Affiliated riding clubs will be contesting an unusual type of competition this year as they vie to see which club can raise its membership levels by the highest percentage.

British Riding Clubs (BRC) is aiming to increase its membership – which is already at record levels after slumping during FMD – and has a brand new computer up for grabs for the most successful club.

Maggie Dyus of the BRC: “At present BRC has just over 36,000 members, but with horse ownership levels estimated to be around 2million there are still many riders out there who aren’t members of any organisation. We hope the new initiative will encourage clubs to recruit more people in their area.

“We are also trying to encourage all unaffiliated riding clubs to become BRC members by offering all the benefits of becoming affiliated at a significantly reduced price of just £50 per club, which includes insurance costs.”

The benefits of being a BRC member encompass:

  • national championships, including the chance to compete at Hickstead
  • a fair playing field in club competitions
  • regular training opportunities
  • social functions
  • guaranteed health and safety
  • caters for all riding abilities

To find out about how to contact your local riding club, or for more information about BRC visit www.bhs.org.uk and click on riding clubs.