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Club Rules and Regulations

1 The Club shall be known as ‘East Shropshire Riding Club’

There are two categories of membership:
Senior Membership: which consists of persons who have attained the age of eighteen years and who have paid the due subscription for the current period, i.e. October of each year. Senior Membership can be either as a Rider or Non-Rider.
Young Rider Membership: which consists of young persons upto the age of eighteen who have paid the due subscription for the current period, i.e. October of each year. A condition of taking out this membership is that a Parent or a person to act as Guardian has to join also.

3 The Financial Year of the club shall commence on 1st October each year. The Annual subscription for Senior Riding Members shall be £21 (or such sums as Shall from time to time be determined by the Committee), Senior Non-Riding Members shall pay half of that. The Annual Subscription for Young Riders shall be £11 plus joining fee of senior riding/none riding member acting as guardian of the junior.
4 Any Member whose subscription is more than three months in arrears (by 1st January) shall have his or her name removed from the Membership List. Subscriptions should be paid at the Annual General Meeting or sent by post to the Treasurer.

Anyone desirous of becoming a member shall state how they became aware of the club.

6 One person will be responsible for all aspects of the Club Rallies, including the taking of names, the collection of fees, cancellations and a reserve list. The programme will indicate the person responsible for that rally and should members have queries, telephone the number provided. It should be noted that after booking into a rally, payment will still be required if rider cancels unless a substitute is found.
7 It is requested that Club Members tidy up any litter that may occur such as Horse droppings and trailer spillage and any general litter that may be left lying around, especially by those watching the ride.
8 Spectators are respectfully requested to keep conversation to a minimum as it can be distracting for both horse and rider.
9 Members are requested to wear correct riding clothes. Hard hats must be worn at all times when mounted – minimum standard EN1384, PAS015 or prefixed with ASTM or SEI. The official ruling from the Riding Clubs Office 2004 states that: At or in the vicinity of an Official British Riding Club competition everyone mounted must wear a hard hat to at least the minimum standard, with a harness properly adjusted and fastened. Hats marked EN1384, PAS015 or prefixed with ASTM or SEI are the minimum standard allowed. Hard hats to specification PAS015 or ASTM F1163 are considered to offer greater protection than EN1384. Recommended hard hats should carry the quality assurance stamp of Kitemark or SEI. Where a hat is of skullcap style, this must be worn with a silk which may be coloured for cross-country competitions.
Regarding other aspects of riding clothes. Riding boots should be worn or Jodhpur boots or plain hard shoes (buckles are dangerous), but if in doubt Of the correct riding attire please contact a Committee Member. The Riding Club recommends a Body protector for show jumping, they are obligatory for Cross Country – Class 3 must be worn.
10 Members must attend one instructional rally before entering any show on Behalf of the Riding Club.
11 Breakages shall be paid for by the Club if classed as a hazard of learning; otherwise, they will be paid for by the individual concerned.
12 The Club recommends that members have their horses vaccinated for Equine Influenza. This is a requirement for members wishing to compete at Area Qualifiers on behalf of the Club.
13 Each member may be required to help at various functions when requested to do so.

Visitors who are introduced by an existing member of the Club may attend rallies provided that the visits do not exceed two a year at a fee that will be printed in the Programme.

15 The Committee may expel from membership of the Club, any member who has wilfully disobeyed any of the Club rules or has been guilty of any conduct derogatory to the character or prejudicial to the interests of the Club, provided that before expelling him or her, the Committee shall call upon him or her for an explanation of his conduct.
16 All powers of management shall be vested in a Committee consisting of the Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and other committee members. The decision of the Committee shall be final unless over-ruled by General Meeting.
The Committee shall be the sole authority for the interpretation of the rules or anything relating to the Club and their decision shall be final and binding on all members.
The Committee may formulate bye-laws for the detailed running of the Club and elect sub-committees for any special activities of the Club which the Committee may authorise.
The Committee shall have the power to fill any casual vacancy arising among members of the Committee, but any person co-opted shall retain office only until the next following Annual General Meeting and shall then be eligible for re-election.
17 The Annual General Meeting shall be held in the month of September each year.
18 The accounts of the Club shall be audited each year.
19 The Club, its Committee or persons acting on their behalf shall not be held Responsible for any accident or injury to any person or property howsoever caused
20 Distribution of assets in the event of dissolution of the Club should pass in total to ‘The Riding for the Disabled Association’.

These rules may be added to, repealed or amended by resolution of any Annual or Special General Meeting provided that no such resolution shall be deemed to have been passed unless carried by a majority of at least two thirds of the members present, and provided that prior notice has been sent to all members stating the proposed amendment.