BHS Advice
England – National Lockdown 4 January 2021:

England is now under a National Lockdown and there are new restrictions in place which will impact on horse owners and our riding schools. We understand how worrying this new lockdown will be for everyone but please be assured that the BHS will be providing support and guidance as it becomes available.
During the lockdown riding schools must close for public lessons and activities
Arena hire is not permitted, however arenas can be used for exercising horses which are stabled at the venue, livery yard or riding school
Horse owners, loaners and sharers can continue to travel to care for and exercise their horse when it is not kept at home.
Livery yards can continue to allow horse owners, loaners or sharers to care for and exercise their horse.
Horse riding can continue although all organised activities and competitions will be required to stop.
Essential visits for the welfare of horses e.g. farrier, vet and physio can continue.
Further details for riding schools, horse owners and coaches will be updated on the website as they become available.

Rupert Cox Flatwork and Showjumping Clinics: Rupert runs individual/group clinics every Monday. Lessons can be either jumping or flatwork.  To book your place, please contact Rupert direct on  07970 935615.

Michelle Fox Showjumping Clinics:  The next clinic is Tuesday 19th from 1pm.  Group lessons are £19 per person, private 45 minute lessons are £27. To book your place, please ring or text Michelle Fox directly on her mobile 07721 998488.

Jenny Parkin Clinics: The next clinic is on Sunday 10th and 24th from 11.00am.  Jenny can offer individual or group tuition for both adults and juniors covering flatwork, pole work or jumping. HVRC would like to offer our club members of all ages and abilities a chance to have individual or group lessons at reasonable rates. Jenny is a BHS Stage 3 coach in Complete Horsemanship and is very experienced with all levels of rider. Please contact  Marilyn to register your interest:  mobile 07891398275,  or 01433 650749 (leave a message) or email marilynwilcockson@gmail.com

BRC Intermediate Dressage and Showjumping Qualifier at Arena UK on Sun 7th February. There are showjumping classes from 90cm to 110m and dressage classes from Prelim to Advanced Medium for both juniors and seniors, individuals and teams: If you would like to take part, please contact  Liz Morton on  01433 631565   or Email her on   jr.ea.morton@gmail.com

EVENT PHOTOS   West Bar Photography
Photos at shows and photos and videos of dressage tests have been taken at most of our events this year by John of West Bar Photography.  Covid restrictions have meant that he could not bring his trailer and print on site, but purchases can be made online at www.westbarphotography.co.uk by clicking on Events then on your event to view all the photos. All the dressage tests were videoed in full, but just the first part is available to view on the website.   Printed photos are £7, photos for digital download £5 and videos £10. Any queries contact John on 01142 891626 or 07918 650256 or Email him on john@westbarphotography.co.uk

The HVRC arena is available to hire (to members only).  Bookings are made by TEXTING Judith Rutnam on 07952 900085.  Members need to allow at least 24 hours notice when booking an arena hire session.  Your 2021 HVRC membership number will be required when booking. PLEASE lock the gate AND randomize the padlock code before leaving the field.

Membership fees are being held at 2020 levels (despite a per member increase in the fees paid to BRC from £15 to £16). The only exception is the additional family member fee for family memberships which we have had to raise from £15 to £16 to cover the BRC fee increase. All memberships fall due at the beginning of January. Just a reminder that all clinics are for members only and memberships need to be paid before riders can attend clinics or book the arena in 2021.  Please complete and submit your membership form via the website. You will then be Emailed the internet banking details. Alternatively if you would like a membership form to be Emailed to you so that you can send it in with a cheque, please Email:  bobandkathstoney@hopevalleyriding club.co.uk

BRC introduced new hat standards in 2016 – visit this link for full details:   http://www.bhs.org.uk/our-charity/press-centre/news/july-to-dec-2015/changes-to-riding-hat-standard-coming-in-2016-bsen1384-safety   For safety and insurance reasons, HVRC members must wear a hat conforming to the new standards when riding at all HVRC clinics and competitions.

Upcoming Events at a glance


Rupert Cox Flatwork and Show Jumping Lessons – Mon 4th Jan
 Jenny Parkin Clinic- Sun 10th Jan
Rupert Cox Flatwork and Show Jumping Lessons – Mon 11th Jan
Rupert Cox Flatwork and Show Jumping Lessons – Mon 18th Jan
Michelle Fox showjumping clinic – Tues 19th Jan  from 1pm
Jenny Parkin Clinic – Sun 24th Jan
Rupert Cox Flatwork and Show Jumping Lessons – Mon 25th Jan