Thursday December 14, 2017
>3 Apr 2015 – Area 9 Racing at Cheltenham Race Course

Click Here for 3 April 2015 Racing Entry Form and Declaration

Click Here for Printable Schedule for 3 Apr 2015 Cheltenham Race Day Schedule

3 Apr 2015 Cheltenham Race DayPONY CLUB POINTS SERIES FOR 2014 SEASON
Points will be awarded to all pony/rider combinations who take part in
128cm, 138cm & 148cm Pony Club Pony Races in 2015.
At the end of October (or after the last race day), a prize will be given to
the highest placed pony/rider combination in the three height categories.

THE AREA 9 PONY CLUB RACING COMMITTEE are this year
putting forward an Award for a chosen Jockey to take a place at
The British Racing School Summer Camp – 4th – 8th August 2015. –
(Age 11-15 years) – Level 1 Pony Racing Day can be arranged if not
already achieved.
The successful Jockey will be selected from the Entries from Area
9 Branches at Cheltenham on 3rd April 2015.

DO NOT DELAY PLEASE APPLY on the Application Form which is
attached to your Entry Form.

 

>Tetrathlon Opportunity at Royal Windsor Show

 

 

Area 9 has been asked to fill one of the places in 3 person Central England Junior Tetrathlon team to compete in the Regional Tetrathlon Competition at RWHS on Saturday and Sunday 16/17 May.  The other 2 Areas in Central England are providing a girl (Area 12 – Alex Bousfield) and a boy (Area 7 – Alexander Howard), so we are in the happy position to be able to choose either a Junior girl or boy from Area 9.  I am looking for nominations for the Area 9 candidate.

The attached notes have been provided by the Pony Club about the competition and I would be grateful if you would read them before considering your nominations.  Particular points to note are:

The riding phase will be Arena jumping (with a slip rail) and, like the optional parade, will be in a busy, noisy showground.

Competitors must be prepared to loan their horse to a Northern Ireland competitor, if required.

Immaculate turnout and behaviour is required from competitors and horses.

Our entry needs to be returned by 6 April 15, so I would be grateful for any nominations, with a supporting recommendation, by Monday 16th March.

Click Here for more information!  Tetrathlon Royal Windsor Info

Please let Fred Church (fm.ej.church@btinternet.com) know if you have any queries.

 

 

>16yrs+ 2 Day Clinic 6 &7 July 2015

Click Here for Printable Flyer and Entry Form for 7th July 2015 16+ Clinic

Area 9 Pony Club

2 Day Clinic for PC Members 16yrs & over

6th & 7th July 2015

To be held at

Rectory Farm
Duntisbourne Abbots, Cirencester, Glos.

This 2 day clinic is in place of the Associates Camp and will be an excellent opportunity to access top class training, which will include the following

  • Show Jumping in the large arena or on grass
  • Dressage the 20 x 60 arena or on grass
  • Lungeing the horse for improvement
  • Lectures and Demonstrations
  • A selection of XC fences

This will be 2 full days of enjoyable learning which will help to prepare you and your horse for the future

Cost £140 per member

For more details       email jcrew@onetel.com     mobile 0785 585 2710

>Intro to Coaching – 30 Mar 2015

Click Here for Printable Flyer for 30 Mar 2015 – Intro to Coaching Course

Come & join other senior Members from Area 9 on the:

INTRODUCTION TO COACHING COURSE

Coach Tutors: Paul Ingram 

Monday 30th March 2015

 10am – 4.30pm

Cost £30.00

Please bring a packed lunch

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided

Venue: Mrs S Frank’s Oakleigh Frm, Pulley Lane, Droitwich WR9 7JL

If you wish to attend please send cheques, with the slip below, payable to Wyre Forest PC Alison Vincent 388 Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, Worcs WR14 2QH

The 12 places will be allocated on a first come first served basis but there will be another course provided if necessary – course details below.

……………………………………………

‘Introduction To Pony Club Coaching’ Year 1 Course

 

Who is this course is for?

  Pony Club Members who are 16 yrs or older and hold C/C+/B tests and are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level (This group will have priority for places)

  Past members/supporters/parents over 25 yrs who have sound horse knowledge and are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level

  Pony Club Instructors at any level who want to refresh their ideas or check they are in line with best practice

 

What is the course aim?

  To help and encourage aspiring Pony Club senior Members to utilise the knowledge they have gained from past Pony Club experience and enable them to start to coach others in a safe, effective and confident way.

