LONGTON RIDING CLUB NEWSLETTER
                                       
NOTICE CONVENING THE AGM
 
The Annual General Meeting of the Longton Riding Club will be held at 8.00 pm on Monday 30th
January 2017 at Walmer Bridge Village Hall, Gill Lane, Walmer Bridge. PR4 5GN.
 
At the AGM the following items of business will be included on the Agenda:
 
1.     To receive reports from the officers
2.     To receive and approve the Clubs audited accounts
3.     To accept any resignations from the Committee and fill any vacancies
4.     To elect a President.
5.     To appoint a Treasurer
6.     To appoint an Auditor
7.     To set membership fees for 2017
8.     To set entry fees for 2017
9.     To discuss any items received in advance in writing from the members.
 
N.B.   The Vice Chairman must receive any items for discussion in writing, this can only be made by a member or the parent of a Junior member and arrive no later than 16th January 2017.
Correspondence for these items to the Vice-Chairman: Mrs P Lunn.  20 Jolly Tar Lane, Coppull, Chorley.   PR7 4BH  email plunn1@btinternet.com
 
If you wish to put yourself forward to serve on the committee please note. you must be over 18 and be seconded by another member and the nomination must be with the Vice Chairman by 16th January 2017.
 
Following the AGM we will be holding a Quiz and free Buffet Supper.
 
 
SCHEDULE ADVERTISEMENT AND SPONSORSHIP
 
If you would like to advertise in our schedule please contact Julie Walker on 07717 277280 or email julie761@btinternet.com before the 31st January 2017. The rates are very competitive, £25 for half a page, £40 full page in black and white, coloured pages are £70.
 
Sponsorship of a class for the season is £10 with your name being recorded in the schedule.  If you can support us please contact Julie on the above number or see her at the AGM.
 
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW AT 2016 RATES
 
The British Riding Clubs affiliation fee for each member is £11.50 for 2017. This is expensive but we consider it important that we remain an affiliated Club and have the insurance that they offer.  Members can also get a reduced rate for British Dressage and British Eventing competitions by quoting their Riding Club membership number.
  
SPECIAL OFFER 
 
EXISTING AND NEW MEMBERS FOR 2017 can make themselves members at the 2016 rate of £26 (Plus £1.20 postage) but must take up this offer by the 30th January 2017.
 
If you wish to take advantage of the above offer please complete a membership form and return it to Patrica Lunn with your cheque or alternatively apply for membership on line and pay via PayPal.  Membership application forms can be downloaded from the club website www.longtonridingclub.comPlease make sure you include your email address and mobile phone number on this form as we intend to continue to send out information by email and text messaging next year to save the ever increasing expense of postage and printing.
 
Your membership card will be sent to you directly from British Riding Clubs.  When the schedule is printed we will post it to you.  If postage is not included with your membership payment your schedule will be held for collection at the shows.
 
Please Note this offer will close on 30th January 2017, any received after that date will have to pay any increase set at the AGM.
 
DATES FOR NEXT YEAR
 
Next year we will be affiliating to the following societies to give our members the opportunity to qualify.   The societies are Equifest, Royal London, TGCA, BSPS, PUK, Cherif, NCPA, VHS, Blue Chip
 
LONGTON DATES 2017
 
26th FEBRUARY             SUNDAY              NLG INDOOR SHOW JUMPING
15th APRIL                      SATURDAY         1st DRESSAGE SHOW
23rd APRIL                      SUNDAY              1st POINTS SHOW
6th MAY                          SATURDAY         RIDDEN SHOWING CHAMPS
14th MAY                        SUNDAY              2nd POINTS SHOW
20th MAY                        SATURDAY         2nd DRESSAGE
21st MAY                         SUNDAY              IN HAND CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
4th JUNE                          SUNDAY              3rd POINTS SHOW
10th JUNE                        SATURDAY         3rd DRESSAGE SHOW
17th JUNE                        SATURDAY         RESERVE DATE RIDDEN SHOWING
18th JUNE                        SUNDAY              RESERVE DATE POINTS SHOW        
25th JUNE                        SUNDAY              4th POINTS SHOW
1st JULY                          SATURDAY         4th DRESSAGE SHOW
9th JULY                          SUNDAY              5th POINTS SHOW
15th JULY                        SATURDAY         NLG S/JUMPING BOLD HEATH
22nd JULY                       SATURDAY         5th DRESSAGE SHOW
30th JULY                        SUNDAY              6th POINTS SHOW
12th AUGUST                 SATURDAY         6th DRESSAGE SHOW
27th AUGUST                 SUNDAY              7th POINTS SHOW/TROPHY SHOW
10th SEPTEMBER           SUNDAY              RESERVE DATE POINTS SHOW
17th NOVEMBER            FRIDAY                PRESENTATION DANCE
29th JANUARY 2018      MONDAY             AGM
 
