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The VERA SMC considered the cost of membership following advice received from AERA that price increases would be applied to a number of their charges. These increases are due to the higher than expected cost of the insurance policies required for endurance events.

The costs for all membership categories (Adult Riding, Junior Riding, Intermediate and Association) will, unfortunately, increase by $5. The Family membership, which covers 2 adults and 2 juniors will increase by $10.

Costs for half-yearly membership in the above mentioned membership categories will increase by $5 also. This is because VERA pays the same amount to AERA for half-yearly and full year membership.

Membership Application forms are currently being updated and will be available on the Forms menu of the website in the next few days.

The VERA SMC, with much sadness, would like to advise of the passing of one of our members, Fleur Stefani, after a short battle with brain cancer. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Fleur's family and friends who will miss this vibrant, compassionate and strong woman. We will remember her for her ever smiling face and her love of her horses. Rest easy now Fleur.

The VERA SMC are very pleased to announce that the Eldorado Ride Organisers (Naomi McGaffin BrownTina ManousakiKristie Taprell and Kylie Berg) have put their hands up to take another stab at running the ride. The new date is 13 & 14 November 2021. Rides will be run on Sunday, 14 November. The rides will be 20, 40 and 80km.

It will be great to catch up with everyone and to support our wonderful Ride Organisers. Thank you very much team for trying to run a ride in this period of uncertainty.

Please note that this ride will only proceed if the current restrictions ease further and competitive community sport is allowed to re-commence.

The VERA SMC would like to invite any Ride Organisers who wish to run a ride in 2022 to complete the VERA Ride Application Form (which can be found under the Forms menu), pay the appropriate Ride Fees and send to our Ride Calendar Coordinator - Paul Nugent (contact details are on our VERA website). Applications will be considered at our next meeting, to be held on 23 October.

It is with much sadness that VERA announces the passing of Henry Perry. Henry had been involved in endurance in Victoria for many years and was renowned as 'The man from Wombat Flat'. Our condolences to Vanessa and all of Henry's family.