British Riding Clubs' Winter Dressage Area Qualifier Saturday 7th October 2017,at Arena UK

The Rutland Whatborough Team of Sue Scarrott and Slipwood Indigo; Sarah Bowker and Helenic Sunrise ; Pippa Owen and Claude Debussy and Jane Armstrong and Cork Beauty took sixth place at the Novice Winter Dressage Qualifier, held for the first time at Arena UK.

Some good marks were achieved across all four Teams; Fiona Edmunds and Pearl Catcher were second in their Novice 28 arena, with Jane Armstrong and Cork Beauty third and Deirdre Haynes and Fernella Fudge fourth. Emily Lumb and Donna Melissa took third place in the other Novice 28 arena.

Teams were unplaced in the Intermediate Winter Dressage Qualifier, which ran in the afternoon. However, Jane Armstrong and Cork Beauty were second in Novice 30 and Emily Lumb and Donna Melissa were sixth in Novice 24.

Very few marks separated the placings in some of the arenas. However, the placings have a significant impact on the Team results.

The full results are in the Results area of the web site and a huge thank you to everyone who took part.   

Jane Ellis Team Manager

British Riding Clubs'  National Championships

Deirdre Haynes and Fernella Fudge and Jane Armstrong and Cork Beauty represented the Club as individuals at the National Championships, held on Lincoln Showground on 2 September.

Jane and Beauty were 6th in the Open Dressage Novice 27 and Deirdre was 13th in the Novice Riding Test and 12th in the Veteran Rider Novice 28. Very well done to both combinations!

Lincoln was shrouded in fog at the start of the day, making the journey difficult. It was also a very long day for Deirdre, as her times were early and late, which is never helpful!

Huge thanks to Jane and Deirdre for making the trip to Lincoln and for missing cross country day at Burghley!

British Riding Clubs Young Volunteers Training -  Jump ForwardJune 2017

Thanks to funding from Big Lottery Awards for All grants, the British Eventing Charitable Foundation (BECF) is this summer launching the ‘Jump Forward’ programme to provide support and encouragement to young volunteers in the sport.

Open to 16 - 21 year olds, this free programme incorporates a three day course that aims to inspire and educate young people about the benefits of volunteering and will also offer valuable career advice and an opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ during the sessions.  The course is split in to two days of classroom workshops followed by a practical day volunteering at a BE event and is for anyone who holds an interest in the sport or volunteering, even if they have little or no equestrian experience. 

The workshops will give participants an interactive overview of the sport of eventing, the types of volunteering roles available and the great transferable skills that can be gained from volunteering. Participants will also have access to carefully chosen industry experts providing information and advice on careers, education options and setting up as self- employed or a small business enterprise. 

Experienced BE volunteers will also be on hand to describe their experiences and explain the benefits they have gained from volunteering, and all participants will be given free registration to theYoung Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) Bronze programme.

Following the workshop sessions, the young volunteers will get the opportunity to put their skills into practice at a BE fixture, where they will enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the organisation of the event, meet the volunteers and Officials helping on the day and try their hand at some of the roles. Volunteer mentors will be on hand to guide and support the young volunteers throughout the Jump Forward programme, which will run in various locations across England, Scotland and Wales during July and August. Lunch is provided free for participants on each day of the course.

All participants who complete the course will also be presented with a certificate at a special lunch and awards ceremony later in the year at SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in September (England and Wales) or Equi-Trek Blair Castle International Horse Trials in August (Scotland). Participants will then be able to take advantage of their free bronze YELA registration, which is an award scheme from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) designed to recognise the time and dedication young volunteers give to equestrianism to help them become equestrian leaders of the future.

Jump Forward: Locations and Course Dates


North  - Workshops: Askham Bryan College, Yorkshire – July 8th & 22nd

On event: Skipton (2), Yorkshire – August 5th or 6th

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Central   - Workshops: Solihull Riding Club, East Midlands – July 16th & August 6th

On event: Solihull (2), East Midlands – August 19th or 20th

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South - Workshops: Wellington Riding, Hampshire – August 3rd & 21st

One event: Wellington, Hampshire – August 26th or 28th

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North - Workshops: Oswestry Riding Club, Shropshire – August 16th and 23rd

On event: Llanymynech (2), Shropshire – August 26th or 27th

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South - Workshops: Coleg Gwent, Usk – July 8th and 22nd

On event: Chepstow, Gwent - July 1st

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North - Workshops:  Kirriemuir, Angus – 11th July and 25th July

On event: Kirriemuir, Angus – July 2nd

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Central - Workshops: Oatridge College, West Lothian –July 31st and August 7th

On event: Dalkeith, Edinburgh – August 12th

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South - Workshops: Kelso Racecourse, Borders - August 1st and 10th

On event: Hendersyde Park, Borders – August 5th or 6th

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Taking part in the programme is free and applications can be made HERE.

This is one of a number of projects that has been made possibly by the BECF, the vision of which is to provide an increased number of opportunities for everyone to become involved, participate and enjoy the sport of eventing so that they may gain from the unique benefits the sport offers. Donations can be made to the BECF by emailing

For more information about the British Eventing Charitable Foundation visit To learn more about Training & Education at British Eventing please visit

British Riding Clubs' Area 16 Dressage Qualifier 4 June 2017

It was great to see everyone go home with a rosette for both Team and Individual placings at the Area 16 Dressage Qualifier. The National Championships take place at Lincoln Showground on 2 September

The Open Dressage Team - Deirdre Haynes, Jane Armstrong, Carol McCarthy and Pippa Owen - were 4th. Subject to confirmation from British Riding Clubs, Jane Armstrong and Cork Beauty have qualified for the Championships as an individual for Novice 27, having been placed first in their arena. Many congratulations to them both!

