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Sponsor the SWRC teams at qualifiers and Championships



     KwM Photography

     Sponsor all of our club          competitions and provide           prizes for the winners

      Our other sponsors                         are....

Nadder Valley Equine

SMS Equestrian

Mark Allen Group

AJC Drainage

Plain Equine



22ND APRIL 2018




Well what a fantastic day we had.The sun was shining and the SWRC teams really showed what team spirit is all about. I could not have been prouder of our little club.


The day started with the Jr team who represented us in the 80 Challenge. Lucy Watling, Ben Burgess and Matilda Perry did a fab job to start the day. Unfortunately a few problems meant they didnt get a team score however Lucy came a very impressive 4th (ind) and Ben was an even more impressive winner :-)



Next up were the senior 80 team. We had Teresa Hooper represent us as an individual and a team which consisted of Roy Southey, Emma Hewlett, Martine Kemmish and Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard. Our team managed some very impressive scores with Sarah picking up 6th (ind) and Emma a well deserved 3rd (ind). with scores like that it could only mean one thing.......

TEAM 1st


Next came the 90's. Again we had an individual Jr in the form of Georgia Laice Matthews, an individual Sr Ali Whipp-Long and our team which comprised of Alice Stone, Sally Williams,  Donna Boyd and Daisy Weir. again some fantastic scores that brought us a team 4th and our resident Challenge specialist Alice finished on a score of 0 to take the top spot.



Finally we had for the first time a senior 100 team. Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard (on her second horse), Di Burgess, Alex Hubbard and Zoe Dunham did us proud and finished the day of perfectly, Individual 5th for Alex and 4th for Di secured the final victory of the day.

TEAM 1st


A massive well done to all our competitors.

Ben, Lucy, Matilda, Sarah, Roy Emma, Martine, Alice, Sarah (again), Di, Alex and Zoe will be joining Tom Dyer and Ellie Portnell at Aston-Le-Walls for the FOTH ChampAnd lets not forget our volunteers on the day who were Sue Watling, Jesse Gibbons, Di Lever, Tom Weir, Andrea West and Edie Brazier. We wouldn't be able to do it without you and we really appreciate you volunteering.


And finally a great big THANK YOU to Agricultural water engineers who sponsor all our teams.




30th MARCH 2018


Huge well done to SWRC superstars Tom Dyer and Ellie Portnell for coming individual first.


Joining Ellie in the Jr team were Sorcha Goody, Lucy Watling and Abi Goree who all managed to get individual placings (Sorcha 2nd, Lucy and Abi 3rd) giving them a team 2nd.


Alongside Toms win his team mates also had some cracking marks securing a 5th place for Martine Kemmish and a 7th for Teressa Hooper giving them a team 4th


Daisy Weir managed a very respectable 5th place too. Especially impressive as she had only jumped the horse she was competing for the first time the day before.


Finally well done to Lottie Green, Ali Whipp-long and Emma Hewlett for representing us and contributing to the team scores. 


As always a massive thank you to our fabulous volunteers on the day who were Emma and Poppy Firth, Zoe Dunham and Jo Peacock.


Also thank you once again to  Matt and Karenlee Barrett of Agricultural Water Engineers for being truly wonderful sponsors and for coming to Crofton in the horrendous weather to support us.



24th MARCH 2018


We sent 3 teams to the dressage qualifiers on Saturday. The Jr team of Abi, Lucy, Sorcha and Georgia Laice showed us all how to do it by getting a team 3rd and an individual 4th for Abi and Sorcha. 


The 2 Sr teams unfortunately didn't manage any team placings but we did get some individual ones.The Sr white team of Tom Dyer, Daisy Weir and Ali Whipp-long ended up being a rider short but Tom produced a lovely relaxed and obedient test to pick up a 4th in the prelim and was SWRC's highest score of the day with just under 70%. The Sr red team were represented by Alex Hubbard, Karenlee Barrett, Tara Goree and Donna Boyd.


We also had 4 individuals represent us Matilda and Georgia Laice both did individual tests and for the seniors Teresa Hooper did a fab prelim test to gain our 2nd highest score of the day and Donna Boyd did a Medium test to come 5th.


A huge well done to all and a massive thank you to our volunteers for the day who were Scott Carson and Mick and Julia Read. You were stars.



18th FEBRUARY 2018


A lovely day for SWRC at the BRC area 17 SJ Qualifiers - so nice to see lots of our members competing in all levels.
The 80 team of Tina Beard, Jo Peacock, Di Burgess and Teresa Hooper had some cracking rounds but unfortunately no team placing.

The 90 team of Martine Kemmish, Di Burgess, Ali Whipp-long and Zoe Dunham also enjoyed fab rounds with an individual 5th for Di and team 4th!

The junior individual - Georgia Lace Matthews also managed to secure a brilliant two placings of 3rd and 5th!!

Last up the 100 team of three - Di Burgess, Martine Kemmish and Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard and they managed to sum up the day with team 3rd after a few pesky poles in the second rounds.

Thank you to Tara and Abi Goree, Jude and Ellie  Portnell for being our designated helpers - none of these riders would have been able to compete without you!!

SWRC  Winter SJ Championships

Dorset Showground 11th February 2018


A HUGE well done to all the competitors who took part in our SJ Champs. We had (mostly) good weather and what a fabulous venue. 


Thanks go to our sponsors KWM PHOTOGRAPHY and PLAIN EQUINE for their support.


Our 2018 Champions are.........




Class 1


1st  Isabelle Morris and Banner Spirit

2nd  Poppy Firth and Crystal

3rd  Tina Beard and Ted

4th  Lucy Watling and Cass

5th  Ellie Portnell and Amazing Pete

6th  Sam Langford and Zeeva


Class 1


1st  Sam Shepherd and Blue

2nd  Natalie Sorrell and Bob


Class 2


1st  Tilly Gratton and Harvey

2nd  Isabelle Morris and Banner spirit

3rd  Martine Kemmish and Tilly Two Tone

4th  Alice Stone and Biscuit

5th  Daisy Weir and Vancy

6th  Jesse Gibbons and Sky


Class 2


1st  Clem Martin and Razz

2nd  Tina Beard and Ted

3rd  Natalie Sorrell and Inchalong


Class 3


1st  Alice Stone and Biscuit

2nd  Sorcha Goody and Queens Forester

3rd  Tilly Gratton and Harvey

4th  Jesse Gibbons and Sky

5th  Chloe Haskell and Vancy


Class 3


1st  Martine Kemmish and Donald

2nd  Zoe Dunham and Fleur

3rd  Alex Hubbard and Band of Gold

4th  Lucy Watling and Cass


RoR Winner

Sorcha Goody and Queens Forester





SWRC Downlands Winter League Final

SJ Qualifier Sunday 21st January 2018


A very big thank you to everyone who competed or helped today at the LAST qualifier for the winter league competition. It was the worst weather you can imagine but  riders are made of tough stuff! It was an excellent turnout with some great riding. Congratulations to the first 6 in each class who now go to the Championships in February.




Class 1

1st Isabelle Morris and Banner

2nd Mia Newman and Pebbles

3rd Poppy Firth and Crystal

4th Alice Gentle and Ruby

5th Tina Beard and Ted

6th Jodie Haskell and Minky


Class 2

1st Isabelle Morris and Banne

r 2nd Alice Stone and Biscuit

3rd Georgy Killengray and Staplestown Bridage

4th Sorcha Goody and Twiggy

5th Gilly Cumming and Sergeant

6th Mia Newman and Pebbles


Class 3

1st Alice Stone and Biscuit

2nd Georgy Killengray and Stapletown Bridage

3rd Ellie Giddings and Kumala

4th Sophie McCarter and Delilah

5th Chloe Haskell and Vanc

y 6th Sorcha Goody and Twiggy


Results from the SWRC Christmas Show 2017

Class 1                                                                        Class 2 

1st - Isabelle and Banner                                            1st = Isabelle on Banner
2nd -Victoria and Dolly                                                2nd = Maddy on Harvey
3rd - Tina and Ted                                                      3rd = Scarlett on Quest
                                                                                    4th = Di 
                                                                                    5th = Saska on Frodo
                                                                                    6th = Sophia on Popcorn



Class 3                                                                         Class 4

1st = Saska on Louby and Scalett on Quest               1st - Ben on Lilli
2nd = Chloe on Vancy and Jodie on Murphy               2nd - Sophie Huntley
3rd = Sorcha on Twiggy & Lucy on Cass                     3rd - Maddy on Harvey
4th = Di on Twizzle and Ben on Lilli                              4th - Rosie on Isabella
5th = Isabelle on Banner and Chloe on Vancy             5th - Tilly on Harvey
6th = Sophia on Popcorn and Tilly on Harvey              6th - Chloe on Vancy


Class 5                                                                         Class 6           

1st = Ben on Lilli                                                          1st - Jodie on Twiggy
2nd = Rosie on Isobella                                               2nd - Ben on Beauty
3rd = Sophie on Jazz                                                   3rd - Chloe on Vancy
4th = Scarlett on Quest 
5th = Isabelle on Banner
6th = Di on Twizzle


Lead rein                                                                     Off Lead

1st = Ruby                                                                   1st - Macy
2nd = Jack                                                                   2nd - Margot
3rd = Elsie                                                                   3rd - Lulu
4th = Zak                                                                     4th - Lilly
5th = Darcie                                                                 5th - Georgina

                                                                                    6th - Evelyn



Well done everyone, a brilliant time was had by all.

SWRC Downlands SJ Qualifier

Sunday 15th October 2017

What a lovely start to our 1st SJ Qualifier for 2017/18. The weather was kind and didn't rain even though there was a hurricane swirling around everywhere else. Congratulations to everyone placed in the first 6 in there class and now qualify for the Championship show in February at Dorset Showground. 


Thank you to all competitors for taking part, some lovely riding and not one faller which is always a bonus!


A special thank you to our sponsors on the day AJC Drainage Ltd and to our helpers: Lottie Major, Sam Langford and Emma Loader. Jayne Parsons did a wonderful job as usual providing hot drinks, bacon butties and wonderful cakes.



CLASS 1                                                                      

1st   Tina Beard on Ted                                                

2nd  Theresa Hooper on Larkin                                   

3rd   Ellie Portnell on Amazing Pete

4th   Gina Parsons on Monopoly

5th   Sarah Andrews on Murphy

6th   Lynn Baggot on Ladykiller

Special Award to Jem Maunders on Oki


Class 2

1st  Jazmine Coles on Hollywell how nice is that

2nd Gina Parsons on Monopoly

3rd  Theresa Hooper on Larkin


Class 3

Jazmine Coles on Hollywell how nice is that


Congratulations everyone and to Jazmine for not only coming first in Class 2 & 3 but with having a horse whose name I had to check 3 times that I had written it down properly!


SWRC Dressage Championship Show

Sunday 24th September 2017

Well done to everyone who took part in the SWRC Dressage Championships. 

A great day of fabulous dressage and great team work - thank you to everyone who helped during the day and clearing up!
A special well done to our new 2017 champions and reserve champions!

Intro -
CHAMP = Karenlee Barrett

Prelim -
CHAMP = Fiona Scott

Prelim 15 -
CHAMP = Fiona Scott

% class -
CHAMP = Donna Boyd 
Reserve CHAMP = Alex Hubbard


Dressage and Combined Training Competition

+ Eventer Challenge

Sunday 10th September 2017

Warminster Saddle Club

Here are the results from Sundays competition. It was an excellent turnout and we would like to thank everyone for making this an enjoyable event. The rain managed to hold off until close to the end so we didn't get too wet! 


We hope everyone enjoyed the Eventer Challenge and although we had a few hiccups it was a learning curve and we will be including this challenge again at one of next years events.


Thank you Keith and Ann for excellent pictures- a special well done to Ann for her 1st and 3rd placings during her morning break from photography! Clearly a women of many skills!




Class 1 Intro B                                                                                    Class 5 Combined Training Intro B SJ 2’0’’

1st           Anne Markillie & Lisnagranchy                                    1st          Sam Langford & Zeeva

2nd          Sarah Holliday-Brown & Finn                                       2nd          Lyn  Baggott & Lady Killer             

3rd           Nikki Forbes & Mr Sparkles                                         3rd           Ceri Shell & Magic

4th           Lyn Baggott & Lady Killer                                             4th           Nikki Forbes & Mr Sparkles

5th           Julie Ireland & Vjienna                                                  

6th           Sam Langford & Zeeva


Class 2 Prelim 7                                                                                Class 6 Combined Training Prelim 7 SJ 2’3’’

1st           Laura Roberts & Cass                                                      1st           Alice Wigmore & Vox pop

2nd          Rebecca Hamilton-Fletcher& Gunner                              2nd             Emma Palmer & Cotton Cloud Colleen

3rd           Ann Markillie & Lisnagranchy                                          3rd           Ellie Portnell & Amazing Pete

4th           Emma Palmer & Cloud                                                    4th           Phoebe Iacono & Max

5th           Sally Pritchard & Silver Jinx

6th           Laura Roberts & Vancy


Class 3 Prelim 19                                                                              Class 7 CT Prelim 19 & SJ 2’6’’ – 2’9’’

1st           Rebecca H-F & Gunner                                                  1st           Rebecca H-F & Gunner

2nd          Emma Palmer & Cloud                                                   2nd          Emma Palmer & Cloud

3rd           Jesse Gibbons & Sky                                                     3rd         Jesse Gibbons & Sky

4th           Martine Kemmish & Tilly Two Tone                                4th           Martine & Tilly Two Tone

5th           Emma Hewlett & Bounce                                               5th           Emma Andre & First Errigal

6th           Hannah Pole & Bertie                                                     6th           Emma Hewlett & Bounce


Class 4  % class                                                                                  Class 8 % class & SJ 3’0’’

1st          (E)Donna  Boyd & Fred                                                  1st           Tara Goree & Boolagh Charles

2nd          (N)Donna  Boyd & Fred

3rd           (N)Donna Boyd & George

4th           (N)Heather Ward & George

5th           Tara Goree & Boolagh Charles


Dressage and Combined Training Competition

Sunday 13th August 2017

Warminster Saddle Club

Well, how lucky were we with the weather for this competition! Such a lovely day to be out with the horses, children, picnics and a great competition! Thank you to all competitors, helpers and supporters. The horses were all very well behaved and there was some beautiful riding and a lot of rosettes won. Congratulations to everyone who was placed and even if you weren't placed we hope you enjoyed spending the day with SWRC.


Results + combinations qualifying for our dressage championships are as follows:

Class 1 Dressage 
1st = Anne Dawson on Faygate
2nd = Emma Firth on Crystal
3rd = Sam Langford on Zeeva 
4th = Sarah H-B on Finn 
5th = Anne Gillott on Susies Choice

Class 1 CT
1ST = Sam Langford on Zeeva
2ND = Anne Gillott on Susies Choice

Class 2 Dressage
1st = Victoria Gale on Merlin
2nd = Tom Dyer on Double Illusion 
3rd = Ellie Portnell on Amazing Pete
4th = Tom Dyer on Lord of Roscon
5th = Olivia Wallis on Peppa
6th = Lucy Watling on Twiggy

Class 2 CT
1ST =Ellie Portnell on Amazing Pete
2ND = Olivia Wallis on Peppa
3RD = Lucy Watling on Twiggy

CLASS 3 Pure Dressage
1st = Victoria Gale on merlin 
2nd = Amelia Hayes on Glebdale Ranalbo
3rd = Alex Hubbard on Sooty 
4th = Elouise Lohan on Langfield sky Blue 
5th = Victoria Kemmish Betty on Leo
6th = Ros Coombs

Class 3 Dressage of CT
1st = Fiona Scott on Freddie 
2nd = Georgia Matthews on George 
3rd = Jasmine Coles on Holly well how nice is that
4th = Zoe Dunham on fleur 
5th = Emily Phillips on Mr Bowdiddy
6th = Sorcha Goody on Twiggy

Class 3 CT
1ST = Fiona Scott on Freddie
2ND = Jasmine Coles on Holly well how nice is that
3RD = Zoe Dunham on fleur
4TH = Emily Phillips on Mr Bowdiddy
5TH = Georgia Matthews on George
6TH = Sorcha Goody on Twiggy

Class 4 Dressage 
1st = Tara Goree on Duchess 
2nd=Natalie Phillips on Annaghmore Cavaboom
3rd = Ciara Bennett on Ballyard Flash 
4th = Sarah M-S on Bailey 
5th = Alex on Sooty 
6th = Abi Goree on Duchess

Class 4 CT
1st = Natalie Phillips on Annaghmore Cavaboom
2nd = Ciara Bennett on Ballyard Flash
3rd = Anne Dawson on Mouse



BRC Horse Trials Area Qualifiers. Sunday 18th June Moreton Equestrian Centre


Winning once as a team is amazing, winning twice is unbelievable but winning 3 times is incredible!!!

What a day at the BRC horse trials area qualifiers for our incredible members today (especially in the scorching temperatures!)

Win number one for the junior 80 team with individual 3rd for Ben, 7th for Lucy and 8th for Sorcha.

Win number two for the senior 80 red team with individual 1st for Donna, 3rd for Sarah and 5th for Roy.

Win number three for the senior 90 team with individual 1st for Di, 5th for Donna and Sally and 6th for Alice.

Second place for the senior white team with individual 3rd for Jesse.

