LCRC Winter 2021 – Spring Newsletter 2022

Dear Members

I hope that you have all managed to enjoy some of the many events the club has put on this year.
The committee has organised a wide variety to suit everyone and all levels.
Congratulations to Sophie Johnson for representing LCRC at the National horse trials championships, in the 80, riding as an individual.
Teams representing the club at Area 12 competitions, have again been very successful, the intermediate dressage team won with outstanding results, winning each of their classes, well done to Jane Rogers, Sarah Wharton, Charlotte Chadwick and Emily Roser. The Novice team also
did extremely well and it was really nice to welcome new team members: Greta Duff and Kate Williams. We are planning more team competitions over the winter and spring, details are sent out regularly via email, huge thanks to Sarah Wharton for all her hard work coordinating the
teams, this is not an easy job! Do ask and join the club teams or come along and support, team members love having members there to cheer them on…. Teams are FUN, which is how it should be, winning is an added bonus!

The rides have been really good and well supported, the weather has been kind to us, thanks to the ride leaders for so many super routes over different country, which members have enjoyed.
Rides will continue throughout the winter as they have proved so popular, do come along for Christmas cheer ride, even if you are not planning to ride, come and join in the festive fun!

Many Thanks to Kate Williams, who has taken on our club Facebook page, she is doing a super job. Kate was on the committee years ago and set up the Facebook page…. It is now very popular, with photos and all the up-to-date information, the website also provides information for
members who are not on social media.

Training has also been popular this summer: the club has subsidised some Dressage, Show jumping, XC and pole clinics. The Pole clinics have been really well attended and enjoyed…. More planned for next year and maybe a musical ride or dressage to music.
Hope to see you over the winter.


Dates for your diary….

Friday 22nd October: 10.30am Club ride: Wiscombe/Harcombe valley
This ride will be through the woodland and bridleways of Wiscombe and Harcombe valley. Ride will be at a moderate pace. Parking will be at Wiscombe top field by kind permission of Tim Chichester. £5 payment by Bacs or correct cash on the day Names to Fran by Monday 18th October –

Tuesday 2nd November: 7.00pm Club talk by Jabeena Maslin and supper – Old Inn, Kilmington.
Jabeena Maslin has a rich history in the equestrian world ranging from extensive success at top level showjumping to training the gold medal winning pentathlon team at this year’s Olympic’s in Tokyo. Somewhat of a legend. We are very fortunate to have Jabeena share her experiences with us. £18 per person £20 non members for Cottage Pie & Sticky Toffee pudding Names and dietary requirements to Jan Osborne by Tuesday 26th October.

Monday 15th November: 10.30am Club ride: Yardbury Farm, Colyton, EX24 6SL
Ride will be at a moderate pace, with some opportunities for a steady canter, in open fields if ground not too wet, the ride will be on quiet lanes, forestry and bridleways, some are stoney in places, and if weather allows will include 2 river crossings. £5 payment by Bacs or correct cash on the day Names to Fran by Thursday 11th November –

December: LCRC Christmas meal: Partners welcome
A social evening to enjoy meeting up with club members for some festive fun and Christmas cheer! Date, venue and cost TBC Names to Fran –

Wednesday 29th December: 10.30am Club Christmas ride: Stonebarrow / Golden cap
Ride will be at a moderate pace with chances to canter in open fields, taking in the bridleways across Stonebarrow and Golden cap. On a clear day the views of Lyme Bay and to Portland and Torquay are amazing. No charge, just bring festive food to share. Parking at Seadown caravan park, Bridge Road, Charmouth, DT6 6QS, by kind permission of the Osborne family

AGM: Thursday 6th January 2022 7pm – Old Inn Kilmington
Easily accessible for all members on the A35. Two course meal, followed by a short meeting and presentation of Club cups. £18 per meal Names and dietary requirements to Jan Osborne by Monday 3rd January.

Monday January 31st January: 10.30am Beach ride – Exmouth
Fran Summers will lead this ride at low tide on Exmouth beach round to Sandy bay. This will be at a medium pace and will allow members to canter or gallop (as they prefer) on the sands. Members must be confident to ride at a fast in an open space, and it is recommended that they have attended at least 2 Club rides. Parking at Maer Road car park EX8 2DA. This is a pay and display car park for which we need to purchase tickets for both car and trailer. Please ensure any droppings are removed. Names to Fran by Thursday 27th Jan

Monday 14th February: 10.30am – Club Ride: Langdon Hill / Eype Down
Fran will lead a ride at a moderate pace from Langdon Hill National Trust car park – Morecombelake DT6 6EP across the Bridleways from Seatown to Eype returning in a circular route. There will be some opportunities to canter in open space. (Similar pace and terrain to Christmas ride) £5 payment by Bacs or correct cash on the day Names to Fran by Thursday 10th February –

End of February 7.00 for 7.30pm – Club Talk: Old Inn, Kilmington.
Melissa Northwood on Dressage to Music Melissa is a local trainer, and has competed successfully doing dressage to music. Names and dietary requirements to Jan Osborne by Tuesday 15th February.

