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Evening Dressage

Manor Farm Teffont

30th May 2019


Festival of the horse Championships

Aston Le Walls

18th-19th May 2019


A massive well done to our amazing juniors who represented us fantastically at the Festival of the horse Champs at Aston Le Walls in the junior Combined Training.


Unfortunately we were down to a team of 3 after Abi Goree had to withdraw due to horse injury but the team of Sorcha Goody, Lucy watling and Ellie Portnell did us proud finishing in a respectable 13th place.

The girls also picked up some individual rosettes! With Sorcha having an ufortunate pole down in the sj she finshed in 14th,

Lucy picked up a 9th place and the aptly named Amazing Pete ridden by Ellie finished a fabulous 3rd to pickup a rosette and a sash.


Well done girls!

And as always a massive thank you to our volunteer for the day Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard and our fabulous sponsors Agricultural water engineers.


Have a go dressage

Manor Farm Teffont

11th May 2019


As always we had a super relaxed and fun day at Manor Farm for our "Have a go" dressage.

The sun even made an appearance in the afternoon. The competitors all seemed to enjoy their day and I hope you all managed to pick up some useful advice.

A huge congratulations to all our winners and to those of you who picked up a most improved rosette too!


BRC Intermediate Winter Championships

Bury Farm Equestrian Village

26th - 28th April 2019


We sent 1 senior team and  3 individuals to Bury farm for the Inter Winter Champs this weekend.

The weekend started on Friday with Donna Boyd riding Heather Wards George in the Medium/Ad Med pick a  test class. They set us off to a cracking start picking up a 6th place in the medium section and coming 7th overall out of 26 competitors with a great score of 67.1%.

The Saturday arrived bringing galeforce winds and blowing dust clouds across the arenas but our intrepid competitors gave it their all and produced some fabulous scores. First up was Di Burgess riding Right of Way. An unfortunate error of course just dropping her out of the placings in what was otherwise a lovely test ,finished 11th. Next up was Tom Dyer riding PJ who also did a lovely and harmonious test picking up a brilliant 68+% and also finishing 11th.Donna Boyd followed him on her second ride of the weekend Merlin. Merlin managed to contain his stress levels for the 5 mins he was in the arena to get a very respectable 67+% finishing in 12th place and last but not least was Heather Ward riding her own horse this time. Unfortunately George decided he was too tired after a sleepless night in a flappy stable to quite produce the score he managed the previous day but got through his test in a more relaxed fashion to finish 20th.

The team finished in 13th place right in the middle so a pretty fabulous effort all round.


Finally on day 3 Ben Burgess riding U Natural represented us in the Junior elementary individual section. 

This ever consistant pair pulled out all the stops and were rewarded with a fantastic 73.28% and a well deserved 1st place bringing our amazing weekend to a close in the best possible way.

Huge congratulations to our new National Champion! 


Also a huge thank you to Donna Boyd for being our volunteer on Friday which allowed everyone to compete and as always a great big thank you to Agricultural Water Engineers for your continued support of the teams.


Area 17 FOTH Combined Training Qualifiers

Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre

19th April 2019


Sunshine Ponies and rosettes, what more could members ask for?


We started the combined training qualifier with a cracking score of 71% and just a pole down for 4 faults in the sj for Georgie Beard on her new ride Raz on their debut outing, followed by another fabulous score of 68.50% and just 1 down in the sj for Charlie Large giving her an individual 5th in the senior BRC 90 with 75cm sj.

It was a bit of a wait over lunch until the other team members rode in the BRC 100 with 85 sj. Daisy Weir was up first and produced a very respectable 65.33% but had an unfortunate couple of poles in the sj on only their 2nd outing kept them out of the individual placings. Finally came Tom Dyer on the lovely PJ who was very unlucky to have a cheeky stop at the last fence as after his brilliant dressage score of 68.95%  this brought him down to 6th individually.

The team came home with a really well deserved team 5th place.


We also sent a Junior team. In the BRC 90 Ellie Portnell and the unstopable Amazing Pete picked up a 67% and clear sj to finish individually 1st. She was followed by Abi Goree who gave us our highest dressage score of the day and also had a clear sj round to also come 1st riding Teresa Hoopers Raff.

The last 2 competitors of the day were Sorcha Goody and Lucy Watling Completing the Junior team in the BRC 100.

Sorcha and Twiggy had a very respectable 63.16% and another clear round giving her an individual 4th and Lucy rounded the day of riding Cass to pick up 62.63% and giving us a 4th clear round for the junior team and also our 3rd individual 1st.


No surprises then that the Junior team finished with a team 1st and will now head to the FOTH Champs at Aston Le Walls.


Well done to all our competitors and a massive thank to Beth Grenall and Karenlee Barrett for being our volunteers for the day.


And once again a HUGE Thank you goes to Agricultural Water Engineers who sponsor our fantastic teams.

Area 17 FOTH Challenge Qualifiers

Moreton EC

14th April 2019


A huge well done to all our members who competed at the FOTH Challenge qualifiers.

Unfortunately it was not a day for rosettes but as always lots of fun was had by all the riders and support crew with the fabulous SWRC team spirit.


The Juniors were represented by Kate Greenall, Sorcha Goody and Lucy Watling.

Daisy Weir and Mercedes Notton-Hill represented the seniors in the 80 and Sally Williams managed a very good 13th place on the lovely Lulu in the senior 90.


As always our thanks go to Agricultural Water Engineers for their continued support of our teams.

Area 17 Winter Intermediate Dressage Qualifiers

Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre

23rd March 2019


We sent 3 teams to Crofton Manor for the intermediate qualifiers, 2 senior teams and a Junior team.

Our Juniors started the day off. fielding a team of 3. Individual placings all round for Sorcha Goody (4th), Lucy Watling (6th) and Ben Burgess (1st) giving them a team 6th and a qualification for the Champs at Bury Farm for Ben who stepped up to do his first Elementary.


The seniors followed in fine form too!! With one team also down to 3. Tom Dyer, Merc Notton-Hill and Donna Boyd still managed an amazing team placing of 9th and Tom got an Individual 1st to get our 2nd qualification to Champs!!


The 2nd senior team of Tom Dyer and Donna Boyd on their second rides, Heather Ward and Di Burgess picked up an individual 3rd fo Tom and 2nd for Di giving them a fantastic team 2nd!! 

Fantastic results from big class and with 22 teams competeing it meant that they got our 3rd qualification of the day!!


Finally Donna on her 3rd horse of the day did a lovely test in the medium/advanced medium class to pick up 1 last red rosette for the day and our 4th qualification.


Hugh congratulations to everyone who competed and good luck to alll of you who go forward to Bury Farm at the end of April.

Last but not least thank you to our fabulous volunteers for the day who were Karenlee Barrett and Beth Greenall without you none of us would have been able to compete and also Huge thanks once again to our sponsors Agricultural Water Engineers for your continued support.


BRC Arena Eventing Championships

Aston Le Walls

10th March 2019


A hugh well done to our team of riders who showed tremendous team spirit in the most adverse of conditions and braved the monsoons to travel up to Aston Le Walls for the 90cm Arena Eventing Championships.


After the qualifiers Martine Kemmish unfortunately suffered a broken wrist which meant she couldnt attend the champs. Already a team of 3 we were keen to get the team numbers up and Donna Boyd and Di Burgess agreed to fill in the gaps.


The Team of Di Burgess, Merc Notton-Hill, Alice Stone and Donna Boyd had a few ups and downs through the day with the course proving to be very testing. there were only a handful of clear rounds all day and a lot of people taking the joker fence at the end of the course. 


However our FOTH Challenge experts Alice and the amazing Adamstown Lady once again proved why they are the best at this by producing a lovely round to just roll the joker at the end.


well done to you all and a massive thank you to Karenlee Barrett who got up at the crack of dawn to drive up and stand outside all morning in the rain to be our volunteer for the morning. We very much appreciated it   ;-)

 SWRC Showjumping Championships

3rd March 2019

Dorset Showground


  A huge well done to everyone who helped, supported or competed yesterday at our winter SJ Champs - a real testing day of weather but as always we had amazing horses present and lovely riders, all happy to chip in and help with the falling jumps in the wind!

A special congratulations to our champions and reserve champions:

Class one, 60/65cm ~ kindly sponsored by Nadder Valley Equine
CHAMPION: Kirsty Parker

Class two, 70/75cm ~ kindly sponsored by KwM Galleries:
CHAMPION: Tilly Gratton

Class three,80/85cm ~ kindly sponsored by Plain Equine:
CHAMPION: Isabelle Morris

Class four, 90/95cm ~ kindly sponsored by KwM Galleries:
CHAMPION: Millie Halski

Class five, 100/105cm ~ kindly sponsored by KPineapple Rosettes:
CHAMPION: Millie Halski

Many thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and to Dorset Showground for having us 



17th FEB 2019


The First qualifier of the year turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag this year!!!

We sent a senior 80 and junior 80 team to Moreton this year. The seniors were starting with a team of 3 so couldnt afford any whoopsies. The day did not start well. Teresa Hooper went to pick up Ellie Portnell with her own horse safely in the back of the lorry. She arrived at Ellies and opened the ramp and the whole ramp hit the floor!! This left her with her lovely horse stuck in the back and meant that unfortunately neither Teresa or Ellie could get to Moreton :-(

The senior team were now down to just 2 indivduals so no team score. First up was Karenlee Barrett with the gorgeous Eldorado VH Dingenshof. Unfortunately our unlucky start continued and Karenlee had an impromptu dismount.

The Juniors had started in the 2nd arena shortly after that and they kicked our unlucky start into touch by producing some cracking rounds and Lucy Watling riding Cass and Sorcha Goody riding Twiggy both got into the jump off. Lucy finished a fantastic individual 2nd and Sorcha not far behind in 4th. With Kate Greenall and Henrys score helping them to a   brilliant team 2nd place. Not bad for a team of three!

While the girls were busy turning our luck around our final senior Tom Dyer had started his rounds riding PJ. Tom pulled of 2 clears and went into the jump off where he flew round to be just pipped into 2nd place.

Really well done to everone who took part and a massive thank you to all our fabulous volunteers today who were Sheri Start, Lynnie and Grace Reed and Tara and Abi Goree

And as always a great big thank you to our amazing sponsors Agricultural Water Engineers who have once again stepped up to sponsor our teams this year.

2018 AGM

2nd Feb 2019


Every year at the AGM we present 8 trophies and rosettes to our members. All through the year Donna collects all the results from our club comps, Area qualifiers and Championships and puts them all into various spreadsheets.just before the AGM she totals up all the points and the trophies are handed out to the winners. we then give rosettes to the first second and third people on the list too.

This years results were....


Dressage Trophies

There are 2 dressage trophies and they are awarded to the Senior and Junior members who have accumulated the most point through the year in our club dressage competitions.



1st   Karenlee Barrett    65 points

2nd=   Abbie Wyatt   23 points

2nd=   Heather Ward   23 points

3rd   Tara Goree   19 points



1st   Josephine Southey   37 points

2nd   Ellie Portnell   26 points

3rd  Sorcha Goody   19 points


Combined Training and Showjumping Trophies

There are 2 of these as well and these are presented to the senior and junior members that have accumulated the most points through the year in our club combined training and showjumping comps.



1st    Tina Beard   24 points

2nd   Sam Langford   23 points

3rd   Lynn Baggott   21 points



1st   Sorcha Goody   26 points

2nd   Poppy Firth   24 Points

3rd   Lucy Watling   16 Points


Team Trophies

There are also 2 of these and again they go to highest scoring Senior and Junior. Points are accumulated in all of the BRC area qualifiers and the BRC Championships. You will get points for attending plus extra points for placings. you get double points for Championships.



1st   Donna Boyd   40 points

2nd   Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard   36 points

3rd   Alice Stone   19 points



1st   Ellie Portnell   45 points

2nd   Sorcha Goody   28 points

3rd Lucy Watling   21 points



RoR Trophy

This trophy goes to the Ex Racehorse who gains the most points throughout the year in club comps, area qualifiers, championships and you also get points for attending our club lessons.