The same riders and horses were placed 2nd in the Riding Test Qualifier, with Carol McCarthy taking 2nd individual place in the Preliminary Riding Test

Bella Craven and Rosemary David competed in the Novice Dressage to Music Qualifier and were placed 3rd and 2nd, respectively.

Full results are available on the 'Results' tab.    

Jane Ellis - Team Manager

British Riding Clubs' Intermediate Winter Dressage Championships 30 April 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Bowker and Helenic Sunrise, who qualified for the Individual Preliminary 7 Championships, at the British Riding Clubs' Intermediate Winter Dressage Championships,  held at Bury Farm on 30 April.

Sarah and Xante produced a lovely Test to finish in 15th place overall.

Jane Ellis - Team Manager

Novice Winter Dressage Championships 1 April 2017

Many congratulations to Jane Armstrong and Cork Beauty who came second in their Preliminary 2 arena at the Novice Winter Dressage Championships, held at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe on 1 April. Beauty produced a smooth, forward and rhythmic Test that was a pleasure to watch.

Congratulations are also due to Mel Bennett and Alderfarn Z who came fifth in their Preliminary 2 arena. Jerry showed top quality paces and supple, relaxed work; the epitome of a good Preliminary Test. It was   disappointing, that for such super work, he was not rewarded with more generous marks.

Dawn Ross and Magnum van Overis Z and Sue Scott and Ballintemple Myles completed the Team, who came 13th out of the 31 teams taking part.

Special thanks are due to everyone who rode, as we were only invited to compete at the Championships a couple of weeks beforehand, as one of the qualified Area 16 Teams had dropped out.

Jane Ellis - Team Manager


Festival of the Horse Combined Training Qualifier 26th March 2017

This year the FOH Combined Training Qualifier took place at Arena UK just up the A1 for Rutland Riding Club Members, and we were able to field one team for the competition this year.
Our team were Sue Holroyd riding her coloured horse Chicory Chat, and Kyria Wright riding her chestnut horse Sun King. They made up the two riders riding the 80 cm course, and we had Zoe Phillips riding Mel Bennet’s Adlefarnz together with Dawn Ross on Magnum Van Overis Z riding the 90cm course. Fortunately the sun shone and all the competition took place on the good surfaces at Arena UK, and we came home with a 4th Team place. The icing on the cake was that Dawn won her section and has qualified to compete at the championships in May at Aston-le-Walls as an individual.
We wish Dawn the best of luck at the Championships.
We also need to thank Rosemary who was originally organising this Area competition, but was ably assisted by the wonderful staff at Arena UK which made her job a great deal easier, although she has a few anxious moments wondering if it was all going to happen according to plan!
Perhaps next year we will be able to field more than one team as it is quite a fun competition.
Results are on a separate sheet.
Fiona Edmunds
Team Manager

Winter Intermediate Dressage Qualifier 2017 26th February 2017

The Winter Intermediate Dressage Qualifier took place at Hill House, Market Rasen on 26th February. Arenas and working in areas were good, so it was such a shame that the very heavy overnight rain had turned the car parks into mud baths! We sent two Teams and an Individual, with the Rutland Ranksborough Team of Sarah Bowker and Helenic Sunrise; Rosemary David and Royal Mail; Emily Lumb and Donna Melissa and Pippa Owen and Claude Debussy, ending up in equal third place.  There were some excellent individual results. Carol McCarthy and Osi, first to go in Novice 34, delivered a fluent and obedient Test, to take second place overall . Sarah and Xante, also first to go in Preliminary 7, produced a lovely rhythmic and balanced Test to come third overall . Pippa and Claude were sixth in the difficult Elementary 49, again first to go! Emily and Donna Melissa also took sixth individual place, in Novice 30. Riding as an individual in Preliminary 7, Rosemary and Robin were placed fifth.

Horses and rider looked immaculate, so many thanks to everyone for all their hard work.

The full results are available in the results area of the web site.

 Team Manager Jane Ellis



Rearsby Lodge Riding Club once again organised a splendid Area 16 Intermediate Winter Show Jumping Qualifying competition at Brooksby. Despite the horrible snowy, sleeting weather I was very glad that everyone turned out to compete! Could have easily been a “duvet day”! Rutland Riding Club’s team consisted of Mandy Sanders and her daughter Rebecca, together with Sarah Pointon and Tamsyn Iveson.

We managed to finish the first round on 4 penalties, and again in the second round, which meant we finished on a total of 8 penalties, along with North Lincs and Rearsby Riding Clubs. This meant doing a jump off which was rather nail biting, but Rutland were all clear in the jump off, so it was down to time. Unfortunately we were beaten into 2nd place by North Lincs who were 10 seconds faster than us (accumulative!).

So once again, I would like to thank our four team members for putting up such a great effort. To come home with a good prize makes it all worthwhile. I know that everyone was keen to get home, put their horses away, light the fire, and pour a good warming drink!

Fiona Edmunds Team Manager

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