HDRC’s first President

LADY GILBEY - HDRC President from 1970-1975

We are sad to announce the death of Horsham & District Riding Club’s first President, Lady Elizabeth (Libby) Gilbey, at the great age of 98.

Libby was a very early member of the Club which was formed in 1967. She lived at Culross, Faygate, from where she started a very successful Welsh pony stud carrying the Culross prefix. She won many championships with her young stock, many of which went on to achieve great success as ridden show ponies.

Libby became our first President in 1970. Well attended AGMs were held at her lovely home from 1970-1975, as well as instructions and tests. She resigned in 1976 when she moved to Wineham to expand her stud.

We send our condolences to her family. Donations in her memory to World Horse Welfare can be sent c/o H.D. Tribe, Storrington RH20 4DZ. Tel: 01903 742585

Daphne Poupart
HDRC President 1997-2017

BRC Statement 2021 Championships

BRC Statement 2021 Championships & Membership

The BRC Advisory Committee met on Wednesday 13 January to discuss arrangements for the 2021 championships. The committee discussed the current lockdown situation across all nations and the implications this would have on the ability of areas to run qualifying competitions, as well as the championships themselves and the potential mixing of people from across the UK. It is with great disappointment that we must announce further cancellations to our calendar of events after losing many of our competitions in 2020. All options were investigated thoroughly, and we feel we have come up with the best solutions available to us, ensuring we adhere to government guidelines and keep our staff, officials, volunteers and competitors safe. Please be aware that the calendar may be subject to further change depending on government guidelines and the evolving situation with the pandemic.

Arena Eventing Championships 13 – 14 March: This event will be postponed from its original date and will now take place on 22 and 23 May 2021 at Aston le Walls.

Novice Winter Championships (Incorporating the rescheduled 2020 and 2021 Novice and Intermediate Championships) 26 – 29 March: This event will be cancelled. All dressage classes will be run as an online competition with further details to follow in due course. The show jumping classes will not be re-arranged. We know this is disappointing but there are no viable options within the current climate.

Intermediate Winter Championships 23 – 25 April: This event will be cancelled. All dressage classes will be run as an online competition with further details to follow in due course. The show jumping classes will not be re-arranged. We know this is disappointing but there are no viable options within the current climate.

Combined Training Championships 22 – 23 May: This event will be cancelled with the rescheduled Arena Eventing Championships taking place on this date.

Horse Trials Championships 6 – 8 August: This event will go ahead but will run as a short format competition (no roads and tracks or steeplechase). All classes will run as one-day-events.

National Championships, Dressage to Music Championships and Quadrille: We are monitoring the situation closely and will issue another update that covers these events later in the spring.

Carol Venner

We are very sad to report the death of Carol Venner - a hugely influential early member of Horsham & District Riding Club for over 30 years. She became a committee member in 1968, served as Chairman 1970-74, and was appointed Joint-President with myself between 1997 and 2003. She was a loyal friend & great organiser and served on the Open Show Committee for many years.

Not only was she generous to the Riding Club with her time but also the use of her home in Colgate, which was the venue for many happy committee meetings and AGMs during the 1970s. She was also generous in her sponsorship of the Open Show and presented a number of trophies, some of which are still awarded annually. On her retirement she was made an Honorary member of Horsham & District Riding Club and was presented with a beautiful limited edition watercolour “A Woodland Bridlepath” which I know she treasured.

After moving to Wiltshire in 1989 she took on the role of Trade Stands Organiser for Longleat Horse Trials and served on her area BHS Committee.

We send our condolences to her son Jon and daughter Katharine Richardson (herself a valued committee member for HDRC for a number of years). Carol’s husband Michael who predeceased her was HDRC’s Treasurer 1969-70.

Donations in Carol’s memory to Dementia UK can be sent to Arthur W Mays Funeral Directors, 52 Warminster Road, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 3PF  (email: arthurwmays@btinternet.com 


Daphne Poupart HDRC

President 1997-2017

HDRC Covid-19 Training Policy

As things slowly get going again with training we ask anyone attending to please take a moment to look through the clubs Covid-19 Training Policy. 

Stay Safe


• Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home. Anyone who has been in contact with someone that is showing symptoms should stay at home. Anyone considered vulnerable should stay at home.
• Social distancing and government advice must be adhered to
• Anyone who doesn’t comply with these protocols will be asked to leave the venue immediately
• Sessions will include no more than 6 people (including trainer)
• Only 1 helper per horse is permitted.
• Payment to be made in advance by BACS or the club website. No cash payment accepted
• Where there will be multiple lorries/trailers please park in marked areas or at lease 5m apart where space allows
• No dogs allowed
• Riders should not arrive really early before your allocated start time and should leave as soon as possible after.
• Only the organiser or trainer is to open and close gates.
• Only the organiser or trainer to handle any equipment (i.e. poles/jumps)
• You must be able to tack up, mount, do your girth up or make any adjustments to your tack alone as we cannot maintain social distancing if you need help with any of these.
• Please also remember that most venues probably won’t have any toilet facilities!

BRC Update 13th May 2020

Attached is the latest update from BRC explaining what we are now allowed to do following advice from the Government.

It also says that sadly the NAF National Championships has been cancelled and hopes to run the Dressage to Music Championship. 


Stay safe



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