Minutes of the AGM 2016


Wednesday 6th January 2016 at 7pm at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks

Opening welcome address by Jillie Rogers BHSI – Chairman.

Attendance and apologies for absence 

Those present:

Jillie Rogers (Chairman), Judith Murphy (Treasurer), Dianne Roberts (Secretary), Jeremy Michaels, Sam York, David Sheerin, Ann Bostock, Jo Winfield and Alison Craig (Committee).

Danny  Anholt, Islay Auty, Carole Broad, Sue Charters, Annette Christy, Helen Cole, Tim Downes,  Liz Eaton, Cherry Elvin,  Nicki Herbert, Simon Somers, Biddy Brasted-Watts, Sam Champney-Warrener, Mandy Luesley, Kylie Roddy, Tom Searle, Jayne Smart, Sarah Thorne, Anne Peate, Ernest Dillon, Sabrina Jones, Jenny Ward, Maggie Doel, Faith Ponsonby, Linda de Matteo, , Sue Payne, Nick Turner, Eric Smiley, Gemma Porter-Rawlings, Sue Ricketts, Clare Chamberlayne, Liz Neal,   Kirsten Owens, Sarah Fitton, Annette Philpot, Amy Bannister, Jon Evans, Karen Whiston, Tessa Martin-Bird, Hayley Newman, Nicole Biggs, Lizzel Winter, Catherine Shine, Liz Taylor, Anne Peate, Carol Bennitt, Alec Miles, Sandra Morrison, Margie Craib, Jo Shields, Lisa Morris, Liza Fairclough, Alex Hulme, Andrew Bennie, Sarah MacDonald, Faith Ponsonby, Julie Biggs, Erik McKechnie, Hilary Westropp.

Guest speaker: Lynn Petersen – CEO British Horse Society. 

Apologies for absence were received from the following:

Lynne Baldwin, Alice Bell, Don Collins, Mark Cunliffe, Sarah Dale, Jo Day, Sarah Drewett,, Debbie Follett, Jennifer Ham, Judy Harvey, Vikki Hayton, Fred Hodges, Amanda Holloway, Micheline Horgan, Eric Horgan, Paula Keeley, Karen Lane, Rob Lovatt, Debbie Melville, William Micklem, Rebecca Monk, Caroline Moore, Sally Newcomb, Shota Niikura, Linda Pearce, Sue Pimbley, Joanna Potterton, Patrick Print, Sally Robinson, Clare Sansom, Kate Scott-Wilding, Suzie Seymour, Grainne Sugars, Wendy Summers, Elspeth Watson, Candice Williams, Jona Willis

Minutes of last AGM (held 7th January, 2015 at Addington Manor)

Were approved a true and accurate record and signed as proposed by Nicky Herbert and seconded by Faith Ponsonby.

Matters Arising from those minutes 

Tessa Martin- Bird FBHS stated that at the AGM 2015 she sent her apologies but these were not mentioned.

There was a minute’s silence in respect and remembrance of Miss Margot Tiffany BHSI, Miss Helen Barton-Smith BHSI and Miss Gill Drew BHSI who all died during 2015.

Chairman’s Report for the Year 

Please see the attached report from Jillie Rogers, BHSI.

Treasurer’s Report for the Year

See financial statement from Judith Murphy (available after the meeting on website).  Balance at the end of 2014 was £10,229.10, the income received for 2015 was £17,111.00 and outgoings were £13,584.12. Therefore, the balance at the end of 2015 was £13,755.98 making a profit for 2015 of £3,526.88.

Meet the present Committee/Election of Committee for 2016 

Judith Murphy was re-elected for her final term of 3 years.

Both Ann Bostock and Jillie Rogers (Chairman) were re-elected for a further term of three years

Jeremy Michaels was voted onto the Committee.

David Sheerin and Sam York were co-opted onto the committee during 2015 and were duly voted in by those present.

Simon Somers, seconded by Islay Auty proposed the Committee stays as it is.

Jeremy Michaels then informed members of the trainers for the next annual course were Christoph Hess and Christopher Bartle.  Riding places were likely to be at a premium and places would be opened up on 1st September for one horse and rider combinations.  From the 1st October places will be opened up to accommodate multiple horse and rider combinations.  However, there needs to be money in the pot to subsidise courses and support them.

Alison Craig and Jillie Rogers have been updating and modernising the Constitution, copies had earlier been given to Sue Payne, Islay Auty and Jenny Ward for their approval and there were a couple of amendments to be made for finalisation.  However, members felt that the Committee could be trusted to amend and then circulate copies of the Constitution.  This was proposed by Simon Somers and seconded by Biddy Brasted-Watts.  A copy of the updated and modernised Constitution is attached.

