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It is with much sadness that VERA announces the passing of Henry Perry. Henry had been involved in endurance in Victoria for many years and was renowned as 'The man from Wombat Flat'. Our condolences to Vanessa and all of Henry's family.

The VERA SMC would like to advise that the Emu Cup ROs have advised that they are unable to proceed with their ride. They have not been able to procure sufficient vets and the current uncertainty with Covid restrictions makes organising a ride very difficult. They are very disappointed to not be able to provide this event but are already talking about booking in a ride for next year.

The SMC would like to express its thanks to the Emu Cup organising committee for all their hard work in getting to this point and we are most appreciative of their efforts.

The VERA SMC would like to congratulate Paul Nugent on passing his Chief Steward exam recently and attaining his provisional Chief Steward status. This is the first step towards becoming a fully fledged Chief Steward. Please pass on your congrats to Paul when you next see him at a ride and thank him for his ongoing support of our sport.

The Ride Organisers of the Del’s Waterloo Ride have advised that they are not able to proceed with the ride which was to be held on 4 & 5 September 2021.  The VERA SMC would like to thank the ROs for their efforts and willingness to get this ride up and going and fully support their decision.  The SMC acknowledge the difficulty in this decision and appreciate the early notice for members.

After a lot of consideration and much discussion Matt and Shanna have decided to cancel the Murray River Ride. The uncertainty of whether there will be an extension to the lockdown on top of a very likely gradual lifting of restrictions and the risk of a large gathering, particularly in light of the irresponsible actions that led to the lockdown, makes it difficult to proceed with the event. The timeframes are too tight to finalise track marking and other preparations now that stay at home orders are in place.

The VERA SMC fully supports this decision and thanks the ROs for their responsible approach as well as the care and consideration for their local community.

Refunds will be organised in the next few days. Thank you for your understanding.