In loving memory of Margaret

It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the death of a remarkable horsewoman whom we were lucky enough to have as a member of the ECCTG for over forty years.  Margaret Gleave (nee Hough) and her mare Bambi V are legends in horse history – in fact in sporting history – as the first lady (well ladies) to win Badminton Horse Trials and achieve selection for the Helsinki Olympics (Margaret of course unable to take the ride as females not then eligible for Olympic Eventing – but Bambi went, accompanied of course by Margaret).  That makes it all the more amazing that we were able to enjoy her friendship and company, and benefit from her training (great cross country sessions at Dock Bank Farm), individual and group lessons, and constructive and consistent Dressage judging for many years, to say nothing of her work as a committee member and support for Club events over decades.  Her modesty is as legendary as her horsemanship – she rarely talked about herself, but would listen to us and our horse problems with endless patience and come up with great solutions.   She was and will ever be esteemed and respected by so very many great  personalities in the world of horses, but to our Club she was a much loved friend and committee member who was in every way a consummate horsewoman.   We will miss her hugely.

We  send  love and sincere sympathy to Bill, and to Pete and Kerry and Philip, Emma and Lucy on behalf of all our members.  We are glad that Pete will be looking after Curly (Gemsbok, the last stallion of Bambi’s line) and Sandy  for his mother – she’ll certainly be keeping an eye on that from on high!

Rest in Peace.

Margaret’s funeral is at 11.30 on Wednesday 17th January at Byley Village Church, and then 12.15 at Vale Royal Crematorium.  Afterwards all will be welcome at Lach Dennis Village Hall – this last venue to be confirmed, but the welcome is definite.

AGM and Presentation Evening – 10th February


The AGM and Presentation Evening will be on Saturday 10th February 2018 at 7.30pm at Goostrey Village Hall.

To attend the AGM is free, and then £10.00 for the presentation evening to include a glass of wine and supper (bring any further alcohol you wish to consume and glasses!!). Please send Alison Unwin a cheque or pay via horse monkey if you would like to attend.

Please try to attend to voice your views and make any suggestions!!

The presentation evening will take place after the AGM.

If you would like to stand for the ECCTG Committee and you feel that you can give up some time to support the Club and attend approximately six meetings a year, then please contact Alison Unwin on 07977913897.  She needs to know as soon as possible, so your name can be put on the ballot paper.


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of previous AGM (will be circulated at the meeting)
  3. Matters arising.
  4. Election of Committee members.
  5. Chairman’s report.
  6. Treasurer’s report.
  7. Any other business.

New Result: Dressage, 3rd December 2017, Somerford Park Farm

New Result: Show jumping, 19th November, Somerford Park Farm

*CANCELLED* Show jumping on Sunday

Unfortunately due to the very poor weather forecast for the weekend, we have taken the decision to cancel Sunday’s jumping. The arenas at Somerford are available for private hire and the next ECCTG jumping will be in January.

Dressage – Sunday 3rd December – Times

Times for Sunday’s dressage are available here. Good luck to all those competing.

Membership Renewals

Our membership runs from 1st November each year, British Riding Clubs have confirmed to me that if you haven’t renewed by this date then they will not have you down on their data base and you will not be covered by insurance.

If you wish to renew or become a member for the first time, you can pay via horse monkey or by bank transfer (account details available from Alison Unwin).