Quadrille means a ‘drill in a quad’, i.e. a sequence of commanded movements within a confined space with four corners.
We originally formed in 2016 to enter the British Riding Clubs ‘Team of 6’ dressage competition in 2017 and believe that we are the only British Riding Club with an established permanent Quadrille Team that rides regularly.
The team’s riding master is the incomparable and wonderful retired cavalry officer, David Boyd.
We now have a ‘core’ of around 10 members, who are at most sessions - plus roughly another 6, who ride as often as possible. We ride twice a month in the summer at Aylesford X-country course and less frequently in the winter at Pickering Grange.
Quadrille riding is a dying art, but in bygone years war battles were fought on horse back, and it was crucial to your very survival that you could ride precisely and in complete unison with others. Ceremonial duties were part of the role of cavalry men as well, and military music would often accompany a display. There were ‘quadrille conventions’ that were ‘handed down’ from one generation to the next. We have written them down and adhere to them when we ride.
The team won a pure quadrille competition at Equifest in 2019 with a huge score and we want to repeat that as soon as possible. We give displays when asked.
We love what we do and have great fun with much comradery and many friendships.
Our team’s motto is: ENJOY AND ENCOURAGE and anyone new gets a warm and supportive welcome.
The practice dates for 2021 are in the calendar section of this website, and you are welcome to try it out. To book a place or to get further information, please do contact the Team Manager, Anette Whitehouse on 07901 976905.