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BVRC Residential Camp at Stockland Lovell – 25th-28th April 2022 – date confirmed


BVRC Residential Camp at Stockland Lovell – 19th-22nd April 2021 – CANCELLED



Tom Blachford is a Saddler and Saddle Fitter and owns L for Leather Saddlers Ltd. Based in the New Forest, Tom covers a 1 hour radius from Lyndhurst.
Along with a scientific background, Tom has ridden since the age of 3 and is very interested in the research angle of the saddlery industry.
Following on from his very well received Zoom lecture on “Factors Affecting Saddle Fit”, Tom returns to us by popular demand, for 2 hours of live lecture/demo with real horses, and time for questions.  

Saddle Fit – the basics of Balance & Stability
Topics include:
Saddle Trees
Balanced and Unbalanced Saddles
Different horse shapes

£4 members.  £5 non-members. Cash on the day.
Please bring something to sit on and appropriate clothing!
Norton Livery, Lower Norton Farm, Sutton Scotney SO21 3NE
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Tom is very lively and personable and his Zoom lecture was enjoyed by all.  Many thanks go to Norton Competition Livery for allowing us to use their arena. 



BVRC Happy Hacks
Sunday 22nd November
Social Ride ~2 hours.  New Forest
Ready to Depart at 1030.
Escorted by Janet Burnett
Open to up to 5 members.
Janesmoor Pond Car Park, Fritham.
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Plenty of room in the car park off the Fritham to Stoney Cross road.  The New Forest is always stunningly colourful at this time of year with plenty of wildlife to see by way of ponies, cattle and possibly the odd pig.  These can be given a wide berth if anyone is concerned.  Unfortunately it will not be possible to provide refreshments this year but do bring your own to consume during a socially distanced chat before going home.
To book your place contact Janet Burnett on [email protected] or 07767 228184


Socials being considered by the Committee:

Non-Horsey Visit to Bombay Sapphire Gin

Training Sessions on “Charisma”, Sparsholt College’s Racewood Eventing Simulator

(Other ideas would be gratefully received.)


BVRC Hot Cross Bun Social Ride, Bulford/Tidworth Road – Easter Sunday, 12th April – CANCELLED

Each year we usually hold a Hot Cross Bun ride across Salisbury Plain for members and guests starting and finishing opposite ‘F’ Range mid-way between Bulford and Tidworth on the road past all the Army ranges.  The turning to the south is on the Bulford side of the Cross Belt (which marks the Hampshire Wiltshire border) off the Tidworth Road/Bulford Road.  Parking is on the open grass by the trees, opposite the entrance to the clearly signposted F Range – watch for the orange BVRC signs to guide you in.

There are usually two groups, one cantering about a bit more than the other walk/trot ride.  There is a stop, two thirds around the ride, in a sheltered covert, for some warming coffee or refreshing juice and as many hot cross buns as you can eat or stuff in your pockets.

Anyone who has been on one of these rides will tell you it is not to be missed with everyone, riders and horses, coming back to the lorries with smiles on their faces!

The ride is free to members and a small charge of £5 to friends (16 years and over), payable on the day.

Meet at 10.15am ready to ride, for a 10.30am departure and we aim to be back at the parking area by 1pm.

This is always a well attended event so please call Lindsay (01264 772388 email: nag[at] to book your Hot Cross bun(s).

On this ride it is always a good idea to plan for every climate eventuality as it has been known to snow and blow but don’t let that put you off…..

