BHS News in the South East September 2013

The weather smiled on us this year and BHS stand at the Royal International Horse show was steadily busy throughout the 5 days of the event. We welcomed over 60 new members to the BHS as well as answering questions about welfare issues, problems with bridleways and safety concerns. Lots of existing members popped by to say hello and it is always nice to put faces to names!!!

BHS Kent’s gazebo at Kent County Show!

BHS Kent’s gazebo at Kent County Show!

The two BHS Kent Committees installed their mobile gazebo at the Kent County Show and 19 volunteers helped man the stand over the three day event, including some representatives from TROT. Both BHS members and non-members visited the tent which held an array of information on the BHS as well as some local initiatives and competitions taking place. The hard-working volunteers gave a friendly face to the BHS in Kent and helped spread the word of the work that BHS does, both at a local and national level.

The next BHS Regional Training Day (CPD Day), which will count as a refresher for the Register of Instructors, will run on 30th September at Mount Mascal Stables, Bexley. Donald Kear, BHSI and Helen Barton-Smith, BHSI will presenting a day looking at the topic of teaching children. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking forms are available by emailing

Your local BHS committees have been working hard to put on some training events, clinics and competitions for the autumn, so if you are feeling fired up to crack on with your riding before the winter weather arrives, then please come along and support their efforts.

In addition to organising events, the committees will be holding their Annual Meetings in October this year and I would urge you to go along to your nearest meeting and support the event – without the hard work of these dedicated BHS volunteers welfare cases would go unnoticed, bridlepaths would disappear, road safety issues would not be addressed and local training events would suffer (to name but a few things!!!). As well as enjoying some type of insightful lecture/demo, these meetings are a chance for the work of the committee to be discussed, new committee members to be voted on (if applicable) and for everyone to have an opportunity to raise questions, share ideas and chat with your local committee volunteers.

For more details of events running do have a look at the re-vamped BHS Website which now has dedicated pages for our Region – Also, the BHS London & South East Facebook phenomenon continues to grow and we now have over 850 fans who  keep up to date with the London & South East Regional news & events – look up  “BHS London & South East” in the Facebook search bar.




Tuesday 10th                Trainers Day at the TTT (Training the Teachers of Tomorrow), Surrey. This training day with

September                  International Dressage Trainer and Author Charles de Kunffy is designated as CPD for BHS Registered Instructors. For more information and to book a place please email or phone 01483 272356


Monday 30th                Teaching Children with Donald Kear, BHSI & Helen Barton-Smith, BHSI at Mounct Mascal

September                  Stables. This training day is suitable for everyone who is involved with teaching children to ride and will count as an update CPD day for BHS Registered Instructors. Cost £30 for BHS RI’s and £35 all others. Bookings through Claire = please email or phone 01323 639920




East Sussex


Saturday 5th                Dressage; Keeping it Simple! Belmoredean, West Grinstead, Horsham, RH13 6RN. A Lecture

October                       Demonstration with Robbie Carpenter aimed at those wanting to expand their knowledge on how to educate the horse and rider in the art of dressage whilst keeping things fun and rewarding! Cost £12 in advance, £15 on the door. Tickets available from Sarah Williams, or phone 07961 435813



Sunday 15th                 Pleasure Ride and BBQ at Blacklands Farm, Elstead, Surrey. 10.30 start, riding over National

September                  Nature Reserve land and Thursley Common with a stop at a local pub around midday for a   quick drink before returning to the boxes for a BBQ at about 1.30. Booking essential and will be taken until 1st September. Cost £10 in advance for ride and £5 on the day for BBQ. Please contact Patsyann Rose for more information and a booking form or phone 07966 422913


Sunday 13th                 Dressage Competition at Royal Alexander & Albert School, Reigate, RH2 0TW. W&T,

October                       Prelims, Novice, Elementary. Send for a schedule with a SAE to; Mrs C Stothard, Greenmead Cottage, Castle Square, Bletchingley, Surrey, RH1 4LB, 07742 228745 or email


