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We held our AGM at The Acorn Inn, Evershot on 16th December.  Emily Mitchell  has been elected to the committee and will be taking over the role of Treasurer from June Eames. All present agreed to increase the annual membership fee from £25 to £27.50 which will cover the increase in affiliation fees paid to BRC. Your membership is due for renewal on 1st January so please renew online or download the form and post a cheque to Sue Soame.

We followed the AGM with a hot supper for everyone present. Eric Winter then presented a Lucy Pinney with a lovely drawing by Kate Hurford featuring Lucy on Max. This was given by SWDG as an appreciation of Lucy’s kindness in letting us use her facilities at Linnet Farm for Clinics. There was also a present for Jo Bluck for her work in organising the Ball. Eric then talked about his life as a rider before he took up course building. He explained how a course builder likes to encourage confidence in horse and rider but also rewards those able to think quickly and ride bravely across the country. There is a very interesting write up on the SWDG facebook page.

Eric then presented the Trophies to the winners. There were also sashes for all members who had represented the Club at Area and National competition.

Everyone had a really enjoyable evening and ended with time for members to chat amongst themselves – something we don’t often get time to do at competitions and clinics!