... Please return to Jane McGill by Monday 12 th February 2010 The Hunt Supper I will/will not be attending the Hunt Supper at the Antrobus Arms on the evening of the hunt at £35 per head which includes wine and port at dinner. Please book me ......places (to be paid for by cheque with this application) in the name(s) of .......................................................... My dietary requirements are: ............................................................................................................................................... Accommodation at the Antobus Arms (tel: 01980 623163) is to be booked by the individual for the Friday and/or Saturday night. It is recommended to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. There are: 2 Superior double rooms @ £85 single £95 couple. 2 Premier double rooms @ £75 single and £85 couple. 9 ordinary double rooms @ £65 as a single and £75 a couple; 2 twin at same price as ordinary double; 2 single @ £59.

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To help us plan riding events that our members want please complete our short survey and return to the address at the bottom by 31st December. Those members for whom we have an email address will also receive an email invitation to complete the survey online should you find that more convenient. If you do not usually receive emails from the Saddle Club but would like to be added to the distribution list, please send a request to me at [email protected]

1. What type of events do you plan to attend? (Please tick both if you wish) Social Riding

2. What type of riding activities would you like to attend? (tick all that apply) Lessons Hacking 1-day courses / events Weekend courses / events Hunting Polo (learning to play) Other (please specify

3. What type of lessons would you like to attend? General riding improvement Show jumping Dressage X-country Combined training Stable management Other (please specify)

4. What is your preferred location for lessons? Flemish Farm London ­ Central London ­ North London ­ South London ­ East London - West Home Counties Other (please specify)

5. When would be your preferred time for lessons? Saturday Sunday Weekday evenings Weekday daytime

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6. Where are you willing to travel to for 1-day courses / events? Flemish Farm London 20 mile radius of central London 50 mile radius of central London Other please specify

7. Where are you willing to travel to for weekend events? South Midlands North Wales Scotland Ireland Europe

8. Do you have your own horse? Yes No

9. Would you like to bring your horse to Saddle Club activities / training? Yes No Comment

Please provide your postcode:

Please add any other comments:

Your name: ............................................................................................................................................ Your email address ................................................................................................................................

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please post to: Jan Glen 15 Beehive Lane Binfield, Berks, RG12 8TX

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