Spare Points Show dates in case of early season cancellations.
18th JUNE
10th SEPTEMBER
 
NLG INDOOR SHOW JUMPING AND HUNTER TRIALS QUALIFIERS
 
Any riders junior and senior who would like to take part in the NLG Area Indoor Show Jumping at Osbaldeston Riding Centre on Sunday 26th February 2017 please contact Laura Walkden on 07795830046 no later than 15th January 2017.  The Championships for the Junior and Senior Novice classes will be at The College Equestrian Centre, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford over the weekend of the 1st & 2nd April 2017.  The Intermediate Championships for the Junior and Senior classes will be at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks on the 29th & 30th April 2017
 
The Hunter Trials (cross country) Qualifier will be held at Bold Heath, Cheshire, on Saturday 25th March 2017.  Anyone wishing to represent the club at this Qualifier please contact Laura Walkden on 07795830046. The NAF Festival of the Hunter Horse Championships will take place over the weekend 20th & 21st May 2017 at Washbrook Farm Aston-Le-Walls NN11 6RT.
 
NLG QUALIFIERS FOR BRITISH RIDING CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dressage to Music                  Saturday 20th May at Osbaldeston
Dressage and Riding Test       Saturday 17th June at Rochdale
Horse Trials                            Sunday     2nd July at Somerford Park, Cheshire
Show Jumping and
Style Jumping                        Saturday  15th July at Bold Heath
 
TRAINING DATES 2017 
Show Jumping training sessions will be held at Osbaldeston Riding Centre on the following dates:-
10th January, 14th February and 7th March from 7-9 pm.  Please contact Peter Butler on 07979960033 to book a place or for more information.
Flatwork training will again be held at Thompson House Equestrian Centre, Standish on the following dates:  17th January, 21st February and 28th March with sessions 7.00pm and 8.00pm. Trainer Sue Pimbley. £20 per rider.  Please contact Irene Grundy on 07597 374008 for further information. Training Nights will re-commence in October 2017 - watch the website for dates in late summer.
 
SHOWING EXTRAVAGANZA EVENTS
 
Ridden Showing Show  - 2017
The Annual Ridden Showing Show will take place on Saturday 6th May.  We have classes for WHP, M&M’s, Hunters, Hacks, Riding Horses, Ridden & In-Hand Coloured, Show Ponies, Show Hunter Ponies, Part bred Arabs together with qualifiers for TSR, Equifest, Cherif, Chaps, BSPS, NCPA, SSADL, BSPS Bright Stars.  You don’t need to be a member of any society to compete and prize money is awarded in most classes.  We have our £100 Supreme of Show as usual kindly sponsored by Ian Mollard and continuing on from the success of 2016 is the Longton Riding Club Members Supreme.  This will be open to the highest placed Longton RC member in each class and will have a £50 prize plus sash to the overall winner which is kindly sponsored by Mrs Brenda Burton.  The show schedule will be available in the New Year from the club website.  If anyone would like to sponsor either a class at a cost of £10.00 or the sashes for any of the section championships for £20.00, please contact Christine Pearsall, email: christine.pearsall@btinternet.com or telephone 07881 783974.  We do hope that as many LRC members as possible support this show as all profits go straight back into club funds.  Remember you do not have to be a member of any of the societies to compete.
  
