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How have we got to the longest day already? It’s sad to think the daylight hours will be getting shorter from now on.

Here is a roundup of what has been happening at the club over the last couple of months

Training in May was very busy, Zoe organised 2 jumping sessions with Russ Underwood and they have proved to be popular with members. He certainly knows how to motivate riders and get the very best out of them.

Rachael organised a poles session with Amanda Snowdon at the club field and again everyone went away with a smile on their face having set their own personal goals and achieving them. May also saw the first of our Clear round jumping evenings where members only come to the field and are able to spend time going over fences at their chosen heights. It is very affordable and Sheila and Jenni are on hand to help and encourage.

On the 16th May EVRC held their first Pleasure ride! Superbly organised by Tania. It was the most lovely morning seeing groups of riders chatting away having a social while riding their ponies around Everingham. We will most definitely hold another one as it was enjoyed by everyone.


EVRC Dressage Show 23rd May

Intro A 

1st Jackie Snow 66.08%

2nd Tilly Pilkington 64.50%

3rd Sarah Pilkington63.91%

Prelim 1

1st Rachel Matthews 69.36%

2nd Jackie Snow 63.16%

3rd Olivia Rogers 63.15%


!st Emma Leak 70.21%

2nd Emma Leak 68.92%

3rd Samantha A 60.43%

June’s Events

Clear round jumping again was enjoyed by attendees and the progress of horse and riders can clearly be seen from when they start to the end result. Thank you Sheila!!

Training at Underwood’s and at the field again was very popular and it is brilliant we can cater for all abilities. Make sure you all keep an eye out for posts on the EVRC Face Book page for details and get booked in quickly.

A reminder that training fees need to be paid for by BT to Ebor vale RC 

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Dressage Show 13th June

Intro C

1st Fran Ackerley 65.22%

2nd Robyn Strangeways 63.91%

3rd Till Pilkington 63.70%


Robyn Strangeways 68.62%

Charlie 67.93%

Rachel Matthews 64.31%


1st Charlie 70.14%

2nd Fran Ackerley 63.70%

3rd Tilly Pilkington 61.59%

Inter Club Team Dressage

Sunday 27th was a lovely morning of competition when Ebor Vale and White Rose RC riders competed in the inter club team dressage at the club field. Riders looked so smart and all ponies and horses were turned out beautifully. For many it was the first time riding competitively as part of a team and there were visible nerves. Everyone rode brilliantly and it was lovely to see everyone supporting each other.

Individual Results

Intro A

1st Sarah Pilkington 69.78%

2nd Vikki Cheeseman 66.04%

3rd Isobel Fowler 64.78%

Intro B

1st Elaine Smith 65.87%

2nd= Olivia Cheeseman 65.67%                           

2nd= Lauren Paige 65.67%


1st Sandi Draper 65.0%

2nd Andrea Cowey 63.95%

3rd Katie Martin 63.68%


1st Heulwen Donavon 68.62%

2nd caroline Scanlon 67.76%

3rd Sheena Spence 66.21%

Team Results

1st White Rose Roses   5 points

2nd White Rose Daises  8 points

3rd= Ebor vale Pink    9 points

3rd = White Rose Poppies 9 points

5th Ebor Vale Purple  10 points

6th Ebor vale Red  12 points

A massive “Thank you” to our helpers on the day, Lucy and Amy Jordon, Rachael Smith and Elice Wadsworth.

Dates for your Diary

Saturday  July 3rd Area 4 SJ Qualifier at Richmond

Thursday 8th July Clear Round Jumping at the club field

Sunday 11th July Area 4 DTM Qualifier at Manor Grange

Wednesdy 14th July Flatwork/Poles training at club field

Sunday 18th July Area 4 HT Qualifier at Helen Bell’s

Thursday 29th July EVRC Dressage Show at club field.

Before I go I’d just like to reiterate a message that has been mentioned before and it’s about volunteering to help at club and Area 4 events. As a member of EVRC you are expected to offer to help at least once a year at either a club activity or at an Area 4 competition.

The committee do as much as they can and we have a few members who have offered to help at Area 4 Qualifiers. If we are unable to send volunteers to qualifiers then our teams and individuals cannot compete. 

