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RDA Dressage Day Friday 17th February 2017

This was our first fun competition for a whole year due to our indoor arena being resurfaced in the October half term. Once again we were fortunate to have a lovely calm, reasonably warm and at times sunny day.

The day ran smoothly, thanks to all our volunteers who worked so hard in the organisation of this event. There were smiles on peoples’ faces whether they were in first place or receiving a ‘Well Done’ rosette and it was really lovely to share the day with riders from some of the other RDA Groups from around our Region. It wouldn’t be the same without you so thank you for making the journey to join in.

As always there were some riders who were disappointed not to be able to get a space in their chosen Class but we do have a limit on how many entries we can fit in on the day unfortunately. Better luck next time!

I would like to take this opportunity to praise the work of our stable staff led by Charmaine Lane who prepared our horses and ponies so beautifully. Congratulations also to all the other groups for their well turned out horses and ponies – not an easy job at this time of year!

We hope to see at least some of you in the Easter holidays when we plan to run our first RDA Show Jumping fun competition – more details to follow soon but meanwhile make a note in your diaries for Wednesday 19th April.

Here are the results in Class order:

  • Class 1 Grade 1 Intro Test (2017) – ridden on leading rein
  • 1st Abigail Bailey riding Jim
  • 2nd George Britton riding Oscar
  • 3rd Alison Kerridge riding Bertie
  • 4th Kacey Lownes riding Bunty
  • 5th Kevin Hodges riding Marge


Class 1 Grade 1 Intro Test (2017) – unled

  • 1st Tegan Vincent Cooke riding Bertie
  • 2nd Kasia Laganavska riding Dolly (Wellow)
  • 3rd Otter Baker riding Dolly (Wellow)
  • 4th Alisha Craigie riding Bunty
  • 5th Matilda Walsh riding Daymo
  • 6th Cat Cucos riding Oscar

Class 2 Grade 2 Intro Test (2017) – ridden on leading rein

  •  1st Darren Ashton riding Caellyn (Saxon)
  • 2nd Joshua Gittens riding Jet (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • 3rd Kaye Jenkins riding Caellyn (Saxon)
  • 4th Millie Pearce riding Sprite (Wellow)

Class 2 Grade 2 Intro Test (2017) – unled

  • 1st Joseph Cordey riding Bella
  • 2nd Laura Barefoot Riding Barney
  • 3rd Ewan Waller riding Spike
  • 4th Martha Littlewood Hillsden (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • 5th Cecilia Kennard riding Barney
  • 6th Luca Cuckson riding Fettle (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • Huxley Leigh riding Daymo and Toby Cuckson riding Jet (Lyncombe Lodge) both received well deserved ‘Well Done’ rosettes.

Class 3 Grade 3 Championship Test

  • 1st Emily Rodman riding Jim
  • 2nd Poppy Scriven riding Sparky (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • 3rd Liam Bailey riding Oscar
  • 4th Tom Hart riding Fleur (Lyncombe Lodge)
  • 5th Zoe Heron riding Leaf
  • 6th Claire Hoare riding Bertie

Class 4 Grade 6 Championship Test

  • 1st Alfie Armstrong riding Marge
  • 2nd Sarah Hunnaford riding Stanley (Saxon)
  • 3rd Lizzie Firth riding Leaf
  • 4th Stella Jelly riding Leaf
  • 5th Millie Boult riding Hope
  • 6th George Brindley riding Oscar
  • Lucy Mae Bush riding Power (Wellow) and James Bunker riding Bertie both received well deserved ‘Well Done’ rosettes



RDA Dressage Times Friday February 17th




10.00 Kacey Lownes Bunty
10.09 George Britton Oscar
10.18 Abigail Bailey Jim
10.27 Sophie Standing Frankie
10.36 Kevin Hodges Marge
10.45 Alison Kerridge Bertie
10.54 Cat Cucos Oscar
11.03 Alisha Craigie Bunty
11.12 Otter Baker Dolly
11.21 Matilda Walsh Daymo
11.30 Tegan Vincent Cooke Bertie
11.39 Kasia Laganauska Dolly
12.00 Ewan Waller Spike
12.09 Cecilia Kennard Barney
12.18 Huxley Leigh Daymo
12.27 Luca Cuckson Fettle
12.36 Joseph Cordey Warrior
12.45 Toby Cuckson Jet
12.54 Martha Littlewood Hillsdon Fettle
01.03 Laura Barefoot Barney
01.12 ? ?
01.21 Millie Pearce Sprite
01.30 Joshua Gittens Jet
01.39 ? ?
02.00 Zoe Heron Robbie
02.09 Poppy Scriven Sparky
02.18 Emily Rodman Jim
02.27 Laura Smith Ted
02.36 Liam Bailey Oscar
02.45 Tom Hart Fleur
02.54 Claire Hoare Bertie
03.03 Lyn Pardoe Finn
03.20 Sarah Hanniford Stanley
03.27 Lucy Mae Bush Power
03.34 Stella Jelly Leaf
03.41 James Bunker Bertie
03.48 Alfie Armstrong Marge
03.55 Millie Boult Hope
04.02 Lizzie Firth Leaf
04.09 George Brindley Oscar

Treat Yourself at Avon Riding Centre

Did you know that we have a therapy room now at the Centre?

