Well, that’s Ladies Day at Hickstead done and dusted for another year. Not so many of us there this year, but the same amount of fun to be had. Royal Dublin Horse Show has finished with GB winning the Nations Cup on a really awful day, weather wise. So, is it really all downhill till Christmas?? The weather here is appalling there are acres and acres of harvesting still to be done with some very flattened crops looking very under ripe and l’m seriously thinking of lighting the drawing room fire!!

Back to more serious stuff, once again people have pulled out all the stops and provided this Association with some great days. On an evening in January I was lucky enough to watch Caroline Moore in action at ‘Wellies’ and felt very honoured to present her with the F&l Association’s Achievement Award as she had been unable to attend our AGM earlier in the month.

March then heralded the National Equine Forum which is always a delight to be able to attend. This was my second visit and I was interested to be there because of all the discussions regarding Brexit and the ‘hard border’ between Northern lreland and lreland, and these are still ongoing. Back to Wellies with Caroline in full swing for an F&l course so ably organised by David Sheerin.

May must mean the Badminton Course Walk and hard on its heels the ‘Judy Day’ with Judy Harvey. Both these fabulous events are organised by our Vice Chair Ann Bostock.

June was a busy month. A visit to West Kingston Stud, a first, and those who attended were amazed at the huge amount of information gained, not just a visit to a stud, thanks Debbie for taking that on and huge thanks to Tessa Clarke for her invitation. Whilst in the North West Kirsten Owen hosted the day with Andrew Bennie at Myerscough International Arena. Andrew his usual imitable self as he coached all day. Ruth Baxter engaged the talents of lan Stark for a Course Walk at Bramham, whilst if it’s June it has to be The lrish Day!! Once again Faith Ponsonby reached into her ‘sack’ of friends and colleagues and pulled out a visit to Jessica Harrington’s racing yard. Yo, that woman is some star Trainer with fabulous facilities. This was followed by a most interesting trip to the lrish National Stud with a well-versed gentleman giving us so much background knowledge of the history of the stud as well as up to date information on the stallions.

LOOKING FORWARD. So, the reason for a Newsletter at this time of the year is to remind you of what’s in store.

6th September Course Walk at Burghley with Eric Smiley. This day is organised by Ann Bostock, but hosted this year by Sandra Morrison as Ann will be judging in Poland. So, all contacts and bookings made through Ann please on 07889648478.

MEET Sandra at fence 2 at 9.45am With your monies if you are paying cash. £15 F&l  £20 non – members, but preferably pay by cheque or BACS to Debbie our Treasurer.

9th September F&l Day at lngestre Contact Linda De Matteo A7798676769

16th September The Pammy Hutton day at Talland, Contact Debbie Follett on debbiekayfoll@email.com BY September 9th

24th – 26th September F&l Camp at Wellington Riding hosted & organised by David Sheerin Coach Eric Smiley Contact David.

13th September SADLY the day with Jenny Ward BD List 1 Dressage Judge, at the BD National Championships has had to be cancelled due to a lack of attendees. ln order for the day to be successful Ann Bostock needed to book a block of 11 seats under the covered stand. lt was then decided we would run with 6 attendees but we wanted these people to be F&l members. Jenny would then coach them through the lnter 1 tests being ridden in front of the judges, but with only three applicants we have had to cancel the day. Jenny is happy to accommodate us again next year so as soon as we have the date it will be advertised.



Jen Burnet is in the throes of setting up the most fabulous day on NOVEMBER 6th AUCHTERARDER PARISH CHURCH HALL AUCHTERARDER PERTHSHIRE PH3 1DF.

SADDLERY & SADDLERS. Jen has invited the following manufacturers FAIRFAX, WOW, VOLTAIRE, CHILDERIC, DEVOUCOUX & BATES.

She has the most interesting day planned with speakers and the opportunity to visit the stands and get that discount as well as a ‘goody’ bag.

