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Summer News

I can’t believe the children are back at school and the summer is just about over. However when I look at my ponies’ coats and see how thick and hairy they all are I know the short days and colder weather is on its way.

So much has happened over the last couple of months and so many of you have been out and about with your ponies having fun. The club has had great success at the Northern Championships and a couple of our juniors have had their first taste of Championship competition at Lincoln. 

Thursday 25th July our training session at Port Royal was enjoyed by all even though we had a couple of unscheduled dismounts. Fortunately, no one was injured and everyone had a smile on their face by the end of the evening. Our thanks go to Adele who was our trainer.

Flying HighSarah and the fabulous Worzel showing us all how it’s done.

Tuesday 30th July Our lovely trainer from France came back to Thornton House Farm. Everyone is so glad to see Helen Coxall on her return visits to England and always enjoy her no nonsense direct approach.

Wednesday 31st July we were back at the club field for a flat work session with Lucy Jordan.

Friday 2nd August   Our senior HT team Becky Whiteley, Amy Harris, Rachael Smith and yours truly were at Swalcliffe EC competing in the BRC National Championships. A fantastic venue and an unbelievable xc course which was full up and challenging. The team were placed 10th out over 30 teams competing. I finished 9th and Rachael 13th  in her arena. Amy finished on a double clear but with time penalties and Becky had a fabulous experience coming back to eventing after quite a break.

 Wednesday 14th August

EVRC Stressless DressageResults

Class 1 Intro A

1st Jackie Snow      70.65%                 

2nd Fran Ackerley   68.04%

3rd Emma Leak   68% 

Class 2  P13

1st Paige Atkin 69.68%

2nd Christine Shepherd 67.12%

3rd Cluny Chapman  65.19%

Class 3 N24

1st Rachel Matthews  64.78%

2nd Kate Stringer 64.18%                    

Class 4 Pick a test

1st Jackie Snow 68.70%

2nd Fran Ackerley  66.09%

3RD Emma Leak  6413%

Sunday August 25TH


The Senior Novice team finished 3rd

A number of EVRC competitors represented the club in the senior dressage on a very hot day at Bishop along with one junior.

Rachael Smith came first in her arena
Lucy Jordan finished 2nd in her arena

Millie Bolden, our only junior put in a lovely performance to finish in the ribbons too.

National Championships at Lincoln

Amazingly two of the youngest competitors qualified for the National Championships at Lincoln.

Natasha Fieldsend rode Sunny in the junior riding test and although she didn’t finish in the placings she gained invaluable experience competing for her club.      

Millie Hunter Bolden joined another three juniors from Area 4 to make a team and the team came third. A fabulous achievement for Millie in her first season with Ebor Vale.  

Thursday September 12th   

EVRC Stressless DressageResults

Class 1 Intro B 

1st Tan  66.52  

2nd  Kirsty 65.86

3rd Philip 62.82

Class 2 Prelim 1

 1st Kate 68.94

2nd Rachel 65.86

3rd Emma 62.82

Class 3 Nov 30

1st Kate 65.19

2nd Rachel 62.5

Class 4 Pick a Test

1st Tan 67.17

2nd Philip 63.26

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that I’ve been somewhat late with my news update and for that I apologise. The summer is always hectic for everyone and that includes me. I’ve been to BRC Championships, helped at pony club camp, been away with my pony Wispa to Sommerford and been on a holiday to relax and do nothing. I promise to be more diligent in the future.

Hope to see you soon


June Newsletter

Good morning Everyone ????

I hope everyone is enjoying ‘Flaming June’ or should that be ‘Raining June’ I wonder?!!? ????????????

Well, whatever the weather – you’re sure to find a warm welcome at any of our upcoming Ebor Vale Events.

Give this months news letter from our Chair Jackie a read to see what’s on and all our other news!

Happy Tuesday ????

April News

I hope you are all looking forward to Easter and being able to get out and about with your four legged friends. As I write this newsletter it is raining but we have had a long period without the wet stuff so we can’t complain.
Sunday 31st March the Junior Novice Dressage Nationals. Leah Stott, Eleanor Messer and Millie Harris represented the club at the National Championships at Arena Uk. The girls did a fabulous job and produced some lovely tests but sadly just missed out in the placings. Eleanor Riding at Arena UK
2nd April Tuesday was our first informal social held at Mr Chus, in Hayton . Members, committee and non members came together to have a drink, meet face to face and offer suggestions regarding inter club competitions and different fun activities. Some of the ideas were brilliant and the committee will be working hard to make some of them happen. It was a well supported get together and I hope we can repeat it on a regular basis.
Training at THF with Adele on the 4th April was well attended and it was lovely to see new faces taking advantage of the fabulous facilities. There were lots of positive comments from those taking part which makes it all worthwhile.

The next training is on Tuesday 16th April which will be flat work. Text Rachael to book a space or message on the FB post.
Area 4 CT Qualifier Richmond 7th April
EVRC sent two Senior teams represented the club at Richmond and there was no margin for error as they only had 3 riders. All competitors produced brilliant dressage tests and coped with a challenging indoor show jumping course which proved to be quite challenging for a lot of riders.
The results…
90Q Arena A !st Jackie snow Arena B 1st Dawn Young
100Q Arena A 4th Rachael Smith.
Team 1st and Qualify for the National Championships
90Q Arena A 3rd Marie Spillian
100Q Areans A Paige Atkin AreanB8th Brogan Hodgson
Team finished 12th

Evrc would like to wish Kate Stringer the very best of luck when she represents the club at the Intermediate Winter Championships at Bury farm on the 27th/28th April.

Dates for your diary
Tuesday 16th April Flatwork with Jack Wainwright at THF
Thursday 25th April Mecca Bingo Fishergate details to follow from Sam.
Tuesday 30th April Pole work with Verity Franks at THF
Thursday 9th May Dress down dressage show at the club field
Thursday 23rd May show jump training at Port Royal
Our first dressage show of the season is on Thursday the 9th of May. Please support us by coming to compete, schedules to be out soon, or offer to help. Rachel Matthews is taking on the role of co coordinating helpers so please help her by offering a few hours for your club.


March News

Hello Members,
There have been a few changes within the club recently; the main one being the formation of a new committee, so let me start by introducing you to the members and their responsibilities.
• Chair Jacki Snow
• Secretary Rachel Matthews
• Treasurer Margaret Hope/Christine Shepherd
• Membership Dawn Young
• Team Manager Zoe Nundy
• Website/Area 4 Lisa Fieldsend
• Training Rachael Smith
• Show Secretary Fran Ackerley
• Social Events Sam Dexter
• Safeguarding Officer Philip Lewis Ogden
Committee members Jeanne Wilson, Chris Frear
We could still do with a couple of more people to help on the committee. To help with coordinating volunteers, helping organise shows with Fran or helping Sam organise social events.
Standing down from the committee are Emma Darley and David Fielding. Emma has been involved with the club and on the committee for many years and for the last few years has taken on many responsibilities from field maintenance to team manager, working tirelessly for the club and its members. We thank her for all her efforts over the years. David Fielding has been our Chairman for the last few years and we thank him for his calm and patient guidance. The new committee are keen to keep members informed of what is happening and what we have planned for the club. First and foremost we are determined to prioritise communication between ourselves, the committee, and all the members. We want to hear what you have to say and what you would like the club to deliver on your behalf.
Most of the communication is done via our Face book page but we are in the process of devising a monthly news letter that will be sent to members to let them know what has been happening and what we have planned. Text messaging is something we are looking at too and we are keen to be able to sent single text messages to multiple contacts so if anyone could help with that please let us know.
Zoe has been very busy organising both Junior and Senior teams. In February EVRC sent two teams to the Novice indoor show jumping at Bishop Burton College. The 80 cm team consisting of Jackie Snow, Rachael Smith, Paige Atkin and Marie Spillane finished 6th and the 90cm team consisting of Amy Harris, Brogan Hodgson, Vicky Pears and Adele Barlow finished 2nd.
The club had to provide volunteers for the day and we sincerely thank all those who gave their time in order to let others compete, Tania O’Connell, Rachel Matthews, Jeanne Wilson, Dawn Young, Fiona Wainwright, Amy Harris, Margaret Hope, Marie Spillane.
Next was the Show Cross at Epworth and again two teams competed, Marie Spillane, Paige Atkin and Becky Whiteley in the 80cm and Amy Harris, Brogan Hodgson and Vicky Pears in the 90cm. Unfortunately the teams were unplaced. Olivia Rogers, riding her lovely new horse for the juniors, had a fabulous xc round but unfortunately had a couple of poles down in the sj. Again a massive thank you to Margaret Hope and Zoe Nundy for fence judging.
Coming up Rachael Smith is organising training at Thornton House Farm.
Thursday 4th April Jumping with Adele Mason 4pm – 7pm
Thursday 18th April Flatwork with Jack Wainwright 5pm – 8pm.
There are still spaces so please text Rachael 07979884101 or message on Fb.

