BRC Volunteer Leagues 2019

After the success of the 2018 Volunteers’ League, BRC are delighted to enter its second year.  There have been a few tweaks to the format following feedback we have received. There will still be three leagues but they will be as follows.

Club League

Club level will be for volunteers who help at club activities run under BRC rules. Aimed at dressage writers, stewards, flu vac checkers etc. Those volunteering as part of their committee role will need to use the Committee League.

Area League

Area level will be for volunteers who help at area activities run under BRC rules. Aimed at dressage writers, stewards, flu vac checkers etc. Can also include team volunteers where a club is required as part of entry to send a volunteer. Those volunteering as part of their committee role will need to use the Committee League.

Committee/Official League

The Committee/Official League is open to all volunteer committee members whether they are on a club, area or organising committee, an official steward or area representatives. Where a volunteer is on more than one of the above for example an area committee and an official steward points will be gained separately so would be on the league twice and will need to make it clear on the points card.

For example:

  • 1st Jennie Pallett – Area Committee – 20 hours – 20 points
  • 2nd Joe Bloggs – Area Committee – 10 hours – 10 points
  • 3rd Jennie Pallett – Official Steward – 5 hours – 5 points
  • 4th Joe Bloggs – Club Committee – 1.5 hours – 1.5 points

How to Take Part

Participants do not need to be members of a BRC Club to enter the leagues, but for non-members, volunteers must have signed up to the BRC Volunteers’ Club prior to gaining points, which is free to join, email for further information.

Volunteers will need to fill out all details on the card downloaded from the website and have their card signed by the Secretary/Organiser (for club and area leagues) or the Area Chair, Club Chair or Area Rep for the Committee/Official League 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 awarded in half hour increments at 0.5 per half hour.  Checks will be carried out by BRC HQ to ensure the information provided is correct.

The league will commence on 1 January 2019 and will finish on 31 October 2019. Point cards will need to be posted or emailed to BRC by the 7 day of every month.

Points will not be allocated retrospectively. Activities can include but not limited to social events, training camps and competitions. Paid volunteers (such as judges) will not be permitted to enter the leagues.

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.

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.

BRC Area 1 Annual General Meeting

1.30 pm on Sunday 27th January 2019 in the Arran Room, Oatridge, Ecclesmachan, EH52 6NH.

This is an opportunity for Club members to give feedback as well as offer ideas and suggestions for training, qualifiers, etc.

Clubs are respectfully reminded of the criteria for full BRC affiliation:

“Clubs to have been represented at all Area Liaison Meetings (optional but required for any area participation).”

We look forward to a well-attended meeting.

Please advise numbers attending from your club to Jane ( by Thursday 24th January.

This will assist with seating and catering arrangements.

Thank you.


British Riding Clubs in Scotland Area 1 Liaison Committee

Annual General Meeting on Sunday 27th January 2019 at 1.30 pm

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


Hat Tagging available after meeting. 

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM (28th January 2018)
  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            There are vacancies on the committee.
  10. Area Qualifiers and National Championships
  11. A O C B


Refreshments:  Tea / Coffee and shortbread.



Area 1 AGM Minutes January 2018

British Riding Clubs Leo Harris Award

Congratulations to Jennifer Rentoul who has been announced as the winner of the British Riding Clubs Leo Harris Award.

The Leo Harris award is presented annually to a Riding Club member who has given outstanding voluntary service to the movement over a period of years.
Jennifer has been Area 1 Rep and chairman for many years as well as past chairman of  Kilmacolm and Kilallan Riding Club.

BRC Area 1 Winter Liaison Meeting – CANCELLED


2 pm on Sunday 18th November 2018 in the Arran Room, Oatridge, Ecclesmachan, EH52 6NH.



BRC AREA 1 FESTIVAL – 9th & 10th June at SNEC

PDF file:  Dressage Times 9th June 2018

Excel file:  Dressage Times 9th June 2018

Dressage classes sponsored by NAF, TopSpec and Dodson & Horrell









Show Jumping times

PDF file:  Show Jumping Times 10th June 2018

Excel file:  Show Jumping Times 10th June 2018

Show Jumping classes sponsored by NAF and Harbro.


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


  • 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.