logoFrampton Family Riding Club was founded in 1974. During the early 1970s few people had horse transport and participation in events was mostly confined to those within hacking distance. Mrs Mary Studd (nee Haggie)(died October 2009), sister-in-law of the late Mrs Clifford of Frampton Court, was concerned that members of Berkeley Hunt Pony Club, who lived in the Frampton area, could not attend rallies, etc that were held in the south of the country. At that time the area stretched from Gloucester to Bristol. She therefore started arranging rallies for children in the locality. These proved popular and when she left the district, it was decided to form a fully-fledged Riding Club.

In July 2009 the club held a 35th Anniversary evening when current members met up with members from over the years, with lots of Chair people present!

This Club was to cater for all ages although, at the beginning, juniors were in the majority. There was always a strong feeling that the club should cater for all members of the family and that its name should reflect this. Mrs Henriette Clifford was elected President and held that position until her death in 2003, the position of President is now held by her son Rollo Clifford. The first Chairman was Richard North, and when he left the district, Jim Shield of Nastfield Farm took over. He hosted many events on his land right up to his retirement, often combined with the area of Frampton Estate around the gravel pits and in the Park. Other landowners also provided venues, notably Mrs Chris Hearsey of Grove Farm, Whitminster. Indoor social gatherings were held, such as quizzes, film shows, talks and an annual dance. In 2005 Kathy Oliver was invited to become Vice President, a reflection on how well she had done moving through the Riding Club movement, and her general involvement with the club. Throughout 2006 Kathy continued up through both the Dressage and Eventing grades and by the end of the year was Advanced on Algina T with British Eventing and Advanced Medium with River Owl with British Dressage. Kathy was on the shortlist for the CIC** European Championships in 2007 but due to a riding accident was unable to participate however she and Algina T went on to take part in the 2009 Bronze medal winning team, the pinacle of Riding Club achievement.

The club became affiliated to the Riding Clubs Association in 1978, and a newsletter at that time warned members that, to cover affiliation fees, subscriptions would have to be raised to £2.25. Teams began to be sent to Area competitions, and members took affiliated Merit and Grade Tests. Some competition highlights were in 1994, when a senior team won the Riding Clubs National Novice Horse Trials Championships and 1997 when a junior team won the National Novice Indoor Show Jumping. During the mid 1990’s a junior team qualified for the National Hunter Trial Championships two years running, one year winning the Championships and since teams have qualified at Area and participated in most of the Championships, some teams being placed in Championships and also Individuals receiving Championship placings.

In 2004, both a Junior and Senior team qualified for the Festival of the Hunter at Peterborough, and in 2005 a Junior team and individual again qualified. 2006 saw a Junior Individual make Peterborough, for the last time at that venue as from 2007 the Festival of the Hunter has taken place in Aston Le Walls. The Senior team were placed 9th with one member of the team gaining an individual 5th in 2005. Also in 2004 the Senior Open Dressage team qualified for the Dressage Championships at Lincoln and a Junior Individual. This success was soon followed by a Senior Novice team qualifying and they joined the others at Lincoln. The Junior became Junior National Dressage Champion. A Senior Novice individual and the Senior Open team qualified for the Horse Trials Championships at Offchurchbury near Stoneleigh in 2004, and an Open Team participated in the Championships in 2005 and 2006 with individuals gaining placings in each year and the team being placed in 2006., one member getting an individual placing. A Junior Show Jumping team qualified for the Championships at Lincoln and a Senior Individual in the Intermediate Show Jumping. The two teams that entered for the Badminton Dressage Championship came 2nd and 3rd and an individual was placed 4th. A team also competed at the Show Jumping at Blenheim Horse Trials during September 2004. In 2005 a Senior Novice Horse Trials team also qualified for Offchurchbury. At the Championships the Novice Team were unplaced but the Open Team were placed 7th with one individual being placed 5th and another 6th. The Area Open Dressage competitions took place in June following by the Novice Dressage in July. A Junior Team were placed 2nd in the National Novice Indoor Show Jumping Championships in April 2006. A Junior team qualified for the Horse Trials Championships in 2006 with an individual being placed 3rd and the team 11th. The Open team qualified for the third year running in 2006 being placed 4th with an individual gaining a 3rd and another an 8th place. Again in 2007 a Junior Team qualified for the Horse Trials Championships and won becoming National Champions with one member being Individual National Champion and also a member becoming Riding Test National Champion. In 2008 both Junior and Senior Teams qualified for the Festival of the Hunter the Senior team being placed 3rd but best of 4 members counting. In 2008 the Juniors were again National Champions for the Horse Trials, we again have a National Riding Test individual winner and the Juniors were described by the Western Daily Press as being the best Junior Riding Club! Well that is a proven fact as the club, with a different team of horses and riders again became champions in 2009. 2010 was another successful year with Harriet Allman-Carter, junior, becoming a double Champion in both Dressage and the Riding Test and the Seniors qualified teams for the Championships. The club are competitive and successful.

Clubs are expected to host Area competitions and FFRC have done so over the years, most recently they hosted the Area Winter Indoor Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping at Hartpury International Arena in October 2016.

After the first few formative years, the membership remained fairly constant, usually with a total of between 150 and 200. A recent committee placed a limit on riding membership of 200. There are several different classifications depending on age and whether the members want to ride or just help. Only riding members of eight years or over are affiliated with the British Riding Clubs. Although sometimes there has been a great demand for riding places, the club policy has always been to restrict these to manageable proportions, so ensuring that the club retains its friendly atmosphere. Juniors outnumbered seniors at the beginning, but during later years, the trend seems to be for a larger proportion of seniors. Supporters, those who do not ride, are fairly constant at about 20% of the membership. For the past three years an “Hours” system has been running in which riding members are expected to give 6 hours assistance to the club; 12 hours for a family membership. It is hoped that members will be generous enough to help for more than their basic minimum but the minimum is required otherwise the committee reserve the right to not allow membership renewed.

Instructional rallies in flatwork, show jumping and cross-country are held all year round, outdoors in evenings during the summer and indoors or on surfaces on weekends during the winter, and recent winters have seen midweek sessions both during the evenings and daytime. Various competitions for members are arranged and open events such as Hunter Trials, Dressage with Jumping and an Open Show.  They also organise teams to compete in non-affiliated events and often send teams and individuals to Mercian events.  FFRC run a holiday for seniors and this has been at Stockland Lovell Equestrian for the last few years.  In 2017 the Juniors are holding their first camp for some years at Lindcomb Equestrian.

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