On Saturdays, you’ll find Carol from Just You Holistics there. She offers massage therapy, Reflexology, Tibetan Head Massage and Pranic Healing.

Our stable manager, Charmaine, has had a massage and really recommends it.

Just what you need to relax, renew and refresh at the weekend.

You can find out more at her website.

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Badminton Fun Ride 10th May 2017

Once again, His Grace the Marquess of Beaufort, and our president the Earl of  Worcester gave us permission to run our hugely popular Fun Ride around the estate, just two days after the world famous Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials.

It’s a brilliant opportunity for just 50 riders to get up and closer to the simply enormous jumps. We had beautiful weather and the Badminton Estate looked quite magnificent. Thanks so much to all the volunteers whose friendly faces made this such a special event for all the riders, many of whom had travelled for miles for the opportunity to ride on this special day.

Hopefully the pictures below will give a flavour not only of the beautiful riding, but of the friendly atmosphere!

Check out the event’s page here on Facebook for some riders’ and volunteers pictures.

RDA Dressage February 17th

Our RDA dressage event on 17th is now full. If you have managed to secure a place, times will be published on this page. The tests are:

Class 1  Grade I Intro Test (2017) walk only with or without leader  (formerly Grade Ia)

Class 2  Grade 2 Intro Test (2017) – walk & trot with or without leader  (formerly Grade Ib Intro Test (2012))

Class 3  Grade 3 Championship Test (2017) – walk & trot  (formerly Grade II Championship Test (2016))

Class 4  Grade 6 Championship Test (2017) – walk, trot & canter (formerly Grade V Championship Test (2012))

Call 0117 9590266 if you have any questions, or to book your place.

Moorland Multi-terrain Challenge 29th January 2017

Ruck 1.jpg*** We need volunteer stewards for this event. If you’d like to stand en route and guide the runners, please contact Louise in the office by clicking here. ***

Fun for all the family – if you’re the sort of family who likes to get muddy!

The Town & Country Harriers Moorland Multi-terrain challenge is coming to the Avon Riding Centre this January.

The route takes you all across our land, through some difficult terrain, including mud!

There’s a 10k route for grown ups, 1 & 2 mile junior races aWhite4.jpgnd for the first time, an Under 8’s dash.


Entry prices:

10k race is £10 if you’re a member of a running club, otherwise £12

Junior Races are £3

Under 8’s go free. There’s a medal for all Junior finishers.

Check out the event on Facebook. And tape your trainers on…


Weekly Centre Update 9th December 2016

The following is a transcript of the Weekly Update email sent on 9/12/16: 

Please read all of this email. It contains important information about the Centre this week.


Cattle Grid


We are installing a cattle grid next week (12th December to 17th December). The drive will be out of action for 4 or 5 days. Weather permitting, we hope to have parking in the field, but please bring wellies and a torch and be prepared to walk across the front field to your lesson. We are really sorry for the inconvenience.



Christmas Opening Hours:

Bristol Horse Riding lessons finish on 22nd December 2016 and restart on Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Riding for the Disabled lessons finish this Saturday 10th December.

The first lessons of 2017 are on the afternoon of Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

If you are in a fortnightly group, the first Monday lesson is on the 9th January 2017 and the first Thursday lesson is 5th January.




There are still a handful of calendars available in Reception for sale. Please come and give us £11.99!



Therapy Room

We’re thrilled to announce that as of Saturday 7th January, you can get a Holistic Massage or Reflexology treatment in our new therapy room on Saturdays, from Just You Holistics. Please phone Carol to book 07872 440787 or email She’s got special prices for January.


On that subject, does anyone have an IKEA Poang chair that they no longer need? We need to put a chair or so in the room and the Poang is just perfect! It’s this one : If you were thinking of getting rid of one soon, please think of us!



We are very short of arena volunteers on the following days:




There are new volunteers being recruited and trained, but until they are ready, can you spare a few hours?



The nativity was a lovely evening as ever and raised a total of £527.19. Thanks so much to our volunteers who put so much effort into making a really special festive event. It’s a great way to end the term, and congratulations to all our prizewinners. You can find out about them on our website from next week!


Upcoming Events:


The Town & Country Harriers Moorland Multi Terrain Challenge takes place at the Centre on 29th January 2017. It’s a popular event, including a 10k race for grownups, 1 &2 mile Junior races and an Under 8’s Dash. You can enter at


Quiz Night is on Friday 27th January at Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall (next to the Mouse  on Waters Lane). It’s £5per person on the door and starts at 8pm sharp, so be there from 7.15. You can bring a team, or fly solo and we’ll find you a home. The bar will be well-stocked.


Thanks for listening.


Raffle and Christmas Cards.

Best thing about Christmas? Is it tiny voices raised in song? Is it hanging up the stockings on the fireplace? Is it the Christmas tree a-sparkle with lights and baubles? Everyone has their favourite.

Lots of people would vote for all the tasty treats you can eat.raffle-basket-dec-16

And if that’s your favourite, you’ve got the chance to win THIS fabulous hamper of goodies in our raffle.

Tickets are £1 each. You can inspect the hamper in the foyer of the Centre.

And you can buy Christmas cards £3 for a pack of 10, 4 packs £10.