BHDTA 2011 Annual General Meeting

Members' Conference

End of Season Party

Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, Derbyshire DE74 2DF

We?ve redesigned this year?s BHDTA Annual Conference to make it more open, more engaging and especially to give more time and opportunity for communication between members, between different interest groups, and between members and the council.

Council members will be present at the Conference and will do their best to answer any questions and consider suggestions put forward by members. It is easier to get a definitive answer if the question is known in advance so any necessary research can be done.

Please send any questions or suggestions to the BHDTA Office by Monday 10th October. Tea and coffee will be free and available to members all day. This has been part funded through the rebate received by the Combined Pony Fund after the disappointing meal at last year?s function.

Lunch can be pre-booked at a cost of ?9.50 per person and will be served in the Orchard Restaurant. Please make cheques payable to BHDTA.


Traditional fish pie

Roast loin of pork, garlic and thyme jus

Penne pasta, basil and parmesan cream sauce



Roasted new potatoes
Cauliflower and carrots
Selection of freshly prepared salads
Selection of cold meats


9:30   Coffee

Specialist meetings

  • Affiliated Clubs (chair - Mike Watts)

  • International (chair - Philip Bateman)

  • Volunteers (chair - Sheila Hawking)

10:45   Break

Ideas & Interest Fair - Series of tables

  • UKcc

  • Judges

  • Officials-TD & CD

  • What are your interests? Can you help? Join a Committee?

  • Clubs

  • Volunteers (Stewards and supporters)

  • Young Drivers

  • Anti-doping and Controlled Medication

12:00   Lunch
13:45   Guest Speaker: Janice Shardlow,
Head of Governance and Legal at the BEF
Presentation on Anti-doping and Controlled Medication
The focus on equine anti-doping in FEI sports has never been so strong and the FEI now requires all competitors not only at international level but also national level to be governed by the same principles. Janice and a small team have been working with the FEI disciplines in the Federation to set up an FEI compliant system to operate at national level . She will give an introduction to the new National Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication System which will apply to all members of the BHDTA from 1 January 2012 and explain what members can expect and what they need to do to prepare themselves for the change.?
14:45   BHDTA Annual General Meeting
15:00   Reports Limited questions to be allowed after each report.
  • Chairman: Tony Bache
  • Treasurer: Jan Szczuka
  • Competitions: Ian Gilbert
  • Club Liaison: Mike Watts
  • Training: Jean Lane
15:30   Presentation of Awards
Many thanks as always to our generous sponsors: Windsor Partners for the Novice Points League and Fenix for sponsoring the Open Horse and Pony Points Leagues. Rosettes will be presented at the Conference by Mark Broadbent and Dame Kelly Holmes.
15:45   Tony Bache introduces new Chairman, who takes over the Conference.
15:50   Debates on issues submitted & introduced by members.
  • Future of the national championships ? how to qualify?
  • How to grow the sport ? success of indoor driving
  • Marketing in 2012
16:45   Summary sessions and conclusion

End of Season Party
  • Complimentary pre-dinner drinks
  • Four course dinner
  • Alternative Awards Presentations
  • Disco

The end of season party takes place in the Yew Lodge Hotel in the evening following the conference. Complimentary drinks at 7pm, followed by dinner at 7:30, then presentation of the Alternative Awards. There will be dancing to a disco until 1am.

The hotel has made a number of concessions this year and issued a refund due to the poor quality of last year?s meal. This will be passed onto members through discounted tickets for those who attended last year. The menu will be much improved with an extra cheese course and will be overseen by the General Manager to ensure that a high standard is achieved.

Tickets cost ?45 for adults and ?40 for Young Drivers, with ?5 discount if you attended last year. Please note that tables seat a minimum of 8 people.


Ticket bookings have now closed.

For more information about the Party, please email Julie Camm on  or telephone 07778 931950.

Accommodation: For anyone wishing to stay overnight, a number of rooms have been reserved which the hotel will only hold until 30th September so book now to avoid disappointment. Phone reservations can be made to the Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel direct on 01509 672518 - mention that you are with the BHDTA function. Rooms are available as double or twin and cost ?75 including B&B (?37.50/person if there are 2 people) on the Saturday night or ?120 for two nights.

Full use of Reeds Health Club & Spa is included in the room rate. If you would like to take advantage of any Spa treatments please contact Reeds directly on 01509 686576 to make a booking. There is a 30% discount offered on all pre-booked spa treatments.

Alternative Awards

This is your chance to recognise your heroes from 2011.

There are six categories and you can vote for one person in each. Both members and non-members can vote.


The Alternative Awards will be presented during the evening dinner at the Yew Lodge Hotel.

How to find it

Yew Lodge Hotel, 3 Packington Hill, Kegworth, Derby, Derbyshire, DE74 2DF
Phone: 01509 672518
Map: Get map and directions from Google Maps