May Clinic and Events Update

Safety Update. Thank you for your continued support and participation in all the clinics.  Generally everyone seems to manage to stay on board at these clinics etc but tumbles inevitably  happen.  The club has reviewed all its risk assessments and the Health and Safety Policy, which will all soon be published on the website.  One important point that has come up is falls.  As a committee we feel that there should be some clarity over continuing to ride after a fall.  If you fall from your horse more than 3 times you will be asked not to remount.  This is for your safety, the welfare of the horse and in consideration of those sharing your clinic or accompanying you in the arena.  If your first or second fall is a significant one then it is by the discretion of the instructor or first aider as to whether you can continue to ride.  We know that you will agree that this seems to be a sensible approach.

Contact Details We occasionally need to get in contact with you regarding entries / waiting list.  For this we use your details that have been entered on Equo.  We are aware that details do change so please would you mind just checking the details that you have entered onto Equo.  Checking in particular that your email address hasn’t changed or  been entered incorrectly and also that you have not had a change in emergency contact details.  Thank you!

Dressage We ran the first of our dressage competitions at Crokers Farm at the beginning of May.  This was really well attended and it was great to see so many of you there.  It was a new venue so we were still finding our feet but I think you will agree that it is great to have the dressage competitions returning closer to home.  The Tewsons as usual made us very welcome!  The warm up arena is only recently finished and has not had the chance to settle fully yet.  This was not helped by the lovely dry weather we have had (though not on the day!) so we are aware that it became rather deep by the end of the day but with some rain and more use it will soon bed in.  We have another competition late afternoon through to the evening on Friday 27th May and then a day one on the 19th June.  The first date filled up really quickly so please get your entries in promptly!

Three Phase Day On the 5th June we have our Three Phase Day at Redpost, it is really helpful to know numbers as early as possible so again if you intend to enter please to as soon as you can.  It will be a great day and there is a height to suit most riders and horse!

Posted 9 May 2022

April Clinic and Events Update

Hope that you are managing to get out and about now the Spring has come! We have a lot of things going on but as always please book on as early as you can to avoid disappointment, we are trying to add further dates so that we can accommodate as many people as possible but we are limited by the availability of our instructors as they are so good they are in high demand!

Dressage On the 1st May we have the first of our summer series dressage competitions (this series does not include the stand alone evening competition at the end of the month) for which there will be cups awarded on the 21st August. We already have a good number of entries for the first date so if you intend to come please book ASAP. As always we do need your help to run these events so if you are not riding or can give an hour whilst you are with us (or have a helper on foot who could do this) please can you let us know. For the 1st May we are in need of some stewards so if you could give us some time please could you contact Mary on and on our late afternoon/evening dressage on the 27th May we are particularly in need of a couple of writers (no experience necessary and you learn loads!), if you can help here please contact Sue on

Wellbeck have been fabulous at hosting our dressage for the last few years but we were aware that this was quite a way for some of you to travel and now that Crokers have their second arena it is great that they are welcoming us there instead as it is right in the heart of the South Devon Riding Club area. As this will be the first time that we have run competitions here we will be learning as we go so please bear with us if there are any “teething” problems!! If you do enter when we send out the times we will also let you know of any special instructions (ie parking) so please keep an eye out for these. Anyway, looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

Three Phase Day On the 5th June our very popular Three Phase Day will be returning to Redpost. As explained in a prior update this is a gentle introduction to a ODE. There is dressage on grass, SJ and simulated XC so all phases are represented. It will be a very friendly and fun day and it is open to all abilities with heights of 60cm-70cm / 70cm-80cm / 80cm-90cm. The entries are now open so please join us and have some fun!

Cross Country Schooling with Rhiannon Tewson If you think that Pontispool is a little too far for you to travel to and also perhaps a bit too ambitious but want to have a go at XC then these clinics may interest you! Many of you will already have had lessons with Rhiannon and know that she is incredibly encouraging and confidence giving. She will be running 3 clinics (13th May 2pm – 6pm/ 25th June 9.30am – 2pm / 22nd July 2pm -6pm) at heights of 50cm, 60cm and 70cm at Longwood in Ipplepen. The jumps there are perfect for a first time out, regaining confidence or just having some fun!

Training Day at Stockland Lovell Just to remind you that though we are not running our Spring Camp at Stockland Lovell we have arranged a training day on the 22nd May. Whilst Stockland Lovell may seem a bit of a distance to travel we thought that going for a day’s training with Natalie Passmore would be well worth the effort so if you are interested please get your entry in ASAP so that we know numbers.

Posted 6 April 2022

March Clinic and Events Update
We are aware that some of you are finding it hard to book onto some of the clinics as they are filling up so quickly and may be finding this a little frustrating. Your committee is conscious of this and we are trying to see if we can find a way of alleviating this!   With this in mind we have managed to get some extra dates from Andrew Lovell so will be running some late afternoon / evening clinics now the summer is coming and also Crokers do have fantastic flood lights.  As stated in last month’s email Karen Lisk is also offering some extra sessions so we are hoping that this will make booking on easier.  There are some new Mandy Frost dates to put in your diary, we have booked Mandy but are just getting confirmation of the venue, so keep an eye on the website and also our Facebook page.

Sunday 1st May sees the start of our summer dressage competitions to be held at Crokers Farm and this is now open on Equo.  We will be awarding cups later in the season for points accumulated over a number of the competitions and in September there will be a stand alone competition with cups for the winner at each level.  We are running a late afternoon / evening competition on Friday 27th May, classes will start at 4pm, we cannot guarantee a later time on this day so hopefully this will give you enough notice to try and book a half day at work!!

We are really conscious of keeping a good relationship with all our venues and we all represent the riding club whilst we are there so please please can you ensure that you clean up after your horses.  If you are watching and are able to pop into the school to help clear up that would be great and really importantly please clear up in the lorry park, thank you!!!

In reference to the government guidelines we ask in respect to others if you have tested positive to Covid within the last 7 days you do not attend any riding club event.  Your place will either be refunded or transferred to the next available clinic.  We will of course review this on a regular basis.

Posted 10 March 2022

February News Update
We are very grateful to all of you who filled out the survey we sent around at the end of last year.  Your contributions have been really helpful and we have listened to your views and are trying to reflect this as much as possible in what we are planning for this year.
Click here to read the full survey results!

Our clinics are now getting booked up very quickly, which is great but at the same time may cause some frustration if you cannot enter a clinic that you really wanted to do!  We will always run a wait list so please add yourself to this as often spaces will come up last minute.  We are also in discussion with Karen Lisk and Andrew Lovell to try and find some extra dates so that we can accommodate more people so keep an eye on our website and  Facebook page. The main thing is to book as early as you can to avoid disappointment!

When you book a clinic we understand that sometimes things transpire against you and for some reason you find you can’t make it so we have tried to bring some clarity around cancellations. Firstly we ask that if you do have to cancel you give us as much notice as you can so that we can try and refill your space but we will need at least 7 days notice and you can then choose to transfer to the next available equivalent clinic or receive a refund (less booking fee).  If you cancel within 7 days you will only receive a refund on submission of a vet certificate.  Of course if we cancel you will receive full refund and booking fee. Thank you for your understanding concerning this.

We are not running a camp at Stockland Lovell in May this year but we will be running a training day there with Natalie Passmore on the 22nd May.  This makes the drive to Stockland Lovell really worthwhile as there will be lessons in the morning and afternoon, and of course the opportunity to watch and catch up with other members. Our really popular Chard Camp will be running from the 18th – 20th July, details for this will be out shortly.  You will need to book promptly as this is sure to fill up quickly!  Then we will return to Stockland Lovell for the Autumn Camp on the 12th – 14th September.

Dressage Competitions
We are happy to announce that we now have 5 dates over the summer for our popular dressage competitions.  If you have not been to one before they are very supportive and very much open to all, whatever level you are riding at.  Ever since Combe Park became unavailable we have held these at Wellbeck and we are very grateful to Malcolm and Nettie who have been so welcoming to us but we understand that this may feel like quite a long way to travel.  Crokers Farm, Ipplepen, have now completed their second school which is great for us as it means that we can now bring the dressage back to home territory so this is where we will now be running the competitions.  They also serve coffee and cake!

Click here to book onto clinics or events.

Area Qualifiers
If you wish to enter any of the Area 19 qualifiers please contact Becky on and she will be very happy to talk you through what it involves .  These are open to everyone  and you don’t have to be jumping huge or doing fancy dressage movements, it starts at a very grassroots level.

Posted 6 February 2022

Clinics and Events Update

First of all, wishing you a very Happy New Year from all of the SDRC Committee and we look forward to seeing you at the clinics and events that we have planned for 2022.

If you have not renewed your membership please do so ASAP!  There is a discount for existing members if you join before the end of the year, this has obviously passed but we will offer this to existing members as long as they join by the 7th January, after that you would need to join as a new member!

SDRC Membership Renewal

We already have a lot of clinics, 2 camps and our usual dressage competitions (more dates for these are to be confirmed) on the calendar so hopefully something for everyone.  Also we are just confirming the details for 2 Natalie Passmore clinics at Pontispool.  One in February which will be arena based and a further one in April which we hope will be on the main XC course.  Please keep an eye on both our Facebook page and the website for further updates and details.

South Devon Riding Club Events

Also in June we are still hoping to run the very popular Three Phase Day at Redpost.  We have not had the opportunity to run what used to be an annual event due to various circumstances for 2 or 3 years so some of you may not have been to one of these events.  It consists of a dressage phase, a SJ phase and a simulated XC phase, all on grass. It is a great opportunity to have a go at a ODE but perhaps not quite so scary…..

Please note that the January and February Andrew Lovell clinics will be held at Crokers Farm and not Lookweep!  Also the Rhiannon Tewson SJ clinic February date has changed from Saturday 19th February to Wednesday 16th February.

Posted 5 January 2022

Success at the BRC Xmas Cracker Dressage

Congratulations to our South Devon entries to the Christmas Cracker virtual dressage.  Alison Luscombe on the fabulous Finn McFly and Becky Wright on Sparticus both won their sections and Sue Murphy on Who Sez came 2nd in theirs, all with over 70% in hotly contested classes.  Many thanks to British Riding Clubs for running this championships and to NAF for the lovely prizes!

See photos of the winning horses on the Gallery page.

Full results are available on the BRC website

Posted 21 December 2021

Survey now Open – Win £50 Voucher

Your Committee would like to invite you to take part in a survey. We know the past year has been challenging, and have tried to support our members throughout this time. We have put together a short survey of 15 questions to gather feedback from members on what they would like to see from the club. Those who complete the survey will be eligible for a prize draw to win a £50 voucher for Redpost Equestrian; to be entered into the prize draw ensure you include your e-mail address where prompted. Your e-mail will be used solely for the draw and your answers will be anonymous.

The closing date for the survey is Sunday 31 October, so if you would like to be included in the prize draw please ensure you complete the survey before the end of October.

We hope to present the findings from the survey at the Riding Club AGM on Thursday 25 November which all members will be invited to attend.

The link to the survey is below;

Thank you in advance for your support, we look forward to receiving your feedback.

Posted 6 October 2021

October Clinic and Events Update!

There is an Arena Eventing Clinic with Natalie Passmore at Pontispool on Monday the 8th November which is just before the Area Arena Eventing Qualifiers at Bicton on the 13th November so a chance to get some practice in first!

We have also introduced a show jumping clinic for those who don’t want to jump too big.  This will be a very relaxed clinic with confidence and fun being the key element with instruction from Annie Tewson whom many of you will already know.

