During the last year the United Pack Pony Club has been growing in numbers. This is contrary to the trend throughout the country. We’ve had quite a few transfers in from neighbouring pony clubs to ours – Tanatside, Teme Valley, South Shropshire and North Shropshire. We’re told this is because we put on a comprehensive programme of events for all members across many disciplines – from the smallest to the oldest.
Over last winter we applied for, and got, a grant of £8500 to buy show jumps and a jump trailer. With these we have been able to push our members to attempt a much higher standard in jumping. And also in eventing.
The results have been good. We have had 9 members qualify for various finals from the Area Show-jumping; a win and 2 seconds at the Area eventing. 3rd place at Shrewsbury Flower Show and have been asked by the West Mid Show to put on a show-jumping competition there next year. We have had teams competing at Gatcome International Horse trials, and also at Blenheim. Next year we have been asked to send teams to Cheshire and Nantwich Shows – where there is an invited Pony Club Challenge.
Other teams have also been doing well. We had 10 competing at the Polocrosse Championships, with 3 seconds, one third and Jess Clarke winning “man of the match”
The Junior mounted games team also qualified for the Championships, which gave us a total of 34 entrants in the Championships, with the Musical Ride entry of 10. The Musical ride also performed at the Shrewsbury Flower show,in front of 10,000 people. Not bad for our little riders – some of which are only 6.
Pony club camp was a great success, with 54 attending over the week. Out of a total of 65 members this is great, as it shows we must be doing something right.
We also won the Area 7 round of the National Pony Club quiz – came 7th in the final, and came 3rd in the Horse & Pony care Area trials, which we had to run ourselves.
Our rallies are scaling down now, with the start of our club nights at the Inn on the Green, but I hope to encourage all the members to hunt over the winter, and could do with a piece either on Facebook or the website to inspire them to come out for the first time.
Lindsey Cartwright DC