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British Riding Club News 2017 including Championship Dates 2017

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British Riding ClubsPart of the British Horse Society

Welcome to the December 2016 BRC eNews, we would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and an action packed New Year. Many Area Qualifiers are already taking place up and down the country, so good luck to everyone trying to qualify. We already have a new Championship sponsor, Equi-Thème for the BRC Intermediate Winter Championships and NAF will the sponsoring the 2017 NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships. There is lots to read in this issue of our eNews, with top feeding tips, 2017 Championship dates and BHS Challenge Ride opportunities, the BRC Volunteer Survey and much more.

BRC 2017 Championships Dates

BRC KBIS Novice Winter Championships – 1 & 2 April

The College Equestrian Centre, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford MK44 2JP

BRC Equi-Thème Intermediate Winter Championships – 28 – 30 April

Bury Farm Equestrian Village, New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks LU7 9BT

BRC Horslyx Festival of the Horse Championships – 20 & 21 May

Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6RT

BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships – 4 – 6 Aug

Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxon OX15 5EX 

BRC NAF Five Star National Championships – 2 & 3 Sept

Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 2NA

BRC Dressage to Music Championships & Quadrille Selection Trial – 29 Sept – 1 Oct

Bury Farm Equestrian Village, New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks LU7 9BT

BRC Quadrille Final – TBC

BRC Stars recognised at annual BHS Awards

Some BRC stars were also recognised at the recent prestigeous BHS Awards which took place at Saddlers’ Hall in London. Anne Kidd received the BRC Volunteer of the Year award for all of her hard work at BRC Championships this year. And Rochdale & District RC were presented with the BRC Club of the Year award for the best results at BRC Championships this year. The awards were presented by Martin Clunes, with special guest HRH The Princess Royal. What a fantastic way to recognise these BRC heroes!

In addition to the BHS Awards, Horse & Hound also ran an Awards evening at Ascot Racecourse in November sponsored by NAF and CROWN RC from Area 5 was awarded NAF Club of the Year, which is a wonderful achievement for such a recently affiliated BRC Club.

BRC Volunteer Survey

We need your help! Would you like to win a pair of tickets to an equine event of your choice? For a chance to win, complete the survey in the link below to be entered into a prize draw. Whether you volunteer for BRC or not we would like your feedback on how to improve. The survey closes at 3pm on 22 December 2016. The winner will be contacted in January and will be announced in the next issue of Rider magazine. BRC Volunteer Survey

BRC Volunteer Prize Draw 2016

Harriet Notley is the BRC Volunteer Prize Draw winner for 2016. She has been awarded tickets for the Royal Windsor Horse Show in appreciation of her tremendous support of BRC. Harriet joined the BRC Volunteers’ Club in 2015 and has volunteered at many of the Championships this year, most notably volunteering on all three days of the BRC National Horse Trials Championships, fence judging on the cross-country phase.

“I’m amazed, I never win anything! Thank you so much, this has made my week (and quite possibly my month)! I love volunteering! It’s so kind of BRC to do this, thank you so much. Also, thank you so much for organising the volunteers, there is always such a friendly atmosphere at events and they are so well run.” Harriet Notley.


BRC Grassroots Points LeagueThe Grassroots Points League is a new opportunity for all BRC members, starting on 1 January, running through to 31 December 2017.

All Dressage (Walk & Trot and Prelim Level) and Show Jumping (60cms & 70cms) competitors can gain points at BRC Club organised competitions. Area Qualifiers and National Level competitions will not count.

Points can be gained when competing at BRC Club organised competitions only. Scorecards and further information can be found on the BRC website.


Dengie Healthy Tummy is a nutritionally-balanced high-fibre feed made from pure alfalfa, which is naturally low in sugar and starch and is also proven to help maintain correct acidity levels in the digestive tract.  Protexin In-Feed Formula is also included to supply prebiotics and yeast along with a high specification of vitamins and minerals, magnesium and calcium to help support digestive health.  Healthy Tummy now has the BETA approval mark for equines prone to EGUS.  For further nutritional advice click here.


