Hurstbridge District Adult Riding Club was established in 1984 to offer a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment to local riders.Most years we run official fund raising competitions in Dressage and Show Jumping, and occasionally Showing. We may also run a ‘Mock Dressage Days’, lunches, trail rides and other social functions throughout the year. Whatever role you take in our club, we hope you find friendship and a supportive environment. Whether you become an active committee member, a social associate member or a regular competitor – we welcome you, and your input.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP Per club year (if these are not met it may jeopardise your following year’s membership) As a member you accept and are required to do minimum 6 hours of club assistance throughout the year. this can be done by:
- volunteer your time at club fundraising events
- attend club working bee or other club* maintenance activity
- Organise functions, clinics, events
- helping at a TTT events
If it is difficult for you to help, please call the HDARC Membership Obigations Coordinator (see contact list) to talk about how you may be able to meet your requirements of membership. The general aim of these conditions is to spread the workload across our many members and to enable our club to run smoothly and safely for the greater enjoyment of all members.
Our grounds are in a parkland reserve on the creek flats behind St Peters Church in Hurstbridge. We share these grounds with Hurstbridge Pony Club. There are five 60×20 sand arenas, a 40×20 sand arena, a small cross country course, show jumping/games equipment, spacious club rooms, toilets, float parking, horse yards and a wash bay. For safety reasons, the gates to the grounds are kept locked when not in use and closed when in use. Please contact our club secretary for a key.
NEWSLETTER, FACEBOOK and WEBSITE
Our Newsletter is published monthly via email and on the website, and is also available in print at the clubhouse. We have a club Facebook Page, speak to one of the committee to add you as a member. Our website is updated regularly with news and events.
HDARC is affiliated with the Horse Riding Clubs Association Victoria which has approximately 250 clubs and over 6500 members. Our members must be members of the HRCAV. The HRCAV provides mandatory accident and indemnity insurance, and access to HRCAV competitions through its level assessment system. HRCAV produces a monthly newsletter; ‘Chaff Chat’ with a calendar of events and entry forms for competitions.
JOINING FEES – Due 1st November each year
You can join as a Full or an Associate member. Fees are outlined in the attached membership application form. In addition to the annual membership and HRCAV fees, we have a ‘pay as you ride’ system so you only pay for those rallies or clinics that you book in to attend.
RALLY STRUCTURE & BOOKINGS
Please open this link for full HDARC Rally Structure Info
Online payments before the rally
Please pay into the account as per the details below: Regular rally lessons are $25.
Account name: Hurstbridge & District Adult Riding
BSB: 633000 Account number: 112585229
Please have the reference as your surname then first initial and date, eg. “Smith T 15/2”
Please process the transfer before the rally. anyone with unpaid rally fees will not be able to ride until all fees have been paid.
We aim to secure the best instructors possible. The dressage and jumping sub-committees consistently seek feedback to ensure member’s needs are met. We seek qualified instructors with professional knowledge, practical experience, a positive attitude, and an ability to provide a safe, supportive and encouraging lesson to all riders, whatever level. Instructors and clinics are usually published in the newsletter or on the website, and we are always open to suggestions.
Rally coordinators are volunteers who juggle the task of matching riders to groups. To ease their workload we need riders to book in by the deadline, or write your intentions on the rally booking sheets. If you cancel from a rally, please do it early so we may offer your place to another rider. If you choose not to ride at the last minute, due to weather; or whatever, you can come and watch anyway – and still get something for your money. Many riders come early or stay on after so they can watch other lessons, share a cuppa, a snack or a chat.
WORKING BEES / EVENT HELPERS
Our events draw in a large crowd and event helpers are always needed to help organise and run these events. These are major fundraisers for the club and many helpers make light work of a professional and fun competition that runs smoothly. Working bees are advertised in the newsletter, or via emails. Please register your plan to attend a working bee or club activity with the coordinator specified, so you can be allocated with a task and a specific time slot that suits you.
Our committee meets once a month, usually on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, in the evening. We encourage members to become actively involved. Any members are welcome to attend for interest or to suggest an agenda item. Committee contact details are listed in the newsletter and on the website. The AGM is held each November to elect the committee and office bearers, from our existing members, and all members are welcome.
SAFETY & CLUB RULES
Horse riding is a potentially dangerous sport. It is most
important that you feel safe and in control of your horse when riding. For this reason and also for our insurance, we have a few standard rules.
- Approved ASA standard helmets and safety footwear must be worn at all times whilst mounted. (Runners/Blundstone boots are not permitted while mounted.)
Insurance cover is voided if an accident occurs whilst mounted and the rider is not wearing an approved equestrian helmet with a fixed harness. Approved equestrian helmets must comply with the following standards: AS/NZS 3838 (AU), ASTM F 1163 (USA), PAS 015 (UK) and/or VG1 (Europe). The EN 1384 (Europe) standard is only acceptable for helmets which were manufactured prior to 2016.
- Riders are responsible for ensuring their own and their horse’s equipment is in a safe condition fit for its purpose.
- No smoking while mounted.
- Medical armbands must be worn while jumping.
- The front gate and hand gates are kept closed at all times. When entering and leaving the grounds please close the gate behind you so a loose horse cannot get out on to the road.
- In the event of an accident, an incident report is to be completed. These are found in the club room in a red folder marked First Aid. The report is to be handed to a committee member.
- If your horse is prone to kicking other horses, please keep a safe distance from other horses and riders, and tie a red ribbon on its tail.
- Lunging in the arena prior to/during a lesson can be a hazard to other horses and riders warming up nearby. Take care, to keep your horse separate, calm, and under your control when lunging.
- If your horse is sick or infectious, please do not bring it to the club.
For safety, we recommend that members;
- have ambulance cover
- wear protective vests and medical armbands when jumping
- arrive at rallies early so there is ample time to check and safely prepare your horse
- check your gear regularly to ensure that stitching, buckles, girths and leathers are in good safe condition.
- familiarise young horses to the club grounds and environment before participating in a mounted lesson.
- park floats in an thoughtful manner leaving space for horses to be tied safely without damaging vehicles.
- be considerate using the yards if your horse is known to kick or bite other neighbouring horses
- read and respect the “Arena Etiquette and Safety” sheet as published on our website
- ensure your horse is calm and under control if lunging near other horses.
For more information please call our Secretary or President (see contacts tab on website).