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, please download the membership form here: Membership Form 2016

Latest News

Autumn Camp 2016

From Sunday 25th September to Wednesday 28th September thirteen members headed to Stockland Lovell Equestrian Centre for yet another fabulous camp with tuition from the very popular Polly Williamson.

With new members and camp regulars we had a great mix of members and horses that all had a fabulous time and learnt so much. The wether forecast wasn't friendly yet some-how we stayed dry, the conditions on the cross country were perfect and many new friends and great memories were made.

Huge thank you to Jude Matthews for organising once again and for Polly Williamson's tireless instructions and enthusiasm, and to every-one who went to make it so much fun. 

Date for next year:

Spring Camp: 16th-19th March

Autumn Camp: 24th - 27th September 


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



Area 9 Winter Novice Dressage - Entries now being taken

The Area 9 Winter Novice Dressage will once again be held at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre on Saturday 12th November. Its for team and individual entries for members riding at Prelim and Novice level.

As a club we are running this event for which we need lots of volunteers - if you are free and are able to help please contact Pip Taylor.

If you would like to compete - full details can be found on our VWH Teams page. 


Area 9 Winter Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping

- Entries now closed

Sunday 23rd October at Hartpury College, Gloucester

The Novice competition is team only, best three scores to count, two rounds at 80cm and 85cm. The Intermediate competition is team and individual, again with two rounds this year a new height 90cm and 95cm.

Full details are on our VWH Teams page, please contact Mariana Gaussen if you would like to compete by Tuesday 27th September.

Area 9 Eventers Challenge - Entries now closed

Sunday 15th October at Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre, Bristol. 

The Area 9 Eventers Challenge is a competition involving competitors riding a round of show jumps and immediately proceeding out on the cross country course. Horses and Riders dress for Cross country, the show jumping has a optimum time and the XC has a optimum time and penalties are awarded for second either side of the target. This year see's the introduction of an 80cm class alongside the 90cm and 1m class.

Please see the VWH teams page for eligibility, entry fees and who to contact. Entries close 21st September. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - We have to provide two volunteer per team to fence judge on the day. Please let me know if you are free and would like to Volunteer - Pip 

South Wales and West Regional Championships

Our VWH Team - Penny Hall, Sharon Robbins, Judith Wilson and Vanessa Bennett all had a superb day at Hartpury Equestrian Centre on Saturday 20th August. Having qualified back in July at the Summer Area 9 Show Jumping they were Joined on the team by Penny whilst Fiona Symes's horse Penny is still out of action. 

The team finished on 0 putting them in the jump off and they finished 2nd with Individual 6th for Vanessa riding Fred. They all received fabulous Silver medals (it being the Olympics) and had thoroughly enjoyed their day.

With luck this championship will be back again next year and hopefully we can qualify a few more teams. Thank you very much to Jo Thornton - our team volunteer who helped on the day for our team to compete. 

BRC Animalife Horse Trials Championship Success

Our Intermediate Eventing Team Jude Matthews, Cassandra Wood and Emma Gedge headed of to the
Championships 4th - 7th August and had a fabulous time!

With a Trot up and Dressage on Day 1, Cross Country including roads and tracks with Steeplechase on Day 2, and then a final trot up and Show Jumping on Day 3.

All horses completed full of running to finish a fantastic Team 8th. With Inidividual 4th for Emma riding Target and 11th for Jude riding Benji.

Huge thank you goes to Fiona Symes who was meant to be filling the fourth place on the team, but a last minute serious injury put Pen in horsey hospital for the weekend and meant she was unable to ride. However in true riding club spirit, Fiona stayed for the weekend and fulfilled our volunteering duty on the Sunday morning - Thank you!


Area 9 Animalife Horse Trials Qualifier  

A super two days was had by all and what a brilliant turn out from the club! 

Saturday 9th July  

Our 90cm team kicked off the day bright and early and all had a good day with the team finishing 5th.  Individual 4th for Jude riding Africa (His first 90cm clear XC), 7th for Fiona riding Penny, 9th for Pip riding Heston (they left the poles up at last!), and a last minute substitution included Lynda riding Splash in his first 90cm (jumping a double clear with just a couple of time faults) to finish a very credible 13th.  

The afternoon saw our 80cm team compete and they also finished with the team in 5th Place. Kathy Froom riding Indigo in his first ever event took 5th place individually jumping a double clear, with Penny riding Marley and Judith riding Sanchez also completing with double clears and just a few time faults, and Becky riding Boris, just rolled a pole and were given an unlucky stop at the water but more importantly he went in the water and didn't decide to have a pause on course!  

