Patricia Margaret ELphick


January 2022  Newsletter
Hello Everyone!
 Congratulations on getting this far through the winter months. There is already a tiny bit longer daylight each day and thankfully the weather has been fairly kind to us too.  Snow far snow good (Shhhhhhhh!) with only 8 weeks or so to go until Spring!!  Hope you are all surviving and managing to sidestep covid and or isolations. 
We have a full and exciting calendar planned for 2022 with training and competitions at various venues offering  something for everyone.
2022 starts off with new training sessions at Champfluerie nr Torphichen on
Saturday 5th Feb. Polework and jumping with Richard Johnston-Smith and
Sunday 13th Feb  Dressage and cone sessions with myself Linda Penman
Our SNEC Club days and competitions are also booked in.
SNEC Spring Dates for your diary -  26th March 2022, 30th April 2022
Hopefully the centre will  be opening up again very soon.
Watch this space! 
Online Entry, Memberships & Merchandise
Renewals and several New Memberships have already come in which is great.
                       WELCOME TO ALMOND RIDING CLUB !!
Membership cards have started coming out  already from Head Office this week.
Watch out for your new 2022 membership card coming out by email from BRC Head Office this year !! Check your Junk folder if you are waiting on yours. 

Club Merchandise - New Logo 
These items can be ordered online now. Full range of jackets, gillets, hoodies, shirts and fleeces available. Sizing chart and full descriptions available online. 
Meanwhile here a few things that are still to be tidied up from last year. . . . . 
  • 2021 Almond RC Points Trophy winners. Thank you to everyone who has supported all our club events through 2021 mainly August and September club days and the DonnaDiva Championships as well as the Xmas show which all ran at SNEC. 
  • AGM for 2021 on Wed 19th January 7pm on Zoom
  • Committee - new committee members wanted 
  • Nominations for Taz Memorial Trophy online
  • DonnaDiva Equestrian  - new trophy  for 2021 
Find out more details below
2021 Almond RC Points Trophy Winners 
Congratulations!!     to all our 2021 Points Trophy winners.   
 Senior Show Jumping Champion  Pauline Saddler           Roxy               35 
                        Equal Reserve            Tracey Hoskins           Goose             24
                        Equal Reserve            Joan Leslie      Craigydern Warrior     24
 Senior Dressage Champion            Alice Scotland             Rydale Ilex      53
                                    Reserve          Valerie Milne               Socks              48
 Senior Overall Champion                Valerie Milne               Socks              54
                                    Reserve          Joy MacLean              Rashah            41
Junior Show Jumping Champion   Jodie Scotland-Turner    
                                                                   Rachan Walk On The Wild Side  17
Junior Dressage Champion             Jodie Scotland-Turner   
                                                                    Rachan Walk On The Wild Side   5
Junior Dressage Champion             Jodie Scotland-Turner   
                                                                     Rachan Walk On The Wild Side   22
 Dressage Levels Trophies  
 Ermintrude Intro Points           Alice Scotland                  Rydale Ilex               53
 Chingagchook Prelim             Lynne Denholm                SD All It Takes          24
 Together we Glide Novice      Kirsty Scotland                  PS Silvern Rose      30
 Hoi Polloi Broadlaw El/Med    Joy MacLean                    Rashah                    47
 SUPREME CHAMPION                    Valerie Milne               Socks              54
Reserve Supreme                             Alice Scotland             Rydale Ilex      53
  Well done everyone !!
 **  We shall arrange distribution and/ or collection of all trophies and rosettes after the Taz Trophy and DonnaDiva Equestrian Trophy winners are announced and all the beautiful rosettes have arrived!  **
2021 AGM  -  Wednesday 19th January 2022  7.15   via Zoom
Almond RC 2021 AGM
Please register online if you intend joining the online AGM on Wednesday 19th January at  7 for 7.15pm start.
You can also add your apologies online if you cant make it. 
** Zoom link details , agenda and reports will be emailed out before next Wednesday.**
AGM online registration or Apologies Here
Committee Members needed!! 
Throughout lockdowns the club has been running with fewer committee members however although it has been another tough year  our club events were ( are?) starting to run almost back to normal.
To be able to deliver the full calendar of club events we have planned for this year we need to get the committee back up to full strength. 

Thank you to All committee members for all  their hard work and support throughout the last two years. 
Gillian Thomson, Jenny Dall, Pamela Mailler,  Lynn Taylor, Jenni Surgeon, Hazel Donaldson, Linda Sykes and Yvonne Willis Henderson. 

2022 Committee
Staying on for 2022  - Gillian, Jenny D, Pamela, Lynn, Jenni S and myself.  
Standing down.  -   Hazel, Yvonne and Linda Sykes 
Joining committee  at  next AGM   -  Amanda Drummond
              **  plus   ** 6 more committee spaces are available ** 

The club needs a FULL  committee to be able to share the planning and  running of the busy schedule of  club events and projects; to help provide adequate supervisory cover on the day at events to ensure they run safely for everyone and still be able to join in riding and enjoy being a club member too ! 
Committee meetings are held throughout the year every 6 - 8 weeks or so depending what is coming up. These have been mostly been online although we had managed a couple of face to face catch ups towards the end of 2021. 

If you would like to be part of the committee team we want to hear from you !! 
There were a few members  who registered   interest for  committee in the recent members survey but didn't leave contact numbers.  If you are still interested we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please get in touch with myself Linda on 07803 927 975 message or text is best or email
or add your name online to the COMMITTEE 2022 event and we will get back to you.
2 Special awards for 2021 are still to be decided. . . . . . 
Taz Memorial Trophy     kindly donated by Jenni Surgeon. 
Members can nominate online anyone you think would be a worthy winner of this award. 
They can be any Almond member you know who maybe hasn't won a wall full of rosettes but has shown great determination and grit to keep going through their own tough times with their horse and deserve recognition for all their effort. 
Nominate online HERE now!!
Nominations close on 30th January and the final winner is chosen by the Surgeon family. 
2019 Taz Trophy winner Gillian Thomson
DonnaDiva Equestrian Trophy  kindly donated by Grace Hughes
New for 2021  this trophy will be awarded to the ' Best Allrounder '
An active Almond member.regularly competing and training at club events, helping at club event and has high standard of turn out of horse and rider ( that's what DonnaDiva was all about!! ) 
The winner will be chosen by the club committee using club entry details and helper stats. Grace will have any final decision if required.