Rules & Constitution

Blidworth & District Riding Club
Constitution & Rules/Regulations 2017

Blidworth & District Riding Club –

 Rules and Regulations 2017


By becoming a member of Blidworth & District Riding Club you are agreeing to abide by the following Rules and Regulations:


Hard hats to standards: WN1384, PAS015:1998, ASTM F1163, BSEN14572:2005, or SEI. American standard SNELL E2001, ASTM 95, SNZ3838 1998 and correct footwear must be worn at all times when riding and leading.  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 ring and check 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.


Please do not interrupt instructors whilst lessons 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 whilst they are in progress.


Anyone leading a child on a pony/horse must be at least 14 years of age.


Horses and ponies must not be left tied up unattended.


No excessive use of whips will be tolerated.  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 Judge’s decision is final

Blidworth & District Riding Club -
Constitution 2017


·  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 - £10.00

Junior (aged 18 and under) - £7.50


The Committee have the right to reject any application for membership it deems unsuitable.


The Committee may expel from membership of the Club 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, provided that before expelling him or her the Committee shall call upon him or her for an explanation of her/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

Secretary – General

Secretary – Membership


Social Secretary

Clinics Organiser

Child Protection Officer


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.  


The Committee shall be empowered to award a discretionary subscription rate if deemed appropriate.


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.