The Blackdown Hills Riding Club was founded approximately 40 years ago. Formed by a small group of people wanting to create a friendly, happy club for families, it bridged a gap for adults and those who couldn’t afford to join the Pony Club but wanted to socialize and compete at a basic level.
This ethos has remained and to this day. The club, run by a motivated and friendly committee, endeavors to put on a variety of events for their member’s needs. Over recent years the club has branched out into larger events helping to run some of the Area 12 competitions. There has also been a contingent of riders willing to participate at this level and caused great excitement as they managed to secure a place in Championship competitions.
BHRC has dedicated dressage to the music team. This includes a musical director, choreographer, costume and technical advisors. The clubs quadrille has won the local X-Factor (judged) for the last 3 years and the public vote in 2012 and 2014.
During the winter months, we hold a Dressage League dressage series with the final held in the spring and a Summer Show Jumping League in the summer months, both of these are held at Paddocks, Bickenhall, Taunton.
At the beginning of August each year we hold our Summer Camp with 2 days of training, hacks, cross country, showjumping and ending with clear round jumping and members-only dressage competition.
The Club covers a large area geographically, including Taunton, villages in the Blackdown Hills – down to Exeter and as far over as Minehead.