By the time you all get this newsletter, camp will have been and gone. The Championships will have been and gone, and maybe even the Regional Championships. Let’s hope we are all thinking how well it all went. We have competitors who have qualified for both Championships, so I am still thinking “good luck” to the polocrosse teams, the Musical ride, Megan Williams and Alice Leeke in the Individual show-jumping competitions, and our Eventing team at the Regional Championships.
I would also like to say how well our boys – Philip Watney and Charlie Evans – did at the Polocrosse Home International, riding for Wales. Their team won the Mini section, although Wales was second overall. We can be really proud of them.
As the autumn gets under way, the rallies will begin again at Bow House. They will only be taking place in September as it will be too dark after that for rallies. I know Nicola will be putting on some dressage training over the winter – and there will possibly be some show-jumping as well – so look out for any details in emails or on Facebook. There are always one or two rallies per month on a weekend afternoon, but not at Bow House as their show-jumping weekends will be starting up. We are going to try some other places, so there will be a chance to go somewhere else for a change.
The club nights will be starting up at The Inn on the Green on a Wednesday evening. For those that haven’t been before, it is at these evenings that you learn stable management, theory, and do various other activities for badges, and work towards the D, D+, C and C+ tests – not forgetting the Pony Club Quiz. There will be sessions for all ages, from the smallest upwards, and the parents have a chance to get together, and have a bar snack while they are waiting.
There will also be the Halloween Games at Berriewood for the smaller ones, with fancy dress and lots of ghostly fun. You can bring your friends to that if you want to, with their ponies, as we invite other Pony Club Branches to come along and join in.
There will be a couple of Children’s Meets – and other various meets over the winter that will be suitable for pony club members, but it is a bit early to know the dates for them. Again, keep your eyes open for information on Facebook and in emails.
Lastly, I know this newsletter only goes up to end of November, but I want to give you a heads-up for a few things happening later.
We will be providing a choir for the Hunt Carol Service at Moore church again at the beginning of December, and the smaller ones’ Christmas party will be on December 10th in Bishops Castle. Also, there will be the Parents’ Dinner at the Inn on the Green (sorted by Louise Tomkins) – and last but not least, the Pony Club Ball at Walcot Hall on Feb 10.
So, lots to look forward to, and there are the Dengie Pony Club show-jumping and dressage qualifier competitions going on during winter, as well as inter-pony club team show jumping ones, which I am sure lots of you will do.