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The committee of the South Brent Riding Club appreciate the support our members have shown to the club during 2021/22. To ensure that we too are supporting the wider communities and charities that are struggling during these unprecedented times, we would like to confirm that any excess funds that are left from clinics and events this year will be donated to these good causes on your behalf that for the year ended 2021 we donated £100 to our friends at Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled. Pictured is Peggy Douglas Senior Coach and Managing Director from the Erme Valley RDA and Liz Lavers SBRC Chairperson

We would like to thank all of our local equestrian centres and coaches who have supported us again in 2021, ensuring we have been able to support members with varied and interesting events and activities for them and their horses – making sure we provide options for all members, from grass roots to those wishing to be more competitive – thank you

The Brook Equestrian Centre – Peggy Douglas

Fitzworthy Equestrian Centre – Kim Northcott

Ivybridge Equestrian Centre – Sandra Grose

Lower Downstow – Caroline & Lee Devenish and Roy & Shirley Hayter


As well as the arenas provided by Louise Jones, Tanya Retter and Yvonne Eastmond

Kate Sandel

Vanessa Bee

Alex Ashton

Sarah Simpson

Julie Brand

Roy Hayter

Claire Rushworth


We are looking forward to 2022 with much excitement !



Roy Hayter Pole Work and Show Jumping Summer Sessions- May/June & August

These sessions have proven to be exceptionally popular with all filled & a waiting list for all. Thank you to Ivybridge Equestrian for supporting us again with these clinics, another great venue.  Roy has been working with all levels of membership, helping some to regain confidence and start jumping again, to supporting some of junior members ahead of their various competitions.


Andrew Summer Sessions at Budleigh Equestrian – June/July/August

Thank you to Sarah and Tris at Budleigh for looking after us over the summer for our evening sessions which have all been fully subscribed and really appreciated. A lovely new venue for us and beautifully looked after.

The sessions have taken many forms, and helped support our members either with some core basics, learning dressage tests and practising more advanced work for the Nationals !


Pamper Day - Rivendale

Great day on the Pamper camp at Rivendale. We were very well looked after and spoilt by the Rivendale team. Thanks Donna Blight for the fab massage and amazing cake.
Christine made an phenomenal afternoon tea with crustless sandwiches of all varieties and homemade scones. Pretty sure the horses felt very pampered too thanks to Catherine.
Thanks to Julie Brand for a great Trec taster session great way to start the day.


Better Balance Workshop with Amanda Cree and Andree Lucy – July 2022

Better Balance Workshop – we had lots of new tricks to use for mindset and visualisation techniques. With some great exercises to help with posture and straightness and brain retraining.


BRC National Qualifiers – Horse Trials at St Leonards – July 2022

A fantastic birthday treat for Jo Green, winning a very strongly contested Senior 80 and qualifying for the Nationals with Bailey

The Junior team also had some fantastic successes - Chloe Lewis finishing 7th individually in a challenging competition, Mia Major clear in both SJ and XC with a good Dressage although slight rider error kept them out of placings and Mollie Retter had clear SJ and reasonable Dressage but uncharacteristic Elim XC.

Really proud of all our #SouthBrentRidingClub members and supporters

And special mention to Andrea Newton for volunteering on behalf of the club all day at the event.


Summer Show Jumping Qualifiers – Colraine – June 2022

The Junior Squad firstly represented the club and they totally smashed it !! Jumping 3 rounds, both indoors and out, having to walk 3 courses, coping with changes in time and last minute course amends !

Results :-
Junior Style 75 - 1st Mia Major
3rd Maisie Penfold
Junior Style 85 - 3rd Mollie Retter
5th Chloe Lewis
TEAM - 1st and NAF Qualifiers
Junior 80 - 1st Mia Major
5th Maisie Penfold
7th Mollie Retter
10th Chloe Lewis
TEAM - 1st and NAF Qualifiers
They were a credit to themselves and their ponies - only 2 poles across 12 rounds !

Jo Green and Butterscotch Bailey represented the Seniors in the club and again just unlucky in their round not to gain a ribbon.


Working Equitation with Yloande Iford  -  May 2022

A new clinic arranged for members with the option of having ridden support or working inhand. Some great feedback – and the horses really worked their brains on the day and learnt lots !


Tina Fitzgibbon Equichanics – April 2022

A totally fascinating evening with the highly interesting and knowledgeable Tina. "Great though provoking lecture.”  “couldn't stop talking about it today and saying how interesting it was” & “couldn't stop talking about it today and saying how interesting it was”

We also raised money through an evening raffle to support Ukrainian Horse aid.

We will be arranging a demo session during the autumn months.


