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What a year!

I think we should forget the wash out summer weather, it was so unimportant when you look at all the amazing things that have happened that bring the words 'inspirational' and 'triumphant' come to mind. Firstly the brilliant Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration, which as you will see later in The Annual several Branches and Centres' really celebrated in style! This was followed by the Olympic and Paralympic Games which exceeded all our expectations in terms of organisation, atmosphere and medals; especially the equestrians, most of whom were former Pony Club Members.

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The buzz word from these events was legacy and a way forward so that the next generation should be inspired to achieve. I think you will agree that The Pony Club is proof that you are already on the way to future success. Your participation in ALL that The Pony Club has to offer, from your first rally to competing at our Championships, means you are part of this bright future.

I hope you enjoy your first digital annual and will join me in saying thank you to everyone who makes it happen.

Happy Christmas and have a brilliant 2013.

Firstly, I would like to say 'welcome' to this exciting new presentation of The Pony Club Annual.

Front leaders in Equestrian e-learning, our Media and I.T. team have gone one step further with this new initiative of developing our own online magazine.

I say front leaders, as many of you will have seen on our web site that The Pony Club recently won Best Project (not for profit sector) at the prestigious National E-Learning Awards in London, for its ongoing work on www.PonyPrep.org I know you will want to join me in congratulating the team.

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It has certainly been a year to remember with one of the worst summers on record. However in true Pony Club spirit, your Branches and Areas all pulled together to carry out your summer programmes and to enable the qualifying competitions to run so that those of you who qualified were not denied your once in a lifetime experience

Cholmondeley Castle, our new Championship home, and Musketeer Event Management did us proud and we now look forward to many more years at this magnificent venue.

The London Olympics & Paralympics have been acclaimed by many as the best ever and the medal success of the equestrian teams unprecedented with 17 of the 18 athletes taking part, bringing home medals, and 13 of them beginning their equestrian careers in The Pony Club. Of that we should be very proud. Training remains our most important objective, and it is with The Pony Club where you will receive the very best.

Taking into account the Olympic and Paralympic Games together with World and European Championships this year, our equestrians have brought home 27 Gold, 17 Silver and 12 Bronze medals, again with the majority of these riders having started life within the Branches of our organisation. A truly amazing record and an inspiration to those of you with future medal winning aspirations, but equally for those of you who want to have fun, friendship and to learn how to be safe around our four legged friends.

Enjoy your Annual!

Very Best Christmas Wishes to you all.

Meet the Pony Club team

who work at The Pony Club office, and get to know who can help you with any queries you have.


Caroline
Jenny Amy Judy Hannah Laura Michael Barbara
Jessica Clare W Katie Sarah Lucy Marty Jo Sue
Siobhan Harvey Clare B

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Who should I speak to?

Branch Members: Your main point of contact for your Pony Club will be your District Commissioner (DC) and Branch Secretary.

Centre Members: Your main point of contact for your Pony Club will be your Centre Proprietor.

Name Title DDI Email
Judy Edwards Chief Executive 02476 698304 (PA) siobhan@pcuk.org (PA)
Clare Boardman Senior Executive, Show Jumping, Racing & Web Secretary 02476 698301 clare@pcuk.org
Siobhan Brown PA to the Chief Executive & Chairman 02476 698304 siobhan@pcuk.org
Jenny Yates Eventing & Training Officer 02476 698305 jenny@pcuk.org
Jo Hayward Mounted Games Secretary, Cubitt Awards Overseas Branches & Insurance. 02476 698307 jo@pcuk.org
Hannah Clack Polocrosse, Health & Safety & National Quiz Secretary 02476 698315 hannah@pcuk.org
Laura Armstrong Polo & Dressage Secretary 02476 698309 laura@pcuk.org
Katie Hubbard Tetrathlon, Endurance, Capitation & Branch Return Secretary 02476 698303 katie@pcuk.org
Caroline Pole Merchandising & Publications Manager 02476 698313 caroline@pcuk.org
Lucy Goler Centre Membership Executive Officer 02476 698306 lucy@pcuk.org
Barbara Saturley Receptionist & Centre Membership Administrator 02476 698300 enquiries@pcuk.org
Clare Walkeden Press Officer, PR & Marketing Executive. Editor of The Pony Club Annual 02476 698310 media@pcuk.org
Michael Burke IT Systems Developer 02476 698311 michael@pcuk.org
Marty Bibby Communications Assistant 02476 698318 marty@pcuk.org
Amy Sheppard Training Assistant   amy@pcuk.org
Sarah Hargreaves & Jessica Holton Student Placements for 2012/13
Horse and Pony Care Competition
   
Harvey & Sue Reader Accountants 02476 698314 harvey@pcuk.org sue@pcuk.org

Which Pony Club Area am I?

Across the country the 345 Branches and around 580 Centres are spread across 19 Pony Club Areas. Each Area has its own Area Representative who oversees its running and supports the Branches.

Dawn Louly Charlotte Ros Sheila Sarita Meg Pleasance
Liz Diane Mary David Christina Clare Martin Janice
Liz Val

Not sure who your Area Representative is?

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Name Area Contact Tel. Email
Janice Carnegie 1: North Scotland 01674 840759 janice.c@btconnect.com
Sheila Clifford 2 0191 3883759 sheilafurnacefarm@gmail.com
Peggy Alpin 3: Yorkshire 01937 581777 peggyalpin@hotmail.co.uk
Ros Slinger 4: North West 01254 852560 rosalind@rslinger.wanadoo.co.uk
Meg Green 5 01745 710374 area5@pcuk.org
Christina Thompson 6: East Midlands 01476 585012 area6@pcuk.org
David Cashmore 7: Middle England 01283 790336 david.cashmore1@virgin.net
Clare Valori 8: East Anglia 01986 788767 clarevalori@hotmail.co.uk
Pleasance Jewitt 9: Three Counties 01285 821715 pleasancejewitt@btconnect.com
Charlotte Rowell 10: South Wales & Borders 01600 713794 cv.rowell@gmail.com
Martin Wright 11: South East 01322 663247 martin.wright@ccpcomposites.com
Mary Tuckett 12: Northern Home Counties 01296 670305 mary.tuckett@virgin.net
Dawn Taylor 13: South Central 01483 898199 dawnstaylor@btopenworld.com
Louly Thornycroft 14: Wessex & Channel Islands 01258 860614 area14@pcuk.org
Liz Dorse 15 07753 816022 john@jdorse.freeserve.co.uk
Sarita Perkins 16: Cornwall & South Devon 01326 375670 sarita@porloe.com
Liz Lowry 17: Northern Ireland 028 9187 0766 lizlowry.area17@fsmail.net
Diane Thomas 18: West Wales 01348 840032 edianethomas@gmail.com
Val Milne 19: South Scotland 01501 731820 valerie_milne@hotmail.com

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Pony Club Pony Racing is slowly growing, with seven Race Days held this year at some of the best racecourses in the country!

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Fancy having a go at Pony Racing..?

A number of ex-Pony Racing Members are now racing full time in Point to Points and National Hunt fixtures. One notable Pony Club Member is Sam Twiston-Davies, who not so long ago was riding his pony round The Pony Club Race Days... so we asked Sam what his top tips for success are:

  1. Always check your kit and tack to make sure you have everything.
  2. Always walk the course and make sure you know the route to the start and exactly where the finishing post is.
  3. Always thank everyone and always be polite to stewards/starters etc
  4. Always ride straight...........remember it's a race and not a bending race.
  5. Look where you are going, not at the ground and always remember to pat your pony after the race.

2013 Fixtures:

Area 9 Race Day (Cheltenham Racecourse) - 9th April
Lord Leconfield Hunt Race Day (Ascot Racecourse) - 12th April
Wylye Valley Race Day - (Wincanton Racecourse) - 18th May
Holderness Hunt Race Day (Beverley Racecourse) - 6th October
Pony Racing Training Days

The Pony Club joined forces with the Pony Racing Authority (PRA) in 2012 to run Pony Racing Training Days around the country. These days are action packed from start to finish with Equicisors, rider balance, fitness and riding groups!

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What is The

NFU Mutual National Quiz? Click to read more

The National Quiz first took place in 2003 and has become really popular across all age groups in The Pony Club. Each Area holds a qualifying round for Branches and Centres between October and March, and the highest placed Branch and Centre qualify for the Final.

Each year the questions are based on topics and information held in The Pony Club Year Book, Manual of Horsemanship and various quiz books. Questions are divided into categories equivalent to the Test levels for D, C, C+. Apart from the one team member who holds the AH Test, all other team members may hold up to and including the 'B' test.

There are eight rounds in two phases. Some rounds are answered as a team, some individually and some in pairs.

Do you fancy a team
in the National Quiz?

Why not test your knowledge with our mini quiz
below and give yourself a taster!

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Topics for the 2013 National Quiz include:

Round 1 - The Pony Club
Round 2 - Horse & Pony Care to include Fitness and Feeding
Round 3 - Countryside
Round 4 - Equestrian Olympics & Paralympic Medallists 2012
Round 5 - Practical Round
Round 6 - Bits, Boots and Bandages
Round 7 - PonyPrep Stables Alphabet
Round 8 - Picture Round

You can find the answers, and a quiz sheet to fill in, on the National Quiz pages. GOOD LUCK!

