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The draft version of the minutes from the VERA SMC meeting held on 27 July 2019 are attached for the information of members.

Apologies for the delay in getting these posted up - getting permits sorted for the VERA Training Seminar have been occupying a lot of time!



The VERA SMC have approved a new ride for the 2019 Calendar.

The Tallangatta Valley Endurance Ride will be held on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November and will consist of a 20 km and 40 km event on the Saturday and a 20 km and 40 km event on the Sunday. Many thanks to Naomi McGaffin Brown and her support crew for adding this ride onto the calendar.

Looks like it will be a great track. More details will be posted as we receive the information.

The VERA SMC would like to invite interested people to attend its Ride Secretary training afternoon. We have been lucky enough to have Kim Stephens (from Tumut and Snowy Zone rides) to help deliver this training.

The training will be held on 17th August 2019 commencing at 1 p.m. The venue is the Chittick Park Room (Seymour Leisure Centre), Pollard Street, Seymour. Afternoon tea will be provided.

If you are interested in coming along please contact the VERA Secretary, Ellen Prestage, to register your interest.

The SMC would like to thank Bronwyn Cuthbertson, who we originally approached to do the training, but we couldn't fit into her busy schedule.

Please note the separate entry form and information flier for the HEROs rides (Ararat, Moyston and Landsborough) have just been uploaded to the files section.

Anyone wanting to take part as a HERO's rider will need to nominate to enter the VERA Endurance ride, complete Horse Health Declaration and Temperature Log as per normal for any endurance event. The HERO's entry form is so you can be included in the series pointscore and be elligible for some great prizes and awards! Sincere apologies for the time taken to get all this together for you!

What started out as a germ of an idea among a small group of us sort of snowballed! Thank you to all at HRV HERO's and the SPonsor Peter Horobin Saddlery for this exciting opportunity to expose more Standardbred horses to the wonderful sport of endurance riding.

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.