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 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Scroll down the page to see more information on dressage, jumping, social and Area events.

1 January 2024 – time to renew your membership if you want to train and compete with the Club at member rates. (Form available on the Member’s Page or go to EntryMaster)

20 January – Area Dressage to Music and Intro Dressage. Radfords EC Llanymynech. Contact Elaine Reading

4 February Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm.

3 March Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

March Area Winter Intermediate Dressage

1 April Clear round Show Jumping at Forest Gate Farm. (Pre-entry required. Times will be given)

7 April Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm.

5 May Combined Training MOVED TO JULY 6th

19 May Test Riding Clinic with Jane Carruthers

31 – 2 June 2024 Camp at Somerford Park Farm

9th June Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

6 July Club Dressage & Combined Training, Church Farm, Little Leigh. Starts with Intro and poles! See “Jumping” below for schedule **DATE CHANGE**

28 July Area Dressage & Riding Test & Show Jumping

13 July Area Horse Trials, Radfords EC Llanymynech

August Horse Trials Championships at Swalcliffe, Nr Banbury

4 August Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

September BRC National Championships at Lincoln

8 September ODE at Smallwood EC

October Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

October Area Arena Eventing

November Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

November AGM

December – Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

What do we get up to?

Our monthly dressage competitions are held at Forest Gate Farm, Forest Lane, Norley WA6 6NP. During the winter months tests are inside and the working in is outside; vice versa in the summer. Please enter the venue via the Forest Lane entrance, and NOT from the main Delamere Road.

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 Arena Walks are becoming more popular, here are the rules for them. Arena Walks are held before the Intro class, and riders should request this when making their entry. They are strictly ridden and in walk. No leading of horses is permitted. Riders will be allowed to enter in groups of 3 by the steward, and should ride round twice on the right rein only and then exit.

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.


May 19th – Test Riding Clinic with Jane Carruthers. This event will run in a similar way to our monthly dressage, so its a great opportunity to gain confidence in a non competitive situation. Riders will warm up in the outdoor arena, you will then ride your chosen test for Jane. Jane will then critique your test, giving you useful hints and tips as to how to improve and gain those extra marks. You will then ride your test again for Jane, putting in to practise what you have discussed. At the end of the session you will receive a written feedback sheet with notes on what you and Jane discussed. Each rider will have a 20 minute slot,

Tests available to ride (These are the tests which will be in the June dressage comp): 1. Intro C 2016 2. Prelim 2 2016 3. Prelim 12 2005 r.2016 4. Novice 27 2007 5. Elem 49 2009 6. Medium 71 2002

Intro C 2016
Prelim 2 2016
Prelim 12 2005 r.2016
Novice 27 2007
Elem 49 2009
Medium 71 2002

Intro B 2009
Prelim 7 2002 r.2016
Prelim 13 2006 r.2016
Novice 24 20016

Intro B 2009
Prelim 1 2006
Prelim 14 2006 r.2016
Novice 30 2006
Elem 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. The ODE will return 8th September 2024.

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/June. 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. This style of whip is mandatory at Area and Club level competition & training also; including our the ODE. ”

BRC Body Protector rules

BRC Hat rules

Training (Members only)

Combined Training

6th July. Church Farm, Little Leigh. CLICK HERE for schedule. Entries open on EntryMaster. Classes start with Intro and poles! Open to non-members. Dressage only classes also available.

One Day Event

8th September 2024. Smallwood EC

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. 2023 Camp was fantastic. Roll on May 31 – June 2 2024! Thanks to Megan at MV Photography for taking some great pics of our members

DFRC AGM & Prize giving

17th Nov 2023 at Crowton Village Hall. A celebration of the Club’s 40th Anniversary. Thank you all who came and made it an enjoyable evening. Congratulations to all the trophy winners!

2023 AGM & Prize giving CLICK HERE to see the list of the trophy winners for the 2022/2023 season

As DFRC is part of Area 20, members are able to take part in numerous Area competitions. Currently these include

  • Showjumping & Style Jumping
  • Dressage & Riding Test
  • Dressage to Music
  • Arena Eventing
  • Horse Trials
  • Combined Training

CLICK HERE for Area 20 Qualifier details and British Riding Club Championship dates & venues

The Area Competitions take place at venues such as Somerford Park Farm, Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre and Radfords Equestrian at Llanymynch, and at various times during the year, for example there is a both a winter and a summer dressage event. We try to add the dates of these competitions to our calendar of events on the What’s On page. We have various members of the committee who agree to take on the Team Manager / Chef d’Equipe role for these competitions and they will email all club members prior to the event to give them an opportunity to enter and provide all the information you need. ANY member of the Club who wishes to have a go is encouraged to sign up. The more members, the better the team atmosphere! Teams that do well at an Area competition can go on to compete at National Championships at various venues around the country. These are great events, hosting Riding Clubs from all over the U.K.

The small print! Area competitions involve a pre-entry fee (paid to BRC) and an event entry fee. DFRC pays the pre-entry fee for any member taking part, leaving the member to pay the event entry fee. This is not something usually offered by Clubs, but it is our way of thanking members for representing their Club. All Area competitions need helpers to run. If you compete at an Area competition, then you will be asked to provide a help day at a different Area competition. (These are different to the Club help days all members need to do) Help days at Area are a good opportunity to meet other like-minded people from other local Clubs, and to see how an event works from the inside. When you enter an Area competition, check with the Team Manager when and where the National Championship is; if the team does well, or if you do well as an individual, then that’s your next stop and you don’t want to miss the opportunity!

Please also make yourself aware of rules regarding hats, body protectors and flu vaccinations (links on the DFRC homepage). For 2023 hats will require a pink tag (hats can be tagged at the Area event) and from 2024 body protectors will need to have the 2018 BLUE label.

BRC Updates Reminder
Hat Guidelines
From 1st January 2023, we will no longer be accepting the following 2 hat standards.              
1.           PAS  O15 1998              
2.           SNELL 2001
The PAS 015 2011 and SNELL 2016 will continue to be accepted.  
Body Protector Guidelines – BRC will continue to accept the BETA Level 3 Purple Label 2009 standard until 1 Jan 2024, then it will no longer be accepted, replaced by the 2018 BLUE label.
Competitor Dress – competitors are now allowed to wear jodhpurs/breeches in white, cream, beige, navy or black.   
Whip Rule – Please familiarise yourself with the appropriate ways in which to handle and use your whip during competition. This information can be found on page 35 of our BRC Handbook.
Flu vacs – changes from 1st January 2024 CLICK HERE This applies to new vaccinations or restarts only