Area 5 Training Day with William Blane


Thanks from a very grateful Area 5 Member …

Just like to say thank you to Meg for organizing the William Blane Training at Kelsall last week. I enjoyed it very much, I have never had a lesson with William before and I found he was very informative and he had a great sense of humour !! Look forward to when he visits Area 5 again!
Brier Leahy

Area 5 Training Day with William Blane at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 29th March

Report – NFU Mutual National Quiz 2016 – Area 5

Once again Aberconwy hosted the Area 5 round of the quiz, and once again the riders impressed with the things they knew, and with some of the things they didn’t.

The winning branch was CHN’s Oreos team and the winning centre was Pennant Park’s Horace team; hopefully they will let us know how they get on at the final. It was good to see new teams from both centres (Gorswen) and branches (Anglesey). They all acquitted themselves well, despite having some very young members.

We were privileged to have Meg Green in attendance: Sandie introduced her to the teams which immediately gave them the answer to one of the questions. We then wasted no time in putting Meg to work helping with the scoring.

Round 1 was The Pony Club, which is where our Area Rep came in. Similar questions are asked every year so experience doing the quiz helped here. Round 2 was a new one on Turnout of Horse and Rider which the DCs will be pleased to know produced consistently high scores. Round 3 was on Well Known Equestrian Venues, some of which proved to be less than well known although HOYS, Olympia and Appleby were identified by most teams. Round 4 was the practical round. This is done individually so some of the younger members had to identify quite complicated bits on their own. Experience of a wide range of horses helps with this round. Next came round 5 which is done in pairs with the younger two answering questions on Points of the Pony and the older two having Horses Ailments. The winning CHN team, the Pennant Park Sunny team and Cheshire Riding School Team 2 all gave faultless answers to this section so the ponies seem to be in safe hands. The Missing Words and Numbers in round 6 proved more of a challenge. This was a bit like doing a crossword where you either understood what was intended or the clue seemed meaningless. Everyone knew that you can’t make a horse drink, but relatively few knew that the wind of heaven blows between his ears. Round 7 was All The Queen’s Horses. The Queen is certainly connected to a lot of horses from her first pony Peggy, to her longstanding ride Burmese, the race horses she owns and the Fell and Highland ponies she supports. Finally it was the  picture round, where the parents knew Red Rum, some of the older adults knew Champion the Wonder Horse and the children all knew Spirit (cartoon television horse apparently). Scott Brash should be pleased to know that more teams identified him than any of the other famous faces.

Then it was a quick count up and Meg gave out the rosettes. Everyone looked very smart in their sweatshirts and it had been a colourful sight with the different branches and centres. Hopefully those who gave it a first go this year will be back again next year, and more will join them for this friendly but useful quiz.

Penny Wingfield

Area 5 Camp 2016

  • Monday 11th – Thursday 14th July 2016
    At Somerford Park, Congleton
  • Specialised training in Flatwork, Show Jumping, Cross Country and theory with top trainers.
  • Evening entertainment and guest speakers.
  • £275 for the camp includes stabling, haylage and 2 bales of shavings, as well as food, shower facilities etc for riders.
  • Cheques to be made payable to “Area 5 of the Pony Club”
  • Applications by Wednesday 22nd June 2016
  • Organiser: Debbie Miller  07739 551 444


Download and complete both forms and return to Debbie, contact details above …..

CHN One Day Event, Rose Bowl, Area 5 Tetrathlon

Cheshire Hunt North Branch Of The Pony Club

One Day Event
incorporating The Rose Bowl Area 5 Team competition & Area 5 Tetrathlon
(swimming, shooting & running on Sunday 8th May 2016 At Alsager Leisure Centre –
organised by Area 5 Tetrathlon Committee)

ODE open to Pony Club & Riding Club/non PC members
Smallwood Livery Centre
Smallwood, Cheshire, CW11 2XE

Saturday 7th May 2016

Download Schedule Here

Ludlow Hunt Branch Tetrathlon

Ludlow Hunt Branch of the Pony Club Tetrathlon
Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May

  • Shooting, Running & Swimming
    Ludlow School & Teme Leisure Centre, SY8 1DR
  • Riding
    Woodhouse Farm, Pound Green, Bewdley, DY12 3LD
  • Entry Secretary: Mrs. Ann Bailey
    18 Castle Close, Burford, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8AY
    01584 810 812 or 07866 911 140
  • Closing date for Entries
    Monday 11th April 2016