Edinburgh & District Riding Club's Committee Members

Jayne White 

My parents say 
have been horse mad from the minute I was born! I started riding when I was 3 years old and got my first pony when I was 7. From then I was a member of the Orkney Pony Club until I was 16 years old when I moved to Edinburgh – horses in tow! During my time in the Orkney pony club I was a member of the inter-branch dressage, SJ and ODE teams. I also competed in the Area 1 and Scotland & The Borders Tetrathlon and the North 
Cup teams. I played pony club Polo for 3 years travelling over to Ireland – I never appreciated how much it took for my parents to pack up 3 children and 2 horses and travel from Orkney all over Scotland and Northern Ireland. When I moved to Edinburgh to finish school and go to University I joined Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Pony Club, before joining Edinburgh and District Riding Club in 2003 when I was 17 years old. 

I joined the EDRC committee in March 2009 and became Secretary in November 2010 and Chair in 2012.

Currently I have
 Raggy, she is a 16.0hh ex-race horse, thoroughbred chestnut mare, whom I have owned for just over 3 years. With Raggy I compete at local riding club level doing dressage, SJ, ODE and a bit of in-hand showing. I also enjoy long hacks in the sunny weather

Catriona Umpleby - Secretary 

I have been riding from about the time I could walk, starting out on a very naughty Shetland pony called Topsey (who taught me how to fall off without doing too much damage!). Whilst at University in Edinburgh I rode up to National level representing the uni and gaining a 'Blue' in the process - a first for the University riding team! Upon entering the working world and earning money it seemed like the sensible time to buy a black hole of my new salary in the form of a gangly two year old sports horse, and now seven years down the line 'Demarco' (Marco at home) is still with me and a huge amount of fun. We have represented EDRC in dressage and horse trials, with our best achievement qualifying last year for the Riding Club National Championship Horse Trials held in Banbury and placing 8th individually. Outside of the riding club we enjoy BE, show jumping and hunting.

Anne Paxton - Treasurer

I started riding at 6 and managed to persuade my parents to get me a pony when I was 8.  Misty was  a 12.2hh Welsh Mountain.   Since then I have always had a passion for horses and joined the Dalkeith & District Pony Club and progressed to the Edinburgh & District Riding Club when I moved onto horses.  Dino (I.D x T.B) who I had for 20 years, he was a joy to train and had immense fun competing in all sorts of events and achieved Foxhunter level at BSJA with him.  After I sadly lost my old horse, I gave up horses for one year but the addiction did not go away.  Since then I have had two horses and at present I have Finn (ISH) or Sunday name Finnisk Warrior.  Two years have passed now and Finn has come on leaps and bounds.  He loves his job and does whatever you ask him too with ears pricked and is a joy to work with. He is a great all rounder and loves to jump especially Working Hunter and BSJA.

Jo Hewitt - Committee Member

I've been a member of the EDRC committee for over thirty years - I was secretary back when news letters went in envelopes with postage stamps. I've represented the club in show jumping teams, successfully & Byron Ferrari brought even more team success when ridden by Stephen Smith. The club was then competing throughout Britain & Ireland. I'm pictured in 2015 with my homebreds, Kirk, the black 2 year old & his full sister, yearling, chestnut filly, Holy Moley.

Joyce Kent - Committee Member

Kerry Nelson - Committee Member

I started riding about 10 years ago and have been a member of EDRC for the last 3 years. Ringo and I have been stressaging and
doing a bit of sj and Xc. We've tried our hand at tilting and endurance riding-hunting and common riding were adventures that Ringo at least had loads of fun on. 
Hopefully see you at one of our events! 

Caroline Pennycook - Committee Member

Emma Nicholson - Committee Member

Hi, I’m Emma and have been a member of EDRC for a few years, joining the committee at the start of 2017.  I compete in BE one day events and also at unaffiliated show jumping and dressage.  I have represented EDRC at riding club SJ, dressage and one day eventing, including at the NAF National BRC Championships in 2015.  Joining the riding club has helped me meet lots of new people and contacts as well increasing the competitions I have managed to get out to.  It is also really useful for training opportunities too.!

Kat Lewis - Committee Member