Being Grand National Day yesterday, we held out very own mini Grand National event at UCRS.
The flag went up at 3pm just as the heavens opened but all 8 competitors survived (all left and all returned!)
The juniors did two laps of the front paddock and one lap of the indoor school, some putting on quite a speed for the finishing line. Krystal on Culla won her section, followed closely by Abbey on Jinty, Isabel on Thorn and Arabella on Ollie!
For the seniors, we had all the famous jumps: Becher's Brook and canal turn! All went off at great speed and most continued the hair-raising gallop throughout.
Molly came in first on Lilly, closely followed by Ilona on Dancer two seconds behind! Alana on Jack was third followed by Aurore on Danny in fourth place.
Well done to all the jockeys and horses, sadly the weather was so awful that we didn't take any pictures... please use your imagination!
Our Annual General Meeting was held last night. The AGM was open to the public, and followed directly by a general meeting with the new board.
A core group of committee members staying on, and changes to the officers as follows:
New Chairperson: Susan Thomson
New Vice-Chairperson: Kirsten Parr
Secretary (unchanged): Sara Stewart
Treasurer: Susan Bower
General Members of the Committee are as follows:
Deborah MacVicar stood down as Chairperson, and expressed her thanks to staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment over the past year. We, in return, expressed our appreciation for all her efforts during her time as Chairperson.
Sue MacDonald, who is standing down as Yard Manager this summer, received thanks for all the hard work she's put in to the stables for many years. To quote her manager's report "I started volunteering at the Army Saddle club located at the old Nissans on airport road in 1984 - I would say I have done my bit at helping out and moving this wonderful club forward. It's now time for the younger generation to take over and continue on to bigger and better things." - May I express my gratitude to Sue for all her dedication throughout the years: the stables will not be the same without her.
The coming year will contain challenges as well as positives, but we are hopeful of a sustainable future for the stables and will be working together to ensure that this will happen.