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									                                         Northwood Riding Club
                                          Information Leaflet

                  Contact: Emma Houghton, Club Secretary at
                   or Jackie Barker, Club Chairman at

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 (
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

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.

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 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

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