  To support and encourage past Members / supporters / instructors and Members to use their enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to start to coach others in a confident, fun safe and effective way.

 

What do participants need to wear on the course?

Participants need to be appropriately dressed to teach at a rally and to model a good standard of turn out for Members.

 

How is the course delivered?

This course develops participants through discussion, group work and most importantly, activity. All participants will have the opportunity to teach.

The emphasis is on drawing together the wide range of experiences that tutors and participants bring and making those experiences available to everyone. The atmosphere is fun, friendly, welcoming and supportive.

 

What does the course cost?

Course fee Approx. £30 (depending on hire of facility costs) to includeThe Instructor’s Folder, tea and coffee. Participants need to bring a packed lunch, Pony Club Manual, notebook and pen.

 

How to find out more?

The Pony Club website under ‘Training’

 

Where will participants go from here?

They can then assist with Pony Club coaching in Branches and Centres under supervision and with a mentor.

 

Do participants gain a qualification?

No. They will however receive a combined Attendance Certificate and Feedback Slip from the Course Tutors and can continue their coaching pathway if they wish to. Their attendance will also be recorded on a database to ensure that they are included in future training, if requested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO PONY CLUB COACHING COURSE

 

YEAR 1

 

FORMAT 10.00am – 4.30pm

 

Objectives: The morning session should be carried out as an interactive group discussion so that by sharing ideas, thoughts and concerns the main objectives of safety awareness and confidence building are achieved. The same objectives should extend into the afternoon and also include practical sessions to start developing their effectiveness.

 

9.30 – 10.00am – Tutor Preparation

 

10am – 11.30am

 

Topics to be covered in discussion during the day

  • Introduction to Manual & Instructor’s Handbook!
  • Skills and attributes of a good coach
  • What makes a really good Pony Club rally
  • Health and Safety Procedures (sample risk assessment & accident forms available to complete)
  • Child Protection
  • How to deal with problems and difficulties
  • Positive interaction with Parent/Guardian/Trainer spectators
  • Planning for Pony Club activities/use of resources
  • Making learning fun with lots of suggestions for games/ideas

 

11.30am – 12.45pm

Working coffee break! – Group to pair up and are given a topic on Pony Care at D to D+ level.

The entire group are allowed 15 mins. to prepare topics in pairs, which they will then present to the rest of the group for 5 mins. max.

Positive and constructive feedback is given to each pair once they have taught their topic.

Before breaking for lunch each participant is given a short topic to teach either on the flat or over poles.

Each participant must prepare a lesson plan.

Each participant must teach for at least 15 mins after lunch (using assistants, if required).

12.45pm – 1.30pm – Working Lunch (optional dvd of demonstration lesson)

 

1.15pm – Demo riders arrive

 

1.30pm – 1.45pm (Demo riders – Group 1)

 

Intro & demonstration of teaching format and balanced position – if not done by dvd over lunch.

 

1.45pm – 3.30pm (Demo riders – Groups 1 & 2)

 

Topics to be covered in discussion during afternoon session

 

  • The values underpinning Pony Club coaching
  1. The correct position to be taught
  2. How to correct basic faults
  • Safe exercises to be used and the sensible logical progression of these exercises
  1. Jumping position
  2. Distances especially those for smaller ponies and what NOT to build

 

Teaching Practice Format

 

Divide the group into half so that each Coach Tutor has equal numbers.

Each participant will teach their topic for a minimum of 10 -15 minutes to 4/5 riders at D to D+ level.

Group discussion on good points of session and solutions to problems encountered.

Positive and constructive feedback is given to each participant following their session.

Tutors to take notes so that Feedback Forms can be completed later.

Presentation of token gifts and ‘thank yous’ to demo riders.

 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Summary

 

  • Group discussion on how they could improve on their teaching and how to achieve their future goals.
  • Each participant will be presented with a triplicated Certificate of Attendance/Feedback Report completed by the Course Tutor and will complete their name, address (optional) and contact telephone number details on this.
  • They can keep one copy, return the second one to their D.C./Centre Proprietor and leave the third copy with the Course Tutor who will use this for The Pony Club database records.