Individual placings 4th for Sarah and Martine 5th from the blue team.

Well done also to Zoe who was just out of the ribbons .

You are all incredible and make us so proud!

Thank you to all our amazing support crew as always 


Junior 80 Team: Sorcha Goody, Lucy Watling, Chloe Haskell and Ben Burgess


Senior 80 White: Ruth Dresman, Jessica Gibbons, Emma Hewlett and Alex Hubbard


Senior 80 Red: Donna Boyd, Roy Southey, Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard and Aloysia Daros


Senior 80 Blue: Daisy Weir, Martine Kemmish, Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard


Senior 90  Team: Alice Stone, Donna Boyd, Sally Williams and Diane Burgess


Senior 100 : Zoe Dunham

SWRC Covered in Glory!

Salisbury Plain Fun Ride Sunday 10th June


The Salisbury Plain Fun ride organised by Martine Kemmish was a resounding success. Jeremy Naylor was our wonderful guide and host for the day at his beautiful stables in Elston. Not only is Jeremy a talented race horse trainer and equine vet he is also an excellent historian and guide! 


After a quick introduction and some nervous laughing everyone was ready to go. Jeremy kept a lovely pace for everyone and even the most nervous people enjoyed some glorious gallops over the plains. Along the way we had to avoid soldiers on manouvers, low flying helicopters and a few very loud bangs! Everyone was slightly amazed that their horses all took it in there stride (literally) and even enjoyed the detour through the wood with low branches and narrow gaps. A few hat silks became tree ornaments and everybody became very agile dodging low branches, yoga on horseback was mentioned!


After a fabulous 2hr ride we returned to Jeremy's for a sumptious picnic organised by Martine. The horses were all washed down and left to enjoy their haynets whilst we enjoyed the picnic and had the odd glass of wine - a very civilised day all round.


The whole day was perfect and everyone is now looking forward to the next time - Jeremy and Martine! 


I hope Jeremy enjoyed having a 'hareem' for the day and that the horses didn't spoil his lovely lawn too much!





Here is Jeremy's take on the day with more detailed info, forever the guide!! Thank you Jeremy.


I was very pleased to host and lead a ride across the Plain last Saturday for a cheerful and enthusiastic band of riders and their horses, members of the SWRC. The weather was fantastic and we rode an approximately 12 mile loop, starting along my grass gallop....a good place to test the brakes... (and taking in the Pyramidal Orchids!!)......we then headed over to the site where Tilshead Lodge once stood (avoiding various army manoeuvres on the way), via one of the old wooded avenues that bounded the estate ("yoga on horseback" was a comment that reached my ears)......then to "Tylshead Race", an area shown on the old maps of the 1700's where the Duke of Cumberland's racehorses were trained, incorporating what is reputedly the longest long barrow in the UK. From here we skirted around the German Village (full size uninhabited village built in the 1980's for army training) where there were some rather well-choreographed explosions to keep the party on their toes......and then finally back via Orcheston to the yard. After last week's rain the going was just about perfect for some leisurely long canters across the fabulous old turf....the morning was rounded off by a delicious lunch and glass of wine (or two) put on by the Club. Thanks to all who came along and to Martine Kemmish for organising the day. I look forward to welcoming you all back....?


Trow Lane Farm Camp  2nd – 4th June 2017


On Friday 2nd June ten SWRC members embarked on their weekend away with their horses to Trow Lane Farm Riding Camp.


We were allowed to arrive from 2pm onwards to settle in. The horses all had their stable allocation with a lovely comfy bed all ready for them and were soon peering their heads over stable doors to say hello to their neighbours and observe all the comings and goings.


The humans all took a little longer to settle, having to erect tents or clean out trailers and lorry’s to make a nice bedroom, it is amazing how homely you can make a trailer.  There was also the problem of where to put everyones drinks cabinet and keep it all cold!


 Later everyone managed to have a quick hack around the grounds to check out the XC and SJ course and look forward to 2 days of instruction. It was at this point that Beth Greenall and Lynnie Reed decided it all looked lovely but there was no way were they going to attempt any SJ or XC thank you very much!


Over The next 2 days everyone had a XC, SJ and FW lesson in their group with some excellent instructors followed by the Eventers Challenge on the last day. 


 Unfortunately the only day it decided to rain was just as the Eventers Challenge started but everyone still took part albeit shivering in shirt sleeves!  Beth and Lynnie who were definitely not doing any jumping both braved it and took part in the challenge and Lynnie earned a rosette for coming tenth. Everyone was extremely proud of them as they had certainly pushed themselves to their limits and came away smiling and feeling very proud!


All in all everyone had a wonderful time and are now looking forward to next year’s camp wherever it may be.


Members attending Camp: KarenLee Barrett, Martine Kemmish, Sam Langford, Alex Hubbard, Jesse Gibbons, Anne Hampton, Donna Boyd, Sheri Start, Beth Greenall and Lynnie Reed.


To see more photo’s please visit the gallery page

BRC Festival Of The Horse Championship sponsored by Horslyx

 20th - 21st May held at Washbrook Farm Aston-Le-Walls


Well done SWRC - A wonderful weekend away with fantastic horses and riders.

Saturday started with an individual 10th for Lucy Watling and Cass in the 85cm JNR combined training after the combination executed an accurate test and clear SJ round, this was followed by a good round from Sally Williams in the SNR 90 challenge who was out of the placings following time penalties and an unlucky pole SJ but a pleasing round for the combination.

Saturday was rounded off with a very respectable 5th place for the SNRs (Roy, Ruth, Donna and Martine) who also achieved 8th place in all 4 scores to count.

Sunday started off with Donna Boyd on Fred competing in the SNR 85CM Combined training - after a beautiful test and clear SJ they were placed individual 6th.

Then the weekend was rounded up with the juniors completing the 80 challenge - after 4 great displays of Riding they finished in 8th and 2nd in the 4 scores to count - a fantastic team result! ?????

