Time is flying! Race Clinic, Cheshire Assessment, and SSCF benefit Wine Tasting Event!

Wow, time has really been moving quickly, and the SSCF's race clinic & Cheshire race assessment is now only 30 days away! We have been incredibly fortunate to have had a rather mild winter (compared to the last 3 years), and most of our riders have been able to keep riding, hunting, and prepping their horses for the spring race season.

At the Feb. 26, 2017 clinic, participants and auditors will learn from steeplechasing trainers and jockeys on how to properly and safely race your horse in a group at speed over fences while following all race rules. Whether you have previously raced aside or are interested in racing for the first time, this clinic is not to be missed!

As part of the clinic, all riders and horses who wish to ride in the Cheshire race will be assessed. All riders and horses must demonstrate that they are capable of safely riding in and completing the race at the specified distance and pace, and specified height and number of fences. All must meet the horse and rider requirements listed in the Condition Book. This will really help you on race day, as you will be racing over the same course and terrain that you will practice on at the assessment.

All riders and auditors (including trainers or helpers who are watching) must be members of the SSCF prior the start of the clinic/assessment. Membership forms may be found on the SSCF website on the Forms page. All horses must have a current negative Coggins, and participants must sign all required waivers.

Please contact organizer Kirstie Grabosky at kirstiegrabosky@hotmail.com for additional information. All clinic/assessment registration forms must be received no later than Feb. 21, 2017.

Also, please save the date for the SSCF's 3rd annual Wine Tasting Benefit! It will be held in Greenhill Winery's fabulous Manor House at their vineyard in Middleburg, VA, and feature wines by Greenhill, and food by the amazing Fields of Athenry Farm & Side Saddle Cafe. We will again feature an incredible array of items available through a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Side Saddle Chase Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

If you are interested in donating an item, please contact event chairs Robin Somers-Strom at rsomersstrom@gmail.com or Anne D'Ignazio at dignazioa@gmail.com. A donation form can be found here.

See you in 30 days, if not sooner!