Web Address: http://www.merrickssc.com/
Postal Address PO Box 390 Balnarring, Vic, 3926
Street Address: Merricks Station Reserve, Frankston/Flinders Road Merricks
Merricks Saddle Club is a friendly, relaxed and supportive club that caters for adults and children. We cater to all levels of riders by offering a variety of activities including dressage, show jumping, cross country and quadrille.
During the year we run official fund raising competitions in usually two of the three disciplines of either Dressage, Show Jumping, Combined Training and Showing.
Whatever role you take in our club we hope you find friendship and a supportive environment. Whether you become an active committee member, a regular competitor or just a regular club person, we welcome you and your input.
Our Rallies are held the 1st Sunday of every month, the 2nd Wednesday of every month and Quadrille rallies are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
Our grounds are in the Merricks station reserve on Frankston Flinders Road and we share these grounds with Merricks Pony Club and Peninsula Quarter Horse Club.
Our arenas consist of a 60x20, a 70x40 (both fully fenced) and a 62x62 arena which are all sand. We have a large number of very good show jumps and a cross country course which we are building on all the time. We have excellent club rooms, toilets, float parking and horse yards.
For safety reasons, the gates to the grounds are kept locked when not in use and closed when in use.
Newsletter & Website
Our news letter is published monthly via email and on the website. Our website is updated regularly with news, events competition draws and results.
Our club is affiliated with the Horse Riding Clubs Association Victoria. (HRCAV) Our members must be members of the HRCAV which provides mandatory accident and indemnity insurance and access to HRCAV competitions through its level assessment system. HRCAV produces a monthly newsletter (Chaff Chat), with a calendar of events and entry forms for competitions.
Our membership fees are due on the 1st of October each year, which then must be submitted to the HRCAV by the 1st November.
Merricks Saddle Club does have a uniform policy
Please order your rally uniform from the club as it is a fund raiser for the club and most importantly it ensures you purchase the correct uniform and eliminates any confusion about what is acceptable.
Group 1 at 10am. Group 2 at 11am. Lunch 12.00. No costs involved. Please book into the rally by the Sunday before by emailing our Rally Co-ordinator, Sam Dymond.
10am and the cost is an additional $25.00 per rally. Please book in by the Friday before the rally, by emailing Jan or Lyn (emails published in the Newsletter)
Email addresses for the Rally Co-ordinators can be found in our monthly newsletter.
Riders without a booking will be declined a place. Riders booking in to mid week and not giving 24hrs notice will still have to pay. Mid week rallies are not for profit only to cover costs. Lateness to your lesson is not tolerated so you will be asked to sit out a lesson.
Please be mounted and ready for your instructor prior to the start of the session. We understand changing gear between Dressage and Show jumping takes time but please be mindful of your instructor and don’t take longer than is needed.
Important: Please remove your horses manure from the arena before you leave the grounds. Each arena provides a poop scoop. Also consider picking up any other droppings left behind as a gesture of goodwill goes a long way to creating an atmosphere of care for your club and your fellow riders as well.
Any rider participating in SJ must help put the equipment away. Help setting up in the morning is always appreciated and both go toward your volunteer hours.
We aim to secure the best instructors possible. Our rally coordinators do an amazing job finding quality instructors at an affordable price. We aim to find qualified instructors with knowledge, experience and a positive attitude with the ability to give a safe, supportive and encouraging lesson to all riders whatever their level. Please be mindful of this difficult task and treat your rally coordinator and instructor with respect.
Requirements for membership
Per club year you are required to:
The aim of these conditions is to spread the workload across our members and to help in running our club and competitions smoothly and safely. With the working bees’, competitions and setting up and packing up of rallies, along with canteen duty it is not difficult to work off these hours.
Our committee meets once a month, usually the Thursday evening after the Sunday rally. Any member is welcome to attend for interest or to suggest an agenda item. Committee contact details are listed in the newsletter.
The AGM is held each November to elect the committee and office bearers from our existing members and all members are encouraged to attend the AGM.
Safety & Club Rules
Horse riding can be a dangerous sport. It is very important that you feel safe and in control of your horse. For this reason and for our insurance we have a few standard rules.
For safety we recommend
Members under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Stallions, colts, rigs or mares in milk or advanced foaling are not permitted. Horses that are ill, very thin, lame or a danger to their riders or other horses are discouraged. All horses and riders are expected to be properly groomed and well turned out
Riders should ride with good manners and consideration for their horse and for others. Unless under instruction, all riders must ride at a walk at all times when riding on the club grounds during a rally. Horses being lunged are to be lunged in the round yard.
Care of your horse at Rallies
All horses are to be tended to prior to their riders having lunch. Including unbridling, unsaddling, rugging (if required), watering and hay. Please do not give your horse hard feed after being ridden or before. Please place your horse in a yard or tie to your float with baling twine.
Your committee encourages your input and participation in the running of the club. Your suggestions are welcomed and should be directed to a committee member preferably in writing or verbally. Please address grievances in writing so there is no confusion.
Constitution (presently under review)
A copy of the MSC constitution is available to every financial member to read. Please see our secretary if you would like to peruse.
LESSON AND ARENA ETIQUETTE
Safety of horses, riders and spectators is of paramount importance: with this in mind:
While working in a group