Dear F&I Member,
As we approach the celebration of Christmas, I hope each one of you is well and that your families, staff and clients are also safe and healthy.
Then we welcome in the New Year 2021, and looking at our Facebook page following the cancellation of our Annual Course, so many of you, including myself, are looking forward to ‘kicking 2020 out of the door’.
The cancellation of the Annual Course was something neither Ann nor myself wanted to happen and we fought hard to keep that show on the road. However, when Chris Parker (Addington Manor EC) told Ann he would not open till the spring then that was it. I’d like to thank all those of you who took the time to email, Facebook or text your thoughts. Ann, Alison and myself are warmed by your very positive comments – thank you. We had kind offers of other venues, ‘Thank you’. However after much discussion it was decided that the magic of our Course is the camaraderie, whether watching the coaches doing what they do so brilliantly, mingling in the cafe or chatting at the evening dinner. Roll on January 2022 and 2023. Ann is working her own spells to ensure the Coaches are able to return.
Jude will be setting up the AGM via a Zoom meeting – there’s a first time for everything! You’ve had all the AGM details attached to emails already – and detailed zoom information and another reminder email will follow in due course. Same date and time for your diaries.
Looking forward, beyond 5th Jan, we have more webinars on the calendar – The Organiser is in brackets for each one:
Zoom webinars – all 7pm unless it says otherwise:
Tues 5th Jan F&I AGM on zoom (Jude Murphy)
Wed 13th January National Equine Forum – Using Science to Save our Breeds(NEF, book direct)
date tbc F&I – Farriery (Jen Burnett)
Wed 27th January NEF – The Great Weight Debate (NEF, book direct)
Wed 3rd February F&I “Course Walk to Training” Eric Smiley (Jude Murphy)
Mon 1st March F&I – Charlie Unwin – Mental Training 2 (Mandy Holloway)
Thurs 4th March The National Equine Forum – Positivity and Progress
(full day on zoom) (NEF, book direct)
And a full F&I day in person (subject to Covid restrictions at the time of course):
Wed 24th March Breeding – Conception to Maturity (Mandy Luesley)
Stud visit, Devon
Thank you to all our intrepid organisers!
Now – advance warning – I notice that 2021 is the start of the final year of three terms of three years for Ann and myself, so I intend to dig deep and attend as many F&I Association Days as I possibly can. So see you anon!
It just remains for me to wish you all,
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR