It is with deep sadness we have to announce the passing of Alwyn Varley. A tribute and further details will be posted in due course. Our thoughts to Anne and family. xx


We are pleased to announce that Mark Cunningham has agreed to take on the mantle of Hon. Treasurer following the loss of our dear Ralph. This was Ralph's wishes and the Committee fully endorse this and a big thank you to Mark for taking on this role. Also, Liz Hanson has agreed to take on the role of Hon. Secretary and again the Committee fully agreed and thank you Liz for this. Jan




Celebration of Life.

In memory of our wonderful Hon. Secretary/Treasurer, there will be celebration of Ralph’s life to be held on Friday 20 April 2018 at Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor, Retford, Notts. DN22 8QS at 2pm.  The family are having a small personal event so as a club we wished to offer our members and friends the opportunity to be able to celebrate Ralph’s life.

An afternoon tea will be provided for all those who wish to attend.  Please email Liz Hanson on or message EMDG via Facebook or text 07775591403 if you wish to come along to celebrate Ralph’s life.  We hope to raise donations on the day which will be passed to a charity close to Ralph’s heart, details to be provided in due course.

There will be a book on the day for people to write their thoughts, memories, etc but for those who are unable to attend, if you would like to provide a memory, then please do so via the above and these will be printed off and placed in the book.



How do I start to pay tribute to our beloved Secretary and Treasurer Ralph Mort?

Ralph took over as Secretary/Treasurer from his father in law many years ago. He was a true friend to many, myself included. I got to know, love and respect him on rejoining the club on my return from the Middle East 28 years ago.

He really was the backbone of the EMDG - such a lovely man for whom nothing was too much trouble. A great sense of humour, always so positive and helpful to all, a true gentleman.

Ralph will be so, so sadly missed and our sincere condolences go out to his family . 
Jan (Chairman)




A huge huge thanks to EMDG members and friends for giving up their Saturday to help at the FotH challenge at Epworth, you were all just so so spot on and I can't thank you enough as without you it could have been a very different day. Again thank you all, you are a dream team to work with. Jan


Please note the new 2018 BRC body protector standards. As of 01/01/2018, members taking part in any clinic, competition etc run by a British Riding Club, all body proctors must meet the required standard in order to be covered by the BRC insurance i.e., 2009 purple.

Please click her for full details 2018 BRC BP STANDARDS


The 2018 BRC Grassroots Points Leagues have now started, there are two separate leagues, one for 60cm or 70cm show jumping and one for dressage (Walk/Trot and Prelim level). 


Why don't you download a points card and have a go. The points cards can be found on the BRC website if you click on the attached link:


Remember that the points cards must be sent into BRC Head Office no later than the 7th of each month, so that monthly scores can be updated on the BRC website and you will be able to follow the leagues points during the year.



2018 BRC Area 16 Qualifier & BRC Championship dates:

18th March Festival of the Horse Challenge Qualifier

14th / 15th April Winter Novice Dressage and Show Jumping Championships

27th / 29th April Winter Intermediate Dressage & Show Jumping Championships

19th / 20th May Festival of the Horse Championships

10th June Show & Style Jumping Qualifier

17th June Dressage, Riding Test & Dressage to Music Qualifier

3rd / 4th / 5th Aug Horse Trial Championships

1st / 2nd Sept National Championships

28th - 30th Sept Dressage to Music Championships

29 th Sept TBC Quadrille Championship

TBC FotH Combined Training Qualifier

TBC Horse Trial Qualifier

TBC Quadrille Selection Trial

2018 Qualifier Dates for 2019 Winter Championship Qualifier

6th October TBC Winter Novice & Intermediate Dressage Qualifier

21st October Arena Eventing

4th November Winter Novice & Intermediate Show Jumping




The Committee has taken the decision that ALL riders in teams representing EMDG should wear one of the new saddlecloths.
These are available in NAVY – in both GP and Close contact /jumping styles and also in WHITE for dressage.
The cost is £31
They are not exclusively for teams and can be worn at all other events /competitions.
Please order via Clare Dolman on in good time for whichever team event you are doing stating which style and colour.
We will arrange to bring them to the event or can post them to you at an agreed cost.




Please note due to a change in policy, Osberton estate now no longer allows dogs on training days or competition days.  This however does not eliminate dogs at Summer Camp, but new rules for camp and dogs will be brought in.  Would all members and non members attending any clinic or competition please leave dogs at home and not in your vehicle.  This is an Osberton Estate ruling not EMDG and we do not want to lose the wonderful venue and facilities we all enjoy.  

Many thanks everyone.                        Jan Pollard



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HELMET CAMS - BRC Official Statement:
In light of the precautionary decision by British Eventing to prohibit the wearing of helmet cams with immediate effect. British Riding Clubs have also followed this measure in the interest of safety and welfare of riders and horses. This is to allow for the independent completion of expert research to be concluded. Therefore rule G22.6 is replaced with immediate effect (13:00 hrs 17/10/2014) as follows:
G22.6: Electronic Devices
No Receiving, recording, transmitting or monitoring device maybe used by a competitor during any phase of a competition. Head Cams are prohibited from use at any BRC affiliated competitions.
 This decision will naturally cause some disappointment to those that use head cams to record their achievements but I am sure you will agree that safety has to be a top priority and it would be wrong to not take into account the current research and investigations on-going with the (TRL) Transport Research Laboratory. The ruling will be reviewed once the independent research is concluded.
 Statement Issued by
Andrew Chadwick
BRC Competitions Committee Chair
Friday, 17th October 2014



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