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 Form 2016
Spring Training Day
Sunday 1st May
UPDATE - LAST FEW SPACES REMAIN!!!!
Following the success of these days in the past we have been lucky enough to secure Richard Waygood for our spring training day. To be held at Rabson Manor on Sunday 1st May.
The intention is to run show jumping in the morning hopefully on grass, but if not in the arena) followed by cross country in the afternoon.
We are limited to 12 spaces so book early to avoid disappointment. At £80 for the day including the hire of facilities this is a fabulous opportunity to receive some fabulous training local to home. And of course there will be the famous riding club pic-nic lunch to enjoy!
Full details are on our 'Club Training Days' page.
Our Senior Novice Show Jumping Team - Judith, Angela, Penny and Fiona did brilliantly on Saturday 9th April at Keysoe to finish 8th out of 30 teams at the National Championships!
With a very long drive, some incredibly early starts our team pulled together and had a superb weekend at Keysoe. Over a stiff up to height course they did brilliantly to finish on team score of 12 faults. Well done all!
A huge thank you goes to Fiona Russell-Brown for being their team volunteer to allow them to compete.
Saturday 30th April see's our Intermediate Show Jumping team compete at their Championships at Bury Farm, along side Patricia Haskins in the Medium Dressage.
Sunday 17th April at Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre, Dursley
After the event was almost cancelled due to Rabson Manor being under water, Wessex Gold Riding club did a superb job to move venues at the last minute to still host the qualifier, the sun came out and a fabulous day was had by all.
The Lions team - Pip, Jude, Fiona S and Penny finished a very close 2nd just sneaking a championship qualification over Berkeley after a team tie, then and all four horses to count tie, and when all four dressage scores were counted the VWH luckily came out on top. Congratulations ladies, with Individual 2nd For Jude, 3rd for Penny, 5th for Fiona and 7th for Pip.
The Tigers team's highest placed member was Caroline Turrell on Pheonix making their club debut finishing 8th, Heston was put back on the naughty step (don't ask), and we also welcomed Kerry, Becky and Katie to the teams. In some testing conditions the VWH ladies produced some lovely dressage tests and competitive rounds of jumping.
A fabulous pic-nic was enjoyed by all and great team support was enjoyed by all - thank you for a super day!
Area Horse Trials 2016
Cross Country Start Team Volunteers Required Please :-)
Once again this year Area 9 will be running the Horse Trials at West Wilts Equestrian Centre, as a Club to aid the running of the event the VWH have been asked to organise the Cross Country Start Team for the event.
For it to run as smoothly as possible I need at least six lovely willing volunteers to help on Saturday 9th July, we shall need ring stewards, tack checkers, starters and time keepers. Full training will be given, a prime location for watching the action and a day long VWH pic-nic.
If you are able to help out on the day please contact Pip Taylor 07971249418 to be welcomed onto the team.
Winter Intermediate Dressage 2016
Held at Leyland Court Equestrian Centre on Sunday 28th February.
With an individual Medium competition and a team competition requiring riders at Prelim, Novice and Elementary level there was something for every-one and having entered two teams and one individual medium entry a great day was had by all.
The new surface at Leyland Court was fantastic and we had some great results. Sarah McMurray finished 6th individual in Novice D10, Jude Matthews 2nd individual in the Novice 30, and Mariana Gaussen 4th in the same test, whilst Patricia Haskins rode brilliantly at the end of the day to win the Medium Individual competition so will be off to the Championships with our Intermediate Show Jumping Team.
BRC Area 9 Training Dates
Please see our BRC Training page for information on training that has been set up for members with in Area 9. They include 'Jumping with Style' and 'Riding Test' with Jonathan Canty at Rectory Farm and XC Schooling with Andrew Bennie at Boomarang XC. Places are limited and with be on a first come first served basis.
VWH Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 17th February
Thank you to all those who attended our AGM, a special thank you to Scarlett Crew and Sarah Paton who both stood down from our committee this year after helping with the running of the club for many years. As expected the food was wonderful. Presentations were also made for the Hackpen VWH Points Cup - This year won by Lynette Morrison and the VWH ROR Cup won by Zoe Gell.
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.
Spring Camp with Polly Williamson at Stockland Lovell from 17th - 20th March 2016 is now fully booked!!
If you haven't reserved a space but would like to join us please contact Jude in the first instance as a wait list will be held :-)
See Camp page for details on how to do so.
2016 Qualifier Dates
All the 2016 riding club qualifier dates have now been published. Full details can be found on the VWH Teams page.
As a club we are part of Area 9 within the National British Riding Clubs set up. For each equestrian discipline Area qualifiers (between all the local clubs in our area) are held and the winners of each competition are then eligible for the National Championships.
This is a great opportunity to compete at official events, be part of a team, meet other members and have some fun and a good pic-nic. Any VWH members who wish to have a go at a qualifier are most welcome, we aim to have teams for the super competitive and for those who just want to have a go. In addition the majority of competitions allow individual entries if you don't want to be part of a team, so its something for every-one.
Please contact the designated team manager for each event if you want to have a go.
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.
2016 Clinic dates
New clinic dates for Cassie Price, Sam Ramatalla, and Polly Williamson and who to contact to book can be found on the clinics page.
Area 9 Winter Dressage Qualifier
Thank you very much to every-one who helped on the day to make our qualifier such a success! with 22 helpers and two teams competing its great to see so many members partaking in club activities. We made a good profit to go towards events in 2016 and I hope every-one has recovered from eating so much cake!!
Area 9 Eventers Challenge Qualifier
The Festival of the Horse Eventers Challenge Area Qualifier was held on Sunday 11th October at Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre.
We entered a Novice team that sadly didn't finish with a team score due to a unfortunate tumble and some navigational issues however Penny Hall and Lumiere finished 5th individually :-). Phili Hall and Cheeko competed as an individual in the Intermediate finishing a brilliant 3rd with a super double clear and fingers crossed this will get them a spot at the championships. Thank you very much to Lynda King who gave up her day to go fence judging so that the team could compete.
Summer Qualifiers 2015 Results
The Area 9 Summer Qualifiers are now complete.
The Horse Trials were held at West Wilts on June 28th, our 80cm team finished 4th with individual 5th for Fiona Russell-Brown. The 90cm team finished 7th and Lynda King finished 4th in the 100cm class and has been selected for the Area 9 team at the National Championships at Swailcliffe.
The Show Jumping was held at Leyland Court on Sunday 5th July, we only entered one Intermediate team for this event and they WON. With Individual placings for Lynda, Rosie and Mariana. Lynda also filled and individual place for the Open and jumped a super clear to WIN, So the Team and Lynda with two horses are off to the National Championships at Lincoln.
The Dressage was held at Rabson Manor on Sunday 12th July. We had entries in all the classes with lots of results in the ribbons. The Prelim team finished 4th with Individual 2nd for Pip, The Open team finished 5th with individual 3rd for Mariana and 4th for Lynda. The Riding test team WON with Individual 3rd for both Jude and Fiona and Individual 5th for Pip, Anne finished Individual 3rd in the Medium and finally in the pouring rain Pip and Jo finished 2nd in the Pairs. So our riding test will be joining the show jumpers at Lincoln.
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