About Offa's Dyke GroupOffa's Dyke Group 20th Birthday Pig Roast party

Offa’s Dyke is a long established group. In fact we celebrated our 20th birthday year in 2007 with a fabulous ‘Pig Roast’ social evening.  The group originally started in Monmouth and took its name from ‘Offa’s Dyke’, which was built to divide England & Wales.  It covers the area either side of the Dyke and also Herefordshire and parts of Gloucestershire.  Anyone, in any location, can choose to become a member of Offa’s Dyke Group and non members are also welcome at all our locally organised Fun Rides.

We are a very friendly group with members of all ages and levels from beginners to advanced level.  We are lucky to have quite a few riders of international experience in our group.  They all started as complete beginners and are very willing to pass on their knowledge to us all.

Offa's Dyke 20th Birthday Party pig roastAs well as rides, we also organise training and social events throughout the year. (see Rides and Events page for details).  Our members can use their trophy card to collect points throughout the season towards the group’s annual rosettes and trophies (see ‘Annual Awards’ for what you can win).  These are presented at our end of the season Annual Meeting & Award Evening, which is always great fun and a lovely way to catch up with everyone without a sweaty horse in tow!

What we do:

Rides

Riders return from a beautiful ride at Blaenavon 2008Each year we organise a number of rides beginning with our ‘Christmas Cracker’ ride to bring in the New Year with minced pies and mulled wine to finish!  We go on to organise a range of EGB rides, from Fun (Pleasure) Rides to Graded Endurance Rides.
 
All of our rides and events are run on a voluntary basis and rely on lots of helpers.  This can be great fun and a good way to make friends and pick up tips on endurance. 

If you can help in any way, please let us know.  To find out more about helping out, and see what sort of the jobs you can do please see the Getting Started/Getting Involved page.

Training events

We organise a range of training events throughout the year, including the winter months, when there aren’t many rides to go to.  Each year we hold:

Our plans for the winter of 2013/2014 are being developed and if you have any suggestions and can recommend a speaker, please let us know.

Offa's Dyke riders enjoy a lesson with Carol Broad FBHS at Carodoc For more information, reports and photos on training events please see the News/Training page. Also some training notes from previous events are available on the News/Archive of Articles page.  These include all sorts of useful information e.g. items on getting started, crewing, vet-gate procedures and also a ride time calculator for working out riding times to checkpoints.  If you have any useful information like this to share with the group, please let us know.   Contact

Social events

Offa’s Dyke is a very friendly group and we do enjoy getting together for a social evening.  We cover a fairly large area, so try to move around and meet in different places.  We’re always on the lookout for new pubs to try.  For the winter meetings with guest speakers, it would be especially useful to find a good pub with a meeting room.  If you can recommend a pub, or have any other suggestions for social events, please let us know.  Contact

Newsletter

We also publish a newsletter 4 times a year with information about all our rides and events as well as informative articles and ride reports by members.  Contributions for the newsletter and website are all very gratefully received.  Offa’s Dyke members can also advertise in the newsletter free of charge.  It can be sent by post or email - free to members and associate members.  Non members can subscribe for £5 per year (subscription form).  The two most recent newsletters may be downloaded free from the web-site .
 

Who can enjoy Offa’s Dyke Group?

If you join EGB as a full member and live in our area, you will automatically be allocated to our group, but you can ask to become a member of whichever group you like and the EGB office will change you over.  You can only be a member of one group and collect trophy points for their annual awards.
 
You don’t have to be a member of EGB to enjoy our rides.  Non members are welcome to come along and do a fun or pleasure ride.  You just pay an additional £8 per entry for ‘Temporary Day Membership’ to cover EGB insurance for the day.
 
Alternatively, you can join Offa’s Dyke Group as an Associate Member.  This is excellent value for money with lots of benefits and is a great way to see if Endurance is for you.  If you find you really enjoy it and decide to become a full member of Endurance GB– then you also get discount off the joining fee!
 
If you are new to endurance please look in the ‘Getting Started’ section of this website for more information.