Report from Ballindenisk & Punchestown

Racing at PunchestownThe Fellows and Instructors Association was well represented in Ireland during April.  Ballindenisk International Horse Trials were held in County Cork by kind permission of the Fell family.  It had FEI classes from 1* to 3* including a Nations Cup team competition. Nick Turner FBHS was there as the Irish team manager, Anne Marie Taylor FBHS had a pupil in the 3* class and was seen training and supporting him.  Kylie Roddy BHSI had a successful weekend finishing 2nd in the CCI 1* with Guzzi and in the top half of the large CICO3* class.  It was very amusing that several of Kylie’s supporters can lip read because whilst she was show jumping the word which popped out certainly wasn’t fiddlesticks!!!!  Jillie Rogers BHSI our chairman, was seen to have writer’s cramp when scribing for the 52 strong CICO3* class for Ground Jury member Ann Bostock BHSI.  The event also saw Ireland’s F and I rep Faith Ponsonby BHSI grooming/helping her son in law who was competing. Jim Newsam rode Magennis, bred and produced by wife Emma, and for Faith, Kilcooley Michael, both doing lovely clears cross country.

The Tuesday after Ballindenisk was the first day of the Punchestown NH Festival.  Faith was amazing in producing a picnic for at least 30 people which was held on sloping ground before racing commenced.  Jillie made a fantastic cheesecake for which the recipe involves teaching 3 lessons and adding ingredients as pupils change over!! Ann took wine (most important) and very enjoyable evening was had with excellent racing.

It is good to see that our members are so versatile and active in the equestrian industry.

Margot Tiffany’s Funeral

It was with much sadness that many of us attended the funeral of Margot Tiffany BHSI at St Mary’s Church, Hornby on Monday 20thApril.  It was a beautiful day, with the sun out and the temperatures high.  The church was as expected full to capacity with many choosing to stand outside and listen to the service of Thanksgiving and Celebrations of Margot’s life.

Margot was a passionate advocate of The British Horse Society qualification system and successfully trained innumerable candidates.  Her pioneering teaching efforts in China led to two individuals gaining the BHSAI qualification – a source of enormous pride for this dedicated lady.Always able to bring people together in her true belief of the Society’s aims and objectives, Margot volunteered on several County Committees, taking the Chairman’s seat on no less than three occasions for BHS Merseyside, BHS Durham and BHS North East Yorkshire.  Margot also served as a BHS Trustee from 2008 to 2011 with particular interests in Qualifications and Training, Education and Welfare.  Year after year Margot rose to the challenges facing her, always cheerful, optimistic and skillfully able. One of Margot’s close friends described her as “Yorkshire through and through – like a stick of Scarborough rock”!The horse world held Margot in high esteem, not least for her wisdom, sense and sensibility – qualities integral to her roles as an International Trainer, Judge and Chief Examiner. Her achievements were recognised in 2012 when she received the prestigious Bodynfoel Award for excellent service in promoting the work of the BHS (pictured). Margot promoted goodwill and collaboration across the equestrian community and her contribution to the continued success of the Society was without question.

Donations would be gratefully received for the BHS Scholarship fund, please send cheques made payable to ‘The British Horse Society’ and marked on the back ‘Scholarship Fund’ to Laura Pepper, Director of Fundraising, The British Horse Society, Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2XZ.  If you wish to find out any more information regarding this fund please email Laura: laura.pepper@bhs.org.uk or phone 02476840500.

Jo

Spring Newsletter

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!  The grass is looking greener, the clocks have changed, garden centres are in full swing telling us to plant the tubs and hanging baskets, and our horses/ponies are busy slipping their coats.

Members of The Fellows & Instructors Association who knew Margot Tiffany have been stunned and shocked by the sad news of her sudden death.  Her funeral took place on Monday 20th April.

Welcome to three new members: William Micklem FBHS, Co. Wicklow, Lucy Gavrilovic, Oxfordshire and Sarah Drewett, Buckinghamshire.

The Fellows & Instructors Association has also been in full swing since the very stimulating Annual Course in January.  I don’t think the organiser, Ann Bostock, could have fitted another session in with either Coach, AND Jennie Loriston-Clarke and Nick Turner have agreed to return next year.  So, diary date that now, 6th& 7th January 2016.  You will all have read the reports, however, suffice to say that Jennie ensured every rider thought and rode forward, and whilst watching Nick from the café with Jennie’s voice coming across via the microphone system Nick appeared to be saying exactly the same thing to the jump jockeys – fantastic.