Jo Winfield requires “copies” for articles to include in the British Horse Magazine.  The aim is to educate the general public on what the F&I association does and what it is.

A brief review of 2015 events 

Starting in January with the “Pammy day” we were on a roll and last year was very full with course walks, training days, visits to Carl Judy & Emile “Stable Management” at Moulton College the two Ladies Days at RDS and Hickstead and the “veterinary” day organised by Biddy at Newmarket where Dr. Rachel Murray who had given a talk to the Association in 1995 again wowed members with so much information. Whilst Simon Somers worked his judging magic in the afternoon to help with a better understanding of conformation.  Many more days were organised by enthusiastic members, and attended by the same with their pupils/friends. The tickets made available to members by Simon for attendance at the Horse of the Year Show give an idea of how diverse our Association is.  When people contact me and say their day is not filling I tend to say “hold fast” and carry on as whilst only a few days can run at a loss others are often well subscribed and the books will balance, however, as you are all aware this Annual Course is subsidised by the Association.  Thank you to all the report writers who make each day come ‘alive’ for those unable to attend.

Presentation of Awards

The Achievement Award, Ann Bostock informed the members about this new award, she gave an outline as to how the award came into being and why it was being presented.  Kylie Roddy the recipient was overwhelmed.  The award in the form of a perpetual circular shield was presented to Kylie by Ann along with four crystal glasses.

The Pat Smallwood Award 

The wonderful Pat Smallwood trophy “Wistful” uniquely sculpted by Jo Knowles FBHS was awarded this year to Sue Payne FBHS in recognition of her continued hard work on behalf of the Association since its inception in 1986. Jillie Rogers gave a brief history of the Award prior to presenting it to Sue.

Plans for 2016 and beyond

25th January -F & I training with Pammy Hutton,  i/c Judith Murphy 07710 759901 or 01452 762020

30th January – .Hunting In Ireland followed by a hunt ball. i/c Sarah Thorne07768 981176
01823 481049
February 1.5 days training at Wellington Riding  with Richard Waygood i/c David Sheerin date tbc david.s@wellington-riding.co.uk  or  01189 225373

23rd February Jeanette Brakewell XC Training at Aston Le Walls i/c Catherine Shine 07720838153

3rd March – National Equine Forum – Birdcage Walk, London.  Contact Jillie Rogers at: jillierogers001@gmail.com

18th March A day at Millfield training towards the Fellowship exam. i/c Mandy Luesley 07941 116498, or mjluesley@sky.com

21st March – Mandy Holloway and Jeremy Michaels Coaching Day at Shorthampton Farm i/c Mandy Holloway 07753 367252

15th April – Scotland is organising a day with Nick Gauntlett  i/c Erik MacKechnie

 April date tbc a day with Judy Harvey  i/c Erik MacKechnie is on   07769553065  

18th April Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics –being organised by Mandy Luesley 07941 116498, or mjluesley@sky.com

26th April Punchestown Racing i/c Faith Ponsonby  Tel: 00353 872929449

May Course Walk at Badminton – Eric Smiley  i/c Ann Bostock 07889648478

May/June – Judy Harvey Training Day i/c Ann Bostock 07889648478

30th June Coolmore Stud Visit i/c Faith Ponsonby Tel: 00353 872929449

28th July (Thursday) F&I Hickstead details will be available later in the year from BHS

24th /25th August Millstreet International horse trials i/c Faith Ponsonby Tel: 00353 872929449

September Course walk at Burghley – Nick Turner i/c Ann Bostock 07889648478

19th – 24th October – The French Trip – booking form attached to email i/c David Sheerin- details above

Dates to be arranged:

Emile Faurie Training Day I/C Cherry Elvin

F&I Day at Ingetre with Tim Downes i/c Linda De Matteo

HOYS tickets will be available for F&I members – will be limited kindly organised by Simon Somers

It is open to members to organise further training days in their areas.

Future dates for 2017

4th & 5th January – The Annual Course with Christoph Hess and Christopher Bartle

23rd and 24th January First Aid update course i/c Sue Payne

Any Other Business

There was no other business.

Date of future meetings:

Next year’s two day annual course will be held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th January 2017 with the AGM being held at 7pm, followed by the dinner.

Address from Lynn Petersen – CEO BHS  

Notes from this address will be made available to members as soon as possible