White Rose Riding Club is one of the oldest riding clubs in the North of England. It was founded in 1965 by the late Mrs Hazel Holmes and supported by a very strong committee of local equine dignitaries, including the president at the time Mr Staveley Stephenson and the chairman, veterinary surgeon Mr WB Quarmby. The annual show for the riding club was, at that time, held at Dalton Park by kind permission of Lord Hotham who is still an active supporter of the club. They organised a large number of inter club competitions alongside club events with the annual show, hunter trials and long distance rides.
When the club had its official opening by Mr Rudi Yurkschat in June 1965, Mrs Hazel Holmes presented the club with a colt foal named ‘Nevada’ (a variety of white rose) as the club's mascot. Nevada was the son of ‘Judy’, a little mare who carried Nigel Holmes from London to Welton during the emulation of Dick Turpin's ride. His sire was a lovely arab stallion called ‘Starguard’.
Over the years we have had some very strong teams who have represented the club at Stoneleigh, winning the championships on more than one occasion. Team members including showjumpers David Walmsley and David Sowersby and equine commentator Tony Wilson who went on to become members of the committee, Tony Wilson being the club Chairman and later President. Our current president, BSJA judge Mr Albert Grant has been President since 1989, being Chairman before that. Other members of our teams included Trish Mason who went on to win the Foxhunter championships at Cheltenham, event riders Alex Hilyard, Carol Gee and Ogin Crane and dressage riders Fran Smith, Jenny Venter and Clarissa Hall.
Our current Chairperson Jill Banks joined the club in 1969 as part of the quadrille team with Jane Wright, Patsy Haslam and Patrick Burstall. The quadrille team were successful at the inter club championships, making it through the qualifiers at Butlins in Filey to compete at HOYS. Jill Banks has been and still is an active member of the riding club; she was an international showjumper in the 1950s, has won point to points and has represented the club in national Dressage competitions from 1969 onwards and has been Chairperson since 1989.
Creating a list of the people who have supported, been regular members, committee members, and team members would be near impossible; however, suffice to say White Rose Riding Club is lucky enough to have a strong committee of excellent equine professionals who are always on hand for help and give advice whatever your chosen discipline.