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Northwood Riding Club Information Leaflet
Northwood Riding Club Information Leaflet www.northwoodridingclub.co.uk Contact: Emma Houghton, Club Secretary at email@example.com or Jackie Barker, Club Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Northwood Riding Club is fully affiliated with the British Horse Society (BHS) and is one of the few Riding Clubs that cater for both NON-OWNER and owner riders. The Club offers weekly riding lessons every Tuesday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm, at our base at Snowball Farm, Burnham, Bucks (www.snowballfarm.co.uk). These cover everything from flat work, e.g. leg yielding, to hacking, grid work and cross country in the summer. Our instructor, Amanda Hughes has been very involved with the Club for many years. She is a professional instructor and a hugely supportive and experienced teacher. The Club makes good use of Snowball’s facilities, which include two indoor schools, two outdoor arenas and cross-country course. The Club also holds weekly lessons for owner-riders at Pond Farm, Harefield, held on Wednesday evenings and also tutored by Amanda. For information contact Lorraine Watson at email@example.com. We pride ourselves on holding regular internal club competitions throughout the year on Tuesday evenings at Snowball Farm, which are open to owner and non-owner riders. Rosettes are awarded to sixth place, with a special rosette to the highest Novice Rider. Trophies are awarded at the end of the Club year and they include a trophy to the member with the highest number of points gained in internal competitions, and to the most successful Novice rider. These competitions vary from pure Dressage, to Jumping, ODE and Handy Rider To become a member, a novice rider would just need to be able to control a horse in canter whilst riding in a school and also jump a small fence. Riders are graded upon joining the club (Novice or Advanced), during an assessment lesson on a Tuesday evening. Where competitions are split into competing groups, members will be put into the appropriate group. Improvement during the year can lead to a member becoming up-graded. Northwood Riding Club is in the British Riding Clubs Area 9 (Greater London), and enters teams for dressage, riding tests, show jumping, cross country trials and horse trials. Teams often win the Area Qualifiers and go on to represent Area 9 in the Regional and National Championships. Dressage is particularly well represented within the Club, and we are always looking for new jumping talent to come and join the team! Non-owner riders also have the opportunity to represent the Club in a number of competitions, when they can hire school horses and these include the Brendan Byrne Trophy (advanced riding test), London Trophy (riding test, handy rider and stable management), Lucy Oldfield Trophy (novice riding rest) and Pinnerwood Quiz (teams of 4 horsy quiz). The Club also holds social events, the highlight being the Annual Awards Dinner, held at Moor Park Golf Club every February. This black-tie evening is a major fundraiser for the club, and is always a great evening. Summer events include a barbecue and 2008 saw the first annual race-night, which was a great success. Membership fees are £25.00 for riding members p.a. and £10.00 for social members p.a.. Members are eligible to join from the age of 13 years. There is a joining fee of £5.00 payable for the first year only. WEEKLY LESSONS AT SNOWBALL FARM Snowball offers a great range of good quality horses for the non-owner rider. A copy of the Tuesday evening riding programme can be found on the website at www.northwoodridingclub.co.uk. Riders must book in advance, by the end of the previous Friday. The office is open from 9.00am to 5.30pm. A specific horse can be requested but riders must be prepared to ride different horses. Payment can be made by card over the phone or by cheque ONLY on the night. Riders must arrive in plenty of time in order to tack up and make ready their horse. Cancellation charges: within 48 hours – 50% of full lesson; within 24 hours – 100% of full lesson. As a member of a British Riding Club, you will have access to great riding in a fun and supportive Club atmosphere, and the chance to compete if you wish plus third party insurance that covers you at all Riding Club events.
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