Equestrian Blackmore Vale

Riding Clubs – what are they about?

British Riding Clubs (BRC) exists to provide support and encouragement to amateur riders of all levels – from the dedicated competitor to the leisure rider. We offer a range of events and training through over 480 clubs and centres right across the UK.  Some of the local riding clubs are SWDG, (South Western Dressage Group), Mid Somerset, Shillingstone and Stour Valley.

Having been members of SWDG for many years, my family have enjoyed the social aspect as well as the training, competitions, the fun rides and non-ridden events.  From the age of seven my daughters joined a junior Riding Club and one of my daughters is still an active member, fitting in riding club activities with work.  Whether it`s just for fun, bringing on young horses or competing in teams, Riding Club is highly recommended.

A group of clubs are part of an Area which has competitions to become Area Champions and competitors can also qualify for a National Championships.  Many of these Area competitions are about to happen, now that lockdown has lifted.

The SWDG team was very pleased to have qualified at 90cm for the Arena Eventing in November and have just come back from the National Championships at Aston Le Walls where they were placed 6th, a great success.  The team were so happy to be able to have a get together, evening meals in the lorry always a fun sociable time.

By: Sara Greenwood

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