So, watch this space, we will advertise that day much more as we will open it to all comers. We are working on ticket prices but lunch will be included in those prices.

ANNUAL COURSE 2020. Addington Manor 7th & 8th January

Once again, our Coaches will be Corinne Bracken SJ Accredited Coach Show Jumping and Adam Kemp FBHS Dressage.

Please note the costs of the Riding places are held at last year’s prices. F&l Spectator fees are also held at last year’s prices as is the 4-course dinner. WHY? Because this is Your Association and we want as many of you to attend as possible. The local accommodation is good especially as it’s January so look on line and book as soon as possible.

After lunch on day 1 we envisage having a session upstairs for members to ask Corinne & Adam about their training methods and ethos. This will slightly affect riding numbers so get your entries in to Ann as soon as that door opens.

There will be a small increase in the stabling and this will be payable direct to Addington.

This time we are going to monitor more closely the riders’ grooms – so whilst owners are most welcome to watch their own horse being coached there will be one name badge per rider for their groom, after that spectator fees will be in place.

The Annual Course runs at a loss and the Committee are fine with that as there is money in the bank, thanks to the wonderful people who organise the training days throughout the year. The Membership has not been increased for YEARS and won’t be.

MEMBERS enjoy the rest of your summer and the autumn/winter competing. I look forward to seeing ALL of you at the Annual Course in January


Dear Member

What a fantastic start to 2019! Two fabulous days in the company of Corrine Bracken and Adam Kemp at the newly refurbished Addington Manor EC. What more could one ask for? Those who rode went from strength to strength and for those of us watching there just weren’t enough pages in the notebook nor enough time in each day to get from arena to arena. The reports have been written, posted out and read so here’s to next year with the same two Coaches. I must thank Ann (Bostock) it is she who pulls together this magnificent two days each year, we just bathe in the wonderment as pearls of wisdom drop into our laps. I should not, of course, forget the sumptuous dinner – four courses – and the community singing led by the ever-indefatigable Tim Downes.

Whilst the daffodils have taken a battering recently, I notice primroses and anemones peaking out along the banks and the wild garlic is springing up, so it must be Spring. March brings us to the National Equine Forum held as usual at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers 1 Birdcage Walk near to St James’ Park. Even the address is interesting as is this lovely building. I was lucky enough to be sponsored by the F&l Assoc this year along with Sam C W and there, for BHS, was Oonagh Meyer who wrote the most interesting report afterwards, thanks Oonagh. lt’s been years since l’ve been to the NEF and a fair time since l’ve battled on my own with London’s Underground, but I managed it and how glad am I that I did. As you’ll see in Oonagh’s report there were very interesting speakers throughout the day. With Ann’s blessing I have invited Dr Andrew Hemmings to come to the Annual Dinner next year as his research on Equine Stereotypic Behaviour certainly threw a different light on the subject, as you may have seen in the article in Horse & Hound (L4/O312O79) about this presentation.
You can’t get far into a new year without something happening at Wellington Riding and it did. True to form David (Sheerin) pulls out of his hat another day of pure enjoyment for both the riders and spectators under the tutelage of Caroline Moore FBHS. Caroline is such a dynamic Coach and appears with some of her own portable fences like a whirling dervish. lf you don’t have access to the F&l Facebook (FB) page then do try to find a member who has, the photographs and videos put up by David give a complete flavour of all that took place.

20th March 2019
Does it stop there? No, it does not! Take a look at the F&l web site and you’ll find more dates, here’s a few:
Course Walks Badminton & Burghley
The Judy Harvey Day in May
May. Amy Bannister Bell has something planned – sure to be to do with racing.
25th June Trip to lreland
Ladies Day at Hickstead in August.
The Pammy Hutton Day in September
September 2-3 day Camp at Wellington Riding
December – who would like to go to Olympia? Let me know.

