The Objectives of The Pony Club

  • to encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding
  • to give instruction in riding and horsemastership and to educate Members to look after and to take proper care of their animal
  • to promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self-discipline
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July Newsletter

Hi All

It’s that time again for the Newsletter and Programme.

First of all, I would like to start with a reminder that when coming to any rallies or training you should be wearing either your PC sweatshirt or Polo shirt, absolutely NO HOODIES OR COATS WITH HOODS OUT. Also, a reminder to please help instructors by poo picking arenas and car park. As I have said before if we get charged by Caroline for not cleaning up we will have to pass this cost on to you.

On a better note we have had a lot going on over the last few months once the equine flu cleared up, including Day rallies, Le Trec, a Clinic, Mounted Games, Cross Country, the list goes on! We’ve also got a number of new instructors who you’ll start meeting at rallies. A couple are more experienced and a couple are junior instructors. All are lovely and are good at what they do so please make them welcome.

I would like to say a massive thank you to all those that helped at the 2-Day Mounted Games Competition. It is our major fund raiser for the year and we could not do it without you. The money raised goes towards subsidising camp, rallies, training sessions, club nights and Area Competitions entry fees. If your children are attending any of these then you are benefiting from the fundraising so PLEASE DO COME AND HELP.

There have been a lot of requests for a BEACH RIDE at Ynyslas this year so it is being organised for 14th July by Sarah Brown. Please contact her for more details (sarzie-18@hotmail.com), and book in on the booking form so we have a rough idea of numbers. The tides couldn’t be more perfect so arriving around 11am, there will be a slow ride in the morning and for those who want to, a faster ride in the afternoon. We need a couple of adults on horses to chaperone please so any volunteers would be welcomed!! Weather permitting, there will be a BBQ so please bring something to put on it, and then the day will be finished with cake.

We are very lucky to have been invited to two activities organised by the United Pack Hunt. These are first a chance in July to go out on hound exercise on bikes, followed by a BBQ at the Kennels. Sadly you have to be at least 8 years old to do this – but you can come to the BBQ however old you are. And second, a morning in August either hound exercising, or a Pony Club members only mini Autumn Hunting morning. Grown-ups are only allowed if they are chaperoning PC members!

We are now looking forward to the upcoming Area Competitions (Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage) and then Camp in August. There’s a lot being planned for camp so please get your forms to me as soon as possible so we make sure we have enough instructors, unicorns, blindfolds etc.

From July the booking forms need to be sent to Nicola Fitter whose details can be found at the top of this newsletter and on the booking forms. She can only be contacted through email or snail-mail, not Facebook messenger as she doesn’t use it.

Our Treasurer Canty Williams sadly feels that the time has come for her to step down. The Branch thanks her very much for everything she has done for us, and welcomes Louise Watney who has offered to take her place. She should be contacted about all requests for paying for rallies etc by BACS.

Finally a BIG congratulations to Jess Clarke and Philip Watney who have been selected to play in the PC Home international Polocrosse tournament. Jess will be representing Wales and Philip will be representing Scotland. We will be waiting to hear how they get on, Watch This Space…

Looking forward to see as many of you as possible at Camp.

Sally

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July 2019 Programme

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Report on our activities in Spring 2019

Day Rallies
We had a fab day rally at Ferney Hall at Onibury by kind permission of the Fitzwilliam-Lay family. The weather was scorching and fun was had with a picnic, pairs jumping, an Easter Egg hunt and a (voluntary) race. We’ve been invited back so are looking forward to holding another one there.

The half term day rally wasn’t so lucky with the weather sadly. We got a little damp in the morning but everyone enjoyed themselves messing around in the river, were competitive with a scavenger hunt and of course finished with another (voluntary) race. The rally was kindly hosted by Huffer family who are happy to have us back in the future.

Clinic – Dressage & Show Jumping
We ran our first clinic at Easter for both Dressage & Show Jumping with Richard Hayward and Ben McClumpha. It was rather a chilly day but everyone who came enjoyed the sessions and showed big improvements in both horse and rider performance. We are hoping to run more of these in the future so please let me or Beccy know if there any coaches you would like us to try and book. It would have been nice to see more of our members on the day as many of the places were taken up by other branch and riding club members. This is a great opportunity for fantastic coaching at unbeatable prices.

2 Day Games Competition
What a brilliant competition this year. We had lovely weather for the weekend and around 44 teams took part including a couple of teams from Ireland. There was a lovely friendly atmosphere, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Area Horse and Pony Care Competitions
We took 2 teams to the Atherstone this year to compete in the Area HPC competition – a Mini (under 10years) and a junior (under 13yrs). Both teams were very inexperienced but came a creditable 16th out of 20+ teams and were complimented on their teamwork and how well they worked around the ponies. Now looking forward to next year with training starting in October.

Area Mounted Games Competitions
We had 2 teams competing at the Area games competition this year, one junior and one senior. Both teams rode well with tough competition from some strong branches. The seniors came 4th, just missing out on Zone qualification with the juniors coming 5th. Good riding from all involved with lots to aim for next year.

The Shropshire County Show
We were asked by the County Show Team to put on a display in the main ring for the show. We decided to do a games competition and invited 4 other teams to join us, who were Flint and Denbigh, Wynnstay (WWW), North Shropshire and the Rockwood Harriers, who brilliantly came all the way from Yorkshire. Whilst we did some of the regular games we also did some of the more unusual ones like the Big Sack Race (the whole team in one sack, which the United need to practice…a lot!!) and the Balloon Race (involving popping balloons from your pony) which added to the excitement level for both the competitors as well as the audience. We’re very grateful that we were asked to organise it and hopefully we can do it again next year as this was a great showcase for both the United Pack and the Pony Club as a whole.

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Exhibition Mounted Games at Shropshire County Show

25th May 2019 saw a thrilling, high-speed exhibition of mounted games from the United Pack Seniors at the Shropshire County Show!

“We are delighted that the Shropshire County Show invited us to organise the opening show in the main arena.” said Sally Williams DC of the United Pack Pony Club. They were joined for a sensation display of mounted games by 4 more Pony Clubs.

County Show crowds cheered on, as the teenagers and ponies from Flint and Denbigh, North Shropshire, Rockwood Harriers, United Pack and Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Pony Clubs battle their way through 10 fiercely competitive races in the morning and 6 more nail-biting clashes in the afternoon.

United Pack lead the way through the morning until a calamitous Big Sack Race saw their lead evaporate. The ponies waited obediently at one end of the arena whilst their exhausted jockies tried to coordinate jumping inside a one-tonne bag to get home. Commentator, Christine Perkins declared over the speaker that the United Pack looked like something from Brexit, with nobody able to co-ordinate a decision to move forward!

Rebuilding team morale over lunch, United Pack came back with a strong performance in the afternoon. The final results of the day saw a clear win for WWW. Congratulations! With Yorkshire based Rockwood Harries in 2nd.

1st: Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Pony Club with 79 points
2nd Rockwood Harriers with 55 points
3rd United Pack with 54 points
4th Flint and Denbigh with 41
And North Shropshire in 5th place with 26

Well done to everyone that took part! And a huge thank you to the teams from Flint and Denbigh, North Shropshire, Rockwood Harriers and Sir Watkin Williams Wynn Pony Clubs for supporting the even!

 

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Road Rider Training and Test

<<<<<The road rider (RR) training and test are having to move to Friday 8th, 15th & 22nd Feb due to cross bookings with venues. Apologies. This is open to anyone who is  10yrs + .>>>>>

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