Team News


The Combined Challenge Qualifier is a little way off, but if you would like to compete we have time to organise some team training in advance. See the Combined Challenge Qualifier schedule. Please contact Clare Griffin if you would like to be considered for the team and what height you'd like to jump.

Also see the schedule for the Area 6 Showjumping Qualifier at Berkshire College of Agriculture near Maidenhead. If you would like to compete and/or are interested in some jump training beforehand please contact Clare Griffin.

Tadley and District Riding Club team manager: or 07949669132

2022 BRC Championship Dates

Arena Eventing Championships - 11 – 13 March - Aston Le Walls, Washbrook Farm, Daventry, NN11 6RT

Novice Winter Championships - 26 – 27 March - Arena UK, Allington Lane, Allington, Grantham, NG32 2EF

Intermediate Winter Championships - – 24 April - Bury Farm Equestrian Village, New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT

Combined Championships (previously known as FOTH) - 21 – 22 May - Aston Le Walls, Washbrook Farm, Daventry, NN11 6RT

Horse Trials - 5 – 7 August - Swalcliffe Park, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, OX15 5EX

National Championships - 3 – 4 September - Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. LN2 2NA

Dressage to Music and Introductory Championships & Quadrille TBA TBA


Despite the uncertainty of Covid the club has sent individuals or teams to all of the local area qualifiers over the past year.

Any qualifier where we send a team we also have to supply a volunteer to help the host club run the event. Even if you are not a competitor on the day, it is a great opportunity to be part of the event, be it as a writer for a judge, or ground party setting up the jumps. We are lucky to have a local venue, Wellington Riding, running several qualifiers. A huge well done and thank you to those of you who have represented the club, either as riders, or more importantly as the volunteers and helpers for the host club.

When you receive a schedule for an area qualifier please do have a read and put yourself forward either to compete or even as a volunteer. Enthusiasm is much more important than previous results and you may well be surprised how much you and your horse enjoy the day!

Our Intermediate dressage team won the Area 6 qualifier at Wellington last autumn with Melissa Howett and Claire Shoesmith winning their classes and a placing for Janet Zaremba with Broughton Temptation and Amanda Taplin and Blue Gem. Due to restrictions the Spring Championships at Bury Farm were abandoned in favour of a Virtual competition causing some despair. After re-jigging of the team, we managed to submit four video tests, but alas didn't repeat the victory!

The Novice dressage qualifier at Wellington Riding in December saw individual and team entries from Intro to Novice. Kirsty Mitchell & Missy and Emilie Jarvis & Lily were placed individually, along with Bettina Tunnell and Carol Doggett, the team were 6th. Stephanie Douglas & Auf Wiedershen, Amanda Taplin & Blue Gem also represented the club as individuals.

Lynne & Prescott made the trip to Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) for the dressage to music riding at Medium level.

Stephanie Douglas stepped up with Medbourne Clover for the show jumping at BCA. She had a clear and a 4 fault round, which was a great effort for first time out on a borrowed horse.

October saw Amanda & Blue Gem progressing to Medium level at this year's Intermediate dressage qualifier and being also placed 4th individually at the Arena eventing. A huge well done to the rest of the AE team of Helen Simpson, Carol Doggett and Bettina Tunnell for leaving the ground, and to Helena Dolphin who sadly had transport problems but came along as photographer on a very foul wet afternoon!

As a club in recent years we haven't done much jumping but the rally at Clappers Farm with Linda Christmas and Lorna Fraser was very well supported and encouraged people to put themselves forward for the Arena eventing (without too much arm twisting!)

