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. (Form available on the Member’s Page)

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

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.

6 March Area Winter Intermediate Dressage. Radfords Equestrian

13 March Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

20 March Clear round SJ. Forest Gate Farm. 50/60/70/80/90/100cm. Start time 1.30p.m with initial course walk. Places MAY be available on the day – empty slots will be shown on the times. These will be charged at £8 or two rounds for £15. Hats & whips as per BRC rules. TIMES Warm up available from 1 p.m

26 – 27 March Novice Winter Championships. Arena UK

10 April Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm. CLICK HERE for times

2 April Area Combined Training Qualifier at Bold Heath. Team/Individual entries being taken NOW. Peter on delamereforestrc@gmail.com

22 – 24 April Intermediate Winter Championships. Bury Farm

22 May Combined Training RESULTS

Dressage only RESULTS

29 May Jump Training. Cancelled. Refunds have been processed. Apologies to those who entered.

21 – 22 May Combined Championships (FoTH). Aston le Walls

3 – 5 June Camp at Somerford Park Farm

12 June Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm. There will be a second Prelim test added to Club competitions from this month onwards

10 July Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

17 July Area Horse Trials at Somerford Park Farm

24 July Area Dressage & Riding Test. Radfords Equestrian

10 July Area SJ & Style Jumping. Radfords Equestrian

5 – 7 August Horse Trials Championships at Swalcliffe, Nr Banbury

6 August Area Dressage to Music. Radfords Equestrian

7 August Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm. Tests will be in a 20×60 arena

11 August XC training at Smallwood with Bianca Mortimer

3 – 4 September BRC National Championships at Lincoln

4 September ODE at Smallwood EC. Entries open July 15th

9th October Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

November Area Novice & Intermediate Winter Show Jumping

13th November Club Dressage at Forest Gate Farm

November AGM at Crowton Village Hall

11th 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.

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 4th September 2022. Entries open July 15th.

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. 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. 

One Day Event

4 September. Smallwood Equestrian Centre. Open to non-members. New whip rule applies

Combined Training

Combined Training results CLICK HERE

Dressage only results CLICK HERE

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!