Hunter Trials Postponed

Unfortunately tomorrow’s Hunter Trials event has had to be cancelled due to the bad weather this weekend.

With the current ground conditions and more rain expected we felt that it was safer to postpone the event at this point.

We have decided to postpone the event for 2 weeks and it will now run on Sunday 18th October.


Early Summer Newsletter

Hopefully you are all keeping well as things are beginning to open up again.

Online Dressage Competitions
We have managed to hold two of these so far, and they are proving to be a big success.

The April competition had 11 competitors including one from Wales making it an international competition. This was kindly judged by Casey Stickland and Class 1 was won by Rhian Wilkins on Nally, and Class 2 was won by Sue Conway on Strado. British Dressage then stopped us using their tests, so we have had to look further afield for more challenges.

The May competition was even more successful with 21 tests and a very much more international field with competitors from France and Wales. Jo Lees kindly judged this competition. Class 1 was won by Rhian Wilkins on Suzy, Class 2a was won by Rita West on Benhill Tanqueray, and Class 2b was won by Sue Conway on Strado. Jo Lees very kindly donated a prize of a free lesson to each of the winners.

Congratulations to all those who have taken part.
These online dressage competitions are proving popular, and we will continue to run them even after normal competitions resume, so hopefully makes it more accessible to all.

If you score more than 70% in two consecutive competitions at a particular level, then we are asking that in the next competition you enter the next level up i.e. move from Intro to Prelim, or Prelim to Novice. Hope that this makes sense, as it then makes it a little fairer for those who are less established at that level.

If you wish to get a judges feedback, but don’t want to be a part of the competition, then you can always enter as normal but put that you wish to go HC in the notes. That way your score won’t be published, but you will receive judges feedback and score sheet eg. if you are using tack that would not normally be dressage legal eg. Pelham bit.

Other Events
Whilst there are still rules to comply with and social distancing to maintain, we are beginning to hold clinics and canter track sessions which can be safely run. Please refer to the events page of our website, or on our Facebook group page to keep up to date with what is happening. The rules regarding the events may seem a little onerous, but they are being made to try to keep everyone safe, so please do read them and take note.

Dates of future events for early summer are set out below:
Thu 18 June – Canter Track Evening
22-30 June – Video / Online Dressage
Sat 27 June – Canter Track Afternoon
Sun 5 July – Flatwork Clinic with Jo Lees
Sat 11 July – Pole & Gridwork Clinic with Alyce King
Thu 16 July – Canter Track Evening
20-28 July – Video / Online Dressage
Sun 23 August – Pole & Gridwork Clinic with Alyce King

We look forward to seeing you at our events in the near future.
Happy and safe riding.
NWSC Committee.

JANUARY – APRIL 2020 Newsletter

Jan – April 2020 Newsletter

Gosh, what a start to 2020, unprecedented, I do hope that all of you are keeping well and coping with the current regime, hopefully life will gradually return to a “ new “normal over the coming weeks.
Thankfully we, as horses riders and owners didn’t have to endure the snow / cold of last year, but crikey, didn’t it rain ? It started the day of our pleasure ride in September through to early March and then suddenly Spring sprung upon us.
Whatever you choose to do with your horses and ponies at this time, just embrace and enjoy those moments, we are so lucky!
Update of past events;
In January we ran a dressage to music clinic at Breach Lane indoor arena, which was well attended, sadly some riders came on foot as their steeds were incapacitated but we had a fun 2 hours trying out different types of music to fit the look of the horses as well as their paces.
February we held a Riding Test clinic at Ravensbrook Farm with Casey Stickland with Kim Lewis, as writer & scorer. The weather wasn’t exactly onside that day, again strong winds, but those that did attend enjoyed the experience and came away feeling that their riding and horse’s going had improved over the session, tests ridden varied between prelim and medium levels.

We do hope to run such sessions again, later in the year.

As you will see from our events page on our website, that was the last event the club has been able to provide for it’s member and others – we shall be making a decision about the June Charity Ride in Charlton Park in early May but for now we are holding our first video dressage competition, have 10 tests being ridden, ranging from intro -medium and our judge is Casey Stickland.

Entry is now closed, although we intend to run another in May, so please look out for details on our website / fb page.

Results will be posted up on these two platforms.

Thank you for your continued support

Rita West ( chair )

It’s way pasture bed time!

Roll Up ! Roll Up !

