Hinckley Dressage is an Area 5 affiliated riding club concentrating on dressage. With a competition base at Stretton Field Stables. We attract members from Leicester, Nuneaton, Hinckley and all over the Midlands.
About Hinckley Dressage
Many of our members compete on a regular basis and we offer all levels of competition (from intro to PSG), regular training clinics and informative social evenings. Riders of all levels are welcome whether they be new to the sport or old hands at it, we all learn from each other.
The club runs monthly competitions with the season starting at the beginning of January, this coincides with our membership year. Classes are held at all levels from intro to PSG with the preliminary, novice and elementary levels being split into junior, restricted and open sections.
We are based at Stretton Field Stables and offer a friendly competitive atmosphere with riders encouraged to come along and have a go, even if it is at a new level. Points are awarded throughout the season based on competition placings and these are used to determine the winners of the club championships at the end of the season. Trophies are awarded for the championships and are presented, along with other awards, at our A.G.M. and social evening which is usually held in January.
As a club we also offer regular training clinics throughout the year from top national and international trainers. We also arrange clinics with listed judges to help you to improve your test riding. As well as this web site we also provide a regular newsletter, just to keep in touch! Our club is run by a voluntary committee, who work very hard for everyone’s enjoyment and success.
We like to receive input from the members, especially for the future development of the club.
Hinckley and District Dressage Group was created in 1975 by a group of dressage enthusiasts interested in developing new opportunities for riders wishing to compete in pure dressage.
At that time the national Dressage Group was a small department run under the umbrella of the British Horse Society so in order to compete in affiliated competitions riders had to join both organisations to be eligible. Competitions were much fewer than today with very little choice of venues. Hinckley Dressage was formed to give a more regular opportunity for people to compete against like minded people at less expense.
The club quickly developed and by the 1980’s was permanently based at Hall Farm, Sutton Cheney with our keen hosts, Mr and Mrs Wynne, also regular competitors.
Towards the end of the 1980’s membership was full with a waiting list for new members and the club went from strength to strength. Club shows were nearly always over-subscribed with balloting used on a regular basis. At that time we also ran affiliated shows open to all BHS members. One was held in the winter at Hall Farm and one in the summer along the gated road between Sutton Cheney and Market Bosworth on a large flat grass field. This was a huge undertaking involving the setting out of six arenas, long and short and usually ran for the whole day with classes from prelim to advanced. The arenas were also used for the club show on the same weekend. All of the committee at that time worked tirelessly transporting arena boards, setting out arenas, mowing the centre lines, arranging delivery of mobile loos, booking judges and of course stewarding on the day. During the 1990’s improved standards and market forces meant that members demanded surfaces to compete on, especially in the winter and H&DDG became more mobile using venues such as Sketchley Grange Riding School, County Arena in Blaby (both now redeveloped), Saxon Fields and Brooksby College. We also continued to hold an annual meeting for prize giving which continues to this day.
Over recent years, the club had become established at Blaby Mill before our 2018 move to Stretton Field Stables. Membership numbers are still as high and we have a committee who works to ensure the club goes from strength to strength. The club is also now affiliated to British Riding Clubs in Area 5 and members can represent the club in any discipline.
How to Join
The membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December and the current membership rates are:
You can join the club by completing the PDF which you can download below
*Each Junior (16 or under on 1st January of the membership year)
Benefits of Membership
Some of the advantages of joining Hinckley Dressage are:
Regular newsletter which offers free advertising for members, useful advice and information.
Entry to competitions.
Priority for social events.
Access to a selection of regular dressage trainers for all levels