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Time certainly flies when you are waiting for a Quilty to come around. With the blink of an eye ,a year has vanished and now it is just over six months before the National Championships , the Tom Quilty Gold Cup .This event will be held from the Collie racecourse from the 18th to the 20th of September.

Our hearts go out to those affected by the Eastern States bushfires and we hope the disruption will not deter too many riders from travelling over to the West. Three rides to date in N.S.W. have been cancelled and there may be more due to the unfavourable events related from the fires.

A few things regarding horse logbooks for the year.

Could all members please complete the Annual Logbook Return for all horses that you have owned during 2020. This will help Ride Secretaries during the year.

Check your YELLOW horse logbook inside front cover for the AERA registration - this may be for lifetime - great, no issues. If it is annual - you will need to apply for another annual registration for 2020 or upgrade to lifetime horse registration to be able to enter an endurance ride (80km or greater) this year.

and lastly - when applying for your new novice logbook you need only purchase the logbook. The AERA registration is only relevant once you have successfully completed the qualifying distance and have forwarded the application to upgrade the blue book to a yellow book.

All forms can be found on the VERA website under Forms > Horse Forms.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone as the year progresses.


Bronwyn – VERA Logbook Registrar.

The VERA AGM was held on Saturday at the Trios Sports Club at Cranbourne. The AGM proceeded very smoothly with a lot of engagement around the subject of rides. The End of Year Presentations followed along with a dinner. Congratulations to all the place getters and winners of the awards.

A good crowd of members and guests attend both events and it was great to see so much interaction happening. Lots of table hopping, laughter and conversations going on.  Speech of the night goes to a very proud grandad Steve Blackhurst!

The VERA SMC is very happy to announce some additional rides on our calendar:

  • VERA Training Weekend - 14 & 15 March at Rosedale. 40, 20, 10 & 5 km on both days. This will be a no frills ride run by the VERA Committee with all profits going to the bushfire appeal.
  • Eldorado - 16 & 17 May 2020 at Eldorado. 100 elevator, 40 and 20 km.
  • Tallangatta Valley - 21 & 22 November 2020 at Tallangatta Valley. 40, 20 & 5 km on both days.

These rides will be added to the VERA Calendar soon and further details will be posted as they become available.  Many thanks to the Ride Organisers at Eldorado and Tallangatta for putting their hands up to get some more rides on our calendar.

For the information of Members the SMC would like to advise that AERA have now provided details of the increased recommended Accredited Vet fees applicable for the 2020 year.

Ride Distance Accredited Fee

80 kms – $705 plus GST

100 kms – $729 plus GST

120 kms – $793 plus GST

160 kms – $988 plus GST

Pre-ride Vetting – $166 plus GST

Ride Day only – $516 plus GST

Daily Rate (e.g. marathon) – $513 plus GST

The recommended fees for non-accredited vets are 75% of the accredited vet fees.