BRC Area 1 Qualifiers 2018

Saturday 10th March 2018 – Winter Intermediate Dressage Qualifier at Morris EC organised by Girvan & District Riding Club.

BRC Int Winter Dressage 10th March 2018 Schedule


9th June 2018 – Dressage, Riding Test, Dressage to Music Qualifiers at SNEC.

10th June 2018 – Show and Style Jumping Qualifiers at SNEC.

Area 1 Novice Winter Dressage Qualifier – 26th November 2017

Many thanks to Edinburgh and District for the smooth running of the Novice Winter Dressage Qualifier.

Thanks to an excellent entry two teams will be invited to the Championships, plus the highest placed rider outwith the Qualifying teams from each arena.

The Championships will be held at Arena UK, Grantham, on the 13th and 14th April.

Several EDRC members secured some excellent prizes for the riders, from Fiona Brims Photography whose photoshoot went to an Ettrick Forrest Riding Association rider.  With Feed Vouchers from Tarf and Harbro, lesson vouchers from Karon Carson Equestrian, a “That Portrait” voucher, E dressage and Haygrazer by and show rug and rug wash vouchers from Lynnie Kilgallon at Speedy rug cleaning and Supreme Show rugs. Her phone number is  07751 795584 and her facebook links are:

Mark Todd Collection belt, Whispering Horses voucher and head bands from our main sponsors KBIS.  Our thanks to all sponsors.
Photography during the day was by Fiona Brims and colleagues, so visit her website for memories of Area 1 Novice Winter dressage at SNEC.
Thank you to all volunteers, some who had no direct connection with the Riding Club movement but enjoy horses, judges, BRC stewards, caterers and first aid gentlemen.
All the volunteers from score collectors, poo pickers to scorers, stewards, writers and judges all worked together to produce a successful day’s dressage. EDRC and SDG would also like to thank SNEC for use of the facilities.

BRC – Volunteer Leagues 2018

2018 welcomes a brand new league for our BRC volunteers.  There will be a variety of leagues running at different levels, these will be as below:

Club League
Club level will be for volunteers who help at club activities run under BRC rules.

Area League
Area level will be for volunteers who help at area activities run under BRC rules.

National League
National level will be for all volunteers (including team volunteers) who help at Championships only.

Volunteers do not need to be members of a BRC Club to enter the leagues, but for non-members and the National League, volunteers must have signed up to the BRC Volunteers’ Club prior to gaining points, which is free to join – please see the Volunteers’ Club page for more information on how to do this.

Volunteers will need to fill out all details on the card and have their card signed by the secretary to confirm the number of hours and the role they undertook. It is the volunteers’ responsibility to present the point’s card and fill it out upon finishing your role to the secretary for confirmation. Points will be allocated as 1 point per hour helped. Once 4 hours have been completed, 0.5 of a point will also be recorded for every half an hour volunteered. Checks will be carried out by BRC HQ to ensure the information provided is correct.

The league will commence on 1 January each year and will finish on 31 December. Point cards will need to be posted or emailed to BRC by the 7 day of every month (except January). Points will not be allocated retrospectively.

Any member of the organising committee will be excluded from this league for the event they are organising. Area Reps are excluded from all leagues. Official Stewards may only be included if they are not acting as OS on the day of the event.

Activities can include but not limited to social events, training camps and competitions. Paid volunteers (such as judges)/officials at events will not be included in the league.

Rosettes will be awarded to 10th in each league with a sash to first place. A prize for each league will be awarded to first place.


Download form for completion:    Volunteer League Card 2017  PDF file



BRC Area 1 Annual General Meeting – 28th January 2018

British Riding Clubs in Scotland Area 1 Liaison Committee

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 28th January 2018 at 2.30 pm

in the Arran Room, Oatridge, Ecclesmachan, EH52 6NH


  1. Welcome

2.  Apologies

3.  Minutes of the previous AGM (29th January 2017)

4.  Matters Arising

5.  Chairman’s Report

6.  Treasurer’s Report and Adoption of Accounts

7.  Training Report

8.  Area Representative’s Report

9.  Election of Office Bearers and Committee 

10.  Area Qualifiers

11.  A O C B

Refreshments: Tea / Coffee and shortbread.