Andrew Lovell Evening Flatwork Sessions – April


These sessions have proven to be very popular with all 3 hours booked well in advance. We will be moving to a fabulous new venue for the club, outdoors, in June at Budleigh Equestrian for these sessions and will be able to extend the numbers available – see our diary for more details.

But in the meantime we have seen changes in ways of riding as well as tack from the sessions so far – all with fantastic feedback – here are a few pics !



Andrew Lovell – Arena Eventing at Downe’s Farm – 5th March


It was the first time for a few years that saw some members travel to Tiverton to enjoy a clinic with Andrew over the Arena Eventing course – we had planned to go grass XC at Pontispool but the weather put paid to that and we swiftly changed plans !

It was great fun, albeit cold for the spectators ! Steps up and down with jumps in and out of the arena, some great learning for everyone – something we will definitely be repeating !


Pictured are Eliza Melvin riding her very own Rocky, and in the bottom picture, Jo Green, Donna Blight and Mollie Retter, with Andrew Lovell.

Andrew Lovell – Evening Flatwork Sessions @ The Brook – 21st February and 7th March

These new fortnightly evening sessions are already proving a hit with both Senior and Junior members – groups of 2 or 3 juniors have filled all spaces at the first 2 we have run with repeat attendance now building, helping to provide ongoing support and improvement. Pictured is Tanya Retter on her own horse, Cornflake with Andrew Lovell

Roy Hayter – Poles and Showjumping Clinic @ Fitzworthy – 27th February


A full and busy clinic saw Roy help 8 members improve their technique and confidence ! Some of the comments received back included ‘Thank you today Roy! Very much enjoyed ourselves and learnt alot. Thank you for your patience. Will hopefully see you at the next one ( with maybe some improvement)’ and ‘She loved it and was raving it about it to anyone who would listen when we got back to the yard!!!! Thank you’. We saw both Senior and Junior members attend and with April already full, it is proving to be a very popular clinic. Pictured is Claire Dodd riding her own horse, Sally with Roy Hayter in the background !

Area 19 Junior and Senior Combined Training Winter Qualifiers at Colraine Equestrian Centre on 15th & 16th January.

It was fantastic to see our first Junior Combined Training team take on the challenging qualifier event. The team comprised Eliza Melvin riding Rocky, Maisie Penfold with her own Danny, Chloe Lewis on Dennis and Mollie Retter with Arfur Crown ! Only one of the team had competed in Dressage previously and none of them had ever competed in a Combined Training, so lots of prep before the event learning Dressage tests, what to wear, what tack to use !!! The girls did brilliant and individually Eliza was 2nd in the Prelim 7 and 75cm, Maisie was 3rd in the Prelim14 and 75cm with Chloe securing a 5th with the Novice24 and 85, helping the team overall to secure 5th! All of them had brilliant fun – as you can see from the pictures!

And then we had the Seniors Day where the club was represented by one of our newer members, Jo Green, riding her own Butterscotch Bailey. The pair had a fantastic day, with strong competition in the Novice24 and 85cm to secure a 5th place as an individual ! Well done Jo and Bailey!

Claire Rushworth Pole and Showjumping Clinic 28th November

It was lovely to have Claire back with us at The Brook for the start up again of her popular clinics. We will be including Junior slots for these clinics in 2022 so book early ! Unfortunately everyone was too precoccupied to take many pics but I did manage to find one of Jo Green riding Tanya Retter’s Cornflake and Lisa Penfold on her own Rose.

Area 19 Junior and Senior SJ Quals at The Duchy 7th and 20th Nov

It was fantastic to see the Club represented at the SJ Qualifiers at The Duchy. Mollie Retter and Eliza Melvin flew the flag for the Juniors and did very well in the 70cm and the 80cm – Eliza was representing the club for the first time and was brilliant with her pony Rocky over a tricky course. We then had Zoe Hayter, Jennifer Michelmore represent the Seniors later in the month. They were delighted with the horses for their first big shows and looking forward to the Summer qualifiers ! Well done to everyone who attended – thank you ! Picture of Mollie Retter with her own Arfur Crown

Alex Ashton Enlightened Equitation – The Brook 6th November

 The first and successful day of clinics run for members by Alex Ashton. We had a full day, with new horses and owners coming along to work with Alex to better understand their horse. Some key basic essentials were taken away and we will be running these as a series in 2022. Picture of Jo Green riding Tanya Retter’s Cornflake and Lisa Penfold on her own Rose.


Other News From November

Also held in November we had our popular Mechanical Horse sessions at The Brook, which was superbly run again by Peggy Douglas with individual members – and sold out almost immediately – and also our TREC Session, which again is very popular with members, and run by Julie Brand at Lower Downstow.


