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Riding club’s big day

Posted on September 01 2015 at 2:20:20 0 comments

Jane and Riley

Alvechurch Riding Club is celebrating a special milestone in its history after becoming the 500th club to be affiliated to British Riding Clubs.

The long-running club was formally welcomed into the national movement with a presentation at its July show.

British Riding Clubs Chairman Andrew Chadwick and Sarah Phillips, Director of Participation for the British Horse Society, arrived at Alvechurch’s showground in Tardebigge with a celebration cake, Buck’s Fizz, flowers and a certificate to toast the occasion.

 Hilary Moses, Chairman of Alvechurch Riding Club, said: “We decided to affiliate to British Riding Clubs as we are a long-established club and looking to broaden our horizons. The affiliation means our members can enter regional competitions and qualify for national championships.

“The club will also benefit from the expertise of BRC, enabling us to deliver more events, training and a more professional approach. As the 500th member club we already feel very special!”

Andrew Chadwick added: “We are thrilled that Alvechurch has applied to join us – this is exactly the type of club that will benefit from all we can offer to its grass roots riders.”

Guests of honour were Jane Colley, who was a founding ARC member and has almost reached her 70th birthday, and the club’s youngest member, Riley Smith, aged just three-and-a-half.

Jane recalled her early memories of the club: “Things were quite different in the early days; everyone hacked to the shows, which have been held on different sites around the village.

“We started with around 20 members and I’ve seen the club grow year on year, with many families still coming to the shows today.“ 

As well as the celebrations, the event saw regular members of all ages taking part in a range of classes. There was also a demonstration by Victoria Nicholls, a British Horse Society and Side Saddle Association registered instructor.

She instructed Hilary and her seven-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Max, who had never been ridden side-saddle before, and then gave the crowd a skilful display of side-saddle horsemanship.

Alvechurch Riding Club holds three weekend shows (May, July and September) with dressage on the Saturday and showing and show jumping on the Sunday.

There is also a one-day event and a hunter trials over the summer. The next event is the Championship show on September 5 and 6.

Pictured: Jane Colley and her 21-year-old cob, Padlock, and Riley Smith with his miniature Shetland pony, Hamish.

Alvechurch Riding Club
Stoney Lane Farm, Tardebigge
B60 1LZ   Tel: 07743 490967
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http://www.alvechurchridingclub.co.uk


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