Summer Newsletter 2013

I looked back and saw that other Summer Newsletters were dated much earlier in the year than this one. My apologies but I’m sticking to the excuse that summer has only just started with this glorious weather! Ireland is determined not to get into the problems of earlier this year when, after a winter that started in August and ended in June, hay and haylage stocks ran out in many areas and we had to import from UK and France at vast sums of money. Now, the haymaking, silage cutting and haylage gathering is going ahead at full speed. Having been privileged to visit Coolmore Stud in Tipperary this month I saw HUGE lorries bringing in 100s of small bales of beautiful hay to be stored in a large barn and blown dry.

To recap on our programme so far, members have been very busy organising events and training sessions for others to visit and gain even more knowledge of how our friend the horse thinks and works for and with us. All of these reports can be seen on the F&I web page – thanks to Sally and the Members’ Facebook page — thanks to Sam.

March was the National Equine Forum which was attended by Jo Winfield & Sam Champney-Warrener. April saw the XC Training Day with international event rider Jeanette Brakewell. In May we walked the Badminton course with Nick Turner FBHS and enjoyed a dressage clinic with Judy Harvey FBHS. June brought a day with Carl Hester – dressage rider extraordinaire. Most recently we had an F&I Coaching and Discussion day with Jeremy Michaels FBHS in July.

Future dates for your diaries include:

August 3rd – Ladies Day at Hickstead
August 8th – Ladies Day at The Royal Dublin Horse Show
September 6th at 10 am – Burghley Course Walk with Eric Smiley FBHS – contact Anne Bostock on 07889 648478
September – Blenheim Course Walk with Eric Winter International Course Builder for further details please contact Judith Murphy at:
October – Horse and rider anatomy and physio evening with Tim Bradford at Huntley

The reports for the above will all be on the F&I web page and Facebook.

Many thanks to all the organisers for the time they have spent putting together these days which are both instructive and fun. Any ideas for additional events are gratefully received.

Facebook, in the very competent hands of Sam Champney-Warrener, continues to go from strength to strength. It’s a great way of keeping in touch even if you only look once a week, so check with Sam and she’ll get you logged on.

Sue Payne FBHS has agreed (with some persuasion from yours truly) to write the history of the F&I Association. Helped by others Sue has put together a fascinating article for British Horse Magazine. The Pat Smallwood Award is next on Sue’s list of topics. I’ve been talking to David Prince – editor of British Horse Magazine about raising our profile in the magazine and have set Jo Winfield on to a new mission! We now have our own column and I see in the latest issue we’ve been given our own ‘heading’ with a better place in the magazine – thanks Jo! Jo will always be on the lookout for ideas and copy, please send them direct to Jo.

The F&I Association has also come to Ireland. We’ve had our first study day which was organized by Faith Ponsonby at the fabulous Coolmore Stud in County Tipperary. We have much more planned including visits to veterinary hospitals, a course walk at Balindenisk Horse Trials in September with Nick Turner FBHS – trainer of the Irish Team. On 21st October we have a different way of learning about dressage judging with Joyce Head BD List 2 Judge and her many interesting videos from International Shows.

We have a new Fellow – Darrell Scaife FBHS. It doesn’t end there Darrell, we’ll be catching up with you soon so “be afraid, be very afraid”!

Very sadly we have lost an extremely popular BHSI. As you may already be aware William Miflin lost his fight against cancer earlier this year. Following a brilliant idea by Lizzel Winter, the F&I Association collected donations for an engraved iPad so William could keep in touch whilst in the hospice. The incredible generosity of the equine world meant we collected far more than the cost of an iPad – £3540.00. William asked for the balance to be put towards riding lessons for his children. William, his wife and children are in our thoughts.

All that remains is for me to wish you all the best for your summer with your friends the horse.


Spring Newsletter 2013

Since the AGM I don’t think my feet have hit the ground but my fingers are certainly getting plenty of keyboard practice at the computer.

Facebook has really taken off thanks to Sam Champney Warrener so if you’re a Facebooker it’s easy to go across to the F&I page and if you’re not, then the directives came through from Sam via Di Roberts (secretary) so have a look. Whilst at the same time Sally Newcomb keeps the web page up to date, and this is very easy to access. Profiles of your committee members can now be found on both the web page and Facebook and what a fascinating read that is a bit like the ‘horsey’ version of Rogues Gallery!!

Having made contact with David Prince editor of British Horse magazine we had our first article printed in the March/April edition. Jo Winfield has now taken on the task of sending David copy for each issue so please send her items for the articles no matter how big or small. This way we can keep ourselves in front of the public.

