Newsletter & Events

Caernarfon Riding Club




I hope your Christmas was good & let me wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 will be a good one for your horsey activities. Last year was a VERY busy one for the club, and we topped the 80 members mark!! We must be doing something right!...Here’s a taste of the things we arranged for our members in 2017.


Once again, we ran a weekly shed session during the dark cold months; these are still a popular club activity. This winter we have already added an afternoon session, which has proved equally busy as our original Friday evening sessions.


Our monthly grid work sessions with Llystyn continue to be very popular; he has challenged us with lots of technical grids last year. We also arranged an outdoor “Riding a course” session with Llystyn, which was very well received & excellent preparation for jumping on grass.


We had monthly flatwork training sessions with Nicola Tustain during the year. These sessions were subsidized for our members, and have proved very popular. We have decided to continue with these over the winter months.

In June we arranged a First Aid course & now have five first aiders in the club, to help at our events (we really hope we never need to use them!)


Dressage continues to be very popular with our members, and we ran a team competition and individual dressage competitions. Our Fun Day lived up to its name, and was a lovely, busy day. We had our own dressage Championships in the Autumn (for those who qualified at our competitions) this was a huge success & we are hoping to do the same this year….so keep an eye open for our qualifiers.


All our competitions were very well supported, which makes all the hard work of organizing them worthwhile. We also ran a team show jumping show, which was great fun & we already have a date for a similar show this March.


Monthly horse agility sessions were organized, this is a great un mounted activity to do with your horse. The sessions will continue this year, but with a change of venue.

Trec is always popular at our Fun day, and we have organized indoor training and a competition for February.


We ran cross country sessions at Mostyn with Paul Davies, the weather was not kind to us, but this is such a good venue that we hope to organize some more sessions if the ground ever dries up! The club also ran a show jumping clinic with Joe Whittaker, which was very well supported & everyone enjoyed their lessons. We intend to run another clinic with Joe in late spring.


The big event was the Somerford Park club camp weekend in October, organized by Marjorie, lots of fun as always. This is a huge thing to organize & thanks to Marjorie and all her helpers, it was a joy for all of us lucky enough to go!


The club did have teams at the area 20 showjumping and representing us at cross country. This is an area we would like to expand this year, and send dressage teams too.


The social events were also very popular and well supported, with a Dengie feed talk (who could forget the life-size horse intestine!) The Women on horseback talk was also very good.


I would like to thank all of you who have brought delicious cakes to our shows, and been so willing to help out in lots of different ways..


The committee has decided that our training sessions will now be organized for CRC MEMBERS only. It was felt that a lot of effort goes into organizing events & with our increased membership now, they should have first opportunity to participate. Non-members will be invited to compete at our shows, but there may be an increased entry fee.


We have a new committee for this year,

Anita Long (Chairperson), Val Owen (secretary), Emma Edwards-Jones (treasurer), Nadia Turner (membership), Michelle Burton, Marjorie Wroe, Louise H, Lance Hesketh, Mel Davies, Charlotte Hawksworth & Sophie Bullman. A warm welcome to Laura Richardson and Kelly Hulse onto the committee.


With such a strong team, we have EVEN MORE ideas planned for our club this year! We hope to get some teams organized for Area 20 competitions. The committee has worked hard to build up club funds, and we’ve decided to continue offering some subsidized training sessions for CRC members. There are also some new group sessions with instruction, offering affordable training for our members. We hope you will find things that interest you on our calendar (this does tend to be the quiet season) and that you will continue to support the activities we plan for you.


THE SUBS ARE NOW DUE, we have kept senior membership at £20, and non-riding members are £15. The junior membership remains at £12. Membership forms are available on this website on the 'Join' page. All memberships (new and renewed) must send in a completed form please (even if details are the same) it’s the only way to make sure that our details are correct.


We aim to produce four newsletters per year, with details of forthcoming activities; these are emailed out to CRC members as well as being available on this page. Over recent years, many of our members also use the club’s Facebook page, and some activities are largely organized using our FB page. There is no doubt that it has greatly increased participation at our events.


Can I please request that members DON’T text or call the organizers very early morning or very late at night? We are all volunteers & need our beauty sleep to keep looking this good!


Here are the events and activities we have arranged so far-


Weekly SHED SESSIONS at Bryn Derw. The club books the shed for an hour every Friday evening 7-8 pm. Sessions are £6 per rider, if 5 people book in, and open to members only. This is an opportunity to ride in a nice DRY shed when it’s dark and cold outside!


