Friday December 15, 2017
Pony Club appointment of new Chief Executive


As communicated to you all yesterday, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Rhian Gibson as our new Chief Executive.

For the last 5 years Rhian has led a team of staff and volunteers to transform the sport of Gymnastics in Wales growing Membership from just 7,600 to over 25,000 in that time. The number of Clubs has grown from 76 to 99, and 10 medals were won in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games. The workforce has also significantly grown and strengthened – and Welsh Gymnastics hold more and better competitions from grassroots to elite levels.

Rhian will be based at the Pony Club office at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, and working with The Pony Club’s Board of Trustees, Committees and Volunteers, will manage the full time professional team with key responsibilities including financial management, sponsorship, training, health and safety and safeguarding.

Rhian’s passion for youth sport and her enthusiasm and energy for the Pony Club is exciting to see. I am positive that Rhian’s wealth of experience at Welsh Gymnastics puts her in a great position to understand The Pony Club operations, the requirements of our Volunteers and the needs of our Members.

“I am delighted to be joining The Pony Club. I believe that my experience in successfully running Welsh Gymnastics – a volunteer based organisation – growing its membership and profile – along with my passion for all things equestrian will provide me with a great foundation to lead The Pony Club. I look forward to working with all the Pony Club, Volunteers, Staff and Board to grow and develop this fantastic organisation”

Having ridden from the age of 5, Rhian has a deep passion for horses and prior to joining Welsh Gymnastics had a career in Broadcasting and Media as Deputy Head of News and Current Affairs, BBC Wales and Director of Commissioning for S4C (Wales’ Television Channel)

A Press Release will be sent today from both Welsh Gymnastics and The Pony Club at 2:00pm to announce this appointment and therefore I ask you all to please keep this notification private and confidential until then.

Kind regards

Mary Tuckett

Olympia International Horse Show, Sunday 17th December 2017

Olympia International Horse Show, Sunday 17th December 2017
Once again we are organising a fun trip for members, families and friends to visit the amazing Christmas Show at Olympia.
Olympia is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World Cup Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving. Each performance includes an equestrian competition along with a variety of displays from around the World. The programme for Sunday 17th December includes the opportunity to see top riders in World Cup Showjumping and the Mistletoe Mini-Major as well as many other equestrian activities and the opportunity to do some last minute Christmas shopping at one of the best equestrian shopping experiences in the UK. One not to be missed!
Total cost, including luxury coach travel from Minchinhampton to London, is £74 per person. Deposit £50 per person to be paid by end July. Please make your bookings via the Minchinhampton Pony Club website bookings page

BE / PC Eventing League

BE/PC Area 9 Eventing League 2017

Welcome to the first PC Area 9 / B.E. League which is open to all Members of Branches/Centres in P.C. Area 9 who are also members of British Eventing.

For each B.E. competition that you enter in 2017 you will be awarded points as follows:

1 point – completed event

1 point for a dressage score below 40.

1 point – clear XC (jumping penalties only) OR

2 points – Double Clear SJ and XC (clear SJ and no jumping penalties XC)

Minus 1 point if quicker than optimum time over the XC phase.

Placing points down to 10th place in each section. (1st place = 10 pts, 10th place =1 pt)

N.B. Double points awarded to those entering the Area 9 PC Championships Qualifier at Dauntsey on 22nd July 2017.


You must email the results to within 7 days of the event with the following information:

Name of rider and horse(s), where and when the B.E. event was entered and how you did i.e. double clears, placing etc.

All results will be verified and checked on the BE website.

Points are awarded per combination of rider/horse.



1st – 3rd placed at each level (80, 90, 100, Novice & Intermediate) will have a lesson (at the same time) with one of the following at their yard –

Jonty Evans, Harry Meade, Nick Gauntlett, Kitty King, Charlotte Agnew or Tom McEwan.

In addition to the lesson, for each level –

1st place will receive a jacket and 2nd place a head-collar.

The combination with a rider aged 17 years or over (as at 1.1.2017) with the most points overall will also win a lesson with one of the above riders (at their yard).

N.B. Depending on the number taking part and if we are able to get any sponsorship,

         there may be more prizes available.