Sheila Kheunle is our volunteer coordinator so please look at the diary dates and get in touch with her to fulfil your membership commitment.


Ebor Vale Riding Club News

Hello Members,

I write this watching the rain through the window and for once it’s a welcome sight. My fields are looking rather dry and brown and I am still feeding my ponios hay. I hope that we get enough of the wet stuff to replenish the grass but not too much that it stops us going out enjoying our selves. 

A lot has been happening at club and at Area 4level with the virtual Novice and Intermediate Championships added to the mix too….

EVRC training events

Thanks to Rachael Smith our training at Thornton House Farm has been very popular and consistently well attended throughout the autumn and winter, when we were not in lockdown. The last session there was a jumping session with Amanda Snowdon. It was an opportunity for those individuals who like to jump to be tested by making them think about, riding corners, maintaining a consistent canter rhythm and analysing their own performance. Everyone enjoyed it and I have to say Hannah Wainwright who was in the first group with me and a few other oldies was an absolute delight and didn’t mind showing a few of us how to do it….

Zoe Nundy has also stepped in to organise some sessions with Russ Underwood. The XC training was very enjoyable and informative and we are looking forward to starting some jump training at Underwood Events to help prospective team members prepare for Area qualifiers.


BRC Winter Novice Championships 2019 and 2020

The Brc Championships had to be moved online due to Covid 19 and EVRC had a few riders competing virtually having Qualified in the October of 2019.

Rachael Smith riding Glory Hunter finished 6th in their Arena

Jenni Keuhnle riding Amarach Clover finished 7th in their Arena.

A fabulous achievement in a National competition.

The juniors qualified for the 2021 BRC Virtual Championships and unfortunately had to compete as a team of 3 as one of the ponies went lame. The team finished =9th which considering they were a rider down was an amazing achievement…

Elissa Harrison riding Lackagh Pride finished 9th in their Arena

Izzy Scanlon riding George finished 9th in their Arena

Keeley Nundy riding Ruby Tuesday finished 7th in their Arena

A brilliant job girls!!!!

Arena Eventing Qualifier  

EVRC had one junior and two seniors representing

the club at Richmond in April. It was the first 

actual Qualifier to be held since the DTM in July


Freya Pinwell  riding Abi represented EVRC in the Junior 80cm section and finished 9th out of a large class of 27 competitors.

Vicky Pears riding Noodles Blue Boy finished 24th in their class

Marie Spillane riding Westend Stevie finished 6th in their class

Club News and Results

We held our first dressage Competition of the year at the Club on the Thursday 29th April and we had a fabulous response from members and non members.


Class 1 

1st Viki Cheeseman 64.56%                       

2nd Ruth Startin 64.56%                                                     

3rd Victoria Frazier 63.91%

Class 2

1st Molly Martin (O) 68.40%

2nd Olivia Rogers 67.04%

4rd Fiona Wainwright 66.81%

Class 3

1st Marie Spillane 67.67%

2nd Sue Taylor 64.46%

3rd Amy Jordon 64.23%

Class 4

Ist Fiona Wainwright 69.31%

2nd Viki Cheeseman 65.31%

3rd Marie Spillane 64.03%

The next Dressage show is scheduled for Sunday 23rd May and Fran will be organising this one.

Club Training

Members are so lucky to be able to access such a variety of training opportunities with a range of instructors at EVRC. We try to cater for as many members as possible and accommodate requests wherever possible. However we ask that when members book a slot that they Bank Transfer funds straight away to Sort 54 41 24 Account No 54647908 and then text the person running the training to say funds have been transferred. Unfortunately if you are unable to attend the training for whatever reason the session will still have to be paid for, unless we or you can find a replacement.

May 5th was an opportunity for members to attend Underwood Events and receive instruction from Russ Underwood. I think all those that attended would agree that it was a fantastic and educational experience. We look forward to the next one scheduled for the 13th May.

Zoe is organising the training at “Underwoods” so 

Please check the Diary Dates and FB and contact her

to book a slot.

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 6th May Members Clear round jumping

Tuesday 11th May Poles training at the club field with Verity. Book with Rachael.

Thursday 13th May Jumping at Underwood’s. Book with Zoe.

Sunday 16th Pleasure Ride from the club field. Book with Tania

Sunday 23rd EVRC Dressage Show Book with Fran

Saturday 29th Jumping at Underwood’s Book with Zoe

We have such a lot going on for you all at the club so please take advantage and come along to some of the activities on offer.

Before I go I want to say a huge “Thank you “to Clare Field who offered to fence judge at the Area 4 Arena Eventing qualifier at Richmond. As members we are all required to offer to help, either at a club event or at an area Qualifier and it’s so much nicer if members come forward themselves rather than Sheila, our volunteer’s coordinator having to chase folk. We are all aware these activities would not run without an army of volunteers so please do your bit.

Take care and see you soon!

Jackie (Chair)

Riding Club Eventing League

Dear BRC, Please could you share with all members of your club to ensure everyone is aware of the fantastic changes we have made to the BE League this year. As the British Eventing 2021 season gets under way we would like to draw your attention to the BRC BE League. We have added new league levels this year to accommodate more members competing at different levels so have a read and see if you would like to get involved this year.

British Riding Clubs are offering exciting new opportunities to BRC members competing at ALL levels BE80 to  Intermediate with British Eventing (excluding FEI *, ** and *** competitions or BE Championships). For just £5.00 per combination for the whole season across all heights. Have you registered yet? The closing date to register is 1st September so don’t leave it until it is too late. Points will be allocated to all BRC members who complete at any level BE80 to Intermediate during the BE 2021 season and have registered for the league. Once you have registered and paid the £5.00, all you need to do is get out and compete, we will pull all your results from BE directly. So what are you waiting for? For more information and to download a form visit

Payment for £5.00 can be made on our prelim entry website or call the office and you can pay over the phone. If you pay over the phone please download and complete the form on the link above. If you pay via the prelim entry website you can simply add the horses BE Registered name to the comment box on the website, no need for the form.

Results will be updated on the website regularly and we already have a few signed up for the BE90 League accumulating points this weekend. Points can be back dated for this season so don’t worry if you have already competed but not yet signed up. We will add the combinations points throughout the entire 2021 season.

Any further information required please don’t hesitate to contact me,

Kind regards,


Lydia Joyce
BRC Administrator

The British Horse Society

Abbey Park, Stareton, 
Warwickshire  CV8 2XZ

Telephone:02476 840518  

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Ebor Vale Riding Club News

Dear Members,

Please take a look at what is happening at EVRC and Area 4 over the coming months. The person organising the event is initialled for your information and booking should be through them. Our training is primarily organised by Rachael Smith but Zoe Nundy has liaised with Russ Underwood and is offering some sessions at “Underwood’s Events “. Please be aware of the booking and payment instructions which will usually be advertised on our FB page and the EVRC website.

Sheila Kuehnle is organising helpers for the variety of events being planned at the club field and at Area 4 qualifiers and as it is a requirement, as an EVRC member, to offer to help please contact her with dates that you can offer your services please.

Sheila is also running the clear round jumping at the club field and this will be aimed at riders and horses that need experience and confidence. Details will be advertised shortly.

The Pleasure ride will start at the club field and Tania O’Connell will be helping with the organisation before and on the day. The plan is to enjoy a sociable ride and then enjoy a picnic at the end to reflect on our adventures….

Our Club Team Dressage Competition on the 27th June is aimed at riders who have never competed at a BRC Area Qualifier, to give them the experience of riding as part of a team for their club against other local riding clubs. Hopefully it will inspire riders to volunteer to represent their clubs in future Area 4 qualifiers.

In September we can look forward to the EVRC Showing Show which is always very popular and draws many different age groups and differing types of horses and ponies.

We are looking forward to a busy and successful summer at the club and can’t wait to welcome you all.

Jackie  (EVRC Chair)

Ebor Vale Riding Club News, March 2021

Dear Members,

I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to a little more freedom when we hit the 29thMarch, step two of Boris’ road map to freedom. This lockdown has certainly been a challenge for me personally; quite different from the first one when the weather was good and everyone was so optimistic that once we were allowed our freedom again all would be well….

Winter months are a challenge anyway for us horsey folk but add in a National lockdown with nothing to look forward to as regards competitions, pleasure rides, hacking or meeting up with friends and family and life can seem pretty depressing.

What have the EVRC Committee been up to…..

The committee have been on a steep learning curve during this time. We have had to transfer all our planning and communication online. We have been mindful that as members, especially active riding members, you deserved some form of interaction and activities to keep you focused and give you goals to aim for.

Our You Tube platform has provided a couple of activities, one riding and the other a non riding fitness programme organised by “Fight Fit” who are based in Wheldrake.

Our riding session was one using poles. It was led by Adele and she explained how one exercise could be used by different horses to meet their level of experience. In our case a youngster, a more physically mature horse and finally a horse who was well established with regards to the “Levels of training”

If you haven’t already please take a look at our You Tube page and by all means have a go if you have access to a number of poles and either an arena or a flat piece of field.

EVRC Virtual Dressage competition

The club organised a virtual dressage competition for members and non members in February. We had a fabulous response with over twenty entries.  We tried to cater for everyone from first timers to the more experienced combinations and judging by the lovely comments and feedback everyone enjoyed it!




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News From Area 4

Area 4 have also been busy trying to re organise various BRC qualifiers due to the present restrictions. Some Qualifiers have had to be cancelled and others moved on line. Please go to the Area 4 website to see the revised dates and venues and if you want to represent the club contact Zoe Nundy and let her know.

The Winter Novice and Intermediate Championships unfortunately will not take place for the second year but the dressage will go ahead virtually. 

Ebor Vale entered a junior novice team, a senior novice team and a couple of senior novice individuals in the Area 4 qualifier.

The Results are as follows…

EVRC Juniors 

P2 Lissa Harrison    Degla Beti DDU  70.86%  1st         

Izzy Scanlon       George  67.95%  3rd

Keely Nundy       Ruby Tuesday 68.91%  2nd

Millie Harris  Copshawholm Ashleigh Rose 67.14%  3rd

Team first and qualify for the Virtual BRC Championships

EVRC Senior results

P2 Jan Young      Pollyanna IV 70.52% 4th

P2 Emma Leak    Chillblains   70% 5th

P7 Jackie Snow   Menlo Alison 69.32%  11th

P7 Jenni Kuehnle    Amarach Clover  64.55% 18th  

N24 Rachael Smith   Glory Hunter 72.83%    6th

N27 Sam Askew   Jancol Marble 68.39%   5th

Senior Novice Team finishing 3rd

Congratulations and Well done to all our team members who managed to not only ride a test but managed to video it following the strict guidelines and up load it to You Tube to send to Area 4!!!!

The next Area4 Qualifier is the Arena Even ting that will be an actual event held at Richmond in the 24th and 25th April.

Dates for your diary

Monday 5th April XC Training with Russ Underwood  contact Zoe ( Full )

Tuesday 6th April Polework at THF 

Tuesday 20th April  Jumping at THF

Sat/Sun 24th/25th Area4 Arena Eventing Qualifier  Richmond ec

Thursday 29th April Dressage show at Club field

Wednesday 5th May Training at THF

Please do not try to book on any training until it is advertised on our FB page and remember 

  • Text/message
  • Pay via bank transfer: Sort code 54-41-24 Account 54647908
  • Message Rachael adding “Paid” She will then add you to the allocated slot.


We know at EVRC that we have a lot of talented seniors and juniors within our membership and I’d like to feature individuals in the newsletter if possible. All you need to do is send in a report, ideally with a photo, telling us about an activity or feature you think would be of interest. Please send it to  . It could be about a competition you’ve attended, a golden oldie you own or look after, it could be about a new four legged addition to your family.  

I hope to see you all soon 

Take care

Jackie (Chair)

Ebor Vale Riding Club News

A belated “Happy New Year” to you all. I do hope you are keeping well and that you are managing as best you can in this present lockdown….

I am finding this third lockdown much tougher than the previous two and I think the time of year has a lot to do with it. It is taxing enough caring for our ponies in winter but add to the mix Covid and hurricane Christophe and it makes everything doubly hard. My paddocks resemble lakes at the moment and the horses come in covered in mud, it seems relentless…..However let’s try and be positive and look forward to spring and being able to go out with our family and friends once more.

2021 Membership renewal

Membership for 2021 was due on the 1st January so if you haven’t filled in a membership form and paid the annual fee please do so A.S.A.P. Margaret Hope deals with membership and you can send her either a hard copy of the membership form or fill it in online and email it to her. Payment can be by cheque or preferably by Bank transfer to Sort code 54041024 Acc 54647908. Membership forms and all the details on how to renew are on the website.

If by the 1st February we haven’t received your membership renewal unfortunately you will no longer be covered by BRC insurance, be able to represent the club in Area Qualifiers or be entitled to cheaper club training and entry fees. In addition you will no longer receive club and BRC updates via email.

What’s coming up for members in lockdown 

The committee have not been idle since Christmas! We have been trying to think of ways to engage you all as best we can.

Becky Whitely our IT guru, has set up an EVRC You Tube account and we are in the process of recording short sessions for you all to look at and hopefully be able to take some inspiration from. This week was a session using poles, emphasising straightness.

We have plans to include sessions for those of you that cannot ride at the moment on subjects like rider fitness, talks from feed companies, dentists, physiotherapists and Vets. If you have any particular requests please get in touch with your suggestions and if you know any experts who would be interested in giving up some time to become a You Tube star please let us know.

Online Dressage Competition

Following on from our very successful first Lockdown dressage Competition we have a second planned, using BRC dressage tests. The closing date for getting your test/s to me is 15th Feb. Hopefully arenas will have dried out and be defrosted to allow you to ride and have your test videoed!

All the details of how to enter and what to do are on the EVRC FB page and on the website. If you have any questions at all please give me a ring on 07917431087.

Area 4 Competitions Update

Covid 19 and the “Lockdown” have had a massive impact

On the Area 4 Qualifiers and BRC Championships for 2021.

 At the moment the Novice Dressage Qualifier and Championship is going to be run as a virtual competition. The details will follow when we receive them from Area 4.

Unfortunately the Combined Training Championship has been cancelled therefore there will be no Qualifier for this event.

The Arena eventing has been rescheduled and will be run at Richmond EC on the 24th and 25th April if restrictions allow.

The HT will now be on the 18th July at Helen Bells.

The Summer Show has been moved to the 14th and 15th August and will be at Richmond EC.

DTM does not have a date but the venue will be at Manor Grange.

Let us all hope that things improve and that we can get back to what we love doing with our ponies but until then… “Stay safe”

Jackie (Chair)

AGM Minutes


11th NOVEMBER 2020


  1. Apologies – Zoe Godley, Jane Chivers

Present – Rachel Mathews, Samantha Askew, Lucy Jordan, Vicky Pears, Christine Shepherd, Philip Lewis-Ogden, Sheila and Jenni Kuehnle, Fran Ackerley, Jackie Snow, Margaret, Dawn, Gilly B, Rachael Smith, Lisa

Minutes of previous AGM – agreed as correct.

Matters arising – nil

Chairman’s address – Jackie thanked everyone for their attendance and the committee for their had work and commitment over the last 12 months. With great sadness Rachel Mathews will be stepping down from her role as Club Secretary. She was thanked for all her hard work over the last 4 years and on behalf of the committee Jackie wished her all the best for the future. Lucy Jordan was welcomed to the committee – nominated by Jackie and seconded by multiple committee members.  Jackie recapped the year which started well with training but early set-back of the senior show-jumping qualifier having to be re-arranged due to Storm Dennis. This meant EVRC members had to ‘step up’ to provide help at a not so local venue – this they did and the committee would like to thank all that volunteered. The junior team were able to travel down for the arena eventing championship acquiring a team placing of 9th despite being a team member down. The week after the club and country went into lockdown. In an attempt to keep members engaged EVRC launched there first virtual dressage, with success. Another was planned, but unfortunately BD put a stop to this. We also had our showing show – placing responsibility on our chair to judge the many entries. With lockdown easing we re-started training in June in the new ‘COVID safe’ style. We hoped we would be able to move onwards and upwards to team qualifiers. Unfortunately at the 12th hour these were cancelled and the second lockdown commenced, leaving the club back as we were in Spring.Treaurer’s report – this will be forwarded to those that are interested. Total income £7584.19, expenditure £6012.33 = profit £1571.86. Nat west account £4974.46 Lloyds account £3595.48 (£8569.96 total) – these have now been merged to the Nat. West Account only. Training income has reversed the previous downward trend in club finances.

Membership – membership numbers = 84. This is similar to previous years, although concerns were raised that the cancellation of qualifiers by BRC May adversely affect this next year. It was agreed to maintain the current membership fee of £30, despite the membership of BRC increasing.

                        7.    Team report

Teams have been affected, like every aspect of our lives this year. The club were so organised, ready and prepared for the Area 4 Qualifiers. Training was organised to select club teams, Zoe did a brilliant job booking venues and coaches for jump training starting straight after Christmas at Willitoft and later at Bishop Burton. We entered seniors and juniors teams in 70, 80, 90 and 100 classes. Unfortunately the weekend coincided with Hurricane Denis and the forecast was for severe gales on the Sunday. Saturday was the day the juniors competed along with riders in the 100 and 110cm mixed classes.

Sunday’s jumping had to be postponed and was rescheduled unfortunately, with a change of venue and format. Competitors travelled to Moorhouse to compete, which was a challenge not only to park but to navigate around an incredibly small indoor space!!


Junior 70cm team 4th

Millie Harris  (7th   individually )

Hannah Wainright

Isla Murdock

Evie Beastall

Junior 80cm team 4th

Julian Brittenden ( 7th  Individually )

Keeley Nundy

Millie Hunter Boldan

Mixed 100cm 

Adele Barlow ( 11th Individually )

Mixed 110cm

Emma Savage (9th individually)

Senior 70cm Team

Emma Leak (8th individually)

Sam Askew

Jackie Snow

Senior 80cm Team

Rachael Smith

Vicky Pears

Senior 90cm

Sarah Hunt (individually 7th)

March 8th Combined Training and Style Jumping

The Juniors again were a credit to Ebor Vale coming first

Millie Harris ( 1st)

Natasha Fieldsend (3rd)

Millie Hunter Boldan (3rd)

Keeley Nundy (2nd)

The Seniors came over all 2nd

Jackie Snow (9th)

Dawn young (1st)

Rachael Lakin Smith (8th)

Marie Spillane (2nd)

Junior Style jumping


Natasha Fieldsend (1st)

Millie harris (5th)


Keeley Nundy (2nd)

Millie Hunter Boldan (3rd)

Senior Style Jumping


Emma Leak (8th)


Vicky Pears (1st)

Marie Spillane (9th)

Had the Championships run both Junior and Senior Combined Traing Teams would have gone to Aston Le Walls and Natasha Fieldsend and Vicky Pears would have competed at Lincoln.

Fortunately the Junior Arena Eventing team consisting of Millie Harris, Millie Hunter Boldan and Keeley Nundy managed to attend the Championships at Aston Le Walls and managed to achieve a team 9th place. An excellent result considering they were a team of 3!!

It was August before Area Qualifiers were back up and running, although in a limited Covid safe way and as a result the DTM only ran individual Music classes.

DTM Results

Senior Novice

Samantha Askew(5th)

Nicki Grainger

Jan Young (6th)

Jackie Snow(7th)

That concluded the BRC Area and Championship competitions for 2020 as the Winter Novice and Intermediate dressage and Arena Eventing qualifiers had to be postponed due to Covid 19

Training – the club has been able to offer a lot of training this year. This has yet again proved to be very popular with the members. We have used a number of different trainers. The team training has also been very well attended. Flatwork and pole work clinics have worked well, but jumping is a little more tricky to accommodate preferred times/heights/friendship groups but is a work in progress. We are optimistic we will be able to resume training after the lockdown ends. Currently the next scheduled training is Tuesday 15th December, but we will wait to ensure restrictions are lifted before opening this for booking.

AOB – The committee was formally reconvened. Sheila was also welcomed to the committee. The committee took the opportunity to thank Jackie for her work as chairperson.