The NFU Mutual National Quiz Final 2012, Moreton Morrell Click to find out more

The NFU Mutual National Quiz Final 2012, Moreton Morrell

Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell was the venue for the NFU Mutual National Quiz Final, on 1st April 2012. 19 Branch and 10 Centre teams competed from all over the country.

The Branch winners were Hampshire Hunt with a 12 point lead on 268 points and the Centre winners were Talygarn Equestrian Centre on 240 points.

The team mascots produced were exceptionally good in 2012 with Irfon & Tywi taking the first place rosette with their Greenwich Park themed mascot, which was very appropriate for the year!

The Dengie Winter League Show Jumping was introduced in 1995, and proved so successful over the years that a Winter League for Dressage was introduced in 2007.

There are three stages to the competition: Preliminary Rounds are held throughout the country from October to February. Those who are successful in the Preliminary Rounds qualify to go forward to one of 19 Area Competitions – if they are successful at the Area Competition they may be heading for the Dengie Winter League Championships!

There is also an Open Show Jumping competition, for those wishing to tackle bigger fences.

Helena Gurdin
Rebecca Bell
Daisy Coakley
Imogen Elliot
Alicia Feledziak
Gwen Thomas
Becky Thomas

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League

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The DAKS International Mounted Games

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The DAKS International Mounted Games

The DAKS International Mounted Games welcomed teams from England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Scotland to battle it out for the coveted top slot. After eight hard fought games, including the 'DAKS Stack' and the hysterical 'Milk Race', where teams were required to dress in cow costumes, the Republic of Ireland emerged victorious with 202 points. The team, trained by Chris Ahearne, comprising Peter McCarthy, 14 (Kildare Branch), Andrew Devitt, 14 (Laois Branch), Philip Wheldon, 14 (Meath Branch), Niall Hughes, 13 (Monaghan Branch), Darragh Kavanagh, 15 (Shillelagh Branch) and Molly Furlong 14 (Shillelagh Branch) received their awards from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, in the Castle Arena.

Invitational Show Jumping

Invitational Show Jumping

32 Pony Club Members from Pony Club Areas eight, 11, 12 and 13 were selected by their Area Representatives to take part in the Individual Show Jumping competition, which turned out to be a family affair as Harriet Leader-White, riding Tollamore Girl (Thetford Chase Branch), took first place honours just ahead of her sister Georgina riding Utah I.

Friends of DAKS Award

Friends of DAKS Award

This years' very deserving recipient of the Friends of DAKS award, instigated by DAKS to recognise the many unsung volunteers who have quietly dedicated a lifetime of service and devotion within The Pony Club, was Gina Kitchener District Commissioner of the Mid Surrey Branch.

Having been a Member of the Mid Surrey Branch from the age of nine, and District Commissioner since 1988, Gina's involvement has spanned an incredible five decades and she has lead the Mid Surrey in securing a permanent venue for their activities at Walton on the Hill. The award was presented by Mr Paul Dimond, Deputy Chairman of DAKS.

Tetrathlon Competition

Tetrathlon Competition

The long trip proved worthwhile for Scotland as the Tetrathlon competition, held across Saturday and Sunday, saw the Scottish team of Harris Ritchie (Eglinton Hunt Branch), Martin Smith (Berwickshire Hunt Branch) and Sally Mair (Deveron Branch) taking the team honours on a score of 13811; Martin Smith was also victorious in the Individual competition taking first place on a score of 4697.

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Polo Championships

The Audi Pony Club Polo Championships culminated at the weekend (10 to 12 August) at Cowdray Park, West Sussex, with thrilling play by some of the best young players in the UK.

The Championships host the annual finals for both The Pony Club Polo sections of Handley Cross, Surtees, Loriner and Rendell, as well as the Junior HPA Polo sections of Hipwood, Langford and Gannon.

A weekend of glorious weather greeted the 170 Pony Club players, who had taken part in friendly qualifying matches all over the country in early August before securing their Championship slot.

The action kicked off for all the sections on Friday morning with the mission to secure a coveted slot in the Sunday afternoon finals, which culminate in Junior HPA Gannon section final - the pinnacle of achievement for any Pony Club Polo player. As well as the play, there was also time to soak up the atmosphere during the weekend, including the BBQ and disco on the Saturday evening, attracting players, parents and supporters alike.

After two days of hard fought play, the fantastic parade of all players and their ponies on Lawns I marked the start of the finals on Sunday. The Handley Cross section, for those aged 14 and under riding ordinary Pony Club ponies, kicked off the action and saw the Newmarket & Thurlow Branch enjoy the first taste of victory, as they clinched the Handley Cross title.

The eagerly awaited Gannon final saw the 2011 title holders, Cowdray Park, take the stage against the Grafton Hunt. The play was fast with terrific youth polo talent on display, and Grafton Hunt doing all they could to hold off their opponents, but in the end it was not enough and Cowdray Park were again victorious, taking an incredible seventh Gannon title in a decade.

The Pony Club Polo Championships have been held at Cowdray Park since 1977, and have enjoyed the generous support of Audi since 2009, allowing them to develop the three days of competition, that always deliver fantastic youth sporting talent, displays of sportsmanship and a lot of fun!

Louis Heard (South Oxfordshire Hunt (South) Branch) and Jack the Knipper receive the Jambo Trophy.
The Cowdray Park team take the Gannon title for an incredible seventh time.
Cowdray Park dominate over Grafton Hunt in the finals
The Newmarket & Thurlow Branch lift the Handley Cross trophy.
Action on the field for the Langford section

Over 1600 Members of The Pony Club headed for The Pony Club Championships, August 16th-19th, at their new home of Cholmondeley Castle, by kind permission of The Marquess of Cholmondeley.

The four day Championships hosted the finals for Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games and Polocrosse, as well as the Centre Equitation Competition, Horse and Pony Care Championship and Musical Ride. Full of inspiration from the equestrian success at London 2012, The Championships attracted a crowd of over 5000 spectators, and with over 200 Pony Club Branches being represented from across the country the atmosphere was electric!

An Open Eventing competitor takes the open ditch fence in style.
The Chipping Branch win the senior Horse & Pony Care Competition.
The Eridge Hunt win the Intermediate Team Dressage
The West Hants Branch win the Junior Mounted Games
The Poole & District enjoy a lap of honour.
The Cotswold Vale & Ledbury Hunt Team win Class 2B.
Polocrosse players line up for the parade.
An Atherstone Junior Member shows concentration during the Flag race.
A young North Down player shows Polocrosse skill.
Anna East from the Polden Hills Branch wins the Open Individual Show Jumping.
The Naburn Grange team prove unbeatable in the Centre Equitation competition.
The South Northumberland Branch were the winners of the Junior Horse & Pony Care Competition.
A competitor swaps their pony for a different kind of mount!
Katie Bettison (South Oxfordshire Hunt (South)) winner of the Intermediate Individual Dressage
Cheshire Hunt North Members during the Horse & Pony Care Competition
The VWH Branch take the top honours in the Open Eventing.
Magic

The Musical Ride Competition

The Musical Ride competition involves teams of up to 12 riders showing off their riding ability to choreographed movements on their horses, to music, in fancy dress!

The 2012 competition was a hard fought battle of colour and music for the ten teams taking part, with rides depicting The Wizard of Oz, The Lion King, War Horse, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Chinese Dragons, Best of British, Olympians, Patriotic Pony Club, Pieces of Eight and a watery themed ride to tunes from The Beach Boys!

The West Lancashire County Branch emerged out in front, with their ‘Patriotic Pony Club' ride choreographed by Fiona Lace, wowing spectators with colour, movement and atmosphere and taking a clear win on 72.75 points.

Then check out these top tips from Fiona Lace, Chairman of Pony Club Dressage and trainer for the winning West Lancashire Team in 2012!

  • Be prepared to have lots of practices.
  • Practice riding and doing all types of school movements in pairs. This can be in normal working rallies or when members are at home, as well as at musical ride practices.
  • Plan the programme and start rehearsing. This is the slow bit, so the sooner you start the better. The programme needs to contain recognisable movements. They do not need to be complicated, but it does need to be obvious where the riders are going and you do need to use the whole arena.
  • Decide on a theme. This can lead to some 'interesting' discussions, but bear in mind that the costumes have to be practical to produce and wear, and that budgets may be limited, so do not get carried away!
  • Decide on the music to fit the theme. Music needs to be recognisable to most people, it needs to be uplifting and to suit the pace (walk, trot, canter) of the movement. It must make the audience smile and want to join in.
  • Above all the Musical Ride is a good opportunity to have fun, ride together with friends, make new friends and enjoy the team experience.

The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships took place, August 22nd-23rd, at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. Pony Club Tetrathlon incorporates the disciplines of running, cross country riding, shooting and swimming and provides a gateway for young people into Modern Pentathlon. Full of inspiration from Moder Pentathlons' Sam Murray and Mhairi Spence, a former Pony Club Member, at London 2012, over 200 Pony Club Members took part at this year's Championships.

