Grand Opening of the Chamfron Building

June 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Harlequine-87aOn Thursday 26th May, a lovely sunny day, we held an open day to celebrate the opening of our new stable building, attached to the end of the indoor school at Little Brook Equestrian.  The building was donated by Caroline Clarry, pictured above cutting the ribbon with our patron Dame Judi Dench.  Mrs Clarry is a member of the President’s Club of RDA National and has asked us to name the building the Chamfron Building after the stud belonging to a great friend who recently died.

Various donors had contributed to the cost of putting the building up, and were invited to the opening, along with the Mayor and Mayoress of East Grinstead. Dame Judi brought her daughter Finty Williams with her and a number of our other supporters were also invited.

Some of our visually impaired riders from St Stephen’s School gave a demonstration lesson before presenting bouquets to Dame Judi and Mrs Clarry.  After the official opening ceremony, a buffet lunch was served inside the new building, which was much admired by all.

In the evening we held a party for our volunteer helpers and their partners, with about 50 attendees, a most enjoyable evening.

 

Get your dancing shoes on!

January 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm

For all our supporters who enjoy a twirl around the dance floor, a fundraising Latin Dinner Dance is being held on Saturday March 12th at the Copthorne Gatwick Hotel.

Tickets are £37 per person to include a three course meal, disco and taster beginners salsa lesson.

There is a licensed bar and a fundraising raffle will be held during the evening.

Booking and full payment deadline is the 12th February.  Please call Saz Murrell, our Fund Raising Trustee, on 07821 755735 for further information and tickets.

Salsa

A Successful Day at Lingfield Park

April 4, 2015 at 11:28 am

Everyone wanted to meet Smokey Oakey at our Bucket Collection Day at Lingfield Park yesterday- he was the star of the show!  Dame Judi Dench, our Patron, for whom Smokey Oakey raced for many seasons before retiring to us, came to see him and enjoyed the day’s racing. One of our most successful young riders, Adam Lester, came and gave a very good interview on the Racecourse TV. Showjumper Simon Blight, who is enjoying success as a para-equestrian, was also there with his family to support us.

We raised £800 from the Bucket Collection and £390 from a raffle of free bets on the last race, kindly donated by Wayne Monaghan, an on-course bookmaker.  The winner of the £100 bet was Mrs Sheridan with ticket no 77 who chose to back Hidden Gold, the second favourite, and Maggie Bloom won the £50 bet with ticket no 12, and backed the favourite, Anglophile.  Sadly neither horse won so they didn’t take home a fortune, but hopefully it gave them a bit more to shout about during the race.

We are very grateful to Lingfield Park Racecourse for again allowing us to hold a collection day.  The £1,190 boost to our funds will pay for nearly 50 riding sessions for 6 children each.

Smokey

Stables & Stand

Success in Grade 1 Riding Test

January 15, 2015 at 4:27 pm

The children from Manor Green Primary School who ride with us on Mondays all passed their Grade 1 Riding test on Monday 8th December 2014 .  The 6 children have been riding for one term, and have all worked hard and progressed extremely well.  Congratulations to them all!

Level 1 Winner

Our Maidenbower School students who ride on Wednesday also all passed Grade 1 at the end of the Winter Term.  Well done!

Channel 4 Racing’s interview with Dame Judi Dench

November 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm