Carl Hester MBE-  President

Cheltenham and District Riding Club are priviliged to have Carl Hester MBE and olympic gold medalist as our president! An ispirational rider and trainer we are very lucky to have him supporting our club.

Picture of the club getting a tour of his yard!

Check out his website to see more insights into his amzing yard, fantastic horses and brilliant achievments.


Jules Webb – YouJulesr Chairlady

Jules grew up in Hampshire and has been falling off ponies since she was 10. A keen member of the Pony Club she attended every rally, camp and area competition that she could until she had to leave home and enter the real world. She moved to Cheltenham in 1998 and borrowed horses until finances allowed her to own again. Her most recent purchase, Toby, arrived in Jules’ life in 2008 and since then she has competed with him at affiliated dressage and eventing. They qualified as individuals for the riding club Horse Trials Nationals in 2009 (finishing 9th) and the Team Dressage Nationals in 2010 (individual 10th) and 2012 (individual 3rd), and DTM 2012 (6th). It’s not all been plain sailing with the lovable Mr T, but plenty of training sessions with the club has helped smooth the way.

Jules admits to being very competitive and incredibly enthusiastic. She’s looking forward to encouraging new and seasoned campaigners to achieve their best.


noel-and-hazzaNoel Ennett – Treasurer*

Noel has been on the committee of CDRC for some years now firmly believing that you get out what you put in. He is a former Chairman but now acts as Treasurer.

Noel started riding in his late 30’s to keep his daughter company in her lessons. He has had a number of horses and enjoys Eventing (Qualified for the BE80(T) Championships in 2013 and 2014) Drag Hunting regularly going out with the Berks & Bucks Drag Hounds and just hacking through the woods in good company. (preferably ending up at a pub!)

Noel is also a member of the BRC National Executive Committee, representing BRC Area 18 (of which CDRC is part of), and a BRC Official Steward officiating at Area Qualifiers and National Championships.


Michelle Holder – Area Dressage Team Manager Michelle Holder

Michelle has been a member of the club for several years and has represented the club in all disciplines. She has been riding since a child, taking a break to have her two sons. Michelle owns two horses: Hovis who is a lovely ROR that she competes on at Dressage and Shwoing and  Jasper, a young 5 year old Fresian who is beginning his dressage career.

Michelle joined the committee hoping to bring new ideas and lots of enthusiasm and as the longest standing Committee member (since 2005) the enthusiasm is still there! As she is a hairdresser she finds it easy to talk, listen and mix with people. She looks forward to seeing new and old members, hopefully being able to encourage them to have fun and become active members of the club.

Arlene- WiggyArlene Mansell - Mercian mentor

I came back to CDRC in 2007 wanting to improve my riding. I joined the committee soon after because I heard members saying, ”I’m not good enough to compete”. That’s Saying doesn’t exist in my vocabulary! Every rider is good enough, they just need the support and encouragement to take that next step.

I own two fabulous horses, the Mighty J (Jacko) and the hooligan  (Wiggy). I compete for the teams whenever i can on Jacko and Wiggy is my Mercian horse…. I’ll get there with him one day! Please feel free to contact me with any queries. If I don’t have the answer – I’ll find it!!


21912616_1163591057107274_226568186_nJoy Pither – Show Jump Team Manager

My aim in this role is to see members enjoy and improve their jumping skills from the regular training provided which is at least once a month and very often twice. To use enthusiastic talented trainers to allow your ability to shine and enable you to compete for our club should you so wish. The training will be run in a fair and transparent way and members on the waitlist of the training sessions that are oversubscribed will be given priority at the next training session.  I am approachable and open to any questions and suggestions in regards to your jump training and goals.  But most of all I want you to enjoy your Horse, enjoy your Club , and enjoy YOURSELF !

20881875_740176476088_1882280705107756854_n (2)Chloe Donochie – Membership Secretary

I am a Devon girl at heart but on moving to Gloucestershire in 2006 for Uni I haven’t moved back home yet and CDRC has a lot to answer for for that!  The club have been so supportive over the last few years with regards my horsey endeavours it was time for me to put back into the club hence becoming Membership Secretary.

I am extremely fortunate to have the wonderful Willow (or Super Cob to his friends) and together we enjoy a bit of everything but his favourite thing to do is event.


Caroline Bevan – Pole work TrainingCaroline Bevan pic

These clinics are great for everybody. Whether you have a young horse, you’re a new horse and rider partnership, a bit nervous  or  more established  and want to continue to improve your horses training and flexibility, I hope you will come and try these clinics.

My Background ……..I grew up on a racing yard, both my father & grandfather being owners and trainers as well as 2 of my godparents. I’ve always ridden, the lads used to lead us out on the quieter horses when they’d finished stables. I had one pony as a child for a short while and it proved to be trickier than any of the TB’s and soon went back  !

At the moment I have a pocket rocket mare who brings me much joy, the sense of achievement  I get when we do a decent dressage test or jump a clear round is immense. My goal is to keep improving , have fun and hopefully represent the Club a few times next year.