The Annual  General  Meeting  of  the  Longton  Riding  Club

will be held at 8.00 pm on Monday 23rd January 2023

at Walmer Bridge Village Hall, Gill Lane, Walmer Bridge. PR4 5GN.

At the AGM the following items of business will be included on the Agenda:

  1. To receive reports from the officers
  2. To receive and approve the Clubs audited accounts
  3. To accept any resignations from the Committee and fill any vacancies
  4. To elect a President.
  5. To appoint a Treasurer
  6. To appoint an Auditor
  7. To set membership fees for 2023
  8. To set entry fees for 2023
  9. To discuss any items received in advance in writing from the members.

N.B.   The Chairman must receive any items for discussion in writing, this can only be made by a member or the parent of a Junior member and arrive no later than 15th January 2023.

Correspondence for these items to the Chairman:  Mr M Cookson, 8 Tristan Avenue, Walmer Bridge. PR4 5GL

If you wish to put yourself forward to serve on the committee, please note you must be over 18 and be seconded by another member and the nomination must be with the Chairman by 15th January 2023

 Following the AGM we will be holding a Quiz and free Hotpot Supper.


 If you would like to advertise in our schedule please contact Becky Thornley before the 31st January 2023. The rates are very competitive £25 for half a page, £40 full page in black and white, coloured pages are £75.

Sponsorship of a class for the season is £10 with your name being recorded in the schedule.  If you can support us please contact Becky on the above number or see her at the AGM.


 EXISTING AND NEW MEMBERS FOR 2023 apply for membership online and pay via PayPal at To be a fully affiliated British Riding Clubs Member you must include your email address and mobile phone number

Please Note this offer will close on 23rd January 2023, after that date any increase set at the AGM will apply.


We will be hosting various qualifiers at the NON POINTS SHOW on the 21st May 2023 and will once again be affiliating to Stars Champion of Champions and sending our show season points Champions to represent us at their spectacular end of season show at Aintree in October 2023.

All shows are open to non members. Entry Fees on the day by Cash or Card. No Cheques accepted


29th April                       SATURDAY         1st DRESSAGE At Thompson House

30th April                       SUNDAY             1st POINTS SHOW

13th May                       SATURDAY          2nd DRESSAGE SHOWGROUND

14th May                        SUNDAY             2nd POINTS SHOW

21st May                        SUNDAY             NON POINTS QUALIFERS SHOW

10th June                       SATURDAY          3rd DRESSAGE

11th June                         SUNDAY             3rd POINTS SHOW

24th June                         SATURDAY         4th DRESSAGE

25th June                         SUNDAY             4th POINTS SHOW

29th June                         SATURDAY          5th DRESSAGE

30th July                         SUNDAY               5th POINTS SHOW

12th August                     SATURDAY          6th DRESSAGE

13th August                    SUNDAY              6th POINTS SHOW

26th August                    SATURDAY          7th DRESSAGE

27th August                    SUNDAY             7th POINTS SHOW TROPHY SHOW

10th September               SUNDAY             SHOWGROUND ODE

tbc November                 FRIDAY               PRESENTATION DANCE

22nd January 2024           MONDAY           AGM

Reserve Points Show date in case of early season cancellations.

8th July                           SATURDAY        DRESSAGE

9th July                            SUNDAY             POINTS


Show Jumping training sessions will be held at Osbaldeston Riding Centre on the following dates 8th January 19th February and 12th March 2023.  Please contact Laura Walkden on 07795830046 to book a place or for more information.

Flatwork training – further sessions to be confirmed


Any riders junior and senior who would like to take part in the NLG Area Indoor Show Jumping at Bold Heath EC on Saturday 4th February 2023 please contact Laura Walkden on 07795830046 before 12th January.  There are classes from 70cm to 1.10m. The Championships for the Junior and Senior Novice classes will be at Arena UK on the 1st & 2nd April 2023.   The Intermediate Championships for the Junior and Senior classes will be held at Onley Grounds EC, Rugby CV23 8AJ on the 22nd to 23rd April 2023.

PLEASE NOTE: NEW HAT STANDARDS FOR 2023. All hats need to be checked and tagged at the qualifiers before you compete. Go to BRC website for more information.


Combined Challenge 4th March Bold Heath EC contact Laura Walkden if you wish to take part.

Combined Training, Horse Trials (new venue tbc and introducing a 70cm class), Summer Show Jumping and Style Jumping – dates to be confirmed

Dressage and Riding Test       Dressage to Music – dates to be confirmed


Come on all you Dressage Divas, it’s that time of year again to plan what you will be doing in the season ahead with the usual Intro, Prelim, Novice, Elementary and Medium classes.

With that thought in mind Longton Riding Club dressage season has lots to offer!

This season we will be holding SEVEN dressage events, starting with the first event being held at Thompson House Pepper Lane Standish, Wigan WN6 0PP, and the rest on the LRC show ground.

We will also be looking for team members for the summer qualifiers which are held at Bold Heath. Anyone who is interested in being considered for selections should tick the appropriate boxes on your membership application form and text Suzanna Whalley on 07855 854294 or see her at the Dressage Shows. Please note that the club must submit the preliminary entries early in the season, so Suzanna must be aware of your interest in time to be considered for selections. Attendance at the early shows is recommended.

We all wish you the best of luck for the coming season and hope it’s a successful one for you all.

Don’t forget that LRC are a British Riding Club member, which allows us to compete at qualifying events to go forward to the National Championships.  To compete in the qualifiers and teams, you must be an LRC member, your horse/pony be fully vaccinated and be available for the Championship dates.  Please make it known to Suzanna Whalley (Dressage) or Laura Walkden (SJ, CT, HT) of your interest to be part of the teams.

PLEASE NOTE: NEW HAT STANDARDS FOR 2023. All hats need to be checked and tagged at the qualifiers before you compete. Go to BRC website for more information.


To earn double points at an event, fill out your Joker Card, which will be kept on the entries desk, and hand it in before competing.  For every point you get that day, they will be doubled.  On Dressage days’ hand it in when collecting your numbers.

– One Joker card per member, to be played at ONE club show and/or ONE dressage event.

– NO back dating to a previous show allowed.

– Can be played at any show.

– Points counted against any horse/pony ridden by the member combination that day only.


Next year we intend to again run the show ground ODE.  All the cross country obstacles will be knock down fences and scored accordingly.  More details will be in the new club schedule for 2023.


Paypal payments will continue to be available to pay for Memberships, Dressage entries, Training, Team fees, dance tickets etc. Unfortunately Paypal charge us fees for this service and we do have to add a small surcharge to cover this.


We still need your help, as we state every time we contact you.  Quite a few of your committee are getting on in years, we need new young enthusiastic people to join us and help in the running of your club, and help with fund raising and social events, hopefully taking the pressure off some of us old timers.  We currently have a committee of 16 members, to successfully run a Sunday points show we require approximately 18 people.  Without new younger blood on the committee the club will cease to operate and a wonderful facility will be lost, please don’t let this happen, it is too good to lose.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on the Monday the 23rd January 2023 at the Walmer Bridge Village Hall on Gill Lane, Walmer Bridge.PR4 5GN.  Come along and enjoy the free Hotpot supper and quiz that follows the meeting.  This is your club, come along and give us your support.

On behalf of your Committee I hope you have all had a very Merry Christmas and would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you all next season.

Mick Cookson