1.45 – 2.15 pm – Hat Tagging available by Official Stewards.

New Area 1 Representative

BRC HQ conducted the vote and the results were announced at the Area 1 Liaison Meeting held on 19th November at Oatridge.

Maggie Bunnett (Girvan & District RC) has been appointed as the Area 1 Representative and will be taking on the role with effect from 1st December 2017.

Thank you very much to both candidates for putting forward their names to take on this important role within Area 1 Riding Clubs.

Area 1 Winter Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping Qualifier – 4th November 2017

Info circulated to Club Contacts, including AREA REP INFO

  1. Autumn Report from Area 1 Rep
  2. Area 1 Liaison Committee Meeting reminder – 19th November 2017
  3. Area 1 Representative – nomination form and information attached (nominations due by 13th November)
  4. BRC Forum
  5. Reminder to submit Area Training Grant Forms as soon as possible (must be submitted by December 2017).  Form attached and also available on Area 1 website on Reference page.

Autumn Report from Area 1 Rep


For most of us the main topic of conversation has, and still is, the weather! It has been an awful summer.  Apart from riders, my sympathies go to the farmers.  Good hay will be at a premium this winter.

Thankfully we have indoor arenas which are reasonably accessible to most of us, although those competing and helping outdoors on the Sunday of the Summer Qualifiers, must be considering an indoor sport! The Championships were held at Lincoln show ground.  Congratulations go to members from Polnoon, Lothians, Ayr, Argyll and North Lammermuir who came home with rosettes.  Special mention must go to Polnoon who came second in the 70 cm Show Jumping.

Well done and good luck to Edinburgh & District Riding Club member Caroline Pennycook whose horse Thor has been nominated for the RoR Horse of the Year Award.

The 19th of November is an important diary date. There will be a Liaison meeting for all clubs in the Arran Room at Oatridge College (where we normally hold these meetings). This year staff from BRC Headquarters will be attending.  It will be a good opportunity to catch up on recent BRC developments, and to ask questions.

As you all know I am stepping down as Area Representative. The election for a new Rep will take place at this Liaison Meeting.  Nominations are to be with the Area 1 secretary by 30th October.  Initially this position is for one year as the role normally has a three year span.  Therefore there will be another election in November 2018.

The 2018 Summer Qualifiers will be held at SNEC on 9th and 10th June. We need to have a good discussion about this.  Four years ago we decided to run everything bar the Horse Trials over one weekend.  The format has proved to be popular.  This year the numbers attending were fantastic, however, there were a few problems.  So please come along and join in the discussion if you want to see this fun weekend continue.

During the summer we request feedback on training via SurveyMonkey as we are in receipt of training money from British Riding Clubs in Scotland. Not many replied however those that did have requested Dressage to Music training, and Style Jumping training.  This will be an agenda item, as will the general 2018 training programme.  The Area committee greatly appreciates the help from clubs with the organisation of the training.

The 2018 Novice, Intermediate and Open Show Jumping Qualifier takes place at SNEC on 4th November. Lothians are the host club.

Edinburgh and District are hosting the 2018 Novice Winter Dressage Qualifier at SNEC on the 26th November.

The 2018 Intermediate Winter Dressage Qualifier host and venue are undecided.


Jennifer Rentoul, Area 1 Rep


The Area 1 Liaison Committee meeting will be held at 1.30 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017 in the Arran Room, Oatridge, Ecclesmachan.

If you have any items you would like added to the agenda, please let Jane (Area 1 secretary) know by 31st October. Thank you.


