Club History

The club has been established for over 40 years. It takes pride in its reputation of being friendly and approachable and endeavours to cater for all ages and abilities.

In the 1960s, few horse owners had their own horse transport. When the local riding club moved away from the Beccles area, a small group of enthusiasts formed the Beccles and Bungay Riding Club. This group included Marie Mann and Paula Sykes who are still active members of the club.

The club had no equipment and no funds. However, with fund raising jumble sales and home made jumps the club began to establish small local shows. Originally, the club rented a field in Cucumber Lane, Beccles, then moved to a field in London Road, where small shows were held. Larger events such as the annual Open Show and Hunter Trials were held on Sotterley Estate and Raveningham Estate. The cross-country fences were inventive, created from the natural resources available and nothing like the standard enjoyed by the club today.

The club was small with about 25 members, but thanks to the hard work put in by the original members and their successors, the club has continued to grow and in 2009 had 230 members. In 1998, the club had outgrown its premises in London Road and moved to its new premises at Geldeston.

The club holds many events throughout the year including dressage, show jumping, hunter trials a Le Trec and a one day event as well as running its annual Open Show.

The club has excellent facilities, including a field for events and training, with a full set of up to date show jumps and working hunter fences. It also has access to a well-built cross country course with permanent fences of 2’9 and 3’3 for the more experienced horse and rider, and a smaller semi permanent course for the novice or nervous combination.

The club is also fortunate to have access, by arrangement, to a large 20m by 60m all weather surface arena, which has allowed the training season to be extended.

The club is affiliated to the British Riding Club which means members can participate in National competitions in a variety of disciplines. These competitions run qualifying competitions over 23 areas. Successful competitors go through to the finals. The club competes against other affiliated riding clubs in the Area 14 competitions.( Area 14 covers riding clubs from Suffolk, Norfolk and North Essex.)

The club has enjoyed success in these competitions with both junior and senior teams. The senior team won the National Novice Show jumping competition at the Lincoln showground in 2003. The junior team won the Horse Trials Championship at Offchurch in 2006 and Georgina Bell riding ‘Norton Renee’ won the Individual Intermediate Horse Trials Championship in 2008.

The club is keen to encourage all ages and abilities to have fun with their horses and ponies, and to help those wishing to improve their skills to do so.

During the spring and summer the club organises training in dressage and jumping, including cross country, and runs a series of Fun Days which includes gymkhana for both junior and senior members. In the winter the Annual Prize Giving and AGM takes place. As does the Club Quiz which is open to members and their friends and family. The Club endeavours to make all its events friendly as well as informative. The emphasis being on people having fun with their horses and ponies.

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