Monday May 21, 2018
Minchinhampton Dog Show – 1st June

MPC DOG SHOW AT STAR FARM – Friday 1st June 2018

This is will be another ‘fun’ evening which was much enjoyed by all who attended last year, there will be novelty showing classes and dog agility. Margaret will be doing a barbecue plus other refreshments will be available.
Put the date in your diary and bring your friends and your dogs for a party!

Flyer attached.
Please let me know if you will be attending as we will need to know numbers for the food.
Dog Show Fri 1st June 2018[13519]

MPC Fund Raising Ceilidh Evening at Nailsworth Town Hall – Sat 12th May

Get your dancing shoes ready

The Minchinhampton Branch are holding a Fund Raising ‘Ceilidh’ at Nailsworth Town Hall on Saturday 12th May, this will be a fun event suitable for all the family. Food will be included in the cost of the tickets and there will be a bar on the night serving wine, beer and non alcoholic drinks. Please bring your friends and all members of the family.

The cost of tickets will be £15 for adults and £8 for children (18yrs & under) priority will be given to MPC members (and friends) so please let me know if you would like to attend and how many tickets you would like.

Tickets will be available soon and will be available to purchase at Stroud Farm Services or from me at PC activities.

This will be a great evening and it would be really good to see all our members there.

Please reply to this email to reserve your tickets

Best wishes

Area 9 Quiz hosted by MPC

The Area 9 Quiz was hosted by the Minchinhampton Branch on Saturday 17th March – postponed from 3rd March due to the snow. 15 teams took part, unfortunately we lost 4 teams because of the change of date.

Results -

1st – Croome Hunt Brown Team – Qualified for the National Championships

2nd – Wyre Forest Wizards

3rd – Berkeley Hunt South Posh Porchas

4th – Worcestershire Kimblewicks

5th – Berkeley Hunt South Nutty Neddies

6th – Minchinhampton Meerkats

7th – Wickstead Warmbloods – Qualified for the National Centre Championships

8th – Tumpy Tigers

9th – Croome Blue Team

10th – Minchinhampton Mice


2018 Pony Club Talent Pathway Scheme

Please see details below with regards to applications for the Pony Club Talent Pathway Scheme which is for members competing confidently at 90cm / Novice Dressage and above. You can apply directly for the selection days, but it will help if you have attended some of the Area 9 Training dates before hand.
If you do decide to apply please let me know so that I can support your application, places will be limited so you will need to apply as soon as possible.

Supported by Aberyswyth University, The Pony Club Talent Pathway scheme will return in 2018 with selection days taking place across the country.This scheme is for Members who want to develop their ability in Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing and offers:

  • Area Training Days for riders to get tips and advice from top class coaches (candidates DO NOT have to attend a training day to progress to a selection day)
  • Regional Selection Days where participants will get training and feedback to help their future development in their chosen sport
  • National Camp where those riders chosen from the selection days work with sport-specific coaches, and benefit from both mounted and dismounted sessions

Six Members will then be selected to form the Pony Club Talent Pathway Squad 2018 benefitting from support of an experienced mentor, a training bursary plus further training opportunities.

Selection days are in April and each candidate will take part in 2 x 45 minute sessions:

  • Dressage – 2 x Dressage Sessions
  • Show Jumping – 2 x Jumping Sessions
  • Eventing – 1 x Dressage Session & 1 x Jumping Session

Selection Days

Eventing Selection days are being held at:

  • Aylesford Equine, Mowbray LE14 3PF – 3/4/18
  • Lincomb Equestrian, Lincomb, DY13 9RB – 4/4/18
  • Laurel View Equestrian Centre, Ballyclare, BT39 0BX – 4/4/48
  • Attington, Thame, OX9 7BY – 9/4/18
  • Richmond Equestrian Centre, Richmond, DL10 7PL – 14/4/18
  • Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, Selkirk, TD7 4NP – 28/4/18
  • West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 6QT – 29/4/18

To apply for Eventing Selection days click here.

Show Jumping Selection days are being held at:

  • Bishop Burton College, HU17 8QE – 31/3/18
  • Laurel View Equestrian Centre, Ballyclare, BT39 0BX – 4/4/48
  • Coleg Gwent Equestrian, Usk, NP15 1PW – 5/4/18
  • Kingston Maurward Equestrian, Dorchester, DT2 8PY – 6/4/18
  • The Unicorn Equestrian Trust, Cheltenham, GL54 1JZ – 8/4/18
  • Reaseheath College Equestrian Centre, Nantwich, CW5 6DF – 10/4/18
  • Beechwood Equestrian Centre, Chelmsford, CM3 8DY – 11/4/18
  • Merrist wood, Guildford, GU3 3PE – 12/4/18
  • Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, Selkirk, TD7 4NP – 28/4/18

To apply for Show Jumping Selection days click here.

