Sunday December 17, 2017
Cubitt Awards

Honouring our Volunteers

What is the Cubitt Award?
The Cubitt Award is a way of Branches, Centres and The Pony Club honouring those that have passed the landmark of at least twenty years of voluntary help to the Organisation.

In 1987, Patrick Langford, a past Pony Club Chairman, suggested that there should be a special award for those special people who volunteer so much of their time and energy. Subsequently, The Pony Club Council created the Cubitt Award in 1988 and it is named after the late Hon. Guy Cubitt, a former Chairman of The Pony Club (1945 to 1970).

In Area 9 we have 4 award winners this year.

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Area 9 Horse Trials Schedule 2017

Click on pic to link to website & schedule.PC Schedule 2017

Area 9 Show Jumping Schedule 2017

Click on image below for link to Horse Events for the schedule.Area Show Jumping Schedule 2017 v7

John King Young Artist Award

Entries are open for this year’s award click on the link to find out more.

The Pony Club is pleased to announce that it is once again teaming up with the Society of Equestrian Artists to run the John King Young Artist Award!

Now in its fifth year, the competition is open to all Pony Club Members in the UK and was relaunched two years ago as The John King Young Artist Award. One of the leading sporting artists of the post-war era, John King had close ties with both The Pony Club and the SEA and it is hoped that this competition will inspire the next generation of equestrian artistic talent.

Area 9 Postal Shoot Results

Please find the final results from this year’s postal shoot attached.  I hope to put the rosettes for the first 6 individuals in each class and first 10 teams in the post this week.  For all classes except Adults, I have split classes into Boys and Girls.

Any tied scores have been resolved by counting the number of bulls.  For teams, I counted the best 3 scores, but all team members’ bulls.

 Congratulations to all the rosette winners and to all who competed.  Especially those 117 who carried on through the winter to finish the competition – the best completion rate so far.

20170507 - Area 9 Postal Shoot 2016-17 - Final Positions Class 2 Mini

Royal Windsor Horse Show Tetrathlon

13th & 14th May 2017

Royal Windsor offers a great privilege to 24 Junior level Tetrathletes. Athletes are selected, usually one per Pony Club Area, to make up 8 Regional teams of three with all scores to count. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are up against 5 English Regions. Our own region, Central England, covers Pony Club Areas 7, 9 and 12.

This year Central England team was represented by Charlie Brown (Ludlow/Area 7), Tom Connors (Beaufort/Area 9) and Olivia Mahony (South Oxfordshire/Area 12).

On Saturday all competitors met at Windsor Leisure Centre for the Shoot and Swim phases. It was all remarkably calm and quick with only 6 targets and 4 details in the shoot and 4 swim heats.

Olivia shot a remarkable 980 to take the lead in this phase. Charlie’s 920 and Tom’s 900 provided a useful team score that put Central England in the lead.

Swimming next. The outstanding swimmer of the competition was Morgan Thompson from the Llangeinor who recorded over 10 lengths in 3 minutes. But again Central England put up a solid performance swimming just under 9 lengths (Tom) and just over 9 lengths (Charlie and Olivia). Olivia held her lead, as did Central England team, however the Scots were snapping at their heels.

Competitors then transferred location to the showground, basking in sunny weather below Windsor Castle. The run route was along the banks of the River Thames – as scenic as you could wish for. The scores were shaken up after the run – Hugh Dow and Morgan Thompson ran extremely well but Tom was not far behind. Olivia put up a very good performance and Charlie, who was suffering significant pain from patella tendonitis, ran with enormous courage although visibly “unlevel”. By the end of Saturday and after three phases, Central England still held top spot with Tom now in individual second place after Morgan Thompson. Charlie’s knee was packed in ice…

Sunday brought the ride phase – an Arena Jumping course set up in the Frogmore Arena, one step away from the Main Arena. The course included a slip rail and a mixture of rustic and show jumps. The Northern Irish team were lent horses by English teams. Central England went in near the start and put the pressure on everyone else by jumping clear – the only penalties being a few time faults. In fact, only 5 out of the 24 competitors achieved the max ride score of 1400 points.

Now Central England knew that they had nailed the team winners spot. Big smiles all round. It remained to be seen if Tom would hold second place or could he improve his position? When Morgan Thompson’s turn came to ride, he was unlucky to take a few poles with him. Bad luck for him after such a performance of athletic brilliance. Tom was elevated to the Individual winner’s spot which was in every way a dream come true.

The prizegiving took place in the Frogmore Arena and the team were delighted to receive embroidered Royal Windsor rugs that will be treasured.

There followed the opportunity to parade in the Main Arena in front of Her Majesty the Queen, alongside the Mounted Games teams who also represent the Pony Club so well. Nick Skelton and Big Star’s retirement swelled the crowd and there was standing room only.

All three team members greatly appreciated the chance to compete at this most prestigious event, racking up memories that will last a lifetime.

RWHS 2017 Central England Team

Charles Owen Hat Recall

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Charles Owen has announced a recall of their Limited Edition 4Star Cross Country Helmets due to concerns over the safety of the chrome buckles which have shown potential for extreme corrosion. This may result in buckle failure on helmets sized 54 (0½), 55 (1) and 56 (1½).

Information regarding the helmet model can be found on the product satin, guarantee card or user instructions, and any queries should be directed to Charles Owen whose contact details can be found below.

Please note: Only models with chrome buckles in the sizes stated are affected.

Charles Owen are advising that all consumers should cease use of the affected helmets immediately, and that anybody in possession of a recalled helmet should contact them directly or the shop they purchased it from in order to receive a replacement or a full refund.

For more information, please contact Charles Owen on 01978 317769 or email info@charlesowen.co.uk

Guinea Pig Riders

Well done to our Area 9 Guinea Pig riders Alex Norris, Sophie Hilleard, Izzy Rugman and Amity Thwaites for the Russell Guire roadshow at the Unicorn on 19th April.020

Richard Waygood CPD Evening

CPD evening 12th June at Rectory Farm with Richard Waygood, this will be fun and informative evening which is open at all PC officials, coaches, members, parents and anyone else who would like to attend. It is also a chance for anyone attending to get their ‘log book’ signed.  Richard will be demonstrating a few of his favourite exercises which can be scaled down to suit all ages and abilities. Bookings and payment will be taken through the Area 9 website, this facility is currently in process and will be available very soon

Flyer for Richard Waygood CPD Evening 12th June 2017

Polocross Taster Session

Area 9 Intro to Polocrosse Sessions