Riding Club News
Happy New Year 2021!
The YCRC AGM and First Annual Awards
The end of 2020 saw our very first club members Zoom meeting.
Don't say we don't move with the times!
Beginning with a Festive quiz and some additional fun and games, our AGM was held alongside a prize raffle.
Our Chair thanked all of our members for supporting the club through a difficult and uncertain year. Our secretary and treasurer for their essential work behind the scenes organising and running the club and events.
She celebrated the success of our hastily rearranged events and our fabulous camp and thanked our dedicated team of instructors who continue to support us and help us and our horses improve.
We also held our First Annual Club Awards. The categories awarded by the committee and instructors from culmination of the year's events. We have two perpetual trophies gifted by committee members and these lovely individual trophies for members to keep. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for supporting our club and events.
Thank you to all that attended. We had a good turn out and all that attended enjoyed themselves.
2020 YCRC Award Winners
Junior Award - Jess Columba
Senior Award - Julie Dixon
Best Newcomer - Freya Wilson
Most Improved Combination - Amy Hill
Outstanding Partnership - Gabrielle Shaw
Attendance Award Junior - Holly Thomas
Attendance Awards Senior - Steven Gale
Best Turned Out - Holly Thomas
Special Award - Jilly Gale
YCRC Camp 2020
Oh what an amazing weekend! The YCRC 2nd annual camp was a resounding success! Thank you to Hamley Hagg farm and their excellent set up for hosting us. We are a tough lot and the challenging weather forecast for the weekend did not hold us back, nor did the additional health and safety requirements!
Huge thanks to the instructors who give up their time to support us and impart their infinite wisdom to help us learn; Jack, Ellen, Thelma, Lesley, Anna, Mark and Dean. We packed in flat work, dressage, Franklin Balls, Cross Country, Showjumping on grass and working hunter jumps alongside, quizzes, bingo and mountains of food and cakes.
Our four legged friends were all amazing and adapted and settled well into their holiday accommodation. And, who in actual fact were cosier than the campers, several of whom had leaky tents from the huge amount of rain!
Additional thanks goes out to everyone else behind the scenes who made the whole thing happen. Out parents and families who prepared you all so well and support us, our camp helpers and cooks, our committee who helped with shopping, baking, organising activities, recci visits and Jill at the helm of it all.
We hope you had just the best time ! We did...
The Yorkshire Coast Riding Club receives BRC affiliation
Less than a year old, January was a tense time for the members and committee of the YCRC. Formed in the Spring of 2019, had we done enough to be recognised and affiliated to the BRC?
We were delighted to hear the answer was YES! We've come a long way - see for yourselves!
Our Year in Review 2019
Spring was in the air as we sprang into action as a new Riding Club, dreaming up and putting into action, our plans for our fledgling group of members. From the start, we knew how horses run in the family and for adults and children to ride and enjoy horses together was our overarching aim. We began to organise lessons using the great indoor arena at Upsall Grange Farm and the lovely outdoor of Wardman's at Thrushwood Farm. These two venues would soon become the main focus for our regular activities proving popular and central for accessibility.
Becoming braver we organised away days to Thornthorpe Cross Country Course and an Easter pleasure ride with egg hunt. Away from our steeds we held a series of educational veterinary evenings in collaboration with Oakland's vets and exciting domino drives.
Towards the summer we geared up for our showjumping accumulator competition, running fortnightly to the final in July and our Grand Summer show with jumping, showing classes and games. The club also ran the horse events for Barnby show where several of our members took home prizes. At the end of Summer we held our first club camp. No-one can say we're not ambitious! Four instructors, 55 members and everyone's horses and ponies descended on Roxby for lessons, games, pleasure, instructional demonstrations, rides, competitions, entertainment, camp cooking and loads of cakes. Even in the windiest conditions, we had just the best time.
Alongside this ran lessons in dressage, jumping, horsemanship practical sessions for our junior members and even a fun day with apple bobbing!
In the Autumn, we began our series of pole work lessons which have proved extremely popular. We held our first Halloween fancy-dress showjumping competition and we held our second clay pigeon shoot and yes, more dominoes!
During the winter we have kept ticking over with our regular lesson slots and we have been for an informative tour of Oakland's Vets equine facilities. We held a Christmas meal and social event and Cooper Wilson the horse whisperer came to talk to us all.
What a great start and we aren't finished yet! Just look at our events pages to find out what's planned for 2020 and more!
We have continued to grow in members throughout the year and we are all very proud of our club, what we have achieved and the friends we have made.