Comments from the Chair

Above Laura Vandervleit © SMR Photos

Hello and Happy New Year,

As we all now, 2021 continued to be a strange year and we all have very high hopes for 2022. Nevertheless, we managed to achieve a lot at the riding club in 2021. We held lots of shows face to face  and also continued to run virtual shows so that the maximum number of members could participate and enjoy their riding competitively. Our Championship show on  xxx will be held face to face. All results are on the website ( and do remember to check your qualification status as well as your position in the points league.

In addition to competition riding its really important to continue to find new ideas and inspiration to improve our riding and we have held clinics with Jill Day and Mandy Luesley. In preparation for competitions we have held some very popular Test and Train clinics with Mandy, Lotte Olsen, and you very own Chair, Laura Vandervleit. Do come along and try these clinics, pick up some hints, tips and new ways of working with your horse, and keep your eyes on the website and Facebook page for more information.

I think the past 2 years has certainly demonstrated to me how important it is to have fun wherever we can and this year we entered a team in BRC Quadrille. Nicky Marsden led her team Shetland Toy Soldiers. Nicky and the team work so hard to prepare for the competition and they received some very positive feedback. Hopefully all the hard work will pay off when they enter again in 2022 and fingers crossed the team gets placed. I would like to say a bit Thank You to Nicky and the team.

I also want to say Thank You to Colleen Taylor who does such a tremendous job co-ordinating all our teams. It can be quite a thankless task and takes quite a lot of time too.

Also for Christmas we had a team in the Virtual Christmas Cracker competition and they came a very respectable 7th out of 40 entries so congratulations to Kacey Salter, Gemma Pye, Claire Conway and Lucy Ann Philips.

Please do remember to renew your membership for another great year of riding in 2022. Don’t forget our winter league – there is always plenty of silver ware to win at the Championships.

I look forward to seeing you soon

Best wishes

Laura Vandervleit