On Monday 15th February, Foxes Riding School hosted the Area 5 Blue Cross Horse and Pony care qualifier. We welcomed Area 5 Pony Clubs, both branches and Centres to Foxes Riding School to take part in this Championship Qualifier. The competition is split into two sections; Junior and Senior. Senior and Junior teams make their way around different ‘stations’, each of which compromised of a different theory or practical based topic. Ten minutes were spent at each ‘station’, during which time the teams were asked a series of questions to be marked by the examiner. More details on this can be found here on the Pony Club website.
The Junior Teams went first in the morning and they all did fantastically well, the winning branch team and winning centre team go through to the Horse and Pony Care Championship so a special congratulations to team Badminton of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s Hunt Branch and to Team 1 for the Cheshire Riding School who qualified for the Championships. Foxes Junior Pony Club Team came a 4th overall and put on a great performance missing out on qualifying by only 1 point!!! Well done to Freya, Juilette and Rebecca.
Here are the full Junior Results:
Pony Club Team
Team 2 East Cheshire
Team 1 Cheshire Riding Stables
Red Rum Cheshire Hunt South
Pony Sanctuary Foxes
Aldaniti Cheshire Hunt South
Team 1 Mobberley
Team 1 East Cheshire
Team 1 Cheshire Hunt North
Ballabrigs Cheshire Hunt South
Team 1 Gorsewen
During the morning, the junior Pony Club teams were treated to a Dressage Demonstration by Anna Davey on Foxes very own Dallas, one of our Riding School horses. Anna talked through warming up and showed our teams different movements from Passage to half pass, explaining as she rode what she was asking Dallas to do and why warming up your horse is so important, there was a huge round of applause when she finished – thanks Anna!!
The Senior Teams went next in the afternoon and we had 3 teams in total and we are delighted to say that the team going through to the Championships was our very own team Red Wings for Foxes Riding School – huge congratulation to Ruth, Millie and Morgan!!
Pony Club Team
Foxes Red Wings
Big thank you to all the teams for making it such a fantastic day, all the winners won fantastic rosettes and the first place teams also won goodie bags courtesy of Colberry Saddlery who sponsored the whole day. Also thank you to all the volunteers and judges that helped with the smooth running of the whole day.
Morning session 10am – 1pm at Forestgate Farm, Norley
Afternoon session on the gallops at Kelsall Hill – 2pm
Friday 19th February 2016.
Dress code as for working rallies: For the rider -cream/beige jodhpurs, Pony Club PLAIN red polo shirt or shirt and pony club tie, branch sweatshirt, jodphur boots and gaiters if required, hair net, Pony Club approved hat.
Pony – clean well fitting tack, brown, black or white numnah, plain brow bands preferred please! Please arrive in plenty of time for your rally. Body protector optional. No coats to be worn when riding please; branch fleeces can be worn to ride in. Put on an extra under layer if cold.
Ruth Hurley from PCHQ and Carrie Ford are running this day for us. Members will be able to have a go on the Equicizer, (a mechanical horse) to perfect your galloping position! It will be an action packed day for all. Members who have not yet gained their Introduction to Racing Discipline badge will work towards the badge throughout the day.
Don’t forget your packed lunch, if staying for the day plus haynet and water bucket for your pony. Please no haynets to be tied to the side of trailers/wagons. Park where directed. Thankyou for your co-operation, in advance.
INVITATION TO AREA 5 BRANCH MEMBERS
WE DO HAVE A FEW PLACES STILL AVAILABLE.
£30 WHOLE DAY, (INCLUDING GALLOPS) OR £15 FOR THE MORNING.
CONTACT SARAH HODGSON IF INTERESTED IN HALF OR FULL DAY.
The Pony Club Annual Conference to be held at Aintree Racecourse on Wednesday 2 March 2016.
Want to learn about the exciting plans that are in store for The Pony Club, and how you and your Branches and Centres can be part of them? The Annual Conference is a very important day for The Pony Club when approximately 500 representatives from Branches and Centres all over the country converge.
The theme of the 2016 conference will be Growth: the future of The Pony Club. The day will not only update you with the exciting new plans for The Pony Club for 2016 and beyond, but will also equip you with tips and advice to help develop individual Branches and Centres and our members. We will send you home with information, tools and ideas!
The day will be more informal than in previous years, and we want to make the day interactive and interesting, so that ideas can be shared across Branches, Centres and Areas. There will be the opportunity throughout the day to chat with Discipline staff, and also our sponsors and supporters.
Price: £35 per delegate. Tickets for the Annual Conference can be purchased online HERE. Please note that where possible, we encourage Branches and Centres to order all their tickets in one block booking.