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The Club was formed in October 1975 to cater for the increasing number of young people owning horses in the area. Land was very hard to come by and for the first 18 months the club met only in a Community Centre for educational skills, but later with help of a local livery stables and Mrs S Northwood BHS Prelim 58 we managed to run our first instructional rally. Ten members took part!

In May 1977, Mr Bell of Rearsby Lodge Farm, kindly offered the use of his land to put on our first Open Show, which proved a great success. At this time the club was known as "The Pegasus Riding Club" and had about 50 members. We applied for affiliation to the British Horse Society and were told we have to change the name, hence Rearsby Lodge.

Then at the end of 1986, Mr Bell sold Rearsby Lodge Farm and we had to find a new venue. Our thanks go to local landowner Mrs Joan Crossfield, who offered us one of her fields, so the move went ahead at the beginning of 1987.

In 1992, in order to able to extend our Dressage, we re-sited the Dressage Shows only to Streethills Farm, Lowesby by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Brett.

We try to cater for all interests: Show Jumping, Working Hunter, Showing, Gymkhana Games, Dressage, Dressage with Jumping, Equitation Jumping, Riding Classes, Cross Country, Hunter Trials and One Day Events. We also include instruction in all aspects of riding, stable management and Riding and Road Safety.

In 1997 we were approached by Brooksby College to move 'The Club' to their Equestrian facilities.

This we did in 1998 and a started a new chapter for Rearsby Lodge Riding Club.

Sadly in 2006, Audrey Watson, one of the founders of the Club also Secretary for many years passed away. The end of another chapter and a hard one to follow.

2010 was a memorable year for our many teams both Junior and Senior covering Horse Trials, Showjumping and Dressage and to finish the year we have both Senior and Junior Teams qualify for the Winter Dressage Championships to be held at Hartpury on the 2nd/3rd April 2011. What a start to 2011.

Ann Spencer resigned as Chairman at the A.G.M. last November after two years in office. Ann, along with her husband Phil, worked tirelessly for R.L.R.C. by making sure our events ran efficiently particularly on the showjumping side of things. Our thanks to both of you from all the Members of the Club.

This year, 2011, we are holding two new events - A Music Extravaganza on Easter Sunday, 27th April, and an Eventer Challenge on 22nd May. The Committee, after many requests, is holding numerous clinics covering showjumping, cross country and dressage. We try to cater for all levels of riders and horse/ponies. This year, also a first, we are holding a training Lecture/Ridden Demonstration on the 27th February to be sponsored by BRC Area 16 Training, covering the Riding Test and Style Showjumping.

All in all a busy year ahead.

2011, we held two new events -A Music Extravaganza on Easter Sunday, 27th April, and an Eventer Challenge on 22nd May. The Committee, after many requests, is holding numerous clinics covering showjumping, cross country and dressage. We try to cater for all levels of riders and horse/ponies. This year, also a first, we are holding a training Lecture/Ridden Demonstration on the 27th February to be sponsored by BRC Area 16 Training, covering the Riding Test and Style Showjumping.

2012 – another busy year ahead – RLRC will be hosting on the 22ndApril at Brooksby Equestrian Centre the Area 16 Qualifier for the Festival of the Horse Combined Team Event which incorporates Showjumping & Dressage. A new competition with the final being held at Aston-le-Walls alongside the Festival of the Horse Championships on the 2/3rd June.

It was agreed last October at the A.G.M., with regret, that there will no outdoor Shows held this year on the Club Field.