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11 Jan

Dressage Training for Area Qualifier Competitors

Training for those taking part in the BRC Area Dressage Competition next month is available on a first come, first served basis as follows:

Sat 27th Jan and Sat 3rd Feb 10.30 onwards at Wittering in the new sand and rubber surface arena.

30 mins private sessions with Claire Llewelyn , one of our excellent mentors (ride your test, have comments, work on specific areas, re ride your test)

£26 each or use your helper credits. There is space for 6 riders ONLY on each day.

If spaces are not filled then slots can be made available for other members – a waiting list will be kept

Please book with Janice

14 Dec

2018 Body Protector and hat rules

Body Protectors

Remember from 1 January, only BETA 2009 purple labels will be accepted. There is one exception to this – Exo Body Cages are only compliant with BETA 2000 purple label, but they will continue to be allowed.


Interestingly the Beta official website also says

Body protectors should be replaced at least every three to five years, after which the impact absorption properties of the foam may have started to decline.


If you should have a heavy fall, your body protector should be checked immediately for dents. The foam will expand back to its original shape within 30 minutes; but if a dent is showing on examination, then it’s likely that this part of the garment has lost its impact absorption properties and should be replaced.


Of course here’s hoping none of you have had a fall bad enough to dent your body protector !




BRC, BE and PC will be tagging with the same AQUA coloured tags for 2018. This means that each of the three member bodies will accept each other’s tag – thus reducing the need for separate tags for each organisation and a rainbow on your hat !



Area 7 Winter Dressage Qualifier – Sat 17th February 2018, Keysoe
12 Dec

Area 7 Winter Dressage Qualifier – Sat 17th February 2018, Keysoe

Dressage Riders please read on!

Would you like to enter the Area Winter Dressage Competition with a chance to qualify for the BRC Championships next year? You can enter as an Individual or join up with 3 others to form a team.

If you are interested in riding for your club please send your name, mobile number, horse name (as on passport), the test you want to ride and whether you wish to be in a team, go as an individual or don’t mind, to Janice at no later than Fri 22nd Dec. We do the entries for you once we have sorted out who is interested in taking part.

If you would like to be part of a team, please make sure you are available for the Championship date should the team qualify!!

The organisers require 2 helpers per team this year and those riding as individuals will each be scheduled for 1 hour of helping around their test time. This is a vital part of participating in the Area events and you and/or your team can be disqualified if the helper slot is not filled. Please be prepared to help or to find others to help!!

You can enter a class in both the Novice and the Intermediate qualifiying events (both held on the same day). Entry fees are £17 per class. Please be aware that the club pay an advanced entry fee in addition to this which commits the place and so payment from you must be received by January 25th 2018 latest!

It’s a good fun day out and a relaxed atmosphere and there are usually spare spaces in trailers/lorries for transport. If there is interest I will try to schedule a training day at Grange Farm to run through the tests. Why not have a go!!

Saturday 17th February 2018
The College EC, Keysoe

Junior Classes:
Junior Prelim 12
Junior Novice 28
Teams of 4 (with 2 riding each test) or riders can enter as individuals

Senior Classes:
Senior Prelim 12
Senior Novice 28
Teams of 4 (with 2 riding each test) or riders can enter as individuals

The Novice Championships will be held at Arena UK on 14 April 2018 (Seniors) and 15th April 2018 (Juniors)

Saturday 17th February 2018
The College EC, Keysoe

Junior Classes:
Junior Prelim 14
Junior Novice 24
Junior Novice 30
Junior Elementary 50
Teams of 4 (with 1 riding each test) or riders can enter as individuals

Senior Classes:
Senior Prelim 14
Senior Novice 24
Senior Novice 30
Senior Elementary 50
Teams of 4 (with 1 riding each test) or riders can enter as individuals

Pick A Test

Medium 63
Advanced Medium 93

This is a mixed junior and senior class for individual entries only

The Intermediate Championships will be held at Bury Farm, Bedford on 27 29 April 2018

Full details can be found on the BRC Area 7 Facebook page and the BRC website

08 Dec


Please note that the dressage competition due to take place tomorrow – Sat 9th December – has been cancelled

The weather forecast is very very cold overnight and not rising much above zero all day. We aren’t confident that the arena surface will be suitable for riding.

All entries can be rolled over to the next competition. Please let Janice know. If you want to cancel your entry we can destroy your cheque or refund your payment. NB if you paid online then unfortunately we cannot return your £1.50 booking fee as that is an administration fee taken by the company running onine entries on our behalf.

3 Phase Trec Competition – 8th October
09 Oct

3 Phase Trec Competition – 8th October

A big thankyou to everyone who helped out at the 3-phase trec competition. There were more helpers than competitors but those who rode had a great time – lots of smiley faces at the end – and they were very appreciative of everyone giving up their time so that they could compete. A special thankyou to Karen Barker without whom none of these events would be possible, plus Sara Murphy and Sue Gregg who helped with the course routes as well as being there all day (and the stalwart Graham Best who keeps Karen’s husband Richard company on the MA.). Special thank you also to Karen’s daughter Nicki who gave up her weekend to help out. Well done all  intrepid treccies for having a go. It’s is a lot harder out of the arena!

Results – results for 3 phase trec 8th Oct 2017

Have a Go Side Saddle Day
23 Sep

Have a Go Side Saddle Day

What a fantastic day we all had when the Area 12 Side Saddle Association came to visit. 10 members had the most amazing time, most got to walk, trot and canter (feeling very glamorous – albeit a bit unsteady at times) and a few even had a jump!!

