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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.

(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 :)