Deben Riding Club was set up in 1961 to support local riders from Felixstowe, Trimley and Levington by three local women – Shirley Green, Rosemary Durrant and Shirley Smith. The name ‘Deben’ was chosen as the river flows through this area of Suffolk and represents the locality of our members. The Club has survived for over 50 years through periods of prosperity and hardship largely because of the amazing support and commitment of the people willing to volunteer their time to help run the club and the members who keep turning out to support our events. We would like to thank all our members past and present for this wonderful achievement.
Since then, the club has developed and spread across the Deben area of East Anglia and has, over the years, hosted a full range of equestrian events such as hunter trials, training rallies, long distance rides etc. We have also catered for the non-riding members, friends and families through social events and fund raisers including race nights, BBQ’s and dog walks. Our members range from 6 years old to well into retirement and we aim to cater for and involve everyone.
The Committee responsible for the running of The Club are very enthusiastic and dedicated to maintaining The Club's friendly and welcoming reputation, promoting fellowship amongst our members. They strive to make being a member rewarding and fun for all levels of rider and aim to encourage riding as both a sport and recreational activity. Regular training clinics and competitive and social events are organised that cater for everyone from complete beginners to the more experienced.
The Club is a fully affiliated member of the British Riding Clubs and actively contributes to Area 14 events, both by submitting teams and by hosting Area events, with the Summer Dressage qualifier being a regular fixture. Both our junior and senior teams have enjoyed regular success at both Area 14 qualifiers and BRC national championships, a record we are proud of.