Dressage Selection days are being held at:

  • Bishop Burton College, HU17 8QE – 31/3/18
  • Laurel View Equestrian Centre, Ballyclare, BT39 0BX – 4/4/48
  • Coleg Gwent Equestrian, Usk, NP15 1PW – 5/4/18
  • Kingston Maurward Equestrian, Dorchester, DT2 8PY – 6/4/18
  • The Unicorn Equestrian Trust, Cheltenham, GL54 1JZ – 8/4/18
  • Reaseheath College Equestrian Centre, Nantwich, CW5 6DF – 10/4/18
  • Beechwood Equestrian Centre, Chelmsford, CM3 8DY – 11/4/18
  • Merrist wood, Guildford, GU3 3PE – 12/4/18
  • Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, Selkirk, TD7 4NP – 28/4/18
New Vaccination Rule for 2018

All competitors at PC competitions at Area level and above will now be required to present their horse’s passport at these competitions. Your horse must also be completely up to date with their equine influenza vaccinations, details of which must be written in the passport, then signed and stamped by the administering vet. Some of you compete at Riding Club or BE competitions so will be used to this rule, will everyone else

PLEASE check your horse/pony vaccinations at the beginning of 2018 so that if necessary, you have time to get them done before the summer. If you purchase a new horse you will also need to check their vaccination record is correct. Please see attached PDF for details of the time frame in which vaccinations must be completed.

Some of you may not be aiming for Area Competitions next year, but this rule will be implemented at the 80cm Regional Qualifiers and Regional Dressage Qualifier, at which some of our younger members may wish to compete. It is also worth getting vaccinations up to date so that you then only have to remember to do the annual booster.

MPC End of Year Celebration

End of Year Celebration – 26th January 2018
Please put this date in you diary – this year Jonty Evans will be coming to give a talk and present the rosettes and prizes. Jonty is an extremely experienced event rider who competed at the Olympics in 2016 and Badminton 2017, he will be talking about his horses and the ups and downs of eventing.

Supper and drinks will be provided so it will be an excellent evening out for the whole family.

Membership Renewals / New Membership

Membership Renewal
It has come to the time of year when you need to think abut renewing your PC Membership for 2018. I have sent an email with Membership Form – this must be returned with payment to Bronwen Bird before 31st January 2018, we can still accept membership renewals up to 28th February, but if your name is not on the database before 31st January you will not be eligible to compete on Area Teams in 2018.

New Hat Tags for 2018

New Hat Tags for 2018
All riding hats used at Pony Club activities will need to be re tagged for 2018 with the ‘new’ PC mint green hat tag.

This tag will carry forwards to British Eventing and Riding Clubs, which will mean that you only need one tag for all organisations.

Tanya and I will have the new hat tags with us at all times so will be able to re-tag your hats when we see you next.

The Pony Club Rules and Eligibility 2018


The Pony Club Rules and Eligibility 2018

To: Equestrian Council, Branch District Commissioners, Branch Secretaries, Centre Proprietors, Centre Coordinators, Branch Members, Centre Members

From: The Pony Club

Purpose: Inform Branches, Centres and Members of The Pony Club rule changes for 2018

Dear all,

This email is to inform you that The Pony Club’s Sport, General and Eligibility Rules for 2018 have now all been ratified by the Equestrian Council.

An overview can be found below and full details of the changes can be found on The Pony Club website here.

Key Rules Changes for 2018

Eligibility Rules 2018

The Pony Club Eligibility rules for Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing have been significantly simplified and changed to make them easier for all to understand and to give our Members more opportunities to compete at levels of competitions available to them. Visit The Pony Club website here for full details.

Hat Rule Amendments

To unify hat standards across Member bodies and to avoid riders having to wear multiple tags on their hats, The Pony Club, British Eventing (BE) and British Riding Clubs (BRC) will introduce a new ‘aquamarine’ hat tag for 2018. The tag will carry the logo of the body that checked the hat so that tagging can be tracked.

Full details can be found here.

Will white tags still be accepted?

No, white tags will no longer be accepted at Pony Club rallies, events or competitions and Branches should look to re-tag Members’ hats from now.

Where can I get the Pony Club Aquamarine hat tags from?

Aquamarine hat tags can be purchased by DCs and Centre Proprietors from The Pony Club Merchandise department by calling 02476 698316. They are available in rolls of 100 for £7.50.

Vaccination Rule Introduced

The vaccination rules have been consolidated across all sports and a new rule will be introduced in 2018 that will require all horses and ponies taking part in Pony Club Competitions at Area level and above to be fully vaccinated.

Full details about the new Vaccination Rule can be found here.

Numnahs / Saddle Cloths

Any solid colour and contrasting piping is permitted across all Sports.


Members will not require permission to wear spurs as of 1st January 2018. However, misuse of spurs should be reported to the DC / Centre Proprietor, Area Rep and the Training Chairman so that it can be dealt with accordingly.

Body Protector Notification

Please be aware that BETA has announced that a new standard will be introduced during 2018. We will notify you when any changes have been made.

Full details of the 2018 Rules can be found on The Pony Club website:

Sport Rule Books will be available on the website from Friday 22nd December.

Kind regards

The Pony Club

Residential Camp at Pontispool – 3rd to 5th April

Residential Camp at Pontispool – 3rd to 5th April – FULL  we now have a waiting list
3rd to 5th April,

This Camp is open to all members in school year 7 and above, we will arrive at lunchtime on Tuesday 3rd April, ride for 2 hours that afternoon, then ride in the morning and afternoon on Wednesday 4th April and then finish with 2 hours of riding in the morning of Thursday 5th April. Pontispool also has an extensive XC course, so an excellent way to get started at the beginning of the season. We open this camp to other branches so it is very social and a great way to make new friends or bring your friends from other branches.

Please note that deposits need to be paid and booking / medical forms returned to me before 7th January 2018, deposits can be paid online via the Minchinhampton Pony Club website or by cheque.

Flyer – Residential Camp at Pontispool Easter 2018

Booking Form for Residential Camp at Pontispool 2018

Medical Form for Camps. Courses & Visits