Firhill Stables

March 2017 Newsletter

Firstly it is lovely to see everyone back at Firhill, we are very sorry for the delay in reopening, as you are all aware Wendy’s Mum has been unwell but thankfully is well on the road to recovery.

Last week we were awarded our licence by Cornwall County Council, we would like to thank all the volunteers for their help to achieve this. We are looking forward to a exciting new year with our old and new equine friends

We are currently working on a Easter timetable of events and a Pony Club camp for the summer (which will offer instalment plan), any suggestions of events you would like to see please feel free to let us know, your input would be gratefully received.

As you all know membership is usually due in September but due to last years temporary closure of the stables the team have decided to change the renewal to December this will give the current members approximately 6 months’ free membership as a welcome back and a thank you for baring with us.

We are now taking orders for polo shirts, which are available in several colours and options of what can be printed on them.
We are also able to purchase other items of clothing .Fleeces, sweatshirts hoodies and baseball caps to name a few

We are looking to relaunch Young Equestrians and launch Pony Club and we are planning another open day/relaunch day if anyone can spare some time for this or has
ideas for stalls that would be helpful
We are intending on having a Parent of Firhillers meeting to brainstorm ideas and new incentives for the upcoming months to be held at the borough arms .This will be held at 7pm on the 29th March in the snug at the Borough Arms .
This is by kind permission of Gemma Hyslop manager of the Borough arms for donating the venue free of charge.

Due to the advice of the stables accountant and the impact cancellations have on our timetable,
We have decided to change the booking system adopted by the stables .
We are planning to take payment in future one lesson in advance, the cancellation fees still apply,
These we are to be found on your yard induction checklist and will have been signed on your first lesson .
Please ask the staff if you are unsure of cancellation procedures
We are looking at getting a card machine to enable card payments to be made, However we have yet to get this so currently are still only accepting cash and cheques. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Also, we have been looking at a productive way of all the children learning the skills related to stable management we have decided to allocate the Young Equestrians into two levels, Intermediate and Advanced. The intermediate young equestrians will be required to attend training to aim for C level pony club test or the required pony club badges relating to horse care, for these Saturdays intermediate members incur a extra £15 charge alongside any riding lesson charge this is to cover hours 1 stable theory and 1 hours practical to work toward becoming an Advance member, also all Young Equestrians will be required to have 2 lessons a month. The Advanced Young Equestrians still need to attend regular sessions for stable management, show ability and confidence to help train the intermediate members compassionately. There will be no charge for advanced members. To receive Pony Club badges, you will need to be a member of pony club, although you do not have to become a pony member but you won’t be able to get the actual badges, we will however award certificates from Firhill to reward their achievements

We are aiming to approve for BHS and ABRS in the near future.

This year’s Young Equestrian points system available to both intermediate and advanced Young Equestrians will give the winner the opportunity to compete one of Firhills horses through the winter. The point system will reward the most dedicated and productive member of the team. The results of this point system will be announced in Novembers newsletter.

2017 is going to be a exciting and productive new year, putting our Young Equestrians on the map. We aim to confirm that talent and drive is more important than financial status. Our children excel because they are given the self confidence to do so.

We look forward to seeing you all and receiving your feed back.

Wendy and the team at Firhill