This Saturday is the final dressage test of year !

It’s a low key, friendly, event at Ravensbrook Farm so why not have one last summer (!) memory and give your horse a lovely outing with friends ?

You can enter here.

Choose from Freestyle to Music, Intro B, Prelim 18, Novice 28, or Elementary 42.

Go on……why not ?……..

NWSC News – Sept 2019

July  – Sept 2019 Newsletter

It’s a late Sunday afternoon, the spell of gorgeous dry, sunny weather has finally disappeared, as we tiptoe in Autumn, my favourite time of year, still lots on offer though, till the end of the season, and already planning a basic dressage to music clinic in January 2020 and possibly a showing show next Summer, watch out for further details !

Update of past events;

We held two very successful evening dressage competitions, one on a Friday, the other on a Thurs, as felt we wanted to make sure those riders committed elsewhere on Friday’s didn’t miss out, we were delighted with the level of entries, both sessions filled to capacity with 20 or more riders, and we welcomed two local professional riders, one specialising in dressage , the other in eventing, who were on “novice “ steeds – to be fair to all, we did re-arrange the classes to suit. Based on this experiment of different evenings, we hope to do likewise next Summer and perhaps slot in two day-time competitions, one Saturday, the other on Sunday.

Late August saw the second ever Ossie Ward Pick-your-own ODE – numbers were roughly the same as last year, although we opted this time to hold the show-jumping on the arena, with the dressage out in the field, given that we hadn’t had a serious drought this time, the going was much improved and all those taking part seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was lovely to have Tucktruck on site to provide a full range of refreshments.

The NWSC senior club member, Kate Rayner, retained the Ossie Ward trophy, but sadly no junior club members came forward for the event.

The club is aware the ODE is a “slow- burner” especially as there are lots of similar events on offer locally which does tend to affect entries, but nonetheless we feel that the club should continue to run this.

As always, full results of all our competitions can be viewed under the events page of our website.

The first of our Hunter Trials took place on 15th Sept, entries were on par with last year, the sun shone, it was hot enough for several of us to don our shorts 😊. Some riders were local, others had travelled from Newbury to attend, all riders came over the finishing line with beaming smiles, from children, no more than 7 years of age, to adults, let’s say in their “senior” years, sadly one such rider did have a bit of a moment, jumping a lovely round over the main XC course, only to be told that she’d jumped the last fence first, so the wrong course. She was philosophic about it though, as she was so proud of her Blue Cross rescue horse to have ridden clear, although shame about, quote “the numpty jockey “. Simon our website guru and great photographer took some great shots, which you can view in the gallery on our website.

Our next HT is on 5th October, so please refer to our FB page/ website for full details and entry form.

Today, the club held its second annual Pleasure Ride, this time over local byways, bridleways in the Braydon/Brinkworth area. Entries were well up on last year, but sadly the British weather let us down, but did that put a damper on things, NO, if didn’t ! Delighted that all but two riders turned out ( the others had lame horses ) and despite the rain being persistent to start with, they came suitably attired and ready for the challenge, no-one seemed to have issues with the written directions and thankfully all returned back to the yard, incident free, the ride took most 2 hours to complete. After settling their horses & drying themselves off, we then had the chance for a chin-wag in the barn with hot drinks and plenty of cake and the horses didn’t lose out either, as they were provided with carrots. The club has received some great compliments from those taking part and it is an event that we shall continue to run, but it may well be that we alternate between locations, so perhaps back to Bibury in 2020.

There are plenty of great pics of this event on our FB page.

Forthcoming dates for your diary;

5th Oct – final Hunter Trial

12th Oct – Riding Test Clinic, with Alyce King, currently full, wait list operating

20th Oct – polework / gridwork clinic with Katie Withers

9th Nov – final dressage competition, to incl FSM

16th Nov – polework/ gridwork clinic with Katie Withers

Details of our fixtures are on our website/ fb page, look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.


A pony goes to the doctor and tells him, “Doc, I think I’m dying. I have this terrible sore throat.”

The doctor assures him, “It’s okay—you’re just a little horse.”


** STOP PRESS ** Entries Close for Ossie Ward One Day Event tonight

Finishing touches are being made to the preparations. Dressage boards are being put out in the field this evening. Show jumping course is due to be built at end of week. Cross country courses are all ready.

Final chance to enter this years event! Click here to make your entry: