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 

Summer Training Day

Our next training day will be held at Rabson Manor on Sunday 10th August with Anne-Marie Taylor.

The format will include show jumping in the morning followed by cross country in the afternoon in groups of matching ability and aspirations.

Cost is £65 for members and £80 for non members for the day which includes facilities hire. Please see our Club training Days page for more information. 

Summer Area 9 Show Jumping

This event was once again hosted by Severn Vale Riding Club at Leyland Court on Sunday 13th July.

Once again another fabulous day out for the VWH with picnic to match.

Our Novice team - Vanessa Bennett, Sharon Robbins, Annitta Engel and Fiona Symes all rode brilliantly to Win and qualify for the National Championships, with individual 3rd for Vanessa and 5th for Fiona Symes.

Our Style Jumping team - Jenny Needham, Rachel Moroto, Fiona Symes and Annitta all then rode beautifully to Win, with individual 2nd for both Fiona and Annitta, 3rd for Jenny and 4th for Rachel so we will now have two teams to compete in championship classes in September.

Well done to all and best of luck at the championships :-) 


Summer Area 9 Novice and Open Dressage  

This event was once again held at Rabson Manor, near Wroughton, kindly organised by Swindon Riding club on Sunday 29th June.

The weather was far kinder this year and the pic-nic was set up by 10am and team members grazed and celebrated in the sunshine through-out the day.

Our Prelim team - Vanessa Butler, Fiona Russell-Brown, Marianna Gaussen and Scarlett Crew finished 6th with Individual 2nd for Marianna.

Our Riding test team - Pip Thornton, Fiona Russell-Brown, Vanessa Butler and Jude Matthews finished 2nd with Individual 5th for both Vanessa and Pip, 1st for Jude. Gaining Jude a Championship qualification.

Our Open team - Pip Thornton, Jude Matthews, Anne Johnstrup and Angela Clark finished 7th with another Win and Championship qualification for Jude, 6th Individual for Pip and both Angela and Anne who were on new horses put in a great performance.

Our Pair - Pip Thornton and Scarlett Crew finished a respectable 3rd after a limited practice but will be back for next year for another go.


Area 9 Horse Trials Qualifier

Sunday 22nd June at West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Melksham

Congratulations to both our BRC 90 Tigers Team Pip Thornton on Heston, Penny Hall on Lumiere, Jude Matthews on Benji and Fiona Symes on Penny and to Mariana Gaussen on Baxster who Won this competition as a team and individual respectively and have qualified for the National Championships in August at Swailcliffe.   

Our BRC 80 team Vanessa Butler on Amber, Annitta Engel on John, Bev Mullins on Clyffe and Georgina Pearce on Rufty also finished 4th and Lynda King finished 3rd in the BRC 100+.

A great day was had by all - An enormous thank you goes to Jo Thornton, Judith Wilson, Penny Hawson and Mrs King for giving up their days to volunteer and help at the event so that all our teams could compete!!

Clinic Dates

Please see our clinics page for up and coming clinics with Sam, Anne-Marie and Cassie over the summer.  

Summer Club Training Day

Tuesday 10th June at Rabson Manor we secured Richard Waygood as trainer for our summer training day. The day will consisted of two ridden sessions - show jumping and cross country with a classic VWH pic-nic lunch in-between and a great day was had by all. Fully booked well in advance 12 members spent a great day working on exercises to improve balance and approach to fences with improvement being seen and felt by all.

Area 9 Combined Training Qualifier

Sunday 20th April at Rabson Manor, Wroughton.

This event involved 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. 

Despite the awful weather we had a very successful day at a brilliantly run competition thanks to Wessex Gold Riding Club with every-one going home with a rosette!! team 3rd and team 5th, alongside a number of individual placings and a National Championship qualification for Fiona Russell-Brown and Tom. Full report to follow.


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 © 


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. Having been tried and tested by the VWH committee with great reviews she has agreed to teach VWH members on clinics days -see clinics page for how to book.

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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