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