The evening dinner saw everyone in their ‘glad rags’.  The meal was really good, Tim Downes FBHS gave us some of his brilliantly witty odes, whilst Eric Smiley FBHS was presented with the Pat Smallwood trophy, which had earlier in the day been reunited with its sculptor Jo Knowles FBHS.  Jo named her beautiful sculpture ‘Wistful’ after a mare she had at the time she sculpted it, so ‘Wistful’ she will be.

Next on the calendar was 26th January – aday at Talland with Pammy Hutton FBHS.  Reading those reports the attendees were kept warm by listening to Pammy’s pearls of wisdom as some very smart horses were worked and discussed.

The National Equine Forum in London in early March always offers the Association two tickets.  Our representatives this year were Ann Bostock and Margie Craib, and a full report gave us an insight into the always-topical day.

10th March at Wellington was organised by David Sherrin BHSI,where Judith Murphy FBHS and Captain Richard Waygood kept everyone on their toes with a variety of work from flat and jump lessons, lungeing practice over fences, and a lecture demo on free schooling/jumping. The photos and videos on Facebook made me very green as I couldn’t be there…

A very different experience was arranged by Pippa Hatton BHSI at Moulton College on 31st March.  Attendees looked at the importance of understanding how and why the horse needs to be fit for purpose as well as ways to achieve this with modern techniques.  Again some good photos on the F&I Facebook page.

NOW I’M GOING TO ALLOW MYSELF A RANT!!

My thanks go to all those very good and enthusiastic members who organise these days for the rest of us to attend.

HOWEVER, PLEASE PLEASE can those asked to do a report on the day do it as quickly as possible.  Also, Facebook is a brilliant tool BUT not every member uses it.  So, I take a look and see what a brilliant day has been put on by ….. at ……. with great pictures of happy smiling horses & people, but this has not gone forward to our web page or to our secretary Di Roberts.  Sally Newcomb runs the web page, and she will put up adverts for the events, and she will then put up the reports, and would like pictures. Sally is on sallynewcomb@me.com– go and look at the www.fandiassociation.org.uk web page as it’s had a face lift and is our main advertising space and shop window to the public.

Di Roberts is on dianneroberts@live.co.uk– she will forward your report on to all the membership.  Di is such a gem, she also sends snail mail to a few of our more mature members who don’t use the internet.

RANT OVER

Other things have been on the agenda since the Annual Course.  Alison Craig and I have taken it upon ourselves to catch up with some of our “golden” Fellows, for an occasional series in British Horse Magazine.  We visited Helen Webber and Sister Chiara and had great fun listening to them reminiscing about past students and their own horses.  Wealso sent Jo Knowles our questionnaire and received a very full reply.  We’ve a number of others listed for visiting but if anyone can suggest a Fellow who “needs” a visit from the two of us then please give me a shout.

Our F&I page in British Horse Magazine continues to be available and is in the capable hands of Jo Winfield.  I asked for help earlier this year and have over a year’s worth of response, and so the next issues will have articles written by members that will show to the public the Association’s diversity and wealth of knowledge across many subjects.

SOME FUTURE DATES.

IRELAND: 

April 8th an evening presentation by William Micklem FBHS at Ballylanigan House by kind invitation of our IrishRepresentative Faith Ponsonby: CROSS COUNTRY MATTERS.The reporthas now been posted.

April 28th PUNCHESTOWN Races please contact Faith on kilcooly@indigo.ie

August  6th Royal Dublin Horse Show Ladies Day, contact Jillie on jillierogers001@gmail.com. Once again tickets for the day have been sponsored by a client of mine for F&I members, and these will include entry to the Stewards and Judges box for the morning to watch all the Young Event Horse classes. Names ASAP.

SCOTLAND:

Erik Mackechnie has taken on the role of Scottish Representative, Erik is on erikmac@aol.com

May 11th Patrick Print will facilitate a day watching advanced flatwork riders. Contact Erik as above for further details.

The Longine FEI Europeans September 10th-13th at Blair Castle sees a Course Walk with Yogi Breisner on the Friday and Russel Guire will discuss biomechanics and research development in the equine world on the Thursday afternoon, in the BHS tent.

ENGLAND:

8th May Badminton Horse Trials Course Walk with Nick Turner FBHS, Irish Team Trainer, contact Ann Bostock on 07889648478

18th MayTraining Day with Judy Harvey FBHS, Riding and Spectating day, contact Ann as above.

