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The VERA State Management Committee is calling for Expressions of Interest for Ride Organisers who would like to host the 2020 Victorian State Championships.  This event is run under the AERA Rules and the VERA State Championship Policy, a copy of which is attached.  It is requested that applications to run our premier event be submitted to the VERA Secretary, Ellen Prestage (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 2nd December 2019.

Applications should address the criteria specified within the policy, outline how the event will be run and be accompanied by a completed Ride Application Form, which is available on the VERA website.  Payment of the standard Ride Application Fee of $80 is also required.

If any further information is required please contact the Calendar Coordinator, Paul Nugent, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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As we head into the wind down for the year, with two more rides to go, the SMC is starting to get prepared for the AGM and Presentations. We are currently investigating a couple of venues at which to hold an afternoon AGM followed by a sit down meal and presentations.

Our Pointscore Officer, Caroline Noble, has asked that all current trophy holders return the trophies to Carl Adamson as soon as possible to allow the engraving of the trophies to be completed before the AGM/Presentations. The trophies must be with Carl by 1st December.

If anyone wishes to apply for the VERA Horse Lifetime Distance awards please complete the form available on the VERA website and send to Caroline either by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to 25 Thompson Road, Tynong North, 3813. These must be received no later than 1st December as the sashes have to be ordered. Late submission of the form may result in disappointment if the time frame is too short.

Please also note that the 2019 Tom Quilty results are included in the End of Year calculations as per previous motion passed. Details of the current results are available on the AERASpace website.

The SMC wishes to notify members and non-members that the VERA website will be offline for up to 30 minutes on the 1st of November between 9pm and 10pm. Upgrades to the website will be conducted during this time. We apologies for any inconveniences this may cause.

The SMC would like to remind members about the rules and policy for having dogs at rides. Under Section 1 Clause 26.5 of the AERA Rulebook it states: Dogs must be secured in a structure or on a leash at all times when on the ride base.

From 1st January 2020 the rule will be modified to read: Dogs must be secured in a structure or on a leash that is attached to a solid structure or a human handler when at an endurance event.

Attached is the VERA Dog Policy. The SMC is keen for everyone to read and understand these rules/policy to ensure adherence is achieved.

 

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Due to a number of incidents where riders entering at rides have not been aware of the rules of the sport the SMC has had rule books printed. These will be handed out to all MEMBERS at forthcoming rides or will be posted to new Members when they join.

Please read the rule books and make yourself aware of the rules. We don't want to have riders not being able to enter their first 80km event because they haven't got a logbook or horses with logbooks being refused entry into any of the rides as a result of leaving the logbook at home.

For those people who are not members please go to the AERA website (www.aera.asn.au) and download a copy of the rules.

If at any time you have a query about any rules or the requirements for entry please either post the question on the VERA FB page (there will be other people who will have the same question as you) or contact the VERA President of Secretary - see the VERA website for contact details.

As a member you are responsible for knowing the rules so please help us to ensure you can enter the event you wish to by knowing the requirements for entry.

Thanks to Lyn Taylor for providing this suggestion to assist our members.

SAVE THE DATE: 18th January 2020 will be the day on which the AGM and Presentations will be held. Venues are being sourced at the moment. Stay tuned for further details as the SMC get the arrangements in place.

The following letter has been received from AERA regarding an error in the AERA rule book. Please note the change within your rule book for future reference.

 

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