Meet the committee who put their time in to running such a fun and supportive club!
Carl Hester MBE- President
Cheltenham and District Riding Club are priviliged to have Carl Hester MBE and olympic gold medalist as our president! An ispirational rider and trainer we are very lucky to have him supporting our club.
Picture of the club getting a tour of his yard!
Check out his website to see more insights into his amzing yard, fantastic horses and brilliant achievments.
Jules Webb – Your Chairlady
Jules grew up in Hampshire and has been falling off ponies since she was 10. A keen member of the Pony Club she attended every rally, camp and area competition that she could until she had to leave home and enter the real world. She moved to Cheltenham in 1998 and borrowed horses until finances allowed her to own again. Toby arrived in Jules’ life in 2008 and since then she has competed with him at affiliated dressage and eventing. After reaching PSG he’s retired to a quieter life hacking and the odd RC training session. It’s not all been plain sailing with the lovable Mr T, but plenty of training sessions with the club has helped smooth the way.
Caroline Bevan –Show Jumping Team Manager
My aim in this role is to see members enjoy and improve their jumping skills from the regular training provided which is at least once a month and very often twice. To use enthusiastic talented trainers to allow your ability to shine and enable you to compete for our club should you so wish.
My Background ……..I grew up on a racing yard, both my father & grandfather being owners and trainers as well as 2 of my godparents. I’ve always ridden, the lads used to lead us out on the quieter horses when they’d finished stables. I had one pony as a child for a short while and it proved to be trickier than any of the TB’s and soon went back !
At the moment I have a pocket rocket mare who brings me much joy, the sense of achievement I get when we do a decent dressage test or jump a clear round is immense. My goal is to keep improving , have fun and hopefully represent the Club a few times next year.
Lynette Taylor – Secretary & Membership
Lynette has ridden for many (!)years, competing at BE and BD and various RC competitions, including teams. She has done Novice level eventing in the past but now is happy to stick to 90cm! She is Secretary of the club which primarily involves taking/publishing minutes from our Committee meetings and also organises polework sessions at Taynton.
Pippa Wilson – Showjumping Coordinator
Pip has grown up around racehorses. Frequently found hanging upside down under her grandfather’s racehorses in the 1980’s, she was destined for a life in the saddle. Pip owns and runs her own equine business, and is a friendly and welcoming face at many RC events. Pip helps organise all the showjumping training and events .
Jess Ennett - Event Secretary & Official Photographer
I have ridden since an early age, But took a break and ended up having a baby in 2015 who since has turned into the CDRC mascot and he is frequently found helping at various events, or in someone’s lorry eating the picnic...Which helped me re-find my love for riding again in 2018! I am very lucky to be able to use my dads horse to do lots of training and competing in the last year, and realising how important it is to have the right support first hand has prompted me to join the committee this year! Flying the flag for the nervous riders I’m usually recognised by my ghost like “I can’t do this” look, my bright pink base layer, or snapping shots of everyone’s good... and not so good times! I hope to be able to get involved on the ground in 2019 with helping to organise some events and be a general support to those who need it!
Emily Bevan - Tech Guru and Camp Rep
I’ve been fortunate enough to be around horses my whole life. My grandad was a passionate National Hunt Trainer and my mum was obsessed from the day she was born … So i guess there was no hope for me! From the day I was old enough to create my own christmas list a pony featured front and centre every year. At 6 years old my wish came true.
My very first pony still lives with us today at the grand old age of 29 - she taught me a lot - why to check your girth was tight before getting on - why grass reins were important on fun rides - but most of all how much these animals can do for you.
Quite a few years on and I still seem to gravitate towards horses with “spirit” but I wouldn’t have them any other way.
Michelle Holder – Area Dressage Team Manager
Michelle has been a member of the club for several years and has represented the club in all disciplines. She has been riding since a child, taking a break to have her two sons. Michelle owns two horses: Hovis who is a lovely ROR that she competes on at Dressage and Showing and Jasper, a young 5 year old Friesian who is beginning his dressage career.
Michelle joined the committee hoping to bring new ideas and lots of enthusiasm and as the longest standing Committee member (since 2005) the enthusiasm is still there! As she is a hairdresser she finds it easy to talk, listen and mix with people. She looks forward to seeing new and old members, hopefully being able to encourage them to have fun and become active members of the club.
Tracey Talbot – Polework Training co-ordinator
Tracey is originally from Derbyshire and moved south in 1997 ending up in Gloucester in 2008 on meeting my now husband. She joined CDRC back in 2014 with a friend as we were looking to get out and about competing and meet new likewise people. Having had ponies and horses since the age of 6 she had a break for a while and got back into riding after marriage and having a daughter who is now a fully fledged horseaholic, and her granddaughter too. She owns a retired 26 year old, 2 youngsters and an ex racer. Tracey competes for CDRC teams when ever she can. She joined the committee recently in 2017 as she loves to help and encourage people to go forward in the sport.
Nigel Stoneley – Events Organiser
The real power behind the Riding Club. Nigel provides behind-the-scenes support for all RC events. He’ll have the kettle on at RC organised competitions and camp before anyone can say ‘where’s the loo’.
Alison Cupper – Junior Team Manager and CPO
Alison joined committee in 2018 to manage our ever-growing junior member section.
Noel Ennett – Treasurer*
Noel has been on the committee of CDRC for some years now firmly believing that you get out what you put in.
Noel started riding in his late 30’s to keep his daughter company in her lessons. He has had a number of horses and enjoys Eventing (Qualified for the BE80(T) Championships in 2013 and 2014) Drag Hunting regularly going out with the Berks & Bucks Drag Hounds and just hacking through the woods in good company. (preferably ending up at a pub!)
Noel is also a member of the BRC National Executive Committee, Chairman of BRC Area 18 (of which CDRC is part of), and a BRC Official Steward officiating at Area Qualifiers and National Championships.
Chloe Donochie – Eventing Team Manager
I am a Devon girl at heart but on moving to Gloucestershire in 2006 for Uni I haven’t moved back home yet and CDRC has a lot to answer for for that! The club have been so supportive over the last few years with regards my horsey endeavours it was time for me to put back into the club.
I am extremely fortunate to have the wonderful Willow (or Super Cob to his friends) and together we enjoy a bit of everything but his favourite thing to do is event.
Maxine Hanslow – Flatwork Training Manager
Maxine organises ‘Club’ level flatwork.
Laura Cain - Admin, Eventing Assistant & More!
After moving to Cheltenham due to being posted here with the RAF in 2013 (dutiful wife duties) , bringing my super hunting mare with me, I joined CDRC in 2014. Over the years I have been on several Mercian teams and a few Area teams on various different horse (due to losing Tatti). Always around helping in some shape or form for CDRC. Now on committee I will be helping the Event Team Manager and also some Admin work behind the CDRC scenes. My main love is a bit of hedge hopping at the weekends, which is where I’ve been lucky enough to hunt with several packs around the country (RAF's fault!) and work with as a hunt groom. But do dabble in a bit of DR and Eventing , with the odd fun ride thrown in.