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”.
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
Secretary and Membership Secretary, Members Days & Day Rallies
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!
Junior members, Members Days and Area 12 Competitions
Other contact emails for the club
Website (Karl Edmond) Webmaster@blackdownmendiprc.co.uk