Wednesday March 23rd 7.00 for 30pm – Club Talk: Old Inn, Kilmington.
Naomi Garner, Equine Podiatrist & Barefoot trimmer. Naomi will talk about ‘The Healthy Hoof ‘ Identifying what is healthy and what is unhealthy and what we as owners can do about it. £18 for a two-course meal Names and dietary requirements to Jan Osborne by Wednesday 16th March.

Exmoor – Late Spring 2022
Covid permitting, the committee are looking at possibility of reinstating the popular annual Club visit to Exmoor in 2022. Accommodation would be at the youth hostel in Exford with stabling at the White Horse yard opposite. A one- or two-night stay, with a main long all-day ride on the moor, and 2 shorter rides on the day of arrival and departure. Rides will take in the open moor, therefore all members joining must be confident to ride and canter in open spaces. The committee recommend that members/horses joining have ridden on at least two club rides in the past year. Evening meals at the local Pubs. Breakfast at the hostel. Please let Fran know if you might be interested in joining –

Area 12 Competitions:
Sun 14th November: Bicton Arena Eventing 80, 90 & 1m individual and teams
Sat 20th November: KSEC – Show Jumping
Sat 27th November: KSEC – Winter Dressage
Sun 23rd January: KSEC – Intermediate Dressage
Sun 13th March: Pontispool – Combined Training
The schedules will be sent out via email as soon as they are available, it is worth following Area 12 on Facebook for all the latest information Please contact Sarah at

60 seconds and 10 questions with…… Frances Allhusen

Where were you born and where have you lived: Essendon, Hertfordshire then Pinhay and Whitlands, Lyme Regis

Your First pony, name, size & breed: Tony 12.2 Dartmoor who endlessly bucked us off

Funniest horse / pony moment: In 70s and early 80s we used to travel ponies loose in the trailer. My funniest moment was fat little Marcus coming out through the jockey door and getting his tummy stuck, while 6-year-old Louise was trying to push him back. Somehow, he managed to jump back unaided.

Top Tip: Get ready the night before and have a mental or actual list especially when travelling a long distance.

Rider Hero: Mary King. Who else always put her horse at the very top of the list and never mentioned herself unless she made a mistake. Even after the London Olympics when we met her driving her lorry, all she could say was ‘Wasn’t he brilliant?”

Horse you might like to steal: Louise’s Tammy. A magic little mare

Your proudest achievement: Revisiting fences that, with dear old Dick Brake’s voice ringing in my ears “Kick on m’dear” , somehow I jumped.,

How much did you pay for the first set of shoes and in what year: 60 years ago…no idea. When first married, we went to Frankie Turl’s forge by Chantry Bridge, Colyton.

How many years have you been a member of L.C.R.C. I first joined in the very early days with home bred Carler so very early 80s. After a long gap I rejoined 5 years ago

Main aim for 2021: To have fun with like-minded friends.

And Finally:

WELL DONE to our members who took part in LCRC teams this season:

Area Horse Trials, 5th June: Pontispool, 80 cm Team, Sophie Johnson 2nd, Davina Hardiman 5th, Sophie Benger 9th, overall Team place 4th. Issy Baldock 80 cm Junior 3rd, and Lydia Steele 90 cm Junior 8th.

Area Dressage: 24th July: KSEC, Prelim Team: Jane Rogers 1st, Fiona Benger 2nd, Great Duff 4th, Kate Williams 11th, overall Team place 2nd.
Open Team: Jane Rogers 1st, Sarah Wharton 1st, Emily Roser 1st, Charlotte Chadwick 3rd, overall team place 1st.
Riding Test: Fiona Benger 6th, Emily Roser 6th, Sarah Wharton 1st, overall team 2nd.
Individual Intro Test: Greta Duff 1st.

Area Show Jumping: 31st July: KSEC, 90 cm team, Jane Rogers 4th, Sarah Wharton 6th, Anna Burleigh 6th, Sophie Johnson, overall team place 2nd. 1m individual: Fiona Benger 3rd. Our range of LCRC clothing is available to order, please contact Sarah for more information,’