Riding Club Team Information
Welcome to the EEFDG Team page. The Team Manager is Colleen Taylor. If you are a member there are plenty of exciting opportunities for Seniors and Juniors to get involved and you don’t have to ride, non riding helpers are also invited.
We are part of Area 8 which comprises other British Riding Clubs in the Essex area (see web site www.brc-area8.co.uk for further info). These Areas have inter regional competitions and those qualifying go on to represent their club and area at the National finals.
Dressage is our main theme and there are both Winter and Summer qualifiers that we like to put teams forward for. These are primarily at Preliminary and Novice levels for Riding Club (there are restrictions on the number of BD points allowed but we can help you see if you are eligible).
Also there is the annual dressage to music qualifier and a chance to have a go at qualifying to ride at Windsor. Plus, although we are mainly known for our dressage, we have had teams and individuals at show jumping and hunter trial events.
If you would like to be considered for any team event please get in touch with us (see contacts page for links details). We have a large membership and whilst we go to shows to see how you are all getting on it is impossible for us to be everywhere and contact everyone. So please if you are interested in representing EEFDG then take the plunge – you are not alone there is a great team spirit within the club and plenty of people to help (if you need it, we know nerves do funny things!).
We have produced a guide to representing EEFDG so that everyone understands what is expected of them. This guide tells you what we do, what you do and how to get involved. The dates of course differ year to year but keep an eye on the calendar for the qualifying dates and PLEASE if you do represent us make sure you can go to the final if you get through.
Please note: No horse and rider may represent more than one affiliated club in official competitions during the official competition year. All dressage competitions are entered by the Team Manager only.
RC Team Eventer Challenge at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
Alyson Parker on Pebbly Grand Affair (Bertie)
On Thursday 19th September 2019 we sent a team to the RC Team Eventer Challenge at Blenheim Palace to compete in the 90cm class. This competition is very popular (it is a race in May to get the entry in) and teams compete from all over the country, Our team was:
Alyson Parker on Pebbly Grand Affair (Bertie)
Sally Corrigan on Milchem Mockingjay (Stick)
Julie Horton on Topwood Merlin (Merlin)
Ruth Chandler on Shaolin (Nelson)
The challenge takes place in a ring right next to the main shopping area of Blenheim and once again this year we were blessed with perfect weather. We all arrived at around 10.30 which gave us time to do a bit of shopping before the course walk – essential with a twisty course over 17 fences – the first 8 fences were show jumps followed by 8 cross country fences and a show jump to finish which often catches the more forward horses out. There was an optimum time based on 375meters per minute and the best three scores counted.
After we had collected our goody bags from the secretary (sponsored by D&H) with a nice plaque, some feed samples, a feed mixer and a little furry horse toy thing, we went back to the lorry park to share our picnic. At this point Laura and Mandy arrived and also Hannah who is Bertie’s owner with her toddler Theo.
It was soon time to get the horses ready, the parking steward had allowed us minimal space so the extra pairs of hands were appreciated holding horses etc, and once on board we made our way over to the tack check and then warm up area. The competition runs very efficiently with all team members riding one after the other and after a few warm up fences we were ready to go in. I rode first and Bertie was super, if a little keen (he loves this type of thing) and we were clear and then Sally and Julie were clear too (Sallys new braking system proving very successful) and Ruth just had an unlucky pole at fence 2. So the team finished as one of just a few zero penalty scores and in a good time, but sadly a bit too good as two other teams finished on zero but slower so they were nearer the optimum time.
Only the winning team and winning style rider attend the prize giving mounted so we went in on foot in our smart EEFDG baselayers and received our team 3rd place rosettes from the Dodson & Horrell rep. All of our team got good style marks and if that had been a team prize we would have won it. Maybe we’ll suggest that for next year.
It was a long day and it was 6pm when we were loading up and saying goodbye to Laura, Mandy, Hannah and a fast asleep Theo, and heading off home in the evening sunshine. Thank you to Lyn for her much needed help and to the club and everyone for making it a fun day. Here’s looking forward to next year! AP.
Riding Club Team Hat Guidelines