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The club started from humble beginnings (don’t they always!) with a group of dedicated riders wanting to get together and spread the word. So in 1980, the Ackworth and District Riding Club (ADRC) was formed and immediately affiliated to the BHS.
At the inaugural meeting, the committee made Ken Dransfield the Chairman, as he had a “nice big field” on Rigg Lane! The first show was on this field, and the newly painted jumps were not quite dry, so helpers and horses went home with brightly coloured hands and hooves! The annual show really took off, when Joe Duckitt gave the club the use of his field at Top Farm, which had amazing catering facilities and so was enthusiastically supported.
A contingent from the Rockwood Pony club were ever present, including the now well known Moody sisters of dressage fame. Phil Dixon, a well known local vet was a regular, as was an elderly gentleman who never won but always thoroughly enjoyed himself. One year the Shetland Grand National Team came over from the Shetland Isles, to rapturous applause – now that was a sight to see! Another year the Marchioness of Hartington – now the Duchess of Devon, attended.
The amazing thing was, that it was all contained in a 10 acre field – XC round the outside, Showjumping in the middle and Dressage in a small paddock with a pronounced slope! Since Joe’s retirement the annual shows have been held at various sites over the years, always well attended and enjoyed by everyone. Some 30 years later, the club has gone from strength to strength. Up until the late 90’s the ADRC was considered a bit of a laughing stock at area events. But with the help of a hard working, enthusiastic, dedicated committee and team of trainers, the ADRC is now a force to be reckoned with!