Thursday October 30, 2014

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.


Times for Team Show Jumping click on one of the following  (pdf version),   Any other alterations please let Chris know direct.

Pie and Pea Quiz Night Friday 28th November in the Masonic Hall, Lockerbie. Put in your diaries and more info at Parents Night (Tuesday 4th November).

Stable Management venues and times on the “Rallies” page.

Great response to Stable Management nights, thank you. Below is a message from Ali:

“Hope you’re all enjoying the holidays.

Just a reminder for all those interested in doing stable management nights from E to C+ please let me (Ali Coates) know asap on 07740719398. I need to have final numbers by Monday 20th. Also please return badge forms so that we can update our records and not duplicate what we are teaching. Info will come out asap on the organisation of the nights.

Thanks folks


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.

There are going to be a few tests taken (E to D+) in the October holiday which Nikki is organising before she retires! Hopefully both Marion and Nikki will continue to instruct for us.

The Stable Management sessions are starting on Tuesday October 28th with Josella taking those members heading for their C and C+ tests. They will be based on general stable management towards the tests and incorporating Achievement badges. These will be held at John Anstey’s yard at Eastriggs (near Daleside) using Lynne Thomson’s ponies. The other members who would like to do stable management will be catered for at Katie Nairn’s yard at Lockerbie and will be based on achievement badges. In order that we can judge numbers and therefore Instructors required, can you please text Ali on 07740719398 as soon as possible if you would like to be involved. It would be good to know if you would like these to run weekly for 6 weeks followed by a test night, or whether you would rather only have these sessions fortnightly. Please state in your text. (Action)

There is a newsletter being constructed with further information and dates but in the meantime Parents Night is on Tuesday November 4th at Lockerbie Town Hall 7pm. It would be brilliant if every family was represented to see how we move forward and to thank retiring Committee members. The Party will be returning to the Ice Rink this year, Quiz training will commence in January and Games training will follow the Area Quiz in February as usual.

There are 5 positions available to be filled on the Committee. If any one would be interested in joining us in making decisions etc, please let me (Merlin) know. Two people have already shown an interest. You will be first to know what is happening in the branch, you will be able to voice your opinion on what we do and any ideas you have for improving the Branch will be discussed. We would love you to join us. (Action)


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

Mini Tetrathlon results on results page.

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.

The weather is looking up (I hope) so lets have a fun and successful summer for all.

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 check “prospective Teams” on Teams page.

Games report on “Results” page

Raehills Results on “Current Results” Page

Schedules been added to “Events” page.

We cannot thank our brilliant team of course builders at Raehills enough as the Course is built and ready to go on 3rd May for the training session (branch only).  Andrew Porteous who co-ordinated the workforce and has spent most w/e’s down on the course keeping everyone motivated deserves particular thanks. Special mentions also to Drew and Zippy Vernon, Kevin and Kate Anderson and many others who have leant us machinery, supplied gravel and given hours of their time. Thanks also to Trevor the Shepherd who has put up with the inevitable slight mess, although this was kept to a minimum, and who helped shift the old jumps. A great team effort. Thank you all.

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.

Check out Rally and Events pages for latest Dates.

Congratulations to all Trophy  winners, Test Achievers and Badge recipients. I’m sorry the prize giving was a bit of a shambles but when 8 trophies are not returned (and one other appeared which hasn’t been seen for some years!), it makes it hard to get them out again smoothly.  In future all Trophies must be returned by 1st December and a fine will be incurred if this is not done. (I am an irate DC!) It will give us a chance to chase offenders in advance and hopefully the evening will then run more smoothly. A list of prize winners etc is on the “results” page.  Please check that you have all the appropriate Badges, Certificate,s  Cups and Felts and let me know those missing. Thanks. Merlin

Check out “Ponies for Sale”. More added.

Hazel Nelson has very kindly presented a trophy to be awarded to the DFH Member who amassed the highest number of points in all classes, whatever their level, at our Open Show. The trophy is named after Grant’s very successful pony which he has had to pass on having outgrown him and fondly known as Bina. We will calculate the points and the trophy will be awarded at Prize Giving at the Xmas Party.

Please note. Payment for rallies/training etc is IN ADVANCE. Please do not give to Instructors. Payment by cheque to Chris or Lynne with rally name on the reverse of the cheque or cash in an envelope with rally name and your name on the envelope. Do not just hand over cash.

Check out the “Events” page for schedules and other events.

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.