 

 

 

>9 April 2015 Horse & Pony Care Competition

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Click Here for Entry Form

AREA 9 – HORSE & PONY CARE COMPETITION

THURSDAY 9TH APRIL 2015
AT HUNT KENNELS
STANFORD ROAD, FARINGDON
OXFORDSHIRE SN7 8ES

By kind permission of the Masters of the Old Berks Hunt

Refreshments and Second Hand Tack and Clothing

Entries close: 12th March 2015

JUNIOR COMPETITION  – Commencing at 8.30am sharp

Bandaging
Bits & Bitting
Breeds, Colours and Markings
First Aid (Human)
First Aid (Equine)
Feeding
Fitness
Foot & Shoeing
Grooming
Health
Pasture & Worming
Saddlery
Riding & Road Safety
Pony at Grass
Travelling
Plaiting
Horse General Knowledge
Hunting & Countryside

 

SENIOR COMPETITION – To follow Junior Competition at approx. 2.00pm

Bandaging
Bits & Bitting
Conformation
First Aid (Human)
First Aid (Equine)
Feeding
Fitness
Foot & Shoeing
Grooming
Health
Pasture & Worming
Saddlery
Riding & Road Safety
The Stabled Horse
Travelling
Plaiting
Horse General Knowledge
Hunting & Countryside
Lungeing
Systems of the Horse

>Intro to Coaching Course – 9 Apr 2015

Click Here for Printable Fly for 9 Apr 2015 Intro to coaching course

Would you like to start to coach in The Pony Club?

 Come & join other senior Members from Area 9 on the:

 INTRODUCTION TO COACHING COURSE

Coach Tutors: Paul Ingram
Thursday 9th April 2015
10am – 4.30pm
Cost £30.00

Please bring a packed lunch
Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided

 

Venue: Mrs Jewitt, Rectory Farm Cottages, Duntisbourne Abbots, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 7JW

Please send cheques, with the slip below, payable to VWH Hunt Branch Pony Club to Mrs R Reid, Newman’s House, Southrop, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3PDif you wish to attend:

The 12 places will be allocated on a first come first served basis but there will be another course provided if necessary – course details below.

‘Introduction To Pony Club Coaching’ Year 1 Course

Who is this course is for?

  Pony Club Members who are 16 yrs or older and hold C/C+/B tests and are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level (This group will have priority for places)

  Past members/supporters/parents over 25 yrs who have sound horse knowledge and are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level

  Pony Club Instructors at any level who want to refresh their ideas or check they are in line with best practice

 

What is the course aim?

  To help and encourage aspiring Pony Club senior Members to utilise the knowledge they have gained from past Pony Club experience and enable them to start to coach others in a safe, effective and confident way.

  To support and encourage past Members / supporters / instructors and Members to use their enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to start to coach others in a confident, fun safe and effective way.

 

What do participants need to wear on the course?

Participants need to be appropriately dressed to teach at a rally and to model a good standard of turn out for Members.

 

How is the course delivered?

This course develops participants through discussion, group work and most importantly, activity. All participants will have the opportunity to teach.

The emphasis is on drawing together the wide range of experiences that tutors and participants bring and making those experiences available to everyone. The atmosphere is fun, friendly, welcoming and supportive.

 

What does the course cost?

Course fee Approx. £30 (depending on hire of facility costs) to includeThe Instructor’s Folder, tea and coffee. Participants need to bring a packed lunch, Pony Club Manual, notebook and pen.

 

How to find out more?

The Pony Club website under ‘Training’

 

Where will participants go from here?

They can then assist with Pony Club coaching in Branches and Centres under supervision and with a mentor.

 

Do participants gain a qualification?

No. They will however receive a combined Attendance Certificate and Feedback Slip from the Course Tutors and can continue their coaching pathway if they wish to. Their attendance will also be recorded on a database to ensure that they are included in future training, if requested.

 

INTRODUCTION TO PONY CLUB COACHING COURSE

YEAR 1

 

FORMAT 10.00am – 4.30pm

 

Objectives: The morning session should be carried out as an interactive group discussion so that by sharing ideas, thoughts and concerns the main objectives of safety awareness and confidence building are achieved. The same objectives should extend into the afternoon and also include practical sessions to start developing their effectiveness.

 

9.30 – 10.00am – Tutor Preparation

 

10am – 11.30am

 

Topics to be covered in discussion during the day

  • Introduction to Manual & Instructor’s Handbook!
  • Skills and attributes of a good coach
  • What makes a really good Pony Club rally
  • Health and Safety Procedures (sample risk assessment & accident forms available to complete)
  • Child Protection
  • How to deal with problems and difficulties
  • Positive interaction with Parent/Guardian/Trainer spectators
  • Planning for Pony Club activities/use of resources
  • Making learning fun with lots of suggestions for games/ideas

 

11.30am – 12.45pm

Working coffee break! – Group to pair up and are given a topic on Pony Care at D to D+ level.

The entire group are allowed 15 mins. to prepare topics in pairs, which they will then present to the rest of the group for 5 mins. max.

Positive and constructive feedback is given to each pair once they have taught their topic.

Before breaking for lunch each participant is given a short topic to teach either on the flat or over poles.

Each participant must prepare a lesson plan.

Each participant must teach for at least 15 mins after lunch (using assistants, if required).

12.45pm – 1.30pm – Working Lunch (optional dvd of demonstration lesson)

 

1.15pm – Demo riders arrive

 

1.30pm – 1.45pm (Demo riders – Group 1)

 

Intro & demonstration of teaching format and balanced position – if not done by dvd over lunch.

 

1.45pm – 3.30pm (Demo riders – Groups 1 & 2)

 

Topics to be covered in discussion during afternoon session

 

  • The values underpinning Pony Club coaching
  1. The correct position to be taught
  2. How to correct basic faults
  • Safe exercises to be used and the sensible logical progression of these exercises
  1. Jumping position
  2. Distances especially those for smaller ponies and what NOT to build

 

Teaching Practice Format

Divide the group into half so that each Coach Tutor has equal numbers.

Each participant will teach their topic for a minimum of 10 -15 minutes to 4/5 riders at D to D+ level.

Group discussion on good points of session and solutions to problems encountered.

Positive and constructive feedback is given to each participant following their session.

Tutors to take notes so that Feedback Forms can be completed later.

Presentation of token gifts and ‘thank yous’ to demo riders.

 

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Summary

 

  • Group discussion on how they could improve on their teaching and how to achieve their future goals.
  • Each participant will be presented with a triplicated Certificate of Attendance/Feedback Report completed by the Course Tutor and will complete their name, address (optional) and contact telephone number details on this.
  • They can keep one copy, return the second one to their D.C./Centre Proprietor and leave the third copy with the Course Tutor who will use this for The Pony Club database records.

 

 

 

NOTES FOR ORGANISERS / TUTORS FROM HQ

 

 

What resources are needed to run the course?

 

  • Min 8 – Max 12 participants from one or more Areas
  • Participants to bring a current copy of The Manual of Horsemanship, Instructors Handbook and writing materials. It is also advisable to obtain a copy of The Instructor’s Folder from HQ.
  • 30am – 4.30pm – Warm room, chairs, flipchart, OHP (where possible) – Coach Tutors usually bring their own equipment.
  • Drinks facility
  • 30pm – 3.30pm – Outdoor/Indoor School; blocks or cones, poles.
  • Lunch to be brought by participants
  • Demo riders – 8-10 D / D+ Riders (2 groups of 4-5) from

1.30 – 3.30pm suitably mounted.

  • Two Tutors

 

Organisers / Tutors to provide:

 

  • Flipchart paper
  • Presents for demo riders
  • Risk Assessment sheets / Accident Report forms
  • Triplicate Certificates of Attendance / Feedback Reports

 

Attendance / Feedback Forms:

 

  • Please order well in advance of course from HQ
  • Please ensure that all feedback comments are positive and constructive
  • Please ensure that the bottom copies are returned to HQ
>Eventing and Tetrathlon Study Days

Eventing and Tetrathlon have teamed up this year to run 3 study days around the country (North, Central & South). We have made extra provision to increase the numbers we can take at the Aldon course as it has been so popular. Both Jo and myself would appreciate if you could encourage your Branches to attend these days.

  • Friday 6th March – Aston Le Walls, Northants
  • Tuesday 24th March – Aldon, Somerset*
  • Monday 30th March – Burgham, Northumberland

The Morning session will comprise of a course walk with a British Eventing TA and the afternoon session will be split into Eventing and Tetrathlon classroom sessions where attendees can ask questions about organising and running competitions with experienced organisers.

The days are priced at £15 per person and attendees will need to bring a packed lunch.

Applications for any of the days can be made online by following this link to the events page: http://events.pcuk.org/?page_id=1207

Should anyone have any questions or concerns please ask them to contact Jo (jo@pcuk.org) or myself (helen@pcuk.org).

Kindest Regards

Helen Hart

General Secretary & Secretary for Tetrathlon

DDI 02476 698303

>Area 9 Success in Triathlon Championships Qualifiers

Congratulations to the Area 9 competitors who qualified for the National Triathlon Championships

The results from the Triathlons during half-term have given us further qualifiers from Area 9 for the Pony Club Winter Triathlon Championships.

With 2 more qualifiers still to run, the list of qualifiers from Area 9 is now an impressive 21.  Congratulations to:

Senior Girls

Ellie Bliss – Cotswold Hunt PC

Jess Telford – Beaufort Hunt PC

Senior Boys

Jack Church – Old Berkshire Hunt PC

Edward Kendell – Beaufort Hunt PC

Harry Stevens – VWH Hunt PC

Junior Girls

Isla Green – Beaufort Hunt PC

Rosie Harris – Ledbury Hunt PC

Cressie May – Cotswold Hunt PC

Emily Turner – Croome Hunt PC

Junior Boys

Tom Connors – Beaufort Hunt PC

Ollie Gill – Croome Hunt PC

Arthur Townend – Ledbury Hunt PC

Harry Trotman – Ledbury Hunt PC

Mini Girls

Willa Gibb – Beaufort Hunt PC

Lexie New – Old Berkshire Hunt PC

Lucy Peevers – Beaufort Hunt PC

Felicity Townend – Ledbury Hunt PC

Mini Boys

William Connors – Beaufort Hunt PC

Tom Cox – Ledbury Hunt PC

Charles Hall – Beaufort Hunt PC

Angus May – Cotswold Hunt PC

 

>Pontispool 2 Day Residential Camp (XC training) – 4-6 April 2016

Booking Form for Residential Camp at Pontispool 2016

Pontispool 2 Day  Residential Camp (XC training)  – Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th April 2016

Venue: Pontispool, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton TA4 1BH

Price Child: £190 – to include stabling, accommodation, all meals and 8 hrs of instruction

Price Adult £90 – to include accommodation and all meals

 

MPC Residential Camp at Pontispool will take place from Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th April 2016.  Pontispool is a popular venue and in 2016 we are opening our Camp to other branches in Area 9.  We will be sharing the facilities at Pontispool with the Mendip Farmers branch but have 20 places on offer, so if you would like to attend you will need to book your place quickly.
Chris and Lucy Mitford Slade have very kindly offered to help me organise this again and we are keen to encourage ALL members who are in school year 7 or above. The XC course at Pontispool is extensive and has many jumps from 70 cm up to 1m 15 including several water jumps, steps, banks and ditches. It’s a great way to get your horse going at the beginning of the season at what ever level you are competing or if you have not competed much before, but would like some training before you start.  The link below provides you with more information:

http://www.pontispool.co.uk

This year we plan to run the 2 days in the same format as before so that we arrive at lunch time on Monday 2nd, ride for 2 hours that afternoon, ride 2 hours both Tuesday morning and  afternoon then 2hrs again on Wednesday morning, which means that we will be able to leave after lunch on Wednesday.
Weather permitting we will be making use of the XC course for the 2 days, however there is also a large outdoor arena with a course of show jumps, a water jump and steps if anyone wants to have a change from the XC.

The cost for members will be £190 to include accommodation for riders and their horses, 8 hours of tuition and all meals.

The cost for adults will be £90 per person which includes all meals and accommodation in a shared cabin, there is an option of a shared deluxe cabin at an extra cost.

Attending a residential camp should be an all round experience where caring for your horse is as much a part of the day as riding, members who stay with out parents will be under full supervision, will learn a lot more and usually have a very good time.

Any parents who wish to attend may do so in an official capacity and there fore should hold a current First Aid certificate, have had a recent DBS check and attended a PC Safeguarding course with in the past 2 years.

We need to pay Pontispool a deposit and give a rough idea of numbers, so if you would like to attend please let me know before the 15th December, then in order to confirm your place you will need to pay a deposit of £50 to Minchinhampton Pony Club before 15th January.

The address and post code for Pontispool is Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton. TA4 1BH.

I look forwards to hearing from you.

Julie Crew

Julie@jCrew.plus.com

>19 Mar 2015 – XC Fence Building and Safety

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Area 9 Pony Club

Cross Country Course Building & Safety Day

Thursday 19th March 10.30 – 3.30pm

With Andrew Hunter – BE Accredited XC Course Builder

To be held at Gadbury, Eldersfield, Glos. GL19 4PP

This course is a must for DC’s, Coaches, Course Builders and any parents who help build Cross Country fences

Each Branch must send at least one person on this course

The following topics will be covered

  • Technicality of fences
  • Risk Assessing Cross Country Fences
  • Pinning down mobile Cross Country Fences
  • Realistic level for age/ability of competitors
  • Use of mobile Cross Country Fences in an arena

Cost Adults – £10                  Pony Club Members £5

 

For more details       email jcrew@onetel.com      mobile 0785 585 2710