Summer Newsletter – May 2012

Forthcoming events:

The Futurity Young Stock Day and barbeque being organised for the summer by Mandy Luesley has been postponed until next year. This is due to the sale of many of the current young stock that could be seen and evaluated this year. Mandy believes that next summer will be a more valuable and beneficial time for all interested parties as there will be a greater number of “new” and quality young stock available for viewing and evaluation purposes.

Mandy Luesley would like to remind all F and I members of the forthcoming training with Judy Harvey on Monday 21st May – there are still some places left so please contact Mandy directly on 0208 529 5012 or 07941 116498 or contact by email: mjluesley@sky.com

Show Jumping training with Ernest Dillon FBHS on Monday 16th July. This clinic is aimed at all standards of horse. It is open to Fellows and I’s and those training for the E and T. Start 9am at Wellington Equestrian Centre. Cost £40.00 per horse. Spectators welcome. This event is being kindly organised by Annette Christey who can be contacted on 07884498743 for booking information. Spectators welcome.

The Royal International Horse Show – Ladies Day at Hickstead on July 21st 2012. Costs and contact will be posted nearer the time.

“Combined seminars for equine professionals” – a series of informative lectures and demonstrations on aspects of health care for the horse – to be held at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire on Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th September. Contact: Martin Reed at: m.reed978@btinternet.com or Dianne Roberts – dianneroberts@live.co.uk Costs are £75.00 for one day and £125.00 for both days. More information and an outline plan will follow shortly. To be confirmed.

The Marketing Conference postponed from March 7th will now take place on Wednesday October 3rd. This marketing day will relate to image and marketing oneself. To be held at the BHS Headquarters. Cost is around £15.00 for F and I members and £20.00 for non-members. This will be limited to 70 delegates. See website.

A day post Olympics with Andrew Fletcher and Carl Hester – October/November time – more details post Olympics.

Gareth Hughes Dressage Clinic at Coleg, Gwent
Kindly organised by Judith Murphy
Monday 15th October 2012.
Gareth has taken 20 National titles and last year won his first International Grand Prix on Classic Sandman.
Start 9.30am Finish 4.30pm
Cost £50 Private Lesson/£35 each Shared Lesson
Spectators most welcome and Gareth will involve you during each lesson throughout the day. Cost £20 – members / £30 – non members
Contact Judith Murphy for applications. 07710 759901/01452 762020 or email judithamurphy@btinternet.com

The Northern Training day has been organised by Sue Pimbley and will take place at Myerscough college on Thursday 1st November, 2012. Morning session – Clinic with either Stephen Clarke or Clive Halsall (List 1 Dressage Judge).

The speaker in the afternoon session will be Mark Caldwell FWCF. Mark will be discussing shoeing and care for suspensory ligament problems.
Start 10 am. Sue is able to offer B+B to members who would need it because of distance – she has two spare rooms and she may also be able to offer a stable, but would not know till much nearer the time. Please contact Sue directly on 01253 701014 07717 017372 susan@spimbley.orangehome.co.uk

Marketing
Facebook
As most members appear in favour of Facebook use for the association, there will soon be a page for the use of F and I Association members. This is kindly being organised and set up by Catherine Cawdron.

The next Committee meeting will be at Hartpury during the CDI week (July 4th – 8th), date to be confirmed. If members wish to bring a topic forward for discussion at the next meeting, please speak to any Committee member

Have we got your correct email address?! If you haven’t received any emails from us we haven’t got an email address for you. Please send an email to with your name and email address so that we can keep our records up to date…..thankyou!

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