Aerborn Equestrian

Aerborn Equestrian will no longer be selling any of their products through the traditional retail channels, and instead will be selling direct to the end user. Same great quality as before, but now with a great direct price. No more middle man – just straight to you, the end user.”



Dodson & Horrell Offer

Dodson & Horrell’s fully balanced, high fibre, low cereal complete feed now with £1.50 off. Low in starch and sugar they are a fantastic way to provide slow releasing energy for horses or ponies prone to laminitis. With a low feeding rate of just 300g per 100kg of bodyweight they are great for excitable horses and ponies or those prone to weight gain. 

RRP £7.10



Don’t miss this week’s issue of Horse & Hound which includes a must-have pull-out wall planner. Featuring all of your key dates for 2017, including the Liverpool International Horse Show, gorgeous illustrations by Emma McCall and room for all of your equestrian appointments it’s an essential for all tack rooms. Horse & Hound On sale from 1 December.

Plan your 2017 season with Horse & Hound


When it comes to making rugs that last, Shires know what they’re doing. Building on a heritage of 47 years experience, this years range provides sensible rugs that will stand the test of time. All turnout rugs feature a ShireTex® waterproof, breathable outer which helps draw moisture away to the outer surface  of the rug to evaporate, keeping the inside warm and comfortable.Visit the website to find out more – its the only place to see the full Shires range online! For changing weather conditions, the WarmaRug thermal layer system allows you to add and remove insulating layers to your turnout rug quickly and without fuss.



Combined Training jumps back onto BD calendar

British Dressage (BD) is delighted to be bringing the mix of white boards and coloured poles back into the competition calendar. That’s right – combined training is back, bigger and better than ever before!  The dressage element will run at Prelim and Novice levels with short arena tests and the show jumping from 70cm to 1metre so there’s a wider appeal for competitors. Competitions will start in November and run through to April 2017 with two finals, one in the north at Vale View in Leicestershire and southern competitors aiming for Wellington in Hampshire, both held on Bank Holiday weekend, 27-28 May 2017.

BD has worked in close collaboration with British Eventing, British Showjumping, British Riding Clubs and Pony Club to bring the series alive and any paid member of these organisations can take part; that’s of a minimum Quest Club member for BD. There’s no requirement for the horse to be registered so it’s an inexpensive way to hone your dressage skill while working on your show jumping technique all with the chance of qualifying for a fabulous final.

Schedules for each competition will be available on the BD website or each of the venues’ own websites. Full information and rules are available in the BD rule book (Section 17) which is available online on the BD website.



Latest BRC Sponsorship News

NAF will be the title sponsor of the BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships for 2017.

Around 600 riders will compete at the long-format championships in August, which will incorporate roads and tracks and a steeplechase.

Rachael Hollely-Thompson, BRC competitions manager, said the organisation is “thrilled” to be working with long-term supporters NAF for another championship.

“Their support helps BRC to continue to offer fantastic events to the membership,” she said.


Fundraising with a DifferenceThe British Horse Society (BHS) 2017 Challenge Rides

Do you fancy an exciting equestrian adventure in 2017? Full details on all these exciting BHS Challenge Rides, booking forms and itineraries can be found on the BHS website.

Since the launch of the first British Horse Society fundraising riding challenge in 2000, hundreds of riders have taken part in an adventure overseas. The ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ riding challenge opened the door for our intrepid challengers to travel the world in aid of British Horse Society welfare. The challenges now operate in Bulgaria, Chile, Iceland, Morocco, Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and Lesotho. There is a trip to inspire everyone, each offering a unique experience no matter where you ride.India –  Ride to Balotra Fair 14 – 26 Mar

Namibia – Namib Desert Crossing, 8-20 April

Spain – Alpujarra Ride, 22 – 30 July

India – Riding with Kings in Rajasthan, 23 Sept-4 Oct

Chile – Patagonian Andes, 17-29 Nov



British Showjumping Just for Schools Competition

British Showjumping is pleased to announce that British Riding Club Members can now join our National Schools League and Championship Series without paying an additional registration fee. Following on from its first successful year in collaboration with The Pony Club, we are excited to welcome British Riding Club members on board to join in the ‘Just for Schools’  experience.

Further information can be found on the British Showjumping website.