Welcome to the VWH Riding Club



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, our membership year runs from January - December however you can join at any point. Please see our How to join page

Area 9 Summer Show Jumping

A huge thank you to Wessex Gold for hosting a mammoth day at Rectory Farm on Sunday 22nd July.

We had lots of members competing and a fabulous team spirit was felt by all.

Angela Clark rode in the 70cm on her new horse and did brilliantly to finish 3rd

We had two teams in the 80cm, Penny Hall, Penny King, Megan Goff and Nia Glover finished team 2nd, with individual 4th for Penny King. Meanwhile Fiona RB, Judith Wilson, Biffy McNally and Jenny Roberts finished team 3rd with individual 3rd for Biffy

Both 80cm Teams have qualified for the South Wales and West Regioanl Championships at Hartpury on Saturday 17th August :-) 

Our 90cm team Vanessa, Sharon and Helena finished 2nd with an individual 3rd for Helena

Our 100cm  Sharon, Jo Price, Becky and Michelle finished 2nd with individual 2nd for Michelle and 6th for Becky

Well done all!

Area 9 Horse Trials

On Sunday 30th June the Area 9 Horse Trials was held at West Wilts Equestrian Centre having been postponed due to rain earlier in the month. We entered two 80cm teams and a 90cm team whilst also running the Cross Country Start Team.

A great day was had by all, the start team did a fabulous job which resulted in a £250 donation towards club funds. Whilst our teams and individuals all put in star performances.

The VWH 80cm Lions Team - Tori Creed, Natalie Carriagher, Emma Kerton and Fiona Russell-Brown were victorious with a Win and qualification for the Championships. With an individual Win for Fiona and individual 2nd for both Emma and Tori.

Judith Wilson was an individual in the new 80cm Open class and she Won also qualifying for the Championships to be held at Aston Le Walls in August.

Our VWH 80cm Tigers Team also finished a close 2nd. With Penny Hall, Nia Glover, Biffy McNally and Penny Comerford King close on the Lions tail.

 Our 90cm team had a fabulous day despite not finishing with a team score but Individual 3rd was enough to qualify Kerry Alexander for the Championships and Sharon Robbins finished 9th.

A huge thank you to all those who volunteered on the day so our teams could compete. 


Summer Area 9 Dressage Qualifier

On Sunday 26th May SDRC hosted the Summer Dressage at Rabson Manor. We sent three teams and a brilliant and busy day was had by all. With all the tests going ahead within a matter of hours it was lovely to see members new and old helping each other out and supporting each other in true VWH RC style. Huge thank you to Jo Thornton for team managing.

Our Prelim Team - Jo, Judith, Fi and Gail finished 4th with individual 4th for Fi

Our Open Team - Jude, Sarah M, Laura and Janine finished 3rd with individual 3rd for Jude, 3rd for Sarah, 4th for Laura and 2nd for Janine.

Our Riding Test  - Jude, Fi, Sarah and Jo also finished 3rd with an individual Win for Jude on Benji 




Stoneleigh Riding Club Two Day Event

On 25th / 26th May the VWH teamed up with Swindon and Two teams headed to the Stoneleigh Riding Club Two Day Event at Princethorpe College. And what a weekend they had! Huge thank you goes to Fiona Symes who kindly organised teams and stabling and a by the sounds of things a fantastic time was had by all!

The VWH 80cm Team Won - Fiona Russell - Brown, Penny Hall, Penny King and Helena Miller with an individual Win for Penny, 6th for Helena, 7th for Penny King and 8th for Fiona.

The VWH / Swindon Team were an incredibly close 2nd (less then 2 penalties) with Biffy McNally 3rd, Philli Hall 4th, and Naomi 6th.

Annitta Engel competed as an individual in the 90cm and finished a brilliant 3rd. 


BRC FOTH Combined Training Championships

On Sunday 19th May our Combined Training Team headed to the BRC Festival of the Horse National Championships at Aston Le Walls for the National Finals and a brilliant time was had by all.

Nia Glover riding Cheeko and Penny Hall riding Lumiere competed in the Prelim / 75cm section both producing great test and just rolling a pole each. Biffy McNally riding Mr Something Special and Jude Matthews riding Benji then followed competing in the Novice / 85cm section, again two lovely tests and clear show jumping.

After a long wait the results were finally out and the team finished a fabulous 5th with Individual 4th for Jude, 6th for Biffy and 9th for Nia.

