Shibden Dale Riding Club was originally founded in 1966 by Howard Richardson and Wendy Longbottom, it was one of the first local shows to be put together in the area. It began in Hipperholme based near the old Brodleians, the show was then held at Swales Moor, Hill Top Farm and in the 70’s the show was run on land at Roper Lane, Queensbury. The land belonged to Maurice Lumb who rented it to Shibden Dale Riding Club, his wife Betty Lumb was made president and she was made a life long member.
The Lumb’s granddaughter Michelle Lee (nee Walker) was part of a Show Jumping team that the club put together alongside Alison Yates, Barry Awan and Jayne Peterson; they went on to compete in the National Riding Club Championships held at Stoneleigh on August 18th 1984 where they represented the club and came home with a fourth place. Another team from Shibden Dale also qualified for the Prix Caprilli at the same Championships, the riders were Richard Brankin, Sharon Booth and Clare Ashington.
In the 80’s Shibden Dale ended up in Huddersfield, it was here that various people well known amongst the committee decided to bring it home and it became situated in Northowram, first at the Robinson’s and then to Royd Farm where the club has remained and is still popular with many local equestrians of varying ages and abilities. The club holds various qualifying classes for Ponies UK, SSADL (Senior Showing and Dressage LTD), CHAPS (Coloured Horse and Pony Society) and Equifest amongst others.
One of many success stories that came from our qualifiers is Sue Burrows who back in 2010 with her gelding Bradley, qualified for the National Horse Parade. Sue and Bradley went and represented our club and they won National Supreme Champion.
Having just celebrated its 50th Birthday, the club continues to be successful and has seen generation after generation compete at its events continuing its great heritage.