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Riding Club Team & Advisory Panel

The Riding Club was established in 2008 by friends, and experience riders, Rosie Van Cutsem and Ashley Parasram. Their aim was to offer equestrian enthusiasts, with busy London lives, access to quality horses, venues and instructors as well as a calendar of social events. The club now has over 200 members and works with 40 independent venues nationwide and Internationally.

Whilst still involved in The Riding Club, the day-to-day runnings of The Club are handled by team members Fizz Shearcroft and Katie Kennedy. Both keen riders themselves, they head up our programme of events and are always on-hand to provide support and advice to our members.

The Riding Club are privileged to have appointed a number of industry experts, from a broad range of disciplines, to provide the Club with ongoing support and advice.

“As a nation, we should be so proud of our rich history of horse riding and we are thrilled to bring together such an impressive group of individuals to Riding Club London to discuss how we can both preserve and promote it. The combined industry experience and skills of the RCL Advisory Panel is a wonderful addition to our offering as a club of equestrian enthusiasts”

Rosie van Custem

Natasha Baker

MBE – 5 time British Paralympic Dressage Champion & 5 time European Champion

Natasha has wowed the world and particularly an ecstatic British public as she scooped two gold medals at London 2012 and another three at Rio! Natasha continues to be a leading light in Para-Dressage around the globe.

Charles Barnett

Secretary General of the Large Independent Racecourse Group

Previously Director at both Ascot and Aintree Racecourses, as well as being Secretary General of the Large Independent Racecourse Group he is also a member of the BHA’s Members’ Committee.

Charles Betz

Chairman of Schools & Universities Polo Association (SUPA)

Charles has pioneered SUPA around the globe since its inception in 1996, encouraging school and university students into the game of polo with both expertise and financial support. Charles is a great believer in increasing the accessibility of polo to ensure its growth throughout the UK and internationally.

Lucy Higginson

Former editor of Horse & Hound

Lucy edited Horse & Hound from 2002 until 2014 and prior to that was Deputy Editor at The Field. Having reported from the 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games and the 2011 and 2013 European Eventing Championships, Lucy now events for fun and is also passionate about hunting.

Harry Meade

British Event Rider and World Championship Team Silver Medallist

Harry is one of Britain’s most exciting event riders. He overcame career threatening injuries to both elbows to come third at Badminton in 2014 and has been selected repeatedly for the World Class Squad and the GB Nation’s Cup Squad. Harry is well regarded for his quiet and sympathetic style of riding and was voted Horse & Hound’s Rider of the Year 2014.

Ian Renton

Regional Director Cheltenham and the South West at The Jockey Club

As Director of Cheltenham and other prestigious race courses in the South West, Ian has tremendous reach across the racing industry. He previously was Executive Director of Arena Leisure for eleven years.

Jan Tops

President of Global Champions Tour

An Olympic gold medallist himself, Jan founded Global Champion’s Tour in 2006 and has reignited the sport with competitions held in prestigious locations around the world, including London’s Horse Guard’s Parade in 2014.

Richard Chambers

Riding Master of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

The Riding Master is responsible to the Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment for the training of recruits and remounts

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