All these dates will be re-advertised on a regular basis as Alison keeps you informed via emails, FB and the web page.
And there’s more? Yes, so please who can organise something in their area?

ls this the time to tell you we have a new Rep for Scotland Jen Burnett? There now Jen ye will be sure to have to organise something now!

At this time of the year the annual insurance rears it’s ugly head. I must ask all organisers to put past our Treasurer Debbie (Follett) their costings for the ‘events’ they intend to run prior to advertising. Whilst the Annual Course is sponsored by the Association it would be helpful if other days broke even or added just a little to the coffers, and that should come from the fees charged to non- members NOT to members. Debbie is in touch with the lnsurance Company as I type checking the number of days, we have cover for, and increasing that number and so the fee.

Once you’ve decided on your ‘day’ then our Secretary Alison (Craig) will send you the Organisers pack and Alison or myself are on hand to advise on any queries regarding this pack. lt has EVERYTHING you’ll need, (well l think so) from horse and rider registers to advice notes re photography to accident report forms etc. lt comes via email and you can reclaim f20 towards printing and paper from Debbie.

So, as my local farmer would say” Come on now Lads will ye ever be getting tings on fire in your yard”

My thanks to all report writers, if you would send them to Alison on a.d.craig99@me.com and myself on then between us we can ensure it goes to Sam CW for the FB page, Sally Newcomb for the web page and Ali will press the button and send it out to all members. I feel we should be aware not all members use the FB page but all members wish to read about what’s going on.

As a reminder the F&l Associations FB page is a closed page. Between Debbie and Sam members are added as they pay their membership fee and apply to join the page.
There is a committee meeting planned for May so please send any thoughts regarding F&l to Alison and myself so we can itemise them for that meeting.

Sadly, as so many of you are aware, Clarissa Dawson lost her battle with cancer on Saturday 9th March. Donn Collins has written a very special obituary for Clarissa, it can be seen on FB, the web page and should come to you by email, as will the information regarding her funeral.

Finally, it just remains for me to say have a good Spring and Summer, coaching and competing with our good friend The Horse.

Best wishes Jillie


Honoured Guests 3 New Fellows of the BHS, Ladies & Gentlemen

Each year as I stand here to give this revue, I feel that the past 12 months cannot be improved on.  But each year they are!!!  From the first day of our Annual Course in 2018 with the fabulous Christoph Hess and Chris Bartle to the end of today with this year’s superb Coaches, Adam and Corrine the past 12 months have shown the diversity of this Association, and it’s all down to YOU the members.  YOU organise the training days, the course walks the visits to studs and yards, the ‘Ladies days’ and this year from David and Wellington the two-day Camp etc etc.  I just stand here each year in awe of this group of professional horsemen and women.

I’d also like to thank all those good souls who put pen to paper, fingers to keyboards to write the reports after each day.  This is so important for those of us unable to attend.  Yes, it’s a chore but please please may I make this plea again to organisers – find someone who will put pen to paper, fingers to keyboards NOW/IMMEDIATELY.  The Facebook page so superbly organised by Sam Champney-Warrener helps so many of us keep in touch and just keeps increasing in membership., whilst Sally Newcomb does wonders with what we send her for the web page.

We are very lucky in this Association to have so many talented people prepared to work hard for us. There have been dressage days, show jump training days, and simulated XC days all carefully noted and reported on and as follow ups excellent results from our members out competing and their students.  We now have a new ORGANISERS PACK and once the date for whatever you have offered to organise draws near then the Secretary will send this pack to you by email with explanatory notes.  Please do use the information available as we have worked hard and consulted in order to ensure everything is in line with GDPR.  It is also important that if there are any accidents or incidents you use the form in the pack, this has come via two solicitors.  Therefore, the organiser will need to do a certain amount of photocopying of forms etc, there is a fee available to recompense you for doing this task, contact our treasurer Debbie Follett.

