Gidgegannup Equestrian Association 

 Adult Riding Club

Rally and General Information

If you have any suggestions for lesson formats/themes they are always welcome ☺. 

The following information is to help you decide if the club is suitable for you and your horse and give you an insight as to how the club is run and what we offer. We are always open to suggestions and comments. If you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact us by return email or phone. 

General Information

Gidgegannup Equestrian Association (GEA) caters to all levels of adult riders and disciplines. We offer a safe and supportive environment with like minded people to further your equine pursuits whether for pleasure or competition, holding regular rallies with qualified instructors.

Our rallies are held at the Gidgegannup Show Grounds. Entrance to the grounds is off Old Coach Road.

Membership structure and fees

Associate membership is for people who think they may not get to attend many rallies (eg 5 or less) during the year. Although the membership fee is less the rally fee and clinic fees are $10 more. If it ends up that the associate member can attend more than 5 rallies they can either continue as an associate member or choose at any time to upgrade to a full membership by paying the additional $50 fee.

Payment for membership and rallies can be done by several different methods, EFT is preferred, however cash, cheque and money orders are also acceptable.

Payment details are provided on the membership form and rally forms

Rallies are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month starting in February and finishing in November. We will also hold clinics and social days on the occasional 1st Saturday of the month.

The format of clinics are tailored to what the committee feels is wanted by members. We are always open to suggestions. The clinics we normally hold include Show Jumping Training Day’s, Cross Country and Jump X Training days & Dressage Training. We will also be offering other disciplines of riding such as horsemanship and Social rides throughout the year.

Competitions both in house and inter-club are run by GEA and other clubs affiliated with ARCA (Adult Riding Club Association). ARCA ‘challenges’ are a great way to introduce you and your horse to friendly competition while supporting and representing your club. There is a high point and handicap trophy for each challenge up for grabs. GEA also hold an end of year in-house competition ‘Black Tie’ which also has a high point and handicap trophy up for grabs!

Uniforms can be ordered via our uniforms officer (committee member) and also available to order on-line from our website.

Uniform Order

 Our club colours are black and gold and we have shirts, jackets, caps, vests and saddle blankets for sale. Names are embroidered on shirts and jackets so these are non refundable. Uniforms do not have to be worn at rallies but are essential for inter-club challenges. For inter club challenges it is preferred that all riders would be wearing the black and gold club riding tights, or black Jodhpurs. Shirts are available to borrow for these events if you do not have your own club shirt). Orders are taken twice a year (beginning and mid year).

Publications / forums

Newsletters are emailed out to members monthly to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening in the club and other areas of interest. There is also the option for you to advertise any horse gear you have for sale.

We have a website (http://gidgearc.webs.com/ ) which contains a calendar of upcoming events and photos from our rally and training days.

There is also a closed Facebook group for members (you can request to become a member/join the group https://www.facebook.com/groups/424365217621707/ 

Correspondence will be delivered on FB and we also send official club information via email such as upcoming rally and clinic information.

Committee meetings are held monthly usually the week after each Sunday rally. All members are welcome to attend. Committee positions are elected during the AGM (Annual General Meeting) which was held in January 2016, all committee members must be financial members of the club.


 

Rally Information

An email & FB message is sent out to all members about 3 weeks before a rally which has information such as instructors, lesson formats and closing date. Rally bookings will be via an online form on the website. Rally forms and places are accepted on a first in best dressed basis and must be accompanied by full payment. Once rallies are full an email will be sent out to let other members know. You can book in for either one lesson (AM or PM) or two lessons (one AM & one PM).

Once you have booked into a rally we will email out lesson times, rally jobs, stable allocation (if requested) and any other relevant information on the Wednesday or Thursday before the rally.

Cancellation Policy for Rallies: If a member books into a rally and withdraws prior to closing date – a refund will be given. If a member books into a rally and withdraws after the closing date, a refund will be given only if a vet or doctors certificate can be presented. If withdrawing on the Friday/Saturday prior to rally or on the morning of the rally please contact the nominated Rally Coordinator’s mobile as listed on the rally form (please refrain from emailing or Facebooking as it is unlikely to be read after hours leading up to rally).

Attending a Rally

Sunday Lessons normally start at 9am, with the last lesson of the day finishing at 4pm. Lessons are 1hr in duration and there is a 1hr lunch break from 12pm to 1pm.
Jobs to help set up and pack away the equipment as well as other duties are allocated to all riders attending the rally. An explanation of what each job entails will be included in the email sent out prior to the rally. Jobs will be allocated around your lesson times.

Helper Duties Rules: All members who ride will be assigned a helper duty. If a member has booked into rally, has been assigned a job and withdraws from the rally by notifying the rally co-ordinator, it is expected that you still complete your helper duty unless you have a valid reason. Not having enough helpers on the day because riders decide not to show up can have an impact on how the day flows, resulting in delays with start time and also means other members are having to pick up extra duties, so if unable to ride, members are encouraged to come and assist with their assigned duty or make arrangements for another member to help in their absence.

Use of Stables: If you request a stable on your rally booking form you will be allocated a specific stable. Please only use the stable you have been allocated and ensure it is left in a clean and tidy state.
All hay and manure must be picked up from the stable area and the car park.

Canteen: We have canteen facilities available and you can order your lunch in the morning before you ride. We are always open to donations of yummy food to sell during the rally. All proceeds go directly back into the club.

Lessons 

NB: Not all lesson types will be offered at every rally, please refer to the relevant rally booking form. 

For all lessons we endeavour to allocate you into groups of similar levels. This can be a tricky task at the best of times so please be patient for the first couple of rallies. Feedback will help us get it right next time! 

Your instructor will usually have a chat to you at the beginning of the lesson to see where you are at with your riding and ask if you are having any issues and ‘maybe’ what you would like to work on. 

If you do not understand anything in your lesson or are apprehensive with a task please ask for clarification or to sit out of that task, we have all been there! 

If on the day you wish to change lesson groups and/or times please see a committee member as we must ensure rider numbers and abilities in each lesson are suitable. 

Groundwork Lesson: Is basically a way of establishing communication with your horse before you start riding. You will be shown some handling/ground work exercises that you can then work on at home. 

This is a great way to introduce young or inexperienced horses to the club and start to desensitise them to being ‘out & about’ without the pressure of riding. Or you may just want to brush up on your handling skills! 

Please bring (if you have them): rope halter, long lead (preferably not a lunge line), dressage type whip and gloves. 

Flatwork Lesson: The level of flatwork will vary between groups. From walk, trot work to advanced dressage. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with some of the basic school figure as ‘most’ instructors will use these when instructing. A great web site is: http://www.dressage.net.au/dnlinks3.html#movements60  

Pole Lessons: Riding over poles in various formations at different paces depending on the level of rider and horse. 

Jumping Lesson: The level of jumping will vary between groups from ‘Introduction to jumping’ for those of you who have been doing pole work and want to advance to the next level i.e. trot poles between jump wings and small cavalletti type jumps to more advanced jumping. 

JumpCross: Combines the art of riding over natural terrain with the accuracy of clearing knock-down fences. It combines the skill and accuracy required for show jumping with the thrill of riding cross-country.
JumpCross is an excellent way of training both horse & rider in the art of cross country riding, and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Body protectors are essential.

Desensitisation / Games: No special gear is required for the desensitisation or games. The level of experience with games will vary between groups and if horses are nervous instructor may suggest that the games/obstacles be introduced in-hand (unmounted) at first.