Well done to all competitors and thank you to all who supported - such a fantastic club effort with brilliant team spirit and support as always 

Have A Go Dressage Saturday 13th May at Manor Farm, Teffont.


Well, after worrying that we may not have enough entries, we had a surge of entries and had a full day of dressage. The sun shone all day and it was lovely to see families staying to enjoy a picnic and to sample some of Jaynes lovely cakes and sandwiches. In fact Jayne said everyone had eaten her out of house and home and she only had 2 slices of cake left at the end of the day!


The atmosphere was relaxed and encouraging as some people were riding a dressage test for the very first time and others were trying to improve their dressage. The chance to ride a test and then have feedback from the judge and then ride the test again is an excellent introduction to dressage without the pressure of competition. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and all said they wanted to do it again.


A big thank you to all our judges who make this such a special event.


BRC Equi-Theme Intermediate Winter Championships

Bury Farm Equestrian Village 28th -30th April 2017

Well done to Tom Dyer riding Bobby who competed at the BRC Equi-Theme  Intermediate Winter Championships. Unfortunately no placings this time but a fantastic achievment just to be there. This is Tom's first season competing as a Senior.

Festival Of The Horse Challenge Qualifier

Sunday 23rd April 2107

Tenantry Farm


Well,l I don’t know if it had anything to do with the fact it was St Georges day but South Wilts members covered themselves with glory and put in some fantastic riding and all round team work to bring home the ribbons and qualify for the Championships. We had a Junior team and Red, White and Blue Senior teams, very patriotic!


Everyone was a little worried at the evening course walk that the ground was dry and hard and sadly Jesse Gibbons had to withdraw Sky from the white team as he has only just come back from injury. Disappointing for Jesse but it meant she could come and be a helper for the day.


Sunday dawned bright and warm and SWRC had 20 members competing either in a team or as an individual. This was a fantastic turnout and we have to say thank you to our sponsors Agricultural Water Engineers Ltd who this year are sponsoring our prelim entries and therefore we can enter more teams. This certainly paid off as the results show.


The Junior and Senior Red team were Victorious and go on to the BRC Championships in May, with the Blue and White teams also being placed. In fact everyone who entered either as an individual or team member came away with a rosette. Only Zoe Dunham was unlucky not to come away with a ribbon as they just missed their way at the water which was such bad luck as they were storming their way round the course.




Junior 80 Team  


 Competitors: Lucy Watling/Casisle,  Chloe Haskell/Landslows Lord Derby , Grace Reed/Cobalt Blue and Kate Greenall/Henry


Final Placing: Winners



Junior Individual Placings:  2nd Kate 3rd Lucy and 7th Chloe.


Senior 80 Teams

 Red Team:  Martine Kemmish/Tilly Two Tone,  Donna Boyd/Vagebond VD Withoeve 2,

 Roy Southey/Moyriesk Cotton Hope and Aloysia Daros/Spirit of Equites


Final Placing: Winners

 Blue Team: Teresa Hooper/Hillside Johnnie, Alexander Gillman/Mr Potato Head,

Emma Hewlett/Buddy and Ruth Dresman/Annesbrook Rosie


Final Placing: 3rd


 White Team: Sheri Start/Stilo Bunty, Alex Hubbard/Venture Hore, Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard/Queens Forester and Jesse Gibbons/Sternian (withdrawn)


Final Placing: 4th


Senior 80 Individual Placings: 2nd Ruth Dresman, 5th  Alexander Gillman, 6th Roy Southey


Senior 90 Team


 Competitors: Tara Goree/Boolagh Charles, Diane Lever/Hurry Up Harry, Donna Boyd/Rinus Star

and Sally Williams/Truly


Final Placing: = 2nd


Senior 90 Individual Placings:   1st  Sally Williams

                                                           5th Donna Boyd


The Junior team, the Red team and Sally Williams have all now qualified for the BRC FOTH Championships held in May 20th – 21st at Washbrrok Farm, Aston-Le-Walls, Northamptonshire.


Last but not least a big thank you to all the helpers and supporters who give up their time as without your support the teams could not enter.



Fence Judges

Annie Jeans and Keegan Reed

Tom and Sharon Dyer

Lizzie Proctor and Steve Haskell

Martine kemmish and Sheri Start

Georgie Green and Jane Bacon

Abi Goree and Jesse Gibbons

Beth Greenall, Lucy Jefferson and Dave


Special thanks to Jan Mitchell who processes all the entries and payments and basically makes sure we are actually entered and have the correct paperwork and all up to date. This is no mean feat with so many teams entering!

Festival Of The Horse Area Qualifier Combined Training

 Redenham Park Sunday 9th April 2017


What a glorious day for everyone who came watch, help or compete in the Combined Training Qualifier. The weather was beautiful and we were lucky enough to be able to enter 3 teams and two junior individuals.


There were highs - Red Team 4th, Blue Team 7th.  Individual 5th Martine, 4th Donna on Vagebond VD Withoeve (aka George) 3rd Aloysia. The icing on the cake was a win and qualification for Donna on Rinus Star (aka Fred) and Lucy on Casisle (aka Cassie)


There were lows - Tom Dyer had an unlucky tumble and came away with painful ribs but still managed a smile. 


Junior Individuals: Sorcha Goody/Queens Forester

            Lucy Watling/Casisle


Blue Team:        Teresa Hooper/Hillside Johnie

                       Tara Goree/Boolagh Charles

                          Alex Gillman/Mr Potato Head

                 Donna Boyd/Rinus Star


   Red Team            Donna Boyd/Vagebond VD Withoeve

                       Aloysia Daros/Spirit of Equites

               Tom Dyer/Lord of Roscon

                           Martine Kemmish/Tilly Two Tone


White team          Amy Sheppard/Andreo Bambaleo

              Tom Dyer/Desert Flame

                   Alex Hubbard/Venturemore

         Sally Williams/Truly


All in all a fabulous day and thank you to our helpers, Sheri Start, Lizzie Proctor, Beth Greenhall and Teresa Hooper. Also a big thank you to our sponsors Agricultural Water Water Engineers Ltd for our team entries.


