DC’s Summer News Letter 2018

June/July and August are always busy months for the Pony Club.  Everyone is out and about competing, out on fun rides or just generally hacking out because the weather is so nice (We hope).

On a separate sheet we have listed quite a few of the fun rides, shows and other competitions round about, and some of the bigger shows that we send our show-jumping teams to. (Click here to download a list of lots of local competitions)  There are also other things happening. For example the trip to the coast, where we have to gather at Ynys-las at 12 o’clock – have a sensible fairly slow ride on the beach, all have a BBQ, then split into those who want to gallop on the sand and those who don’t.  If the weather is good then it’s a nice day out for all the family.  However, if the weather forecast is really dreadful then we will postpone the trip until another time.

Practices for the Musical Ride and polocrosse will start from May, and we will be looking towards the Championships in August to put on a good performance. Do not volunteer for anything that is going to take place at the Championships if you are away at that time.  Those who want to be part of the Musical Ride have to be available for the practices, the Flower Show and the Championships. It is difficult to practise a musical ride without everybody present, so be prepared to make the effort to attend.

The same with polocrosse.  Do not expect to be part of the polocrosse squad at the Championships if you do not attend the practices, and attend 3 rallies to qualify polocrosse horse and rider.  I have to sign the entry forms for everyone to go to all Area competitions and the Championships, and this year the organisers are going to be strict, so I am not prepared to permit you to go, if you have not qualified at the rallies.

In June we are running a Dressage Competition ON GRASS at Berriewood.  This is open to everyone from lead rein upwards and will be a good practice for anyone doing any eventing as well as the Area Dressage or Area Eventing competitions.  We shall be asking for some volunteers to help run it.

Click here for more information about the Summer Dressage Competition

Also, from this year, you have to have your pony’s passport and up to date vaccination certificate available at the tack check for all Area and Championship events. This will probably include the Musical Ride so be prepared.

We are starting to organise Camp for this year.  If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask.  If a question needs to be asked, then it isn’t a daft question – however small the query, then don’t be afraid to ask.  What we would like, is the names of anyone who is thinking of coming, as a vague idea of numbers helps us to organise instructors, food etc.  Just a name for now, if you are thinking of coming. Don’t forget to get your Pony Club polo shirts from Sally Williams.  You can wear these at camp – there are both short and long-sleeved ones available to buy, as well as United Pack jackets, sweatshirts, and saddle cloths.

If you feel that you don’t want to come to Camp, and are one of the older ones, then come along and help. It all helps towards your Duke of Edinburgh award, or the YELA Award.

Some ponies can live out at Berriewood as we have the use of several paddocks – same price though, as they also have a stable to come into during the day.

Let me finish on my usual note. When out and about, remember that you are representing your Pony Club.  No dirty boots – no dirty bits and tack – or dirty ponies. I know I keep going on about it, but let’s try and change the reputation that we have for being a bit rough round the edges – down from the hills but bringing them with us wherever we go. If anyone is interested in joining, they often come along to a rally to see what goes on. Even though we have the reputation for being happy and friendly, it helps if you wear your Pony Club sweatshirt and SOME of the mud is scraped off. Remember, not everyone is as lucky as you, so if anyone does want to ask questions about your ponies, or the Pony Club, take the time to answer them.

Let’s all have a good summer – lots of success and lots of fun.

Lindsey Cartwright DC


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Summer Dressage Competition – on grass

at Berriewood Farm, Condover, Shrewsbury. SY5 7NN

on Saturday 23rd June 2018

Classes from lead rein upwards, Rosettes to 6th Place and a special award to the highest placed United Pack Pony Club member.
Classes £12 each (UPPC members receive a £2 discount per class entered)
Click here to download the schedule and booking information

Click here to enter via Horse Monkey

Weather permitting, all classes will be held on grass providing a brilliant opportunity to to have some fun with dressage in a relaxed atmosphere or get some competition practice in for other dressage competitions held on grass such as the Pony Club area competitions or eventing.

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June 2018 Programme

United Pack Pony Club June Programme

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July 2018 Programme

United Pack Pony Club July 2018 ProgrammeClick here to download the booking form (pdf)

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August 2018 Programme

United Pack Pony Club August 2018 Programm

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Programme March 2018

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Programme April 2018

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Programme May 2018

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DCs Newsletter March 2018

DCs Newsletter March 2018

The end of this winter is in sight, although as I write this it is sleeting and horrible outside, but we have a lot to look forward to as the evenings get lighter and the weather gets warmer.

The rallies will be starting at Bow House from the last Wednesday in March, and there will be a bit of a change for the smallest group. They will be concentrating on HAVING FUN rather than serious learning, with a reduced cost of £5 only, and they will be doing an hour. They will still be learning, but probably won’t realise it. Remember that you need to attend three rallies to qualify for any Area team, and don’t forget that you must have paid your subscription by the end of February to be eligible to ride in an Area team.

WE have a lot of good jumping competitions to send teams to this year- Chatsworth, Nantwich, Cheshire, Gatcombe, Flower show, Blenheim: so all of you who are interested please take note of the show-jumping practises. While it is not compulsory to come to everything, obviously priority will be given to those members who come to practises, and who we have seen jumping. There are also competitions for those whose pony won’t jump more than 80cm, and the inter Pony Club jumping competitions have classes for smaller riders, starting at 60cm. So classes for everyone who wants to have a go.

WE have arranged a 3 day course at Lincomb for older riders on bigger horses – 30th/31st March/1st April . This is open to those aged 15 and above. Beccy will not be there, so good top instructors have been booked for the 3 days. It includes 2 nights stabling and 3 days instruction, plus meals and camping. There is a sleeping pod that sleeps 10 which we have booked. Cost £185. I have not done a booking form, so please book it through Sally Williams – remember your horse will need his vaccination certificate, and I will get back to you with further details nearer the time.

For the younger ones we have the Easter Egg hunt at the rally on Wednesday 4th April- plus the decorated hat competition (not compulsory), and the musical ride preparations get under way at the end of May. We have not yet fully decided on a theme, and there will probably be a couple of practices on foot before we get outside. The ride will do a demonstration at Shrewsbury Flower show, in the main ring, which is exciting for everyone, not least because you all park with the International show-jumpers.

Another thing to try is Polocrosse. WE seem to have got quite successful at this, winning 2 classes at the National Pony Club championships. However, you can start having a go from very small, and whether or not you have tried anything like it all. Just keep an eye on our Facebook page, or emails, and if you have any questions about it ring Emma Muddiman on: 07989 623121

If you are quite new, or on a new pony, try and get to as many rallies as you can. Not only will you improve in all ways, but the parents can have a chance to meet others, and have any questions answered, and you can meet other members like yourself, who you can make friends with. I HAVE noticed that all our members seem to be looking a bit smarter than they were, but don’t forget to wear your pony club sweatshirt to rallies, and that you will need a body protector if you want to go out on the cross-country course. Make sure it is BETA 2009 Level 3 standard.

Our Mounted Games Competition, in May, makes enough money to run our pony club for the year. This means it is for everyone to help in some way, as the money raised goes towards rallies, camp, our own insurance, kit for various disciplines (like shirts and saddlecloths for the polocrosse team – skins for the eventing team) BBQ at the beach ride, costumes for the musical ride, and the entry fee for the various Pony Club Competitions. Last year, the entry fees alone were over £1500. So make the effort to come and help over the May bank holiday weekend. No experience of games necessary. It is actually good fun to camp with the other Pony Club members, and get stuck in with the arena party. We normally get about 50 teams from other Pony Clubs, all camping together – as I write this, we have 2 booked in from Essex, 4 from South Wales, and 5 from Southern Ireland, amongst others. To ask about helping ring Louise Watney on: 01588 650668.

Don’t forget we have our Horse & Pony Care training going on at the moment. If you want to attend these dismounted sessions, and maybe make up a team for the National competition, ring Beccy Fitter on: 07714 981606. Beccy is our Chief Instructor and is there to help out with any pony problems – to help sort out any ponies with problems, to help you find or sell a pony, or just to point you in the direction of who to ask next. She’ll be so pleased I put that in!!! The point is, we are all there to help. So however trivial a problem may seem, ask us, and we will see what we can do. That is what the Pony Club is for.

Lindsey Cartwright DC

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*** United Pack Pony Club Ball ***

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