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The VERA SMC would like to congratulate the joint State Champions - Amanda Kettlewell and Tahlia Franke on their success at the VERA State Championships.

The OSO team worked together as a team so well and the horses looked keen all day long despite the challenges of the track. Well done ladies on your well deserved win.

At the VERA meeting on Saturday the SMC discussed the purchase of the Electronic Timing System (ETS). The recent ETS Training was very instrumental in assisting us to gain a better understanding of what was required for the set-up, operation and management of the system and this definitely helped in the decision-making process.

The VERA SMC have approved a new ride for the 2019 Calendar.

The Tallangatta Valley Endurance Ride will be held on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November and will consist of a 20 km and 40 km event on the Saturday and a 20 km and 40 km event on the Sunday. Many thanks to Naomi McGaffin Brown and her support crew for adding this ride onto the calendar.

Looks like it will be a great track. More details will be posted as we receive the information.

Please note the separate entry form and information flier for the HEROs rides (Ararat, Moyston and Landsborough) have just been uploaded to the files section.

Anyone wanting to take part as a HERO's rider will need to nominate to enter the VERA Endurance ride, complete Horse Health Declaration and Temperature Log as per normal for any endurance event. The HERO's entry form is so you can be included in the series pointscore and be elligible for some great prizes and awards! Sincere apologies for the time taken to get all this together for you!

What started out as a germ of an idea among a small group of us sort of snowballed! Thank you to all at HRV HERO's and the SPonsor Peter Horobin Saddlery for this exciting opportunity to expose more Standardbred horses to the wonderful sport of endurance riding.

The draft version of the minutes from the VERA SMC meeting held on 27 July 2019 are attached for the information of members.

Apologies for the delay in getting these posted up - getting permits sorted for the VERA Training Seminar have been occupying a lot of time!

 

Minutes

The VERA SMC would like to invite interested people to attend its Ride Secretary training afternoon. We have been lucky enough to have Kim Stephens (from Tumut and Snowy Zone rides) to help deliver this training.

The training will be held on 17th August 2019 commencing at 1 p.m. The venue is the Chittick Park Room (Seymour Leisure Centre), Pollard Street, Seymour. Afternoon tea will be provided.

If you are interested in coming along please contact the VERA Secretary, Ellen Prestage, to register your interest.

The SMC would like to thank Bronwyn Cuthbertson, who we originally approached to do the training, but we couldn't fit into her busy schedule.