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Welcome to the Wessex Gold Riding Club

Wessex Gold Riding Club is affilated to British Riding Clubs, and is part of Area 9.  Created in 2011, we welcome junior, senior and non riders.  We offer our members a choice of venue and accredited trainer, so regardless of your current level, we have training sessions to suit you and your Horse.

Membership runs from the 1st of January each year for a 12 month period. 

We want you to enjoy your horse, have fun, learn and progress.

Are we the club for you?

Hiring excellent equestrian facilities in Wiltshire, Gloucester, the Cotwolds, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, we can offer you and your horse a choice, you can choose clinics from our comprehensive selection of approved trainers, in a variety of venues.

Being BRC affiliated we offer you the benefits of 3rd party insurance whilst riding with the Club, discounts from local Saddlery’s, discounts from other Equestrian associations like BS, plus the quarterly BRC magazine.

If you want to represent the club in Area 9 competitions, everyone gets a chance to compete, either as an individual or within a Team.   What we do ask of all those wanting to compete is that a copy of their horses passport including the vaccination page is sent to us in advance, as BRC are very specific on their requirements, needing all horses and ponies vaccinated every six months, and in the event that you are entered but your horses passport is not accepted, WGRC cannot be responsible.  We ask that you attend the training sesssion with the appropriate Team Trainer, as they are key to selecting  The teams.  The WGRC committee or WGRC members double up as Chef d Equip at the competitions, to help you on the day and arrange the entries pre the competition, please do remember that these people do have full time jobs, horses and a family so please do respond to their requests in a timely manor.  WGRC supports our competitors with the Team Trainer being at the event, when possible, so you can get the best performance, where possible at no cost to you, and so you look the part, all those competing ride in a branded saddle cloths and Team colours.  We also support financially with the BRC entries for those who qualify for a Championship, plus a branded saddle pad is awarded so you are ready to compete.

Interested get involved with us

We are always looking people to help out at events and for new sponsors to support our members. 

Our Team of Trainers

Our diverse team of qualified trainers can support and push you to achieve any goal.


Ian Smeeth

Affiliated Judge showing

Ian is a renowned international showing Judge and producer based at his home Moor Farm in Minety Wiltshire where he producers a number of top class horses to compete throughout the country at affiliated shows. Ian has had a great success producing horses professionally however, he really enjoys supporting Amateur owner riders in order to get the best out of their horses. He has produced horses that have won and taken champion at the Royal International Horse show, Windsor, HOYS etc.

Ian is available for tuition at his home in Minety where he is keen to support you get the best out of your horse in the show ring. His approach is very informal and incorporates everything he has learnt himself over the many years of competing himself.

Ian can cater for all levels of rider whether you are new to the show ring or have experience under your belt he is happy to help and support you. Please do get in touch to discuss your requirements on an individual basis.


Ben Greenwood


Johnathan Bowman

BS Accredited Trainer

Emma Harford BHSIT


Johnathan Bowman

BS Accredited Trainer

Johnathan's approach to training is tailored to your current level of riding, with your set goal in mind. Being a fully trained BS Accredited trainer ensures a structured, professional approach to your training regardless of your current level.

Johnathan will cater for all levels, from junior riders who are keen to perfect their jumping technique, senior riders aiming to improve and have fun on their horse, to the serious competitor striving for first place at competitions.

Based at Leigh Stud in Leigh near Cirencester, riders can travel to Johnathan to use the purpose built facilities or Johnathan can travel on a freelance basis to your home or venue.

Johnathan still competes regulary, both home and abroad, as well as producing young horses for clients and himself. Johnathans time is also spent with the now renown JB Academy, which offers its members a structured 12 month program in training.


Marie Kent


Are you stuck in a rut? Do you want to be more in tune with your horse or pony? Do you want to see REAL results? Are you struggling to find time to get the most out of your horse or pony?

Marie can offer solutions – whatever your level of experience, needs and aims.

Marie trained at Talland for 12 years, and is now based at Chelworth Fields Livery in Cricklade, (in between Swindon and Cirencester). Marie’s competed up to, and including, PSG as well as Novice Eventing and BSJA Newcomers. Marie trains all levels of riders, from beginners to PSG, and eventers from intro to a combination that competed at Badminton.

Marie knows everyone’s aims and abilities are different. Which is why her coaching is tailored specifically to you – there are no ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions.  Marie takes a genuine interest in each of her pupils, and wants to see them progress and achieve their goals – whatever they are.

You’re guaranteed to see results!

Get Riding Club Membership

2020 membership form now available. Join from 1st December for 13 months membership

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or queries please get in contact with us and we will get back to you asap.  Please do remember, the committee do all work full time, as well has having horses and families, so you may not get a response immediately.