A capacity crowd packed into the Snail’s Pace Café in St Breward in Thursday March 31, for the CVRC Annual General Meeting. 21 members were in attendance, with three more joining on Zoom.

Chairman Janet Elston welcomed members, thanking the committee for their ongoing hard work.

The club is thriving, with plenty of members and great representation in British Riding Club events. Carina has done a great job of providing a variety of training through the year at different venues. Janet thanked our chief trainer Becky Kennen.

We had a look back at all the events over the past year, including our spring party, ride a dressage test, camp, the fun ride, pub night, Endurance informational evening, and more.

We’re happy with our new website and also the great range of clothing that the club now offers.

Jess presented the treasurer’s report, and committee members were elected: the existing officers will re-stand, with the exception of Emma who will be replaced as secretary by Sally Rowe. Janet thanked Emma for all her hard work.

Then it was on to the awards.

First up was the Sam Fry training voucher. Sam was a beloved member of the club and a hugely talented rider who sadly died at a young age. Every year we award a training voucher to someone, worth £50 for training of their choice.

This year’s winner is: Helen McMillan! Congratulations Helen.

Most Improved Rider was awarded to Tracy Wilson, who has made fantastic progress with Prince, taking part enthusiastically in so many club activities. Congratulations Tracy!

Endeavour Award: awarded to Sian Harris for her superb work as teams captain and also for her own fantastic riding. Well done Sian!

The Helper Award: Awarded to Caroline Chenery for stepping up at the last minute to be the club helper at the Arena Eventing Qualifiers at Bicton. Thanks Caroline!

Jess reminded members to put a reference on BACS payments so she knows what it’s for.

Janet closed by saying that she is always inspired by the amount of help and support that riders give each other in the club. It’s a great source of both inspiration and commiseration, which seems to be our lot with horses!

After the meeting, everyone tucked into a range of quiches, sandwiches, and cakes, washed down with beverages.

A good evening had by all. Next year we might need a bigger venue!