Sue Payne has been tasked with writing the history of the F&I Association and I know this is going to be a most interesting read for all of us.

Judith Murphy (treasurer/membership secretary) has gone through the membership lists and anyone not paying their subscription will no longer receive information. However, could everyone encourage Fellows & Instructors to join or rejoin the Association.

By the time you receive this newsletter the National Forum will have been reported on via the web page and Facebook, as will the first Training day of the year – Cross Country Training with Jeanette Brakewell at Boomerang E C, organised by Catherine Cawdron. Catherine will be organising another day with Jeanette at Somerford Park so we had better hope for some decent weather.

Darrell Scaife has moved across the members’ list into the Fellows category. Something we all congratulate you on achieving Darrell as it shows us this is a possibility with a lot of hard work and commitment. As the Dressage people tell us 10 is only excellent not perfection!

There are two items, which have really stretched my small brain. The first being to bring the F&I Association to Ireland as this is where I now live. It’s not yet complete but all the ‘Irish’ BHS Assessors are now signed up as members and I’m in the throes of tracking down Fellows and BHS I’s on this island of Ireland and inviting them to join. However this also means offering seminars lecture/demos and ridden training here and this is where the second problem has reared it’s head – INSURANCE. When I took the Chair in January there was no insurance in place for any training or other events organised by the F&I Committee anywhere. Whilst that may have been alright in the days of yore when I was last chairman I have to admit I did, to quote my youngest son, “get bent out of shape” over it this time and I know members of the Committee who’ve been bombarded by emails, will vouch to that.

After some longwinded phone calls to various people at BHS HQ, the insurers SEIB and with some help from Jo Winfield the BHS through the CEO Lynn Petersen have agreed to take us under their ‘umbrella’. SEIB have also agreed to extend the insurance to The Republic of Ireland albeit somewhat reluctantly, so we’re looking into Irish insurance for the F&I Association for 2014 for events organised here. Thank goodness my phone package allows me to call UK for free for up to one hour land line to land line.

Sadly, I must report the passing of William Miflin. There is an obituary below from Lizzel Winter who knew William.

So, now we look forward to the rest of 2013 and hopefully better weather this year, with plenty of competitions to attend with our best friend – the horse.

See you at Badminton, Hickstead or Dublin Horse Show.

Jillie Rogers

Jillie Rogers
Chairman F&I Association

Chairman’s Newsletter – January 2013

Dear Member,

Once again we were privileged to enjoy two fantastic days at Addington Manor, whether as riders or spectators. The facilities were voted as top class and we will be returning there next year. However, the committee is still open to using different venues in the future if the membership decides to action this.

The trainers, Stephen Clarke and Yogi Briesner were a joy to listen to and watch and, as usual, it was difficult to decide where to place one’s self. Reports on both Trainers are being written by two of the riding participants, and we’ve managed to book Stephen and Yogi for next years Convention so diary date 8th & 9th January 2014 right now.

At the AGM we heard that some of the events organised by members were either poorly supported or cancelled through lack of support. This is a great shame as those people who work to put on training days/seminars/lectures soon become disheartened. To this effect there is enclosed a provisional programme so you will be able to diary date those events which most interest you, and where applicable encourage others to attend. These dates will also go onto the web page and the F&I Facebook page. Not only are there clinics and seminars being planned but for those social butterflies Ladies Day at Hickstead, Ladies Day at The Royal Dublin Horse Show (for which we have a limited number of guest badges) and the BBQ with Breeding/Youngstock evening with Mandy Luesley are also on the agenda.

In these days of social media, the F&I Association has taken another leap forward and thanks to the efforts made by Sam Champney-Warrener we have a Facebook page. This is only available to F&I members, Sam is monitoring it and only allowing fully paid up members to join. This will be helpful for advertising your own clinics, student training etc etc so PLEASE do use it. Photos much appreciated, maybe not what you’ve just prepared for dinner!!!

With regards to membership fees, our treasurer Judith Murphy is taking a stronger line! Up until now members who had not paid their yearly fee were still receiving information via email. This has now stopped. If you hear from anyone who feels they have missed out on information please ask them to contact Jude on If you know of any possible new members please ask them to contact Jude as above. Please check your D.D is for £20.00 as fees increased over two years ago

So, get those diaries out and fill them up with F&I days, keep your eye on the web site for further information on each event and check out the Facebook page for more information. I look forward to seeing many of you at Badminton on 3rd May.

Good Luck for a successful and profitable 2013.

Yours sincerely,

Jillie Rogers
Chairman F&I Association