BVRC Residential Camp at Stockland Lovell – 20th-23rd April 2020 – CANCELLED

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Equine Leg Dissection Interactive Talk at Endell Equine Hospital – Thursday 12th March

Endell Equine Hospital, Southampton Road, Salisbury SP5 3DG ,
With Hani Milstein MA VetMB CertES (Orth) MRCVS, Clinical Director of Endell Equine Hospital
BVRC have organised an interactive talk with yet another talented BVRC member, Hani Milstein.  Our horse’s legs are so important for soundness, and I’m sure we’d all agree, are the most common sites of injuries.  This is an excellent opportunity to improve your understanding of the structure of the horse’s  limbs.  Hani will start with a short slide presentation of the basics of structure and anatomy.  We will then move down to the treatment rooms where there will be a number of partially prepped limbs for groups of 3/4 to handle and examine. For those who really want to get stuck in, there will be the opportunity to do some hands-on dissecting.
Having attended dissections previously, I can assure you that it is not bloody and gory but an amazing way to see and understand exactly how the limbs that you handle on a daily basis are put together.  If you don’t wish to see the real limbs, there will be models and bones to examine and a tour of the hospital available.
Numbers strictly limited.  A waiting list will be held.
£2 members, £5 non-members to include tea/coffee.  Payment on arrival.

Please email [email protected] to save your place and let Susie (BVRC Sec) know if you want to view the dissections or not, and/or tour the hospital.  If you are subsequently unable to attend, please let me know so that others may take your place.

Healthy Gut Healthy Horse – Friday 21st February, 7.00pm.  Victoria Hall, Sutton Scotney, S)21 3GX

A presentation by Marion Watt of Equestrian Bowen.  In conjunction with Winchester Riding Club.

Understanding the Structure and Function of the Horse’s gut to aid understanding of dysfunction and it’s effect on Health, Soundness and Performance of your horse
£10 entry.  Proceeds from this talk will be donated to a local RDA group.

Rider Psychology – Thursday 6th February, 7.30pm.

By Dr Hannah Whitney.  Further details to follow.

BVRC Annual Quiz Night – Friday 17th January, 7.30 for 8.00pm.  The Lion, Clanville

Our popular annual quiz is for members and guests.  The quiz includes several rounds of questions each on a different topic e.g. General Knowledge, Sport, Entertainment, etc. with equestrian questions in a round or mixed in.

A couple of ‘beer rounds’ are included to allow us to keep topped up with food & drink.  Four or five people can make up a team, or if you come on your own then just turn up and we can find a team for you to join.

A list of devious questions will be devised, guaranteed to get the old grey cells working and provide plenty of amusement.

Come early, order a drink and some food, ready for the quiz to start at 8pm.

If you wish to eat you MUST pre-book with the Lion in advance, by Monday 13th January. Details of menus can be found on

Quiz cost is £5 members, £6 non members.


BVRC Winter Supper Evening – Friday 29th November

Each year we hold a pre or post Christmas meal for members, spouses and friends.  Curries seem to be the most popular!  This year we have booked the Goa Balti, Everleigh again for Friday 29th November.  Names to Lindsay Hills by Saturday 23rd, nag[at]  £22 members.  £24 non-members.

BVRC Table Top Tack Sale – Saturday 30th November

12.00pm – 3.30pm
Wildhern Village Hall, Andover
Hampshire SP11 0JE
Tables: £10 each
Limited number of tables available and sold on a first come, first served basis.
Sellers set up from 11.15am
Tea, coffee and cakes available
Buyers entry £1.00 per person

Contact: Victoria Smith 07789 004 364
or [email protected] to book a table.

BVRC Xmas Ride, Larkhill Racecourse, Sunday 29th December

Each year around Christmas we usually hold a ride for members and guests (by invitation only) across Salisbury Plain starting and finishing at Larkhill Racecourse.  The date depends on when the Plain stands down from military activities.  What better way to see out the year than a brisk ride on Salisbury Plain with friends.   

There are usually two groups, one cantering about a bit more than the other mostly walk/trot ride. When we return to the lorry park there will be hot drinks and nibbles to consume before you head off home.

Names must be logged with the organiser in advance and as these rides are usually popular you need to register your interest early.

The ride is free to members and a small charge of £5 to friends (16 years and over), payable on the day.

Please arrive in time to be ready for a 10.30am departure and we aim to be back at the parking area about 12.30pm for refreshments.  Emergency contact on the day only is 07377 087121 (no texts).