British Riding Clubs Area 8

Billericay and District riding club are official qualifiers for the Sunshine Tour Championships!

Our first two shows of the season are qualifiers for the Sunshine Tour Championships at the All England Showground, Hickstead. To be held from Thursday 13th September to Sunday 16th September 2018. Unaffiliated & Amateur Championships for Dressage, Show Jumping,
Showing & Eventers Challenge.
If you would like to qualify for the Sunshine Tour Championships at Hickstead,
you can apply for a Personal Qualifier Form to take to registered shows held
between 1st January and 22nd July 2018.

Apply online at

The Sunshine Tour Championships are for unaffiliated and novice horses and ponies and amateur competitors.

AGM, Presentations and Quiz night on 16th March at Downham Village Hall!

The AGM is on 16th March at Downham village Hall and this year there are lots more awards and prizes so make sure you don’t miss out! The evening will start with the AGM and presentations to prize winners, followed by a fun quiz.

2017 champions are listed in the newsletter and will be posted on our facebook page and website; please do come along, as photos of winners will be sent to the Essex Rider.

The evening will be fun filled and relaxed so make sure to bring your food, drinks and smart friends for the quiz!

For those who haven’t been before there is a free car park for the hall on the opposite side of the road.

MKEC Training Camp is now full but keep your eyes peeled for other events this year!!

Amazing news we have filled the places for our training camp in April and have a waiting list!

Thankyou to Rosie for all your hardwork organising it!

Don’t be down if you were unable to get a place as there will be many more exciting events to look forward to!

Our 2018 Crays Hill show dates will be released as soon as they are finalised and liason events will be publicised nearer the time!

Looking forward to another exciting year ahead with members old and new!

Team 6th at Blenheim International 100cm Eventers Challenge!

I think it’s safe to say we all had a FABULOUS day at Blenheim International 100cm Eventer Challenge.
The Team came an Amazing 6th on a score of 10 out of a good 30 teams I can’t remember precisely how many with only one team finishing the day on a 0 score to win!! The team consisted of Annette Philpot, Samantha Slater, Julie Hayward and Rosie bates.
Annette and Zook produced an awesome clear within the tight time.
Julie and Lola had an unfortunate 4 faults in the SJ phase but smashed the rest of the round just picking up 2.4 time penalties.
Sam and Harry had a cracking Clear round that she deserved so much just unfortunately picked up 18 time penalties.
And Rosie and Douglas also produced a Clear Round just picking up 3.6 time penalties.

Pictures can be seen in the Gallery on the website!

Well done to you all. 🐴

Don’t forget Showjumping show this Sunday!!

Don’t forget we have our last show of the season over at Crays Hill recreation ground this Sunday 17th September. From 9.30am we have cross poles all the way up to 1m!

The caterers and photographers are confirmed and the ground has been checked!

Look forward to seeing you all there for another great show ! 🙂

Results for Dressage on 13th August!

We had a very successful show at Crays Hill on Sunday, with lots of new and old faces attending. The weather was kind to us and we had a really lovely day and some really lovely combinations of horse and riders.

Attached is a full list of the results, well done to all competitors and well done to all the committee for putting on another fantastic show! The photographers will be posting the pictures via our facebook page.

Dressage 13th August

One final report from the horse trials championships!

Junior member Scarlett Lloyd qualified on her 6 year old Wiggle, who she has produced herself.
This was a massive step up for Moo and Wiggle, who excelled themselves to complete all three phases! A partnership to watch for the future for sure, well done 👏

BRC NAF 5* Horse Trials Championships

Having had a great qualifying competition at Poplar Park, with the team taking all top four placings to qualify, three of the team members arrived at Swalcliffe Park in Oxfordshire on the Friday before competition day in great spirits. Lauren, our fourth team member had taken ill on return from a trip to Uganda and sadly couldn’t join us, but is on the mend.
Sophie Philpot was first to present for dressage on the Saturday and looking very smart, headed off to complete a lovely obedient and accurate test. Grace Parrish was next to go and rode a super test to be second place in her arena going into the show jumping. Kate Thompson rode shortly after Grace and also did a super test for 30.7.
The show jumping had been causing some problems through the day and again Sophie was first to go. She rode brilliantly, however Paddy thought that all the banners and tents were very exciting and was quite spooky, so they didn’t go through to the Cross Country. Grace rode a great round with an unlucky pole and Kate went clear.
The Sunday was Cross Country day which was being run in the old format of roads and tracks, steeplechase and the cross country in phases A,B,C and D. Phase A roads & tracks was 1400m to be ridden at 200mpm, Phase B, the steeplechase was 1000m to be ridden at 500mpm and Phase C roads and tracks was 3850m to be ridden at 150mpm. The girls had all walked this phase, with Sophie being particularly brilliant in a supporting capacity and helping to keep spirits high and both Grace and Kate went clear within the times for each phase and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Phase D, the cross country had been riding well through the day but the optimum time of 5.02 was proving quite tight. Grace was first out of the start box and rode a brilliant clear to finish with just 2 time faults. Kate rode a fabulous, speedy round to finish with nothing extra to add to her dressage score.
Both girls were needed for the presentation where Grace came 6th and Kate 3rd. Kate also came 1st in her class for being closest to the optimum time cross country. Our team Manager and trainer Annette Philpot went beyond the call of duty being a brilliant support, calming nerves, walking miles of courses and roads and tracks and talking through timings – several times, providing lots of advice to the riders and support crews and even giving backie lifts on a bike to tired team members. Huge “Thank you!” Annette.

Senior Horse Trials Report- Swalcliffe in Oxfordshire, 3rd – 5th August

New member Sally Plummer Jones was thrown in at the deep end when we asked her to ride in the 100+ Team qualifiers at the end of June. She only went and qualified for the national finals and she tells her story of the championships below …. After qualifying for the BRC champs at poplar park in the 100+ the task began to get my chunky Irish sport horse fit enough for roads and tracks steeplechase and xc. After many hacking hours up hills and galloping stubble fields we arrived at the champs fighting fit! I was pleasantly surprised at how amazingly well run and organised it all was and both horse and rider well catered for . The trot up was a lovely first experience for me . The dressage was quiet and away from the chaos of the show. And WOW the setting of the show is in the most beautiful rolling countryside . The course walk with Lucinda Green was amazing giving us loads of gems of information, all in all what a great experience and really hope to qualify again next year and to be part of a senior team !