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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