We are a thriving and active branch – in Pony Club Area 13 – based in north Hampshire – with rallies occurring around Hartley Wintney, Eversley, Heckfield, Winchfield and Newnham. We’re really lucky that we have some wonderful facilities in and around our ‘patch’ that we can access for training and competitions. We encourage the highest standards of horse and pony care, horsemanship and riding, whilst also having fun!
Our members are encouraged to learn, improve their skills and gain confidence through training in all the main disciplines (mounted games, dressage, show jumping, tetrathlon and eventing). We have a fabulous range of instructors whose own training doesn’t stop either! Rallies happen throughout the year at a range of venues and for all age groups and abilities. We run 3 camps each summer, a Senior Camp for those who’ve completed their GCSEs, Main Camp for 11-GCSE and Mini Camp for those 11 and under (which is non-residential and at which lots of the older members help)..
Many, but not all, of our members are active competitors in all the disciplines, at all levels, and we have a number of teams out competing most weekends throughout the season. Some of our past members have gone on to represent their country, and we welcome them back to inspire our current members.
29th MAY 2016
GARTH SOUTH Unaffiliated Mini One Day Event, INCLUDING TEAMS
YOUR REVISED TIMES ARE HERE ……
At Wheatlands Farm, White Horse Lane, Finchampstead, Berks RG40 4LZ. Entries Close on Friday 20th May 2016
From Kathie Bishop
DC Garth South Pony Club
Dear Members (and Parents)
It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m looking out of the window and thinking what a great year this past year was and how much we have to look forward to next year.
I hope you are all aware that the new hat rules will be set in stone from January 1st:
After 31 December 2015, The Pony Club will not be allowing Members to take part in their activities using riding hats which are only marked with the standard (BS)EN1384 1996, 1997 or 2012; even with the Kitemark which we have always specified is necessary. We would suggest that if you are going to buy a new hat you ensure it is also marked with one of the other standards allowed under The Pony Club rules so that you can continue to use it in 2016.
We will begin replacing the old hat tags with new white ones at all rallies once we receive them.
This has been a really good year for members taking their achievement tests. I think just about all our members who were eligible for E, D and D+ took their tests and are now the proud bearers of the appropriate coloured felt. A good number of members took their C and C+ tests with success and a select few have gone forward to even higher achievements. Training for the lower tests takes place as a matter of course during rallies and camps, a bit more effort needs to be expended for the ‘Cs’, and a fair level of effort both mounted and dismounted for B and above. A test is rightly an achievement to be celebrated, involving a level of commitment, training and effort which is above the norm, achieved by only 3 members nationally in 2015.
The tests build upon each other, and the Pony Club is unique amongst the equestrian organizations. It teaches the care of the pony as well as how to ride it, all at a fraction of the cost of instruction through the ‘parent’ disciplines and the BHS.
The A test has huge kudos associated with it, and ‘B’ and above can have impact in personal statements and as a qualification for future roles. Completion of A means that should you be considering BHS qualifications in the future, you bypass many of the elements of the ‘AI’. A number of seniors embarked on the Pony Club’s coaching qualification and others took the Lunging test this year. Those holding their B test are judged competent to be left in charge of other people’s horses, with a complete range of horsemastership skills, it’s also worth noting that many of the gap year companies (e.g. BUNAC) rate the B test as a suitable qualification for teaching in summer camps, so if you’re thinking of a summer job in the US……
Camps went with the usual bells and whistles. Dates are set for next year and are on the website. Senior Camp will run at Wellington with seniors camping, and partying and there’s a very special final day being planned, with the usual mix of excellent group and individual training. Senior Camp is not big but it is an opportunity for each participant to really be able to concentrate on the things that really ‘float their boats’. Main Camp will, as usual, run at Tweseldown, with interesting evening activities and opportunities to try new things – now’s the time to let the organizing teams know if you have any special requests, or if you would like to help out. Mini camp will run again at Wellington.
All of the disciplines have gone from strength to strength and we’re lucky to have so many dedicated parents ready to organise activities. Do please feel confident to approach any member of the Committee, or me, if you have any bright ideas of things you’d like to try for next year. If we can do it within the usual Health and Safety guidelines, we’re happy to have a go.
We have been struggling with the online booking system. Your committee have all been incredibly frustrated, particularly since we had a good system before being told we should migrate to the PC version. We are now informed that they are bringing in a new system (partly due to our feedback) but it seems to be running late and I await news. PLEASE do book for rallies and activities on the existing system (either online or with an old fashioned cheque), as we can only run them if they cover their costs.
Can I remind everyone to get their renewals in on time, particularly if you hope to compete on branch teams at Area level – gone are the days of being able to ‘fudge’ the database. You must have renewed by the end of February.
I’ll look forward to seeing you at our celebratory Parents Evening, which will be in February Half Term (Monday 15th February) by kind invitation of Greville Dare at the Elvetham .
With Best Wishes,