Rules & Constitution

Blidworth & District Riding Club
Constitution & Rules/Regulations 2018

By becoming a member of Blidworth & District Riding Club or entering as a non member you are agreeing to abide by the following Rules and Regulations:
A hard hat and correct footwear must be worn at all times when riding and leading. It is recommended that hard hats to standards: PAS 015 (1998 2011 ) with  BSI kitemark   VG101.040 (2014 – 12)  with  BSI kitemark   ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) with SEI mark  SNELL E2001  or E2016    AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards) with SAI globalmark are worn. Skull caps must be worn with a silk. Body protectors are strongly advisable whilst jumping and are encouraged at all times when participating in horse riding activities.
Some events must be booked and paid for in advance. Monies will not be refunded/carried forward except in exceptional circumstances. Please check the website for rules on individual events.
It is the responsibility of the club member to check our Facebook page to see if events are taking place.
If you have any issues/complaints/problems please speak to a member of the Riding Club Committee.
Members should always behave appropriately and not use unsuitable language or behave in a manner which others may find offensive this also applies to all forms of social media.
Please do not interrupt instructors whilst lessons/clinics are taking place or swapping over.  If you have a concern, please either talk to the Instructor at the end of the session or talk to a member of the Committee.  It is unfair to disrupt lessons/clinics whilst they are in progress. 
Anyone leading a child on a pony/horse must be at least 16 years of age.

Horses/ponies must be at least 4 years of age to compete in ridden classes.
Horses and ponies must not be left tied up unattended.
No excessive use of whips will be tolerated Whips no greater than 75cm and no less than 45cm to be used when jumping.  No whips or spurs allowed in games.  
Please park with consideration.  Park on Cross Lane Equestrian side of the road and ensure you do not block gateways or drives.
Riders participating in Riding Club activities do so at their own risk.  The Club and any persons acting on behalf of the Club do not accept liability or any accident, loss damage, illness or injury to ponies, horses, riders or spectators. 
It is essential that members of the Riding Club have their own insurance cover for themselves and their horses/ponies and all activities they participate in at the Riding Club.  Please ensure you do have current appropriate insurance to cover you when undertaking/participating in any Blidworth & District Riding Club activity.
All children and young people aged 16 and under MUST be accompanied and supervised by a non-riding adult.
The riding committee’s/judge’s decision is final.

  Blidworth & District Riding Club - 
Constitution 2018
  The organisation is to be known as “Blidworth & District Riding Club”
2.       The aims of the club are as follows:-
To provide regular events for members of the Riding Club to help maintain and improve the standard and knowledge of riding and horsemanship.
To encourage riding as a sport and recreational hobby.
To promote good fellowship amongst riders and members of the Club.
To organise activities throughout the year aimed at encouraging participation and expanding knowledge.
To encourage junior membership and participation in Blidworth & District Riding Club.
3.    Membership
Adult - £12.50 
Junior (aged 18 and under) - £10.00 
The Committee have the right to reject any application for membership or entry it deems unsuitable.
The Committee may refuse membership or expel any member who has breached any of the rules of the Club, or who has, in the opinion of the Committee, been guilty of any conduct derogatory to the character or prejudicial to the interests of the Club or the premises where it is held, provided that before expelling him or her the Committee shall call upon him or her for an explanation of his/her conduct and provide a proper opportunity of answering the allegations against him/her.
4.   Committee
The Committee shall be responsible for the management of the affairs of the Club. 
It shall meet no less that 4 times per annum and consist of the following:
Chair Person  -     Steve Bull
Membership Secretary  -  Charlotte Smith
Treasurer    - Stacha Goodman
Child Protection Officer   -   Alison Lakin
Social media secretary  - Amy Tranmer
First Aid –   Steve Bull    Alison Smith   Alison Lakin

Further members shall be elected annually to the Committee to take responsibility for other aspects of the Riding Club as and when appropriate. 
5.   Quorum
Four members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum, including office bearers.
6.   Elections
Nominations for office shall be made by the Ordinary Members of the Club before the Annual General Meeting.  Elections will be held and confirmed at the Annual General Meeting and Officers will take up their office at the end of that meeting.
7.   Annual General Meeting
The AGM should take place during the months of November or December, at a venue to be decided by the Committee.  At least fourteen days’ notice of the date, time and place shall be given by newsletter to each member prior to the meeting.
8.   General Meetings
A Special General Meeting may be called by the Committee or by a request signed by not less than 3 members specifying the business to be discussed.  The Minutes Secretary shall give all members ten days’ notice of the date of such a meeting and shall specify in such notice matters to be dealt with at the meeting.
9.   Subscriptions
Members shall pay the appropriate subscription annually to the Treasurer or nominated officer of the Club.  
Subscriptions become due on 1st March.  Membership will run from 1st March to 28th February.
10.  Rules and Regulations
The Constitution and Rules and Regulations of Blidworth & District Riding Club shall be reviewed annually and will only be revised or altered by a two-thirds majority vote of the Committee.
Evidence of Public Liability Insurance must be available on demand throughout the Club year to participate in club events.
11.  Child Protection
The Club will appoint a Child Protection Officer and Blidworth & District Riding Club will operate a Child Protection Policy working within the guidelines issued by the British Equestrian Federation.
12.  Accounts
Accounts for the Club will be prepared annually for the year end at 28th February.  At a suitable time after that date, these Accounts will be available from the Treasurer for inspection by any member of the Club.  A summary of the Accounts will be available on request.
It is stated that we are not primarily a profit making organisation and that any profits that are made over the year will be held by the Club against any further expenditure and that there will not be any dividend paid to either Committee Members or ordinary members (except for out of pocket expenditure).
13.  Dissolution of the Club
In the case of dissolution of the Club, all assets are to be sold for the highest price possible and the Committee at that time will decide how to allocate/dispose of any remaining Club funds.