West Oxfordshire Riding Club

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Riding Club Camp

Residential Riding Club Camp    Now the WORC Training Day! 

Sadly the full camp plans were cancelled due to lack of interest - but never fear! Training Day is still on! 

We are excited to offer a training day at Lyford Stud after unfortunately having to cancel our camp. The day will consist of 3 trainers Carol Starkey - XC, Lisa Sterrow - Flat Work and Vicky Ashworth - SJ. The cost will be £20 per trainer for members. You can choose to do one or more sessions. We will also be providing a BBQ at an extra cost. Heights for XC will be either 55cm or 75cm. SJ will be 70, 80 or 90cm. Please email worc@hotmail.co.uk to register your interest and payment to be made via Paypal using the send money to friens to worc@hotmail.co.uk Times will be confirmed once we know how many entries.


Camp report from 2017

Back last year after seeing various comments on Facebook about how members would love a WORC camp I decided to take on the brave decision of organising one. The last camp we ran was around 10-15 years ago so I definitely think it was overdue.

After many hours of looking on the internet to find a suitable venue and one which wasn’t going to cost the same as week’s holiday in the sun I decided to go with Wickstead, if it’s good enough for Paul Tapner it was good enough for us. Much to our surprise the uptake was great (9 members in total) and I even had a reserve list, it was also lovely to have 3 junior members.

I was lucky enough to secure some fabulous trainers across the weekend including Vicki Mace, Nick & Mandy Lucey and Aaron Nobbs. Each session was fantastic, very informative but simple to understand and from me being on the ground I could see improvements by the end of each lesson which was great to see as well as lots of smiley faces and happy ponies.

There were several highlights for me as the organiser and firstly would-be - Gayle Pilkington who is normally a dressage superstar but instead I watched her and horse fly over not only showjumps but also XC fences, Gayle was nervous before the session but those nerves soon disappeared. Hopefully we will see Gayle at some of our jumping competitions soon!

Secondly, newly joined junior member Laila Chok and her lovely cob Pye. Laila would definitely win the award for most enthusiastic. Laila never stopped smiling or encouraging her pony even if things didn’t go right and I am sure many of you have seen the fantastic photo of them both jumping into the water…. That smile says it all!

Finally, with anything there is always the “save of the day” and that would go to Julie Toop and Izzy. Not sure how she stayed on jumping into the water but she did, it was a heart stopping moment for the spectators!

As always, things can be improved and having never organised a camp before it was a learning curve for myself and I have taken away things which can be refined for next year, so as they say, “things can only get better”

Thank you to everyone who came along. I hope you all had fun and if you have any other suggestions please let me know. Camp will be a yearly thing so time to get arranging for next year. I am considering running a day rally around September so watch this space……

Thanks, Mel