A superb session – highly recommended

Facebook-Area 12 Side Saddle Group

Website –

Angela Lumsdon on Millie

Linda Bradley on Rorie

Megan Bradley on Cloudy

Claire Mellor on Rosie – video

Debbie Robinson on Bow – video

Emma Cooper on Barney – video

Isobel Ippolito on Codie – video

Debbie Littlemore on Sam

Juliette Eaton on Orlando

Emma Windsor on Smidge

Great Result at the BRC National Championships
03 Sep
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Great Result at the BRC National Championships

Well what a weekend – not only did we have the Burghley Horse Trials on our doorstep, but we had some fab competitors who went along to the BRC National Champs in Lincoln – and what a day they had.

Our senior team (Claire Ludeks, Debbie Robinson, Shayni Caffell and Jo Meikle) only went and clinched second place in the 80cm show-jumping, with Claire also being placed 2nd individually.


The ‘dream team’ LtoR: Shayni, Jo, Debbie and Claire

Claire Ludeks

Jo Meikle

Debbie Robinson

Shayni Caffell

Claire Ludeks

Nikki Webb who had won the Area qualifier with the only double clear round in the 90cm class, achieved a pretty decent score of 4 faults over a tough and big course.

Claire Marcus and Debbie Robinson were also dancing in the pairs dressage – and managed a creditable 12th place.

Our dressage pair – Debbie Robinson and Claire Marcus

How proud are we.

Well done girls

Show Jumping Results – 13th August
13 Aug

Show Jumping Results – 13th August

Well done everyone who either organised, helped or took part in today’s show jumping competition

Results available here

Dressage Results – Sat 5th August
06 Aug

Dressage Results – Sat 5th August

Well done everyone who took part in Saturday’s dressage competition. Thanks to Jan Paxton and Amy Halliday who took on the task of organising the whole event, to our judge, Kate Hancox and everyone who helped.


10th Anniversary Bash and AGM
30 Jul

10th Anniversary Bash and AGM


Friday 28th July we packed out the Conference room at Grange Farm, for our 10th Anniversary Bash. A glass of fizz welcomed the 50+ members and guests to an evening of games, horse quiz, AGM and awards.

Starting with the icebreaker  Bingo,  2 short videos – one from 2012 and this year’s VIDEO –  followed by The Quiz written by Sharon and Janice.

See the 2017 video here – WARC 2017 Video

There was a dash to the chippy by Tracey & Helen to get a car load of fish, sausages, chicken and of course chips – and I mean a car load, in the boot, back seat, foot wells and on Helen’s lap.

The AGM followed with Tracey (chairman) thanking Di Dunlop and presenting her with a bunch of flowers for her support in using Grange Farm Equestrian Centre over the years, the founders Charlotte Hollis, Julia Dungworth and Dawn Ross. The previous chairs, Charlotte, Sue Proctor and Karen Dinwoodie, followed by thanks to the rest of the current committee.

Sharon Pick – Vice-chair and Junior Representative

Karen Barker – Treasurer and Trec competitions and training

Angela Lumsdon – Training mentoring, Banker and Combined Training Team manager

Janice Price – Dressage competitions and Team Manager

Kerry Dean – Cross-County Training and Team Manager

Helen Mcintosh – Secretary and SJ Team Manager

Lynette Ippolito – Safety and Welfare Officer

Ruth Demagalski – SJ Competitions

Tania Scutt – SJ Competitions and Minutes Secretary

Debbie Littlemore – Membership Secretary

Sharon Reid and Jo Lofts – Junior Representatives

Then onto the legal bits, the Treasurer’s report, from Karen. She firstly thanked Angela who does all the collecting and banking of monies. The accounts were on display for all to see but Karen explained how our accountant has sorted out an important query regarding Corporation tax, and we don’t owe anything for the time being (yippee). The bank balance is very healthy and last year we had 128 members.  Our future plans are to buy some new dressage boards and letters.

Official thanks and legal part over we went onto …

The Awards.

The mentors were asked to nominate the horse and rider who had most improved this year.

Tom Fray ‘s award went to Helen McIntosh

Cathy Lammie nominated Jo Meikle

Kate Knight – Hannah Elsey

Claire Llewelyn – Ann Hiles

Jane Ellis – Phillipa Worrall

Rachel Finch – Yvonne Ludeks

The Committee gave two special awards – firstly to some-one who embodied the club’s values – helped at events, regularly came to mentoring, rode in qualifiers, was always helpful and encouraging to other members and was a general good egg, and the 2017 winner was  – Debbie Robinson

Also special mention of one of our youngest members – Louis Devonshire who was due to be with us during the evening together with his mum Jo but was in fact recovering from his transplant operation in London – a super Bravery Award for Louis – we all wish you well.

Helpers were thoroughly thanked having clocked up an amazing 900+ hours of setting up, running and clearing away at events over the past membership year. The roll of honour (excluding committee members) was

Sara & Graham Murphy

Merry Clark

Sue Gregg

Juliette Eaton

Jo Harrison

Hannah And Abi Elsey

Jools Long

Claire Mellor

Debbie Robinson

Sandi & Maddie Taylor

Andy Blair

Cherry Anderson

Sue Scarrott

All their names were put into a hat and one lucky winner drawn out of the hat – Hannah and Abi Elsey – worthy winners of a bottle of fizz (well not Hannah!!!)

And there ended a lovely night and out into the pouring rain …



Upcoming Events For full list click here
28th January 2018
10th February 2018
11th February 2018
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17th February 2018
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