Highlights of the 2012 Tetrathlon Championships included Steph Courty (17), from the Percy Hunt Branch, taking the Open Girls Individual top slot a score of 4392, which combined with the scores of team mates Lizzie Pettifer (19), Suzanne and Rebecca Barwise-Munro (15) also netted the Percy Hunt Branch the Open Girls Team honours, on a score of 12880 to receive the Hollington Biscuit Barrel, complete with biscuits!

Tetrathlon Championships

You can find out more about Tetrathlon and a full set of Championship results on

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It was well worth the long trip for Aylish Paisley, from the Eskdale Branch in Dumfriesshire, who won the Intermediate Girls Individual on a score of 4332 and Oliver Christopher, aged 18, from the Pentyrch Branch finished on a final score of 4457, to receive the Wilkinson Sword as the winner of the Open Boys Individual. In the Intermediate Boys team competition, William Bower (13), William Cass (16), Simon Mousdale (17) and Daniel Grant (15) from the Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt Branch finished on a score of 11,144 to take the win.

Success was also very much in the air for Area 9 of The Pony Club, with three Branches from the Area also taking the top slots. The Ledbury Hunt Intermediate Girls Team of Alice Harper (15), Libby Walker (17), Camilla Barnes (17) and Millie Walker (15) finished on a score of 12,238 to take the Intermediate Girls Team top spot, and the team success continued in the Open Boys for the VWH Branch Team of Rory (19) and Paddy Gilling (17) and Oliver (18) and Greg Hall (16) on a score of 12,482. Whilst George Screuder, (17), from the Cotswold Vale Farmers Branch was on form in the Intermediate Boys Individual on a score of 4460.

Five Minutes with Mhairi Spence

Mhairi Spence is a British modern pentathlete, who has won a series of medals at European and World Championships and took part in the Modern Pentathlon at the Olympic Games 2012.

Mhairi started her riding career in The Pony Club, with the Moray and Nairn Branch, where she also took part in Tetrathlon which lead her on to her Pentathlon career. We caught up with Mhairi to find out what London 2012 was like, what she enjoyed most about her Pony Club days and what's next!

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***Stop Press** NEW Pony Clib Winter Triathlon

The Pony Club are introducing a Triathlon competition for Mini, Junior and Open competitors. Area Qualifiers are being planned across the country, with the Championships being held at Stantonbury Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes on the 17th March 2013.

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Rules

The two first placed individuals from each class will qualify. Should the event be combined with another Area, the first four individuals from each class shall qualify - regardless of which Area they are from.

  • The competition will be run under The Pony Club Rules 2013, with the exception of the Open Boys - who will swim for 3 minutes and run 2000 metres.
  • All competitors must be Members of The Pony Club and must have qualified at one of the qualifying Triathlon competitions as shown on The Pony Club website.
  • All Qualifiers must have their forms signed by the Organiser of the competition at which they qualify.

The Pony Club NFU Novice Championships 2012:

Kelsall Hill, Nr Tarporley, Cheshire

Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre, Cheshire, played host to the eleventh Pony Club Novice Championships, generously supported by NFU Mutual during the weekend of August 25-26th.

The Novice Championships are very much the starting point for future talent, and hold the finals at Novice level for Pony Club Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage.

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The two day event welcomes Pony Club Members in teams and as individuals, in numbers of 800 upwards, aged between 10 and 18 from John O Groats to Lands End, not forgetting the Irish contingent!

There was a mixture of weather across the weekend, but nothing that could dampen the spirits of those taking part, who delivered some strong grassroots sporting action.

Highlights included the host Branch, Cheshire Hunt (North), winning the Team Eventing, the East Down Branch made their long trip worthwhile by taking the top slot in the Team Show Jumping and it was the West Warwickshire Branch's day, with three scores over 70%, to take the Team Dressage honours.

Novice Championship Results 2012

Dressage Individuals

Arena 1: Milly Petchell (Brocklesby Hunt)

Arena 2: Sadie Carrington (Whaddon Chase)

Arena 3: Victoria Hopkinson (Grove Hunt)

Arena 4: Nicole Curtis (Wylye Valley)

Arena 5: Harriet Bloxham (Quantock Hunt)

Arena 6: Ciara McLellan (East Cheshire) & Ciaran Rees (Carnwyllion)

Dressage Teams

1st: West Warwickshire

2nd: Grove Hunt

3rd: Brocklesby

4th: Whaddon Chase

5th: Taunton Vale Harriers

6th: Atherstone Hunt

Show Jumping Individuals

1st: Grace Popham (Quantock Hunt)

2nd: Jessica Harrison (Spooners & West Dartmoor)

3rd: Hollie Smith (Iveagh)

4th: Healey Ramus (Romney Marsh)

5th: Isobel Lee (North Hereford Hunt)

6th: Isabel Lindsay (Fife Hunt)

Show Jumping Teams

1st: East Down

2nd: Old Berkshire Hunt

3rd: Strathearn

4th: West Cumberland

5th: West Lancashire County

6th: East Devon Hunt

Eventing Individuals

Arena 1: Eleanor Simes (East Sussex)

Arena 2: Georgina Ewell (Cotley Hunt)

Arena 3: Bethany Lee (Cheshire Hunt North)

Arena 4: Katriona Ratcliffe (Cheshire Hunt North)

Arena 5: Dominica Rogan-Pfaff (Weston Harriers Hunt)

Arena 6: Joe Dowse (Scunthorpe & District)

Eventing Teams

1st: Cheshire Hunt North

2nd: Iveagh

3rd: West Warwickshire

4th: Tanatside Hunt

5th: Bedfordshire South

6th: East Devon Hunt

A full set of results from the Novice Championships can be viewed on the Championship web pages.

Endurance

Endurance Championships 2012

Pony Club Endurance enjoyed the sunshine for its Championship, held over the weekend of September 15-16th 2012 at Kelsall Hill, Cheshire.

Pony Club Members, from all over the country, travelled to take part in the Championships at Novice, Intermediate and Open level.

Do you fancy having a go at Endurance? You can find out more about Pony Club Endurance rides and the different levels on www.pcuk.org, but we thought we would give you a few tips to get you started!

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Top 10 Tips for Endurance

  1. Make sure you are comfortable, and your pony is comfortable (i.e your tack fits) as you are going to be in the saddle for longer than usual.
  2. Take some chocolate or fruit bars with you on your ride.
  3. Check your girth – often
  4. Take every opportunity to water/slosh your horse to keep him comfortable, as you never know when the next opportunity will arise.
  5. Teach your horse/pony to help you do gates!
  6. Learn to trot up correctly, and make sure your horse/pony knows what is expected.
  7. Learn to read a map.
  8. Be bright, wear something fluorescent, in case you need to be found.
  9. Keep people informed:
    - if you are going out on your own let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back
    - if you are on a ride make sure checkpoints have your number
    - if you leave the ride early, make sure you tell the time keeper
  10. Enjoy - even if you don't make the time you can still enjoy the ride!

Results 2012

Junior Novice Individuals

1st: Annabelle Lyndon (Hampshire Hunt)
2nd: Florence Rowsell (Hampshire Hunt)
3rd: Georgina Child (Wilton Hunt)

Junior Novice Teams

1st: Annabelle Lyndon, Florence Rowsell & Archie Moffat (Hampshire Hunt)
2nd: Holly Thomson, Tara Barker & Amelia Trueman (Hurworth Hunt)
3rd: Rosie Moore, Cordelia Moore & Daniel Vickery (Old Surrey & Burstow Hunt)

Senior Novice Individuals

1st: Elizabeth Child (Wilton Hunt)
2nd: Jimmy Mitchell (Hertfordshire Hunt)
3rd: Caitlin Birkett (Vale of York)

Junior Intermediate Individual

1st: Charlotte Vickery (Old Surrey & Burstow Hunt)

Senior Intermediate Individual

1st: Louise Hazelwood (Albrighton Hunt)

Senior Open Individuals

1st: Katie Bedwin (Lord Leconfield Hunt)
2nd: Katy Mellor (United Pack)
3rd: Emma Harris (Cumberland Foxhounds)

Senior Open Team

1st: Sophie Webber, Helena France & Emily Peirson (Bedale & West of Yore)

For more information and a full set of results visit the Endurance pages

What to Wear..for Endurance

Hats:

Your hat must be of the correct standard (see The Pony Club Endurance Rule book) so make sure you are wearing the right hat. Conventional skull cap type hats can prove to be both heavy and hot when riding longer distances which is why lightweight, ventilated hats have become popular among Endurance riders. Pony Club Members are permitted to wear these, provided that they meet the required standard at Endurance rides.

Footwear:

Most Endurance riders favour short riding boots and half chaps as opposed to tall boots as the latter tend to be too hot for the time spent riding. Your usual jodphur boots with a smooth sole will be acceptable across all organisations but you may find on longer rides or in bad weather that they offer limited grip, both in the stirrup and on the ground. In this case you may wish to consider an alternative and Pony Club Endurance rules do allow for this provided that you ride in a caged stirrup. Trainer style riding boots are popular with Endurance riders as they provide good arch support, have a soft sole, and are ideal for frequent mounts and dismounts for gates etc.

