Most leisure riders enjoy more than one discipline and whilst Memberships may be required, they invariably represent excellent value for money and ensure that you’ll enjoy a well-run fixture that is lots of fun too. Here’s just a few ideas for the new season...
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Pony Club offer
If you are a new member to British Showjumping or have been expired for three or more years and a member of the Pony Club, then this offer is for you. You and your pony can become British Showjumping National members from just £55 for the first year with a second year discount as well. Classes start from 70cm and in addition to a structured and safe environment for you to compete in with national championships to aim for, British Showjumping also offers Junior Academies which deliver comprehensive training programmes as well as an extensive list of UKCC Accredited coaches who can help you reach your goals.
‘Just for Schools’ Memberships
The ‘Just for Schools’ membership is an incredible opportunity for students to share their passion with their school and create lasting friendships with fellow riders.
|Junior classes are enjoying|
a new level of popularity
For further information on which Membership type might be right for you, why not ring the British Showjumping Membership Team on 02476 698824 who will be happy to talk it through with you or visit www.britishshowjumping.co.uk.
Enthusiasm for Britain’s native breeds is at an all time high and their hardiness, combined with willingness to turn a hoof to almost any activity, their popularity is assured.
|Native ponies are often ridde by smaller, lightweight adults|
Whilst many are ridden by children, smaller adults also enjoy ponies and with a growing number of prestigious shows, including the Native Pony Festival in Northumberland, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for fun with your native this season.
Each breed society has its own website; a quick search online will guide you to more information.
The Rise and Rise of RoR
Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British horseracing’s official Charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing. RoR raises funds from within racing to provide and maintain facilities for the care, retraining and re-homing of former racehorses and to promote awareness of the suitability of the retrained racehorse for other equine careers.
|ROR showing classes, always popular and of a high standard|
In addition, RoR holds educational events across the country to help owners look after and train their former racehorses.
For more information, visit www.ror.org.uk.
If you think joining the Pony Club might be for you, well you can sample the whole Pony Club experience before you join…
|Pony Club Eventing is a popular discipline and great fun!|
You’ll meet lots of other equestrians who share your passion for riding and all things pony. You can look forward making new friends and take part in horse and pony activities you may not have tried before. You’ll also develop your riding skills and learn to be responsible for the care and welfare of horses.
To find out more and to get details of your local Pony Club visit www.pcuk.org/join
British Riding Clubs
There are currently 34,000 members of British Riding Clubs, who enjoy access to training, competitions, qualifications and six Championships, plus classes at some of the biggest equestrian event in the UK.
|There are classes for Riding Club|
members at some of the biggest shows
in the UK
Members of a British Riding Club are also eligible for many opportunities across a multitude of disciplines such as showing and endurance, as well as dressage, show jumping and cross country. Some of these opportunities set you up with the chance to compete at prestigious shows.
Be sure to have a look and see if there is anything that may suit you and your equine partner. You’ll find all you need to know at http://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/british-riding-clubs
If dressage is your next challenge, then British Dressage has a choice of different memberships depending on what you want to enjoy.
|Many different membership options mean British Dressage|
has something for everyone
-If you want to compete at Preliminasry Silver, Novice and above or ride in any Championship, you'll need to be a FULL MEMBER. Cost: £92 for new members by post, £87 online - or £87 if you'd like to join by Direct Debit. Want to spread your Full membership payments over the year? Not a problem, you can now join for just £8.50 a month!
Never been a member before and want to try six months before investing in a yearlong membership? At just £57, you can try out TRIAL MEMBERSHIP.
If you want to own a registered horse, become a judge or support British Dressage and receive a member package, you'll need to be a PREMIER CLUB MEMBER. Cost: £55 by post or £50 online.
If you want to use the long winter months to polish your dressage, there's a WINTER MEMBERSHIP which runs 1 October - 31 March. Cost: £52
If you're a supporter who wants to make the most of the website, read British Dressage magazine online and receive a regular newsletter, all for free, you can be an ASSOCIATE MEMBER. Cost: FREE!
Associate membership does not entitle any rider to compete, unless in conjunction with a British Dressage class ticket. If you wish to compete as an Associate member with a class ticket, you MUST complete a paper form and send to the office. Do not join online. To compete on a class ticket your horse also needs to be registered as an Associate.
Find out more online at www.britishdressage.co.uk/membership
Coloured Horse & Pony Society CHAPS(UK)
If your equine friend is the right colours, then you’ll never be one of a kind as coloured horses are hugely popular across all the disciplines.
|Traditional coloured horses are represented at many|
County shows and produce an eyecatching spectacle
Find out more online at www.chapsuk.com