North & West Kent


Sunday 27th                 Dressage Competition at Arun Bank Farm, Bredhurst nr, Gillingham, Kent – W&T, Prelims &

October                       Novice. Send for a schedule with a SAE to; Mrs S Saunders, 6 Nelson Road, Wouldham, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3YE or


South & East Kent


Saturday 21st               Lunging and Long-Rein Demonstration at Cobham Manor, Maidstone, Kent with Denize King,

September                  BHSI. All you have ever wanted to know about lunging and long-reining. More information available from Sharon Kelsall, BHSII, on 01303 813089 (evenings)


West Sussex


Sunday 22nd                Horse MOT Day at Albourne Equestrian Centre. Come along and get and health and welfare

September                  check on your horse! With Isabel Harker from Spillers weighing your horse and offering feeding advice, Chris Keate, qualified BEVA/BVDA, equine dentist offering advice on teeth, Camilla Woodward, MCRVS discussing worming regimes including a free worm count from Westgate Labs and Ellie Martin, Master Saddler, assessing saddle/tack fit – the day will be an all round assessment of some of the key areas for keeping your horse fit and healthy. Cost £25 per horse. With numbers strictly limited early booking is essential! To book or form more information please contact Sheila Woodward at or phone 07801 599518


Tuesday 1st                  Gridwork Sessions with Mr Donald Kear, BHSI. Sands Farm Equestrian Centre, Warnham,

Tuesday 8th                 West Sussex. £12 per hour session, first session 11 am.

Tuesday 15th                Booking through Mrs Carol Porter, 01403 741355 or





Sunday 23rd                          Horseman’s SundayThe annual Horseman’s Sunday celebrations began over 40 years

September                  ago to highlight the need to maintain stables along the north of Hyde Park at that time the stables were threatened with closure. The Rev. Stephen Mason leads a cavalcade of horses and riders to the church for a blessing, followed by a ride past and presentation of rosettes. A true equine spectacle with entertainment for all the family. For more information please look at the website;


Sunday 29th     The London Riding Horse Parade dates back to 1938 and 1939 when competitions were held in Hyde

September      Park with the objective of raising the standard of turnout of riders in Rotten Row. The event was originally open to riders who stabled their horses within a 15 mile radius of Hyde Park but today the event is open to all. This event is a fun day for both mounted competitor and spectator. For more information please look at the website



BHS Committee Annual Meetings:


2nd October, South & East Kent

7.00 @ Saddlesdane, Faversham, ME13 0NX. “An Evening with Daniel Watson” – a lecture demo from International Dressage Rider, Daniel Watson looking at what makes a dressage horse. Tickets £10 in advance, £15 on the door (space allowing). To book please contact Abby Bourn on 07754 085866 or


7th October, London

7.00 @ The Punch, Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DE. Buffet supper & special guest speaker Lt Col Richard Pope from the Ministry of Defence Animal Defence Centre. Contact Janet Coe at for more information and booking.




9th October, West Sussex

Details TBC. Contact Carol Porter on for more information


10th October, East Sussex

7.30 @ Plumpton College, Plumpton, BN7 3AE.  Riding Confidence, Sports Performance/Exam Focus Workshop with Sherree Ginger, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Sports Psychologist and BHSAI, Int.SM. Tickets £10 in advance. To book a place contact Sarah Williams on 07961 435813 or


30th October, North & West Kent

7.00 pm @ The Brassey Centre, Aylesford, ME20 7OR. “Veterinary Work at Equine Competitions, including London 2012” with special guest speaker, Karen Coumbe, MRCVS. Contact Tim Brier at  or 01634 867497for more information


31st October, Surrey

7.30 @ Ripley Village Hall. “Your Horse’s Teeth” with special guest Colin Hill, BEVA / BVDA and founder member of BAEDT . Contact Carol Stothard at for more information.



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