Monday August 20, 2018
>Rider Development Pathway

The Pony Club’s Rider Development Pathway is a new initiative for 2014 and consists of nine regional assessment and training days, held in the spring, open to all Pony Club Members aged 12 – 18 years who meet the specified minimum criteria in Dressage, Show Jumping or Eventing.  Riders should not already be receiving support through the BEF World Class or Excel programmes, or be on any existing Pony, Junior or Young Rider squads.

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Scotland – Sunday 6th April @ West Kype Farm – Jo Hamilton

North West – Tuesday 8th April @ Myerscough College – Hannah/Becky Moody

East – Wednesday 9th April @ Brook Farm Training Centre – Jill Day

North East – Monday 14th April @ Bishop Burton College – Hannah/Becky Moody

South East – Monday 14th April @ Sands Farm Equitation Centre – Dan Sherriff

South West – Tuesday 15th April @ The Grange Equestrian Centre – Claire Moir

Central – Thursday 17th April @ Warwickshire College – Harry Payne

Wales – Monday 21st April @ Bridgend College – Nina Venables (TBC)

Northern Ireland – Thursday 24th April @ Laurel View Equestrian Centre – Janet Horswill

Final – Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th June @ Somerford Park – Maria Eilberg

>27Apr14 – Intro to Coaching Course

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Would you like to start to coach inThe Pony Club?

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


Coach Tutors: Paul Ingram & Peter Hales

Sunday 27th April 2014

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,

Please send cheques, with the slip below, payable to “Worcestershire Hunt Branch of the Pony Club” to to Paul Ingram, 5 Lower Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, Worcs DY10 4QN before 19th April 2014 if 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.


I wish to attend the Introduction To Coaching Course on April 27th 2014.

Name …………………………………………………………….

Area ………….      Branch/Centre …………………………………………

Please give details of any relevant qualifications and experience, for example PC tests, 1st aid, Safegaurding & protecting Children, DBS  etc



I enclose a cheque for £30 payable to “Worcestershire Hunt Branch of the Pony Club”           ¨

‘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 and Log Book, 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.



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

i)              The correct position to be taught

ii)             How to correct basic faults

iii)            Safe exercises to be used and the sensible logical progression of these exercises

iv)           Jumping position

v)            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


  • 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.


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.
  • 9.30am – 4.30pm  – Warm room, chairs, flipchart, OHP (where possible) – Coach Tutors usually bring their own equipment.
  • Drinks facility
  • 1.30pm – 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
  • Ø Triplicate Certificates of Attendance / Feedback Reports

Attendance / Feedback Forms:

ü  Please order well in advance of course from HQ

ü  Please ensure that all feedback comments are positive and constructive

ü Please ensure that the bottom copies are returned to HQ

>13Apr14 – Coaching Development Course

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

Coaching Development Course

Coach Tutors: Paul Ingram & William Blane

Sunday 13th April 2014

10am – 5pm

Cost £30.00.

Please bring a packed lunch

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided

Venue: Oakleigh Frm, Pulley Lane, Droitwich, Worcs and Branch Field, Goosehill Lane,  Droitwich.

Please send cheques, with the slip below, payable to “Worcestershire Branch of the Pony Club” to Paul Ingram, 5 Lower Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, Worcs DY10 4QN

There are only 8 places and these will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

>Fence Judging Course

Fence Judge training days that we have organised for the coming weeks. They are all free and open to all levels of fence judge from the very beginner right through to the very experienced. They would be ideal for any pony club volunteers who would be interested in gaining more knowledge. Please see below for dates and links:

Saturday 25 JanuaryFence Judge refresher & Training Day with David Merrett
Ely Eventing Centre, Cambridgeshire | SOLD OUT waitlist available

February (Date TBC) – Fence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Andrew Fell
Larkhill Cross Country, Wiltshire | Bookings open soon…

Sunday 9 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Dave Thompson
Kelsall Hill EC, Cheshire | Book online…

Saturday 15 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Jonathan Clissold
Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire | Book online…

Saturday 15 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Stuart Buntine
East Bridford Village Hall, Nottinghamshire | Book online…

Sunday 16 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Dave Thompson
West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Wiltshire | SOLD OUT waitlist available

Sunday 16 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Philip Herbert
South of England Showground, Sussex | Book online…

Sunday 23 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Adrian Ditcham
Wellington Riding, Hampshire | Book online…

Sunday 23 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Philip Herbert
Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell Centre | Book online…

Sunday 23 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Jonathan Clissold
Bramham Park, West Yorkshire | Book online…

Saturday 8 MarchFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Simon Bere
Pontispool Equestrian Centre, Somerset | Book online…

>17 Feb Pony Racing

PRA/PC Pony Racing Training Day

**17th February**

Highfields Stables, Adstone, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8DS

If you have any question or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Shona Supple on

Format Of The Day
Members will be able to work on their balance, using a variety of training aids, including Equicisors.  There will be two sessions of riding, one in a school and the other on the gallops.  The day will be a continual assessment with excellent instruction given by Pony Club Instructors and Jockey Coaches.

Members and their pony will be assessed as to their ability, confidence & competence and at the end of the day will be informed by the Assessor as to whether they have passed. If this is the case then they will be able to use this qualification to enter a Pony Club Race Day and be eligible to take part in Pony Racing Authority (PRA) races staged in 2014.

The cost of the day is £50.00 (cheques made payable to the Pony Racing Authority). Application Form:

If you would like to attend a Training Day please complete the 2013/14 PRA / PC Training Day Entry Form and return, along with the fee, to:
Pony Racing Authority, Lower Postons House, Cold Weston, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9FE
Please be advised that spaces are limited, therefore it is advisable to book your place early. Entries close one week prior to the Training Day.

Pony Club Instructors

You are welcome to attend this day as part of your Instructor Accreditation – please contact Shona Supple on if you would like to attend.  The cost will be £10 (payable to the Pony Club Area) and you must attend the morning and afternoon session.

General Information of PRA/PC Training Days:

2014 Test Dates

Test dates are in 2014. Please remind your members that the closing date for nominations is 3 weeks before the test  and nominations will only be accepted with full payment.

Area 9 Test Dates

‘B’ Test  – 9th April, 26th August, 20th September and 25th October.

Lunge Test – 9th April, 26th August, 20th September and 25th October.

‘B+’ Test – Tues 15th April

AH Test – Thurs 17th April

>First Aid Course – 27Feb

Thurs Feb 27th – Near Cirencester

9.30 – 4.00

We are holding a one day 1st aid course on Thurs Feb 27th – Near Cirencester and have a few spaces left. It will be from about 9.30 – 4.00. It costs about £35 and lunch will be provided. If you are interested please contact me on It will be on a first come basis, Jessica Moseley

>4 Pass Lunge Test on 3Jan14

Congratulations on passing the lunge test on 3Jan14!

Abbey Read – Minchinhampton

Annie Newland – Worcestershire

Henrietta Horsley Gubbins – Worcestershire

Lucinda White – Worcestershire

>AH Training – Skeleton

AH Training – reviewing a horse skeleton!

AH-Training 2014

>17Feb2014- Mounted Games Rally

Register your branch for the Mounted Games Rally

A day of training at

Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, Glos

Monday 17th February 2013

Rosettes for all attending

This day is open to all to gain experience, to improve your technique, to have some fun, even if you have never done games before you are more than welcome to come.

10:00am – 12:30pm for juniors (10 yrs and under)

13:00pm – 15:00pm for seniors (11yrs – 14yrs)

Can members wear their club sweatshirts please.

Refreshments available all day

Click Here for Entry Form 17Feb14-Mounted-Games-Rally