This year the Pony Club have updated the rules for hats and body protectors in 2016.
· 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 herehttp://www.pcuk.org/uploads/dcs/Hat_Rule_2016_FV.pdf
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 http://www.pcuk.org/uploa…/…/Body_Protector_Rule_2016_FV.pdf
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.midlandspointing.com
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!
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 email@example.com
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!!