British Riding Clubs Area 11


Grass Roots Training Grant for Area 11 Clubs 2022

Clubs can bid for an allocation from our grass roots training fund. The bid should set out the proposed training and how it will benefit members and email it to Cathy Hughes (c.c. Penny Jann & Caroline Moorey) by 31st March 2022 at the latest. Please note that a report of the training (how the grant was used, date(s) of training, numbers attending) must be sent to Cathy by no later than 30th September 2022.

Some of the grass roots training that clubs have run in the past:

  • ‘Have-a-go’ training day: encourage those who don’t normally come to regular instruction and/or to try something new, while keeping cost down. Sessions included riding a test (walk and trot or prelim), pole jumping for novice riders and/or young/new horses, preparation for a show including how to ride an individual show and how to ride a jumping round. (ERC)
  • Pole work clinic: designed for novice riders and/or horses to help maintain rhythm and focus, to help develop better balance and confidence to ride the shapes found in a dressage test or the line to take in a show jumping round. (NCRC)
  • Side-saddle ‘have-a-go’: aimed at giving an opportunity for riders to have an introduction to triding side-saddle on their own horse in a safe environment. (T&RRC)
  • Bomb proof your horse: lecture/demonstration by Metropolitan Mounted Division. (WVRC)
  • Effective lungeing and long-lining demonstration to show what can be achieved from the ground, be it remedial after injury or as part of your horse’s general fitness programme. (WVRC)

Not all our training has to be grass roots – other ideas for subsidized training that is Area-wide or for an individual Club (or perhaps a group of clubs) are also welcome.

Some other examples from the BRC HQ website of other training:

  • Trailer towing tests
  • Confidence building clinic/NLP – sports psychology for the rider
  • Riding Test and Style Jumping Demo evening
  • Team building day for members or volunteers
  • Equine behaviour/psychology talk or demo
  • Yoga on horseback – improving rider fitness and balance
  • Bitting clinic