Welcome To Folkestone Riding Club
Welcome to the Folkestone Riding Club web site – a club offering instruction, training, advice and fun to riders across south east Kent.
Folkestone Riding Club is one of the 430 British Riding Clubs currently affiliated nationally to the British Horse Society and we belong to the British Riding Club's Area 10 along with 29 other clubs across Kent, East Sussex and East Surrey.
It is with great sadness that the Committee of Folkestone Riding Club announce that FRC will close on 31 December 2018 – at the end of its 38th year – a decision made and voted upon by the members at the recent AGM in October.
The Club has suffered with dwindling numbers for the past 5 years; many members no longer ride or own a horse resulting in the mounted events being poorly supported together with the fact that very few members have wished to compete for FRC at Area qualifiers, and it’s these factors that have driven the decision.
Folkestone Riding Club has had great success over its 38 years regularly sending one or more teams and individuals to Area 10 Dressage, Riding Tests, Dressage to Music, Quadrille, Festival of the Hunter, Horse Trials, Show and Style Jumping competitions and has had members qualifying for the British Riding Clubs’ National Championships on many occasions – a great achievement and always an honour to represent your Club at national level as well as being a lot of fun!
Over the years FRC has run stable management lectures, regular flatwork and jumping lessons, residential summer camps, lectures, dog walks, social evenings, trips to Olympia, Badminton Horse Trials, and Newmarket’s National Stud as well as organising the popular Folkestone Horse Show.
The Committee would like to thank all current and past Folkestone Riding Club members for their support over the years and wish them well for the future – we hope you will soon join another British Riding Clubs’ Riding Club to continue the fun with like-minded enthusiasts.
A final thanks to all instructors, partners and friends of members that have taught, helped and supported Folkestone Riding Club and its members along the way.
With best wishes Abby Bourn for the Folkestone Riding Club Committee
The Club was formed in 1980 by a group of local riding enthusiasts and has been offering regular lessons, training, competitions, summer camp, pleasure rides, lectures, demonstrations, social events and Area qualifier competitions to its members ever since.
We are a small, friendly riding club that currently runs a mixture of activities including regular flatwork or jumping lessons and more specialised training in all disciplines for all abilities using local venues. Our training is delivered by BHS qualified and registered instructors.
Folkestone Riding Clubs affiliation to the British Riding Clubs movement provides us with the opportunity to compete in Area qualifiers for the BRC’s National Championships in dressage, show jumping and horse trials as well as the British Riding Clubs own ‘Festival of the Hunter’.
Folkestone Riding Club members also receive the quarterly Rider magazine, the official publication of British Riding Club, as well as a wide range of discounts on various goods and services including a 10% discount from the BHS Bookshop, £5 off freezemarking with Farmkey, up to 35% off Horse & Hound, Horse and Eventing magazine subscriptions and 5% off all orders from Jump4Joy (excludes jump cups).
New members are always welcome; see our become a member page for details.