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Margaret Dale – Chairman  

Horses are in my blood, so when I got to 591/3 I decided had better find out if I still wanted to ride.  After a short hack when I didn’t fall off and wasn’t terrified, I concluded that learning how to trot would be a good idea.  So riding lessons commenced.  I didn’t expect to move house to accommodate the horse, I didn’t expect to be the doting owner of two cobs and I didn’t expect to be thinking about learning how to jump.  But 11 years on – here I am.


The reason for riding lessons being part of the retirement plan was because I had been too busy working to indulge my passion for horses.  My last job was as Chief Executive for a small organisation that provided HR services to Universities.  Along the way I have been involved in the boards of loads of organisations, both large and small.  I’ve been chair of the Students Union Board of Trustees, a mediation charity, and a health body.  I’m currently chair of Holmfirth Tech, on the board of the Fair Traders Coop and convenor of the Holme Valley Vision network.  I am a joiner and can’t resist trying to organise people.


The Holme Valley Riding Club is important to me and my horses and we have benefited hugely from our membership.  I have met some very friendly people, who have encouraged and helped me and the events mean the horses get to go somewhere and do things they wouldn’t if they were just stuck at home.  I was thinking of getting more involved in the Club anyway as some of my paid work is reducing.  Then the email about its possible closure made me say to Layla: ‘This can’t happen.  If there’s no-one else, I’ll stand for Chair.’  So here I am. I promise I will work hard for you, listen to what you say and don’t say and find out what you want.  Being the chair of any organisation is a privilege and a wonderful way to meet people and learn.  So encouraging other people to take on roles and coaching them, I see as part of the job.  


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the riding club. 



Layla Smith – Secretary

Having ridden from a young age growing up in Cambridgeshire, it was inevitable horses would join me in the move to Yorkshire! Having taught at a local Riding School whilst at University I made many new 'horsey friends' and joined HVRC a number of years ago, competing on Binky, my now retired Appaloosa, on HVRC Show Jumping and Show Cross Teams.

I then bought a lovely Irish Hunter, but seemed to spend more time on the floor than on board, and sadly after a few years decided we simply didn't get on well enough! I still have Binky enjoying retirement, but now have Claude too. He's only young, but has a sensible head and as I constantly battle with my nerves nowadays you'll probably see me in the secretary box more than on the horse! We are enjoying our dressage journey together though! :-)

I look after membership so if you’ve got any queries let me know. 


Nicola Waterfield – Treasurer

 I am the club treasurer, and also look after the HVRC dressage competitions and Area dressage teams. 


Vicky Oldroyd – PR and Website Officer

I have been riding horses on and off since I was 5 years old. More recently I have been lucky enough to ride a variety of horses locally for some lovely owners, before they gifted me my lovely (and occasionally bonkers) mare Phyllis.

In the past I have successfully represented HVRC in teams at the Area qualifiers, and at BRC championships. I also try my hand at the majority of our local competitions. When I’m not working marketing Zoflora disinfectant, I enjoy training and competing both with the riding club and at unaffiliated level with varying degrees of success…. we always have a lovely day though!

If you’ve got any queries or suggestions for the website, drop me a line. I also look after the HVRC clothing orders, so if you would like some club kit please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 Michelle Howland – Safeguarding Officer

 I have been a committee member for just over a year, and I’m the designated safeguarding officer for the club.

I have been riding for over 55 years. I was a member of Rockwood pony club in my youth. Then my passion for eventing took over. I have been a member of British Eventing for over 30 years alongside the riding club.

My greatest achievement for the club was to attend the Festival of the horse championship in the show cross in 2012. A great day had by all. I now event at low Level 80cms and love the xc phase.

I am married, I have 2 grown up children who rode. Also 2 grandchildren. My eldest has had her pony for a year. So the passion of horses continues in our family. My current horse is Kitty, an 8 year old Irish sport horse. She loves jumping, however she finds the dressage a challenge.



Clair Hinchliffe

I was born into an equestrian family, so I’ve had a lifelong passion for horses. My current horse Blue loves to jump, and can also produce a lovely dressage test.

I am an active member of HVRC and have been on the committee for a few years now, regularly helping at local and area events. I enjoy representing the club at SJ and CT competitions and area qualifiers. We’ve also made it to the championships a few times.

Outside of RC activities, we also regularly compete at BS. Blue loves going to shows and always aims to please, often bringing home a rosette.




Jenna Watson - Training Officer

I first became a member of Holme Valley when I was 8 years old and took part in ever training opportunity I could with my brilliant pony Kenny.  I attended my first Riding club championships when I was 10 years old participating in the pairs cross country where we came 3rd place. A few years later at the age of 12 I attended the championships again but this time the team won the showcross final at Aston le Walls. 

I progressed on to do more eventing and this led to me buying my lovely horse Colin. We progressed up the levels in the British Eventing scene. We jumped up the levels to reach 2* (new 2* old 1*). We also turned our hoof to dressage on a number of occasions and competed successfully at Medium level.
After Colin's retirement I then moved on to buying an unbacked 3 year old from Ireland, that many of you know now as Larry. Larry has not always been the easiest of horse as I'm sure a few of you are aware after seeing me battling with him at Woodnook on multiple occasion. However, he is now showing true promise as a flourishing 5 year old and I will continue his training and development.
I am out competing Larry in all disciplines on a regular occasion. So if I see you or you see me out and about say hello, you can't miss me, Larry is huge! 

Rosie Waddington - Training Officer

I’ve got a chestnut mare called Coco, we do lots of training and a few unaffiliated shows now and again. I’m hoping to do more and eventually do our first ODE.



Ros Lawton - Volunteer Coordinator

I was one of the first members of Holme Valley Riding Club back in 1968 and present on their first mounted event, carol singing at Thongsbridge!
Many decades later I’m still riding and competing at dressage.