KBIS Novice Winter Championships

 The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe, Bedford. 2/3 April 2017


Well Done Girls


As you can see from the photograph this was a complicated course worthy of Olympia! Unfortunately there were no ribbons to bring home for the Junior Team competing in the KBIS Novice Winter Championships over the weekend but fantastic experience and another championship under their belts.


Also very well done to the supportive families who make sure you all get there in one piece with your ponies and horses and act as unpaid grooms. 

? Thank you also to Karenlee Barrett for being our designated helper which allowed the girls to compete.



Junior Team Members

Sorcha Goody/Queens Forester,

Lucy Watling/Casisle,

Kate Greenall/Henry

Chloe Haskell/Pablo



BRC Area 17 Novice/Intermediate Winter SJ Qualifier

held at Moreton Equestrian Centre

Sunday 19th February 2017


Well, SWRC were certainly out in force for the above competition. We entered 4 teams, so firstly a big ‘thank you’ to our fabulous new sponsors’ Agricultural Water Engineers’ who this year are sponsoring our prelim entries and make it possible for us to put forward so many teams. Their sponsorship paid off as the final positions show, everyone jumped their socks off, all four teams were through on 0 after the first round!

The Support Team were there from 9am onwards, putting in the entries, meeting everyone to give them their numbers and generally calming nerves and getting bacon sandwiches as well as helping in the arenas. They managed to be everywhere at once and you could always hear them cheering on the side lines, all they lacked were the Pom  Poms!


The Junior Team were fantastic and gave a nail biting performance to achieve First Place and now they will go to the KBIS Novice Winter Championships, held at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe, Bedford 1st - 2nd April. Sarah watched most of their rounds behind her fingers as she couldn’t bear to watch! This acheivment is made all the more special when you realise that 3 of the juniors don’t own their own horse and therefore don’t always have the opportunity to ride regularly. It is thanks to Sarah who coaches the juniors that they can literally ride anything and still bring home the ribbons.

The Senior 90 team had some unlucky poles down but special mention to Alice Stone and Pippa. They were the smallest combination but grew wings and soared over the jumps to be given an Individual 3rd after a fantastic jump off.

Senior Blue had unlucky poles down and finished in joint 6th place.

Sadly Sue Hodgson from the Senior Red team had to retire after injuring herself in the first round. The remaining three members took part in the jump off and managed 5th place. Hopefully the rosette made Sue feel a bit better!


All in all everyone was a winner and had a great day.



Junior Team 80cm Final Position 1st

Sorcha Goody/Queens Forester,

Lucy Watling/Casisle,

Kate Greenall/Henry

Chloe Haskell/Pablo


Senior Team 90cm Final Position 7th

Diane Lever/Hurry Up Harry

Zoe Dunham/Fleurs Galaxy

Alice Stone/Adamstown Lady Individual 3rd

Tara Goree/Boolagh Charles


Senior  Blue Team 80cm Final Position Joint 6th

Tom Dyer/Lord of Roscon

Martine Kemmish/Tilly Two Tone

Virginia Neal/Michael Beag

Roy Southey/Moyriesk Cotton Hope


Senior Red Team 80cm Final Position 5th

Sheri Start/Stilo Bunty

Emma Hewlett/Bounce

Sue Hodgson/Tierneys Boy

Ruth Dresman/Annesbrook Rosie


Support Team/Helpers

Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard and baby Tyler

Jan Mitchell

Lizzie Proctor

Donna Boyd

Alasdair Donn

Kate Greenall and Henry

SWRC Winter League Show Jumping Championship Tidworth Garrison Saddle Club Sunday 5th February 2017



Wow - what a fantastic day for SWRC's first SJ Championships yesterday!
We would like to say a massive thank you to the following people -

~Bille & all at Tidworth Garrison Saddle Club for the hire of their lovely venue and equipment.

~Jayne Parsons for her fantastic catering and humour, we don't know where we would be without her!

~Our lovely committee who volunteer their time before, during and after these events to help make them run so smoothly - a special thank you to our chairman Donna who made all the wonderful rosettes for yesterdays event (as well as attending as a competitor!)

~Keith Markillie for not only taking pictures all day but for also being a great help and support at the event - pictures available at

~ And last but by no means least - all of you - our lovely competitors who showed some fantastic riding and horsemanship!

We hope you all had a fantastic time - results are as follows!

70/75cm - Championship:

CHAMPION = Martine Kemmish
3rd = Emma Palmer
4th = Virginia Neal
5th = Graham Marshall
6th = Kate Greenall


70/75 - Non championship
1st = Rosie Perrott
2nd = Fran Harper
3rd = Polly Ledger
4th = Donna Boyd (George)
5th = Jem Manders
6th = Grace Reed


80/85 - Championship
3rd = Ruth Dresman
4th = Donna Boyd (Fred)
5th = Graham Marshall
6th = Martine Kemmish


80/85 - Non Championship
1st = Kay Pogson
2nd = Katinka Beckett
3rd = Virginia Neal
4th = Fran Harper
5th = Kate Greenall
6th = Rosi Perrott


90/95 - Championship
CHAMPION = Ben Burgess
3rd = Di Burgess (Jake)
4th = Alice Stone
5th = Sheri Start
6th = Tom Dyer


90/95 - Non Championship
1st = Katinka Beckett
2nd = Donna Boyd


BRC Winter Intermediate Dressage Qualifier Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre

Saturday 28th January 2017


SWRC did us proud yesterday - not only the fantastic results but the stewards comments of how happy all our horses and riders were ?
So it was an individual arena win for Martine - 5th overall in prelim, a 2nd arena win for Virginia and 6th overall, a 3rd arena and overall for Tom and an individual 6th for Daisy. JNRS - 4th for chloe, 5th for Sorcha and 6th for Lucy. Great results also for Sal and Lottie in the prelim, Donna in the Elementary and Martine and Daisy in the novice (all stepping up a level for this event).