1st   Sorcha Goody and Queens Forester   94 points

2nd   Lucy Watling and Casisle   61 points

3rd   Donna Boyd and Rinus Star   38 points


Mads Southey Trophy

This is the trophy to win!!! points are acumulated throughout the year for anything you attend with the SWRC. you get 1 point for every lesson or club comp class that you take part in. You get 2 points for every area qualifier class you do and 4 points for a Championship class. but the big points come from volunteering. 2 points for a club comp, 4 for an area qualifier and 6 for a championship. 


1st   Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard   51 points

2nd   Karenlee Barrett   48 points

3rd   Alice Stone   42 points


Huge congratulations to all our dedicated and hard working members who picked up a prize this year and keep up the good work. 



Area 17 Arena Eventing Qualifiers

RAC Saddle Club Bovington

24th/25th Nov 2018


The final qualifier of 2018 and what a way to finish the year!!! We sent 3 teams over the 2 day competition. On the Saturday we were represented by Annie Gillott, Sam Langford, Katie Butler and Poppy Firth in the 70 team. Sam, Katie and Poppy all pulled off the double clear and with just a few time faults between them picked up a fabulous team 2nd and Katie also had an individual 6th on her lovely horse Toners Pintada.

Onto day 2 and we sent a 90 and a 100 team. unfortunately both teams were only fielding 3 riders but that didn't stop them! The 90 team of Alice Stone, Martine Kemmish and Mercedes Notton-Hill were up first and did an absolutely amazing job. Both Alice and Martine managed the double clear with just a few time faults to add for Martine and just 2 unlucky poles for Mercedes. Alices double clear within the time gave her a fantastic individual 3rd proving once again why Adamstown Lady and herself are our club experts at this sort of competition. But even better the team came 1st. they will now head for the Championships at Aston Le Walls in March (Whoop Whoop).

Finally the 100 team finished the weekend off for us. Rosie Fowler, Sophie McCarter and Hannah Fowler did us proud with just a few pesky poles for Rosie and Sophie and a brilliant double clear inside the time and an individual 4th for Hannah riding Too Cool they picked up Team 3rd.

Huge Congratulations to all our competitors. no one came home without a rosette and as always an even bigger thank you to our volnteers for the weekend as without you we would not be able to send the teams, Karenlee Barrett, Mercedes Notton-Hill, Beth Greenalll and Donna Boyd.

Finally Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors Agricultural water engineers for you support of our teams this year.

BRC Dressage to music Championships

Bury Farm Equestrian

28th-30th Sept 


On Friday the 28th we sent Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard and Donna Boyd to Bury Farm for the Elementary Pairs music at the Dressage to music Championships and Heather Ward for the Veteran rider class on the Saturday. And what a way to end our 2018 Championships!

Sarah rode Donna's Rinus Star and Donna Rode Heathers Vagebond VD Witheove Z and they had some very original music very kindly put together for them by our resident photographer Keith Markillie of KWM Photography. The music was definately not to the judges taste but the floorplan couldnt be faulted and was foot perfect leaving them in 2nd place......Reserve National Champions!!! Whoop Whoop.

On the Saturday Heather also did a fantastic test on Vagebond VD Witheove Z to pick up a very respectable 8th place in the Veteran riders class. this was a % class (Prelim/novice) and Heather did the harder test (novice) and was acually 2nd out of the novices. Huge well done to everyone and Thank You's go to the fabulous team of supporters who came to cheer them on.

SWRC Dressage Championships

Manor Farm Teffont

23rd Sept 2018


Our 3rd annual dressage Championships was once again a very successful day. We had a record number of competitors taking part and as always the team in charge did an amazing job of keeping it all running super smoothly.

Congratulations go to all our 2018 Champions 

Intro Champ  Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard Castarnie

Reserve  Tom Carter and Sapphire Blue

Prelim (1) Champ Jeremy Naylor and George the dragon

Reserve  Katie Butler and Vinny

Prelim (2) Champ  Josephine Southey and Cape Secret

Reserve  Karenlee Barrett and Eldorado VH Dingenshof

Novice Champ  Tara Goree and Flightline Fenella

Resesrve  Abigail Goree and Flightline Fenella

Ele/Med Champ  Donna Boyd and Rinus Star

Reserve  Donna Boyd and Rinus Star


Full results:


Dressage and Combined Training

Warminster Saddle Club

12th Aug 2018


Well done to all of you who took part and don't forget that everyone who achieved a top 6 placing has Qualified for the SWRC 2018 Dressage Champs At Manor Farm Teffont.

