and volunteers debated at British Riding Clubs Conference
and volunteers were the main topics on the agenda at the recent
British Riding Clubs' (BRC) Conference held at Stoneleigh Park in
Warwickshire (16 November), attended by members from across the
requires competitors to produce current equine flu vaccination certificates
for all its qualifier and championship competitions, and the debate,
which produced strong feeling, centred around whether this should
continue. With the national championships attracting competitors
from across the UK, and with horse welfare in mind and to prevent
any risk of spreading disease, the unanimous agreement was that
the requirement should stay.
Vanishing Volunteer' similarly produced a spirited debate, with
delegates and the panel in full agreement that this was becoming
a huge problem, not just for riding clubs, but also across the equestrian
world as a whole. With events, championships and the running of
clubs themselves relying heavily on unpaid support, the lack of
volunteers coming through is causing concern. The 'election of volunteers'
for help was discussed and may have to be introduced over the 2004
riding clubs were awarded prizes for guiding the highest number
of members through BRC examinations in 2003. They were Ackworth
Riding Club from Yorkshire and Chiltern Riding Club based in Berkshire.
A third club, Gransha Riding Club from Northern Ireland, were unable
to attend the conference and will receive their prize at a later
date for next year's British Riding Clubs' Conference will be 7