Click here to book these or any other clinics

Our last dressage competition of this year will be held at Wellbeck on Sunday 17th October, after that the weather becomes too unpredictable so we will have a break until Spring.  Please click here to enter as the more people we have the more fun it is!

We are also in need of writers to enable this event to take place.  No experience necessary, if you can offer a little of your time we would be really grateful.  Please contact Clare on if you can help either at this event or any events in the future!

The role of Health and Safety within the club is soon to become vacant. Is there anyone out there who feels they could take on this role??  Some previous experience would be advantageous but at the same time there is plenty of guidance from the BRC to set someone up in this role.  We do need someone in this role to continue our clinics etc.   If you feel you could help with this please drop Annabel an email on  We need you!

Lastly, but very importantly, in the next few days we will be sending out a survey for you to complete.  The aim of this is to help us find out what you would really like from your club.  The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and your name will  be entered into a draw and the winner will receive a £50 voucher for Redpost!!

Posted 1 October 2021

September Clinic and Events Update!

We have our Autumn Camp coming up on the 13th to the 15th September.  There is still limited availability so it is not too late to join the fun!  It could be for the whole camp or simply for just a training day.  If you would like to discuss this please contact Michelle on .  It is a very friendly and supportive camp and as always with very good instructors.

Finally it looks like we are going to be able to have our Annual General Meeting (and social!), which is a chance to have your say and also to meet for a catch up without a horse in tow. The date will be Thursday 25th November, full details to follow, but keep that evening free!

We have a full calendar of events organised until the end of the year and remember that for all shared arena based clinics the subsidized entry fee of £25 will apply for the rest of 2021!

Posted 5 September 2021

£25 Clinics for Members

As a thank-you to all our loyal members who have stayed with us through the pandemic, we are delighted to announce that from now until September, all our local, arena-based, group lessons will be available for £25 *

Hurry, as places will fill up quickly!

If you are not a member of the South Devon Riding Club, you are very welcome to join us. Click here to join and take advantage of this great opportunity.

* Plus booking fee. Individual lessons available for £40. Refunds will be made to those who have already paid.

Posted 31 March 2021

COVID Updates

For the latest Covid-19 BRC activities update, please click here

Quiz Time!

You are invited to join us for some light hearted fun on Thursday 11th February at 7.30pm for a Zoom quiz.  We thought that it would be a nice way for us all to get together and interact as a club, given the current situation and not being able to get together at our clinics in person.  Nothing serious and the family can join in too!  There will be some general knowledge questions, horse trivia and some picture rounds.  The winner can chose an item of SDRC merchandise, this could be a fleece, a jacket or any other item!  We hope that you can join us.

 To join please click on the link below.  Kelly has kindly taken this on so if you do have any problems please drop an email to

Posted 8 February 2021

A Personal Message from Bel Ross, our new Chair

I feel privileged to have become Chairman of the riding club after thirty years of membership!  I have represented the club at the championships in all disciplines including being a team member when we won the national riding club endurance championships!
I still remember about thirty years ago going to a club dressage at Coombe Park, having just moved to Devon with a green horse, and feeling like I had made so many new friends in just one day! This supportive, friendly and encouraging atmosphere still continues and the motivation and enthusiasm of your committee is exceptional! Accessibility to top class trainers, at an affordable price, together with the opportunity to compete at area and national level for the more competitive are fundamentals of the club. I’m looking forward to 2021 being another action packed year for members, Covid permitting!!
Posted 29 November 2020

Sandra Davis Elected as Riding Club President – A Message from our new Chair

Sandra has been the backbone of the club for more decades than I can remember. She was an excellent instructor both for riding and stable management seeing many of us through our riding club stage exams.  She also organised numerous events every year and was the initiator of the popular three phase day.  Additionally, Sandra has guarded the club’s finances fastidiously up until very recently. Her encyclopaedic knowledge has been invaluable to the club for years. The committee is thrilled Sandra has accepted the role of Club President.

