Wednesday April 23, 2014


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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

Don’t forget Show Jumping at Greenlands Equestrian on Saturday. Lots of fun classes. Starting class 1 with course walk at 8.30 and starting at 9am. Don’t forget your Hounds for Horse and Hound classes! Hope to see you all there.

Thank you so much to our lovely Quiz team who were so committed and tried their socks off to do there very best. We missed out on a rosette by 2 points but took the disappointment with grace and are already preparing for next year!!! The obscure items to name in the practical round was their undoing but for a very young team, the rest was brilliant. Well done and thank you to Amy, Laura, Abbie and Isla and to the great support gang of Pam, Angie, Fiona, Tracy, Kirsty and Marion.  Results on “Current Results” page.

Schedules been added to “Events” page.

Dressage Training on May day holiday May 5th with Gaynor Ranshaw 4pm to 7pm approx. Venue to be confirmed. Names to Chris please with preferred time.

Raehills XC with SJ Event 18th May and 24th August. Schedules available on “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.

Spring Show jumping Competition at Greenlands 19th April. Schedule on the “Events” page.

Dumfriesshire and Stewartry Hunt are running a fun ride around Mainholm, Whitehill, Knockhill and Hoddam and Kinmount Estate on 26th April. Schedule on “Events” page.

Games venue changed for initially one week trial. Hetland Hill Carrutherstown DG14JX turn in at white stones. We are on trial ANY ‘WASTE’ MUST be lifted. Same times as was said last week 6 and 7.15. Any queeries give me a ring. Also please tell others who might not be on FB. Thanks


Congratulations to all who took part in the Area Quiz click Quiz Scoresheet 2014 for results.

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    

 Thank you to all who came to Parent’s night and it was great to see Parent’s of 2 prospective new members. Thanks to the committee for supplying delicious food. Can you all be aware that loads of help will be required to build our new course at Raehills, don’t lets leave it to the usual gang. It will benefit all members.  Andrew Porteous is co-ordinating it all so can you please phone him and leave him a contact number so that he can call on you for help when required. Give him some idea of your strengths and whether you have any equipment that may be useful. There will be stone picking parties, branch clearances and lots of jobs for all – some soon, others in the spring. His numbers are 01576 610273 or 07850157700 or email Thanks in advance!

Prize giving and Party in Kettleholm Village Hall on Saturday 4th January. Put it in your diary. 

Craigbeck Rallies. Let Marion know if you are interested in Rallies at Craigbeck. 1st one 12th October. Cost £10 in groups of approx. 4.  

Hunting Clinic and sponsored ride.

Click on the following files to learn more. A great way to learn all about hunting, lots of fun to help keep your ponies fit and to get out in winter for quality time with your horses.     Hunting Clinic         HUNT SPONSORED RIDE NOTICE-130526

Check out “Ponies for Sale”. More added.

Stable Management/Test Training/Games

Stable Management Rallies will commence at Annanhill, Millhousebridge on THURSDAY 5th Sept. If you didn’t put your name on the list at the last rally, please contact Chris.

Marion is holding rallies at Craigbeck every 2nd Saturday of the month from October to March. First one in preparation for team SJ. Contact Marion for details.

Second Hand Items

Can anyone who has items with Carrie for selling and who doesn’t want them to be taken to carboot or table top sales, please reclaim them. The items will be sold with no payment to owners but with all proceeds going to the Branch funds. Fiona Elliot and Janet Parker are going to go through everything and wash, iron and represent anything in a saleable condition, at various sales. Please reclaim from Carrie in the next week or two or your property will pass into the ownership of the Branch and will be sold for the benefit of the Branch.

Raehills results on “Current Results” page

Below are details of an offer being run by Ark Vet Group in Lockerbie. We recommend that all ponies/horse should be vaccinated annually especially if attending camp and rallies. For many outside competitions, this is compulsory.

Why not take advantage of the following offer.

Horse Vaccine Amnesty

Ark Veterinary Centre are running a vaccination amnesty to restore your horse’s protection against important and potentially fatal infectious diseases. A horse doesn’t even need to leave home to be at risk of picking up Tetanus!

Our amnesty takes place: 1st to 30th September 2013

Horses that are at least 12months of age and are unvaccinated or have lapsed their normal booster vaccination and need to restart their course may apply.

The 1st Vaccination needs to be arranged in September 2013 this will qualify for the 2nd vaccination to be done free of charge.

Normal costs will apply for 3rd and annual vaccinations thereafter.

Visit charges will apply if called out but we are able to arrange for horses to be brought to our surgeries if required.

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.

 We held a very successful Open Show at Guardsmill. Thanks to all who helped and to everyone who supported us, especially Sheena and Garry Beattie owners of Guardsmill.. Many congratulations to PCP Champion Charlotte Hyslop riding Velvet and Reserve Champ Alistair Sloan on Most Magical Misty and to Aimee Dessert riding Ciera the Champion Working Hunter  and our own Reserve Champ Grant Nelson on Master Mac.

Raehills results click here: Raehills 1 Results 2013

Photographs available from  

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. 

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.

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