Leg wear:

Well fitting, comfortable jodhpurs are the most commonly used legwear and should be more than sufficient at Pony Club level. You may however wish to give some thought to the material they are made from as brands with a high percentage of nylon or polyester can become hot and cause rubbing over longer distances. Heavy weight fabric (such as denim style jodhpurs) can also be an issue as it takes longer to dry out if you become caught in a shower and the clinging, damp fabric can become extremely uncomfortable. With regards to colour, there are no rules within Pony Club Endurance, but it is common to get quite grubby over the course of a ride and so you may prefer to keep your best cream breeches for the show ring! As you progress you will probably see specialist riding tights being worn by some advanced competitors.

Underwear:

Underwear may not be the first thing you think about, but after several miles of hard riding you may wish that you had given more attention to it! Cotton with Lycra for stretch is better than Nylon. For male riders especially, close fitting underwear is preferable to loose cotton boxers which can cause soreness from rubbing. Female riders will also want to give consideration to a supportive bra.

A Few Prince Philip Cup Facts...

The Pony Club Mounted Games is a competition requiring courage, determination and all round riding ability. The concept of the competition was first introduced by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, who suggested that Cavalry competitions could be adapted for young riders on ponies in an entertaining and visually engaging format. The first competitions were held in 1957 and the winner received the coveted Prince Philip Challenge Trophy.

Find out more on our Prince Philip Cup pages

Oakley Hunt West Win!

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Oakley Hunt West Win!

The Oakley Hunt West Branch of The Pony Club won the Equimax Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games Final held at Horse of The Year Show (HOYS), NEC Birmingham.

As a force to be reckoned with in Mounted Games, only narrowly missing a win in 2010 by one point, the Oakley Hunt West have now held the Prince Philip Cup an incredible eight times!

The team of Florence Bish-Jones (14), Harry Gates (15), Thomas Kitchiner (15), Sally Kitchiner (13), Samantha Garrett (13) and Aimy Eales (reserve) took the title in style on a score of 114 points - 18 points clear of second placed Strathearn.

Six Pony Club Branch teams including, Oakley Hunt West, Cheshire Hunt (North), Strathearn, Poole and District, Angus and for the first time Old Berkeley Hunt (North) went forward to the final at HOYS, after battling it out at the Zone Finals around the country during the summer.

Stop Press! It was however a bittersweet victory for the Oakley Hunt West, as they sealed another dream win but said farewell to their Branch trainer of 17 years Maureen Thomas, or 'Mo' as she is affectionately known by the team members.

The Diamond Jubilee

took place in 2012, marking 60 years of The Queen's reign.

The Chiddingfold Farmers are all dressed up and ready to give a stunning Jubilee display ride at their county show.
A Park Lane Stables Member poses with an immaculately turned out Jubilee pony, complete with red, white and blue paint.
At Angel Riding Centre, Anya and her pony Arthur went all out on the red, white and blue theme.
Jess, from the United Pack, and her pony are ready for some Jubilee fun.
Cherry Michell, Chairman of The Pony Club, poses with a Chiddingfold Farmers Member.
Chelsea, from the Wentworth and District Branch, enjoy their Jubilee Rally.

Olympic fever took over up and down the country for London 2012, and many of our Branches and Centres celebrated, and competed, in their own way!

Arklemoor Pony Club Centre Members enjoy their own moments of victory!
The Crawley & Horsham Hunt Branch get a visit from Olympic Eventing Silver medalist, and former Member, Tina Cook!
There was no dispute over who Members at Talygarn Centre were supporting in their red, white and blue outfits
The West Warwickshire Branch was treated to a look at former Member and Olympic Show Jumpers Nick Skeltons GOLD Medal.
Stevenson and Tarrington Farmers show that you don't need a fancy podium to receive a medal!
A Member of the East Essex Branch shows ambition in riding and Olympic cycling with their fancy dress at junior camp.

Across the country, all kinds of events were held during the Diamond Jubilee central weekend of 2nd-5th June, and some of you sent us your pics to show us what you got up to to help the Queen celebrate!

Five minutes with...
Nicola Wilson!

Nicola Wilson was a part of the Eventing Team, alongside William Fox-Pitt, Zara Phillips, Mary King and Kristina Cook, who brought home an amazing Silver medal at London 2012. Nicola has been pathfinder for the team at the last two major championships; she was part of the team that won gold at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, alongside fellow Olympians Tina Cook, William Fox-Pitt and Mary King while she won European team gold in 2009 and team bronze in 2011; and guess what, Nicola, along with ALL the Eventing Team members is a former Member of The Pony Club!

Kathrine Stevens, from the Cobham Branch, was selected and you can read a bit about her experience below:

Over 2 years ago I applied to become a Young Games Maker for London 2012. Not for one minute did I actually think I would be appointed to the position of a crossing point steward on the cross country day of the Eventing at Greenwich Park!

Training & Rehearsals

I had to attend many training sessions in order to receive my shift details. The training (although interesting) did become a little boring at times, with hours of footage on working with horses, including training on how not to approach a horse from behind – I did wonder if the organisers knew we all had to have our B Test to apply!

Before our shift we all had to attend a 'rehearsal day' with golf buggies going round the cross country course, acting as a horse and rider, and scenarios such as a rider falling involved the driver of the buggy jumping off and lying on the floor... usually laughing!

After the rehearsal we were given the chance to walk the cross country course, and as we neared the end we saw the GB Eventing Team working with Yogi Breisner and waved from a distance. After our course walk a few of us went on search for anyone in team kit, and Leslie Law happily had a picture with me and signed our handbooks.

The BIG Day!

When the Eventing day finally came I found out I was situated at crossing point 40, right after the last fence, and what a place to be! Not only did we get waved at by riders as they finished, but riders then trotted back up the finish strip to wave at Games Makers and show their appreciation for the crowds.

It was such an exciting experience, one which I will not forget in a hurry, but at the same time I learnt so much from the veterinary teams situated at our crossing point (it was like a very high level stable management rally!)

At the end of the day we went and saw the NZ team being interviewed and amazingly the TV cameras asked for an interview with us! We also got an autograph off all of them and one of the YGM's in my team even managed to kiss Andrew Nicholson on the cheek!

It was the most amazing experience of my life and it's something I would do anything to repeat again, I will be the first one to apply for Rio!

Kathrine Stevens – YGM Team 4

The Young Games Maker (YGM) Programme

The Young Games Maker (YGM) programme for 16-18 year olds provided up to 2,000 volunteering opportunities for young people during the 2012 Games. The programme supported LOCOG's commitment to inspire young people to choose sport and leave a volunteering legacy. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the young volunteers to be a part of the greatest show on earth – and The Pony Club were able to put 48 of their Members forward to be YGMS!

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Pony Club Olympic Torchbearers

Kate Spaughton
Kate Allenby
Sara Tremlett

8,000 inspirational people, from tens of thousands nominated, carried the Olympic Flame on its journey across the UK. It was their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community, and guess what? Pony Club were represented during this historically traditional start-up for the UK Olympic Games, by Members, former Members and Volunteers alike!

Gorgs Geike (previous Member of Mid Devon)
Carried the Flame through: Okehampton

Kate Allenby, MBE (previous Member of Spooners and West Dartmoor)
Carried the Flame through: Bath

Kate Charlton (Morpeth Hunt)
Carried the Flame through: Foulden

Martha Todd (Duke of Buccleuch Hunt)
Carried the Flame through: Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Tilly Sayburn-Hughes (Oxenholme)
Carried the Flame through: Kendal

Georgie Harland (previous Member of East Kent Hunt)
Georgie carried the torch in Warwick

Katie Spaughton (Bedfordshire South)
Carried the Flame through: Rugby

Hannah Gallaher (Puckeridge Hunt Western)
Carried the Flame through: St Albans

Xavier Vrigneau (Portman Hunt)
Carried the Flame through: Winterborne

Sara Tremlett (Lord Leconfield Hunt DC)
Carried the Flame through: Petworth

Mary Joy Langdon (Wormwood Scrubs DC)
Carried the Flame through: Hounslow

The Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA)

YELA is an award scheme for the British Equestrian Federation designed to recognise the time and effort which young volunteers give to equestrianism and shape their experience, so that they become equestrian leaders of the future. So far over 900 candidates aged between 13 and 25 are registered on the scheme and are logging hours at BEF Centres and events all over the county.

The award is a fantastic way to experience a wide range of equestrian leadership roles, from coaching and instructing, stable management, mentoring young members, planning and running fundraising events, or even equestrian journalism!

Click on our canidadates below to learn more about them.

Participating in YELA is a great way to learn new skills, click here for more information

Participating in YELA is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and above all its great fun!

If you'd like to register for the award or find out more information visit www.yela.org.uk email yela@rda.org.uk or call Matthew Cobble the Award Coordinator on 01926 405977.

Click to read more on the 2012 Recipients

2012 Recipients

Among the awardees for 2012 many were husband and wife combinations, including Mr and Mrs Philip White who as some of the longest serving volunteers have been associated with Route Hunt since 1960; with Pony Club rallies being the background to both their friendship as well as their romance!

