The Meon Riding Club was established in 1968 when like minded horse riders got together for their mutual benefit, and to improve the facilities for riders within the area. The Club is affiliated to the British Riding Club (BRC) movement, which in turn is affiliated to The British Horse Society . We are in Area 17 Check this for information on area competitions, results, etc.
Members benefit from an active training programme in all discipines. Several local venues are used, and our trainers have proved to be very popular. Courses are run at advantageous rates, and in small groups to maximise the benefit to members.
The Club is keen to compete in the BRC Area Qualifiers and National Championships and Team Managers try to encourage fresh faces to join the more experienced to enter Area Qualifiers. In the last few years we have had some excellent results, and members have had the opportunity to represent the Club at National Championships. Members are chosen to compete based on their performance at local and Club events so that anybody can have the opportunity to represent the Club – often more than one team is entered so that more can participate. Check out the Ride for Meon page to find out more!
Those of a more novice standard need never feel left out, as there are Club events to cater for all standards and different disciplines. Our Annual Show is open to non-members as well, and provides dressage, jumping, in-hand and ridden showing classes.
We also run more ambitious events – One Day Events, Hunter Trials and Eventers’ Challenge to name just a few.
The Club runs performance trophies throughout the season, covering cross-country, jumping and dressage disciplines at different standards. Trophies are presented at the Annual General Meeting in October – as well as performance awards we also recognise other achievements in our membership such as our Volunteer of the Year award. Trophy award list 2015 trophy-award-list-2016
For those who prefer to hack out, check out our Pleasure & Social page giving details of our regular fun rides offered by members who will lead a group over countryside local to them.
For those members not so active on the riding front, the Club organises indoor winter meetings on many topics, with the occasional social get-together.
If you would like to wear clothing with the Meon logo, just go to Sew Equestrian who will take your order from the range shown for Meon RC under Clubs and Teams (drop down menu on left of their home page). If you do not see what you want then look at their full brochure and discuss your needs with them.
We do, of course, have a Constitution and if you would like to read this it is available here constitution-agreed-23-10-14-incl-amdt-11-01-2017
The Club is keen to promote the welfare of horses, and works in close liaison with equine welfare organisatons to ensure that any reported suspected case of mal-treatment or mal-nutrition is followed up.
The Club works closely with the BHS to improve and maintain the bridleway network. In particular, we are striving to complete the South Downs Way through our area. Improvements are being processed all the time, but often things move very slowly.
Bridleways Note: If you want to check whether a path is on the definitive map, or report a blocked or unusable existing path, Hampshire County Council now has available a superb on-line facility. It can be found at http://www3.hants.gov.uk/row/locating-row/row-online-maps. Please make use of it.