Meet the Committee

The 2023 Committee

Chair Vicky Franklin
Vice Chair  & Show Secretary Di Dancer
Flatwork Training with Sophie Cox & SJ Training with Pat Crann Deb Griffith
Dressage Training with Nicki Southall Jacqui Preece (Dancer)
Area & Mercian Team Manager & Mounted Games Kate Griffith
SJ Training & Camp Manager Nicky Lord
Ad Hoc & Special Training Rachael Freemantle
Treasurer Jackie Hopkins
Education Marg Mitchell
Area & Mercian Leah Tolley
Membership Secretary, Website & E-Riders Helen Grove
Contact email for all committee members:

Vicky Franklin – Chair

I’ve been riding for over 50 years and I still consider myself an apprentice !  I’ve evented to BE Novice and had a go at BSJA, but much prefer the training and work involved in dressage, so we are spending most of our time within white boards !   I’ve tried most things with my horses – barefoot, bitless, treeless, stabled, paddock paradise, rugged, naked (horse, not me) and am happy to report that I am still learning !!  I really  enjoy the challenge of being Chair of the BBC and maintaining the lovely friendly, and supportive environment – not only towards members but also towards fellow clubs – that makes this club second to none.

Mobile: 07376 750 987

Di Dancer – Deputy Chairperson & Dressage Show

I have had a passion for horses for the last 50 plus years.  I began riding as a child but gave up in my teens, it wasn’t until my daughter showed the same passion in horses that I took an interest once again.

I owned my first horse an Arabian Mare at the grand age of 40, however these days I just potter about on my daughters Arab mare Calli and help with her youngsters.

I became a member of Bewdley Bridle Club due to my daughter Jacqui and have been on the committee for over 7 years in numerous roles.

Mobile: 07855 067407

Debby Griffith  –  Flatwork/Poles/SJ Training

I have been a member of Bewdley Bridle club for over 5 years and been on the committee for most of that time. My role on the committee is organising the Sophie Cox flatwork training and the showjumping training with Pat Crann.

Horses have been my life long passion and I very much enjoy attending training, competing and going to adult camp.

Mobile: 07813 438475

Jacqui Preece –  Dressage Training

I have owned my own horses for over 22 years and have bred a sports horse with the hope to event them in the future.  I have competed in Dressage, Showjumping, one day events and county level Showing.

I have been a member of Bewdley Bridle Club for over 10 years and have enjoyed all aspects of the club, the training on offer, camps, ability to compete in the teams and meeting new people with the same passion.

Mobile: 07855 861455

Kate Griffith – Area & Mercian Team Manager & Mounted Games

This is now my fourth year on the committee and have been a member for a few years now. I love being part of teams and have represented the club at both Mercian and Area level. I am currently the Area Team Manager, so if you would like to be on a team please get in contact, there is an event for everyone.



Nicky Lord – SJ Training & Camp Manager

 I currently own 3 horses of different ages and types, who have all attended various training sessions and with the support of the trainers have improved no end. Since being in the club my riding and confidence has improved so much and I owe this to the great (patient) trainers and the lovely friends I have made since joining.

I will be organising jumping clinics and the 2023 Camp this year.


Mobile: 07773 558 363

Racheal Freemantle – Ad Hoc Training

I have been a member since 2015 and was lucky enough to attend the first ever BBC camp, I’ve also attended SJ and flatwork clinics, ridden on the drill rides and competed at Mercian level for the club with my Connemara gelding Barney.

Due to work and family commitments, I will be stepping back from organising regular clinics…..but will organise the occasional special clinic, so keep your eye on the events calendar.

Jackie Hopkins – Treasurer

I fell in love with horses as a teenager and after a long break, pursued my passion as an adult. After many years supporting a competitive daughter, I bought a horse for me in 2018. He’s given me the confidence to have a go at most things and I joined Bewdley Bridle Club in 2020 to make use of the training on offer. Since then we’ve competed on Mercian teams across all disciplines and Mounted Games. 


Marg Mitchell – Education

Always bonkers about horses as a child, Marg finally pursued her dream and trained with Mary Wanless, Ride With Your Mind guru to become an accredited coach. Marg became aware of Mary Wanless in the early 90’s and consistently trained with her, whilst pursuing a career in a totally different field.  Years earlier, she did a residential course at the Yorkshire Riding Centre run by Jane Bartle where she gained her Stage 3 Ridden & Stable Management qualifications.
Now happily employed as a freelance Rider Biomechanics Coach she helps riders make improvements to themselves and their horses.
Her role with the BBC is to set up Educational demos and webinars for members to offer new insights and ideas to help them with their riding.

Helen Grove – Membership Secretary, Website and E-Riders

Veteran rider with veteran horse. I love dressage and fun rides, but also dabble in showjumping and cross country. I’m a big fan of online competitions and am taking part in the E-Riders Riding Club League riding in the Novice and Elementary classes. The team is doing very well and running 2nd in the Winter League currently – I hope you will consider joining in throughout 2023. 

Mobile: 07484 881347