RecipientBranch
Area 1
Elizabeth BellMoray & Nairn
Andrew ReidAngus
Area 2
Lucinda HothfieldCumberland Farmers Hunt South
Sheila BrownCumberland Foxhounds
Isobel SmalesSouth Northumberland
Area 3
Claire MarsdenRockwood Harriers
Alma BramblesRockwood Harriers
Ruth JacksonRockwood Harriers
Alison WigglesworthRockwood Harriers
Fran JefferiesBramham Moor Hunt
Barbara EdinburghRockwood Harriers
Barbara BirchallYork & Ainsty North
Area 4
Margaret BreakellPendle Forest & Craven Hunt
Alison CowpePendle Forest & Craven Hunt
Joan MuskerWest Lancs County
Elizabeth CarusWest Lancs County
Penny RidleySaddleworth & District
Anne TownsendSaddleworth & District
Area 5
Alan HoughCheshire Hunt North
Joan DeakinCheshire Hunt North
Gwylym HughesFlint & Denbigh Hunt
RecipientBranch
Area 6
Mary HullFitzwilliam Hunt
Jane BakerFitzwilliam Hunt
Rosie WalkerMeynell Hunt
Gill WilliamsonMeynell Hunt
Elspeth WatsonCottesmore Hunt
Dave HallemSouth Nottinghamshire
Joey NewtonBelvoir Hunt
Steve EyreSouthwold Hunt South
Emma NewtonBelvoir Hunt
Area 7
Judy CartwrightAlbrighton Hunt
Joan TicePytchley Hunt
Jane MorrisNorth Shropshire Hunt
Susan ClementAlbrighton Hunt
Patty JankinsAtherstone Hunt
Area 8
Micheal PaveleyEssex Union South
Julie JenkinsEssex Union South
Gillian LloydsEaston Harriers Hunt
Samantha NichollsEast Essex Hunt
Marianne BowleyPuckeridge Hunt Western
Michael LloydsEaston Harriers Hunt
RecipientBranch
Area 9
Vanessa BriggsWorcestershire Hunt
Tim OrmondVWH
Ian MaclayVWH
Maggie MaclayVWH
Liza DribbleVWH
Celia PlunkettHeythrop Hunt
Annabel KirkpartrickHeythrop Hunt
Area 10
Viv CreswellBrecon & Talybont
Area 11
Sue BallerdieMid Surrey
Area 12
Joy BurgoyneBedfordshire South
June HernOld Berkeley Hunt North
Peter WigginsSouth Oxfordshire Hunt Central
Rowene HamiltonOld Berkeley Hunt (Chilterns)
Sue TipperOld Berkeley Hunt North
Peter HernOld Berkeley Hunt North
Luise WhybrowOld Berkeley Hunt (Chilterns)
Philippa LodgeOld Berkeley Hunt (Chilterns)
RecipientBranch
Area 13
Sara TremlettLord Leconfield
Anna EvansHambledon Hunt North
Clair MurphyLord Leconfield
Peter KnightBisley Hunt
Val KnightBisley Hunt
Jill BoneBisley Hunt
Area 14
Lucinda SimsRoyal Artillery Hunt (S.P)
Area 15
Sara KittowTiverton Hunt
Jenny HayesDulverton West North Molton
Area 16
Bill Cook
Area 16
Area 17
Philip WhiteRoute Hunt
Eavan WhiteRoute Hunt
Area 18
Wendy JonesBanwen & District
Bryony PilcherTivyside
Lionel JonesLlandeilo & District
Area 19
Charmaine WilsonLanark & Upperward

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The Pony Club say's 'Thank You' to its valuable volunteers!

The Pony Club held their annual Cubitt Awards ceremony at Stratford Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire on Monday May 28th.

The annual event honours those who have so generously given at least twenty years of voluntary help to The Pony Club, and 2012 was no exception, with an amazing 74 recipients on the list and an incredible combined service of over 1700 years between them!!

What is a
Cubitt Award?

The Pony Club Cubitt awards take their name from the late Hon Guy Cubitt, who was the Chairman of The Pony Club for 25 years and President from 1970 - 1979.

Tierney Carter

Tierney Carter

I have now completed my Bronze and Silver award and I'm currently going on towards Gold.

For silver I volunteered with my local driving for the disabled group where I met a variety of people, all with different stories to tell. I loved seeing people's joy whilst out on a drive; it gives everyone a chance of participating in a sport that is both enjoyable and life changing.

I also volunteered with my local Pony Club Centre. It was always a day to look forward to as the young ones put a smile on your face with their personalities, I loved spending time with them, and teaching them about horses and horsemanship.

The experience YELA has given me has allowed me to volunteer at new places for Gold and it's motivating me to get out and volunteer with other people and member bodies. I'm constantly improving my knowledge and gaining great experience for the future!

Ewan Macaulay

Ewan Macaulay

Through completing my YELA (Bronze, Silver and Gold) I have gained a lot of valuable experiences. I have learnt a lot about working with people and horses and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

As part of my award I was asked to teach The Pony Club Bird Watching Achievement Badge for the Morpeth Branch. The session was working towards the goal of teaching Members more about the countryside so that, in the future, Members are more countryside-aware and can hopefully work to conserve the nature of our countryside. The sessions went well as each of the Members left with more than enough knowledge to be worthy recipients of their Bird Watching badge.

Recently, I have been applying to the veterinary schools and YELA has proved important in showing my volunteering in my personal statement and I have been able to use my volunteering with horses through YELA has as evidence of work experience required by the vet schools.

Katie Midgley

Katie Midgley

For me YELA has been challenging, but in a good way, and so rewarding.

The award has encouraged me to branch out of my comfort zone to meet new challenges and new people and I can honestly say it has been one of the best things I ever signed up for. It has taken me to Windsor Castle as a volunteer groom for The Diamond Jubilee Pageant where I met people and horses from all over the world. I have unwittingly become a mentor to much younger children and, in return, I take enormous pleasure from their success.

Some people think they will not have the time or the skills to volunteer but I say it's worth making time. You will learn something, improve the skills you already have and gain further skills along the way and this can only improve your chances of success in the future and your general confidence in meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles.

What is

the HSBC Eventing Training?

In 2009, HSBC joined forces with The Pony Club offering a generous sponsorship for Area Eventing Training Days; to help as many Members as possible access the specialist training that is so important for progression in the sport.

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The tuition Members receive is designed to capitalise on their talent and enthusiasm in a sport that Great Britain excels at. Through this sponsorship HSBC and The Pony Club hope that riders at the grass roots levels of Eventing will be encouraged and helped to develop their skills, therefore widening and strengthening the base of riders who may go on through junior and young rider schemes to represent their country at the highest level. So many of Britain's top event riders started their competitive careers as Members of The Pony Club, including all of those in the Silver Medal winning London 2012 Eventing team, and it is hoped that these courses will help more Pony Club Members to go on and reach their full potential too!


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HSBC Eventing Training 2012

16 HSBC Eventing Training Days were held during 2012, focussing on a combination of Dressage, Show Jumping, Cross Country and course walking. The format for the courses is designed by The Pony Club Eventing Committee, which boasts a membership of several riders who have competed at 4* level and are now successfully coaching riders at all levels. Plans for 2013 are already in motion, so make sure you check the Eventing Training page for details of courses in your Area!

Click here to View winners of the HSBC Elite Training Day

HSBC Elite Training Day

The winners of the HSBC Elite Training day 2012 were:

VWH Branch: James Norris, Alice Bibby, Pumbaa Goess-Saurau and Anna Horton.

Beaufort Hunt Branch: Georgina Preest, Marina Jodrell, Zoe Davidson and Gabriella Rose.

As well as a lesson with both Mary King and William Fox-Pitt, the teams enjoyed a tour of William's amazing yard, a look at William and Mary's Silver Olympic medals and a certificate as a memento of their day!

Pony Club Camp

Ask anyone who is a current or former Member of The Pony Club and they will tell you that one of the best things about membership is Pony Club Camp! Everyone's Branch and Centre Camp is slightly different, some camps last a couple of days, some last for a week, some have tents to sleep in and at some Members come in and out of a camp on a daily basis, but they all have one thing in common

FUN, FUN, and more FUN!

There are many Pony Club Camp traditions, but getting as wet as possible seems to be one that is here to stay and that everyone loves!

Maddy Earp, aged 10, from the Mid Devon Hunt Branch tells us a bit about her 2012 Camp experience!

Mid Devon Hunt Pony Club Camp 2012 was truly awesome! At one point it looked like I couldn't go, as my pony Mathew was lame, but thankfully he was all right for it. Our camp was held at The Grange in Okehampton and lasted for five days. Each day we got up at 7am, mucked out, fed the ponies and had breakfast ourselves. Then there was a riding lesson, a snack, stable management and jobs before lunch, followed by more riding, and stable management, another snack and an evening activity before supper. Then we gave our ponies their evening feed, had a hot chocolate and went to bed. As it rained every day, hot choccy was in great supply (thank goodness!)

Everybody was put in to a team; there were five teams and we all practised for a musical ride display at the end of the week. The five junior girls had great fun in the dorm, with caterpillar wars, sweets and non-stop giggles!

