The Newlands Corner Riding Club -
Riding Club Horse of the Year Show 2017

Sponsored by Greenwich Olympian Saddles, Equessentials and Mayes and Scrine

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Open to all members of all Riding Clubs

The Essence of the Competition

We hope to raise and renew awareness of the riding club movement and its values, to attract new members, and help focus their training at grass roots level by searching for the Riding Club Horse (and rider) of the Year, culminating in an exciting championship. We aim to offer a three-phase competition which will encourage the development of riding club horses and encourage understanding, good training and empathy from amateur riders.

Method of Judging
Judges are looking for an outstanding example of a riding club horse. We are looking for an athletic, well moving horse with a good jumping technique and attitude, who has undergone correct training to perform a good dressage test and who has developed physically and mentally into an ideal riding club horse.

The horse's conformation, suitability and type should enable him/her to withstand the requirements of riding club competitions. The horse and rider partnership will also be taken into consideration.

In the first phase the horse will be judged on conformation, suitability and temperament, shown in-hand.

The second phase consists of a dressage test, following Riding Club rules.

The third phase consists of a course of show jumps and examples of cross country jumps – style, attitude and harmony between horse and rider will be marked.

Classes will include
1) Future Riding Club Horse of the Year 2017
2) Riding Club Horse of the Year 2017

All competitors must be members of a riding club at the time of entering the qualifier.
To qualify, partnerships must take part in one Newlands Corner Riding Club show and one other riding club fixture.


Competitors must be members of a riding club when taking part in qualifying classes.

Eligibility criteria apply at the time of qualification and at the time of the championships.

Class 1 Riding Club Horse of the Future
Jumping: Not exceeding 0.70m (2’3”) - Dressage: Preliminary Test

Class 2 Riding Club Horse of the Year
Section A Novice/Intermediate Horses
Jumping: Not exceeding 0.80m (2’6”) - Dressage: Novice Test

Section B Open Horses
Jumping: Not exceeding 1.0m (3’3”) - Dressage: Elementary Test


Class 1
Horse and rider combination not to have competed with British Showjumping.
Horse and rider combination not to have competed with British Eventing.
Horse never to have qualified for or competed at a national championship.

Class 2
Section A
Horse and rider combination not to have competed at British Dressage Medium or above.
Horse and rider combination not to have competed at British Showjumping Discovery or above.
Horse and rider combination not to have competed at BE100 or above.

Section B (Open Section)
Open to all horse and rider combinations

There will be an independent judge at the showground during the championship assessing harmony, temperament and suitability of the horse/partnership throughout all phases.

Tack and dress according to riding club rules.

There will be 10 minutes between each phase at which time tack may be changed and boots fitted.

Whips and commanders are not permitted in dressage tests at the championship.

Spurs are permitted at the championship.

Entry fee £25.00 NCRC members/£30.00 non-members

Class 1:
Prizes kindly sponsored by Mayes and Scrine

Class 2 Section A & B: Bridle sponsored by Equessentials; highest overall score – Made to Measure Greenwich Olympian saddle (dressage or jumping).

Open to all members of all Riding Clubs
Congratulations to the winner of the Greenwich Olympian saddle for the 2016 Riding Club Horse of the Year - Marion Spencer with her horse, George Bailey. After the competition, she said, “I have owned George Bailey, a nine-year-old Irish sport horse, for about 18 months and during that time we have competed in most disciplines at local riding club events. We took part in this competition last year and I was delighted to win a leather headcollar for third prize. Never did I imagine that this year we would win the amazing prize of a made-to-measure saddle. As the last competitor to ride in the whole event, I didn't have time to go and look at the scores between the three elements of the competition so had no idea how my scores compared to anybody else's. The club’s Chairman, Lesley Selway, announced the results in reverse order from 6th down to 1st, and when she announced the second placed rider I felt sure I must have been placed below 6th. The moment she announced that I had won, I was absolutely gob-smacked - it is such a wonderful prize to win. Only once in the past have I purchased a new saddle, and that was off the shelf. To have something made-to-measure is fantastic, to win such a generous prize is amazing. Just the week before I had competed George at Newlands Corner and we had one of our worst days ever, my husband has never seen me look so dejected sitting on my horse, so to turn it round and win the following week was even more special.
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Many thanks to Newlands Corner Riding Club and the very generous sponsors for putting on this special show. The committee and other club members at Newlands Corner are so friendly and welcoming, and the numerous events they run during the year are fun and always well-organised, and their social events are second to none.”
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The 2016 Riding Club Horse of the Future was won by Amber Jo ridden by Kirsten Pressler. Kirsten is 23 years old and works full time on a local livery yard. She says, “My mother, Katie, bought me my first pony when was 3 and has, ever since, both financially and emotionally, supported me throughout my riding and competitions. I actually entered the competition on my young mare who lacks confidence and experience as I know Newlands Corner RC shows are always friendly, welcoming and fun! Unfortunately, she sustained a kick in the field on the Friday so mum kindly lent me her five-year-old mare who has even less experience in the show jumping ring; but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in temperament! She is a real trier and has a heart of gold. Amber Jo (Holly) was great in the showing phase and Tony Whipps gave us some helpful and positive feedback, which was lovely to have. The dressage proved most challenging as the ground was very slippery, so we made the best of it and just tried to stay upright on the corners! 65% wasn't too shabby considering! Then Holly was on top form for the jumping!!! She jumped a confident, rhythmical, happy clear round and I smiled from ear to ear the whole way round! It's hard not to, riding such a genuine horse! To win was an added bonus, the competition was brilliant, such a novel and fun idea and the generous sponsors provided beautiful prizes; rugs, fleeces, joint supplement, leather head collars, a bridle and custom fit saddle... Wow, wow, wow! I can't wait till the next one!!”