Welcome to the VWH Riding Club



We are a long established friendly club with members  from all   around the Cirencester, Malmesbury and Swindon area.

As a club we cater for all levels of rider, from those who just want to have fun with their horse, new combinations starting their training, through to people competing their horses at any level.

We are affiliated to British Riding Clubs, within Area 9, which enables members to compete in qualifiers of all equestrian disciplines and the chance to qualify for national championships at all levels.We hold regular clinics, residential camps and training days with a variety of instructors to suit all abilities and welcome new members to come and join the fun!


How to join us: 

If you would like to join our club, our membership year runs from January - December, please download the membership form here: 

Membership Form 2017 

Spring Residential Riding Club Camp

The VWH RC Spring Camp is booked at Stockland Lovell Equestrian Centre, near Bridgewater from  16th March - 19th March.

We have been luck enough to secure the ever popular Polly Williamson as our trainer once again.

Camp offers something for every-one, the fantastic facilities allow for Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country with groups for all abilities and lots of fun for all.

Jude Matthews is now taking bookings (judematthews@yahoo.co.uk) and a £100 deposit is now required to secure your place so book early to avoid disappointment - its booking up fast!

Full details on our VWH Camps Page. 

Area 9 Intermediate Senior Winter Dressage - Entries Closed 

Sunday 19th February, at Leyland Court Equestrian Centre, Bristol. Teams and Individuals to ride, Prelim, Novice, Elementary or Medium so something for every-one! We have entered one team and three individuals in the Medium.

Full eligibility and who to contact please see our VWH Teams page. 

Christmas Meal 2016

Members, friends and family all gathered for our 2016 Christmas meal held at The Mayfield House Hotel, Crudwell, a super evening was had by all. Thank you to all those who attended, kept the wine flowing and the DJ busy. A great night!

Area 9 Senior Winter Dressage 

The Area 9 Winter Novice Dressage was once again held at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre on Saturday 12th November and once again the VWH did a fabulous job of organising. A huge thank you goes to all the members that volunteered on the day to make it such a success, and help raise funds for the club for 2017.

Our VWH Team also had a good day finishing 11th out of 24 teams - well done ladies.

Area 9 Winter Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping

Sunday 23rd October at Hartpury College, Gloucester

The Novice competition was team only, best three scores to count and two rounds - 80cm and 85cm. We entered two teams. The VWH Lions - Penny, Nia, Megan and Sarah finished 2nd, whilst Ness and Fred were crowned Indivdual Novice Champions. The Intermediate competition is team and individual, again with two rounds this year a new height 90cm and 95cm, we entered just the one team - Gill, Cassie, Emma and Lynda and they Won!.

Thank you to Mariana for co-ordinating all the entries and well done all for a fab day.

Area 9 Eventers Challenge

Sunday 15th October at Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre, Bristol.

The Area 9 Eventers Challenge is a competition involving competitors riding a round of show jumps and immediately proceeding out on the cross country course. Horses and Riders dress for Cross country, the show jumping has a optimum time and the XC has a optimum time and penalties are awarded for second either side of the target.

We entered two 90cm teams, huge thank you to Kerry and Holli Alexander who were our fence judges for the day. VWH Tigers - Pip, Lynda, Penny and Nia finished 3rd and Ness riding Fred finished 3rd individual. 

Autumn Camp 2016

From Sunday 25th September to Wednesday 28th September thirteen members headed to Stockland Lovell Equestrian Centre for yet another fabulous camp with tuition from the very popular Polly Williamson.

With new members and camp regulars we had a great mix of members and horses that all had a fabulous time and learnt so much. The wether forecast wasn't friendly yet some-how we stayed dry, the conditions on the cross country were perfect and many new friends and great memories were made.

Huge thank you to Jude Matthews for organising once again and for Polly Williamson's tireless instructions and enthusiasm, and to every-one who went to make it so much fun. 

Date for next year:

Autumn Camp: 24th - 27th September 2017


Club Merchandise 

Club Merchandise is now available to purchase, we have rugby shirts, polo shirts and numnahs available from 'Stitched Equestrian' please see our Merchandise page for full details of whats available and how to purchase.

New Offer: £10 off  VWH Club Numnahs


 South Wales and West Regional Championships

Our VWH Team - Penny Hall, Sharon Robbins, Judith Wilson and Vanessa Bennett all had a superb day at Hartpury Equestrian Centre on Saturday 20th August. Having qualified back in July at the Summer Area 9 Show Jumping they were Joined on the team by Penny whilst Fiona Symes's horse Penny is still out of action. 

The team finished on 0 putting them in the jump off and they finished 2nd with Individual 6th for Vanessa riding Fred. They all received fabulous Silver medals (it being the Olympics) and had thoroughly enjoyed their day.

With luck this championship will be back again next year and hopefully we can qualify a few more teams. Thank you very much to Jo Thornton - our team volunteer who helped on the day for our team to compete. 

BRC Animalife Horse Trials Championship Success

Our Intermediate Eventing Team Jude Matthews, Cassandra Wood and Emma Gedge headed of to the
Championships 4th - 7th August and had a fabulous time!

With a Trot up and Dressage on Day 1, Cross Country including roads and tracks with Steeplechase on Day 2, and then a final trot up and Show Jumping on Day 3.

All horses completed full of running to finish a fantastic Team 8th. With Inidividual 4th for Emma riding Target and 11th for Jude riding Benji.

Huge thank you goes to Fiona Symes who was meant to be filling the fourth place on the team, but a last minute serious injury put Pen in horsey hospital for the weekend and meant she was unable to ride. However in true riding club spirit, Fiona stayed for the weekend and fulfilled our volunteering duty on the Sunday morning - Thank you!


Area 9 Animalife Horse Trials Qualifier  

A super two days was had by all and what a brilliant turn out from the club! 

Saturday 9th July  

Our 90cm team kicked off the day bright and early and all had a good day with the team finishing 5th.  Individual 4th for Jude riding Africa (His first 90cm clear XC), 7th for Fiona riding Penny, 9th for Pip riding Heston (they left the poles up at last!), and a last minute substitution included Lynda riding Splash in his first 90cm (jumping a double clear with just a couple of time faults) to finish a very credible 13th.  

The afternoon saw our 80cm team compete and they also finished with the team in 5th Place. Kathy Froom riding Indigo in his first ever event took 5th place individually jumping a double clear, with Penny riding Marley and Judith riding Sanchez also completing with double clears and just a few time faults, and Becky riding Boris, just rolled a pole and were given an unlucky stop at the water but more importantly he went in the water and didn't decide to have a pause on course!  

Sunday 10th July 

Back for more, our 100cm team were competing on the Sunday! With afternoon times, the dressage was completed before the course walk, sadly they were down to three members due to injury but they did brilliantly to WIN!! and qualify for the National Championships in just three weeks time! 

Despite all these teams competing we also had members, family and friends who helped out before and during the event, not just so our teams could compete but to allow the event to run! 

A huge thank you goes to every-one who gave up there time to help, our amazing members and committee organised all the entries and times, provided a senior steward and completed all the scoring on the saturday of the event - not a small task. We can not thank you all enough!!

British Hat Standards 2016 

Incase you haven't already heard the British Standard BSEN 1384 is being withdrawn and hats with only this safety standard will not be allowed in competition and more importantly after discussing with BRC HQ insurers won't cover you in a fall or incident with a hat of only this standard as of 1st January 2016.

New Hat guidelines and an explanation behind the changes can be found on our British Riding Clubs page.  

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