Hello, my name is Alison Nicholson and as well as being Chairperson, I’m also the Membership Secretary. I got into riding through my mum who had had ponies in her childhood. She encouraged me to ride from an early age and now many, many years later I still haven’t outgrown my horsey phase! I see myself as a ‘happy hacker plus” as I enjoy doing a variety of activities but not necessarily taking part in competitions. You may see me at club activities with my lovely Connemara, Tully; but I’ve also got Frankie, who has an important role in being a companion, and my beautiful TB Kitty, who will forever be a project! As Chairperson I want to run a club where all members feel equally valued and comfortable; and horse welfare is paramount. If you have any comments or feedback about the club please do contact me.
Hi, I’m Lynne Baines. I’ve been on the GRS committee for more than 12 years in which time I’ve been membership secretary, show secretary and organised training. I’m currently secretary of the club and manager for Area 14 teams. I started riding at the age of 8, doing jobs at the local riding school in return for free rides. I finally got to own my own horse in my twenties. I have an ISH called Clover. She's 15hh, sweet natured and willing to have a go at anything provided it doesn’t involve too much energy. We haven't been together for very long so I'm looking forward to bringing her to some GRS events.
Hi, my name is Bex and I’ve been part of the GRS committee since 2015. I love getting stuck in and involved with all things the club puts on and runs. It’s always lovely to meet all our keen members who help make the club the success it is. My free time is mostly taken up by my youngster who has been backed around 3 months so lots of time and effort is going into him right now.
Fingers crossed we will be attending some of the Gipping shows this year. They always have a great
atmosphere for young horses as they are really relaxed and inviting. I also have a cob called Jester who
a lot of members know and recognise as he is often a familiar face at evening training.
Hello, I'm Nicola Hatfield and I'm one of the newer committee members. My role is Treasurer and looking after subscriptions, something I'd never done before but with the encouragement of my fellow committee members, I'm giving it a go! I started riding at a young age when we lived in South Africa and continued when we moved back to the UK, eventually hanging up my boots when exams got in the way at school. Some 30(ish!) years later I decided to start again and it feels wonderful to be back in the saddle. I'm the lucky owner of Bella, an ISH who looks after me most of the time but in true mare-ish fashion, throws a curve ball at me every now and again! I decided to volunteer for the committee to get more involved with GRS and meet new people. I'm certainly doing that, plus getting to eat fabulous home-made cake at committee meetings!
Hi everyone, I'm Holly Haward and I've been riding ponies since before I could walk. I've shown a lot all over the country, both on the flat and workers. I've dressaged, show jumped, evented, hunted ... I generally give anything a go!!
I joined the committee because I want to be able to organise clinics, shows etc to allow others to experience some of the cool things I've been fortunate enough to do with my horses, and hopefully get involved in them myself too!
My name is Emma and I am the Junior Representative, and organise the club training, I am also the web-collect wizz. I have a Connemara gelding called Dallas, and have been active competing for the club, and generally having fun.
Hi there, I'm Katie. I'm the newest committee member, and still fairly new to the club.
I joined at the beginning of 2020, so my first year with the club was fairly "non-eventful" due to the Covid-19 pandemic arriving, but I did manage some training sessions and the Autumn Dressage with my horse, Jamal.
The club is so welcoming and friendly, I was honoured when I was asked if I wanted to join the committee and am proud to be part of such an encouraging and supportive group of people that is the Gipping Riding Society.