It’s great that you’ve decided to join our club and become a member of SaRC. We endeavour to ensure that your membership will be one of fun and fulfilment. You can help us with our endeavours by reading the following carefully and making every effort to observe these. It is a condition of your membership that you read, fully understand and agree with the following:
Membership Duration and Cost
The membership year runs between January 1st and December 31st in line with our insurance policy.
There is currently 1 concessional membership fee: riders joining in July to December are permitted to pay $40 to expire on 31st December. Full membership fees of $80* is due on January 1st.
* subject to AGM ratification each August.
Insurance is currently purchased via our affiliation with the Arab Horse Society. Insurance covers full financial riding members for liability (not personal accident). Please ensure you understand the difference.
Safety and Safety Gear
It is expected that riders will at all times whilst mounted wear a current Australian standard riding helmet. Boots should be smooth - soled and have a small heel. These two requirements are usual within all equestrian clubs/ events. Club does not check that you are compliant. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are. If at anytime you are unsure if you or your horse’s gear complies it is your responsibility to check with Equestrian SA (http://www.sa.equestrian.org.au) Strathalbyn adult Riding Club generally follows the rules/ guidelines of this national organisation. Current helmet standards are AS/NZS:3838 or EN1384. Club cannot absolutely ensure your safety whilst attending Club rallies and events. Risk may be limited by you being aware of your actions, the cause and effect of these and that of your mount. If your actions are likely to cause harm to others then you must cease these actions immediately.
Club uses Email and our Club Website (www.strathridingclub.com) to communicate with members. Club makes every effort to communicate with members at rallies and via electronic methods and may not use mail or telephone to do so. We encourage members to “join” our website. This helps to ensure that website updates are communicated effectively to members. Please note: If you do not have access to email, you must notify the club President/ secretary when joining. We will encourage you to buddy up with another club member who does have email access – to organise rally registration through them. Alternatively it will be you responsibility to note the club’s calendar for the year, and you will need to phone the secretary each month for rallies. p.s. Don’t forget to join our mailing list at www.strathridingclub.com – so you can be included in all our email blasts!
Club polo tops and saddle blankets are available for purchase from the club website. Both are optional for rallies, but compulsory for annual members only gymkhana and encouraged to wear for open competitions to represent the club.
All lessons must be booked and paid for in advance and are non-refundable (unless your place can be resold and are then credited to use for a future rally). Bookings via the website are the preferred using PayPal, credit/debit card or direct deposit. Cash may be deposited at Rallies via the club “Post-box”.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM is held in August each year & coincides with our annual awards dinner where the Champion of Champions trophy is awarded.
Annual Members Only Gymkhana
The annual gymkhana is for full financial riding members only who have attended at least one rally*. Club tops must be worn to enter the gymkhana. *(conditions apply)
Behaviour & Grievances
It is expected that each member will treat others with respect. Grievances are inevitable part of club life. Please ensure you contact the President with any concerns.
Email is our preferred method of communication. Please address all communication to [email protected] and address it to which it may concern as it is received by all committee members and will be answered by whom it concerns.
Children are not encouraged to attend club as we do not have appropriate child-care facilities. It is accepted, that from time to time it may be necessary to bring children along to club. This is an adult riding club where most of our members come to be around adults and have a break from the kids and enjoy the no kids atmosphere. Please ensure that there is a responsible adult to take care of your child/ren if there is no other way around the situation, and that they are to be quietly in the back ground. The SaRC Committee cannot take responsibility for your children. Children are not permitted to run around anywhere near horses or where there is movement of horse floats and vehicles.
Use of grounds during Club rallies is a privileged for members only. Non-members/Visitors are not permitted to use the grounds during SaRC rallies.
Any member bringing a horse onto the grounds during a Club rally must pay $12 grounds use fee/ committee members this fee is waived for. (if not booked into a lesson - this includes if the horse is not ridden or just standing in the float).
Any Member who pays for a lesson is permitted to ride any subsequent number of horses on the grounds free of charge the same evening.
Please refrain from lunging horses on the polo field (the length of grass directly opposite the grounds show jumping club rooms). If in doubt, please ask before lunging. And please do not ride on the Soccer grounds.
If it's raining......put a jacket on
If it's hot.....take your jacket off
If it's cold....bring the Port!
It would be very rare for our Club to cancel a rally or event. However, the threat of extreme heat would cause concern. If the temperature is likely to be in excess of 35oC then it is possible that we would postpone an event (or we may just ride earlier in the day where possible). Check this website or our facebook page regularly for up-to-date information.
Wednesday Evening Rallies: If the temperature is forecast to be in excess of 35oC for the evening - please check if the rally is going ahead. Policies cannot take the place of common sense and being sensible. It is your responsibility to check and find out.
Check local weather at:
(put in 5255 for Strathalbyn postcode)
Please bear in mind that Strathalbyn often benefits from the evening sea/ lake breezes and can often be a tad more comfortable than townships further North, particularly in the evenings.
In any event and despite Committee decisions, each Member needs to evaluate their own individual circumstances and decide whether or not the wellbeing of their horse(s) would be compromised by attending any rally in extreme weather.
We provide a thermal cooker that members can volunteer to take home in rotation with other members and bring back the following rally with a cooked dinner for club members with tea, coffee and milo provided free of charge and have access to purchase cold drinks for $2ea from pony club. Oh, and It is always welcome to anyone who wants to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends! Non - members who wish to eat will need to donate $5 for their feed and are encouraged to rsvp via facebook or email so the caterer can cater adequately for the numbers so no one misses out.
Please arrive on time for your lesson. Apologize to the Instructor if you are late. Advise the Instructor should you wish to leave the lesson early.
Refrain from commenting negatively on fellow members riding ability or turnout of horses.
Ensure any grievance is brought to the attention of any member of the committee. The committee are there to help with such situations.