Wednesday December 13, 2017
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 – please let me know if you would like to attend
I need to have some approximate numbers for our Residential Camp at Pontispool during the Easter Holidays – 3rd to 5th April, if you would like to attend please let me know within the next couple of weeks. 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

Polocrosse Training

Dan Duhig has offered to do polocrosse training for our members over the winter.  Please let me know if you are interested  and we can arrange some dates.

Dan, and his wife, have competed in two world cups and various other internationals all over the world so are both very experienced.  Polocrosse is great fun for you and your pony and is a good way of improving balance and control, whilst learning a new fun sport.

Fun and Success at Pony Club Camp 2017

Minchinhampton members from 4 to 17 took part in summer camp at

Star Farm. As well as lots of fun on their ponies, with activities from

games to lanes to dressage to XC, there were lots of exciting activities and

stiff competition on show day. Arthur and pony Doug attended their

first camp together and are shown with their display their trophies from

Camp 2017.


Arthur Messer

MPC Open Show – September 24th !!!!HELP REQUIRED!!!!

This is our main fund raising event of the year and it will be good to see as many of you as possible there to compete, but we also need help on the day, so if you are available please come and help, or if you will be there competing please consider offering an hour of your time. If everyone does a little it makes the show much easier to run.

As usual we will require ‘pole pickers’ for the 2 show jumping arenas, please contact me if you know of any siblings or friends who might like to do this – I am prepared to pay a small amount in order to encourage some help!

List of Jobs for Show

Setting Up – Saturday 23rd September from 10.00 – 1.00 & 2.00 – 5.00
Jobs will include roping the arenas and car park, staking for the showing arena, unloading trailers & building the show jump courses, building a dressage arena, erecting the gazebo.

On the Day
Novice Show Jump Judge & Assistant
Novice gate steward am & pm
Clear Round steward from 9.30
Best 10 Legs & Pairs judge from 1.00
Open Ring gate steward am & pm
Dressage writer from 10.30 – 12.30
Show judge assistant
Gymkhana organiser from 1.00

Clearing away from 4pm

Please let me know what you are able to do.

Minchinhampton Open Show Schedule – Sunday 24th September

Please find the MPC Open Show Schedule on the Welcome Page.



New Merchandise

Minchinhampton Pony Club Clothing

Our range of Pony Club clothing is smart, practical and available in a range of sizes for children and adults, and suitable for wearing at our rallies and some competitions (always check specific competition rules).  Items available are:

Sweatshirts, showerproof jackets, long sleeved rugby shirts, polo shirts, base layers and hoodies.  Also hat silks and saddlecloths (saddlecloths are embroidered with our logo).

All the above items are available to order directly from our suppliers, GGGear.  We do not keep a stock within the branch.  GGGear make every item to order and take 4 working days to dispatch, with a 2/3 day FREE postage service.

Ties, badges and medical armbands will be available to buy at camp.

To order please visit the website below:

We still stock warm Minchinhampton Pony Club fleece lined jackets, Pony Club ties, lapel badges, Manuals of Horsemanship and medical armbands within the branch.  Please contact Cathy Hodges on 07778 400226 to purchase, or if you have any queries regarding merchandise.