AFTERNOON shed sessions run on Wednesday afternoon 1-2pm Group of five riders, flatwork and chatting only (no jumping) there is no instruction. Riders book in for 4 week blocks (£24 paid in advance) ***Please note- if only 4 riders book in, the cost will be increased. We need a minimum of 4 to run these sessions. If anyone is unable to attend a session, they can “sell” their place to another CRC member, alternatively 2 people can arrange alternate weeks etc. Sophie has kindly agreed to organize the shed sessions, please contact her if you want to book a place (or check if there is a free place) 07512248890


GRID WORK training sessions Saturday Feb 3rd with Llystyn Griffith. These sessions continue to be very popular, and book up quickly. Small groups for a 1 hour session, every effort is made to group similar abilities/aspirations together. £15 per rider paid in advance by the THURSDAY before the session. Charlotte is organizing the grid work this year, please contact her to secure your place. 07970983509 or email


NICOLA TUSTAIN MBE, flatwork training Sat January 20th, Sat February 10th, Saturday March 17th. After the excellent sessions Nicola ran for us in 2017, we have invited her back this year. These sessions will be subsidized for CRC members, 45 min individual lesson £30 members. Shared (2riders) 1 hour session £20 per rider for members. Payment in advance, the closing date will be the Thursday before each session. Anita is organizing these sessions, contact her to book a place, 07771581189 or email


Monthly HORSE AGILITY sessions with Louise. These will be run on the first Sunday every month, starting on Feb 4th, March 4th, April 1st. Please note there is a change of venue (many were a little nervous of driving to the original venue) The sessions will now be held at Penlan Livery, Rhostryfan, LL54 7LU.

The sessions are un mounted, and take place in an outdoor sand arena. Sessions are 1 hour long and open to CRC members only. Cost is £15 for an individual session, £10 each for a shared session. Payable in advance closing date the Thursday before. Contact Louise for more information and to book your place 07748756612.

TREC TRAINING session - Sat Feb17th, at Bryn Derw with Anita. Indoor training session concentrating on the obstacles phase of trec competition. Shared 1 hour session, £20 for members. Closing date Weds 14th. Anita is organising, please contact her for more details 07771581189 or email


INDOOR TREC COMPETITION Saturday 24th Feb. (closing date is Weds Feb 21st) Control of paces (canter as slow as possible followed by walking as quickly as possible along a marked corridor) horse & riders will then tackle a variety of ridden and led course of obstacles indoors. More details and entry form to follow.


AFFORDABLE GROUP RIDING SESSIONS with Kelly Hulse, indoors at Brynderw. We would like to introduce affordable training for club members, open to competent teenagers and adults It will consist of a group session of 4 people for 1 hr @ Bryn Derw with Kelly Hulse. We are going to trail this for the 1st part of the year and they will be held every other week on a Thursday night 7pm and 8pm starting 11th January (other then the jumping comp nights) and also Tuesday afternoon 2pm and 3pm starting 16th January The sessions will be a mix of flat and jumping with input from the group. For those of you who do not know Kelly she has a wealth of knowledge & experience and is a BHS Accredited professional coach. The sessions aim to create safe secure riders and horses in a friendly environment. No pressure No expectation… Just enjoy some quality riding time. These sessions will be £15 and open to members only. Please contact Kelly to book in or if you need any further details or 07958716476


TEAM SHOW JUMPING competition. At Brynderw farm Sunday 4th March. Teams of 4, with best 3 scores to count. 4 different heights, one team member to ride two rounds at 60cms (true novices please!) the next team member will ride two rounds in the 70cms class, next in the 80cms, and final team member in the 90cms. More details are on the entry form. Charlotte and Sophie are organizing the competition. Look further down this page for an entry form!


JOE WHITTAKER JUMPING CLINIC Last year’s clinic with Joe was a great success & we’re keen to get him back to run another set of lessons. It looks likely to be at the end of April/early May. More details will be in the next newsletter & we will let you know the date as soon as it is confirmed.


BOLESWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW. Club trip on Sunday 17th June. After last year’s fun trip, we plan to arrange a day trip to the show again this year. The minibus will leave at 9am to arrive in time for the first classes, and leave the show at 7.30pm. the cost has been kept the same as last year, £35 per adult (and 12yrs +) and £17.50 for younger children. We need a minimum of 16 people to run this trip at this price. If you are interested in going, a £10 non-refundable deposit is required by January 28th.

Sophie has kindly agreed to organize this, please contact her to secure your place 07512248890

SOCIAL EVENING. We are hoping to organize a Quiz night in the first week of February at Snowdonia Inn, Waunfawr. More details to follow.


We will add events to this calendar, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on our Facebook page and this website.


Payment for all of our events can be made by BANK TRANSFER


Bank is HSBC,


Sort code is 40-16-02

account number is 71268058.

Please give your NAME+event name as a reference.


This is our preferred payment method, as our local bank has sadly closed. However, payments can still be made by cheque,


Made payable to “Caernarfonshire Riding Club”


Just a reminder that we ask for PAYMENT IN ADVANCE for all of our activities, by the closing date. We will no longer keep places for people without payment. Refunds will be given if notified before the closing date with a valid reason. Thank you for your understanding.