August Newsletter

We have had lots happening this month, the committee have been extremely busy. Camp came and the nice weather stayed with us! A few drops of rain but nothing significant and it helped to dampen the arena dust! We incorporated two lectures/demonstrations this year, on Saturday we had a go at horse agility and on Sunday Kate Hopper and Karen gave an insight on how to pick your music, remembering that it is dressage TO music, not dressage WITH music. I know the juniors are busy practising for the competition on the 31st August.

After camp we had quick lie down and it was Hartpury horse trials, a report is below written by Sara, this was a great day out and one we plan on repeating. What amazed me is it was a free coach, with a £5 entry to Hartpury and we had 2 spare places! The photo opposite is four of our juniors; George, Gracey Zayna and Samara with Mary and Emily King, they all walked the cross country course together!

The juniors have had another rally, side saddle through the ages and then the adults had a cup of tea while the juniors played with the BHRC camera and started to perfect their D2M routine. Thanks for Sylvia for letting us use her amazing facilities. The next rally for the juniors will be during October half term, more details to follow.

And finally – check out our AMAZING new website! Emma Pearce (with just a little help from husband Matt) has designed us a fantastic website – go to – every time I check it something has been added! The calendar is particularly useful; I have resorted to using it just to see where I should be!

Tricia x


It was with some trepidation that I organised the trip to Hartpury. Wanting to put on a trip for our members, I discovered that I had other engagements on the key dates for Gatcombe, Badminton – those high profile events that thousands of people flock to and where if you are very lucky you might get the chance to see some of the world’s top eventers go through their paces. Hartpury came up in conversation at one of our monthly committee meetings. I knew of the place as a large leading college in equine studies, but had no idea they hosted such a high profile competition.  I ‘Googled it’ and discovered just what Hartpury had to offer.  I got myself some quotes from a variety of local coach companies and went armed with all the information to the next RC meeting.  Permission was sought and received from everyone especially the treasurer as the cost of a minibus and driver is high. Then word was put out amongst all the members that we would be funding the coach and members only had to find their £10 entry fee – free for under 16s and I waited for the throngs of members to clamber over the 16 possible places.
                                                    That didn’t happen - 

However our small but loyal group of members decided that it might be a good opportunity and so 15 of us braved the stormy weather and were driven very ably up to the event by Maggie.  Maggie who works for the minibus company herself a horsy person had seen the job come in and immediately nabbed it. She was more excited than any of us at the start of the day.

We arrived at the venue in a shower of rain – the car park had a few vehicles dotted around and I discovered that I was the eighty-second visitor. We had agreed that if we were bored, wet, fed up or cold that we would make contact and go home. We also agreed to cut short our visit by an hour and meet back at the minibus at 4pm. It was 9am when we made this decision. Maggie was going off on her own jolly around the course.
The rain stopped and the wind got up.  We all headed for the indoor arena where we surprisingly, found a rather nice café, the most enormous arena, lots of seating and the most fantastic view of the show jumping phase of the competition. We watched close up, Piggy French, Pippa Funnel, Tina Cook and a whole variety of overseas competitors compete. “Ooooo this is good”

The rain stopped and we ventured outside and headed for the cross-country course. Now split into groups myself and a friend started our walk. The course was amazing some fantastic jumps and combinations all of which would have scared me to death if I were faced with them.  There were shuttle buses running every few minutes that anyone could hop on to and ask to go anywhere on the course. We walked it. I was very pleased to see that the hill we headed for, not only offered us views of at least 15 jumps on the course but also views of the fabulous countryside and the Malvern Hills. This vantage point was right in front of the stately home that Hartpury College was named after.  It was amusing to watch the competitors jump onto the front lawn turn and then jump out again.  We managed to walk most of the course without getting wet – yes the weather was changeable coats on, coats off - hats on, hats off - sun cream on, sun cream totally washed off.  It was warm though and we weren’t bothered as we found ourselves walking alongside the competitors. At one point the juniors came bounding up to us all smiles and jumping about told us how excited they were because they had seen lots of ‘celebrities’ and had managed a ‘selfie’ with Mary and Emily King.

We headed back to the indoor arena where there were displays by the Mounted Police, followed by a Side-saddle demo, Retrained Racehorses and then a dog show. We had something to eat then walked round to where the County Fair was supposed to be held. Due to the weather it had been cancelled so there wasn’t too much in the way of shopping and the falconry show had to be cancelled as well. 4pm came round rather quickly and we found ourselves all together at the Start / Finish of the cross country course, all eyes were on  Pippa Funnel as she warmed up to start her round. At this point no one actually wanted to leave. Back at the minibus Maggie declared what an amazing time she had had and asked if we could ask for her as a driver at our next outing. She had parked up in front of the start and then discovered that the riders were cooling off their horses right in front of her bus, so she didn’t even have to leave it.

