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. Toby arrived in Jules’ life in 2008 and since then she has competed with him at affiliated dressage and eventing. After reaching PSG he’s retired to a quieter life hacking and the odd RC training session. 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.


Noel Ennett – Treasurer*

Noel hanoel-and-hazzas been on the committee of CDRC for some years now firmly believing that you get out what you put in.

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, Chairman of 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 Mansell - Mercian mentor

Arlene joined CDRC to improve her arleneriding, & compete for a club with new found friends. Little did she know back then what a social life this would lead too!! She became the Mercian manager shortly afterwards after hearing riders saying “I’m not good enough for teams” Every rider is good enough, they just need to be supported, not just in training, but on the day competing, & at home when they have a wobble. “We all have goals, & hopefully when I get to mine, I know CDRC will be with me all the way”


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.

Lynette Taylor – Secretary 

lynetteLynette has ridden for many (!)years, competing at BE and BD and various RC competitions, including teams.  She has done Novice level eventing in the past but now is happy to stick to 90cm!  She is Secretary of the club which primarily involves taking/publishing minutes from our Committee meetings and also organises polework sessions at Taynton.


Tracey Talbot – Training co-ordinator

Tracey is originally from Derbyshire and moved tracey talbotsouth in 1997 ending up in Gloucester in 2008 on meeting my now husband. She joined CDRC back in 2014 with a friend as we were looking to get out and about competing and meet new likewise people. Having had ponies and horses since the age of 6 she had a break for a while and got back into riding after marriage and having a daughter who is now a fully fledged horseaholic, and her granddaughter too. She owns a retired 26 year old, 2 youngsters and an ex racer. Tracey competes for CDRC teams when ever she can. She joined the committee recently in 2017 as she loves to help and encourage people to go forward in the sport. Tracey helps out with training sessions where needed and arrange other activities like Franklin Balls and Polo days etc.

Pippa Wilson – Mercian (prelim) flatwork training manager 

Pip has grown up around racehorses. Frequently found hanging upside down under her grandfather’s racehorses in the 1980’s, she was destined for a life in the saddle. Pip owns and runs her own equine business, and is a friendly and welcoming face at many RC events.  Pip organises the Mercian flatwork for the club.

Nigel Stoneley – Events Organiser

The real power behind the Riding Club. Nigel provides behind-the-scenes support for all RC events. He’ll have the kettle on at RC organised competitions and camp before anyone can say ‘where’s the loo’.

Maxine Hanslow – Flatwork Training Manager 

Maxine organises ‘Club’ level flatwork.

Alison Cupper – Junior Team Manager and CPO 

Alison joined committee in 2018 to manage our ever-growing junior member section.

Contact details of committee will be sent with your welcome pack. Please use for all pre-membership correspondence.