Area 5 Senior Camp (16+)

A couple of places have come up at Camp next week. If you are interested please contact Debbie Miller. 07739 551445.
Could all the members who have not sent me their CONFIDENTIAL FORM please do so. You will not be able to ride without it.
Also please read the camp information on the website so you know what to bring.

Thank you, Debbie Miller.



Please find attached the full results from Saturday’s competition. Please let me know if there are any queries.

Many thanks to those of you who have sent messages of appreciation – they have been passed onto the EC team.

We had our largest competition, in terms of entries, to date with 277 dressage tests performed, 276 show jump rounds and 263 riders going Cross Country and yet we managed to finish within about 30 minutes of planned time.  For that I am grateful to all of you, the competitors, and to our army of volunteers. You were also most generous with your donations to the NW Air Ambulance, over £800 raised, and I am sure we will be adding to that substantially once all the accounts are finalised.

I am once again in admiration of the King family and all their team who prepared superb facilities for us with extensive watering of the dressage arenas and performing the Herculean task of getting over 1.5 million litres of water onto the XC course on Friday alone. I think you all agree that after such a dry spell it was incredible that the going was so good. Thanks also to the Somerford based XC course designer and International Event Rider, Andy Heffernan, who gave you all much to think about on the course. We know we are very fortunate to have such superb facilities on our doorstep.

Many thanks to our Official Steward, Wendy Penny, who was most helpful, considerate and supportive to all the officials and riders/friends – especially to two young riders who perhaps suffered a little loss of confidence during the day and were helped to a clear XC round and placings after her mentoring them.

I could not begin to list all those who helped, gave of their time so freely and who deserve our gratitude so I will just mention by name the team leaders who, with their respective teams, worked tirelessly all day:

  • Event Secretary Pennie Drummond whose team kept the whole operation ticking over and were very much our public face both from taking your declarations to organising the presentations;
  • Chief Dressage Steward Corrie McLellan and team who kept the five dressage arenas moving in searing heat all day long – with courageous dressage judges who were sat in their cars without question and with few breaks. Special mention for one of the judges who has asked that her fee be paid to the RDA – we will add to that before sending it off;
  • Chief Show Jumping Steward  Louise Cairns and team who kept the whole thing moving – show jumping is inevitably a pinch-point for eventing but it ran superbly well;
  • Chief Cross Country Steward Sharon Kennett who, along with our Official Steward Wendy Penny, ensured that the XC course ran smoothly and efficiently;
  • XC Controller/Commentator Ian (Tiny) McLellan and XC starter Graham Ashmore and teams who kept us all informed, safe and in order on the XC course;
  • Event Scorer Emily Barnes and team for getting the results out in record time despite the complexity of the competition and the challenges met along the way;
  • Judges’ and officials catering team led by John and Jill Walton who kept the volunteers fed and watered all day;
  • Volunteers Organiser Sally Harris who had the unenviable task of finding about 150 helpers to keep the whole show on the road;
  • To our Honorary Vet., Arnie Agnew, who thankfully had a quiet day – for the most part!
  • And to everyone else who helped – they were all magnificent and we couldn’t do it without them.

If they can all be persuaded to do it again, the 2019 Cheshire Shield is scheduled for Saturday the 6th July – so make a note in your diary now!

The course photographer was Martha Lily Thompson of Martha Lily Photography whose gallery of photos from the Cheshire Shield can be found at

We also had a video photographer on site – Nick Skipper of Meadow Productions Ltd. – and details of how to get a video recording of your XC round can be found at

Geoff Bell … District Commissioner




Tanatside Hunt Branch Pony Club


Plus, dressage only

Sunday 15th July 2018

At The White House and Dyffryn, Meifod, Powys, SY22 6DA

By kind permission of Alison Lewis Saddlery,

 please follow directions on A495 to car and lorry park

May Whiston Photography, Refreshments

Express Eventing consists of a dressage test and a combined show jumping and cross-country course

We will run under 30cm, 40cm, 60cm, then finish with 80cm class

Multiple entries encouraged, to build confidence.

