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

You can now renew for 2019 :-) 

Late Summer Training Day

With trainer Cassie Price to be held at Oxstalls Cross Country Course, Frampton Mansell.

Show Jumping in the morning and Cross Country Schooling in the afternoon with VWH style picnic over lunch.

Full details and how to book can be found on our VWH Training Days page.

Summer Area 9 Show Jumping

Held at Rabson Manor on Sunday 17th June we entered five teams and some individuals and a great day was had by all.
A huge thank you goes to all our volunteers on the day so that all the members could compete - Chris Mason, Gabi Sopher, Kerry Alexander, Becky Scammell and Jo Thornton
First up were Penny King and Caroline Turrell in the 70cm as Individuals, with Penny King jumping a fabulous double clear to WIN and qualify for the National Championships at Lincoln, and it was Caroline's first time competing for the club at a show jumping qualify - well done!
Our Style Jumping Team - Janine Collishaw, Fiona Russell-Brown, Fiona Symes and Penny King all jumped brilliantly to finish 3rd as a team, with an individual WIN for Janine in the 85cm to qualify for the National Championships at Lincoln, 5th for Fiona RB in the 85cm, and 3rd & 5th for Penny and Fiona Symes respectively in the 75cm :-) The team also qualify for the SWWRC Championships at Hartpury.
80cm Show Jumping Teams - We entered two teams.
The VWH Tigers - Judith Wilson, Fiona Russell-Brown, Nia Glover and Penny Hall came 2nd as a team qualifying for the SWWRC Championships at Hartpury, with individual 2nd for Nia and 5th for Penny
The VWH Lions - Fiona Symes, Lara Gleed, Sharon Robbins and Tori Creed as a team came 3rd with individual 6th for Tori
90cm Show Jumping Team - Helena Miller, Penny Hall, Janine Collishaw and Sharon Robbins all had a very early start but it was worth it for a team WIN and qualification for the National Championships at Lincoln, with individual 2nd for Janine, 3rd for Penny and 6th for Helena
1m Show Jumping Team - Jude Matthews, Zoe Andrews and Sharon Robbins as a team finished 3rd with individual 3rd for Sharon and 6th for Zoe
Well done to all that competed on the day and to all those that helped and supported our members, it was lovely to hear so much positive feedback and that every-one enjoyed their day.
Area 9 Horse Trials
Held at West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Melksham on Sunday 1st July.
Another busy day for the VWH RC with the club entering teams and running the Cross Country Start team. A huge thank you to all our volunteers - Lynda King (who also took all the entries and sorted the times for the event), Jude Matthews, Becky Scammell, Kerry Alexander, Sarah Maddern, Janine Collishaw (who was also team manager) Jo Thornton and Scarlett Howes for giving up their day.
We entered two 80cm teams
The VWH Lions - Penny king, Tori Creed, Nia Glover and Biffy McNally finished 3rd as a team, with a Individual 5th for Nia and a Fabulous WIN for Biffy who qualifies for the National Championships at Swailcliffe.
The VWH Tigers - Fiona Russell - Brown, Fiona Symes, Helena Miller and Lara Gleed finished 4th as a team, with individual 3rd for Helena.
Our only 90cm competitor was Sharon Robbins on her new young horse who although not placed had a great day and was delighted to complete.
Due to the ground, injured jockey's and horses our 100cm team was down to one individual Rachel Tippins and Spot, they lead from the dressage and had a super day to come home with a WIN to also qualify for the National Championships at Swailcliffe.
Very best of luck to Biffy and Rachel from the 3rd of August at Swailcliffe, and thank you to every-one for making the Horse Trials day such a success for all. 

Area 9 Summer Dressage

Once again held at Rabson Manor Equestrian on Sunday 15th July.
Prelim Dressage - We entered a prelim team and two individuals. Our Prelim team - Sian Gammon, Jo Thornton, Judith Wilson and Tori Creed finished 4th as a team of those eligible for Lincoln, Whilst Janine and her new youngster Hamara made their competition debut riding a lovely calm test, and Caroline Turrell escaped the heat with a sneaky early time, also gaining a very credible score.
Open Dressage - We entered an Open Team - three riding Novice and one Elementary and two Elementary individuals.
Our Open team - Becky Scammell, Tori Creed, Pip Taylor and Jude Matthews finished 2nd as a team. With an Individual WIN for Becky in the Novice to qualify for the National Championships at Lincoln, 2nd for Tori and 4th for Pip
As Individuals in the Elementary - Sarah Owens rode a beautiful test to WIN and qualify for the National Championships for Lincoln and Becky finished 6th
Well done to all on such a hot day! and Thank you to Jo Thornton 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 :-)


Jonty Evans Training  

Training with International Eventer Jonty Evans was secured for Sunday 11th March at Rectory Farm. Jonty has been eventing internationally for over 20yrs, he finished 9th Individual at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Cooley Rorkes Drift, and was part of the Nations Cup winning team and 8th Individual representing Ireland in Boekelo. He also has a selection of young horses he's bringing up through the levels. When not competing Jonty also does a lot of teaching from Novice horse and rider up to 4*.

In response to his campaign last Autumn to fund raise and keep Cooley Rorkes Drift, the VWH Committee took the decision to make a donation from Club funds and in return secured some training and a fabulous time was had by all.

 In addition to the training, Jonty then gave a fabulous talk at the RC AGM on 4th April in Cirencester that was very much enjoyed. Giving a real in site to all the preparation, training and travel involved with getting them to Rio 2016 and life since with the campaign to keep Art and what hopefully lies ahead in the future.

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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