The Committee

BMRC Chair
Mike Edwards

Undergoing an almost mid-life crisis I took up riding and discovered I rather liked it. I enjoy bonding with my horses whether simply hacking out or taking part in lessons or even competing.  Even though I frequently had (and still have) unscheduled dismounts I was not put off and under the guidance of instructors and support from friends in the Club my riding has steadily improved.  I joined Blackdown Mendip some while ago now (before I had grey hair) and found it to be welcoming, encouraging and, most importantly, friendly. I discovered that it was about just giving it a go and not to worry if I made a complete fool of myself, nobody stood in judgement and we all laughed together. Now, as part of a relatively inexperienced, but enthusiastic committee I am pleased to see that ethos being continued. And I say to members “come on and have a go” at any or all disciplines, join in and have some fun and in turn the club will “help you to become the best that you can be”.

Thank you,



Helen Melvin

I spent my childhood riding, first with ponies then horses and competed in many events with the Pony Club and BSJA.   After a 30yr break, I took up riding again in my late forties and with the help and support given by the club, my confidence grew and I have enjoyed attending camps and competing again. I felt now was an ideal time for me to invest something back into the club and I look forward to meeting you all in the year ahead.

Lesson bookings  Mike



Hello, I’m Sarah – Club Secretary.
Horses are in my blood – my farming parents met in the 60’s competing against each-other then training and racing point-to-point together, so it was likely I would inherit the equine gene. I was a member of Mendip Farmers’ Hunt PC in the 1980’s and have wonderful memories of rallies and camps overseen by Mrs. Firbank with plenty of iced buns and orange squash, no-stirrups, swapping ponies and friendships made then that endure to this day.
I have a soft spot for a mealy-muzzled Exmoor like my first pony, from my teenage years I rode a succession of TB x Welsh Cobs bred by my parents – our last home-bred mare was retired recently. I joined BMRC together with my youngest daughter in 2020; she loans a fabulous pony which we can share and since I’m an advocate of ‘lead by example’ I thought I’d best brush off my boots and show her I was willing to challenge myself too!
BMRC is such a friendly and welcoming club and we really enjoy our lessons – my first XC lesson in 30 years was definitely the highlight of 2020 for me – we leave every lesson with big smiles which is exactly how it should be. I wish I’d joined years ago!
I look forward to meeting you all at lessons and camps as 2021 progresses and we return to
normality as Covid restrictions ease.

Membership Secretary

Claire Scoble

I grew up riding show ponies until my late teens. Kept my eye in but didn’t ride much until the kids ponies were big enough to get on!  I ended up exercising, schooling & generally doing all the dirty work! The boys enjoyed many wonderful years in Pony Club and competing supported by a host of volunteer helpers! The boys (not kids any more!) stopped riding but I carried on hacking and having fun at Riding Club.  Joining the Committee is for me an opportunity to give back a little for all the years people put in huge amounts of time and effort running Pony Club and the hundreds of un-affiliated events we attended.  I’m often helping out at events run by Mendip Plains Equestrian so hope to see some BMRC members out there having a go!

Pip Page

Dressage Series, Members Days and Team Competitions

Jane Brazier 
Junior Members, Safeguarding and First Aid

Alicia Poyntz

Area 12 Competitions and Merchandise

Dawn Warford

Members Days and Photo Competition

Other contact emails for the club
Website (Karl Edmond)