Autumn Camp 2015

Dates are now in the calendar for Autumn camp 2015. 

We are headed down to Stockland Lovell on Saturday 26th September for a lunchtime start, through to Tuesday 29th September.

We have been lucky enough to secure POLLY WILLIAMSON to instruct us, following the success of her clinics this Spring. If interest is sufficiently high, I will book a second instructor.  
Deposits of £100 secures you a place - first come first served!

Total cost is likely to be in the region of £385, but final cost will be dependent on final numbers.  The more people we have, the cheaper it will be, so get your names in now!!  

There is also the option of a shorter stay from Saturday afternoon to Monday evening.

 Groups are no more than 4, and will be matched as closely as possible to horse and rider ability and aspirations - we want everyone to have fun (not to terrify you!) 

The format:

We will arrive from Saturday lunchtime, with a lesson Saturday afternoon.  Then it's time to settle the horses (and ourselves) into the accommodation, and tuck into some excellent Stockland Lovell catering (probably with the help of some wine!).  The lessons will be a mixture of flat, SJ and XC - hopefully the weather will enable us to get out on the cross country course, but due to the time of year, this is not guaranteed.  If we remain arena bound, the three sessions are likely to be a mixture of SJ and simulated cross country.  If you would prefer not to jump, that's fine - you just need to let me know on the booking form so that I can structure the groups and the lessons accordingly.

If you pay in full before the end of August, the cost for the full stay is £355, at any point after that date it is £385.   For the weekend stay, the cost is £255 (or £235 if paid in full by 31st August).  This is excellent value for some top class tuition, and all of your accommodation and food costs!

 You can pay in instalments if you wish, but you need to mark each payment with your name and 'camp' as a reference so that we can allocate it to you.

Please click here for the booking form, which you should return to Jude on the address indicated.  You can pay via cheque (made payable to the VWH Riding Club and sent to Jude) or via online bank transfer.  A wait list will be kept if necessary.  Places are first come, first served (so don't hang around!)

If you'd like more information, please contact Jude on 07970 976063 or email

Autumn Camp 2013 Pictures




Photo's kindly provided and copy right held by Fiona Crawford Photography ©

Just a couple of snap shots from Autumn camp 2013, with something for everyone!  Whether you don't jump, are leaving the ground for the first time, riding a youngster or slightly more adventurous, groups are organised so that everyone achieves :-)

VWH Annual Autumn Camp Report 2013

 Saturday 28th September - Wednesday 2nd October 

With the popularity of camp every growing the proof resulted in 19 members and their horses making their way to Stockland Lovell near Bridgewater for five days of fun with their horses at the end of september.

Due to very last minute change of plan as poor Sophie Dickinson was too ill to be one of our trainers Kerry Smith BHSAI and BS Coach and Sian Brown BHSAI both very kindly stepped into the breach alongside Anne-Marie Taylor BE Trainer and Fellow of the BHS to train us for the duration of our stay and what a fantastic time every-one had.

A huge thank you goes to Jude Matthews for her tireless organisational skills that enabled every-one to achieve their goals and more whilst at camp all your efforts were very much appreciated.

So with dressage lessons, show jumping and the weather being kind enough this year to allow us onto the cross country course it was a fabulous for every-one from those who ventured over a fence for the first time, to those gaining confidence on new horses, some more seasoned characters tuning their skills and some longterm battles solved. In addition with Anne-Marie staying on site we also had the benefit of some unmounted master classes including 'seeing a stride' and 'how to beat the judge'. A new addition was also the opportunity to judge each others test riding and comparing our scores to Anne-Marie who is a International FEI Dressage Judge - and we didn't do too badly!


Stockland Lovell Equestrian Centre, Nr Bridgewater, Somerset.

22-24th February 2013

Training provided by Sophie Dickinson.

Back by popular demand, the spring camp hosted ten riders with 13 horses of all abilities and great fun was had by all despite the chilly wind.

Members who attended were thrilled how four lessons amongst friends and ample wine could set them up so well for the year regardless of standard and ambitions. In many cases far more was achieved than they had ever hoped for!

Camp is all about having fun whilst gaining confidence and experience with your horse wether it be dressage, show jumping, cross country or simply getting over a pole on the floor and Sophie brilliantly instructed every horse and rider combination to their best ability within the four sessions with improvement and smiles to been seen by all.

A huge thank you to Jude Matthews for once again organising a fabulous weekend away for everyone!!