September Newsletter

September already! Time is certainly flying this Summer!

WELL DONE TEAM!

A big well done to Liam and Laura, who have both been making us very proud this month getting more qualifications! Liam has achieved his Stage 3 coach, meaning he will now be starting to coach more group lessons. The Stage 2 coach that Liam previously held is an “introductory level” coach qualification, so Liam coached primarily private lessons and always with a Senior coach/mentor onsite. The Stage 3 coach means he can now coach with less direct supervision, but he will obviously still have quite a bit of input from our Senior Staff in his coaching development. Laura passed her Stage 4 care assessment, which is a quite intense assessment in all things equine tack/care and health related. Laura adds this to her previous successful pass in Stage 4 management meaning she is fully qualified now at Stage 4 care and management and she will now start working towards her Stage 4 ride and coach assessments. Well done team!

ASSESSMENTS!

We have set the date for our group lesson assessments which will take place from Saturday 18th to Thursday 23rd September inclusive with THE EXCEPTION of Tuesday 21st (6.00p.m, 6.30p.m and 7.30p.m lessons) which will be assessed on Tuesday 28th September. Do please remember that our rider assessments are not a test and are nothing to worry about! They are our way of ensuring firstly that our coaching staff are all delivering the correct syllabus at the correct time, but also that everyone is still in the correct standard of group lesson.

We have set the date for our group lesson assessments which will take place from Saturday 18th to Thursday 23rd September inclusive with THE EXCEPTION of Tuesday 21st (6.00p.m, 6.30p.m and 7.30p.m lessons) which will be assessed on Tuesday 28th September. Do please

.Our assessments will all be “Covid safe” meaning that you will collect your assessment sheet either electronically (by email) if you request it or you can collect it in paper form from reception the week after your assessment. So please don’t worry about assessments, and parents – make sure our younger member understand they are not a test! The only difference anyone will notice is that there will be two members of coaching staff present for each group lesson that week – one to coach and one to assess. Sally is doing the majority of the assessing, but Martin and Laura will do a couple so that Sally can have some time off that week.

If you ride in private lessons and would like to be assessed, then you have two options – you can either book a private lesson in October in which you are assessed (we need to charge a bit more for these as we again need 2 members of staff present) or we can advise you of a group lesson that you can ride in for the assessment week if we have a suitable one with space.

DRESSAGE COMPETITION

The members committee have been discussing some of the survey results, particularly those that requested some fun competitions. The big annual show (which we normally held in August) is not a possibility time wise as we just didn’t have enough time once we knew that Covid restrictions would permit it to organise it, so the members committee are looking to organise a fun dressage competition for our riding school members (junior and senior) on a Friday afternoon/evening. So, look out for a poll coming out soon which asks which date riders would prefer! Then get ready to show off your fancy moves!

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