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Are you a member of a Riding Club?

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Mitchy1nge Tue 19-Feb-13 19:08:39

Do you recommend it and can you tell me more about yours?

I'm weighing up whether or not to join one of our local ones, presumably you the human join and then you can take whichever horse you like for any given activity?

FannyPriceless Fri 01-Mar-13 23:31:57

I'd fit right in, boxy. To the 'lower aspration' group, that is!

Backinthebox Fri 01-Mar-13 22:12:14

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.

Pixel Thu 28-Feb-13 22:18:07

Sadly no. I'd have to sell dhorse and I can't bring myself to do it. Got to have a dream though eh?

Mitchy1nge Thu 28-Feb-13 21:09:42

it sounds doable! Are you actively looking?

Pixel Thu 28-Feb-13 16:26:33

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 smile.
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?

Mitchy1nge Thu 28-Feb-13 12:59:25

that's good to hear, thanks eve

I miss group lessons and am really not motivated enough to have private ones these days

Eve Thu 28-Feb-13 12:38:26

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.

Its every friendly and very encouraging.

Mitchy1nge Thu 28-Feb-13 12:31:35

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 blush

Grunzlewheek Thu 21-Feb-13 18:30:34

Nope and I wouldn't. But I do have a (probably very unfair) image of riding club members all being rather large women of a certain age on fat cobs who can't really ride.

I would join if I thought the local club was like that, I only want to do sponsored rides and have fun, what's the obsession with competing hmm

Pixel Thu 21-Feb-13 17:49:33

I've always wanted an exmoor <wistful sigh>. If we ever get the chance to get ds his own pony I'm going to have to search the entire country for a nice quiet exmoor for him.

It's soooo cold here! Netweather is giving us a 95% chance of snow tomorrow and saturday for our postcode.

Mitchy1nge Thu 21-Feb-13 13:34:10

oh suffolk rc have a website too, I know that Exmoor and his rider on the front page

why is it such a small world confused

Mitchy1nge Wed 20-Feb-13 23:06:17

snow? shock not more, please! Have only just started to imagine everything drying out and turning green again sad

oh good luck to dd and all of you with the shooting and the showing then, brrrr! I can't quite get used to the idea of this almost all year round showing season, it must be gruelling

yes Suffolk it is (I think) smile

Butkin Wed 20-Feb-13 22:58:30

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...

ExitPursuedByABear Wed 20-Feb-13 22:45:00

Help - riding clubs always need help.

Mitchy1nge Wed 20-Feb-13 22:41:22

* wave * at butkin, am I imagining things or is it about minus thirty tonight?

Mitchy1nge Wed 20-Feb-13 22:38:59

Ok that settles it then! I will brave the AGM which is coming up soon.

If I hate everything about it then I can just not go to anything. But I know I like the sponsored rides and stuff, plus it would be nice to be helpful somewhere for once in my life!

ExitPursuedByABear Wed 20-Feb-13 22:38:58

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.

Butkin Wed 20-Feb-13 22:36:33

Been to some shows run by Bury St Edmunds Riding Club and they all seem pretty normal. I'd say a fun thing to join if you like a bit of everything at low level and lots of camerarderie.

horseylady Wed 20-Feb-13 22:32:51

If you can support one do. Seriously so many are struggling sad mist are really friendly, helpful and run by volunteers!!! Plus if you can't compete they'll be greatful for any help!!

Mitchy1nge Wed 20-Feb-13 19:18:21

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 hmm but if I can take the rodeo machine other one sometimes it could be good?

Pixel Wed 20-Feb-13 19:13:38

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.

Mitchy1nge Wed 20-Feb-13 19:08:48

I don't know what that smiley face is for!

Mitchy1nge Wed 20-Feb-13 19:07:00

Suffolk smile I know people in Suffolk rc and Gipping, bit of an overlap

have done a couple of things with one of them, you don't have to be a member but then it is cheaper if you are?

horseylady Wed 20-Feb-13 19:04:46

Ps I'm not fat and don't own a cob lol

horseylady Wed 20-Feb-13 19:03:38

Join!!! All sorts of people. I help run ours!! What area are you in?!

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