Berkshire Downs Riding Club took over the reins of Abingdon Horse Show in 2006.
The 2006 show was a huge success with just over 300 competitors and hundreds of spectators. The icing on the cake was a three page article in local Rider’s magazine, Chiltern & Thames Rider, headed, “Berkshire Downs Riding Club Runs Superb Abingdon Show”. Making all the hard work and effort required very worthwhile.
The success of the show would not have been possible without the back up and support from the previous organisers and the invaluable guidance of local show service provider, Richard Moody and his team and the arena party from 2121 Squadron ATC Abingdon.
A huge thank you also to our many generous sponsors.
BDRC look forward to the continued success of the show and hope the remaining members of the previous committee feel happy with their decision to hand us the reins.
The initial show in 1974 was held at the invitation of the council in line with their strategy of “Sport for All” - The Council contacted the British Horse Society and local representative Mrs Iris Law was approached to set up a committee to run a show in the glorious Rye Farm meadows. Classes were designed for local riders and in later shows there were classes for both disabled and able-bodied competitors to compete at an annual horse show on the meadow.
Mrs Jill Jacobi was the secretary on this first committee and stayed connected to the committee until she sadly died in 2005. It was always Jill’s hope that the show would continue to flourish and with this in mind, the remaining committee members Peggy Rogers who had taken over as secretary from Jill, Mrs Vi MacKay remaining as Treasurer, and Fiona MacKay-Perkins made the decision to hand over to a show organising committee of The Berkshire Downs Riding Club.
The committee were keen to ensure that the show continued and was able to provide a key event in the equestrian calendar.
Berkshire Downs Riding Club were delighted to be given the opportunity to take over the running of such an established local show and hope that we can continue to make the show a successful and enjoyable event for both BDRC members and local riders.
The show has classes to suit everyone and some classes also incorporate Chiltern & Thames Rider qualifiers for Showing and Show Jumping.
Berkshire Downs Riding Club is a friendly unaffiliated Club with members mainly based within a 20 mile radius of Wantage. We have members spread across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
We run a varied and comprehensive programme of events throughout the year including Schooling Sessions, Camps, Lecture Demonstrations, Day Rallies, Video Evenings, Dressage, Show Jumping, Combined Training and Hunter Trials. We also hold an Bi-Annual Dinner and Annual General Meeting with Awards Presentations.
Our membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st and membership is £24 for adults (£20 for existing members) and £20 for juniors. All Club members are given reduced entry fees at our open events.
Our aim is to encourage all levels and abilities of riders and horses and we produce a bi-monthly newsletter which brings you details of all the Club activities, reports on past events and an events diary for the local area. We welcome input from our members and also include an Exchange & Mart section for members to advertise any items for sale etc
BDRC started its life as Berkshire Downs Equestrian Club over 25 years ago by a Scottish Vet, Alex Mackenzie, who lived locally and had the idea of taking leisurely pub rides across the downs with like minded people out to enjoy the scenery and their horse.
The Club is renowned for being friendly and sympathetic!! We really are not tomorrow's John Whittakers or Mary Thompsons and do not claim to be. What we can offer is a good grounding for you and your horse - whether either of you is a novice or just a little rusty is fine by us. You can ride and compete to any level you want - and if that's a cross pole at 2ft - that's ok!
OUR MOTTO IS KEEP SMILING....... YOU'RE MEANT TO BE DOING THIS FOR FUN!
Please come along to the show and give us your support.