The Club registers as a company with Companies House. Begins as a company on paper only to take advantage of current VAT legislation. Board of directors consists of directors of profit making parent company. Sally begins work as a training student at the parent company.

1993

The Club continues to run as a company, however, membership is now offered to regular riders as a way to save if riding frequently.

1994

Membership slowly increases, although it is still not a requirement. Sally completes BHS PTT and becomes a junior instructor.

1995

The Club begins to restructure due to changes in VAT legislation. A new board of directors (including Sally) is voted on as no parent company directors are now permitted to be on the board of a non-profit making company. Although unaware of it at the time, this is the start of the Club taking on a separate identity and moving away from the parent company.

Members: 30-50

1996

The board of directors discuss the Club becoming a true non-profit making members club. This is driven fairly hard by Sally who has a huge belief in making riding more affordable for all. At this point it is still a pipe dream as the company is not financially viable and still relies heavily on the parent company to provide horses/tack and facilities.

Members: 50-70

Turnover: £120,000

1997

The board of directors begins to develop the club mentality by offering educational club nights for members, investing heavily in staff training and drawing up future plans for the company. The year 2000 ends with Sally passing her BHS Stage 4 and being appointed Club Manager. She now works fully for the club rather than the parent company. Sally is tasked with turning around the company finances as it has been in a loss-making position since it began.

Members: 70-100

Turnover: £150,000

Assets Purchased: 2 saddles.

1998 - 2000

The Club makes the monumental decision to relocate after it receives a resounding 80% agreement from its surveyed membership base. This involves moving to the new premises at Oldfold Farm, decising on the new company name of Aberdeen Riding Club and designing a new logo for the company. ARC goes on to amalgamate with a smaller existing riding school at Oldfold and successfully retains its membership base on relocation.

The Club also unveils a new management system (including health and safety policies) which is believed to be unique within the horse industry in Scotland. Sally gains her BHS Stable Managers’ qualification.

Members: 180

Turnover: £180,000

Assets Purchased: 1 arena leveller; 1 set of showjumps.

2003

The Club gains BHS “Where to Ride” approval and successfully tenders to provide the riding facility for Aberdeen College Horse Management Course. This is a great achievement for the Club as it is the first time the horse management course has changed providers since the course began.

Members: 200

Turnover: £200,000

Assets Purchased: computer; new logo; company name.

2004

The company has a quiet 2005 settling into the new premises and is then given a golden opportunity in 2006 to secure the lease at Oldfold Farm in their own name. By the end of 2006 the Club has signed a lengthy lease, has purchased its own horses and equipment and is now truly an independent company that is in control of its own future and can start to implement many schemes to reduce the cost of riding and training.

Members: 250

Turnover: £230,000

Assets Purchased: 20 horses/ponies; 20 sets of tack; 1 tractor; 1 fuel tank; 35 outdoor rugs.

2005 - 2006

The Club applies for and is granted £10000 from a sports’ trust, which is used to put in a new all-weather outdoor arena. The Club gains Pony Club, ABRS and the prestigious BHS “Where to Train” approval. This year the Club is also approached by Robert Gordon University to become a provider of their riding instruction, which is the start of a great relationship with the university.

The Club is delighted to offer to become the new facility for the Riding for the Disabled (RDA Aberdeen) group. It allows the Club the opportunity to heavily subsidise the horse hire costs to such a great charity.

Members: 300

Turnover: £240,000

Assets Purchased: New arena surface; toilet building; 3 competition level horses for staff training and advanced lessons.

2007

The Club reaches a milestone in funding the 100th exam for a student. The year the Club gains rates relief from Aberdeen City Council due to non-profit making status. The first Club foal is born (Aria). New staff caravan accommodation is sourced and the Club makes its first own haylage crop.

Members: 350

Turnover: £250,000

Assets Purchased: 2 saddles; 4 horses.

2008

The Club becomes a BHS approved livery yard as well as riding school. £3500 worth of work is carried out to field drains and drainage in the sand paddock is improved. The Club makes 200 bales of haylage. It is decided that the Club will form a members’ committee. The whole yard is repainted and some new surface is put down in the big school. The assessment system is revamped. The Club gains 75% rates relief from Aberdeen City Council.

Members: 390

Turnover: £298,000

Assets Purchased: 1 horse; 3 saddles.

2009

The Club gains “highly commended” status in the BHS inspection and an excellent report from the council inspection. The Club starts to provide some free riding/stable management for local charities and young people who benefit from it. The X-Country course is designed for use by members and “bumps” and a X-country bank are built for extra jumping schooling.

Members: 450

Turnover: £330,000

Assets Purchased: X-Country course; full set of showjumps.

2011

The Club is awarded “outstanding performance” for riding school and livery yard by the BHS. We believe we are the only riding school and livery yard combination to be awarded this honour in the North East of Scotland, possibly even throughout the whole of Scotland. The council and veterinary inspections of the club’s annual licence also notes us as “outstanding”.

