Another couple of busy months have flown by and we’re in the middle of that time of year again when you question your sanity! Freezing mornings, feeding and training in the dark and crossing your fingers that you won’t get soaked to the skin, is the commitment and dedication (or is it craziness?) of an endurance rider.
We have just held our annual State Championships over the June Long Weekend. I sincerely thank Lainie Ray (and her team) for putting up her hand and organising this key annual event of SAERA’s ride calendar. I’m sure everyone who attended would agree that it was a fabulous event, very well organised with many “frilly bits” to make it a special and memorable weekend. Sixteen entries in our State Championship 160km event is a great number for our little club and even more exciting was that it included four juniors, who all successfully completed their first 160km. The support and encouragement provided to all the competitors, but particularly our young guns, was a standout feature of this year’s event and something for which I sincerely thank all involved – ride organisers, vet ring personnel and volunteers.
I would also like to make special mention of the beautiful new Middleweight State Championship Perpetual Trophy generously donated by Veloce Endurance and Archer Rugs. We have temporarily lost it interstate and I look forward to seeing it return to within SA borders in 2020.
While many of us have been enjoying the riding year, in the background a dedicated group of members have been progressing the update of our Constitution. A version has been drafted and we are currently following up legal advice to have a draft ready for member consultation. Our original intention was to have something to members in July. This may slip to August with our preference being to deliver to members a draft that has been well considered and as polished as possible. Thank you to the team, Andrew Luck, Jodie Luck, Tania Drever and Jil Bourton for the many hours dedicated to this task. It is a very important job and a key focus of this year’s SMC.
A number of our members are making the grand adventure to Queensland for the Quilty on Friday July 12, some with their own horses and some riding local horses. SAERA will field a team and a number of people and horses have nominated. The SAERA team will be announced once pre ride vetting is successful. May all combinations be successful.
The 2019 calendar hasn’t been as full as we would have liked with the burden falling to a dedicated few. A 2020 calendar of proposed dates has been circulated through our FB page and I really encourage every member (and particularly the more experienced) to consider putting on a ride. It doesn’t need to be fancy and members of SMC are available anytime to chat through any ideas you may have.
Do still keep an eye on FB and SAERA website as we have a few ideas currently being worked on to finish off the 2019 calendar. In the meantime, keep your pony tuned and see you at Sandy Creek.