These members have now qualified to take part in the BRC Equi-Theme Intermediate Winter Championships at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Bedfordshire 28th – 30th  April  2017

SWRC Show Jumping Championship Qualifier Saturday 14th January 2017

Downlands Equestrian


What a fabulous turnout for our final show jumping qualifier at Downlands so soon after Christmas!  Well done  to everyone who took part either competing or helping.  And a big apology from Sheri Start for the lack of photo’s but  a technical difficulty sadly meant the photo’s were lost in space! Hurry up and get well Keith Markillie our lovely resident photographer and sponsor, you were missed!


There were many thrills and spills and so good to see so many children in the Clear Round.


The qualifiers are now finished and everyone who has been placed in the SJ league will be invited to take part in the Championship Show


Class 1    70 – 75cm

1st Martine Kemmish and Tilly

2nd Kay Pogson and Gwyn

3rd Tom Dyer and PJ

4th Donna Boyd and George

5th Emma Palmer and Cotton Cloud Colleen

6th Lucy Watling and Cas


Class 2   80 – 85cm

1st Tom Dyer and PJ

2nd Donna Boyd and Fred

3rd Martine Kemmish and Tilly

4th Alice Stone and Pippa

5th Emma Palmer and Cotton Cloud Colleen

6th Di Burgess


Class 3   90 – 95cm

1st Tom Dyer and PJ

2nd Alice Stone and Pippa

3rd Diane Lever and Harry

4th Ben Burgess and Lilly

5th Di Burgess

6th Di Burgess and Jake


Championship Show is Sunday 5th February at Tidworth Equestrian Centre

Results from the Christmas Show 10th December 2016


1st - Margot on Murphy
2nd - Chloe on Dolly
3rd - Emma on Murphy
4th - Holly on Cass
5th - Christabel on Murphy
6th - Macy on Murphy

CLASS 2 - SANTA & HIS ELF (Fastest time)
1st - Alice & Mia with Minnie
2nd - Matilda & Zara with Indie
3rd - Sarah & Emily with Susie
4th - Martine & Alex with Tilly
5th - Poppy & Poppy with Shooter
6th - Theodora & Abby with Skittles

1st - Bertie & Martine
2nd - Tallulah & Jo Jo
3rd - Matilda & Sara
4th - Mia & Alice
5th - Di & Ben
6th - Ruth & Shuna

1st - Jo Jo on Pippa
2nd - Bertie on Shrek 
3rd - Ben on Lilli 
4th - Mia on Ruby
5th - Ruth on Cherry
6th - Shuna on Huggy

1st - Tallulah on Biscuit (cleared 1m30!)
2nd - Mia on Checky (cleared 1m25)
3rd - Berti on Shrek (Cleared 1m20)
4th - Shuna on Huggy (Cleared 1m15)
=5th - Sara Harding (Cleared 1m10)
=5th - Lucy Watling (Cleared 1m10)
=5th - Jo Jo Glanville (cleared 1m10)


Congratulations to everyone who helped to make this a fabulous show.

Results from Sunday 27th November SWRC Show Jumping League


1st - Di Lever on Harry
2nd - Gilly Cumming on Sargeant
3rd - Sorcha Goody on Queen's Forester 
4th - Kate Greenall on Henry
5th - Fiona Scott on Freddie
6th - Lucy Watling on Casisle

1st - Di Lever on Harry 
2nd - Lucy Watling on Casisle 
3rd - Teresa Hooper on Larkin 
4th - Emily on Diamond Tiara 
5th - Jane Dunham on Fleur
6th - Ben Burgess on Lily

1st - Zoe Dunham on Fleur 
2nd - Ruth Dresman on Cherry
3rd - Di Burgess on Winston 
4th - Emily on Diamond Tiara
5th - Tara Goree on Charlie

Well done to you all and don't forget to check out the pics at KwM Galleries! All these people will be invited to take part in the Championship show in February 2017. So, if you haven't taken part in a Winter League Qualifier yet, Saturday January 14th is your Last chance!

Photo's and News from our AGM held at

Bird and Carter Friday 27th November 2016

What a fabulous evening everyone had at the AGM last night and a brilliant turnout of members, old, new and the ones who joined on the night! The club is very proud to say that it now has over 80 members but still remains very personal and last night was a celebration of all the hard work and triumphs of the last year.


Also, a very warm welcome to our new committee members: Alex Hubbard, Martine Kemmish and Jesse Gibbons. Thank you for 'volunteering' girls and I am sure you are all going to be an asset to the committee!


 This year for the first time for many years we were able to reinstate the Awards ceremony for members who had gained points over the year by participating in club activities. Points are awarded for either helping, having lessons or taking part in competitions and are recorded over the year by Donna. 


The winners this year were:


Junior Dressage

  1. Chloe Haskell 26 
  2. Tom Dyer       25
  3. Lucy Watling   16

 Junior Combined Training

  1. Sorcha Goody 11
  2. Chloe Haskell   9
  3. Lucy Watling   3 

Junior Team

  1. Sorch Goody 82
  2.  Chloe Haskell 49
  3. Lucy Watling 39

 Senior Dressage

  1. Daisy Weir 58
  2. Donna Boyd 39
  3. Emma Hewlett 37

 Senior Combined Training

  1. Martine Kemmish 24
  2. Karen Lee Barrett 13
  3. Virginia Neal       11

 Senior Team

  1. Donna Boyd 115
  2. Shuna Cameron 54
  3. Roy Southey 46

  Retraining Of Racehorses Riding Club Challenge (RoR)

  1. Casisle/ Laura Roberts and Lucy Watling 44
  2. Rinus Star/ Donna Boyd 39
  3. Sternian/ Jesse Gibbons 29

Mads Southey Cup

  1. Alice Stone 67 (Also presented with a fabulous canvas from Keith Markillie of Alice and Pippa in action)
  2. Lucy Watling 63
  3. Sorcha Goody 50 

 I think it is fair to say that everyone had a wonderful night and once again we say 'thank you' to Bird and Carter for providing such great food, a wonderful venue and being so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and they went out of their way to make sure everything ran smoothly.


