On 19th April, Area 5 ran a C Test Assessor Training evening at one of their Pony Club linked Centres Cheshire Riding Stables.
The evening was oversubscribed and included coaches booked on from as far as Anglesey, also included a visiting Coach from neighbouring Area 4 and our very own Area Representative Meg Green. It was also good that 3 of the staff from CRS joined us on the course, as they were so professional and made sure riders and ponies had been well prepared.
We had a fantastic welcome from Phillipa and her team at CRS, the yard was busy when we arrived with lots of children coming for their weekly riding sessions.
As part of the training course we used members and ponies from CRS for a ridden session in the beautiful outdoor Arena. The group of trainee Assessors were able to discuss and watch the riders directed by Area 5 Coach/Assessor Rosemary Clarke.
The members demonstrated a good level of horsemanship and riding skills, it was a real pleasure to see such great members and ponies.
We look forward to coming back to CRS really soon!
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.
Please find attached a copy of the Cheshire Shield Horse Trials results to include the Areas 4 & 5 results from Saturday’s competition. They will be published on the EC website asap.
As usual, this is an “Excel” document and therefore to move between the various classes and the team results you will need to select the appropriate tab on the bottom left of the page. Note also the team results are on a single page and you will need to scan across the page to see all four classes using the bar to the right of the tab bar.
Many thanks to all officials, volunteers, helpers etc. for ensuring that we had a splendid day and to the King family for making sure the infrastructure was so well presented and worked.
Thanks also to all you competitors, your parents, branch officials, family and friends for taking part so enthusiastically and for your messages of thanks.
We were glad to see you all and look forward to inviting you back to Somerford again.
The Cheshire Shield for 2018 is scheduled for the weekend of the 7th/8th July so make a note in your diaries now!
In the glorious sunshine, we had a fantastic time competing in the Inter branch PC Hunt Relay. The day started well with our hard work being recognised when we gained 2nd place in the Tack and Turnout competition.
The heats began and they were fast and furious. Soon to our delight we were through to the finals and we won!
Well done to all the other teams and we hope they enjoyed the competition as much as we did.
Thank you to CHS for inviting our branch to send a team and for organising it on the day. It is a great competition and so prestigious to ride in the main arena.