“As part of my prize for winning my section last year at the Pony Club Open Eventing Championships I was invited to attend the Eloise and Katie Bursary training at Attington Stud with renowned World Class trainer Gill Watson. Due to 2 of the winners having to drop out I was invited to bring a second horse along with Kellen so I took my 5 year old, William. (Dad was chuffed as he no longer had to muck him out while we were away!!) Having my 2 horses there was really useful as I was able to get an insight into Gills views on young horse training as well as the more established horse.
William had a very useful Dressage lesson on the first day followed by a Cavaletti session in the afternoon for Kellen. This is something I don’t do a lot of but all three of the horses who took part showed marked improvement through the session. That evening we were very kindly invited to Gill’s home for supper along with Celia Plunkett who also came to watch the sessions. The next morning Kel had a ‘test run through’ session which was really helpful as Gill commented on it as a Judge would so that we could see where we could gain valuable marks.
The afternoon sessions focused on course jumping and both of my boys jumped really well. Although it was a long way to travel it was more than worth the journey and I would love to do it all again……. Fingers crossed for this years Champs!”
The National Tetrathlon Championships were held at Bishop Burton College from the 11th – 13th August 2017.
Area 5 had 7 competitors who qualified at the Area 5 Tetrathlon competition held at Whitfield farm, Warwick for this prestigious event. Unfortunately, Keeva Stott was unable to attend.
Both Area 5 Open Boys, Russell Wingfield (Aberconwy) and Toby Johnson (East Cheshire) came in the top 10 placings! Toby was 4th with a joint Best Shoot (940) and Russell 9th. Both competitors achieved a total score in excess of 4000 points which is fantastic achievement.
The previous weekend, Toby and Russell had both represented Wales and Borders in the Regional 100 Event held at Southfield House, Nunney, Frome, Somerset.
Area 5 had a Mixed Area team of four Junior Girls taking part in the event. Annabel James (East Cheshire), Ella Booth (Cheshire Hunt North), Kiera Booth (Cheshire Hunt North) and Orla Stott (Cheshire Hunt South). This was an exceptionally large class consisting of 86 girls! The competition got underway with some very impressive shoot scores from Area 5. Orla – 900, Kiera – 800, Annabel – 960 and Ella – 980. We hoped Ella’s score would gain her the award for the Best Shoot in the Junior Girls competition but two girls, Connie Gould (Old Berkeley Hunt) and Charlotte Hicks (East Cornwall Hunt) both scored the maximum points achievable of 1000. All the Area 5 Junior Girls had a clear cross-country round on a course that was designed by Joe Weller.
This year was the fourth year of the Grassroots Tetrathlon competition. The competition is open to both branch and centre members but competitors must not have competed at Junior level tetrathlon or above at Regional or Area level competitions.
Swim: 3 minutes
Shoot: 7 metres
Ride: Show Jumping course with a slip rail and a halt box
Heights: 2ft to 2ft 6in (60-75cm)
Area 5 had two competitors gain the highly sought-after places in this competition both from Flint and Denbigh PC, Archie Lynch and Leah Lamb. Both put in fantastic performances and held their own against much older competitors in a class of 48! Archie achieved 2nd place with a shoot score of 840. He was 4th in the swim and 6th in the run. Leah came 18th with a very impressive shoot of 920 narrowly missing the award for Best Shoot which was 940. Both Archie and Leah rode clear.
AWARDS AREA COMPETITIONRosettes are awarded to the Members of the first six teams and the first six individuals.Prizes only awarded if the rider is present at the prize giving. The organisers reserve the right to amend awards presented.Members MUST be correctly dressed for prize giving.PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE ONE RING; CLASSES WILL FOLLOW ON FROM EACH OTHER.
Please find the attached schedule and entry form along with direction to this years Area 5 Show Jumping competition.
Please note that we are requesting each branch or centre provides FOUR adult helpers to pole pick for their own team during each or their rounds!
Please find attached the schedule and entry form for the above event. I have also attached some information regarding 3rd party/public liability insurance which I trust you will find helpful together with a Frequently Asked Questions sheet
This year the event includes not only the 2017 Area 4 and Area 5 Championship qualifiers but also, for the first time, the Area 4 and Area 5 Regional Championships qualifier (formerly known as Grassroots) for both teams and individuals in our Newcomers Class. For this reason we expect entries from Pony Club member’s to be significantly higher. Inevitably this means that capacity for non-Pony Club members may be reduced. However, we are still accepting entries from non-Pony Club riders and we will do our very best to accommodate as many as possible. It is therefore expected that the demand for places will be even higher this year and entries will need to be submitted as early as possible.
Once again, those Pony Club Branches wishing to enter teams are able to leave team selection almost until the last minute. All riders/branches should submit entries for individuals by the closing date of FRIDAY16th JUNE and team selection from those individual entries does not need to be notified (by email would be preferred) until FRIDAY the 23rd JUNE.
It is important, however, that ALL RIDERS HAVE ENTERED BY THE 16th JUNE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE TO BE INCLUDED IN A TEAM.
We have decided this year to incorporate the £10 start fee into the entry fee and, following our experience of last year, we have also had to make provision for abandonment. Further, in view of the fact that the Newcomers class is now a qualifier, we have decided to equalise the entry fee for all classes.
Please use a separate entry form for each rider/horse combination entry .
I do hope to be able to communicate with all competitors by email and keep them up-dated with event information from time to time, so please try to include a LEGIBLE (to me!) email address. If you don’t have a personal email address, try to arrange to use that of a friend who will pass on news.
to all members, parents, DCs, coaches, friends, aunts, uncles and grandparents who supported the Celebration at Northop on November 6th 2016.
Going by the number of complimentary emails I have had received, it was enjoyed by all and there was a great atmosphere. The riding members put on a wonderful show and wowed us all and it was thrilling to see them all in the Parade – and beautifully turned out too.
Your efforts were very much appreciated by all present. Mary Tuckett was kind enough to congratulate each rider individually and presented each with a commemorative badge.