Wednesday January 28, 2015

Welcome to the

Dumfriesshire Hunt Branch of the Pony Club’s Website

As a member of the Pony Club, I stand for the best in sportsmanship as well as in horsemanship

Please remember, next week’s rally is on MONDAY 7TH JULY, no rally on week of 14th due to camp and then MONDAY 21ST JULY.
Day camp for lead reins and younger members on Sunday 20th July. Names to Chris please.
Setting up camp at Hartwood Thursday 10th July 4pm. Every family coming to camp must provide at least one person to help set up please.


May you have lots of luck, fun and success.

Aimed at Children between 9 & 15 on 1/1/15
A Pony Club/PRA training day has been arranged for 14th February 2015 at Gatehousecote, Bonchester Bridge, Hawick. The cost is £50
It is a very constructive day and not just for those that want to race. One of the main focuses is on balance which is
so important in all riding disciplines and the day also teaches children to ride forward but in a controlled enviroment.
The morning is split into 3 sessions 1 ridden session in the school in small groups with 2 instructors, a fun session on all sorts of balance  equipent to make the children aware of how their balance affects the ponies way of going and a session on the equicisor(mechanical horse) In the afternoon the children go up the all weather gallop though again controlled and not all at once.
The application form can be downlaoded from the PRA web site
Places are limited so early application is advisable.
if you would like any more information you can get in touch with me or 07977053634
This day will count as an instructors  accreditation day for any instructors that attend. The cost for this will be £10
Team Show Jumping at Greenlands on 7th February. To view schedule go to “Events” and inform Graeme if you would like to join a team.  

As you all know, Marion has retired from her position of Chief Instructor and her role has been filled by Allison Coates with the title of Rally Organiser (very big thank you to Ali). Nikki is also retiring from the committee so there is going to be quite a bit of change.

Check out “Events” page – you could be competing every weekend. Lots of fun. Also “Ponies for sale”.

Can I please remind all parents and members that YOUR help is required to run the Branch. We are all volunteers (Instructors only paid and some of them not) – many of us not having a child in the Branch. Lets please as a club, share the workload so that the kids can have a great and rewarding time. Any competitions we put on are fundraisers for the benefit of the whole Branch enabling us to keep costs of rallies, camp etc as low as possible. We have 100 members so not easy to keep tabs on you all so please offer help whenever possible and don’t wait to be asked. Please keep an eye on the notice board at the hut for updates on info and sign up for duties.

Once again can I please re-iterate to stick to the track in the pony club field and DO NOT DRIVE OVER THE MOUND. It is very soft due to a spring and I have again had a letter from the Estate owner complaining. We will be banned if you continue to drive over the mound.  Lorries park at the school until we have had a significantly long spell of dry weather. Park neatly to allow everyone in AND PLEASE CLEAR YOUR MUCK. Someone had to clear up after you last time.

Please remember if doing online shopping, to consider doing it through . Registering is free and if you choose your favourite charity as Dumfriesshire Pony Club, the Branch will receive a small percentage of the cost of your shopping. All major and many smaller retailers available and its very easy once registered.

Please note there is a new “Page” called “Events”. This is similar to the calendar page but will have a list of Branch and other Branch Competitions and one off rallies. (This does not include summer rallies). If no schedule attached on “Events” page, go to the Calendar as usual. This is for ease of uploading info.

A list of dates of Rallies and Camp etc can be found on the rally page. Click on the “rally” page.