The evening activities were: swimming on Thursday, an obstacle course on Tuesday and a demonstration on the other three nights. We had a lady called Josie who told us all about stunt riding on Monday (she worked with the people and horses from Merlin!), and on Wednesday a nice lady brought in her lovely dun horse for a Western riding demo. On Friday a lady called Vanessa brought in her horse and we had a demo and talk on horse agility.

When we were out on the cross-country course it was a bit wet, and we all got soaked so we had to clean our tack very well that night.

On the last day we all dressed up smartly, did show jumping and then our musical ride, before teams received their prizes - my team came 4th.

Mid Devon Hunt Pony Club is the best!

Maddy Earp (aged 10)

Up and down the country our 345 Branches get up to all sorts of activities, as you can see from the lovely images they have sent in!

Ivel Valley Members have a scary, but fun, time at their "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here!" event.
This is one of the best fancy dress costumes we have ever seen from the Deveron Branch, AMAZING!
Could Hannah and her pony Eddie, from the Glenrothes Branch, be the next stars of Equestrian Team GBR...
The Thetford Chase helped celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with some very smart sashes.
These Galloway Branch Members are keeping it in the family as Lucy on Poppy, Kirsty on Doughnut, and Carolyn on Leo are all sisters!
The Isle of Man Branch were lucky enough to have Yogi Breisner, World Class Performance Manager and Chef d'Equipe to the British Eventing team, to visit them and give lessons recently, and he even attended their ball in the evening too!
Layla, from the Sutherland Branch, and her pony Casper 'on top of the world' taking part in their first Merlin ride at Invershin in the Highlands, with the Kyle of Sutherland in the background.
Lowri Evans, aged 24, and her Niece Nansi Evans, aged just four and a half at Nansi's first rally with Dwyfor Branch on her pony Dusty
Wentworth & District's youngest recruit Layla might only be two and a half years old, but she looks quite at home in the saddle!
The Middleton Hunt Branch celebrated their 80th Anniversary year in 2012 – CONGRATULATIONS!

Centre
Activity

These Alstone Court Centre Members have been working really hard to gain their Gold Achievement Badge Certificates!
Back Lane Stables held an Olympic themed Pony Club Camp with Members were split into countries, Great Britain, Germany and the USA. All the Members accumulated points during Camp for their country - Germany were the overall winners!
Members at Barguse cut some shapes in the form of ‘Mobots’ and ‘Bolts’ as Olympic fever hits!
Cardiff Riding School Members had a spooky but fun time at their Halloween rally!
Faith, aged 6, looks fab riding Rocky in her Easter costume at the Defence Academy Centre.
Park Lane Stables visited their local Fire Station to help with their Fire Safety Achievement Badge.
Members at Hilltop Equestrian Centre make sure their muck heap is neat and tidy!
Lucy Hayes, a Member at Horton Riding Centre, is over the moon to come 3rd riding Folly in her first ever one day event!
Mount Mascal Members escorted the incredible Megan Lewis on the final leg of her long horse ride from Beijing to London, before attending the Bexley Torch Relay party in Danson Park.
Witham Villa Centre are on their marks, get set, go for a poo picking session!

Great gifts for Christmas

Click the decorations below for a sneak peak

The
Manual of
Horsemanship,
14th Edition

The Manual of Horsemanship, 14th Edition

The essential textbook for any Pony Club Member, The Manual now boasts numerous improved and updated features, including an increase in size to 235mm by 154mm, making for ease of reference. There are enhancements to the inner style, with the traditional brown highlights being replaced with cornflower blue to highlight the text and bring out the best in the illustrations and diagrams. The chapters have been rearranged into three themed sections:

Part One - The Horse

Part Two - The Rider and Riding

Part Three - Saddlery and Lorinery

All the information contained in the publication has been reviewed and brought right up-to-date, including major updates to the Bridle, Bitting and Additional Saddlery, Shoeing, Worm Control and Training Scale chapters.

£12.95

Pony
Club
Socks

Pony Club Socks

These knee high socks in Pony Club colours are slim line for a perfect fit under long boots. They feature a padded toe, sole and heel for comfort.

£6.00 (adults) &
£5.75 (child's 1-3)

Horse and
Human
Common
Parts

Horse and Human Common Parks

This wallchart clearly shows which body elements are common to both horse and human, in a 420mm x 594mm full colour display, making it the perfect addition to the bedroom wall of any young horsey person.

£4.95

So You
Want to Buy
a Pony?

So You Want to Buy a Pony

This publication from The Pony Club helps novice or first time buyers to make the right decisions and avoid slipping up when purchasing a pony.

£7.99

All
Systems
Go!

All Systems Go!

Following on from Vital Statistics, Body Basics and Fit for the Bit, this fourth title in the acclaimed Stablemates series brings equine fitness to life in full-colour.

£8.50

Shopper
Bag

Shopper Bag

Our popular cotton shopper bag, updated with a large Pony Club logo on one side in metallic gold and silver – a perfect pressie for Mum!

£3.50

Pony
Club
Jigsaw

Pony Club Camp Jigsaw Puzzle

A 300 piece puzzle featuring all the fun of Pony Club Camp, through exclusive illustrations from Annie Horwood. (Recommended for ages 7 & upwards.)

£9.99

Christmas
Cards

Christmas Cards 2012: Park & Ride, Christmas Morning and Fancy Dress

Drawn exclusively by Annie Horwood and Kate Scurfield for The Pony Club, each pack contains 10 cards with envelopes.

Message inside read's 'With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year'.

£4.00

The NEW Pony Club
Competition Badge Range

has been designed to highlight the important issues in each of the nine
competitive disciplines and encourage good training of horses and ponies.

The Badges are based on The Pony Club Achievement and Mini Achievement Badge ranges, which mainly cover horse and pony care or non-equine related subjects. We hope that the Competition badges will complete the set of badges and provide riders with fun opportunities to improve their riding or learn new skills in a discipline they haven't tried before.

There are two levels of badge for each Discipline:

"Intro" Badges - these are designed for younger or less experienced Members who are just starting out in the discipline. This badge will help you understand the basics to help you get ready to compete.

"Main" Badges - these are for slightly older or more experienced Members who are ready to or have already started to compete in the discipline. It will help you to understand the rules of the discipline and what is expected of the horse and rider in order to be successful in a competition.

Both levels of the Competition Badges can be worked on, practised for and tested during rallies, camps or lessons.

Intro to Dressage

  • Present correctly dressed with safe tack, correct standard hat & boots.
  • Be able to demonstrate the basis of a balanced seat, sitting straight in the saddle.
  • Be able to ride a 20m circle correctly.
  • Know the size of a standard 20m x 40m dressage arena.
  • Have an understanding of rhythm and know the footfalls of the 3 basic paces.
  • Know what is meant by bend to the inside when on corners, turns and circles and how to achieve this.
  • Understand what a balanced transition should feel like.

Intro to Eventing

  • Present correctly dressed for cross country riding with safe tack, long sleeves, body protector and correct standard hat.
  • Demonstrate a balanced cross country position in walk and trot.
  • Recognise at least three types of cross country jump. E.g. - bank, ditch, water, log, brush, tyres.
  • Ride in a straight line into, over and after a fence.
  • Be able to count the number of canter strides when riding between two poles or fences.
  • Be able to canter for up to four minutes, over gently undulating grassland.

Intro to Show Jumping

  • Present correctly dressed for a Pony Club Show Jumping competition.
  • Be able to demonstrate at a halt the correct position over a fence.
  • Recognise at least two types of Jump. E.g - Spread, triple bar, gate, planks, style, x pole.
  • To explain the meaning of 'double combination'.
  • To jump round 4 fences in either trot and/or canter - max. height 0.65cm (2'1")

'Intro to Tetrathlon'

  • To be able to swim without armbands
  • Know how many points are achieved for swimming 4 lengths at minimus level.
  • Be able to demonstrate at a halt the correct position over a fence.
  • To be able to dismount, lower the pole of a slip rail, walk the pony over, replace the rail and remount.
  • To be able to throw bean bags onto a target or designated area
  • Understand basic rules regarding shooting safely (for example obeying the range officer, wearing the appropriate clothing, keeping the gun boxed at all times etc)
  • To be able to run the relevant distance (Tadpole/minimus)

Intro to Racing

  • Present correctly dressed with safe tack, neck straps, correct standard hat & boots.
  • To know that "Pony Racing provides an opportunity for Branch and Centre members to compete against each other at Racing and to encourage a high standard of riding".
  • Be able to shorten stirrups - with assistance if necessary.
  • Be able to maintain the balanced forward racing seat position on a barrel for 30 seconds* (barrel explanation below).
  • Be able to show the balanced forward racing seat position in walk and trot in an enclosed space (indoor school or arena).

Intro to Endurance

  • Present correctly dressed with safe tack, correct standard hat & boots.
  • To understand the speed and distance required for shorter Endurance Rides (Robin, Merlin, Kestrel)
  • Know that Medical armbands must be worn at Endurance rides and understand the reason why.
  • Demonstrate that they can walk and trot a pony in a safe environment (i.e.large park or similar)
  • To be aware that all children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult (maximum of two children to one adult)
  • Know what a Pony Club Mastercard is and why it is important.
  • To be able to present and trot up a pony correctly.

