Photograph courtesy of Sara Jane Hayes


Barbara Wright, who back-stepped for James Wright, driving Whiskey during the November Indoor competition at Moreton Morrell, presented the prizes. Christine McCloud was one of the proud recipients!




November/December 2018 

With the outdoor season at an end, our interest turns to the indoor season, which some of our members are taking part in. Please do not forget to let the Editor have all your news and results. 

The AGM was held on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at Nether Whitacre Village hall, Station Road, Whitacre Heath. No surprise, your committee remains the same for 2019. Chairman – Ken Young, Vice Chairman – Marian Gibson, Treasurer – Jeanette Mills, Membership Secretary Vicki Parry. It was reported that the club is still in a stable financial position. Don’t forget that your subscriptions will be due on the 1st January 2019. Membership forms attached and on the website. 

Our last event of 2018 was a scavenger hunt on the 21st October 2018 at Blackhall Farm, Fillongley on the most glorious autumnal day. Competitors drove round the quiet lanes of Shrawbury and out to Dawn Mill & back. Caroline Young once again took the Red Rosette with an immaculate 100% score; Vicki Parry was 2nd, Marian 3rd and not far behind was Rachel Bolton in 4th. 

The Halloween Beef & Gammon supper with skittles on Wednesday October 31st at Berkswell Reading Rooms was superbly organised by Vicki Parry and her family, with Carl & Jill supplying the excellent Beef & Gammon Supper. Vicki had sourced a mobile skittle alley, free gratis, that can’t be bad and that fitted well into the venue at Berkswell Reading Rooms. Over 20 members and their family & friends enjoyed the evening. As it was Halloween Vicki had decorated the room beautifully. Charley and her friend had carved pumpkins, one with WMDG one it. Several peopled donned fancy dress; there were some incredible witches to be seen. Jeanette’s friend Maggie awarded the prize for the best fancy dress. On the skittles, front, Vicki ran it as a team event, which gave some brilliantly camaraderie. Carl & Jill, Marian & Steve were the victors, with Toby’s team 2nd, Chairman’s team 3rd and Martyn & Joy Langley’s team 4th. “Can’t wait for the next one” Well done Vicki. 

Trophy Returns! Those members who are trophy holders could you please return them to Linda in good order by the February 2019 meeting. 

Our Annual Meal & Awards Evening, will be held on Friday March 1st at Solihull Riding Club. The format will be slightly different to keep costs down. A hot buffet with sweet for £15.00 per head. More details to follow in the New Year. 

Caroline Young is hoping to organise a Scavenger Hunt, weather permitting between Christmas and New Year. Watch out for more details on our new website. 

As we all know this is the centenary year of the end of the 1st World War. Perhaps we should spare a thought for all those brave horses who never came home. (and indeed other animals too). 

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, Friendship without envy, our beauty without Vanity? 

Here where Grace is laced with muscle, and strength by gentleness confined. 

He serves without servility, he has fought without enmity. 

There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent, there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient. 

England’s past has been bourn on his back. 

All our history is his industry. 

We are his heirs , he is our inheritance. 

“The Horse” 

(Ronald Duncan) 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 



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