Novice dressage qualifier at Wellington

After an unsure few weeks of Covid restrictions, Sunday 13th December saw the Novice dressage qualifier go ahead at Wellington Riding. Stephanie Douglas and Auf Wiedersehen, Amanda Taplin and Blue Gem rode as individuals, whilst the team was made up of Carol Doggett and Goddan Kilmore, Kirsty Mitchell and Miss Cha Cha, Bettina Tunnell and Sparticus and Emilie Jarvis and Loxely's Liebling. Everyone did really well in some trying climatic conditions with the team placed 6th and some great individual results for Kirsty and Emilie. A big welcome and well done to Steph and Emilie representing the club for the first time and Carol and Gordon on their first outing together.

London & South East Dressage To Music Championships on 24th October 2020

Claire Shoesmith and Monty II went to the London & South East Dressage to Music Championships at Sands Farm, and had an amazing day. They scored over 75% in the Elementary and 72% in the Medium to be crowned L&SE Elementary and Medium Dressage to Music Champions! Well done you two.

Here is Claire's report on her day...

Monty II and I qualified for this Competition on one of the hottest days of the year, if only it had been half as hot at the Championships.

We braved the gale force winds and driving rain to get there. It took two hours but well worth it.

It was lovely to catch up with a friend in the warm up who had also made the long journey from Berkshire.

First up was the Elementary which didn’t get off to a great start, as the man playing the music said he couldn’t see my signal due to the darkness. On the 3rd attempt it started, I was a little nervous after that but my music and riding my lovely boy always make me smile. The Judge agreed about the music and gave us a 9 for it.

Then just enough time for us to walk around the one way system before we went in and did our Medium test. I was very pleased with this one as this is a new level for me. The surface rode a little fast so I had to improvise at the end but DTM is great as the Judge doesn’t know your floor plan. We scored an 8 for degree of difficulty.

I was surprised and elated to have Won both classes. The rosettes are beautiful with musical notes on the ribbons. Our Wins also included two trophies.

I would just like to thank the Club especially Team Manager Clare for giving me the opportunity to compete at this Competition. It has been an ambition of mine for over 30 years.

Claire Shoesmith & Monty II

Area 6 Intermediate dressage qualifier on 11th October 2020

Tadley and District Riding Club Intermediate team and individuals had a fantastic day at the Area 6 Intermediate dressage qualifier at Wellington Riding on October 11th brilliantly organised by Wellington Riding Club.

The team consisted of Janet Zaremba on Tristan, Amanda Taplin and Gem, Melissa Howett and Al, Claire Shoesmith and Monty II. Bettina Tunnel and Sparky as team reserve and competing as individuals.

Melissa and Claire won their classes and Mel was also placed in the individual Elementary as were Janet and Bettina in the Preliminary.

I gives me enormous pleasure to say the team won the qualifier and will be heading to the British Riding Club Championships at Bury Farm next April! An enormous well done everyone and thank you to Julie Mitchell for stepping in as the club's helper at the competition.

The Novice dressage qualifier will be held at Wellington Riding on December 13th and it would be fantastic to send another team so please let me know if you would like to represent the club at Intro, Prelim or Novice.

Tadley and District Riding Club Team Manager

Team Report for 2019

Tadley and District Riding Club sent a team to Wellington for the BRC Winter Novice qualifier December 2018. The team consisted of Kirsty Mitchell on Furzley Hill Romeo, Carol Dogget and Joe, Ursula Treadgold and Tyler and Felicity Lacey and Gilliano. The team rode well and came third overall but only the first teams qualified for the Championship. Ursula and Tyler were 2nd in their class and invited to the Winter Championships, as individuals, at Arena UK in Grantham Lincolnshire in March 2019. They travelled up at stayed overnight and had a brilliant show coming 4th. Huge congratulations from everyone on the commitee.

April saw the Liaison Trophy held at Rosehill near Henley. Christel and Lizzie stepped up to the showjumping and cross country. They had one pole in the showjumping and run out at the penultimate skinny XC but did eventually jump it to complete their round. Well done to you both.

Kirsty and Amanda on 15th December 2019 at Novice Winter Dressage Qualifier at Wellington

Please let Clare or anyone on the commitee know if you would like to represent the club at any qualifiers.