Intro to Mounted Games

  • Present correctly dressed with safe tack, correct standard hat & boots.
  • To know that "Mounted Games provides an opportunity for Branch and Centre Members to compete against other teams and to encourage a high standard of riding".
  • Be able to identify certain equipment - e.g. Bending Pole, Mug, Flag, Sock etc.
  • Be able to explain how many Members can be in a team.
  • Be able to explain what a 'white hat band' indicates.
  • Be able to explain a changeover involving a piece of equipment.
  • Be able to participate in races such as Bending, Two mug and Flag.

Intro to Polo

  • Recognise the tack their pony is wearing.
  • Be able to bandage the pony's legs.
  • Explain the size and layout of the field.
  • Ride exercises that establish one-handed rein handling including neck reining.
  • Aids for canter as taught in polo i.e. the rider and the rein hand go forward)
  • Work in an open area.
  • Awareness of half seat.
  • Correctly hold a polo stick.
  • Off side forehand and backhand at walk
  • Offside forehand hook at walk.
  • Ride off a similar size pony/rider.
  • Discuss the line of the ball and what to do in the event of a missed shot.
  • Know how to wash off and cool down a pony.
  • Know the 4 objectives of Pony Club Polo - see full syllabus for details
  • Awareness of The Pony Club Polo Handbook.

Intro to Polocrosse

  • Explain the correct tack for pony and rider
  • Be able to explain the layout of the field
  • What is the function of the three positions of play
  • How does the game start
  • Show the correct grip of the stick
  • Be able to throw, catch and pick up a ball on foot
  • Understand the goal scoring areas
  • Be able to correctly bandage the pony's legs

Dressage

  • Present correctly dressed to compete (see 'Dress' and 'Saddlery & Equipment' sections of The Pony Club Dressage rule book).
  • Have the basis of an independent seat and be able to apply the aids consistently.
  • Know the scales of training and be able to relate them to their horse's way of going.
  • Be able to ride correct shaped movements from the Pony Club Novice Dressage test.
  • Be able to ride a simple dressage test from memory.
  • Know the answers to several questions on basic Dressage rules (see full syllabus for details)

Eventing

  • Present correctly dressed for a Pony Club Eventing competition (cross country phase).
  • Know how dressage percentage marks are converted into penalty points.
  • Know the difference in the rules for a refusal at a combination in the show jumping and cross country phases.
  • Walk a short cross country course and consider the jumps, terrain and ground conditions.
  • Know the meaning of 'Speed', 'Optimum Time' and 'Minimum Time Allowed'.
  • Understand the importance of rhythm and balance in all three phases of Eventing (dressage, show jumping & cross country).
  • In canter, show an increase and decrease in speed while maintaining a forward rhythm.
  • Jump a short cross country course in balance and at a correct pace for each fence - maximum height 0.75cm (2'6"), to include a combination fence of two elements with one or two non-jumping strides in-between.
  • Understand the importance of pulling up gradually and cooling down.

Show Jumping

  • Present correctly dressed for a Pony Club Show Jumping competition.
  • To understand the Judges use of the bell to start and during a round.
  • To walk a course looking at the position of the start and finish markers if present.
  • To know the basic scoring rules and what to do in the event of a refusal at a single or combination fence.
  • To know the meaning of 'Time Allowed' and 'Time Limit' and speeds required.
  • To be able to read a simple course plan.
  • To know the importance of the canter and its rhythm for Show Jumping.
  • To understand the levels of training
  • Name different types of fences including double and treble combinations.
  • Know and understand the importance of the scales of training in relation to jumping a Show Jumping Course.
  • To jump a short small course - max. height 0.75cm (2'6") to include one double combination.

Tetrathlon

  • To be able to swim for the correct amount of time due to class (Minimus/Junior)
  • To know that a swimmer must touch the end of the pool with some part of the body each time you turn and that 50 points will be deducted if a swimmer fails to do so.
  • To be able to jump a short small course of cross country fences/show jumps to include a slip rail (max height 0.75cms (2'6")
  • To be able to open and close a gate mounted on a pony.
  • To be able to demonstrate the process of un boxing a gun and preparing for shooting in a safe manner.
  • To be able to shoot 5 out of 10 pellets onto a target.
  • To understand that a red flag must be on the right hand side and a white flag on the left when running.
  • To be able to run the relevant distance (Minimus/Junior)

Pony Racing

  • Present correctly dressed to Race - with either normal or racing specific Saddlery & Dress (see Pony Club Pony Racing rule book) - N.B. medical armbands not required for the badge.
  • Be able to bridge reins.
  • Be able to ride safely on way to gallops and then three abreast in a strong canter on either an enclosed gallop or open gated field in a forward balanced seat, independent of the reins.
  • Know and understand the importance of rhythm, tempo and balance in relation to Pony Racing.
  • Know the answers to several questions on basic Racing rules (see full syllabus for details).

Endurance

  • Present correctly dressed to take part in an Endurance ride - (see Pony Club Endurance rule book) - Be able to present and trot a pony up correctly.
  • To understand the importance of a vets inspection at the beginning and end of an Endurance Ride.
  • Be able to walk, trot and canter safely in a small group (maximum of three) in a large park of similar.
  • Have a basic knowledge of the care of a pony after a short endurance ride (focusing on hydration, watering and cooling down).
  • Demonstrate how to measure a route map using string (or other suitable method) and work out the time taken to reach a specified landmark at 10kmph.
  • Understand the importance of using a crew during an Endurance Ride.
  • Know the answers to several questions on the basic Endurance rules (see full syllabus for details).

Mounted Games

  • Present correctly dressed to compete in a Mounted Games Competition.
  • Be able to explain what type of bit is permitted for Mounted Games.
  • Be able to explain the qualifying rounds of Competitions for both Senior and Junior Teams.
  • Know and understand the importance of the height / weight rules.
  • Be able to participate safely in a variety of races; including races which require dismounting / remounting and races done in pairs.
  • Know the answers to several questions on basic Mounted Games rules (see full syllabus for details):

Polo

  • Tack up & turn out of pony and rider including recognition & understanding of the tack worn by the pony they are riding.
  • Bandage and put up tail.
  • Mount and dismount holding a polo stick.
  • Hold and use the reins correctly & effectively in one hand, maintaining a balanced position at all paces.
  • Walk to canter and canter to halt.
  • Canter figure of eight, change leg, notice when correct and incorrect.
  • Use of half seat and correct balance of the pony.
  • Off side forehand and backhand at walk and canter.
  • Have an understanding of and start to use at walk and canter:
  • Near side forehand and backhand
  • Off side forehand and backhand hook.
  • Off side forehand under the neck.
  • Off side forehand cut shot.
  • Off side backhand tail shot.
  • Off side backhand open shot.
  • Ride off a similar size pony/rider.
  • Care of the pony before and after work including feeding and fittening
  • Know the Polo Basics/Sets Plays & understand the polo rules as laid out in The Pony Club Polo Handbook.

Polocrosse

  • Present correctly dressed - both pony and rider for a polocrosse match
  • Explain what equipment you would take for your pony to Tournaments
  • Be able to explain the basic schooling for training the pony
  • Explain how to feed the pony suitably for his size and the amount of work he is doing
  • Be able to throw, catch and pick up a ball on horseback at trot
  • Explain the length and width of the field in metres or yards
  • Explain the field rules on crossing
  • Demonstrate the cradle
  • Explain how you get the ball from your opponent and what is not allowed
  • Understand the umpire's signals, penalties, fouls and dangerous play
  • What do you do at the end of the game Polocrosse
  • Present correctly dressed - both pony and rider for a polocrosse match
  • Explain what equipment you would take for your pony to Tournaments
  • Be able to explain the basic schooling for training the pony
  • Explain how to feed the pony suitably for his size and the amount of work he is doing
  • Be able to throw, catch and pick up a ball on horseback at trot
  • Explain the length and width of the field in metres or yards
  • Explain the field rules on crossing
  • Demonstrate the cradle
  • Explain how you get the ball from your opponent and what is not allowed
  • Understand the umpire's signals, penalties, fouls and dangerous play
  • What do you do at the end of the game

You can find out a bit more about each of the Badges by clicking on the
icons below or visiting The Pony Club website for further details.

Why not have a watch of the video about grooming the grass kept pony now!

What's new on PonyPrep?

During 2012 we have added more content to PonyPrep for the D and D+ Tests. We also introduced some more interactive features such as the virtual Blue Cross adoption centre, where you can spend your hard ‘learnt’ PonyPounds and re-home a virtual Blue Cross Pony to your stables or why not take part in the PonyPounds gymkhana.

Also, don‘t forget to check out ClubHouse for all the latest Members news, blogs and enter to win competitions!

Have you tried PonyPrep yet?
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All the great content in PonyPrep is taken from The Pony Club’s best selling publication, The Manual of Horsemanship, and reproduced in the three areas of Stables, Training and Competitions. Log on now, and you can learn about every aspect of horse riding and care by taking quizzes, watching videos and entering competitions to test your knowledge.

