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The coming week is National Volunteer's Week in Australia. VERA would like to encourage all to post a thank you to the volunteers who make our sport possible. Our rides are run totally by volunteers who give their time freely to organise and run the rides that we all enjoy.

The SMC would like to express our deep gratitude to all our volunteers including our Ride Organisers, track markers, checkpoint people, TPRs, Chief Stewards, pencillers, ride secretaries, date entry people, track markers, weighing stewards, swabbing steward, FB Moderators, Web Master, Logbook Registrar, Membership Registrar, Pointscore Registrar, Grievance Officer, Disciplinary Panel members, emergency float drivers and anyone else who contributes to our events.

And, on behalf of the members, I'd like to express my thanks to the SMC members, both past and current, who manage the sport and put in a lot of hard yards that are often unseen.

27 MAY 2021

As per this morning's Victorian Government update, the existing COVID-19 related Public Health Orders have changed, and a state-wide 7-day circuit breaker has been announced.  Effective from 11.59pm tonight (Thursday 27 May) until 11.59pm Thursday 3 June, a circuit breaker will be implemented with only five reasons to leave your home:

The following are the proposed meeting dates for the VERA SMC for 2021:

  • 20 February
  • 20 March
  • 17 April

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 2021 year.

 

See Details here

The VERA Management Committee meeting held its first meeting this week at which the task of allocating portfolios was undertaken.  Portfolios were allocated as follows:

Linda Tanian – President, AERA Management Committee Member, Governance

Paul Nugent – Vice President, Calendar Coordinator/Insurance

As we draw close to the first ride of the season at Dergholm the SMC would like to highlight to members that the greater majority of Victorian horses will be under the 13 month rule as a result of the shutdown of the sport last year. Rule 48.2 states:

If a horse of endurance status has not successfully completed one endurance ride in the preceding 13 month period, calculated retrospectively from the day of the ride to be entered, then that horse shall be deemed to have returned to novice horse status and must enter all rides pursuant to Clause 47 until the horse successfully completes one endurance ride.