Our membership in Devon has continued to grow during 2012, and is still growing. At the time of writing we have 34 members - and that's more than some WES Areas! We're also very actively involved with events at National level. Judy Jones is a member of the Society's Council and, in addition to being a WES Approved Instructor, Judith is also a judge and the Society's Welfare Officer.
We're also very lucky indeed that so many of our Devon members (Jayne Lerwill - who is also our Area 3 Representative - Kate Eldridge and Sarah Davies, as well as Judy and Judith) have attended the WES Event Managers' seminar. This is very important to us, because it means that they're fully qualified to run events on behalf of the Society. If any of you are inspired to become even more involved, just get in touch and we'll be very happy to provide whatever information you need.
3, and Devon in particular, has never been so well represented at the National Show! We believe there were an amazing 15
riders from Area 3 - of which five were from Devon! Well done to Jayne Lerwill, our Area Representative, who placed well in
two showmanship classes with Jac’s Gone in a Flash, who then went on to win the Youth
Hi-point with Ginny Johnson who lives near Bristol.Ginny and Jac are pictured left - of course Jac is owned by Sarah Davies, who is also a Devon member!
Andrea Ware with Cheyenne Sugar Bubble (Anni)
also placed extremely well in three showmanship classes. Anyone who thinks that
showmanship is easy needs to watch these hard fought national classes! Andrea is pictured right. Jackie Langford with Amertaz Kaboom Bandit
placed in trail, horsemanship, western riding and ranch horse pleasure and won
the novice rider versatility!
Forest Jac (Woody) and Judith
(pictured left) placed in pleasure, trail, horsemanship, showmanship, ranch horse pleasure and
also won the novice horse trail (a massive class with 29 entries). Woody was
awarded the Novice Horse Hi Point trophy together with the reserve Open Hi Point. Linda Wood with Dolly also represented Devon
since moving to the South West earlier this year. We’d also like to mention the support from
members who made the trip and really contributed to such a successful
show. It was great to see Jeanette and
Peter Jones, Kate Eldridge and Di Wilson (OK Di lives on Bodmin Moor but was an
honorary Devon member for the weekend!) We apologize if we've missed anyone out and hope to see even more of us making the trip next year.
Well done to Kate Eldridge, who won the Novice Rider High-Point at her first WES show - the Area 3 Summer Show in 2012. This was thanks to a very consistent performance from Kate, with her quarter horse mare Tardy Conclus Honey. Kate and Honey are pictured right - picture courtesy of Mark Banfield.
We're delighted to report that up to the end of August 2012 Andrea Ware and Judy Jones have passed their WRDP Level 1 and are now working towards Level 2. Kate Eldridge has passed Levels 1 and 2 and is now working towards her Level 3. For more details of the Western Rider development Programme click here.
We're delighted to announce that Devon based quarter horse Forest Jac collected an AQHA International High Point for his performances in Junior Green Trail in 2010. Pictured right, Forest Jac is trained and ridden by Judith Hubbard. During 2010 they competed in WES and AQHA events, and will do the same in 2011. But even more importantly this unusual looking little horse - he's a grullo gelding standing at just under 14hh - regularly appears with Judith at clinics and demonstrations and is a great ambassador for WES. So why not come out to meet him at some point? He's partial to a parsnip and loves attention - not unlike his proud owner! Woody's certificate is reproduced below.
We're delighted to announce that WES in Devon member Lucy Turmaine has become the first person in the country to pass the Western Rider Development Programme Level 1 Assessment. We're extremely grateful to Lucy for her contribution to this important national initiative. Well done!
This achievement is all the more special because Lucy is using the Programme to develop a lovely partnership with her Appaloosa mare Indy (pictured right). Indy was bred locally by fellow WES member Di Wilson of Tober Appaloosas, based in Cornwall. Lucy and Indy are a really good example of how a structured training programme makes all the difference in building a trusting relationship with your horse - and getting great results. Lucy is now working towards Level 2.
WES offers something for everyone, and the fact is that not everyone wants to compete. Some are happy to enjoy trail riding, and so the National Trail Award Scheme presents an ideal opportunity to achieve recognition for non-competitive achievements. (For details of the scheme click here.) It's easy to sign up for, and you could end up with a really lovely award buckle!
We're delighted to announce that WES in Devon member Judy Jones was recently presented with her buckle, for logging 250 hours trail riding in a western saddle. Judy received her buckle from WES Chairman David Brindley, who made the presentation at the recent National AGM. Judy took 14 months to log the hours, riding her two horses Megan (a traditional coloured cob) and Skooter (Megan's daughter, by American Paint stallion Kiowas Mr Speckles).
If you're already trail riding for fun in a western saddle, why not sign up for the scheme? It's easy and provides great motivation - even on those rainy days in Devon!