BHS News in the South East – March 2014

BHS_logoWith the thought that spring really is not too far away and the fact that the evenings are already getting lighter many horse owners and riders will be looking forward to some decent weather to get out and about and enjoy riding. Your local BHS Committees have organised lots of events for 2013, from Horse MOT Days & Gadget-busting demos to improving your flatwork, Gridwork clinics and XC sessions! So, whatever your interest, there is bound to be a BHS event to suit you – and you don’t have to be a BHS Member to attend! For more details of events running do have a look at the re-vamped BHS Website which now has dedicated pages for our Region –

The Region will be running the first Continuous Professional Development Day at Hadlow College, Kent on the 25th Match where International Dressage rider Daniel Watson, BHSI will be presenting the topic of Lunging and Lateral Work. Although the day will count as an update for the Register of Instructors, everyone is welcome to attend and booking forms are available on the BHS website or by emailing

The West Sussex Committee held their Annual Show on the 25th & 26th of January at Sands Farm in Warnham. Despite the awful weather conditions there were 56 Dressage entries on the Saturday, riding Prelim and Novice tests and 108 Show-jumping entries on the Sunday where heights ranged from 60 to 95cm. The organisers were complemented by competitors for holding such well-run and friendly show and profits made will go toward supporting local riders by way of BHS West Sussex Committee initiatives.

BHS-MarchOn the 4th February the Surrey Committee organised an incredibly interesting tour of the Household Cavalry where a limited number of BHS Members were given an insight into all areas of the unit. The sun was shining and participants were treated to a complete tour of the forge, saddlery, ceremonial dress store and stables as well as watching the mounted inspections before the changing of the guard. The morning was a fascinating, whistle-stop tour into the life of a Household Cavalry soldier and horse and special thanks must go to all the officers and soldiers who made the tour so entertaining.

All forthcoming new, events and training courses will be also be listed on the BHS London & South East Facebook Page!/pages/The-British-Horse-Society-London-South-East/120774314601759

Claire McCaffery-Clarke

01323 639920

Continuous Professional Development Day 

Tuesday 25 March

Lunging and Lateral Work with Daniel Watson, BHSI. Hadlow College, Hadlow, Kent, TN11 0AL from 9.30 – 16.00. Everyone welcome and day will count as an update for Registered Instructors RI’s £30 / all others £35. Contact Claire McCaffery-Clarke on for booking form.


County Events: 


Sunday 2 March

Cross Country Schooling with Tessa Martin-Bird, FBHS at Coombelands Farm, Pulborough, West Sussex. RH20 1BQ. Sessions arranged up to BE100 including water. £40 per 90 minute session. First Session 10.30am

Thursday 20 March

Show Jumping Practice with Tessa Martin-Bird, FBHS at Coombelands Farm, Pulborough, West Sussex. RH20 1B Held in the all weather arena. Groups of four. £25 per 75 minute session. First session 2pm

Sunday 23 March

TREC Practice (with horses) with Petra Ingram at Brinsbury College Campus, North Heath, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1DL. £15 per session, First session 10am. Novice: 1 1/2 hours with an intro to each obstacle. Advanced: 45 minutes, practice at your own pace.

Thursday 27 March

BHS Stage One Training at Lavant House Stables, Lavant, Chichester West Sussex PO18 9AH

Stage 1 training with Fellow Tessa Martin-Bird and BHS exam assessor. The morning will include riding session, practical session and theory with lots of advice and tips on how to improve your exam technique.

09.00-13.00 £80 (all sections), £40 if practical and theory only. Maximum of 8 riding. For more information please contact 01243 530460 email or visit

Sunday 6 April

Cross Country Schooling with Liz Eaton, BHSI at Coombelands Farm, Pulborough, West Sussex. RH20 1BQ. £40.00 per 90 minute session. First Session 10.30am

Wednesday 9 April

Flatwork Clinic with Donald Kear, BHSI at Sands Farm Equitation Centre, Warnham, Nr. Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3SQ. £18.00 per hour session. First session 5pm

Monday 14 April

Instructors Training Day with Tessa Martin-Bird, FBHS and Liz Eaton, BHSI. Brinsbury College Campus, North Heath, Pulborough,, West Sussex, RH20 1DL This subsidised event is open to those with BHS PTT or above who wish to improve their coaching skills. £10 for the day or £15 to include a ridden session on your own horse. Please apply to Liz Eaton

Unless stated otherwise all BHS West Sussex event bookings to be made through Carol Porter. Cheques made payable to BHS West Sussex and send to: Carol Porter, Ash Tree Cottage, Coolham Road, Coolham, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 8GP 01403 741355 or email


Friday 14 March (and continuing for 12 weeks)

BHS Stage One Training Course at Wildwoods Riding Centre, Ebbisham Lane, Walton On The Hill, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5BH.12 week course, riding 18.00– 19.00 followed by stable management 19.15 – 20.30. Riding only cost £37. Stable Management only cost £20. For more information please phone 01737 812146 or 07956 390 398 (mobile) or email



Monday 17 March

Talk on Bits and Bitting by Patricia Nassau Williams at The Punch Tavern, 99 Fleet Street, London EC4& 1DE. £12.00 per person to include buffet. Arrival at 6.30 to start at 7pm

Please contact Janet Coe for more information and to book your place 07958 703570 or email



Saturday 22 March

Training Clinics with Debbie Melville, BHSI at Plumpton College, Lewes Road, Plumpton, Nr Lewes ,East Sussex, BN7 3AE. When applying please state whether you would prefer flatwork or jumping.

Three sessions available (four spaces per session): 9.30-10.30am, 10.30-11.30am, 11.30am-12.30pm

£20 per rider. For bookings please contact Sue Wylde on 01273 474919 or



Saturday 22 March

Emergency First Aid for Horse and Human with Denize King, BHSI at Elmley Stables, Sheppey, ME12 3SS.

Starting at 2pm, free of charge and open to all, BHS members and non-members welcome. Informal sessions to discuss, demonstrate and practice practical First Aid techniques. To book please contact Sharon Kelsall BHSIIon 01303 813089

Saturday 22 March

Road Awareness Day with Christine Sutton BHSAI and Riding & Road Safety Trainer at Britton Farm Stables, Ickham, CT3 1SN. Starting 2pm this dismounted, informal road awareness session will cover the skills and techniques needed to survive today’s busy roads. To book please contact Sharon Kelsall BHSII on 01303 813089



Sunday 13 April

TREC Training and Practice at Anchor Farm, Rochester Road, Aylesford, Kent. ME20 7EA. Practice some of the Trec Obstacles and the Control of Paces with guidance from experienced competitors and judges. Suitable for all from complete novices to Level 4 competitors. 1 Hour Sessions will be held in small groups.

Entry Fees: £12 for BHS, Maidstone and District Riding Club and Tottington Horseways Group members, £15 for all others. Entries to Mrs Anne Rillie, Anchor Farm, Rochester Road, Aylesford, Kent. ME20 7EA or 01622 710582



Saturday 22nd March

2014 Safety Conference at Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2XZ

The BHS Biennial Safety Conference, with a great schedule packed full of excellent speakers who will bring you up to date with hot topics in the equine safety world including, tyre safety, dangerous dog legislation, cycling, horse accidents website, air jackets and insurance issues. Cost: £10.00 per person Call 02476 840516 to secure your place


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