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Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds, Annual Chairman's Address

I am putting the final touches to this after returning from the newcomers meet at Frickley this morning.The estate looked wonderful with the trees in autumn colour.The turn out was great,over 70 mounted,and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. As always I must thank the farmers and landowners for their support in allowing us to cross their land,without their goodwill our sport would be impossible. I would like to thank our Masters for their efforts in producing a full card of meets.This was especially difficult towards the end of the season when all our neighbors were cancelling due to wet ground. I would also like to thank Richard and Emma for all their efforts and dedication, unfortunately they will be leaving us at the end of the 2016/17 season.We wish them well in the future.

 

Now down to the events:

 

In February we went to Rudding Park for lunch afterwards entertained and amused by Tim Easby(MFHA).Unfortunately our host was absent but thank you Simon for the opportunity. As mentioned last year the Campsall hunter trial was rescheduled to Mach 20.The small team worked their socks of to get the course ready in time and due to their efforts and a wonderful spring day,the event was a great success.

 

A week later and we all moved to Askham Bryan to run our Point to Point.This was our second visit to the college,an opportunity to "polish our act"from last year.Good Friday,set up day,was a lovely spring day,unfortunately this didn't last and on race day it blew a gale.Unlike last year there had been a meeting on the course a month earlier which had compromised the ground and led to the number of runners being reduced. We had a stream of compliments from the sponsors who seemed to enjoy the hospitality experience.Especially the home cooked buffet provided by Adele and her team,a huge thank you to them.

 

Onto May and the north lodge hunter trials.The team worked tirelessly to create some new and exciting obstacles which ensures the event continues to be a great success.

 

July must mean Frickley 1.Two new prestigious classes have been secured for the event: CCI 1* U18 national championship BE 100 U18 national championship.

These classes were run in a traditional three day format and required the competitors and their horses residing at Frickley from Wednesday to Sunday.The competitors had come from as far away as Aberdeen and Cornwall,judging by the atmosphere,they all seemed to be having a great time.All of this happened along side of the BE 80&90 competitions on Saturday and Sunday,busy!!

 

The 1*event had a fairytale ending being won by Connie WA in a cliff hanger show jumping element on Sunday afternoon. Also in July Marc ran a terrier show at Hillthorpe.They were blessed with a perfect summers day which helped with a good entry and successful afternoon. Frickley 2,held in September,was a much lower "octane"event than July,not to say any less successful.A tremendous amount of effort has been put into the horse trials by the organisers, along with increasing investment,has seen the events grow in both size and stature.Hopefully the BBMH will continue to benefit from its connections with Frickley for a long time.

 

I am looking forward to good winter of sport and fun,and wish all our subscribers,supporters and followers a safe and happy season.

 

 

Andrew McCloy 

Chairman BBMH