For the next twenty years we continued to provide interesting and varied activities many connected to the thriving and busy BEC. The club grew and flourished entering area competitions, regularly representing Area 5 at the Championships. But in 1998 the BEC was closed and removed, we had lost our ‘home’! We were very fortunate that Moreton Morrell College were developing and expanding their equestrian facilities and we were able to re-locate our Tuesday night sessions to the college which is now our training base.
Meanwhile we developed our annual two day (long format) horse trials. We first ran it in Number four car park at the NAC , then for ten years we ran at Offchurch Bury and more recently we have been guests at Princethorpe College which provides an excellent setting and facility for the roads and tracks and we have great support with developing the cross country for the future.
We welcome members of all abilities from beginners to the more experienced riders and help to develop their skills and the enjoyment they get from their horses. We aim to encourage them to take part in local and area competitions supported by our team managers. Over the years we have had considerable success at the Championships as we encourage and help our members to achieve their full potential. Their friends and relations are always welcome at our events, particularly the two day, and at our social and educational evenings.
Stoneleigh Riding Club was founded in 1968. It was originally set up for the British Horse Society employees who were being re-located from their offices in Belgrave Square to their new base on the Royal Showground at Stoneleigh where the National Equestrian Centre was
being constructed. Within 12
months of completion of the
indoor school the Club opened
its doors to local adult riders.
It immediately became very popular, meeting every Tuesday evening with instructional rides both flat work and jumping sessions and an evening
competition every six weeks.
Our president was Lord Leigh of Stoneleigh Abbey and we hosted area dressage and show jumping competitions in the picturesque Abbey grounds.