• Due to Coronavirus all Shows will be Cancelled till 1st May 2020
  • AGM postponed - New date TBC

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.

Comments from the Chair

Laura Vandervleit

Above Laura Vandervleit © SMR Photos


don’t know about you but I am not sure where 2019 has gone! It has certainly been a busy year at EEFDG with so much happening and some real successes for riders individually and for our teams. Congratulations everyone. I am just so delighted to be involved with so many committed volunteers and members, working together to ensure the riding club continues to grow and enable so many of us to have fun competing and learning with horses.

It really is fantastic to have so many members, just over 100 at the last count and our membership year starts on January 1st2020.

So please remember to complete your membership renewal forms and submit to our membership secretary Teresa with your membership fee. We can accept cheques, Paypal and payment through myridinglife.com. Now.

We have had such a busy year in 2019 with so many successes. Our shows continue to be busy and we offer the broadest range of opportunities to compete with My Quest, Team Quest, Para, music Freestyle as well as all levels fromIntro to PSG, either at affiliated or unaffiliated. Don’t forget that all your results are posted on our website and so do keep track of your progress for club shows and points. Our first winter competition of 2020 is on Sunday 12th January and if you fancy some jumping before then come along to the John Adams Jumping Clinic on 7th January . Our winter championship is on the 10th May 2020 and all details of events are on the website and we also post information on Facebook

This coming year we will continue to offer clinics with internationally renowned equestrians including John Bowen pole work clinics and John Adams jumping clinics. For dressage riders we will have more clinics with Jill Day, founder of our original club and an international rider who is also a selector for BD. Jill teaches all levels, from Prelim to PSG. Our second dressage trainer for 2020 is Alex HardwickInternational Grand Prix dressage rider who was selected as the BD young professional of the year in 2012 and was part of the Lottery funded world class development programme from 2012 – 2017. Alex trains with Carl Hester and Sally Hardwick and lives nearby on the Hertfordshire/Essex borders. I hope you will agree this is a great line up of professional trainers for our clinics and please keep an eye out for dates to make your bookings

Finally I hope you all manage to find some time to have fun with your horse over the Christmas break, as well as with family and friends, and I look forward to seeing you again in 2020 for some more great riding together, 

Best wishes
Laura Vandervleit