A huge thank you goes to Sarah Maddern who very kindly travelled to ALW to volunteer for the club so that our team could compete. She spent the morning Dressage Writing before supporting the rest of the team.

Well done all. 

BRC Winter Open Dressage Championships

On Friday 26th April Annitta Engel riding Vinny travelled to Bury Farm for the BRC  Winter Open Dressage Championships to ride as an individual in Novice 34 having qualified in February at Leyland Court Area qualifier.

She was delighted with her test but sadly missed out on a ribbon but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

BRC Arena Eventing Championships

On Sunday 10th March Sharon Robbins riding The Dexters Jig travelled to Aston Le Walls to compete in the BRC Arena Eventing National Championships and had a fabulous day.

Having qualified way back in November at West Wilts , it was a long wait for the Championships, A full course of show jumps followed by XC all on a surface, and certainly a challenge to remember the course!

They had a super round, sadly just catching the Joker fence at the end but had a fantastic experience to compete. 


March Training Weekend

Very kindly organised and hosted by Jude Matthews at Taddy Woody on 9th / 10th March.


Both Bruno Freire - International Show Jumper and Trainer and Aaron Guy - International Dressage Rider and Trainer were very well received by members and every-one enjoyed really good lessons despite the weather with lots of positive feedback requesting we do it again - so watch this space for further dates.




Area 9 Combined Training Qualifier

This event was held at Hartpury on 5th January 2019. We sent three teams and a great day was had by all.

Our VWH Lions team - Penny hall, Megan Goff, Jude Matthews and Biffy McNally did brilliantly to win as a team to qualify for the National championships at Aston Le Walls in May.

Jude and Benji won individually, whilst Penny Hall was 2nd Individually, Penny King and Helena Miller were both 5th individually, whilst Megan Goff, Becky Scammell and Annitta Engel were all 6th so a great day was had by all and a super start to the year. 




Area 9 Winter Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping 

Held at West Wilts on 13th January. We sent an 80cm, 90cm and 1m team and once again team spirit was the name of the game. Our 80cm team sadly suffered a lorry break down, a course navigational error and a tumble in the first round, but all team members produced beautiful second rounds to make up for it.
Our 90cm team - Helena Miller, Janine Collishaw, Ness Bennett and Sharon Robbins did brilliantly to finish 4th with individual 2nd for Janine
The 1m team - Sharon Robbins, Lynda King and Mechelle Lake were sadly out of the ribbons but all went home smiling.
Thank you to Lynda for team managing.

Area 9 Winter Novice Dressage

This was held at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre on Sunday 11th November, run once again by ourselves. Well done to all those who competed - Janine, Fi and Annitta. Annitta finished 4th Individual in her section and thank you Jo Thornton for team managing.

A huge thank you goes to every-one who very kindly volunteered to help on the day. We had good entries once again with limited daylight, hence it was a busy and early start but the day was a great success and made a good profit for club funds.

Area 9 Arena Eventing

This was a new competition for 2018 held at West Wilts Equestrian Centre on Sunday 17th November. The club entered four teams and had a super day.
Our 80cm team - Judith Wilson, Helena Miller, Penny King and Fiona Symes finished 5th
Our 90cm team - Sharon Robbins, Vanessa Bennett, Suzie Cleveland and Beth Hams finished 3rd with an Individual Win for Sharon
Our 1m team sadly missed a team score due to an unfortunate tumble but Lynda King finished 3rd Individual
Well done to all those who competed and thank you to Becky Scammell for team managing.

Leg Anatomy Evening 

On Wednesday 25th April, The George Vet Groups Equine Vets Angela Jones and Ben Wilson provided a fascinating evening for members involving leg anatomy and dissection. They were both thanked enormously for giving up their time to come and demonstrate for us.

We were set up with specimens provided and instructed how to inject fluid into joint cavities and spaces, so that on skinning the limbs you could really appreciate how close to the surface these important structures were. Members were then instructed on how to dissect the Tendons, identify ligaments and bony structures. Comparisons were then be made between limbs and injuries identified.

In true riding club spirit not to be deterred members then enjoyed a pizza feast and social gathering.

What this space for future talks and demonstrations - if you missed this one but would like me to book another date - I can do so if I get enough interest :-)

Club Merchandise 

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.

New Offer: £10 off  VWH Club Numnahs

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