01 April 2024Alasdair Matheson Clinic


There will be a Clinic with Alasdair (Bob) Matheson on 27th and 28th April.  A Booking Form can be found on the link above and must be sent in by the 21st.  All the details should be on the form - if you have any questions send an email to:  orkneyridingclub@gmail.com.



We had lots of deserving nominations this year, thank you to everyone who put in a suggestion. The winner, with the most nominations for one person we can remember, is the late Christine Harcus, who very sadly passed away at the end of July last year. The nominations for Christine, and the others, are listed below.

Christine's daughter Britt was presented with the trophy, and said that "Mam would have been delighted"

" I wish I had nominated Christine before her passing as she was really one of those unsung heroes who worked tirelessley and with such a positive attitude to the progression, improvements and generally the continuation of all things equine. Thanks so much Christine, we miss you. "

" Christine was a real supporter of all things “Horsey” ever since Britt was a member of the Orkney Branch of the Pony Club. She served on the PC committee and amongst many things, was famed for her contributions to the annual Bonfire night fundraiser – Happy Memories! Latterly she provided wonderful and generous hospitality to visiting coaches and never lost her enthusiasm for the riding fraternity. She would be most deserving of this award and hopefully it would give comfort and pride to her family. "

" Christine was one of those who quietly did things without looking for praise or reward. Even when she wasn't in the best of health, she would be doing a stint at the Blue Door for the Riding Centre or the Marches, and making sure there was plenty of baking every day. She supported all the horsey clubs and loved the Marches. I think it would be a lovely gesture to have Christine's name on the Day Wishart Memorial Trophy. Two amazing horse ladies. "

As well as Christine, we had nominations for the following folk, who are all worthy in their own right, so please do nominate them again next year.

ANGELA DOUGHERTY - Angela has spent many hours/years operating the kitchen at many events, she is always smiling and great with banter over the counter. I think she is one of the unsung heroes and is often the heart of the dining room, helping look after stressed or cold folk with a smile and a hot mug of tea.

DAVINA JOHNSTON – has always been helpful, welcoming and kind. She’s always there for me when I need her. She tries her heart out for ORC. She is one of the most helpful people I know. No one deserves it more in my mind.

GEMMA LESLIE - I would like to nominate Gemma! A worthy winner who has given her time and energy to the riding club for too many years to count!! helps whenever she can and is often in the background doing all the bits that no one sees.

VERA FRASER – she always bakes, helps where needed, and supports many events.

11 March 2024Winter Woolies Show - Sunday 24th March


The Schedule for our Winter Woolies Show, which is on Sunday 24th, can be found on the link above.

We got lots of positive feedback on the way we ran the show last year - having just the one showing ring, starting with Inhand, a break for lunch, and then the Ridden classes - and we'll do the same this year, which means there will be an indoor space to tie-up etc with entrance from the outdoor arena end.  

This is an Open Show which means non-members are welcome (for a slightly higher fee).  If there's anyone you know who may be interested in taking part, please let them know.  

The schedule should include everything you need to know, but if you have any questions please just ask. 

If anyone is available to help Vera Fraser in the kitchen, or provide some food, please message her.

Please come along and support your local shows by putting in an entry, and hope to see you on the 24th.


04 March 2024Riding Club Membership


BRC has implemented a new Membership Portal, which means the previous method of joining and paying is now defunct, so please do not bacs your membership fee to our account, it must go via Sport 80 - on the link above. 

The old membership year no longer exists as it's now a rolling membership, so whatever month you join, your membership will run till the same date the following year. 

If you are a new member joining could you please confirm you have signed up by emailing:  orkneyridingclub@gmail.com  That way we can add you to our membership email list. 

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