Role of Area 1 Representative

The Area Rep’s term commences on 1st December. The ‘job specification’ from HO, and the nomination form are attached.

You do not have to be an official steward to take on the role of Area Rep as you would be able to attend the training in February (likely to be Banbury, Oxford).

Nomination forms to be submitted to the Area 1 Secretary no later than Monday 13th November to allow for a vote at the Area Liaison meeting.


There is a BRC Forum on the 28th October at Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Please contact Jennifer if you would like to attend (


Area Rep – Role Description

2017 Area Rep nominationform

Area 1 Training Grant Application Form NEW

National Championships at Lincoln – 2nd & 3rd September 2017

A number of clubs from Area 1 made the long journey to attend the National Championships held at Lincoln last weekend. Many thanks to all competitors and also the helpers who gave up their time to support everyone.
It is wonderful to report there were many successes!
Most notable was Polnoon Riding Club coming second in the 70cms Show Jumping , with just 8 faults. The team consisted of Jennifer Wisdom (9th individual), Gillian Morris, Andrea Hibbert and Laura Stirrat.
Special mention must also be made of Marije Terpstra from Argyll Riding Club who was 8th , with only 4 faults.
In the 80 cms, Lothians were 7th , with David Parker individual 7th.
Lothians collected more rosettes with the team coming 8th in the 90cms, Katie Smith achieving 7th individually and Lothians Team also came 7th in the 100 cm.
The Dressage competitors also did well!
In the Senior Prelim Dressage Linda Hardie  from North Lammermuir was 5th in her arena, with Julie Hannah from Ayr, 10th in her arena. In the Pairs Dressage Linda Hardie and Shona Playfair from North Lammermuir were 6th.
Many others were well placed, which is a tremendous achievement as around 2,000 horses attend the Championships.
Jennifer Rentoul
Area 1 Rep


  • Please remember that ALL portable XC fences MUST be secured in accordance with British Eventing’s Guidelines (attached). This includes for all training, schooling and competition use.
  • The BRC insurance policy will only cover you if these guidelines are followed.
  • If you are hiring a venue and XC course, please make sure it is clearly agreed who will be responsible for ensuring the course is prepared in accordance with these guidelines.

Area 1 Horse Trials Qualifier – 22nd May 2016

Area 1 were represented at the joint Areas 1 and 2 Horse trials qualifier run by Area 2 at Ivesley Equestrian Centre, Nr Durham on Sunday 22nd May. Unfortunately we were not well supported but those who made the journey enjoyed a variety of XC fences which asked some new questions. Although the ground was hard the organisers had made a big effort  to use the best ground.

We are very grateful to Area 2 for allowing us to be included in their competition.

The 😯 cm Class was won by Edinburgh and District Gallus Lassies: Caroline Pennycook/ Blue Thor, Lorne Mcillaney/Indian Blood, Jayne White/Ragdoll and Catriona Umpleby/ Demarco.

2nd team  Edinburgh and District Bran Besoms:  Vanessa Smith/RD Bentleys Boy 1st Ind., KjadeMcMahon/Wee Ten Thirty, Caroline Pennycook/Named after Nina 3rd Ind.

Individually 2nd Stranraer Nicole Simpson/Nirona 4th Charlotte Mills/Kiloppy Dun

The 90cm Class was won by Ettrick Forest Riders Association: Sarah Johnstone/Mr Woody  2nd Ind., Laura Sanderson/Tango in Paris 6th Ind., Jo Swanston/Gransha Lad 5th Ind., and Frances Hislop/Justly Jules 1st Ind.

Individually Stranraer Debs Millington/April Moon 3rd and 1st outwith a team, SPRA Lynsey Galloway/Dauntless Night 4th.

100+ 1st Eilidh Whiteford/Flash Steel , 2nd. Shona Playfair/Roobeeroo  both  North Lammermuir.

Well done to the clubs who made the journey you represented us well.