British Riding Clubs is urging people to join one of 440 affiliated local clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Membership has dropped slightly during FMD crisis owing to the lack of competitions, but there are many benefits to be gained from joining a riding club.

For the competitive riders there are National Championship structures for most disciplines and for the less competitive, your local BRC can provide a network of friends to share social activities as well as pleasure rides and smaller events. British Riding Club members also receive a discount on a variety of goods and services such as CAM Equestrian, UK Chasers and Rugwash. To find out about your nearest British Riding Club, contact Sarah 01926 707769.

In recognition of membership loyalty and support, a Grand Prize Draw has been arranged with generous prizes been donated from various people and companies. To have a chance of winning a prize, members who are registered with British Riding Clubs by July 20th will automatically be entered into the draw, which is to take place at BRC headquarters.

The winning member will receive a riding holiday to Southern Spain, with Andaluz Adventure. Other prizes include a superb Falcon Hawk Event GP saddle donated by Jeffries Saddles, an overnight theatre trip for 2 to London, £500 towards a Caribbean holiday booked with Harlequin Travel, courtesy of SEIB,an oil painting of your horse by BHS artist Nikki Moore and a full size double bridle complete with bits and leather curb.

Runners up could receive free 'Horse Magazine ' subscription, branded clothing donated by Horse and Hound, 2 tickets to Olympia's finale night and 2 x £20 BHS bookshop vouchers. A prize is also available for the winning member's club secretary.

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Updated: October 2005.