Sunday 10th July 

Back for more, our 100cm team were competing on the Sunday! With afternoon times, the dressage was completed before the course walk, sadly they were down to three members due to injury but they did brilliantly to WIN!! and qualify for the National Championships in just three weeks time! 

Despite all these teams competing we also had members, family and friends who helped out before and during the event, not just so our teams could compete but to allow the event to run! 

A huge thank you goes to every-one who gave up there time to help, our amazing members and committee organised all the entries and times, provided a senior steward and completed all the scoring on the saturday of the event - not a small task. We can not thank you all enough!!

Area 9 Summer Dressage Qualifier

Once again this was held at Rabson Manor and for once in the sunshine!!
A super day was had by all and it was lovely to see so many members out competing. Our riding test team Won for the second year in a row, so once again are heading to Lincoln. They will be joined by Mariana, Nov 27 Individual winner and Jude, individual 2nd in Elementary. With the Prelim team finishing 3rd and Open team 5th and the pairs 2nd it really was rosettes all round. Well done every-one!  

Area 9 Summer Show Jumping

Sunday 19th June at Leyland Court our members were once again out in force at a qualifier and had a superb day.

Our Novice team qualified for the Hartpury Championships, but both teams in the ribbons with 4th and 6th.

The intermediate team were victorious once again to Win with three double clears and an individual Win for Cassie and Magic. Well done to all. 


Combined Training Championship Success

Saturday / Sunday 4th / 5th June at Aston Le Wall

On the Friday Philli Hall and Cheeko had a fabulous day over a chunky course, to just roll one pole and a sprinkling of time faults to finish 34th out of almost 100 competitors in the BRC 100 Eventers Challenge. Penny and Philli then kindly volunteered in the afternoon so that our Combined training team - Penny & Marley, Pip & Rauri, Jude & Africa and Fiona & Pen could compete on the Sunday. The weather was fabulous, after a super camp on the saturday night we had a superb day. With all good dressage scores, and just a few poles the team just missed a rosette finishing 11th. Jude finished Individual 7th and Fiona Individual 8th. Thank you to all our helpers and supporters for coming along and sharing in our fantastic weekend. 

Winter Novice Show Jumping - Championship Success 

Our Senior Novice Show Jumping Team - Judith, Angela, Penny and Fiona did brilliantly on Saturday 9th April at Keysoe to finish 8th out of 30 teams at the National Championships!
With a very long drive, some incredibly early starts our team pulled together and had a superb weekend at Keysoe. Over a stiff up to height course they did brilliantly to finish on  team score of 12 faults. Well done all!
A huge thank you goes to Fiona Russell-Brown for being their team volunteer to allow them to compete.

Winter Intermediate Show Jumping Championships 

Our Intermediate team - Pip, Cassie, Mariana and Kerry, headed to Bury Farm on Friday 29th April ready to compete on Saturday 30th April. Having secured an amazing camping spot, settled ponies and walked the course, a cosy fun evening was spent in Kerry's lorry. With every-one up early a full day of competition awaited them. The first round produced four great rounds and a team score of zero. Over lunch the new course was revealed and heck did it go up!! A valiant effort by all still sadly meant no team score but Kerry and Cassie rode brilliantly to complete their rounds. Lots of fun, great company and super team work made the weekend a great success! Huge thank you to Robert, Jo and Harry are amazing team supporters and volunteers.

Winter Intermediate Dressage 2016 

Held at Leyland Court Equestrian Centre on Sunday 28th February.
With an individual Medium competition and a team competition requiring riders at Prelim, Novice and Elementary level there was something for every-one and having entered two teams and one individual medium entry a great day was had by all.

The new surface at Leyland Court was fantastic and we had some great results. 

Sarah McMurray finished 6th individual in Novice D10, Jude Matthews 2nd individual in the Novice 30, and Mariana Gaussen 4th in the same test, whilst Patricia Haskins rode brilliantly at the end of the day to win the Medium Individual competition so will be off to the Championships with our Intermediate Show Jumping Team. 

British Hat Standards 2016 

Incase you haven't already heard the British Standard BSEN 1384 is being withdrawn and hats with only this safety standard will not be allowed in competition and more importantly after discussing with BRC HQ insurers won't cover you in a fall or incident with a hat of only this standard as of 1st January 2016.

New Hat guidelines and an explanation behind the changes can be found on our British Riding Clubs page.  

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