What’s on at Delamere Forest Riding Club?

Here you’ll find our calendar of events for the year and a overview of what we get up to.

Calendar of Events

Click on each month to see what’s going on and where. Alternatively, you can download a full list here

1 January 2022 – time to renew your membership if you want to train and compete with the Club at member rates

23 January 2022 XC technique training at Somerford Park Farm with Vicki Lowe

There will be three sessions, 2 in the ash arena and 1 in the showground arena. Each session is 55 mins (to ensure we give Vicki time to relocate for the last group!) 4 people per group, heights of fences as a guide.  Members only (unless places are not filled) Cost: groups 1 & 2 – £28 per person, group 3 £40 per person. Any people joining group 3, please can any helpers you may have please join a poo picking mission! We have to pay a £10 per person deposit in advance on top of hire charges and we would like this back!

Group 1, Ash arena, 12.00pm to 12.55pm, 60-70 cm Group 2, Ash Arena, 12.55pm, to 1.50pm, 70-80 cm Group 3, Showground Arenas, 2.05pm to 3.00pm, 80cm + Enter via EntryMaster. Open now! Contact for enquiries Liz Ford lizaford@btinternet.com

30 January Area Arena Eventing at Kelsall Hill. Contact Peter Booth if you would like to compete on a team/as an individual. Heights from 70 – 100cm. You will need to have renewed your membership

13 February Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm. Entries open January 24th for members

13 March Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

6 March Area Winter Intermediate Dressage. Radfords Equestrian

10 April Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

9 April Area Combined Training Qualifier at Reaseheath

May Combined Training

3 – 5 June Camp at Somerford Park Farm

12 June Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

10 July Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

3 July Area Horse Trials at Somerford Park Farm

July Area Dressage & Riding Test

July Area SJ & Style Jumping

August Horse Trials Championships at Swalcliffe, Nr Banbury

7 August Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

August Area Dressage to Music

September BRC National Championships at Lincoln

September ODE at Smallwood EC

Results

October Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

November Area Novice & Intermediate Winter Show Jumping

November Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

November AGM at Crowton Village Hall

December – Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm


What do we get up to?

Our monthly dressage competitions are held at Forest Gate Farm, Norley. During the winter months tests are inside and the working in is outside; vice versa in the summer.

We award points to our members throughout the season and then a trophy to our overall winners at the AGM. We have additional rules for the club dressage which can be seen here.

As a member you can enter the dressage competitions via Entrymaster or contact Steph Woodland. See below for the tests.

As per the guidelines issued by BRC, DFRC expect any horse or pony attending our events to be vaccinated against Equine Influenza and for the vaccination record to be correct and up to date. (This will be checked in advance. Please be prepared to send your passport, microchip and vaccination details). No vaccination may be within 6 days of the event. Please note that DFRC do not currently require a 6-month booster, however some of the venues we hire may do so.

  • Intro B 2009
  • Prelim 1 2006
  • Novice 28 2008
  • Elementary 50 2007
  • Medium 63 2002
  • Intro C 2016
  • Prelim 2 2016
  • Novice 30 2006
  • Elementary 42 2008
  • Medium 71 2002
  • Intro A 2008
  • Prelim 7 2002 r.2016
  • Novice 34 2009 r.2016
  • Elementary 44 2002
  • Medium 63 2002
  • Intro B 2009
  • Prelim 12 2005 r.2016
  • Novice 24 2010 r.2016
  • Elementary 49 2009
  • Medium 71 2002
  • Intro C 2016
  • Prelim 13 2006 r.2016
  • Novice 27 2007
  • Elementary 50 2007
  • Medium 63 2002

  • Intro A 2008
  • Prelim 14 2006 r.2016
  • Novice 28 2008
  • Elementary 42 2008
  • Medium 71 2002

DFRC runs numerous jumping events throughout the club year, both inside and outside and mostly on a surface. We pride ourselves in running an annual ODE at Smallwood each year which attracts around 120 entries and is open to both members and non members, please see keep checking this page for full information. We anticipate the ODE will return in September 2022.

We also hold a Combined Training competition every year which is a friendly event and a great course to jump, all the details will be updated here, looking likely for May. See the calendar above for the dates.

As per the guidelines issued by BRC, DFRC expect any horse or pony attending our events to be vaccinated against Equine Influenza and for the vaccination record to be correct and up to date. (This will be checked in advance. Please be prepared to send your passport, microchip and vaccination details). No vaccination may be within 6 days of the event. Please note that DFRC do not currently require a 6-month booster, however some of the venues we hire may do so.

Whip rules changes from 01.01.2022

A section from the DFRC Club rules on the Membership page: “BRC states that one whip is permitted for show jumping / cross country, and must be between 45cm and 75cm and must not be weighted or with a hard point at the end. The end of the whip must be padded. The ‘pad’ must be smooth with no protrusion or raised surface (which includes embroidery) and be made of a shock absorbing material throughout its circumference. For those competing at Area level for DFRC this style of whip is already compulsory.  Riders should note that from 01.01.2022 this style of whip is to become mandatory at Club level competition & training also; this will include the ODE. 

TRAINING

23 January 2022 XC technique training at Somerford Park Farm with Vicki Lowe

There will be three sessions, 2 in the ash arena and 1 in the showground arena. Each session is 55 mins (to ensure we give Vicki time to relocate for the last group!) 4 people per group, heights of fences as a guide.  Members only (unless places are not filled) Cost: groups 1 & 2 – £28 per person, group 3 £40 per person. Any people joining group 3, please can any helpers you may have please join a poo picking mission! We have to pay a £10 per person deposit in advance on top of hire charges and we would like this back!

Group 1, Ash arena, 12.00pm to 12.55pm, 60-70 cm Group 2, Ash Arena, 12.55pm, to 1.50pm, 70-80 cm Group 3, Showground Arenas, 2.05pm to 3.00pm, 80cm + Enter via EntryMaster. Open now! **New whip rule will apply**

One Day Event

Combined Training

DFRC Summer Camp

Cathy London organises the annual Club camp at Somerford Park Farm. There’s a mix of lessons to suit all abilities, both horse and riders, in flatwork, show-jumping and cross country. Arrival is on Friday evening to settle the horses in to the stables, and for the riders to enjoy a meal and time to socialise before the hard work begins! There are two lesson per day, Saturday and Sunday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner are all catered for from Friday night to Sunday lunchtime. The date for 2022 is 3 – 5 June.

DFRC AGM & Prize giving

Thank you to all the members and friends who turned out to enjoy a meal and a catch up, as well as the formal meeting and awards. Here is a list of all the winners from the 2020 / 2021 season. Well done all!

Some members enjoying our annual DFRC camp