Finally we are having a social get together at Mr Chu’s on Tuesday 2nd April at 7.30 to meet with members and non members. A chance to meet and chat and let us know what you want from Ebor Vale Riding Club.

Hope to see you very soon



Dear members,

As many of you may know a meeting was held on Thursday 7th March to discuss the future of EVRC. It was attended by a group who feel loyal and passionate about the club, many have been members for a long time. The group decided to form a new committee and the elected officers are as follows

  • Chair             Jackie Snow
  • Treasurer             Christine Shepherd and Margaret Hope
  • Membership      Dawn Young
  • Secretary             Rachel Matthews
  • Training Rachael Smith
  • Teams Zoe Nundy
  • Show secretary Fran Ackerley
  • Social events Sam Askew/ David Fielding
  • Safeguarding Officer Philip Lewis-Ogden
  • Website/ Area 4 liaison Lisa Fieldsend
  • Committee members Jeanne Wilson/ Chris Freear

Now we need to keep this momentum going and that involves every single riding club member. We want to deliver a variety of activities that will appeal and include everyone. In order to deliver these activities we need to know firstly what you want and then with members support and help we will endeavour to organise them.

I am keen to see more social events being organised so that we can come together informally and get to know one another. If you have any ideas or thoughts on trainers, demonstrations, different equestrian activities or even trips away please drop us a text or email and let us know.

I am excited about the positively that was generated from the newly elected committee, now we need you as members to support your club and make it the success I know it can be.



New Showjumping dates

Morning all,

I can confirm our new date for the Winter SJ qualifier is 23rd & 24th February at Bishop Burton.

Same format as before unless entries are down considerably, in which case I will propose we run all qualifiers on one day, but please be assured this would be an extreme decision.

I have waited for British Racing and BEF for their latest updates this morning before releasing the date.

If we find ourselves in a situation where we have to cancel again, then all entries will go into a hat and a draw made by an independent person for qualifying places for Championships.

Sam will be contacting team managers direct regarding revised entries.

It is not mandatory that horses must have a six month booster however, please seek advice from your vet.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any committee member if you have any queries.

Best regards

chair area 4

Please can you circulate the attached current advice from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), which is the National Federation for all equestrian sport in the UK (not including Horse Racing). This advice applies to British Showjumping (BS), British Eventing (BE), British Dressage (BD) and British Riding Clubs (BRC). The BEF made a statement on the 11th of February 2019 reiterating that their stance is maintained following the weekend, which can be found here:

Statement from the BEF:

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the latest update from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on Friday 8th February that there have been three further positive results for equine flu – bringing the total number of positive results to six – all of which are in the same racing yard.
The advice from our veterinary experts remains that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events as there is as yet no evidence of widespread infection, however we will continue to monitor this situation closely and will issue further updates as more information becomes available.
We continue to urge all horse owners to be vigilant and follow the recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
We also urge any owners with suspected cases to take immediate veterinary advice and if equine flu is confirmed by laboratory testing, they should contact their relevant member body.
It is crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs.
If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately.
It is essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take immediate veterinary advice.
If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon.
The BEF has further guidance on its website regarding equine infectious diseases and biosecurity:

Any further questions about the recent Equine Flu outbreak the BEF have a Q&A page which can be found here: