Monday March 19, 2018
Area 8 Aberystwyth XC training day at Poplar Park on the 5th April.


Aberystwyth XC
Bookings are being taken on the EFPC website link below



Sally-Ann de La Sayette is offering some shoot training for anyone in our area who has qualified for the Winter Tri Champs

Sally -Ann is the shoot coach for the Cambridgeshire and they  have a range set out in Hardwick, Nr Cambridge
£2.50 per session to cover targets and pellets
Contact no 07713404469

AREA 8 TETRATHLON TRY OUT RALLY open to all Area 8 branches and centres


We are organising a” Come and have a go “at Tetrathlon rally
This is for all levels but for those who have never taken part in a Tetrathlon  competition it is a great low key chance to have a go !
Instruction will be given in shooting (bean bags for younger members ), running and riding. 

Shooting targets will be set up and expert tuition provided
Running advice and a small course set up
The riding section will mainly concentrate on negotiation of gates and sliprails with advice and instruction on the penalties and rules of the riding section . There will be some jumping depending on ground conditions

Bookings to be made through Suffolk Hunt Webcollect
There will be no charge for this rally but bookings must be made through Webcollect
The plan is for a rally between 10am to 4pm .
Until nearer the time and when we have definite bookings we cannot give any information regarding groups and times etc..

Closing date is 19th March so please book early

Suffolk Hunt would appreciate help from all other branch parents and officials  and set up will Be on Easter Monday 2nd April (time to be confirmed) 

Look forward to seeing you all .Please contact me for any more information Email

Best wishes
Jane Crawford
DC Suffolk Hunt PC

Harry Meade coaching PC members.
Harry Meade coaching PC members, thanks to Aberystwyth RDP training day hosted by South Norfolk Branch last Sunday.

Harry Meade coaching PC members, thanks to Aberystwyth RDP training day hosted by South Norfolk Branch last Sunday.

Rider Development Pathway selection day: 11 April 2018, Dressage & Showjumping

Your nearest Selection Day is:

  • 11 April 2018
  • Beechwood Equestrian Centre, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford CM3 8DY
  • Dressage & Showjumping 

Talent Pathway 2018 Selection Day Flyer

Want a chance to be selected for The Pony Club’s Talent Pathway Squad? If you’re a current Pony Club Member and would like to register for one of our selection days, check the entrance criteria below and begin your journey!

Entrance Criteria • Aged 14 years or over • Training for or competing at Pony Club Novice Dressage level/capable of jumping 90cm • Riders who have previously been selected for the RDP/TP Squad may not reapply. This does not exclude riders who have previously attended RDP/TP Camp.

You do not have to attend a Talent Pathway Training Day to apply for a Selection Day.

Follow Pony Club Talent Pathway on Facebook:

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The Vaccination Rule – NEW for 2018!

Did you know? It is now compulsory for all ponies and horses entering any competitions at Area Level and Above, to produce a valid equine passport and vaccination record, which must:

  • must accompany the Horse to all Events
  • must be available for inspection
  • must be produced on request at any other time during the Event

Failure to comply with these requirements is a breach of the Vaccination Rule and the Horse will only be allowed to compete at the PC Steward’s discretion.

No Horse may take part in a PC Event (which includes entering competition stables) unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza. For more details, please read the Vaccination Rule 2018 with care!

The Pony Club Hat Rule 2018

Turquoise hat tagsHat rules are constantly being updated. Please check The Pony Club Hat Rule 2018, and make sure your hat qualifies. If you are going to buy a new hat, it’s a good idea to read the Rule carefully, print it out and take it with you to the shop to ensure you don’t buy a hat which will not be usable this year.

British Eventing, British Riding Clubs and The Pony Club are delighted to announce that they have joined together to unify the hat standards across all three Member Bodies; resulting in a single hat tag being accepted across British Eventing, The Pony Club and British Riding Club events in 2018.

The new ‘aqua’ coloured hat tag will carry the logo of the body that checks the hat so that the source of the tagging can be tracked and will mean that riders no longer have to wear multiple tags on their hats. Make sure you get your hat tagged when you go to your first Pony Club activity of 2018! Your DC will have tags.

British Horseback Archery Association

Simon has been a Pony Club member, and gave an excellent demonstration at the Waveney Harriers Camp, which was much enjoyed.  You may not own an event horse, or want to gallop over mighty fences, and you may have ideas of joining Robin Hood and his merry men … now is your chance!  It is very skilled both in horsemanship and archery.

Congratulations to Simon Harding on becoming a qualified riding instructor! He just passed his course this week :o
Now Simon really is the leading horseback archer in the country… He holds the IHAA HA3 grade (the highest grade held by any Brit), is national record holder for the Hungarian event and now holds instructor qualifications for riding, archery and horseback archery!!!
(And he’s a lovely modest chap who will be mortified that I am singing his praises in a public forum)
Nice work Simon :D

Here is Simon competing on Clump his Belgian Draft, covering the 90m run in sub-9s – that was quite something to see (and hear)! Photo by Helen Barnes.

Pony Club Body Protector rule 2017

Please check the Body Protector Rule 2017. Key points are:BETA 2009 Body Protector standard

  • Body protectors are compulsory for all cross-country riding and Pony Racing, whether it be training or competing
  • Body Protectors used for Cross Country and Pony Racing must meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label)
  • If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket in cross country or Pony Racing, it must only be used in addition to a normal body protector
  • Parents and Members must be aware that riders may be permitted to continue after a fall in both competition and training rides. In the event of a fall, it must be fully deflated or removed before continuing, the conventional body protector continuing to give protection
  • Air jackets must not be worn under a jacket and number bibs should be fitted loosely or with elasticated fastenings over the air jacket
  • If a Member chooses to wear a combined air jacket and body protector they do not have to wear a separate body protector as well. A combined air jacket and body protector satisfies the requirements of the rule

When an air jacket inflates, the sudden noise startles horses in the immediate vicinity, thereby causing difficulties for the other members of a ride during a group ride in a confined area, e.g. an indoor school or outdoor ménage. Air jackets are therefore discouraged for group rides.

Keeping your yard safe!

Please do have a look at these sensible suggestions for keeping your horse, your yard, your tack and yourself safe.

  • Consider marking tack and other items with the Immobilise Property Register (free, supported by the Police and the Home Office)
  • If you buy or sell a horse, don’t forget to update your details with the microchipping service
  • Change combinations on padlocks and burglar alarm codes regularly!

Norfolk PACT’s leaflet, below, is also full of good ideas. Click on the image below to see it in full size.

Equine Security Info from PACT

B Test name bibs

IMG_3220B test …. Recently all candidates have been asked to print their names as large a possible and put them in their number bibs for tests.  …. Now you can see why, especially when candidates have to change horses ….

Please register as a volunteer! We want to thank you: with a badge!
Please click on the badge above to register - and your own badge will be in the post!

Please click on the badge above to register – and your badge will be in the post!

The Pony Club could not exist without its volunteers. So many of you give so generously of your time and skills, and we are all so grateful. But, even more importantly than that: it will help the Pony Club if we can prove how many volunteers we have! This is why we are now asking all volunteers to register online – and receive the smart new Volunteer Badge in return (we thought it was time you all had your own Badge!).

Whether you jump judge once a year, or find yourself patiently stacking showjumping poles at the end of every rally, please register for Volunteer Recognition, show your support and get your badge!

Don’t forget to wear your badge in order to receive warm thanks from your Branch – and guilt-trip all your friends into registering too!

DANGER – RED ALERT! Atypical Myopathy
sycamore seedThe number of the little-known equine illness atypical myopathy have apparently reached record levels. The common symptoms are lethargy, a reluctance to move, dark brown/red urine and trembling. It is believed it is caused by horses and ponies eating the leaves and “helicopter” seeds of sycamore trees (pictured right). The problem has been caused by an extraordinarily large crop of seeds in autumn, spread far and wide by the stormy winter weather. Please do be aware.
Best advice is:
  • prevent access to sycamore trees
  • pick up sycamore seeds and dead leaves
  • fence off where sycamore seeds and leaves have fallen
  • ensure seeds have not blown into your field from nearby sycamore trees
  • give extra hay or haylage where pasture is poor
  • reduce stocking density
  • reduce turn-out at risk times of year (autumn and spring).
If you suspect your horse is unwell, call your vet. Click here for more details on atypical myopathy from Dengie.