Cheshire Shield SATURDAY 7th July 2018 – Third Bulletin

Cheshire Shield SATURDAY 7th July 2018

Third Bulletin – Wednesday 4th July 2018


Contrary to scurrilous rumours we are not:

  1. Moving the event to the following weekend;
  2. Stopping the event for 2 hours at 3 p.m.; or
  3. Erecting a big screen in the centre of the SJ arena.


The times for the competition are attached and will soon be published on the East Cheshire BPC website. The document attached is a Microsoft Excel document divided into sheets. Each sheet contains a single Class and Sections. The Class/Section you are interested in can be accessed by clicking on the tab in the bottom left hand corner of the document.

If you discover any errors or omissions, please let me know immediately.

We have tried to accommodate as many requests as possible but a few which came in very late in the day we have not been able to deal with before the allocation of times. There may be an opportunity to address any outstanding requests on the day but if not, my apologies.

We have our largest entry ever and it is very important that the event runs to time. I would ask that all competitors ensure that they are at their allotted  arena or course start point in good time – if you arrive early we will try to slot you in if there is a natural gap but priority will be given to those presenting on time.


  • On arrival on site you will need to declare at the Secretary’s Marquee – alongside the Show Jumping Arena – and pay £10 for the bib-deposit.
  • We do require all riders to use the XC bib issued by the Event Secretary. It is most important that you declare – you will not be allowed to commence any phase of the competition until you have done so.
  • If you decide to withdraw – please let us know as soon as possible – even on the day – it is very frustrating to be waiting for riders who have decided not to compete further.

We have decided that we will NOT surcharge for the course watering but as this may impact upon the amount of our donation to the Air Ambulance, we would ask you to be generous with your donations. Last year we were able to send £2000 to the AA and we would like to at least meet that this year. However the cost of watering the course will severely impact upon our ability to do so unless you are generous.


We will try to get scores & results out as quickly as possible after the conclusion of each class but we would ask you to understand how complex the scoring is for this competition. There are, in fact 7 separate competitions in each class. We have an overall Cheshire Shield Team and Individual competition for PC members and a CS individual competition for non-PC riders. Additionally there are separate qualifying team and individual competitions for Area 4 and Area 5 members and for Area 3 members in the PC110 (Open). I am, as ever, very grateful to our team of scorers who have been closely involved in the build up to the event to try to ensure things run smoothly on the day. We have a total of 52 teams entered and over 280 riders!


You cannot have missed the fact that we are enjoying(?) one of the hottest and driest periods on record. We last had serious rain in Somerford on the 16th June and there is none forecast before the weekend. SPF have spent much time and money on watering the course during the last week and we have already announced that about one and half million litres of water will be applied on Friday – the cost of this alone will be about £2000. We will share this cost with SPF and Area 3 RC’s who compete on the following day.

Please ensure you keep yourself and your horse/pony well hydrated and use plenty of sunscreen.


  • We would ask ALL competitors, both PC and non-PC alike, to conform to the following guidelines on dress:
  • Jackets need not be worn for either the Dressage or Show Jumping phases of the competition, however we would expect all riders taking advantage of this rule relaxation to wear a sleeved white shirt – no sleeveless shirts please – and either PC ties or stocks.
  • We highly recommend the wearing of sleeved shirts or skins for the XC phase although the PC rules only require shoulders to be covered.
  • Please dress smartly (ideally white shirts) for prize giving although hats need not be worn.

XC Courses

The whole course, which is looking remarkably good given the lack of rain, will have a final inspection on Friday morning and will be available for walking from 2 p.m. on Friday. It may be possible to walk earlier but only with the permission of SPF and at your own risk of changes up to 2 p.m. When walking, please be considerate of others AND KEEP DOGS ON A LEAD, park considerately and prettily on the right hand side of the track to ensure you do not block space or access for trade stands and infrastructure. Also – beware of the tractors and tankers spraying water on the course. They travel very slowly (about 1.5 mph) but are also very heavy (about 20 tonnes in all).

