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On behalf of the VERA SMC we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Tabby Verspaandonk on the sad loss of her husband Steve as a result of a car accident late last week. Tabby has requested that we all respect her and the family's privacy at this time as they struggle to come to terms with Steve's passing. Tabby has also requested that friends do not tag her at the moment with any messages as she is still contacting interstate friends and family.

Please join with the SMC and send Tabby and the Verspaandonk family all our love and support.

Due to a number of incidents where riders entering at rides have not been aware of the rules of the sport the SMC has had rule books printed. These will be handed out to all MEMBERS at forthcoming rides or will be posted to new Members when they join.

Please read the rule books and make yourself aware of the rules. We don't want to have riders not being able to enter their first 80km event because they haven't got a logbook or horses with logbooks being refused entry into any of the rides as a result of leaving the logbook at home.

For those people who are not members please go to the AERA website (www.aera.asn.au) and download a copy of the rules.

If at any time you have a query about any rules or the requirements for entry please either post the question on the VERA FB page (there will be other people who will have the same question as you) or contact the VERA President of Secretary - see the VERA website for contact details.

As a member you are responsible for knowing the rules so please help us to ensure you can enter the event you wish to by knowing the requirements for entry.

Thanks to Lyn Taylor for providing this suggestion to assist our members.

At the VERA meeting on Saturday the SMC discussed the purchase of the Electronic Timing System (ETS). The recent ETS Training was very instrumental in assisting us to gain a better understanding of what was required for the set-up, operation and management of the system and this definitely helped in the decision-making process.

The VERA SMC would like to congratulate the joint State Champions - Amanda Kettlewell and Tahlia Franke on their success at the VERA State Championships.

The OSO team worked together as a team so well and the horses looked keen all day long despite the challenges of the track. Well done ladies on your well deserved win.

The draft version of the minutes from the VERA SMC meeting held on 27 July 2019 are attached for the information of members.

Apologies for the delay in getting these posted up - getting permits sorted for the VERA Training Seminar have been occupying a lot of time!