AGM Prize Giving

The following prizes were presented at the AGM on 22nd November 2018.

The ‘Points Cup’ and ‘Dame Mary Trophy’ dulplicate each other because points were earned only in RRC dressage competitions as there were no RRC show jumping competitions this year.


BRC Area 16 Qualifier Competitions

Well the members of Rutland Riding Club have been very busy representing the Club at three different Area Qualifiers over the last few weeks, including Winter Dressage, Winter Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping and a new qualifier, Arena Eventing.

The Dressage results and report has already been submitted by Jane Ellis our Team Manager for Dressage, which remains for me to give a little précis of what has happened at Speetley and Arena UK.

Rutland Riding Club had a very early start of 8.30 am to run in the 100cm Arena Eventing Class. At Speetley on 21st October.  The team of Karin Williamson, Kelly Hetherington, Megan Page and Nicky Polson only went and won the class, with Megan winning the individual prize so they have all qualified for the Championships at Aston Le Walls on 9th & 10th March 2019. The 80 cm team of Sue Holroyd, Katie Holroyd, Mandy Sanders and Georgina Sharples had mixed rounds but the team ended up 6th! It was also an early start for our helpers, Rosemary David and Mel Bennett who braved the cold but sunny day acting as collecting ring stewards, and they were replaced by myself and Charlotte Payne for the second half of the day.  Our thanks must go to them for earning extra brownie points as our helpers.

The next Qualifier was at Arena UK on 4th November and again we had a 100cm team as well as an 80cm team.  The 100cm team were placed 4th (Kelly, Nicky Polson and Karin Williamson) with Kelly Hetherington being 2nd individually so she may qualify for the Championships if the winner was in the 1st placed team (not sure of full results at the moment).  The 80cm team of Sue and Katie Holroyd, Sarah Pointon and Georgina Sharples were placed 2nd which is great, but again I am not party to the full individual results at the moment, as I am sure one team member should have been placed individually.  The Championships for the Winter Jumping Series takes place at Arena UK on 30th & 31st March 2019.  Again our helpers were Bobby Horne and Rosemary David so thanks again. 

Also on at the same time as the Winter Jumping was the Festival of the Horse Combined Training Qualifier held at Arena UK and our team of Vicky Byers-Brown, Sue Scarrott and Georgina Sharples did their best with a depleted team, and Vicky did a lovely show jumping round for 4 faults, but this was a very good result as she is new to this kind of competition and I was glad she was not overcome with nerves!!

Just to say well done everybody for turning up and turning out so well to represent the riding club and coming home with such good results.  It makes my job a lot more enjoyable when everyone is enjoying themselves despite weather conditions.  We can now look forward to all the summer qualifiers coming up in the New Year!

Fiona Edmunds - Team Manager

BRC Area 16 Novice and Intermediate Winter Dressage Qualifiers

The two Area 16 Winter Dressage Qualifiers took place on 6 October at Arena UK on a very wet and windy day, which made riding conditions very unpleasant for everyone. However, it was a fantastic day for Rutland Riding Club, as our Teams won both the Novice and Intermediate competitions, also taking second place in the Intermediate Qualifier. There were many excellent individual placings, as can be seen from the results

Dawn Ross, Bella Craven, Tamsyn Iveson and Mel Bennett all achieved high scoring arena placings to win the Novice Qualifier, as did Dawn, Tamsyn, Mel and Pippa Owen, when they went on to win the Intermediate Qualifier in the afternoo

Enormous thanks and congratulations are due to everyone  who represented the Club; the wind and the rain were awful and all the horses worked really well, despite the conditions; a huge credit to our riders for all their hard work.

Team Manager Jane Ellis

BRC National Dressage Championships 1st -2nd September

Two members of the Club competed -  Jane Armstrong was 12th in the Novice Riding Test and Carol McCarthy 13th in the Preliminary Dressage.

Well done to both riders !!

BRC Area Dressage Qualifier: 17th June, 2018, Arena UK

The Club sent four Teams and two Individuals to the Area Qualifier, held at Arena UK. The Preliminary Dressage Team was =3rd, dropping to 4th when the fourth rider was included, in order to split the result.  Carol McCarthy was 2nd in her arena and we hope Carol will have qualified for the Championships at Lincoln in early September. Sarah Bowker was 3rd in her arena.

The Open Dressage Team was unplaced, but Jane Armstrong was placed 5th, individually, in Novice 27 .

The two Riding Test Teams were 3rd and 4th, with Jane Armstrong taking 2nd place in the Novice Riding Test and we hope Jane will have qualified for Lincoln. Emily Lumb was 5th in the Novice Riding Test and Julia Cole also took 5th place in the Preliminary Riding Test

The Individual qualifiers saw Rosemary David in 1st place in the Elementary Dressage to Music; a lovely test that will take her and Royal Mail to the Dressage to Music Championships at Bury Farm at the end of September. Many congratulations to Rosemary!New to Medium Tests, Pippa Owen and Claude Debussy were a credible 6th in the Medium/Advanced Medium qualifier

Many thanks to everyone for competing; another long day and, unfortunately issues with calculating the results for the Riding Test, which delayed things further. The full results are in the Results section

BRC Novice and Intermediate Winter Dressage Championships

Fiona Edmunds and Pearl Catcher and Jane Armstrong and Cork Beauty represented the Club at the recent Winter Championships.Fiona competed in the Novice 28  individual class at the Novice Championships, held on the 14th April at Arena UK and did well to get a solid Test out of a very excitable PC! Jane and Beauty went to the Intermediate Championships at Bury Farm on 27th April and were placed in the individual Novice 30 class, coming 9th. Marks were very close after the top placings.Congratulations to both riders, as it has not been easy preparing for the Championships with the poor weather conditions over the winter and spring. Team Manager Jane Ellis.

Help Needed At BRC Novice Winter Dressage Championships 14 -15 April

An urgent request for stewards and writers has been made. The venue is Arena UK. See below for details and contact numbers.

Helpers needed : dressage writers on both Saturday and Sunday ; a Dressage Steward on Saturday for a full day and Sunday for the morning; also looking for someone who can help a team of scorers on Saturday and Sunday. Contact:  Jennie Pallett  British Riding Clubs.
The British Horse Society , Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire  CV8 2XZ  Telephone: 02476 840593     Email:

BRC Grassroots Dressage Training

A super dressage training opportunity for all BRC members.


Third Party Liability Insurance

Recent clarifications about riders' insurance  are outlined below.

Members of British Riding Clubs, including Rutland Riding Club, are covered for insurance purposes at RRC events provided that they follow Riding Club Rules e.g. hat and tack rules. Only competitors are allowed to ride in the warm up and competition areas at competitions and the 'named' rider at training events. Riders who are not members of BRC, need to have proof of their own third party liability insurance at the time of entry for training or competitions and proof may be requested by the event organisers.BHS Gold members are similarly covered for third party liability purposes provided they comply with Riding Club rules.

Pilates Classes 2018

Sue Story is running another series of Pliates classes at Duddington Village Hall , 6.30pm to 7.30 pm starting on January 16th 2018. A great way to build up core strength for your riding. Contact Sue Story on 07523494948.