The course times and distances are attached and course maps can be accessed here

NEW RULE WARNING – please note – the XC start/finish judges will be on the look-out for riders deliberately slowing down after the final fence – to do so could incur 10 penalties.

Please note, there are no ‘L’ fences on any of the courses but there is one ‘Black Flag’ alternative fence on the PC110 at fence 9C – the Carrot Box.

There is a water tank at the XC finish, adjacent to the collecting ring. This is for the use of riders and horses which have completed the course – please do not use it unless you have completed your XC phase.

I hope you have a wonderful and successful day – and catch the match later in the day.

Good Luck … Geoff Bell … District Commissioner
25 Chelford Road
 Mobile 07540721155 Office 01782344200
Cheshire CW12 4QD  Home  01260272122  Fax  01782599321

Cheshire Shield SATURDAY 7th July 2018

Second Bulletin –29th June 2018

Receipt of this email confirms that – YOUR ENTRY HAS BEEN ACCEPTED

We have experienced an unprecedented number of entries this year which has resulted in us having to take the decision not to run a Non-Pony Club section in Class 2 – the 90. In doing so we have had to disappoint over 30 riders, many of whom have been coming to the Cheshire Shield competition for several years. We are very grateful to our friends running the Area 3 Riding Club event the following day, Sunday the 8th, for agreeing to take all those who chose to transfer.

Nevertheless we have a very busy day ahead of us with over 280 entries– our largest to date – and all Pony Club entries received have been accommodated. They are divided as follows:

  • Class 1        (PC80) – 4 Pony Cub Arenas and one non-PC Arena – about 130 riders;
  • Class 2        (PC90) – 4 Pony Club Arenas – about 80 riders;
  • Class 3      (PC100) –2 Pony Club Arenas and one non-PC Arena – about 46 riders;
  • Class 4       (PCOpen-110)  – 1 Arena accommodating a total of 25 entries.

We will run the classes in that order and sections in the following order:


  • Class 1, sections A, B, C & D: Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals, Area 4 individuals and other PC individuals;
  • Class 1, section E: non-PC individuals;
  • Class 2, sections A, B, C & D:  Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals, Area 4 individuals, other PC individuals and Open90 individuals;
  • Class 3, sections A & B  Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals and Area 4 individuals and non-PC individuals;
  • Class 3, section C: non-PC individuals;
  • Class 4, sections A, B, C & D: Area 4 teams & individuals; Area 3 teams & individuals; Area 5 individuals;
  • Class 4, section E: Non-PC individuals.

Within those divisions, riders will generally be listed geographically, with those travelling furthest going toward the end of the grouping. The draft timetable below will perhaps help you to structure your day.

DRAFT T I M E T A B L E (approximate and subject to change)

  Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
Dressage 8.00 a.m.– 11.00 a.m. 11.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. 1.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Show Jumping 8.40 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. 12.30 p.m.– 3.00 p.m. 3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. 4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Cross Country 9.50 a.m.– 1.10 p.m. 1.40 p.m. – 3.40 p.m. 4.00 p.m. – 5.05 p.m. 5.30 p.m. – 6.10 p.m.
Numbers 1 – 140 201 – 290 301 – 350 401 – 450


The full timetable will be published on the East Cheshire website at 6 p.m. on Wednesday the 4th July and will be emailed to all those receiving this email.

A note about the weather and ground conditions

The current hot and sunny weather seems set to continue until at least after the weekend of the competition. Unsurprisingly the ground conditions might be described as firm to hard. In order to address this and present the best conditions achievable in the circumstances, the XC course is already being watered. Furthermore, we have been liaising with Somerford Park Farm and Area 3 of the Riding Club who will use the same course the following day, and agreed that we will jointly finance the application of 15,000 cubic metres of water (at 1000 litres per cubic metre that is a lot of water)  onto the XC course on Friday 6th alone. This will involve the hiring of three tankers, tractors and drivers to deliver about 110 loads during a 12 -14 hour day. Needless to say, the total cost will run into the thousands of pounds. I am sure you will understand if we decide that it is necessary to impose a starting levy per rider which will not exceed £5.

