I was a member of the Thames Valley Ridig Club years ago. It was really good. They organised loads of local comps and training. i found them really friendly, and well worth the membership fees. Not been a member since kids though. 10 years ago. Can't remember whether there were any rules about what horses you could ride.
I went to a fun jumping day at a riding club once (Mid sussex I think it was) and fell off at the first jump when dpony stopped and I didn't. The club people were really nice though so I'd quite like to join if I had any way of getting there.
I don't have transport but friends who help run one of the clubs have offered, maybe I will just join and see what happens. It's not expensive.
I suppose am a bit haunted by horse getting banned from PC, local shows and not banned from but hardly covering himself in glory with local hunt but if I can take the rodeo machine other one sometimes it could be good?
Oh go on, join. I had fabulous fun in my local riding club when I was a rider. Held every position on the committee except treasurer (I am crap with money) and made some life long friends. But ours was a small rough and ready club but had a great mix of people. They always seem like a clique when you first join, but not when you get to know them.
Hi Mitchy - yes absolutely freezing. DD is supposed to be going to shooting practise tomorrow evening (she'll die a death!) and then a lesson on Friday - supposed to snow!
BSE have a website. I've been to Thorne Court loads of times and always had lots of fun there. It is at Cockfield and is where most events are held so if you're considering that RC you need to see how close that is to you.
Never been to Suffolk RC as it is more to the East although Stonham Aspal isn't that far from us. That one looks best for you geographically.
We're going up to Easton College this weekend where I expect to be doing most of my showing in the vicinity of the bacon butties...
Oh I secretly want an exmoor too! I have the perfect excuse now I have a grandson but I've never known one that would make a good pony for a child, although I'm sure they exist.
Excited about riding club, the XC training is within hacking distance (next door, haha) and can take any horse, although I don't know why jumping training is so far away when Topthorn is only a twenty minute ride. I think horsey people fall out with one another too easily?
Anyway I'm not very interested in competing for its own sake, just want to enjoy my horses with minimal effort and financial outlay on my part
yes, I'm in 1 which doesn't allow kids to be members as its mostly mums who then get time to ride themselves rather than sending kids to lessons.
Lots of group lessons with people at a similar age/ability.. think intro/prelim/ novice dressage and 2ft 3/ 6 showjumping and members only fun competitions where you cont need to worry about only doing intro tests.
Mitchy, my mum used to borrow an exmoor so she could come out on rides with us. With its owner it was a nutter but with my novice mum it was as good as gold and looked after her . Anyway, any pony ds has will only be required to walk/trot nicely on the lead rein and be utterly bombproof. Not much to ask surely?
Our riding club does have ladies who are at the, ahem, lower end of the aspiration and ability spectrum, who just want to have a bit of fun with their horses, and we also have people who event at a very high level. I joined because the lessons they offer are brilliant, and very local to me. They're much more cost effective than individual lessons, and it's good fun to learn with others.