The Stables area allows you to create your own pony avatar, which is then used in the games you play, so you learn with your avatar just like it’s your own pony.

In the Training area all the quizzes, videos and gaming interactions have been put together with The Pony Club Training Committee so you will find everything you need to know for your Pony Club Tests within them. As you take quizzes and watch videos you collect points, which allows you to build your interactive stable yard and also collect tack.

The Competitions area allows you to test your knowledge. By performing well in the competition quizzes and by gathering certain items of tack and equipment, you are awarded virtual rosettes and maybe even placed on the leader boards!

Why not have a watch of the video about grooming the grass kept pony now!

PonyPrep Quick Facts
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PonyPrep Quick Facts

Lauched in 2010, at Olympia Horse Show, PonyPrep is THE place to practise online for Pony Club!

Number of Registered users:
Over 23,000

Number of videos viewed:
Over 130,000

Number of competitions completed:
Over 50,000

Number of page views:
Over 2 million!!!

Registration to PonyPrep is free, you don’t have to own a horse to register in fact you don’t even need to be a Member of The Pony Club - so make sure you tell all your friends to have a go too! www.PonyPrep.org


Stop Press!! Hot News!! PonyPrep has won an E Learning award!!
Stop Press!! Hot News!! PonyPrep has won an E Learning Award!!

PonyPrep was entered and shortlisted in the E Learning Awards, run by E. Learning age, for the category of Best E Learning Project (Not for Profit) and guess what - WE WON!

However, we won’t be resting on our laurels, and plans are already afoot for 2013 to take PonyPrep a step further and encompass the B Test levels - watch this space!

Practise Online for Pony Club now at www.ponyprep.org

The Pony Club Road Rider Badges And Test


Here at The Pony Club we want to give you the correct knowledge, so that when you go out for a hack on the roads, in rural or urban areas, you are as safe as you can possibly be.

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Here at The Pony Club we want to give you the correct knowledge, so that when you go out for a hack on the roads, in rural or urban areas, you are as safe as you can possibly be.

So, we have three levels of ‘Road Rider’ to take our Members from the basic information all the way up to having the skills to hack out on their own and understand the rules of the road.

Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge

This badge can be taken if you are at E’ -‘D’ Test level and must be attained before you can be awarded your Pony Club ‘D’ Test.

Road Rider Achievement Badge

This badge can be taken if you are at ‘D+’ -‘C’ Test level and must be attained before you can be awarded your Pony Club ‘C’ Test.

Road Rider Test

This badge can be taken if you are at ‘C+’ -‘B’ Test level and must be attained before you can be awarded your Pony Club ‘B’ Test.

Why not have a watch of our Road Rider DVD snippet to find out more about being seen and safe!
What should I read?
What should I read?

There are three books that we recommend you have a read of for all three levels of Road Rider.

The Pony Club Junior Road Rider - available from The Pony Club Shop, this book will help you understand everything you need to know for the ‘horsey’ elements of your Road Rider at all three levels. The book is divided into three main sections:

  • Seen to be Safe
  • Ride Wisely
  • Look, Learn, and Obey
What should I watch?
What should I watch?

The Pony Club Road Rider DVD, suitable for anyone taking their Mini Badge up to their full Road Rider Test, has really great animation and real life riding situations to help you learn. The DVD is split into four sections, so you can just dip into it or watch it all at once:

Chapter 1: ‘Be Seen to be Safe’ looks at High Visibility wear versus dark clothing, the importance of tack checks, the use of games to learn and basic road signs and signals.

Chapter 2: ‘Be Aware’ demonstrates ‘defensive riding’, showing the best road positions to adopt, more advanced road manoeuvres and signals, set up of a simulated road route for practise.

Chapter 3: ‘Road Rider’ shows more road manoeuvres, using animations. It also shows the layout for a more complicated simulated road route, similar to the one you will have in your Road Rider Test.

Chapter 4: is full of information for your instructors and parents, so they can learn too!

What are Achievement Badges?

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What are Achievement Badges?

There are two levels of Achievement Badges, mini and main, and they cover topics related to your pony’s welfare and the countryside. You can tell the difference between them as the Mini Achievement Badges are smaller in shape and there are less of them and the main Achievement Badges are bigger and there are more of them.

There are also the new Competition Badges, and details of these can be found on page 52.

When awarded Achievement Badges are sewn onto the arm of your Pony Club sweatshirt so when you have your back protector on, we can all see which ones you have achieved!

Why should I take Achievement Badges?

Achievement Badges help you gain more knowledge about looking after your pony and the countryside plus, as with all Pony Club activities, you will meet your friends and have a great time whilst learning. Without you realising it your Instructor will be choosing the correct badges that will give you the best knowledge towards your next Efficiency Test.

Learning for your Achievement Badges can be really varied, and a lot of fun, as the photos sent in by some of our Members show!
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Members at Park Lane Centre had a visit from their Community Police Officers to help with their Security Badge.
Defence Academy Centre Members studying hard for their Wildflowers and Wildlife Achievement Badges.

Members at Cowarth Park have a bit of fun whilst learning for their Firse Safety Badge.
Chequertree Centre Members have a bit of fun studying for their First Aid Badge!

2012 saw a couple of additions to the Achievement Badges, and you find out more by

clicking on the badges below



Worm Control - in association with Pfizer Animal Health

Guidelines

To understand the main worms affecting horses, how we aim to manage worm burdens in horses and ponies and the most effective and sustainable ways of achieving this.

Key Points:
Candidates should understand:
  • The main worms affecting horses and ponies
  • Principles of pasture management
  • The role and purpose of FWECs (Faecal Worm Egg Counts)
  • The importance of seasonal worm threats
  • The problem of resistance
  • How to dose horses and ponies appropriately

Why not use the Worm Control Badge Buddy to help you study for your Worm Control Achievement Badge!

Carriage Driving (Main) - in conjunction with The British Driving Society
www.britishdrivingsociety.co.uk

Guidelines
  • To harness up a pony in single breastcollar harness(with assistance)
  • To fit the harnessed pony into a two wheel vehicle(with assistance)
  • Be able to drive off at the walk and halt(with assistance)
  • Un-harness after.

Carriage Driving (Mini) - in conjunction with The British Driving Society
www.britishdrivingsociety.co.uk

Using a driving harness, name 5 or 6 pieces of harness:
  • Breast harness
  • Pad, crupper and breeching
  • Traces
  • Reins
  • Blinkers
Using a vehicle, name the following parts of the vehicle:
  • Swingletree
  • Shaft
  • Wheels
  • Seat
Recognise different vehicles from photographs:
  • Two wheeled
  • Four wheels

You can find out more about all of the Achievement Badges on www.pcuk.org


HSBC competition

My Visit to

William Fox-Pitts Yard

Having entered the HSBC competition online for Pony Club Members to win a day with sporting hero William Fox Pitt, I could not believe it when I had a phone call to say that I had won!

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My Visit to

William Fox-Pitts Yard

I was rather nervous but very excited as we made our way to Dorset. Would I think of enough things to say? Would I ruin one of his horses? Would my Pony Club Camp mucking out be of a high enough standard? I needn’t have worried! As soon as I arrived, Jackie, William’s Head Girl was extremely welcoming and friendly. I started by sweeping the yard with an automatic sweeper - a bit of a novel experience , that got better when I sorted the direction of the sweeper out...

I then helped Tom put some of the horses onto the horse walker and met the first horsey celebrity of the day - Lionheart.

As I swept the last of the hay from the gutters in the yard, I met the next celebrity - William Fox-Pitt, who came over and introduced himself and asked about myself and told me a bit about what I would be doing. I was amazed how friendly and welcoming William was, and also how tall!

I then groomed and tacked up Lionheart before he went out on a hack. Whist Lionheart was out I went for breakfast with some of William’s team before helping to wash two of Williams three horses in preparation for Weston Park the following day.

Whilst the horses, and I, dried off Tom and I turned out Boy My Hero into his paddock where he was starting his holiday. He joined Tamarillo, Neuf de Coeurs, Sea Cookie and Parklane Hawk who were also ‘chillaxing’ on holiday.

William then invited me to listen whilst his pupils were working in the massive outdoor arena. He went through Toms two Dressage test for the next competition, which included counter canter, pirouettes and shoulder in. William explained to me what judges would be looking for in these moves and how to nail more basic Dressage moves such as downward transitions and bend; this was hugely beneficial and I am now applying this knowledge to my own riding.

I then watched William ride Tom’s horse and it was immediately obvious that I was witnessing an amazing rider right in front of me!

After lunch William very kindly answered all my questions about the Olympics! He said it was amazing to ride in Greenwich Park, that jumping the drop was like jumping off the face of the earth and that the moon fence was one of his favourites because of the view of London.

Tom then showed me the ‘horse’ spa that is used to either warm up their muscles before exercise or to prevent swelling after strenuous exercise.

Unfortunately my day was now almost over, but just before I left William asked if I would like to see his lorry, which of course I did; I had a demonstration of the pop out sides!

William and his team were incredibly welcoming, friendly and down to earth and as a result I had the most awesome day of my life so far. I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to meet my sporting hero, this really was a once in a lifetime day.

By Harry Kitchener, Mid Surrey Branch

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