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:
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!
BHS Le Trec - Local Indoor Event
On Sunday 30th March, BHS Le Trec are running a Indoor competition as part of the Kelly Marks series at Cerney Equestrian Centre. Featuring the control of paces and obstacles phases for newcomers, intermediates and Open.
This is a great opportunity to get some practice in before the summer competition in August.
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 23rd MARCH 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.
ENTRIES CLOSE 25th MARCH - contact us soon if you don't want to miss out!
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 email@example.com
Festival of the Horse - Dressage and SJ QualifiersEach year qualifiers are usually run for prelim dressage and show jumping with the championships at The Royal Windsor Horse Show. This year however the championships will be held at the Festival of the Horse Championships 31st May- 1st June at Aston Le Walls.
Qualifiers within area 9:
Dressage - 30th March, Leyland Court Equestrian Centre. Test: Prelim 12, Horses can't hold any BD points. Event being run by Severn Vale Riding Club. You compete as an individual with one qualifying place per 12 entries in the competition.
Show Jumping - 13th April, West Wilts Equestrian Centre. Classes: Novice - 75cm (Horses no BS winning or BE points) or Intermediate - 85cm (Horses can have unto £175 BS winnings). This will be a single phase competition at the qualifier with the jump off 10cm higher and a Top Score competition at the championships. The top three riders from each class qualify to form a team at the championships.
Entries - These events don't have a team manager and it is up to you if you wish to enter direct. On any entry form you will need to add that you are a senior member of the vale of the White Horse Riding Club and add in your membership number - if you don't yet have your card Sarah Paton (membership secretary) will be able to tell you your number.
Best of luck and do let us know if you intend to compete!
SPRING CAMP 2014
Our Annual Spring Camp is once again being organised by the ever efficient Jude Matthews. We are booked into 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 have been booked to instruct us, both of whom were very popular when training us at our very successful and popular Autumn Camp last year.
The early bird offer has now ended but places are still available so do get in touch if you want to join us!
For full details and booking forms please see our Camps Page.
Photographs kindly provided and copyright held by Fiona Crawford Photography ©
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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