Well ……. Despite the weather - which actually never really bothered us, the whole day was an amazing success and everyone agreed that it was almost perfect because there weren’t too many people, so everyone got to see the jumps up close, there was hardly any queuing and you got up close to all the top riders.
“Do we come here next year?” I asked – a resounding “Yes” was the reply.  Hopefully next year we have to book a bigger coach.

Thanks to all that attended; everyone was a pleasure to be with.

Sara x

HELP NEEDED – we have D2M dressage on Saturday 31st August and we need the following –

o   Steward

o   Writer

o   Someone to set up the arena

o   Someone to put away the arena

o   Someone to ply the judge and writer with tea and cakes

o   Someone to put the CDs in the music player

o   Scorers

Thank you to those who have contacted me and offered to help, please feel free to contact me again with your preferred choice. All the above jobs are easy to do and training will be given. We are extremely grateful for all the help that members and their friends and relatives give each year; we simply could not run these events without your help – thank you in advance. If you have yet to offer a mornings help this year, this is your chance.  Contact Tricia ASAP!

 1.     Musical Ride Training - £5 per session.  For details contact Kate-


2.     Cross Country Training With Nikki Lumb BHSAI @ Pontispool on Sunday 1st September

2.30pm-4.30pm at a cost of £30 per person. Nikki is a fantastic teacher and is very encouraging. Group will be mixed ability; Pontispool has a huge range of jumps to suit all. Please contact Emma 07903 952978 or 

No fixed peak hats, body protectors to current standard – check the BRC handbook if you are unsure.

3.     Flat Work Training At 'Paddocks' With Karen Court. BHSII, RDGAI


Saturday 24th August 

Saturday 7th September 

Saturday 21st September 


£20 per session, payable on booking your place, first come first served, times will be in the morning from 10am. Please contact Deana to book your place. look forward to hearing from you.


4.     Polework/Gridwork/Show Jumping Training with Nikki Lumb  BHSAI (Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship)

Monday, September 9, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Curland Equestrian Centre, Curland, Taunton, TA3 5SDUK 

£20 per person, no more than 4 in a group. Body protectors are recommended for seniors and compulsory for juniors.

Cancellation policy applies,



NatWest – sort code 60-23-05, account no; 74506439


Blackdown Hills Riding Club


Please state you surname and ‘training’

Training cancellation policy

·       Full payment is required to confirm your place, and must be received 1 week before the rally date please.

·       Later entries will be accepted if space allows.

·       Payments via bacs or cheque posted to organiser.

There will be NO refunds for withdrawals unless the space is filled from a waiting list or late entry.

5.     Juniors – the last junior rally was held Monday 12th August at Greenacres Farm by kind permission of Sylvia Paine. The next one will be October half term, more details to follow.

 6.     Summer Dressage League – (Friday evenings at Paddocks) August 23rd. Schedule is out, entries are being taken.


Results  - Blackdown Hills Riding Club - Open Summer Dressage League.   

 Friday July 19th.  2019           

Class 1 – Class 1. BD Walk Trot Intro B

1st          Alice Major        Darcy    #6

2nd         Georgina Langley            Midnight Lady   #5                                    

3rd         Charlotte  Cox   Winnie  #4

4th         Trudi Mann        Brendon Hill Birdsong    #3

5th         Jackie Cottenham           Chilli     M#2


Class 2 – Prelim 18 - WS7&DDQ

1st          Sara Jane Ambridge        Mr P      M #6

2nd         Donna Green     Mushroom #5

3rd         Jodie Delbridge Money Pit          #4                      

4th         Jill Perrior           Grace    M          #3                      


Class 3 – Novice 27 - WS7&DDQ

1st          Charlotte Greenway       Kittitown Eclipse             #6                                                                    

2nd         Donna Green     Money Pit          #5

3rd         Jill Perrior           Grace    M #4

4th         Jodie Delbridge Mushroom         #3                                    

5th         Sara Jane Ambridge        Mr P      M          #2                       



7.     “Have-a-go” Dressage 2 Music competition – Saturday 31st August at Paddocks. Aimed primarily at combinations that have never been confident enough to enter a D2M class before, it will also be a good practise for anyone wanting to enter Strictly D2M at the end of September.


8.     Showing and turn out clinic  - with Jill Perrior  Sunday 15th September. At Newtown Farm, Bickenhall. 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm.


9.     Strictly Dressage-2-Music – Sunday 29th September at Conquest Farm. Schedule is out.


10. Autumn Showing Show – Sunday 6th October at Heazle. Schedule to follow but similar to previous years


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Chairwoman – Kate Hopper, Pleasant House, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon.

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Secretary – Tricia Budd,   24, Newlands Grove, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset.

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Treasurer – Deana Rowland, Coombe Hill House, Symonsburrow, Hemyock, Devon. EX16 3XA. 01823 680021

Emma Pearce