Posted 29 November 2020

New Committee Members

The club is delighted to welcome new committee members Annabel Ross (Chair), Charlotte Allen, Sue Minchinton, Carmen Shah and Mary Talbot-Rosevear. Here are statements from Charlotte and Mary:

‘Hi I’m Charlotte, I’ve been a member of South Devon Riding Club for 4 years. I have an 8year old ex-racer called Dilly whom I’ve owned for 2 years. We currently compete at unaffiliated dressage, having worked our way up to novice level this season before lockdown and also enjoy competing in the ROR classes at the County Shows. This coming year I’m hoping to get out to some unaffiliated jumping and planning on attending camp as have heard so many good things about it! I trained at Hartpury College and spent many years working within the equine industry, so am hoping to utilise some of my skills to support the club. ‘

Mary lives in Bigbury in the South Hams. Her passion is riding. She has cared for horses for over 20 years; but only began riding when her daughter got her first pony. She trains with Karen Lisk and is a member of South Devon Riding Club.
“Coming late to riding has meant the South Devon Riding Club has given me many opportunities to improve my riding and gain experience and confidence in a friendly yet competitive environment. We can all be winners at home; but getting out and competing is the only way to improve. SDRC members have been welcoming and supportive, which has helped me overcome many hurdles.”

Posted 16 November 2020

Annual General Meeting

The November 2020 AGM meeting minutes and chair’s report are now available.

Posted 15 November 2020

BRC Update

British Riding Clubs have issued the following statement about riding club activities:

‘Following the recent announcement of another national lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, we are saddened to announce that the current interpretation is that all BRC activity, bar virtual activity, must cease during this time. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes all activities run under the BRC banner, including competitions, training, clinics and camps. We continue to liaise with the Department for Digital, Media and Sport and Sport England, and will update you further should the advice change. ‘

See BRC Website for the latest news.

Please contact your clinic organiser for further details.

Posted 3 November 2020

Area Dressage Qualifiers

A MASSIVE well done to everyone who represented SDRC at the Area Dressage Qualifiers held last weekend

Congratulations to the Novice Team on winning with the following results:
Emma Tremaine, 2nd with 69.14% in prelim 2
Gillian Glegg won prelim 7 with 70.45%
Siobhan Murphy, 2nd with 70.43% in novice 24
Kate Fletcher won novice 27 with 75.54%

Fantastic results from the Novice individuals:
Helen Cobbold won Novice 24 with 70.65%
Emma Tremaine, 2nd with 70.23% in prelim 7

Our only intermediate entry Kate Fletcher won novice 28 with 74.38%

You should all be so proud of yourselves, thank you for representing the club so well

Posted 3 November 2020

Lockdown Update November 2020

Sadly it looks like all planned clinics and events at the moment will have to be cancelled due to the looming lock down.   We will get advice from BRC within the next couple of days to confirm this but it is obvious that within the new government restrictions these will not be possible.  Any advice we are given for the current situation will be posted on our Facebook page and the website.

Once we have confirmation clinic fees will be refunded.   Any competition entry fees will have already been sent to the Area Rep but Becky will sort these out as soon as we receive information from BRC.

Posted 2 November 2020


To remind you that if you would like to join our virtual AGM on the 11th November at 7.30 please can you contact Clare ASAP as we need to let BRC know by the 3rd November as they are setting up the virtual meeting for us.  They will then send you a link to follow.  Won’t be the normal fun social evening but if you want to keep up to date with any changes or make any suggestion please “come along”!  We will be sending out a copy of the Chair’s summary, the minutes and a copy of the financial report to all members after the event if you can’t make it.