The League is intending to be self funding and non-profit making.



We are hoping to hold an Awards Evening at the end of the season where all those who have taken part will be welcome and those that have been placed will be presented with their prizes. Date and Venue TBC.



Download the Registration Form BE-PC AREA 9


MPC Fun Dog Show – Thurs 1st June 6pm at Star Farm

This is will be a ‘fun’ evening with opportunity to enter novelty showing classes and dog agility. Margaret will be doing one of her legendary ‘Hog Roasts’ and other refreshments will be available. There will also be a ‘Bouncy Castle’ for the younger members to have fun on. This will be a Fund Raising event so please put the date in your diary and bring your friends and your dogs for a party! Flyer attached.

Dog Show 1st June 2017 v2

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NEW Online Booking System for Rallies

On line booking system being implemented for Rallies
We are delighted to announce that from 12th May we will be implementing  a new on line booking facility for members for all rallies and activities. Run via our Minchinhampton Pony Club website, the new booking system will allow you to book and pay for rallies on line. Rallies will be shown up to 2 months in advance and booking will be via PayPal.

Feedback from our members suggests that this will be a welcome addition  and it will also reduce our branch administration. We will phase in the system over the next 6 – 9 months and plan that all bookings are completed using the booking system by then. To begin with we will accept payment when booking by paypal or we will still accept payment by cheque or cash on the day but would prefer bookings to be made via the system.

Please DO NOT try to book online until after 12th May, full instructions will be sent out in a separate email, so look out for that and we look forward to your feedback. If you have any questions please contact Tanya on <>

Polocrosse Taster Day with Longdole Polo Club – 29th April

An ‘Introduction to Polocrosse’ session taking place on Saturday 29th April at Longdole Polo Club, Birdlip, Gloucerstershire, GL4 8LH.

The session will include dismounted racquet and ball skills, introducing the horse to the equipment and ridden skills. The use of equipment is included, and if you do not have a pony you can obtain horse hire – or just go and have a go on foot!

The session is £10 with your own horses, or £35 including horse hire. For more information on getting Polocrosse in to your Branch or to book on to these sessions please contact Rachael Duhig on or 07399 249342.

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Hartpury Students Eventing Demonstration for Cancer Research – 21stMarch

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The George Modern Equine Dentistry Evening – Tues 14th March

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Area Horse & Pony Care 8th April

It would be great if we could send a couple of teams to this competition, let me know if you would like to take part and then we can arrange some training
Junior Team: Three Members 13 years and under on 1st January 2017, one of whom must be 11 or under on 1st January 2017 – questions ‘D+’ & ‘C’ Test level
Senior Team: Three Members, ages to be 14 – 25 years of age on the 1st January 2017. One Member to be 16 years or under on 1st January 2017, of the remaining two Members, one may be between 21 and 25 on the 1st January 2017 – questions ‘C+’ Level and above.

New Area 9 PC/BE League

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Exciting news we have managed to pull together a Pony Club / BE League table with the huge help of Jane Ogle whom has written the entry forms and will collate results. This is just for Area 9 but I really think it should work on a National Level. I need you all to try your best to circulate the news particularly to those members wavering on whether thy might re join because they now go BE . We need to prove that you can successfully be a pony club member and go BE.

 How it works . Every member going BE to pay £10 for the first horse and £5 for any others for the whole season. Members will be responsible for emailing Jane with results within 7 days of the competition. Please look at the attachment to see how to gain points. Those BE Members placing at the Areas at Dauntsey will gain double points to encourage participation.

Free lessons at their yards pledged for the top 3 winners from

80cms   Kitty King

90cms   Tom McEwen

100cms  Charlotte Agnew

Novice    Jonty Evans

Int 1* 2*  Harry Meade

Overall winner 17 and over lesson with Nick Gauntlett .

 The winner of each section to have a coat and the runner up a headcollar. If we get a sponsor we will have more prizes to give out at an awards evening next winter. Please advertise and put on your branch websites. You might even encourage new members !! Aim to encourage all members going BE to register with Jane.

Best wishes PlEASANCE