A rally is being planned for 27th August to protest the closure of parks in Victoria. This rally is being organised by the Bush User Group and details can be found on the following FB page: https://www.bugu.org.au/?fbclid=IwAR0-CBHs0f7XOYcU7lDdYcUdenNDl0jbCEv0RfwdDT-2xUvVi9s1HpAWIIs
This is very pertinent to endurance riding as access to tracks will no longer be available and we will lose our rides.
If you have time to head to Melbourne and join the rally please do. It's not time to be complacent and rely on other people standing up. We all need to be heard and to join in with other user groups.
VERA will be writing to politicians to put our case before Parliament. If you cannot make it to the rally then please send a letter to Louise Staley, Member for Ripon who has promised to put our letters before Parliament.
The SMC have reviewed and updated the Rider Identification Bib policy. This document is now available under the Policies page on the VERA website. Please take the time to read the document and understand the requirements. This is being posted as a reminder to all members that it is MANDATORY to have your own ride bib once you upgrade to Endurance Rider status. The SMC thanks all riders for their assistance in adhering to this rule.
The VERA SMC would like to congratulate Caley Rees for winning the VERA Discount Ride Entry voucher at the Toongabbie ride. This voucher entitles Caley to a $25 discount on her ride entry fee at the next ride at which she competes.
The VERA SMC would like to notify our members that swabbing was conducted at the Toongabbie ride this weekend. 3 samples were taken - 1 from the intermediate ride, one from the group of horses that retired at the 80km mark and one from the 100km completions.
The VERA SMC would like to congratulate the following horse and rider combinations for being selected onto the VERA Quilty Team 2019:
- Wendy Riha and Bullio Gebreselassie
- Tanya Beacham and Creswick Magdaleenah
- Kim Noble and Mizzi Cougar
- Renee Henry on Cadenza Supernatural