1st August Hickstead Ladies Day, details will be available very soon through Karin Irvin,  Lynn Petersen’s PA.  “Posh Frock” day!

4th September Burghley Horse Trials Course Walk, contact Ann as above.

Further Dates to be confirmed: Carl Hester Morning – spectate only

Emile Faurie Morning – spectate only

FINALLY:

2016 is our 30th Anniversary Year so thinking caps on to make this a year for celebration.  There are already plans afoot to jazz up the Annual Dinner and organise a trip abroad, so ‘Come one and all, let’s celebrate’!

Jillie Rogers, Chairman.

Margot Tiffany BHSI

Margot Tiffany receiving the Bodynfoel Award from BHS President Martin Clunes in 2012
Margot Tiffany receiving the Bodynfoel Award from BHS President Martin Clunes in 2012

The BHS and F & I Association have been shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of former trustee Margot Tiffany BHSI at home on Thursday 9 April.

Based in Yorkshire, Margot began her equestrian career with the Staintondale Pony Club, passing her ‘A’ Test and never looking back.

Achievement of the BHSI qualification ultimately followed and few equestrian organisations have not benefited from Margot’s experience and expertise.  In particular, British Riding Clubs and British Dressage offer her an enormous debt of gratitude for her tireless work.

Margot was a passionate advocate of The British Horse Society qualification system and successfully trained innumerable candidates.  Her pioneering teaching efforts in China led to two individuals gaining the BHSAI qualification – a source of enormous pride for this dedicated lady.

Always able to bring people together in her true belief of the Society’s aims and objectives, Margot volunteered on several County Committees, taking the Chairman’s seat on no less than three occasions for BHS Merseyside, BHS Durham and BHS North East Yorkshire.

Margot also served as a BHS Trustee from 2008 to 2011 with particular interests in Qualifications and Training, Education and Welfare.

Year after year Margot rose to the challenges facing her, always cheerful, optimistic and skilfully able. One of Margot’s close friends described her as “Yorkshire through and through – like a stick of Scarborough rock”!

The horse world held Margot in high esteem, not least for her wisdom, sense and sensibility – qualities integral to her roles as an International Trainer, Judge and Chief Examiner. Her achievements were recognised in 2012 when she received the prestigious Bodynfoel Award for excellent service in promoting the work of the BHS (pictured). Margot promoted goodwill and collaboration across the equestrian community and her contribution to the continued success of the Society was without question.

BHS Chief Executive Lynn Petersen said:

“We are all shocked by the sudden loss of our lovely friend. Margot was one of a kind, beloved by everyone who knew her.

Countless horses and riders around the world owe their very existence to her talent for developing potential. Margot Tiffany was an ambassador for all that is best about horses and riders and the BHS…and we will miss her.”

 

 

Report on ‘Cross Country Matters’ at Ballylanigan House  

A very successful evening was organised by Faith Ponsonby BHSI, Irish Representative, and Jillie Rogers BHSI Chairman of the Association of Fellows and Instructors of the British Horse Society on 7th April.

“Cross Country Matters” was the topic delivered to a full house at Ballylanigan House Mullinahone Co Tipperary by kind permission of Faith and Peter Ponsonby

The evening was delivered by William Micklem an International Coach and Fellow of the BHS.  He reminded us that simplicity and fun are key elements when coaching, and that horses are not designed to be “fenced in.” The importance of the three ‘F’s of Forward, Feel and Fifth leg training was emphasized    He explained the importance of riding across different terrains to encourage horses to develop self- carriage and learn to find this “fifth leg”, thereby  making preservation between horse and rider more instinctive,and helping to develop a safer partnership across country. The important link between dressage, show jumping and cross-country training was also highlighted. William emphasized the importance of the development of a balanced secure position with the “rider’s centre of mass being over the horse’s centre of mass” and which could be adapted over a variety of fences and terrain. This was very effectively delivered in his presentation and in the excellent handouts provided to all on the evening

After some refreshments the discussion was complimented by Peter Ponsonby FEI TD, and an authority in cross country course building.  Peter gave us valuable tips and advice on the safe construction and securing of cross country jumps and the use of frangible pins. He reminded us that we should be making the most of our local cross country facilities, that are available, but also making us aware that the cross country jump needs to be respected, as should our horses.

The evening highlighted that the coach is the strongest link in the enjoyment of our sport, and is key in improving communication between horse and rider.

Report written by Bridgette McCarthy BHSII and Alison Handle BHSAI Grennan College Co. Kilkenny

Event date 7th April 2015