West Oxfordshire Riding Club

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Horse and Hound - Club of the Year award

Posted by WORC on October 12, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)


We have been shortlisted for RIDING CLUB OF THE YEAR by Horse & Hound and today we have a small feature in the magazine. This is the first time we have been shortlisted for this prestigious award after a few years of trying and it means a lot.

But now we need YOUR help and votes to help us win the title, so we would be very very grateful for everyone to vote for us if you think we deserve the win. The riding clubs who have been shortlisted with the MOST votes from the public vote will win the title which is announced at the awards ball on 8th November.

Voting is open from today and will close on the 18th October, you can only vote once with your name and email. We are in some great company, so we need every vote.

PLEASE get voting it would mean a lot to the committee who put in so much work and we have had a fantastic year so let’s make this the icing on the cake.

VOTE with the link below and select West Oxfordshire


Fingers crossed we can do it!

BRC DTM Junior Prelim Champions!

Posted by WORC on October 5, 2018 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

For the 3rd year running WORC are junior national prelim champions!

Junior member Maddy McIntosh danced her way to success and claimed the title. Maddy has had a fantastic year having qualified and been placed at many BRC champs this year.

If that wasn't enough Morgan Beth Crockford came 5th in the junior novice DTM section and senior member Georgia Armer came 13th in the senior novice.

What a greay day for the club!

National BRC Championship

Posted by WORC on October 5, 2018 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Our juniors where on great form at the BRC championships in Lincoln beating off tough competition.

The team of Morgan-Beth Crockford, Maddy McIntosh and Amy Thomas were 6th out of 22 teams a huge achievement. Amy getting into the mounted prize giving and receiving a sash for being 3rd in Prelim 7 and 2nd in her Prelim Riding Test. Maddy was 6th in Prelim 14 and 8th in Novice 27. Morgan-Beth was 8th in Novice 27 and 6th in the Elementary.


Hickstead Success

Posted by WORC on October 5, 2018 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A HUGE well done to our 3 ladies Serena, Gee and Vicky who competed at the Royal International Horse Show BRC team jumping in July and came 10th!

Such a great achievement and we believe this is our first ever club placing at Hickstead which is fantastic.

WORC Show Jumping Results 13 May 2018

Posted by WORC on May 22, 2018 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (2)

The WORC held a show jumping competition at Village Farm, Bletchingdon 

Thank you to all volunteers who helped make this show a success!

Full WORC Show Jumping Results 13 May 2018

WORC Showing Competition Results

Posted by WORC on May 22, 2018 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who helped make this show a success

Full Showing Results

Junior National Success

Posted by WORC on May 2, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

28th April - Dressage Intermediate event 
Maddy got a personal best at Novice with 67% and an 8th placing in a large class and is very pleased.
Morgan came 2nd with a equal score just losing out in collectives by 1 mark. Was a very cold blustery day but well worth it


Posted by WORC on March 9, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Tentpegging and Mounted Skill at Arms (MSAA) are the collective name for equestrian sports using lances, swords and guns on horseback. Disciplines are performed at the gallop as individuals, half section pairs and team sections of three or four. Tentpegging is the ultimate test of horsemanship, requiring determination, hand-eye coordination, discipline and a fearless love of speed. Pegs range from three to one inch in diameter. The majority of horses and ponies can be taught to peg and they love it!  

Now for beginners do not worry, the training process is all done slowly to ensure the riders have control of their weapons and the horses get used to the rather strange activities. 

In the tentpegging community it is often referred to "the sport for broken riders and horses", as it is relatively gentle on both horse and rider compared to other disciplines. Essentially you are just asked the horse to run straight for around 100m and for the riders it is a bit like pony club games, only we use real weapons and don't vault or bend as much as the youngsters. For juniors it is a growing sport, and GB often has opportunity to send youngsters abroad to compete as part of teams. 

The beauty of this particular equestrian discipline is a level playing field, buying an expensive horse won't help you, as it is mainly down the riders skill. Jumping is a relatively minor part of the sport, so if your horse doesn't jump it is not a problem.

The West Oxfordshire Riding Club will be holding a series of clinics and competitions, and everyone is welcome to attend


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.

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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.