PERFECT conditions prevailed for Hereford and District Riding Club (H&DRC) at the first show of the season earlier this month.

In addition to the monthly unaffiliated show jumping competitions, H&DRC is running evening show jumping competitions and piloting practice show jumping evenings. These are intended for people and horses to gain experience of a course without the pressure of competition.

Also on the agenda is the H&DRC hunter trials at Hilltop and a clear round pick and mix cross country day at Dulas.

Unaffiliated dressage features in the programme with the Badminton Horse Feeds qualifier and the Midlands Association of Riding Clubs Qualifier.

All competitions are open to non-members at a slightly higher entry fee.

H&DRC takes members from the age of 10 and the subscription is £20.

Members enjoy lower entry to all club competitions, training sessions in all disciplines at club rates and the opportunity to compete at area and BRC National levels. Membership forms and schedules may be downloaded from For more details contact 01981 570435.

CompetitionS: Weekend show jumping shows at Home Farm, Allensmore: May 26, June 23, August 26 and September 16.

Evening show jumping at Home Farm, Allensmore: May 9, June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12.

Practice show jumping evening at Home Farm, Allensmore: May 30, June 27.

Unaffiliated dressage at Home Farm, Allensmore: Badminton Horse Feeds qualifier April 28, MARC qualifier May 28.

H&DRC Hunter Trials at Hilltop, Ledbury: April 22.

Clear round pick and mix at Home Farm, Dulas: May 20.