Volunteers needed

The annual Open Horse Trials is at the lovely facilities of Coombelands on Sunday 2nd June and our Open Show on Sunday 23rd June. These competitions won't run without the help of all you wonderful volunteers!

There are lots of different jobs you can volunteer for including dressage writers, stewards, pole picking, jump judging, serving refreshments, scoring and if you are competing we need people to set up and clear up.

If you can spare a few hours, half a day or even all day please contact the organisers or any committee member. You will of course be given refreshments and hopefully have a lovely day in the sun.


Horse Trials - Sharon Smallridge at Sharon.Smallridge@aig.com

Open Show - Sue Holden at suejholden50@gmail.com




Training Update

Dear All,

I have had a meeting with Ken and come up with a few dates.

With regard to flat he is happy to teach pairs or individuals, the cost would be £40 a session, so £20 if shared.  I am happy to liaise with him if you want to brush up on the flat but I have reserved the following dates with him for Show jumping courses and Xc.

As you know with Ken he will go up or down in height so everyone get something out of if but smaller jumpers would be starting 65/70cm working up towards 90cm. Bigger jumpers happy to go straight in at 90cm and work up.

Saturday 2nd March  1pm   Smaller jumpers
                                   3pm  Bigger jumpers

Saturday  16th March  1pm  Smaller Jumpers
                                     3pm  Bigger jumpers

Thursday 21st March  1pm  Mixed

Saturday 30th March.    1pm  Smaller jumpers
                                       3pm  Bigger jumpers

Saturday 13th April   2pm  Coombelands smaller
                                     3pm  Coombelands Bigger

Wednesday 17th April  1.30pm  XC Tweseldown  (1 ½ hours)

Saturday 27th April  12 noon XC Tweseldown (more than 1 group if needed) 1 ½ hours

Wednesday 8th May  6pm  Mixed SJ

Thursday 16th May  6pm  XC Schooling Coombelands (mixed)

All dates are at Ken’s yard in Coolham unless otherwise stated.

Smaller jumpers Xc Schooling can be arranged at Petworth Schooling Course one evening when weather better.

Ideally 4 horses per session at Ken’s £15 per session

Everywhere else £15 for ken plus facility hire, I am trying to negotiate a discount for riding clubs and also ask area 13 for some money from training budget, to get that up need  to open it up to other clubs so want to see our up take first.

Please can you let me know which sessions you would like to come to.

Ken is busy, he can fill his days with lessons easily and I DO NOT want to mess him about, if we do not have enough people to fill the sessions 2 weeks prior to the session then I will cancel it, so he can re fill the slot.

Please can you indicate if you are interested in the Coombelands and Tweseldown dates so I can pre book the slots.

If you would like to chat please call me on 07769675432.

But let me know ASAP re early March dates as I am away from the 15th.

Thank you



2019 BRC Five Star Train Together Tour


Following last year’s highly successful grassroots Dressage training, BRC have once again teamed up with world class instructors, this time giving our members tuition in the Show Jumping discipline. Instructors include: Islay Auty FBHS, Jo Winfield FBHS and International Eventer Clare Chamberlayne.

Professional advice will also be given to the riders with two thirty minute talks, talking about the importance of clean sport and nutrition with NAF and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers will also be attending talking about tack.

The aim of these training days is to encourage our grassroots rider and to give them the confidence to move up the levels and eventually compete at our qualifiers and hopefully championships!

There will be four levels across the day. 

Group 1 level 1: Introduction to jumping and pole work.

Group 2 Level 2: 60cm-70cm- Jumping single jumps and short courses at home

Group 3 Level 3: 70cm-80cm- Wanting/aiming to compete at an area qualifier

Group 4 Level 4: 80-90cm- Have competed at a qualifier/BRC championship but not in the last 12 months

The training is great value at £20-25 per session (see below for price in each area)
Riders can book to attend any training session in any Area.
Download the booking form here

View the poster here

Regions, Venues, Dates & Coaches

Kent & East Sussex - Chichester College - Sat 2nd March with Heidi Reed, BHS Stage 5 APC, UKCC L3 Generic    £20

Mid & South Wales - Ponderosa - Sun 3rd March with Sam Goss, BHS Stage 5 APC     £25

Gloucs, Avon, Wilts, Hereford, Worcs - Lincomb Equestrian - Sat 16th March with Islay Auty, FBHS, UKCC L3 Dr     £25

South West - Bridgewater & Taunton College - Sun 17th March with Karen Whiston, BHS Stage 5 APC, UKCC L3     £20

North West, Wales, Staffs & Shrops - Reaseheath College - Sat 23rd March with Alex Hulme, BHS Stage 5 APC      £20