Results and qualifying combinations from the first of the winter league SJ events held last Saturday 29th October 2016

are as follows:


1st - Poppy Firth and Shooting Star
2nd - Megan Blackmar and Earl
3rd - Tegan Bernard and Jack
4th - Lauren Blackmar and Oreo
5th - Kirsty Parker and Bertie

1st - Sophie Grant and Mylo
2nd - Gemma Tucker and Oscar 
3rd - Ruth Dresman and Cherry 
4th - Jane Dunham and Fleur

1st - Sophie Grant and Mylo

This was an excellent day for our first Winter League SJ event and well supported with some great riding and thrills and spills!

Well done to all competitors and don't forget our next one is Sunday November 27th!

BRC NAF National Championships, Lincolnshire 

Senior Novice 80 Show Jumping Team

Saturday 6th August 2016

 The team consisted of Martine Kemmish (in pic), Jesse Gibbons, Sally Williams and Sheri Start. Everyone travelled up the day before as it is quite a long drive but this all added to the excitement. We had time to settle the horses into their stable before setting up our own camp, had a quick look at the course and even had time for an evening ride before it got dark. So far so good!


The wind and torrential rain started in the night and just kept going until the moment we left, the weather could not have been worse! This was the point that we realised that not one of us had thought about packing any wet weather clothes ( we spent a lot of time talking about the clothes we left behind!), the horses were catered for but the humans got very wet and soggy!


The course was challenging but everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and supported each other every step of the way. Unfortunately we were not in the ribbons this time but all agreed that we would do better next year!


Despite the weather everyone had a fantastic time and the team spirit and cameraderie was excellent. So, if you are thinking of taking part in a team event - go for it! Don't let nerves or a lack of confidence or experience put you off as it is only by taking part that you can build your confidence and experience.


Sheri Start


P.S. Special thanks to the wonderful Gary Gibbons for being our helper on the day.



BRC Blenheim Team Eventer Challenge 90cm 

September 8th 2016

The Team L - R

Donna Boyd/Fred, Zoe Dunham/Fleur, Alice Perry/Pippa and Shuna Cameron/Huggy

Team Manager Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard standing.


Riding Clubs are entered into a draw to take part in this competition and SWRC were thrilled to get a place for the first time. The team chosen consisted of Donna Boyd on Fred, Alice Stone on Pippa, Shuna Cameron on Huggy and Zoe Dunham on Fleur. 


The Challenge consisted of jumping a mixture of show jumps and cross country jumps in a grass arena. As you can imagine the course was quite technical with changes of direction and having to duck under a tree at one stage. All the team rose to the challenge and put in a fantastic performance. Shuna had the only clear round and within the time, with the rest of the team having a few unlucky poles. This meant that the team weren’t in the ribbons this time but they did come a very credible 20th out of 45 teams. So – very well done girls.


Needless to say, they all had a wonderful time riding at such a prestigious venue and they even had time to watch some of the top riders perform and even managed to fit in a little (or a lot ) of shopping!


Shuna wanted to say a special thank you to Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard for all her coaching and perseverance with Huggy. 

National Horse Trials Championships


Swalcliffe Park, Oxon 5 - 8th August 2016


 A fantastic result and a huge well done to everyone who took part in the championships. Roy Southey was individual 8th in the 80cm which was an amazing result out of 33.



The following day the Senior 90 team consisting of Donna Boyd and Fred, Shuna Cameron and Huggy, Alice Stone and Pippa and Zoe Dunham and Fleur came 11th overall and 3rd in the 4 scores to count. Individual places, Donna 5th, Zoe 8th, Alice 11th and Shuna 14th





Thank you to all the support and help from everyone who makes it possible for the teams to compete.


Here we have the lovely Freddie modelling the rosettes won by himself (and Donna!), Zoe and Roy.

The Novice Team coming first at the BRC SJ Qualifier at Bovington 2016 


Congratulations to the Novice team who came first in the BRC Show Jumping Qualifier at Bovington on Sunday 3rd July.

They will now go to the Championships held at the Lincoln Showground on 10th- 11th September. Individual placings to Jesse 4th and Sheri 5th


L-R Sally Williams, Jesse Gibbons, Sheri Start and Martine Kemmish (and Darcie holding on to mum's leg)



British Riding Club Horse Trials Qualifier at Moreton Equestrian Centre Sunday 19th June 2016.

Another fantastic day for SWRC - a great turnout of 14 members competing at Moreton Horse Trials. 


A great effort from Sheri, Charlie, Jesse and Emma with many Personal Best's for the 80 White Team.


Individual placings for Loysi (5th), Sally (6th) and Roy (2nd) alongside a double clear from Alex made for a wonderful overall  3rd for the Blue 80 Team.


Then following their recent Championship success it was another win for the Senior 90 Team this time with Zoe, Alice (6th), Donna (4th) and Shuna (3rd). They will now go on to compete for glory in the Horse Trials Championships to be held at Swalcliffe Park, Banbury on the 5th - 7th August.


We wish them all the best and if anyone would like to come along and help or just support please contact a member of the committee.


Well done to everyone for taking part either riding, helping or just cheering!

Senior 90cm Challenge Festival Of The Horse Champions 2016 


CONGRATULATIONS to our fantastic members on becoming the Senior 90 Challenge Winners at the Festival of The Horse Championships held at Aston Le Walls on June 4/5th 2016


L-R Donna Boyd, Roy Southey, Shuna Cameron and Alice Stone.

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