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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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Upcoming diary dates

3rd March                    North Warwicks Games competition only
7th March                    Triathlon – Moreton Morrell
10th March                  Area Dengie Dressage – Marchington
17th March                  Atherstone Games competition only
24th March                  Area Dengie Show Jumping – Marchington
29th – 31st March         Senior Camp for those 15 and over – contact Lindsey asap please

5th April                       Area Horse & Pony Care Competition – Atherstone
14/15th April                Dengie Championships – Addington
15th April                      National Quiz Final

6/7th May                    Our Mounted Games Competition – Shrewsbury
19th May                      Area Mounted Games Competitions

7th July                         Area Dressage Competitions – Wolverhampton Racecourse
14/15th July                  Area Tetrathlon – Ettington
21st July                       Area Eventing – Offchurch
21/22nd July               Mounted Games Zone Finals

1st August                    Area Show Jumping – Solihull
6-10th August               Pony Club Camp – Berriewood

16th September           Pony Racing Day

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Winter 2017/18 News Letter

The end of the summer, and for our Pony Club what a summer it has been.  You all seem to have been out and around doing things with the horses, competing, camp, fun-rides, and all sorts of events. I have felt very proud to know you are representatives of our Pony Club, and several new members have joined because you all seem to be having a lot of fun.  Just remember to CLEAN YOUR TACK, BOOTS ETC when you are out there competing, hunting etc. – and representing all of us.

At this time of year a lot of the Pony Club events move indoors, and it is the time for club nights, Horse & Pony Care, and the National Quiz.  I hope some of you who have not yet been involved in anything will come along and make up teams for the National Pony Club Quiz, the Horse & Pony Care competition, maybe Triathlon – no riding involved, just shooting, running and swimming – helping out with the hunt Carol service (I need 6 lesson readers) and the trip to Liverpool Horse show at Christmas. You see, you don’t need a brilliant pony to join in with things.

There will also be dressage, games and show-jumping training continuing throughout the winter, with a couple of rallies at Bow House – weather permitting.  Any of you can come along to the dressage and show-jumping.  It really doesn’t matter what level you are at, it’s all about trying it out. However, the Pony Club Dengie Show-Jumping and Dressage competitions will be taking place over the winter, with the finals in the spring, if you want something to aim for.

Games practices are for those who are under 16 on the first January, with a pony 14.2 and under, and again it doesn’t matter if you haven’t done any before.  There will also be a mini-junior team a bit later on, with leading reins allowed – probably about March to start – to take part in our own Mounted Games competition in May.

We are hoping to put together some teams for the Triathlon competitions in January and February.  This is a good thing to try if you are not sure how well your pony jumps, as the ponies are not involved.  It’s only shooting (or throwing beanbags for the under 8s), swimming and running, and the best bit – your parents can make up teams as well, which is either very entertaining  for the Pony Club members to watch, or hideously embarrassing. If you fancy “having a go” and learning to shoot, contact Emma Muddiman on 07989 623121 and she will explain how to join in.

If you are new to the Pony Club, don’t forget to get your United kit from Sally Williams 01584861696. There are sweatshirts, polo-shirts, jackets and saddle cloths with the logo on.  When the weather improves in the spring you are allowed to wear the polo-shirts to rallies and camp, instead of shirts and ties. It is nice to look smart without having to wear jacket and tie.  Our members are our advert for the Pony Club, and have a reputation for being friendly and having fun – but not, unfortunately, for being the cleanest (see first paragraph). This is going to change, And I can already feel myself becoming unpopular – be warned!

Christmas party for the little ones on December 10th – please come along, and they can always bring a friend if they want, run this year by Terri and Sarah at the 3 Tuns, Bishops Castle.  AGM and prize-giving on January 7th at Norbury Village Hall.  This is where we give out all awards, and badges, so come along – with a plate of food for the buffet, and meet everyone else and take part – you may be in line for a Pony Club trophy.

The Ball is taking place on February 3rd at Walcot Hall.  The tickets are out soon, so if you want any, contact Sally Williams. A few teething problems from last year will be ironed out – so the theme doesn’t have to be “Polar Expeditions”!

Next spring there will be a senior camp for older members and their bigger horses. Probably 2 days.   If anyone’s interested can they let me or Beccy know, as it needs to be booked quite soon, and I would like to have an idea of how many would like to go?

Any problems or queries, please don’t be afraid to ask for help.  That’s what being in the Pony Club is all about.  From transport problems, to lame ponies, tack problems, clipping, loading etc. there will be someone who is able to help.  If you don’t know who to approach, just ask myself, Sally or Beccy – or any one of the parents around and I am sure there will be help offered.



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