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, please download the membership form here:

Membership 2014


Latest News

New Clinic Dates added

Please see our clinics page for up and coming clinics with Sam, Anne-Marie and Cassie over the summer. Hopefully a training date will be published soon!

Dressage to Music Qualifier

The Area 9 Dressage to Music qualifier will be held at Burrows Court, Dursley on Saturday 7th June kindly organised by the Kingsleaze Riding Club.

Full details on our VWH Teams page entries close 23rd April. 



 Our Annual Spring Camp was once again organised by our ever efficient Jude Matthews at Stockland Lovell Equestrian Centre from Friday 14th March - Sunday 16th.

With a new format including a 5th lesson on the friday afternoon of arrival. Anne-Marie Taylor and Kerry Smith were our instructors for the weekend and a fabulous time was had by all!

For full details and booking forms please see our Camps Page.

Photographs kindly provided and copyright held by Fiona Crawford Photography © 


VWH Mounted Skills at Arms Open Competition

Harvest Barn Farm, Aldsworth, GL54 3QR

19th & 20th April 

As well as the competition training is also available on the 13th April at the competition venue in Aldsworth so that you can practice the drills with Jenna who is on the British team. Do not be put off by the title this is a great opportunity to try something new with your horse within friendly local surroundings.

Please see the schedule and the Mounted skills and arms page for more information as to whats involved. 

Area 9 Festival of the Horse 'Eventers Challenge'

This years event was held at Larkhill on Sunday 2nd March.

The event involves individuals, pairs and teams competing over a course of show jumps immediately followed by a course of cross country fences.

We entered a novice team, a pair and one open individual in this event and a fabulous day was had by all!.  

A massive thank you goes to Anne and Michael Johnstrup who very kindly gave up their entire day for a very long days fence judging due to the number of entries and the distance to travel. Without your generosity we couldn't have entered so many members - volunteers are ultimately what makes riding club happen so thank you again.

On the day the Novice team Pip Roberts, Jude Matthews, Penny Hall and Scarlett Crew had a great day missing out on a championship qualification by 0.6 penalties. However an individual 2nd for Penny see's her qualify as an individual. The pairs - Penny on her second horse and Fiona Symes WON the pairs for a second year running so will be off to the championships at the end of May. Sharon Robbins also finished 2nd individual the Open section and the top four are planning an area 9 team for the championships!

A great start to the year! 

New Dressage Trainer - Sam Rahmatalla

Sam is an international dressage rider and trainer specialising in bringing on young horses right up to Grand Prix level. Based at Tanglin Farm, Brinkworth, having been tried and tested by the VWH committee with great reviews she has agreed to teach VWH members on clinics days - NEXT CLINIC DAY SUNDAY 27th APRIL see clinics page for how to book.

Area 9 Combined Training Qualifier

To be held on Sunday 20th April at Rabson Manor, Wroughton.

This event involves teams of four horses and riders, two members ride a prelim test and jump 75cm whilst two members ride a Novice test and jump 85cm with the best three scores to count. 

We have entered two teams and two individuals for this event. Best of luck ladies!

Full details on our VWH Teams page 

Stoneleigh Riding Club - Two Day Event 

On 24th/25th May Stoneleigh Riding Club are running a fabulous two day event to include Dressage, Show Jumping, Roads and Tracks, Steeplechase and Cross Country at Offchurch Bury, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV33 9AR

Classes include 80cm, 90cm and 100cm

We would like to enter a team - which involves four horses and riders competing as a team with the best three scores counting.

Running under riding club rules with stabling available and a fabulous location and course it would make for a great weekend!

Full schedule available here. If interested on being on a team please contact Fiona Symes who is co-ordinating entries (07778103032) or email glenandfiona@hotmail.co.uk 

Area 9 Winter Dressage Qualifier - Thank you!

On Sunday 10th November we as a club hosted the Area 9 Winter Dressage Qualifier at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, Gloucester. A huge thank you goes to all our members and friends who volunteered to help run this event and make it such a success that was enjoyed by all. We were graced with sunshine all day and with every-one working together the day ran like clockwork with 31 teams competing before we ran out of daylight! 


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