Members: 450

Turnover: £330,000

Assets Purchased: New rugs for ever school horse/pony; shower bay for livery yard; 2 horses Koko and Henry; ownership of 2 livery horses – Boyo and Yogi.

2012

The Club celebrates the ten-year anniversary of moving to Oldfold Farm and hosts a very successful two-day anniversary show in August.  The Club donates £1700 of entry fees and donations from the show to Aberdeen RDA.  As part of the ten-year celebrations, the Club provides horse hire free for six months to the RDA group and free riding for children attending through the “Befriend-a-Child” charity.

Members: 450

Turnover: £350,000

Assets Purchased: 3 horses, Jaffa Cake, Kevin and Steady Neddy

2013

The Club found a new farm, negotiated and signed a new twenty-five-year lease. The Club took on ten additional livery horses and purchased four new saddles for the riding school. This year Sid receives a trophy after being voted “Animal Hero of the Year” as part of the RBS – Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes awards.

Members: 450

Turnover: £350,000

Assets Purchased: 4 saddles; 1 horse, Cracker.

2014

The Club achieves planning permission for a new facility at Nether Anguston Farm and begins fundraising in earnest. No big assets are purchased in 2015 as the Club has to finance the planning application (£21000) and associated professional fees. As part of the Club’s fundraising efforts, in December 2015, ARC hosts a “Pony Pantomime” version of Cinderella with a relocation-themed twist.

Members: 450

Turnover: £360,000

Assets Purchased: 1 horse, Tess.

2015

ARC is granted £200,000 following a lottery application but respectfully turns this down due to having new investors in the project at Nether Anguston. Later this year ground is broken at Nether Anguston Farm and building works begin for the new ARC facility. Fundraising efforts continue within the Club and ARC hosts a successful Race Night, “Strictly-Come-Prancing” dressage event and summer show. A few of our members and staff were sponsored to participate in “Glack-Attack-Halloween”, a five kilometre nightime obstacle run.

Members: 400

Turnover: £380,000

Assets Purchased: 1 horse, Betsy.

2016

The club moves to the new facility at Nether Anguston – the end result of years of hard work. This is an unprecedented move for a not for profit organization in equestrianism. The club is “highly commended” by the British Horse Society and gains its RDA Accessibility Centre Mark. Members fundraising over the last 2 years now tops £80,000 which is a remarkable achievement for a sports club. We sign our new 25 year lease with the Trades Widows Fund of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.

Members: 400

Turnover: £430,000

Assets Purchased: 3 horses – Bertha, Harry and Secret and a set of arena eventing fences.

2017

1993

The Club registers as a company with Companies House. Begins as a company on paper only to take advantage of current VAT legislation. Board of directors consists of directors of profit making parent company. Sally begins work as a training student at the parent company.

1994

The Club continues to run as a company, however, membership is now offered to regular riders as a way to save if riding frequently.

1995

Membership slowly increases, although it is still not a requirement. Sally completes BHS PTT and becomes a junior instructor.

1996

The Club begins to restructure due to changes in VAT legislation. A new board of directors (including Sally) is voted on as no parent company directors are now permitted to be on the board of a non-profit making company. Although unaware of it at the time, this is the start of the Club taking on a separate identity and moving away from the parent company.

Members: 30-50

1997

The board of directors discuss the Club becoming a true non-profit making members club. This is driven fairly hard by Sally who has a huge belief in making riding more affordable for all. At this point it is still a pipe dream as the company is not financially viable and still relies heavily on the parent company to provide horses/tack and facilities.

Members: 50-70

Turnover: £120,000

1998 - 2000

The board of directors begins to develop the club mentality by offering educational club nights for members, investing heavily in staff training and drawing up future plans for the company. The year 2000 ends with Sally passing her BHS Stage 4 and being appointed Club Manager. She now works fully for the club rather than the parent company. Sally is tasked with turning around the company finances as it has been in a loss-making position since it began.

Members: 70-100

Turnover: £150,000

Assets Purchased: 2 saddles.

2003

The Club makes the monumental decision to relocate after it receives a resounding 80% agreement from its surveyed membership base. This involves moving to the new premises at Oldfold Farm, decising on the new company name of Aberdeen Riding Club and designing a new logo for the company. ARC goes on to amalgamate with a smaller existing riding school at Oldfold and successfully retains its membership base on relocation.

The Club also unveils a new management system (including health and safety policies) which is believed to be unique within the horse industry in Scotland. Sally gains her BHS Stable Managers’ qualification.

Members: 180

Turnover: £180,000

Assets Purchased: 1 arena leveller; 1 set of showjumps.

2004

The Club gains BHS “Where to Ride” approval and successfully tenders to provide the riding facility for Aberdeen College Horse Management Course. This is a great achievement for the Club as it is the first time the horse management course has changed providers since the course began.

Members: 200

Turnover: £200,000

Assets Purchased: computer; new logo; company name.

