Wimborne and District Riding Club is a family riding club, which has been running for over 25 years and has approximately 350 members. A Parent/guardian will need to be a member on behalf of their child/children.
We are lucky enough to rent our own field at Higher Merley Farm, just outside Wimborne. The field is very level, well drained and maintained with good access. We also have the use of the large all-weather arena at the farm, should ground conditions be unsuitable.
We run a variety of events, hopefully something for everybody... our largest is our open show held in July and has over the years proved very successful and allows us to purchase equipment, subsidise training sessions, have our own field and donate money raised at other events to charity. The years events include dressage, show jumping, in-hand & ridden shows, gymkhanas, regular jumping & flatwork clinics, a dog show and sponsored/social rides.
The club runs on a committee of 12, although help is always needed and very welcome to assist with setting up, running & clearing away after events. Events are informal & fun; no-one should feel unwelcome, out of place or "not up to it".
Over the years, WDRC has donated over £50,000 to charities and the committee is always open to suggestions for suitable (preferably local) beneficiaries.
If you have a general enquiry regarding the club please feel free to use the link below to email the committee - someone will strive to respond asap!
** General Info **
Please can we remind all members that if you bring your dogs to WDRC events, they must be restrained on a lead at all times; alternatively, please ensure that they are securely shut in your vehicle (be it car, trailer or lorry!)
May we remind everyone that there is no fresh water supply available at the Club Field, therefore anyone attending events is advised to bring their own water (& buckets) with them
If you are planning to enter on the day, it would be hugely appreciated if you could try to bring the correct money with you. Organisers do bring a float with assorted change, but when everyone appears with £20 notes, it doesn’t take long for that change to disappear! I know it’s a pain lugging the coins along with you – but I suppose the other alternative could be that all entry fees go up to a round £10 per class, just to make life easier!
Seriously though, if you could all appear rattling your piggy banks when you make late entries, it would be a great help…
Membership numbers must always be worn and the colour is to correspond to the current years membership!
Strictly NO LUNGING in the club field please and dogs to be kept on a lead at all times!
Tracy Upshall, Club Secretary
Higher Merley Farmhouse, 3 Merley Road, Merley, Wimborne, Dorst BH21 3DA
Tel: 01202 856201/07748 746905
I was one of those children who was first plonked on board a horse when still in nappies and have just carried on ever since! I spent 17 years on the WDRC Committee, organising a wide variety of events, before deciding that I needed a break for a while, before re-joining the Committee in November 2015 as Secretary.
Over the years, I have competed in most disciplines, from Dressage to Team Chasing, but recently have been out of the saddle as my horse, Murphy, suffered a tendon injury. He is now ready to start coming back into work, so may start to put in an appearance at clinics later in the year – which could be entertaining for onlookers!
Diana McGrail, Treasurer & Membership Secretary
10 Kent Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 2EH
Tel: 01202 245505/07940 821351
I have been a member of the club since 1990, joining with my fantastic Fell pony Ladybird. If the riding club ran it, we had a go! There wasn’t anything that she couldn’t turn her hoof to. We have both learnt so much with the help and support of the club over the years.
My other pony is Jet, (another Fell!) who I bought at a 3 year old in 2011. He made his showing debut with the club last year. I have now backed him and he will continue his education at riding club events!
When I am not busy with my ponies, I teach Pilates, and also help my family with their accountancy practices.
48 Queens Park West Drive, Bournemouth, BH8 9DD
Tel: 01202 394707
Pipers Hill Farm, Uppington, Hinton Martell, Wimborne, BH21 7HA
Tel: 07557 764893
12 Cammel Road, West parley, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8RY
Tel: 01202 897991/07840 295817
I have ridden since I was 10 years old, had my first horse at 16 and been a member of WDRC since the mid 1980's, initially with my dear Greyboy. Previously I had a long spell on the Committee as Treasurer and after a break of a few years am now back for another spell. Over the years I have competed in all types of competitions but love dressage the most. I've had Todd, my current horse for 6 years; he is a 13yo Dutch Warmblood and is a star, he loves his jumping and XC although we have also competed at the Regional Dressage Championships in 2013, also the Area Festivals in both 2013 and 2014, finishing 5th in 2014.
Workwise, I work part time for M&J Seafoods in Wimborne in the accounts department; it gives me plenty of “Toddy time”!
104 Goldfinch Road, Creekmoor, Poole, Dorset BH17 7TD
Tel: 01202 387566/07748 790789
I've been a member of WDRC for three years.
I grew up in the Broadstone/Corfe Mullen area, horses were always around and I rode as a kid.
I'm married and my wife and daughter both ride.
My current horse Snooker is an Irish Sports, although we're both slowing up a bit now we enjoy XC and are currently trying to improve our dressage.
24 Cedar Avenue, Northbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset BH10 7EF
Tel: 01202 594594
I have been a member of WDRC for 25 years on & off. I also served on the committee in the 1990's & was responsible for running the Dressage events.
I have had 2 TB mares & just over 9yrs ago downsized to a 13hh Fell pony Bracklinn Maggie. These days I only bring Maggie down to the club to show her in hand which we enjoy as a social event. I do compete her in Dressage & showing events online with Interdressage.
I do a lot of In Hand work with Maggie which includes taking out for walks, very useful when she is too wet to put a saddle on! I have learnt a lot using Natural Horsemanship with Maggie & feel she is my pony of a life time as we have a strong partnership that I have never had before.
Other things that keep me busy are gardening & patchwork quilting. I work as a relief library assistant for Poole libraries which helps as I adore reading & always have a book close by. Since owning a Fell pony I have become involved in the South West Fell group & run the Dorset Fell show. I am also on the committee for the Southern Fell pony show held every September.
Lucy O'Flanagan Trophies Secretary
81 Allens Road, Poole, Dorset BH16 5BX
Tel: 01202 251467/07772 428965
56 Lynwood Drive, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1UQ
Tel: 01202 840950/07523 465458
Sarah Gravett co-opted
4 Steeple Close, West Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset BH17 9BL
Tel: 01202 692626/07952 403683
Tracy Ralph-Bates (Sponsored Ride),
Vanessa Whippey (Clear Round)
Pauline Hill (In-Hand Show)