In-Hand Championship Show – 2017
Sunday 21st May 2017  -  Affiliated to NCPA, ROYAL LONDON & TGCA.
 
We are pleased to announce that our annual In-Hand Championship Show will have its usual fabulous prizes, sashes, rosettes and trophies and the entry fees will be remaining the same once again.
 
This show is open to members and non-members and all enquiries are very welcome.  With classes to suit everyone, this is one show not to be missed.  For more information please contact the show co-ordinators Irene Grundy e.mail dollarbobs1@btinternet.com  mob 0759 7374008 or Rebecca Thornley e.mail rebecca@longtonridingclub.com  mob 0753 4431144.
 
The schedule will be available to download from our website at the beginning of February 2017. There
will be all your favourite classes as well as the special class for Rescued Horses & Ponies very
kindly sponsored by Ms Kathy Hyde. Exhibitors are asked to provide a brief summary of the history
 of the animal and these are taken into consideration by our special judge.
 
We would like to thank all the sponsors of our previous shows and hope that they will continue to
support us for this unique showing extravaganza.  If anyone would like to sponsor any of the
classes or special awards for the 2017 show then please contact Irene Grundy on 0759 7374008.
There may be spaces available for some trade stands on Central Avenue - again anyone interested
should contact Irene.
 
Dressage
 A new dressage season is upon us and in 2017 Longton Riding Club will be holding all the usual Intro, Prelim, Novice and Elementary classes, not forgetting the Pairs dressage at the last show which will be awarded a trophy on the day.
 
As a club we also compete in the Northern Liaison Group (NLG) team events both in the summer and winter seasons, starting with the summer qualifiers which are held at Rochdale Riding Club in June. This is a qualifier for the National Championships held at Lincoln in September. Anyone who is interested in being considered for selections should tick the appropriate boxes on your membership application form and also text Suzanna Whalley on 07855 854294 or see her at the Dressage Shows. Please note that the club has to submit the preliminary entries for these events early in the season, so Suzanna must be aware of your interest in time to be considered for selections. Attendance at the early shows is recommended.
After a successful win at Lincoln in 2013 of the Rural Riders (team of six riding in formation) we will also be looking for senior riders who would be interested in competing in this event again this year.  For further information and to register your interest please contact Suzanna.
We all wish you the best of luck for the coming season and hope it’s a successful one for you all.
 
 PAYPAL
 
We already offer the Ridden Showing Show and the In-Hand Championship to be entered on line and paid for via PayPal.  We are pleased to announce that it is also available for Memberships, Dressage entries and Training. However, if you wish to pay for Training by PayPal you must first book your training sessions with the organiser concerned to ensure that there is a space available for you.  Please note, PayPal payments are not available for the practice evenings at the showground.
 
FINALLY
We still need your help, as we state every time we contact you.  Quite a few of your committee are getting on in years, we need new young enthusiastic people to join us and help in the running of your club, and help with fund raising and social events, hopefully taking the pressure off some of us old timers.  Without new younger blood on the committee the club will cease to operate and a wonderful facility will be lost, please don’t let this happen, it is too good to lose.
 
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on the Monday the 30th January at the Walmer Bridge Village Hall on Gill Lane, Walmer Bridge.PR4 5GN.  Come along and enjoy the free buffet supper and quiz that follows the meeting.  This is your club, come along and give us your support.
 
On behalf of your Committee I would like to wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and look forward to seeing you all next season.
 
Mick Cookson
Chairman

Testimonials:

"When I compete at LRC if I do something wrong the judges will tell me how to improve. Everyone is friendly and I have made new friends and I am looking forward to shows starting again."
Macy Martland age 10
Ceulan Silas (Bobby)

"Has given me and my horse a fun and friendly place to compete. We both love coming to Longton and have achieved things I never thought possible :) xx"
Jennifer Mckenna
Hamish

Official photographer:

Ken Ettridge Photography has a wide selection of photographs available for you to view, from various equestrian events held this year, as well as a choice of other sailing and still life photographs.

Visit Ken Etteridge Photography

Interested? Please get in touch:

Address: Moss Lane, Off Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland, Lancs, PR26 8LX
Telephone
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