2005 - 2006

The company has a quiet 2005 settling into the new premises and is then given a golden opportunity in 2006 to secure the lease at Oldfold Farm in their own name. By the end of 2006 the Club has signed a lengthy lease, has purchased its own horses and equipment and is now truly an independent company that is in control of its own future and can start to implement many schemes to reduce the cost of riding and training.

Members: 250

Turnover: £230,000

Assets Purchased: 20 horses/ponies; 20 sets of tack; 1 tractor; 1 fuel tank; 35 outdoor rugs.

2007

The Club applies for and is granted £10000 from a sports’ trust, which is used to put in a new all-weather outdoor arena. The Club gains Pony Club, ABRS and the prestigious BHS “Where to Train” approval. This year the Club is also approached by Robert Gordon University to become a provider of their riding instruction, which is the start of a great relationship with the university.

The Club is delighted to offer to become the new facility for the Riding for the Disabled (RDA Aberdeen) group. It allows the Club the opportunity to heavily subsidise the horse hire costs to such a great charity.

Members: 300

Turnover: £240,000

Assets Purchased: New arena surface; toilet building; 3 competition level horses for staff training and advanced lessons.

2008

The Club reaches a milestone in funding the 100th exam for a student. The year the Club gains rates relief from Aberdeen City Council due to non-profit making status. The first Club foal is born (Aria). New staff caravan accommodation is sourced and the Club makes its first own haylage crop.

Members: 350

Turnover: £250,000

Assets Purchased: 2 saddles; 4 horses.

2009

The Club becomes a BHS approved livery yard as well as riding school. £3500 worth of work is carried out to field drains and drainage in the sand paddock is improved. The Club makes 200 bales of haylage. It is decided that the Club will form a members’ committee. The whole yard is repainted and some new surface is put down in the big school. The assessment system is revamped. The Club gains 75% rates relief from Aberdeen City Council.

Members: 390

Turnover: £298,000

Assets Purchased: 1 horse; 3 saddles.

2011

The Club gains “highly commended” status in the BHS inspection and an excellent report from the council inspection. The Club starts to provide some free riding/stable management for local charities and young people who benefit from it. The X-Country course is designed for use by members and “bumps” and a X-country bank are built for extra jumping schooling.

Members: 450

Turnover: £330,000

Assets Purchased: X-Country course; full set of showjumps.

2012

The Club is awarded “outstanding performance” for riding school and livery yard by the BHS. We believe we are the only riding school and livery yard combination to be awarded this honour in the North East of Scotland, possibly even throughout the whole of Scotland. The council and veterinary inspections of the club’s annual licence also notes us as “outstanding”.

Members: 450

Turnover: £330,000

Assets Purchased: New rugs for ever school horse/pony; shower bay for livery yard; 2 horses Koko and Henry; ownership of 2 livery horses – Boyo and Yogi.

2013

The Club found a new farm, negotiated and signed a new twenty-five-year lease. The Club took on ten additional livery horses and purchased four new saddles for the riding school. This year Sid receives a trophy after being voted “Animal Hero of the Year” as part of the RBS – Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes awards.

Members: 450

Turnover: £350,000

Assets Purchased: 4 saddles; 1 horse, Cracker.

2014

The Club found a new farm, negotiated and signed a new twenty-five-year lease. The Club took on ten additional livery horses and purchased four new saddles for the riding school. This year Sid receives a trophy after being voted “Animal Hero of the Year” as part of the RBS – Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes awards.

Members: 450

Turnover: £350,000

Assets Purchased: 4 saddles; 1 horse, Cracker.

2015

The Club achieves planning permission for a new facility at Nether Anguston Farm and begins fundraising in earnest. No big assets are purchased in 2015 as the Club has to finance the planning application (£21000) and associated professional fees. As part of the Club’s fundraising efforts, in December 2015, ARC hosts a “Pony Pantomime” version of Cinderella with a relocation-themed twist.

Members: 450

Turnover: £360,000

Assets Purchased: 1 horse, Tess.

2016

ARC is granted £200,000 following a lottery application but respectfully turns this down due to having new investors in the project at Nether Anguston. Later this year ground is broken at Nether Anguston Farm and building works begin for the new ARC facility. Fundraising efforts continue within the Club and ARC hosts a successful Race Night, “Strictly-Come-Prancing” dressage event and summer show. A few of our members and staff were sponsored to participate in “Glack-Attack-Halloween”, a five kilometre nightime obstacle run.

Members: 400

Turnover: £380,000

Assets Purchased: 1 horse, Betsy.

2017

The club moves to the new facility at Nether Anguston – the end result of years of hard work. This is an unprecedented move for a not for profit organization in equestrianism. The club is “highly commended” by the British Horse Society and gains its RDA Accessibility Centre Mark. Members fundraising over the last 2 years now tops £80,000 which is a remarkable achievement for a sports club. We sign our new 25 year lease with the Trades Widows Fund of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.

Members: 400

Turnover: £430,000

Assets Purchased: 3 horses – Bertha, Harry and Secret and a set of arena eventing fences.