Kate Sandel Clinic 25th April 2021 – at Lower Downstow Farm

A new and fascinating clinic run by Kate Sandel, where 7 of our members enjoyed sessions helping to better understand their horses, as well as providing some great practical approaches for working with your horse, looking at balance, straightness and ease of movement. This time all ground sessions, with an innovative hour also using a trailer ! It felt brilliant to be out doing some diverse work with the Riding Club again !


Sarah Simpson Clinic 12th July

A brilliant day to resume our Riding Club clinics and events following the challenging start to 2020. We had six members enjoy the sunshine and a return to having fun with their horses at Torpeek Stables by kind permission of Louise Jones.


A fantastic (albeit long!) day at the Duchy College yesterday for the Area19 Winter Qualifiers.

The Juniors were first in the morning with the Dressage - Mollie Retter placed 2nd in the Prelim 12 and Freddie Retter 2nd in Novice 30 - well done both of you.

The Seniors were late(r) in the day - Ayesha Sheffield, Steph Treeby and Kyla Ryder as a team in the 70cm. A fab finish in 2nd place, with Kyla securing first as an individual and qualifying for the Area UK 2020 Championships !

Amazing results !!

Well done - the club is very proud of you all ! For anyone else interested in any competitive events, please let Maddie Heywood know so we can help and support you at the Area events.


We were well represented at the Senior Dressage qualifiers at the Duchy College on a very wet and cold day with Ayesha Sheffield, Steph Treeby, Andrea Newton and Yvonne all representing the club Andrea was placed 3rd and Yvonne 4th in the Intro A.

Well done all for representing the club so well - its great to see the interest and enjoyment across the members.

Roy Hayter Jumping Clinic @ Ivybridge Equestrian 9th June

...and the sun was shining ! Our very popular sessions with Roy saw the groups extended to full capacity.

Great feedback “I really enjoyed my first jump clinic with Roy - I took a lot from it and looking forward to my next one” and ... “Proper first time jumping today - and we managed a double!”


Claire Rushworth Pole and Gridwork Clinic @ Ivybridge Equestrian 26th May

The third in the series of successful clinics with the nationally reknown trainer. The first of our outdoor events of the year saw a well supported morning.

Great feedback from owners with young and old horses, learning and refreshing some critical basic pole and grid work. Claire also took our first Junior session which was good fun with plenty of help for impulsion and brakes!

Trec Taster Session with Julie Brand 12th May

Several members of all ages enjoyed a really fun session with Julie at Lower Downstow.
“It was fabulous - we had so much fun, he’s my own little superstar!” And “It was great fun, turns out my pony is quite good at it too!”

Indeed we found out that doing the Maypole, and going under the branches is not as easy as it sounds - great fun but also really important learning as well!

Area 19 Dressage Qualifiers @ St Leonards Equitation Centre Cornwall 11th May

Our first Junior representative, Freddie Retter,  made the trip to Cornwall on the lovely Master Midget (Mac) and did brilliantly well, securing first place and qualification to the Nationals in Lincoln later in the year. Well done Freddie!

Spring Dinner @ The Moorland Hotel, Wotter on Saturday 6th April

A lovely evening of food, drink and great company was enjoyed by 24 members of the riding club at The Moorland Hotel. Its nice to be able to chat in comfortable surroundings, away from our 4 legged friends once in a while!!

Members feedback - ‘ Great value menu and loved having our own roo !’

‘It was nice to catch up with people - and meet some new members’

Vanessa B Clinic @ Lower Downstow on Sunday 31st March

March saw the return of the very popular clinics that have run throughout all of 2018. Vanessa caught up with some of the regular members who attend, and also saw the start for some new members. The natural horsemanship techniques that Vanessa teaches are helpful for all riders, young or old, experienced or not and again everyone took some homework away with them to ensure the learnings are embedded at home!

Members feedback - ‘It is amazing how much they have come on in the last 6months working with Vanessa”

‘It has made so much difference at home’

Junior members feedback - ‘A real eyeopener’

‘A great opportunity for you and your pony to spend time together having fun’

Claire Rushworth Clinic @ The Brook - 17th March

It was great to finally get back to the clinics after the weather and flu challenges in February. Claire provided some thought provoking and interesting mental challenges for the riders and horses as she worked through balance and gait in a variety of grid and gymnastic sessions.

Members feedback - ‘Thank you - another great clinic today! Feeling exhausted now! :)'

‘Awesome clinic today! Thank you for having me and Indy’

The next clinic will be at Ivybridge Equestrian on Sunday 26th May - book early to avoid disappointment!



SBRC Minutes

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