Your qualification emails will be winging their way to you shortly and I look forward to seeing you all there!


A huge thank you goes to Beth Greenall, Abi Goree, Ellie Portnell's Mum and Ian for being our fabulous volunteers for the day.


Thanks also go to Keith and Anne Markillie of KwM Galleries for taking the photos all day and for sponsoring the show.

Check out your photos for the day at the KwM Galleries website.

And last but not least to Jayne Parsons for once again keeping us all extremely well fed!!! Amazing cakes as always <3

SWRC Dressage and Combined Training

Warminster Saddle Club

22nd July 2018


The hot weather continues and the decision was made to run both the dressage and the sj on a surface. Thanks to Warminster Saddle Club for allowing us to completely take over. I think I can safely say that all our competitors seriously appreciated it!!

Well done to everyone who took part and I hope you all had fun. Don't forget that if you finished in the ribbons it means you have qualified for our dressage championships.


Thank you Emma Palmer, Macy Palmer and Louisa Palmer for being our volunteers for the day and also to KwM Galleries for sponsoring this show. Checkout the KwM Galleries website for your photos. 

KwM Galleries


Area 17 Summer Dressage and Riding Test Qualifiers

Hurn Bridge

15th July 2018


Another absolutely scorching day competeing on a field that looked more like a recently cut stubble field than a lovely green grassy field in Dorset!!

Our Dressage teams did not let us down tjhough and showed true team spirit throughout the day.

Karenlee Barrett kicked us off to a great start gaining a fabulous score in the individual Prelim class getting her a

2nd place.

The Senior team of Tara Goree, Emma Palmer, Donna Boyd and Jo Philips came next and picked up a fab team 5th and individaual placings of 5th for Tara and 6th for Donna and Emma.

Into the afternoon and Donna Boyd picked up a 3rd in the Medium as an individual. After that the Jr's once again showed us how to do it!!!

All of the jr team had individual placings. Ellie Portnell 1st, Abi Goree 4th, Sorcha Goody 5th and Lucy Watling 5th giving them a team 1st. Whoop whoop!!!


Well done to everyone who bravely took on the ground condition and especially our Jr's who have one again qualified to go to Lincoln.


Thank you to Sally Williams and Tina Beard for being our amazing volunteers on the day and of course to Agricultural Water Engineers for their continued sponsorship of our teams.

SWRC Evening Dressage

Warminster Saddle Club

Thurs 5th July



Well done to all that braved the heat and came along to compete..

Don't forget that anyone who was placed in the top six has qualified for our Dressage championships.


Thanks go to Emma Hewlett for doing a fab job as our writer in the arena and to all of the other volunteers who helped it to run smoothly. Also Thanks to Hooves for coffee for keeping us all suitably refreshed.


Finaly a massive thank you to KwM Galleries for their sponsorship.



Area 17 Summer SJ Qualifiers


Sunday 1st July

The Junior team were once again victorious in the 80 team this year. Isabelle Morris, Sorcha Goody, Ellie Portnell and Poppy Hatton produced some great rounds and finished on a team score of 8. Individual placings were Isabelle 1st, Sorcha 2nd, Poppy 3rd and Ellie 4th.

They will now head to the BRC Championships in Lincoln. Good luck girls.

Both Teresa Hooper and Katie Butler also represented us. Teresa in the senior 80 and Katie in the senior 90. Unfortunately a few pesky faults kept them out of the placings.


Super thanks to our volunteers for the day who were Grace and Lynnie Reed (with a little help from her sister) and Donna Boyd.


Thanks also go to our lovely sponsors Agricultural water engineers.