Posted 2 November 2020

Update July 2020

There are a lot of new regulations that we have to build into our Risk Assessments and we are constantly keeping an eye on any changes that the Government makes to our day to day life and how our Governing body the BHS, is interpreting them.  Many of these regulations are laid out for much larger events than we hold, and so can seem a little over the top, but we’re really impressed with how everyone coped at our recent clinic and we know that you’ll all continue to help us keep on the right track.
For the time being all our clinics and events are run using the following guidelines (but they might change, according to different venues, please read the event information carefully):
  • That you withdraw should you become unwell with Covid symptoms prior to the event
  • That you do not congregate in groups
  • We would prefer you only bring 1 person with you.  Please consider whether extra people are necessary before bringing them
  • Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead
  • Please respect a 2 metre distance between you and your fellow members/attendees
  • Spectators – please check with the organiser first that it is ok for you to attend
Due to the smaller number of entries that we are able to provide for, we are also having to manage entry fees carefully.  We really want to give you many more opportunities to train and compete but there is also a payoff between planning in advance and keeping an eye on Guideline and Regulation changes.
As always, thank you for your support in these difficult times and stay safe!
Posted 15 July 2020

More Events

We hope you are keeping safe and are now managing to start getting out and about again!
British Riding Clubs have now given us the go ahead to start organising clinics, events and competitions so please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.
Our new monthly email summary of upcoming events will remind you to visit the the website to book.
All events will be run under covid guidelines as advised by BRC.  As these are subject to change please keep an eye on the website or contact the organiser of the event.
Posted 12 July 2020

Chard Training Day?

The committee will be meeting this month to look at how we can resume some of our activities.
We are hoping to offer some training clinics and possibly our dressage competitions.
Following the cancellation of both our spring and summer residential camps, Michelle is looking at the possibility of a training day to be held at Chard Equestrian Centre on Wednesday 15th July.
This could offer showjumping or flat or a mixture of both for each rider???
Are members interested?
Would you travel?
Are you happy to work in small groups?
Contact Michelle by email or Facebook if interested
Posted 10 June 2020

South Devon Riding Club Bygones

Have a look at the gallery to see memories of the Riding Club and see if you recognise any names, faces or events!
Posted 11 May 2020

British Riding Clubs Coronavirus FAQs for Members 27/3/2020

Please read this important document which contains the latest advice and guidance for all members.
Posted 27 Mar 2020

Festival of the horse qualifier

Saturday 21st March at Colraine with the finals at Aston Le Walls 30th-31 May.
Open to all club members, it would be great if we can send a couple of teams. Classes to choose from are 80cm, 90cm and 1m. The qualifier will be in the style of Arena Eventing but the finals will be SJ and XC. It’s £21 per entry.
Please contact Becky or Ellie if you are interested in this exciting opportunity. We look forward to hearing from old members and new.
Posted 14 Feb 2020

Andrew Lovell Clinic 9 Feb

Regrettably, with Storm Ciara on its way on Sunday, it has been decided decided it would be unsafe for people to travel and ride in the forecast winds and we have decided to postpone the Andrew Lovell clinic. We would very much like to rerun this clinic. Riders booked onto this clinic are being asked to contact Nell to confirm they know the clinic is postponed and also to discuss new dates for this clinic.
Posted 7 Feb 2020

Spring Camp

Booking for Spring Camp at Stockland Lovell is now open on the events page
Posted 7 Feb 2020


All members please note that there will be no further newsletters as all the information you need is now on this website
Posted 19 Jan 2020

Richard Waygood MBE ‘One Team’ talk on the 1st of Feb at The Cardinals, Hatt, Saltash PL12 6PJ.

Richard has recently been announced as Performance Director for the British Equestrian Federation alongside his duties as World Class Performance Manager for British Eventing and Tokyo Olympics is his focus.
The Cardinals is very easy to find and easily accessible from Devon or Cornwall.  There is an event set up on Facebook and on the website where you can purchase tickets, if anyone has any issues getting tickets contact Caroline Wills.
Posted 3 Jan 2020

Newsletter Update
Please note that there is an updated copy of the November newsletter (listed under December). The update contains further details about the upcoming Andrew Lovell clinics, most notably that there will be show jumping as well as polework clinics available and that all entries will be taken via Equo.
Posted Dec 2019

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