Sunday January 22, 2017

District Commissioner: Fiona Lace, Marsdens Farm, Andertons Mill, Mawdesley, Ormskirk, L40 3TW


Hon. Secretary: Mrs. B. Sutton, Holmeswood Hall, Mere Brow, Tarleton, Preston, PR4 6JS 01704 821 765

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Don’t forget to send your photos and event reports to Melissa Rose to be put on the Branch website and Facebook page.


Family Fun night Bingo, Beetle Drive Presentation of trophies, Prizes

 Saturday 28 January 2017,  7.30pm – 11pm

At Mere Brow Village Hall, PR4 6JX

£5 INCL Hot supper with historic puddings!

To book call or text Jane 07786 547684

Area & Championships Team members 2016 – to be awarded badges



Aintree Summer Camp

Camp will start on the evening of Thursday 3rd August and finish mid-morning on Wednesday 9th August.


Area Competition 2017

Below is a link to the area dates, venues and who to contact within the branch if you are interested and want to be involved.

Area competition dates 2017

Team members are required to pay their own entry fees at all competitions other than the Summer Areas and The Championships. At Summer Area competitions members will be asked to pay half the entry fee, with the Branch paying the remainder. In most cases, entry fees are not refundable should the member withdraw from the competition. Therefore, once a member has committed to take a place on the team they will be asked for their contribution. The Branch will pay the full entry fee for any member qualifying for the Championships.


Winter team Dressage and Show Jumping

The Winter team Dressage and team Show Jumping will be starting soon. Contact Clare Dale on 07508 026 832 if you are interested in being in a Dressage team and contact Alex Carr 07938 523622 or Melissa Rose 07709 410 037 if you are interested in being in a Show Jumping team. These winter team competitions are always good fun and a great introduction to representing your Branch in a team.


Dengie Winter League Show Jumping and Dressage qualifiers


There are four more chances to qualify in the preliminary rounds for both the new Debut Level (80cm 1ST round) and the Novice level (90cm 1st round) of the Dengie SJ series. The dates are as follows:

  • Osbaldeston- Sunday 22nd January
  • Osbaldeston- Sunday 5th February
  • Aintree WLC PC SJ- Friday 17th February
  • Osbaldeston- Sunday 19th February

In order to qualify for the Area competition which will be held on Saturday 18th March, you must have been placed 1st-4th in the 80cm or 90cm classes at the above shows.

There are no preliminary rounds for the Open Dengie competition:- you just attend the area competition on Saturday 18th March.

For full rules and and venue specific information please refer to our own website and Osbaldeston’s. You must advise the person who takes your entry at these shows that you wish to be considered as a Dengie competitor and pay an additional fee.

Championships – will take place at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre on the 1st & 2nd April 2017

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Qualifiers for the Winter League Dressage are run by Holcombe Branch on the same days as the Winter team Dressage competitions. Contact Clare Dale if you want to enter. Winter League Dressage rules are available at There are three levels of competition – Novice, Intermediate and Open.


Road Rider

Road Rider training dates and a test can be organised if anyone needs to take this test. You must pass the Road Rider badge before taking C Test and the Road Rider Test before taking C+ Test. Contact Louise Rose for more information 07709 410 037/


Tetrathlon and Triathlon

A Tetrathlon competition comprises four phases, shooting, swimming, running and cross country riding. A Triathlon is just the shooting, swimming and running. There will be some Triathlon competitions organised over the Winter. There will be swimming, shooting and running training organised at Willow View, Longton at regular intervals over the Winter. Also, some extra shooting sessions will be arranged at Holmeswood Hall and Hurst House Farm. Contact Rachel Rankin for details 07809 429 911, or Fiona 07751 380585.

Area Triathlon competition will be held on 28th January 2017 at Merchant Taylor school Southport.


Games training

Winter Games training has already started on Friday evenings. Contact Laura Rippon on 07884 267 105.



Anyone interested in going Hunting with the Holcombe Harriers contact Louise Rose for more details. 07709 410 037/


Quiz practice

Quiz practice will be starting very soon. Please contact Jane Halpin if you wish to be in a team and come to the practices. 07786 547 684. The quiz competition will be held at Westholme school on Sunday 19th February 2017.


Branch Scrap book

Please send your photos from all the events this year to Clare Dale for inclusion in the scrap book.


Fixture list

Please print off your fixture list when you receive it, it is easier to check what events are on. If you have trouble printing the fixture list or any of the schedules, just ring Irene Sutton and she will send a paper copy.

I hope you are going to enjoy the future fixtures. If there is anything else you would like to do, please mention it to Fiona or one of the instructors or committee members.

Remember all members who wish to be in teams must attend at least 3 rallies.

You must contact the organiser of each event or rally at least 3 days before, in order to secure a place.


Attendance points

Attendance at all our events will gain you points towards the Attendance trophy, which is awarded at the presentation evening. 1 point is awarded for every competition or training session that you attend and 10 points for Camp.

Rally and training costs (unless otherwise stated)

Working rallies (small groups) – £10

Dressage training (2 riders together) – £15

Show Jump training (small groups) – £12

Horse Care sessions (dismounted) – £3

UntitledDon’t forget to send your photos and event reports to Melissa Rose