The National Equine Forum Thursday 4th March 2010 

The Annual National Equine Forum was held on Thursday 4th March 2010 in central London. As part of the Forum, and as a result of the interest shown at last year’s forum in Tim Hadaway’s presentation on Greenwich and the proposed site for the equestrian events of the 2012 London Olympics, a tour of that site was arranged for Wednesday afternoon with Tim as tour guide.
Alison Craig and I participated and, interesting and informative as the tour was, we remain sceptical about the choice of site on logistical grounds (it appears to be too small and has poor access) and the lack of any physical legacy. We do however have faith in Tim and his organising group and if, as seems, Greenwich is the venue then we’re sure if anyone can pull it off then Tim can!
For those that may have doubts about the nature and severity of the cross country phase, don’t. It won’t be a galloping course, it will be more like “Gatcombe Open”, with steep gradients, plenty of turning, accuracy at a premium and large crowds in close proximity to the course. “Handy” horses will be a necessity! But although a short course, the topography of Greenwich park will make it a stiff test.

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March Newsletter 2010

Dear Members

Once again, after the awful winter, we are steaming ahead into a late Spring.

Although we unfortuntely had to cancel our course at Addington, Jo Winfield organised a brilliant study day at Hartpury on 23rd February (see report) which also enabled us to have the Association’s AGM over the lunch break of the day, together with a committee meeting to organise this years events.

We’ve had our second event already – the representation at the excellent National Equine Forum which included a walk round Greenwich Park, site of our Olympics, (see report). Please look at the events we have planned for 2010, put them in your diaries and call the organisers now so as not to miss out. All events are with our top trainers, designed to be informal and encourage discussion, and are always great fun and well worth the effort of attending. On the social side, Hickstead is a real treat and a chance to dress up a bit, let your hair down shouting at the scurry and terrify yourself on the course walk of the Queen Elizabeth Cup. It really is a lovely day out in the company of friends.

Do you know of a Fellow or BHSI who perhaps used to be, but is now not a member? Or someone who has achieved their BHSI but somehow slipped through our net? Please encourage them to join our Association – slip them a membership form off the website! Even bring them to Hickstead.

Our Association is going from strength to strength and we also are looking for a new Secretary and newsletter compiler as Alison has done her 3 x 3 years….could it be you?

Call or email Alison for an informal no committments chat, as they say!

Finally, please try and use this website for information and dates over the coming year.

I look forward to seeing you all at some point over the year.

Yours sincerely

William

William Blane FBHS – Chairman, F & I Association