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.
PS REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR BOOKING FORMS TO SALLY WILLIAMS