The Mid Somerset Riding Club have been named British Riding Clubs Riding Club of the Year for 2012.
The club received the award at The British Horse Society’s annual awards ceremony at Saddlers Hall in the City of London on 2 November. The trophy, which is awarded to the club which has achieved the best performance across all British Riding Club Championships, was presented by BHS President, Martin Clunes.
The Mid Somerset RC in Area 12 was formed in 1968 as the Bath and West Riding Club but changed its name to Mid Somerset in 1997. The club currently attracts around 150 members from the Dorset coast to Bath and from the Blackdown Hills to Wylye.
The Club runs a comprehensive range of competitions, training clinics and social events for all abilities throughout the year, covering all disciplines. While membership is open to seniors only, competitions, events and clinics are open to all. Club teams and individuals compete regularly at Area Qualifiers and BRC National Championships in dressage, showjumping, hunter trials and horse trials.
This year has proved a very successful year for this Club with a number of riders qualifying and competing in various classes at BRC Championships. At the National Championships in Lincoln the Novice Dressage team finished fifth, Open Dressage team second, Riding Test team 10th and Novice Showjumping team fifth – with many individual placings. Mid Somerset riders were also well placed earlier in the year at The Festival of the Horse.