West Midlands - Rockstar Equitation - Sat 6th April with Sue Ricketts, BHS Stage 5 APC       £20

Hants, Dorset & IOW - Sparsholt - Sun 7th April with Clare Chamberlayne, BHS Stage 5 APC, BE Int Event Rider       £25

Southern Scotland- RDA Glasgow - Sun 14th April with Lisa Hiddlestone, BHS Stage 5 APC, UKCC L3 Generic       £20

Yorkshire - Bishop Burton College - Sat 27th April with Charlotte Wilson, BHS Stage 5 APC, UKCC L3     £20

East Midlands, Herts, Cambs, Beds & Northants - Boughton Mill - Sun 5th May with Joanna Winfield FBHS, BE, UKCC L3     £25

Please note:
It is mandatory for riders to attend the talks before their lesson. Time is given to tack up your horse.

Horses must be comfortable standing in a trailer/ lorry during the talk session. Talks will last for approximately 1 hour.

Please do not leave your horse tied to a trailer / lorry unaccompanied

Riders are not eligible for Level 1 and 2 if they have competed at a BRC qualifier/championship at any discipline or competed at any BS or SI/BE or EI event.

Entries must be made on the official Booking Form, riders will be selected on a first come, first served basis. The booking form must be returned to British Riding Clubs HQ - Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire  CV8 2XZ, along with a cheque (made payable to: British Riding Clubs). Bookings can also be made over the phone by calling Jessica on 02476 840 711

BHS Participation Project

This new project is aimed at getting more people involved in equestrianism, as well as helping those already enjoying their passion to gain further in-depth knowledge, confidence and skills. In addition, it will help more people gain qualifications that will enable them to enjoy riding to the full. Find out more about the BHS Participation Project and see how you can get involved. 



BRC Grassroots Points League

The Grassroots Points League is a new opportunity for all BRC Members

All dressage (Walk and Trot and Prelim Level) and showjumping (60cms and 70cms) competitors can gain points at BRC Club organised competitions. Area Qualifiers and National level competitions will not count.

Points can be gained when competing at BRC Club organised competitions only.

There will be two separate leagues; Show Jumping and Dressage. Monthly score updates will be provided; therefore competitors must return their score card to the BRC head office no later than the 7th of the following month. Results on cards received after this time will not count. The competition will run for ten months from January – October 2019, there will be rosettes down to 10th place.

It's so simple, just follow these easy steps:

1. Download and print your blank points card from the BRC website.
2. Compete at any dressage (Walk & Trot and Prelim Level) or showjumping (60cms & 70cms) BRC Club organised competition.
3. Ask the Secretary at the event to confirm your placing with their signature.
4. Post your completed points card back to BRC HQ by the 7th of the following month.
5. Finally, wait for the results.


The rules

The Grassroots Points League will run according to the official BRC rules found in the current BRC Rule Book p 84- 85.

1. Individuals can compete in both dressage (Walk and Trot and Prelim Level) and showjumping (60cms and 70cms) competitions. Both disciplines will count towards the league.
2. It is the individuals’ responsibility to download and print this card and produce it at every relevant competition to gain the signature of the Secretary upon being placed.
3. The Grassroots Points League takes place between 1 January - 31 October 2019. Completed points cards must be returned to BRC Head Office no later than the 7th of the following month. Results on cards received after this time will not count.
4. Checks will be carried out by BRC HQ to ensure that the information provided is correct.
5. Individuals can compete at club and area level. However a qualifying class for a BRC Championship may not be used to gain points for this league.
6. Individuals can compete across all clubs and areas.
7. If the card is not filled out correctly, the results will not be counted.

Placing to points table

1st place = 6 points
2nd place = 5 points
3rd place = 4 points
4th place = 3 points
5th place = 2 points
6th place = 1 point


2019 Riding Club Camp

After the great success of last year, Horsham RC will be returning to Parwood Equestrian Centre on 5th/6th/7th July for our annual summer camp.

The facilities are superb with large indoor and outdoor schools, xc course, gallops and stables fit for a king! Check out the Parwood website for more info.

The format will include a mix of dressage and showjumping with cross country on the final day. Instructors confirmed are Emma Roche, Melissa Beer, Russell Cooper and Ruth starey.

You can expect a fun-filled weekend of expert training, first class facilities, quality time with your pony and most importantly lots of laughs camping with like minded horsey friends!

This is always a very popular event and places will be on a strict first-come-first-serve basis with priority for full members. Keep an eye out for the booking form to be released on the website in the near future. £50 deposit will secure your place. All abilities are welcome.


Suzie & Elise



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