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NANTWICH RIDING CLUB CONSTITUTION

The Club shall be known as the Nantwich Riding Club.

OBJECTS:
The objects of the Club shall be:
(a) To encourage riding as a sport and recreation, to promote good fellowship amongst riders and to improve and maintain the standard of riding and horsemanship. (b) To organise instructional meetings, lectures and competitive events and other activities to further the objects. (c) To be affiliated to the British Horse Society and to support and co-operate with recognised organisations interested in the breeding and use of all breeds and types of horses and ponies. (d) To investigate the subject of bridle tracks and rights of way with a view to opposing those that have been closed and maintaining and more clearly defining those that are in existence. (e) To concern itself with any subject which will benefit the horse and horse user in the district.

MEMBERSHIP:
This shall consist of persons who have attained the age of seventeen years (and persons aged sixteen years and under if a junior section is formed) and, having been accepted by the Committee, have paid the due subscription for the current period. Honorary membership may be conferred by the Committee upon any person deemed by them to have rendered notable service to the Club. No junior member may be a voting member of any Riding Club. However, Clubs with a junior membership may appoint a Junior Committee to discuss matters relevant to the junior membership. This Committee, through the Chairman of said Committee, may make recommendations to the Adult Committee for their consideration.

NEW MEMBERS:
Anyone desirous of becoming a member shall be proposed by a member and seconded by another and his or her name and address forwarded to the Hon. Secretary of the Club on the appropriate Nomination Form.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:
The annual subscription shall be payable on the first day of January each year. Any member whose subscription is more than three months in arrears shall have his or her name removed from the Membership List after written notice to the effect has been sent to him or her. Any member joining the club on or after shall be deemed to have paid his or her subscription for the ensuing year.No one may participate in a member only event or benefit from a members concession(s) unless their subscription has been paid before the day of the event or close of entries whichever shall be earlier.
The Committee may expel from membership of the Club any member who has breached any of the rules of the Club, or who has in the opinion of the Committee have been guilty of any conduct derogatory to the character or prejudicial to the interest of the Club, provided that before expelling him or her the Committee shall call upon him for an explanation of his conduct and provide a proper opportunity of answering the allegations against him.
ADMINISTRATION: - The Committee (a) All powers of management shall be vested in the adult Committee consisting of the Chairman, Two Deputy Chairmen, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Membership Secretary & Honorary Minutes Secretary and Six other Senior Members, Six Junior Members or Parents of Junior Members who are Senior or Non Riding Members of the Club, and Three Non Riding Members. Ten present shall form a quorum. (b) At the Annual General Meeting each year, one third of the members of the Committee shall retire, the members to retire being those who have been longest in office. Those who have been in office for the same length of time shall determine retiring members by lot. Retiring members shall be eligible for re-election. (c) The Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall be elected annually by the Committee from amongst its Members. (d) The decision of the Committee shall be final unless over-ruled at a General Meeting. Administration Cont: (e) The Committee shall be the sole authority for the interpretation of the rules and for anything relating to the club not provided therein and their decision shall be final and binding on the members. (f) The Committee may formulate bye-laws for the detailed running of the Club and elect sub committees for any special activities of the Club which the Committee may authorise.
(g) The Committee shall have the power to fill any casual vacancy arising amongst members of the Committee, but any person so co-opted shall retain office only until the next following Annual General Meeting and then shall be eligible for re-election.
The financial year of the Club shall commence on the 1st October in each year.
The annual subscription shall be such sum as shall from time to time be determined by the

Committee.
The Committee may appoint annually a President and Vice-Presidents. They shall not by virtue only of such appointment become members of the Committee.
The Annual General Meeting shall be held in September/October of each year to transact the following business:
(a) To receive and if approved to adopt a Statement of the Club's Accounts to the end of the preceding year. (b) To fill vacancies on the Committee (c) To appoint an Auditor ^
(d) To deal with any special matter which the Committee may desire to bring to the members and to receive suggestions from the members for
consideration by the Committee. Notice convening the General Meeting shall be sent to the members not less than 10 days before the meeting and shall specify the matters to be dealt with.
A special General Meeting may be called by the Committee, or by a request signed by not less than five members specifying the business to be discussed. The Secretary shall give all members ten days notice of the date of such a meeting and shall specify in such notice matters to be deal with at the meeting.
The Accounts of the Club shall be audited each year by the person appointed at the previous Annual General Meeting. The person should be experienced in accounting matters and not a member of the club.
Notice may be given to any member by sending it by post to him at his address in the United Kingdom registered in the records of the Club. If any member has no address in the United Kingdom such member shall not be entitled to receive any notice. The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to or the non-receipt of a notice of a meeting by any member shall not invalidate the proceedings of the meeting.
The constitution of The Club may be added to, repealed or amended by resolution at any Annual or Special General Meeting, provided that no such resolution shall be deemed to have been passed unless carried by a majority of at least two-thirds of the members present and voting thereon, and provided that prior notice has been sent to all members stating the proposed amendment.

TRUSTEES:
The Committee shall appoint not less than four nor more than seven Trustees. The Trustees shall nominally hold all assets of the Club. A Trustee may resign by giving written notice to the Club Secretary. The Trustees are ex-officio members of the Committee. A Trustee may be elected an Officer of the Club. In the event that the Club should cease the Trustees are discharged with the duty of disposing by sale all non-monetary assets and then to donate the proceeds together with money held over to any charity and/or organisation and/or Club which has Equine purpose. However the Trustees shall be at liberty, if they so wish to withhold from the above action for a period of up to three years against the possibility that the Club might be reformed.
Anyone for whom they are in law responsible, neither the organisers of any evento which these rules apply, nor The British Horse Society, nor any Agent, Employee or Representative of these bodies accepts any liability for any acloss, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, spectators, land or any person or property whatsoever caused by their negligence, breach of contract orany other way whatsoever.