Area 17 Dressage to Music Qualifiers

Crofton Manor

Sat 23rd June 2018


We sent 3 members to the DTM qualifiers this year. Tara Goree did a lovely test on the beautiful Fen but unfortunately didn't pick up a rosette this time.


Donna Boyd and Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard had another go at the pairs class. Its been a few years since the last go so this time they stepped up to the new Elementary/Medium class. Donna riding George and Sarah borrowing Super Fred.

They had a slightly more successful time this year and came home with a lovely red rosette and a Qualification for the Championships a Bury Farm in September......We won't mention that they were the only pair to enter!!!


Donna also rode George as an individual in the Medium but wasn't quite so lucky this time.


Huge thanks to Emma Hewlett for being our fabulous volunteer for the day and as always to our wonderful sponsors Agricultural Water Engineers for their continued support.

Area 17 Horse Trials Qualifiers

Moreton Equestrian Centre

Sunday 17th June 2018


Massive congratulation go to Alex hubbard and Ozzy who were the well deserving winner of the 100 and have qualified to go to Swalcliffe for the Horse Trials Championships in August where they will do the long format 3 day event.


The 80 team of Teresa Hooper, Martine Kemmish, Georgie Beard and Emma Hewlett started us off well with 2 individual 7th places for Martine and Emma.


The Jr 90 team of Sorcha Goody, Lucy Watling, Matilda Perry and Rosie Fowler went into the x-c in a very good position but unfortunately it was not their day and they weren't able to finish on a team score but Sorcha did a fantastic job to finish 5th in her first ever 90.


The 90 senior team of Alice Stone,Sophie McCarter, Daisy Weir and Shuna Cameron produced some cracking rounds with individual placings for Alice (10th) and Sophie (8th) which gave them a brilliant team 3rd. Ali Whipp-Long also represented us as an individual but unfortunately had a bit of a rough time in the SJ and decided to retire.


Alongside Alex's win Hannah Fowler also picked up an individual 5th in the 100.


Well done to everyone who competed and thankyou to all who gave up their time to help and support their club and as alway a huge thank you to Agricultural Water engineers for their continued support.


?Massive Congratulations go to Alex Hubbard and Ozzy

Evening Dressage

Manor Farm Teffont

Thurs 31st May 2018


The weather stayed kind and even though we had been threatened with thunder, lightning, gale force winds, tempest and tsunaimi we actually had a warm dry evening. Unfortunately I think the weather forecast had put people off entering as we had less people than in previous years. so well done to all of you who did brave it and congratulations to everyone who got placed and qualified for the SWRC Dressage Champs 2018.



FOTH Championships 2018



South Wilts Ridning club once again headed on mass to the FOTH Champs this year.


The weekend began with the 100 team who despite an unplanned dismount for Sarah Mitchell-Shepard the team managed a hugely impressive 7th place with great rounds from Zoe Dunham, Di Burgess and Alex Hubbard.over a testing course. 

Next up was Ellie Portnell riding the aptly named Amazing Pete in the junior combined training who produced a fab dressage score and a lovely clear round to finish a brilliant 2nd in her arena and overall 12th out of over 100 competitors.


the afternoon started with Alice Stone riding her back up horse Biscuit who replaced the awesome Pippa. Proving that Alice remains our FOTH Challenge ace she produced a fab double clear to finish 9th in a very large field of competitors.


Finishing off the Saturday were the 80 Challenge team. Roy Southey and Martine Kemmish started them off producing good rounds but with some time faults. Emma Hewlett and Bounce stepped up to their first Championship for us and completed with just an unlucky stop on the cross country and last up was Sarah on her 2nd ride of the day who produced a fab double clear with just 2 time penalties to finsh a very respectable 15th.


Sunday brought the next day of competition. Unfortunately Tom Dyer decided to retire after he was unable to take his own horse due to illness but Ben Burgess finished the weekend off by producing an excellent round in the individual Jr 80 Challenge to finish with with just 1 pole down and a few time faults giving him a placing of 21st out of over 70 competitors.


A massive Well Done to everyone who qualified and attended the Champs and a great big Thank You to all the wonderful support crew who help to make these events so much fun.


Thank you as always to Agricultural Water Engineers for their continued sponsorship of our awesome teams.

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