We would also ask that you take sensible precautions for riders, spectators and horses. There will be a water tank at the XC start – finish for cooling off horses. Please use sensibly and sparingly. Also, please ensure you have plenty of water and sunscreen for riders, grooms and supoorters.

For further advice – see

Reminder about clothing and tack

Pony Club members: Please ensure you have a correctly tagged hat and ensure you comply with all dress/tack rules/requirements.

Non-PC members: there will be no formal tack check but please ensure all your tack, hats and equipment are in good order and comply with safety requirements.

Pony Club HQ have offered the following advice:

In exceptionally hot weather members do not have to wear jackets to compete in show jumping. However, they MUST wear long sleeves, and either a PC tie or stock. No short sleeved shirts/stock tops will be allowed. Parents are requested to please make sure that all children and ponies are kept well hydrated throughout the day.

Transport issues – Congleton Carnival

For those approaching Somerford from the direction of Congleton, please be aware that roads in and around the town centre will be closed between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday the 7th – see


Geoff (Bell)
District Commissioner


Hot Weather Alert

In view of the hot weather expected again tomorrow, we have taken advice from Pony Club HQ regarding the wearing of jackets, and have been given the following directive:

“In exceptionally hot weather Members do not have to wear jackets to compete in show jumping.

However, they MUST wear long sleeves, and either a PC tie or stock.

No short sleeved shirts/stock tops will be allowed.

Parents are requested to please make sure that all children and ponies are kept well hydrated throughout the day.”

Advice on caring for your horse in the heat!


Limemere Polocrosse Club tournament

Limemere Polocrosse Club’s tournament is a UKPA tournament that is open to PC members as a qualifier for our championships. It is on the weekend of 14th and 15th July at Admington Polo Ground in Shipston on Stour (Area 7).

They will also be hosting the first tournament played between the UK and Australian Pony Club teams while players from Pony Club Australia are visiting us.

Teams, players (even lead rein) and spectators welcome.

Kind regards … Laura

Laura Armstrong … 02476 698309

Dressage, Polo & Polocrosse Secretary


Cheshire Shield Horse Trials 2018

For your information – Please see below an email which will be sent to all Cheshire Shield Horse Trials / Area Event entrants today:

Dear All

Now that entries have closed, I write to confirm to all those who have submitted an entry form that your form has been received and will be considered over the next few days. It also gives me a chance to test the email lists to ensure that we iron out any address problems as early as possible. Most of you have taken care when supplying email addresses but there are a few that would defy the most expert graphologist.


This year the entries are even greater than usual and it is inevitable that some of you will be disappointed. We will notify by email those entrants whose entries have been balloted out within the next few days. It may be possible for us to transfer some or all of those entries to the following day, Sunday 8th July.

This year entries for both Class 1 (PC80) and Class 2 (PC90) have been overwhelming and together account for over 75% of total entries. Since we had expected entries to be concentrated on these two classes, we hope to be able to accommodate more than previously.

We do accept late entries but they must be accompanied by a cheque for the late entry fee of £85. We will operate a waiting list and cheques will not be processed until a place has been allocated. Late entries for Class 4 (PC110) are welcome.

The competition will run in numerical class order (1/2/3/4 – 80/90/100/110) and I expect the dressage arenas will commence at 8.00 a.m. In my next email I hope to give an indication of expected start and finish times for all classes.

Pony Club Teams: If you have not already done so, please advise which of your members are to be included in teams and, where you have more than one team in a class, notify a name for each team. Riders in classes 3 & 4 whose branch do not already have a team in that class, will be notified to the respective Area Representative for consideration of forming mixed teams. If D.C’s or team organisers wish to confirm the entries for their branch, please email me. Teams must be notified no later than FRIDAY 29th June – the earlier the better.

If you do for any reason need to email about an entry – PLEASE QUOTE THE RELEVANT CLASS NUMBER (1- 2 – 3 or 4).



Geoff Bell
District Commissioner