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Welcome to the Essendon & Epping Forest Dressage Group website.

EEFDG is an affiliated riding club which has been in existence for more than 30 years and has an active membership of more than 70 people, Based at Woodlands, near Chingford, the club is one of the largest in area 8 of the BRC and has members from London, Essex and Hertfordshire. As an affiliated BRC club we exist to provide support and encouragement to amateur riders of all levels. We regularly have teams competing at regional and national BRC events and we hold our own dressage leagues  with summer and winter championships as well as Expert clinics, Test and Train events and BD Dressage shows.

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Comments from the Chair

Laura Vandervleit

Above Laura Vandervleit © SMR Photos


Its’ almost Christmas and our winter league is well under way with the next club competition on Sunday 8th January 2017. We held our second team competition on 30th October and it was a well-attended session. The trophy was retained by the 2016 team, lastminute.com and so many congratulations to them. November was a busy month and I am grateful to my colleagues on the committee who managed the BD affiliated show on 27th November. We had a wide range of classes and some new members attending for the first time. I was unable to be there as I had a family celebration to attend but I was delighted to hear that the show had gone so well and we had some lovely feedback on Facebook and via emails, which is always nice.

It is of course that time of year again and so please do renew your membership for the club as you read this. I am pleased to confirm we have held our prices again this year and we try to keep our costs to the minimum as we all recognise that life is expensive, and with horses even more so! Please do support the club in attending events, suggesting anything you would like to us to run for you and of course volunteering to help at a show at least once in the year. We are a club run entirely by volunteers and that is how we can continue to keep our costs low so let’s all support each other as much as we can and of course poo picking after our horses at Woodlands shows!

We have planned some new things for 2017 and we are always open to more ideas from you. This year our club shows will also be qualifying competitions for two championship events, offering you and your horse more opportunities to ride and compete at both unaffiliated and affiliated championship shows. The Chiltern and Thames Championships have been in existence since 1997 and they hold a summer and winter dressage championship show each year. These are aimed at the competitive amateur rider at unaffiliated level. As a qualifying venue, we will provide more information, but as a rider you also need to be a Chiltern and Thames rider member and so if you are interested in this please go to their website to register www.chilternrider.co.uk.  The Sheepgate Tack and Togs Championships will be held on 26th – 29th May 2017. To qualify for Sheepgate you need to gain 1st or 2nd place in a BD affiliated class from Prelim to Int1. Look out for the posters at our next BD show on 25th January 2017 and if you have qualified you will have a sticker on your score sheet featuring Ernie the sheep!

In 2017 all the new hat rules apply and this is for BD competitions as well as BRC. If you are still un-sure please check the website for information about the new hat rules. Also as a member of British Riding Clubs our members can participate in all the events in region 8. The website for our region is packed with information  www.brc-area8.co.uk.  The AGM for Area 8 is on 16th February at 8.15pm at Boreham Village hall, Chelmsford CM3 3JD and all members are welcome

We will be holding our own AGM in April 2017 and we are planning something a little different so please look out for more information on Facebook and the website.

Thanks for reading this, please don’t forget to renew your membership and may I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and successful new year with your horses

Best wishes
Laura Vandervleit