Monday February 8, 2016
Pony Racing Rally
Midlands Pointing are holding another racing rally on the afternoon of Thursday 18th February.  This is practise for the pony races at the Pytchley Point to Point and at the Fernie Point to Point – the latter is at Dingley on the 1st May.
Riders will be need to be competent enough to canter their ponies with one other up the gallops by the end of the session.
This rally is aimed at talking to riders about the opportunity to pony race and will help prepare them if they fancy having a go.  We have a novice pony race at Guilsborough point to point this year and would love to see some of our members having a go at their first pony race.
Please book in using the usual rally booking system of and then complete the attached form and return with payment. To Pytchley members there will be a charge of £5 and to pony club members outside the branch the cost will be £15.
The rally is at Stuart Morris’s on land adjacent to West Haddon Hall, West Haddon, Northants, NN6 7AU. It is best approached via the A428 from the roundabout at the Eastern end of the village. Use the google link below as the post code will take people to the main house.‘18.3%22N+1%C2%B004’03.5%22W/@52.3384377,-1.0704518,16.67z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0
We look forward to seeing you at half term.
Sam Durrell and Jo Messenger of Midlands Pointing
**Read before your first 2016 rally – Hat and Body Protector rule changes**

This year the Pony Club have updated the rules for hats and body protectors in 2016.
For hats:
· If you DO NOT have a WHITE hat tag then it must be checked before you can ride at a rally
· This is due to industry standard changes we need to check all hats
· Some hats that were previously compliant will not be from 1st January 2016
· Please contact Rachel Harrison to have your hat checked
· Full hat rules can be read here

For body protectors:
· Body protectors must be the newer BETA 2009 standard with the purple level 3 tag:

· Body protectors are compulsory for Cross Country and Pony Racing
· Full body protectors rules can be read here…/…/Body_Protector_Rule_2016_FV.pdf

Shooting Competition

Tet shooting


Caroline Bird is organising shooting practice and competitions for all members in the February half term and the Easter holidays  – please contact her for all details.


It’s time to renew your pony club membership for another year!!

Print off Membership Renewal form (for renewal of existing members) and send the completed form with a cheque made out to “FHPC” to membership secretary Mrs Lucy Pover, The Corner House, Dingley Hall, Dingley, Market Harborough, Leics LE16 8PJ.  If you have any questions, contact Lucy or telephone 07734 695 637.

Renewal must be completed before the end of January to keep insurance valid, and also members must renew before attending any rallies or other activities in 2016.

Polocrosse Taster / Training Days

One-day all-weather arena days aiming to cater for all abilities, from beginners to the experienced player. Coaching available from UKCC accredited coaches for a training day including small practice chukkas, in order to experience the tournament atmosphere.

Ranksboro Polo Grounds, Rutland on:

17th of January 2016

21st of February 2016

27th of March 2016

10am – 4pm £25 per player, per day

Come to one and try Polocrosse or book in for all three! Limited spaces so first come, first serve. Free stick hire is available when booking. Please contact Chris Milburn for more details and/or to book on 07967 263141 or at

Pony Racing Days

The Midlands Area Point to Point Association, Midlands Pointing, is hoping to encourage pony club members to try pony racing and has sent out the following letter -

The Melton Hunt Club Point to Point is planning to run a novice race next May for ponies and riders that have not been placed 1st or 2nd in any pony race and have not competed in any race course race.  There is no jumping in pony races ! If there are enough entries there will be a 138cm  and under, and a 148 cm and under race.

We want to encourage genuine hunting ponies and riders who would just like to try riding in a race. To do this riders and ponies need to have either hunted or attended hunt rides four times together or attended 4 rallies together.  We would like to tell you about this now so you can plan for your winter activities and we will be running some mounted rallies at Chris Bealby’s yard at Barrowby near Grantham on the following provisional dates:

Tuesday 29th March Easter Tuesday;  Tuesday 5th April – Tuesday before Grand National;  Friday 15th April- tea time night before Belton HT

The rallies would be a super chance for the children to learn all about pony racing and hopefully encourage them to take part in the future. The rallies could be part of the 4 required, but they are not compulsory and you do not need to attend them all.

Children will have to register with the PPA ( for insurance purposes). Ponies need to be up to date with their vaccinations, passports and will need a height certificate if close to the height. Riders need to be 9 – 15 years old and ponies up to 148cm and 5 – 20 years old. More details of the regulations can be found on the Pony Racing Authority web site, but there is a lot of reading!

You do not have to have racing saddles or wear racing boots to take part pony races !!!! You just need to have safe equipment.  The Melton Hunt Club Point to Point is on Sunday 8th May at Garthorpe racecourse in Leics.  We hope that you will enter this race and support us.  If you are interested please email so that we can gauge the amount of support for this event and I can send you rally booking forms.  The Pytchley ( Sunday 10th April )and Fernie ( Sunday 1st May )are also running Pony races for ponies and riders that have not been placed 1st -4th in any pony race.  Information is available on

Christmas Party

Everyone had a fab time at Tuesday’s awards evening. A big thank you to Angus Smales for handing out the prizes.

Well done to all the prize winners!

Cottesmore Fun Xmas SJ

The Cottesmore are running a small in-house show jumping competition at Hothorpe on Wednesday 30th December.

They would be very happy for any Fernie members to join in – it is all very low key with course walks for the children, guidance on show jumping rules and advice for anyone having problems.

All queries to Linda Pearce

Schedules – Fun Christmas Jumping – entry form

Schedules – Fun Xmas Jumping – 15

Christmas Show Jumping Cancelled

Due to flood damage The Meadows is unable to accommodate us for the Christmas Show Jumping competition.

Unfortunately, there are no alternative indoor venues available at such short notice and  I am very sorry for any disappointment caused.

See you on Tuesday 29th at Lubenham for the Christmas Party 7 – 9pm, and, meanwhile, have a Very Happy Christmas!!


Hat Tags and Christmas Party
Hat Tag Rule Change comes into force 1st Jan 2016 – Purple Tags will no longer be allowed and all hats should now be WHITE TAGGED.
If you are not sure whether your hat is compliable with the new Rule Changes, please contact Rachel Harrison or Dawn Basi urgently!!
Annual Presentation and Awards Evening – Tuesday 29th December 2016 Lubenham Village Hall 7 – 9pm for Drinks and Nibbles.  All family and friends welcome!
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!!!   **CAMP 2016**  25th – 29th July at Gumley Lodge