Chairman’s report, AGM 2012

The last year has been a relatively mild and dry one which has allowed many competitions and training events to go ahead with few cancellations and days lost to bad weather. This has been quite a relief when we have to forward plan our two day training conference in January. For many this year has seen a downturn in business and commercial development. With rising costs of forage and fuel to name just two expenses that we have had to bear. We have all had to reflect long and hard on our profitability and our economic base line with no immediate upturn forecast.

When we consolidate costs we often have to reduce expenses in non-prioritised areas of which training and marketing can fall under and at times be considered luxury items. But not all is bad news, this can also be a time to re-train and consider alternative income streams to support out finances. This year has seen an increase in the number of complete BHS Instructors, all of whom are warmly welcome into the F and I Association with a year’s free membership.

Developing an entrepreneurial attitude within our business is a skill most of us have; we are always trying to find an extra income stream and up skilling ourselves. It is with this in mind that I hope many will attend the March Conference which is aimed specifically at the marketing of our businesses, the use of modern media materials and questioning ourselves as to what our individual image and identity is to our clients.

The F & I is a group founded on the training and continual development of its members. However all too often if falls down to the same people to run and organise training activities for a few members to enjoy. Some activities bring in reasonable numbers but many a potential good day is cancelled due to poor commitment beforehand. I ask each of you to let myself and any of the committee members to know what you would like to see delivered, but don’t be surprised if we expect you to support it! Numbers can be small, so regional / local days are equally as valuable as a major event. So please let us have your input and commitment.

On another note, Di Roberts as secretary has been asked to promote through the website training days / clinics run by individual members. I think that our website is an excellent forum to support each other. I would like this to become more formal whereby members can email their clinic to Di for uploading to the site. Full details of the format will be made available.

Lastly, I wish everyone a fruitful 2012; the Olympics in our own Country will be an event not to be missed with many of you actively involved in its delivery. The Equestrian and Paralympic teams are in strong contention to achieve many successes. Good luck to all and every F & I member into 2012.

Jo Winfield FBHS

Jump training with Kenneth Clawson, F&I Annual Course

As a first timer to this course, I was a little apprehensive about what to expect, however I was quickly put at ease by all! A lovely welcome indeed!

Day 1

Kenneth Clawson our jump trainer for the two days decided to have a theme.

“How do we as riders know what contact, feel and timing is? As coaches how do we teach it? “

A wide topic as these words will and do mean different things to everyone, including me. I was fortunate enough to ride three different horses, of various levels and these words had very different meanings to each of the horses I rode, this depended on the horse’s age, stage of training and horse and rider combination strengths and weaknesses.

Kenneth used his counting of canter strides down the long side from quarter maker to quarter marker in a 23m x 40m area just wider than the average dressage arena. This self-educated riders as it highlighted the horse and riders ability to shorten and lengthen. Or lack of one or other, a constructive exercise as it sharpened up the riders timing while maintaining a comfortable contact with the horse and riders had to remain soft in feel. Read more Jump training with Kenneth Clawson, F&I Annual Course

Dressage Training with Judy Harvey, F&I Annual Course

Having been asked to write the report upon the training I decided rather than report upon my view alone, a more accurate picture would be provided for those unable to attend, if I asked willing participants to summarise their view upon how their experience had benefited them. Responses such as …..

“Great to have fresh solutions to problems and to be able to ride in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere”

“Lovely to see progression between horses and riders between this and the last session with Judy”

“Both trainers were able to identify the same training problems being encountered – great to practice differentiating the aids and variations within the gait to benefit both flat and jump”

“Encouraged me to ride through problems encountered so developing more challenge to me and my horse”….clearly support how successful the sessions were. Read more Dressage Training with Judy Harvey, F&I Annual Course

Minutes of the AGM 2012

held on Wednesday 11th January 2012 at 7pm
at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks
1 Present: 
Jo Winfield (Chairman), Judith Murphy (Treasurer), Dianne Roberts (Secretary), Ann Bostock, Mandy Luesley, Lizzel Winter (Committee);
Bryony Wilson, Nicole Biggs, Maggie Doel, Biddy Brasted-Watts, Sam Champney-Warrener, Eric Smiley, Margie Craib, Alison Craig, Ernest Dillon, Cherry Elvin, Jennifer Ham, Nicki Herbert, Carol Bennitt, Sue Payne, Ann Peate, Joanna Potterton, Jenny Ward, Simon Somers, Victoria Thirlby, Karen Winston, Joanne Potterton, Becky Monk, Liz Eaton, Sam York, Lyn Baldwin, Jane Smart and Becci Trower.
2 Apologies for absence

Read more Minutes of the AGM 2012

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