THE PIEDMONT CHAPTER OF THE OLD PEOPLES RIDING CLUB
WELCOMES YOU AS A NEW OR RENEWING MEMBER!!
Established March, 2002
2019 OFFICERS, COMMITTEE HEADS, AND FEES
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jola Peil, President
Karen Keith, Vice President & Events
Susan Carter, Secretary & Membership
Cheryl Bryant, Treasurer
Jinx Fox, Communication & Publicity
Laura Hansen, Member at Large
Stefanie Gustavus, Member at Large
Susan Carter Membership
FEES and RELATED INFORMATION
Annual General Meeting (AGM), Occurs each January at the Jeffersonton Community Center
New & Renewing Members: Annual Dues - $50
Social Members: Annual Dues - $30
Renewing Members – dues must be paid no later than January 31st; otherwise a late fee of $5 is applied
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 ON BUTTONS BELOW FOR PRINTABLE FORMS
Mail the completed forms and dues to:
OPRC Piedmont Secretary
Jeffersonton, VA 22724
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.
NEW MEMBER INFORMATION/FINANCIAL STRUCTURE/RATINGS
If you would like to join our organization, please review the National OPRC website and send your dues, Membership Forms, including Activity Release, to our Membership Coordinator, Susan Carter, General Delivery, Jeffersonton, VA 22724. You will also have to download and complete the medical information form. This medical information must be worn in an armband, available from Dover Saddlery or Horse Country, Warrenton, at all mounted Club activities.
Our membership year begins January 1st. Dues may be paid as soon as the Membership Coordinator sends out the announcement asking for renewals. 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 until the 31st of July of the current year. After that date we would like you to join us the following year. Please contact one of the Board Members if you are interested in joining or if you would like to come and watch one of our lessons/activities.
Following the AGM, the initial rating will be held as soon as possible to enable all new members to take advantage of upcoming lessons. There is no charge for this rating. The rating consists of a fun test, a safety check and a few questions. All forms and payments must be up to date before a new member is allowed to participate in the rating.
After the D1 rating, it is encouraged, but not necessary, for members to rate up. Piedmont Certificates and badges will be given to those who advance. The badges can be ironed onto club saddle pads.
TO OUR RENEWING MEMBERS
Memberships MUST be renewed no later than January 31st following the yearly AGM. Late dues for renewing members, will be subject to a $5.00 fee required by Nationals. CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CARDS CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE NATIONAL SITE. Membership cards can be used at various shops, including Saddle Liquidators in Haymarket, for a discount.
OFFICERS, CLINICIANS AND RATERS
The Board Members, clinicians, and raters are chosen for their ability to teach, organize, and instill confidence in the horse and rider. The other officers have had a variety of teaching and horse related experiences.
Piedmont schedules mounted meetings, weather permitting, on the second Sunday of each month. Winter sessions are typically held in an indoor arena. Please arrive on time, 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 should 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 started in 2006 and held over a three-day weekend. This is an overnight camp near Staunton with lovely accommodations and superior instruction. Besides riding, there is fishing, tennis, and swimming. One needn’t ride to attend and enjoy - as “horse husbands” and children can come along to enjoy the facilities.
“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. 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 completely 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.
Safety is paramount. Especially in the beginning of the year, we have informal safety checks. Your Board is responsible for your personal safety and that of your horse. If a suggestion is made, it is for that reason. At each lesson someone will be appointed as First Responder. She or he will carry a cell phone and be in charge should the dreaded accident happen. Please comply with all instructions given you in a crisis. The instructor, President or acting President has the right to dismiss any member who, in their opinion, presents a danger to himself, his horse, or others. The same applies to lameness issues. They have the right and obligation to ask that person to leave the lesson. There can be no argument or recourse. Please understand that it is for the safety of the individual or the group.