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The VERA SMC has received notification from the AERA Distance Registrar that 3 members have now achieved the 10,000km Rider Distance Award. Congratulations to Shannon Decker, Nikki Robinson and Wendy Riha on achieving this award. It reflects a lot of hard work - both on and off the track – a lot of dedication to our sport, support from partners and family and outstanding care and consideration for the horses ridden to achieve this distance. Awards will be presented to Shannon, Nikki and Wendy at the AGM/Presentations to be held at the start of next year.

The VERA SMC is looking for people who are interested in nominating for the VERA State team to compete at the 2019 Tom Quilty event in Queensland.  Attached is the Tom Quilty Gold Cup State Team policy outlining the requirements for nominating and the responsibilities of being considered as a part of the team.  As yet, a determination has not been made as to how many Victorian teams that will be entered as this will be dependent upon the number of nominations received.

One of the responses from the recent Member Survey was in relation to Best Conditioned only being for those horses who completed the ride in the top 5 places of each division. The respondee felt that this should be available to all horses who finished the ride successfully rather than just the fastest horses.

The SMC has put together the following information for members on the awarding of the Best Conditioned award as per the current rules.
There is a Best Managed award but it hasn't traditionally been awarded in shorter rides - it is usually awarded for the marathon events. 

Probably the best way to see the Best Managed award presented at rides would be to organise a sponsor for the award and pass this onto the Ride Organiser. There are quite a few awards presented at rides now and sponsorship of another award would be very much appreciated.


Best Conditioned Guideline download

What a great weekend at Murray River Ride.

Congrats to Matt and Shanna Milne and all their team for a well run ride. For first time Ride Organisers you have excelled! Lots and lots of happy faces, plenty of newcomers and smiling volunteers. I am sure everyone enjoyed the track as much as I did from the comments I heard. If you'd like to provide some constructive comments on the ride or if you have any suggestions for improvements please use the Ride Review Form on the VERA Website. These comments will be reviewed by the SMC before being passed onto the Ride Organisers to ensure nothing derogatory or inflammatory is communicated.

The SMC has commenced its review of the responses received from the Members Survey.  The responses were categorized and a count taken of the number of responses allocated to each category.  The count and categories are:

The SMC have approved another ride for the VERA Calendar. Moyston ride will be run on the 14th & 15th September.

Ride distances will be 40km on Saturday and 40km and 105km elevated on Sunday. Ride details will be posted on VERA and AERA calendars in the next few days.

Thanks very much to Sioux Reid and her crew for putting on this great ride again.

The SMC would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new Committee member, Paulene Drew.  Paulene is a relative newcomer to endurance who is keen to learn more about our sport and to offer some assistance at the same time.  It’s great to have an extra set of hands to share the load.  Please join me in thanking Paulene for putting her hand up and make her feel welcome if you meet her at rides.