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Willberry Fun Day - 27th August 2017

Posted by WORC on August 10, 2017 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)


On Sunday August 27th from 4pm onwards, Lower Haddon Farm in Bampton, have very kindly lent us a field so that as a club we can raise some money for Willberry and have some fun. It is for all the family, no horses. Entry will be a £1 per car.

Wellie wanging at 5pm, bring your own Wellie and see how far you can throw it. 50p per throw.

6pm - Hobby horse fun dressage. Whether you can bring something fancy or just an old broom stick. Wow the judges with a 1 minute freestyle test. At 50p per entry.

Also, a fun dog show including; most handsome boy, prettiest girl, waggiest tail and most obedient. This is to run along-side the 2 other fun classes. 50p per entry.

Please clean up after your four-legged friend. Prizes for all winners.

There will be Willberry Tombola and a raffle.



We also have a just giving page: Here is the link for our donation page if anyone would like to make an online donation


Showing Show - 15th of July at Lower Haddon

Posted by WORC on August 10, 2017 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

What a great turnout for the show!

The morning started in a relaxed manner – Trying to keep those show nerves at bay! I was stewarding in the in-hand section all morning, giving me a great chance to see everyone in their best (not puffing and panting as they run I mean!)

Note to self – WORC needs to start a running club…


The weather was fab, not too hot, dry and not much wind - The riding classes were less busy than the in-hand, but the quality was still there for the judges to enjoy. A large thank you goes to Jane Dudley and the Lower Haddon team for providing such lovely rings. The old turf and large size meant the showing competitors could really strut their stuff and give great performances throughout the day.


I think nearly every helper we had on the day was wearing club clothing, looking very smart and professional as a smooth operating team. A huge thank you to all the helpers on the day. Running around with entries, rosettes, cameras and water bottles - the Showing shows are the new WORC social events for everyone to have a good catch up and natter.

(See below to buy your club clothing)


I hope everyone had a good day. Lots of children were at the showing, but the ‘Prettiest Mare’ classes etc. were not very well attended, so next time we might not run these classes again. Instead we will focus on the more traditional classes like “Best Turned out, M&M’s etc.” Please do let Sarah know if you have any feedback from the show, we do try our best to please.


There will be another showing show in the autumn so do keep your diaries on standby for the date to be announced shortly.


NEW XC Tops now available!!!

Posted by WORC on July 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We are pleased to announce the BRAND NEW XC team tops for the club. Riders competing at team level will be encouraged to wear this top if possible. We already have team hat silks that should be distributed by your team manager in black and gold. Hopefully the new club colours will bring EVEN MORE team spirit to our winning teams.

The Tops will also be accepted at our Show Jumping series – So September the 10th will be the big reveal! 

The long sleeve tops are available to everyone at a great price of £25 from Hardy etc. A short sleeve version is also available at £23. Please do speak to the Hardy team about customisation with any sponsors (lucky you!) or good luck logos you would also want on the tops – The left sleeve must remain the same, but the right sleeve is all yours! #yeahboi or how about a lucky clover?? 

See merchandise page for further details.

Eventing Success at Swalcliffe!

Posted by WORC on April 21, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The WORC eventers had their first outing of the 2015 season on Sunday (19.04.15). It was raining rosettes for WORC at Grange Farm Swalcliffe during the Festival of the Horse Area 18 Eventer Challenge Qualifier. For more details watch the video below (and see the galleries for more photos) or check Alex's competition report :)

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1st Dressage Series - 15.03.15

Posted by WORC on March 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to all our helpers and competitors for braving the cold at Worton Equestrian on Sunday 15th March! Our first in the 2015 WORC Dressage Series was one of the busiest the club has ever seen with record numbers in every class. Despite that it was also one of the smoothest running events we have experienced as a result of everyone mucking in where they could. Pam and Abi did an excellent job of overseeing the day, and the many individuals giving an hour or so to steward the warm up or shepherd the lorries made all the difference! There was much to be proud of WORC for and the club made a great impression for the many new faces (both human and equine) and non-members that competed. Jenny must be very busy adding all those hours onto her volunteer spreadsheet so she can allocate vouchers accordingly!

We look forward to welcoming lots of you again at the next dressage competition at Gainsfield on 10th May. Don't forget that those placed during the Dressage Series get league table points in addition to those beautiful rosettes, and points make trophies at the AGM!


And They're Off!

Posted by WORC on March 4, 2015 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We kick started the 2015 eventing season a little early in WORC at an excellent jump training session with 2010 Badminton winner Paul Tapner at Wickstead HorsePlay (28.02.15). Two 1.5 hour group lessons of four covered some general warming up, riding a show jump course and some cross country practise… all on a surface ideal to get horses and riders back into event mode before our first qualifier at Swalcliffe in April! Everyone benefited greatly from Paul’s methodical and progressive approach to training. Hopefully we can do it again soon, although we will be heading back to this venue for show jump training with Joe MacDonald on March 24th. Take a look in the galleries for more photos and a video from Pigeon Cam :)

WORC Reds Shine at Olympia 2014!

Posted by WORC on December 22, 2014 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Club history was made yesterday as WORC’s first ever quadrille team took to the grand arena at The London Olympia International Horse Show. The Red Arrow Equine Display Team responded admirably to the special atmosphere to put on their sharpest performance to date, just missing out at winning to Saffon Waldon by four measly points! To quote Olympia’s write-up on the competition, “The judges were also impressed with the smart red outfits and consistency of the runners-up”. And so WORC are very much on the quadrille radar now – the one to watch for future years. Many spectators were also struck by the strength of support the team received from the audience. All day friends, family and fans of the Red Arrows were proudly sporting their Beewear official hoodies and gillets, some meeting each other for the first time at Olympia. Members of the public often approached those of us donned in red to express how much they had been impressed by the routine and supporters’ enthusiasm! Perhaps the spirit of the day is best summed up by the British Riding Club ethos - Ride Together • Train Together • Compete Together • Have Fun Together :)

Next is the Big One!

Posted by WORC on December 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The WORC Red Arrow Equine Display Team had their final full dress rehearsal at The Unicorn Trust on Saturday evening (13.12.14). The run through went really well despite some rather fresh ponies (Marnz's felt canter was needed for the whole routine - apart from a couple of sections in counter canter)! Our club photographer, Jon, was in attendance so do go check all the photos out in the gallery! Next stop is Olympia on December 21st.... EEK!!!

New WORC Bling!

Posted by WORC on December 2, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out these great stencils our endurance team had had commissioned by Stencilbum. That should give our teams a distinct and cohesive look next season!

Junior Dressage Success!

Posted by WORC on November 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It was another successful outing at Hartbury on 1st November for our area 18 junior winter dressage qualifier team. The young’uns picked up team third, with individual thirds for Georgia and Morgan, as well as second place to Jasmine and her delightful mare, Diamond (photographed). Well done to WORC’s senior team too, who represented the club well despite not being placed against some tough competition!