SWDRC members’ entries on the day will be taken in all classes.

Currently non-member entries will still be taken on the day for classes 1, 3 & 4 however class 2 in now closed to non-members. Classes may be closed if entries warrant and no entries will be taken for any class once the class has started.

On current entries classes are estimated not to start before the times stated below but may be later:
CLASS 1 (PAIRS) 09:30
CLASS 4 (OPEN) 13:30

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Teams – Combined Training Success

Well done to all our members who competed in the team combined training qualifier at Brook Farm TC on 15 February.

Our Senior teams placed 1st* & 4th and our Junior teams placed 2nd* & 6th, *provisionally booking places at the BRC Championships in both the Junior and the Senior finals (subject to confirmation from BRC).


1st Senior: Vicky R & Frank, Lisa S & Toughie, Joy G & Jimmy and Sue A & Maverick

4th Senior: Lisa S & Jessica, Becci S & Lara, Suzannah E & Joker and Claire E & Angus

Senior: Suzannah E & Rocky, Ellie B & Wooley, Susie H & Lenny and Lily M & Rupert

2nd Junior: Isobel O & Bartley, Georgia M & Finn, Sophie B & Tonto and Ella C & Archie

6th Junior: Harriet W & Panda, Millie S & Merlin, Ella C & Bobby and Martha S & Sisco

Individual placings:

Vicky R & Frank – 1st (Snr Novice/85cm)

L Spence & Toughie – 2nd (Snr Novice/85cm)

Isobel O & Bartley – 2nd (Jnr Prelim/75cm)

L Spence & Jessica – 3rd (Snr Novice/85cm) – qualifies individually

Joy G & Jimmy – 4th (Snr Prelim/75cm)

G Millar – Finn – 4th (Jnr Prelim/75cm)

Sophie B & Tonto – 5th (Jnr Novice/85cm)

Harriet W & Panda – 6th (Jnr Prelim/75cm)

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SWDRC win 7th Quadrille Title


SWDRC’s “Seven Dwarfs” have just won the club it’s seventh BRC Quadrille of the Year title at Olympia.

The competition was very close this year with just a couple of marks separating 1st & 2nd places. The team scored well in the turnout section (for a change) which just gave them the edge after an almost foot perfect performance. The team had somewhat handicapped themselves this year with vision limiting masks and carrying ‘dummy’ dwarfs so were very pleased that their ponies all behaved impeccably and that their routine went really well. West Oxfordshire RC put in a very tidy performance to take 2nd place.

Team: Sophie Haylock (Gunner), Suzannah Engelmann (Jim), Claire Engelmann (Taffy) & Jane Hood (Mena)

Thank you to the team’s grooms: Emily, Dave, Leah, East & Jo

Watch the quadrille here:

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Show Jumping – Sat 25 October 2014

We have a late addition to our events calendar:

CHARITY SHOW JUMPING at Sparrows Hill on Sat 25 October


Please show your support

Generously supported by:

  • Megan Lindsey – Equine Sports Therapist
  • Baileys Horse Feeds
  • Just Like Wendy’s – Vintage Repro
  • Castle Camps Saddlery
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Quadrille Team win Olympia Qualifier

SWDRC’s 2014 Quadrille ‘The Seven Dwarfs’ won the Quadrille qualifier at Bury Farm and are now headed to Olympia for the final in December.


Having only started seriously practicing at the beginning of September the team revisited their formerly unsuccessful theme from 7 years ago only this year the Dwarfs were on ponies and rode without Snow White. Unbeknownst to most people watching the riders were all heavily handicapped by very limited vision through their masks but after only 4 full practices they performed well at Bury Farm against 14 other teams to earn their place in the final.

It seems to be a bit of a tradition now to almost always leave Saffron Walden until last when they announce the teams going forward to Olympia and this year was no exception – very nerve-wracking. The team were absolutely thrilled to hear their name finally called out and even more so when they realised that they actually went through in 1st place!


Three of the team’s ponies are in their 20s, Jim and Taffy are games ponies, Gunner a field companion / happy hacker while Mena is only 5 years old but all took to carrying the additional 3 dwarfs with no hesitation at all and behaved brilliantly throughout the routine despite all the crowd’s clapping.

For anyone wishing to get tickets for Olympia to watch the team in action the final is on the morning of Sunday 21 December (afternoon tickets are almost sold out already so hurry if you want one – but morning only tickets readily available).


The team were: Sophie Haylock on Gunner, Suzannah Engelmann on Jim, Claire Engelmann on Taffy and Jane Hood on Mena.

Many thanks to Leah Brown & Sarah Rook for grooming and to Dave, Charlotte, Keith and Jess for the extra last minute and much appreciated help with getting ready.

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SWDRC success at National Championships

SWDRC had a very good time at the 2014 BRC National Championships at Lincoln!

Huge congratulations to:
Vicky Rutherford & Carry – Elementary Dressage Individual Arena Winner

Lisa Spence & Jessica – Riding Test Individual Arena Winner

Jo Wilkins & Honey – Overall Open Show Jumping Individual National Champion

Emma Neville (Frank), Claire Engelmann (Angus), Sophie Haylock (Lines) and Lisa Spence (Toughie) – Novice Show Jumping Team National Champions

Novice Team

Also a huge well done to:
- Senior Dressage Team (Sophie Haylock, Vicky Rutherford, Claire Engelmann & Lisa Spence) who finished 2nd and all placed individually
- Senior Intermediate Show Jumping Team (Sophie, Vicky, Lisa & Suzannah Engelmann) who finished 4th
- Claire & Sophie who placed individually in the Novice Show Jumping
- Claire who placed individually in the Style Jumping
- Alice & Ella Caton and Martha &… Millie Sparrow who finished 5th
in the Junior Teams of Four Dressage and 9th in the Junior Style Jumping Teams
- Alice who placed 2nd individually overall in the Junior Style Jumping
- Sophie Byford who placed 7th individually in the Junior Dressage

Many thanks to Gibsons Saddlery, Newmarket for sponsoring the Snr Intermediate SJ Team.

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Show Jumping Results (14-Sept) now online


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Dressage & Show Jumping Results 24/25-August 2014

Results from this weekend’s Dressage and Show Jumping events are now online:


Show Jumping:

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Show Jumping – Mon 25 August

24/08/14 – 19:30

Show Jumping is still going ahead tomorrow despite the weather forecast! However, please be advised that pre-entries are extremely low and in the event of inclement weather classes are likely to run well ahead of schedule and may be amalgamated at the organisers’ discretion.

Please support this event if you can!

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Annual Show PHOTOS

We had a lovely day at St Aylotts at the Annual Show on Sunday 29 June. We would like to thank all the judges, stewards and volunteers who helped to make the day such a success. A few club members took photos throughout the day and these are available to view on the links below.

Ring 1 photos can also be found on the club facebook site to download for free. If you wish to purchase any of the photos from rings 2, 3 and 4 please go to  A digital file will be emailed to you, £4.50/image (+ 50p per order – multiple images can be ordered at any one time). All you need to do when ordering is to ensure you advise the photo number you require.








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