THE PIEDMONT CHAPTER OF THE OLD PEOPLES RIDING CLUB
WELCOMES YOU AS A NEW OR RENEWING MEMBER!!
Established March, 2002
2021 OFFICERS And BOARD Of DIRECTORS
Jola Peil, President
Jinx Fox, Vice President & Events
Laura Hansen, Secretary
Stefanie Gustavus, Treasurer
Yuri Cole, Communications & Publicity
Robin Garbe, Member at Large
Cathy Apicella, Member at Large
FEES and RELATED INFORMATION
The Annual General Meeting occurs each January at the Jeffersonton Community Center
New & Renewing Members: Annual Dues - $55
Social Members: Annual Dues - $30
Renewing Members – dues must be paid no later than January 31st; otherwise a late fee of $5 will be due
For riding members:
1. OPRC Membership Form
2. OPRC Activity and Rally Release Form
3. OPRC Equine Release and Warranty for Horse Owners
OPRC Equine Release – Other (this pertains to horses borrowed or leased)
4. Complete and retain the OPRC Medical Form; this must be kept up-to-date and worn in an armband at all riding events
For non-riding or social members:
Please complete forms 1 & 2
CLICK BUTTONS BELOW FOR PRINTABLE FORMS
Mail the completed forms and dues to:
12310 Randle Ln
Culpeper, VA 22701-4868
Dues and forms must be received at least TWO weeks prior to participating in any mounted OPRC activities. This allows for insurance activation. Ratings must be performed before a member may participate in a mounted event. Once you've been rated, you're good for life.
NEW MEMBER INFORMATION
If you would like to join our organization, please review the National OPRC website and send your dues and forms to our President, Jola Peil. You will also have to download and complete the medical information form. This medical information must be worn in an armband at all mounted club activities. Armbands are available at sporting goods stores or Dover Saddlery or Horse Country, Warrenton.
Our membership year begins January 1st. Dues may be paid as soon as the Annual General Meeting is scheduled. Our dues include membership in the National OPRC organization and National insurance provided for members in good standing of each chapter. Read more details about this on the National site. New members may join the Piedmont chapter of OPRC at any time without incurring the late fee. Please contact the President if you're interested in joining or would like to watch our mounted activities.
Memberships MUST be renewed no later than January 31. The late fee for renewing members is $5.00 as required by National OPRC. CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CARDS CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE NATIONAL SITE. Membership cards can be used at various shops, including Saddlery Liquidators in Haymarket and Madison, for a discount.
INSTRUCTORS, CLINICIANS, AND RATERS
The clinicians, instructors, and raters are chosen for their ability to teach, organize, and instill confidence in the horse and rider.
Piedmont schedules lessons, weather permitting, on the second Sunday of each month. Winter sessions are typically held in an indoor arena. Please arrive on time and ready to ride. You, your tack, and your horse should be reasonably clean: no unnecessary jewelry or flying hair!! There are safety reasons for this. We also enjoy many “extra curricular” activities. Check under Events on this website, to find a list of recent or upcoming activities.
As our club has grown over the past years, we suggest that when mounted lessons are announced, those who wish to participate let the organizer know as soon as possible. Some activities may be limited. If you are on the waiting list for an event and don’t get in, you will be first on the list for the next event.
One of our most popular activities is Summer Camp, which started in 2006 and is held over a three-day weekend. This is an overnight camp near Staunton with lovely accommodations and superior instruction. In addition to riding, there is hiking, fishing, tennis, and swimming. One needn’t ride to attend and enjoy - as “horse husbands” and children can come along to enjoy the facilities too.
“Curriculum” monthly lessons will include an instructor and/or facility fee. The club is fortunate to have several wonderful and reasonably priced instructors who have been working with us for several years. Along with the announcement of the monthly lesson, the cost will be noted. These costs are generally very reasonable for the value received.
Members will be responsible for the cost of a planned activity if they cancel less than 48 hours prior to the start of the event. If there is a waiting list for said event and we can fill your spot, you will not be responsible for the fee. If we cannot fill your spot, you will be responsible for the established payment. This policy was put in place to insure the return of our instructors and for the convenience and sanity of our organizers. We hope you understand the necessity for such a policy. We understand that things happen at the last minute, especially with horses, but we have contracted with our instructors/facility for a certain amount and they expect to be paid regardless of circumstance.
Each riding member is required to have an ASTM-approved helmet, boots or shoes with sufficient heels, and a medical armband. Medical information should be in clear view at all times. Until you order your armband, keeping the information in your pocket or hat is acceptable. In addition to being a member in good standing, having signed everything and paid your dues, a copy of the Pony Club D and/or C USPC Handbook is invaluable. A smile and a terrific attitude will also go a long way. A protective vest is a good idea while jumping, but not required. A notebook is suggested for recording teaching information and thoughts on your lessons. It’s also an invaluable review tool.
In OPRC, safety is paramount. Especially in the beginning of the year, we have informal safety checks. Your officers are responsible for your personal safety and that of your horse. If a suggestion is made, it is for that reason. At each event, the president (or other officer) will act as First Responder. She will be in charge should the dreaded accident happen. Please comply with all instructions given to you in a crisis. The instructor or president (or other officer) has the right to dismiss any member who, in her opinion, presents a danger to herself, her horse, or others. The same applies to horse issues. The president has the right and obligation to ask any person riding a lame, pained, or unruly horse to leave the event. There can be no argument or recourse.
Jola and Murphy the Clydesdale