Saturday December 10, 2016

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.


Area Triathlon

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


Photos from Interbranch SJ

Below are the links to the photographers website from the Interbranch SJ. Rounds 1 and two are now uploaded in his gallery.

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Our Open team was placed first and qualified for the National Championships. Congratulations to Kate Halpin, Kiah Webster, Morag Molyneux and Corinne Molyneux. At the Championships Kate was 8th in her arena and Corinne was 9th.  Our Intermediate team at the Area consisted of Rebecca Dale, Melissa Rose, Aimee Wareing and Hannah Reardon. We had two Novice teams consisting of Luke Breckell, Jemima Stubbs, Olivia Stubbs, Thea Holt Smith, Emma Wall, Emily Harrison and Sophie Broome. Congratulations to Sophie Broome who qualified for the Championships. We were also represented in the Grassroots by Caitlyn Howells, Charlotte Watkinson and Evelyn Girdlestone.



Morag and Corinne Molyneux both competed in the Open, Corinne was 1st and Morag was 3rd. They were in a mixed team which qualified for the Championships where they finished 7th. Corinne was 5th in her arena at the Championships. In the Intermediate Area competition Frankie Carr was 5th. Olivia Stubbs and Luke Breckell competed in the Novice Area.  Luke was 6th.


Show Jumping

Our Open team of Melissa Rose, Morag Molyneux, Frankie Carr and Corinne Molyneux, qualified for the Championships with Morag, Corinne and Frankie qualifying for the individual as well. In the Intermediate Area Show Jumping we were represented by Hollie Ascroft, Hannah Reardon and Lucy Spiby. And in the Novice by Kate Halpin, Thea Holt Smith and Olivia Stubbs. There was also a Grassroots Area Show Jumping competition, we were represented by Katy Rigby, Vanessa Lace, Emma Wall & Emily Sutton. They did very well to finish 4th and qualify for the Regional Championships where they finished 10th. Summer Mawdsley and Jemima Stubbs represented the Branch in the Intro to Show Jumping competition.


Our Musical Ride team of Cops and Robbers was excellent as usual and was placed 4th at the Championships. The team consisted of Rebecca Dale, Aimee Wareing, Luke Breckell, Charlotte Porter, Lucy Fraser, Alice Koole, Emma Wall, Lucy Spiby, Olivia Stubbs, Jemima Stubbs, Caitlyn Howells & Freya Ainscough. Many thanks to Clare and Rebecca Dale for all their hard work with this.


Horse & Pony Care and Games

We had two Junior Horse & Pony Care teams. Alice Koole, Olivia Stubbs and Jemima Stubbs were placed 2nd and just missed qualifying for the Championships. We were also represented by Emma Wall, Katie Kellett & Caitlyn Howells.

Our Games Area team consisted of Ella Koole, Freya Ainscough, Olivia Stubbs, Jemima Stubbs and Harry Clarke Tomlinson. They did really well to finish 7th.


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.


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.


Dengie Winter League Show Jumping and Dressage qualifiers

The Dengie Winter League is a series of qualifiers leading to an Area competition, and then on to the Finals, which are to be held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire in the Spring of 2017. The qualifiers are held at various competitions over the Winter, look out for the details in our Fixture list. If you are successful at the initial qualifying rounds you can qualify for the Area competitions and then for the Championships.

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.

Qualifiers for the Winter League Show Jumping are held throughout the Winter – look out for the dates on our website. The rules are available at . There are three levels of competition this year, Debut at 80cms, Winter League at 90cms and Open at 1.10m.


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.


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

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