This year saw a first, the F&I Summer Camp, organised by Mr BHS Himself – David at Wellington.  I went for one day to watch and yes it was just like a Pony Club or Riding Club Camp.  The same camaraderie, people rushing around to get to all the sections they had applied for and an atmosphere of fun and dare I say it excitement.  Fortunately, as most of the campers were fairly grown-up there was no need for the strict bedtime rules, I remember from my days in Pony Club camps. Later this year following an eight-hour open heart surgery operation in August Ann Bostock, our Vice Chair, was at Newbury races on 8th November to ride in the BHS Charity 1 mile Flat race.  She had to go through a rigorous fitness test and riding test in order to qualify and even employed a personal trainer to get her to peak fitness.  Ann raised the £2000 required to ride in the race for the BHS charity Changing Lives and a further £4000 for the British Heart Foundation.  Having been placed in the first 5 Ann then had more surgery just 3 weeks later!  WOW!  Meanwhile the rest of us enjoyed the BHS Stand with lunch and chat and much betting on the horses as we overlooked the racecourse, and both the silent and open auctions.  Having done ‘sober October’ I rather over-imbibed with the prosecco and was thrilled when Alex Copeland as auctioneer called my name and waved at me a few times.  However, I have ended up with a day on the set of Martin Clunes, Doc Martin for myself and Fran.  All to the good of the Changing Lives Charity.

The previous week it had been the Fellowship, where Ann sorts the horses and ‘gofers’, she took her horse so she could ride every day & not lose fitness.  From those 4 days of examinations we now have 3 new Fellows of the BHS, Mandy Luesley, Sarah MacDonald and Andrew Bennie – fantastic – the ultimate goal for any of us and one a lot of us may well not attempt.  So, I feel now is the time for another round of applause for these people.

British Horse Magazine, this year saw a change to the name of “our” page from the Fellows & Instructors page to Coach Thought.  This slight sideways move was strongly discussed within our committee meeting in October along with two representatives from British Horse magazine.  Since then there has been a change in that section of the BHS office and Ann Baylis has stepped up to the plate.  Ann is dynamic and enthusiastic and whilst I doubt if the page will ever regain its original name it is there to promote BHS Coaches.

On November 23rd I was lucky enough to be at Saddlers Hall, Gutter Lane, London for the presentation of the BHS awards by the BHS President Martin Clunes.  What a fabulous building tucked away amongst new tower blocks and yet dating back to 1395 and even more breath-taking once inside.   Oh, my Goodness the Great and the Good were there with members of this Association collecting awards.  Sarah Simpson received The Award of Merit for excellent service to the Society and her own students over a period of years. Jon Evans gained the Accredited Professional Coach Award for a freelance coach who has made the greatest difference to their students and in the field of equestrian training.  The reason I was at Saddlers Hall was to collect the Bodynfoel Award – for excellent service in promoting the work of the Society – I’m not sure why and I’m so grateful and thrilled to have collected a lovely bronze caste horse’s head and certificate, my thanks to those who sponsored me for the Award.

Finally, on December 8th a group of members and their friends savoured the delights of a day at Aintree racecourse, ably organised by Amy Bannister Bell who is a doyenne of the racing world.  And so, ended a thrilling 2018, whilst here we are at the end of our own year with these wonderful coaches dropping into our laps whether mounted or spectating large ‘dollops’ of magical information.

Our thanks to Chris Parker and his staff who have made us so welcome at the ‘New Addington’ with all the improvements.

Thank you, David for once again producing the fabulous brochure.  You’ll find dates on the back page and I have others to give you later.

Ann Bostock is my prop and my sounding board she also ensures you don’t get all of my rants!!

My present committee have all worked so hard over the past year, thank you.

Members this is your Association we are here to listen to you. So, here’s to another exciting year for the F&I Association with each other and our friend the horse, whether in your own competing or coaching, along with the various dates we have on offer from the F&I Association.

Jillie Rogers.

AGM 8 January 2019