Friday June 22, 2018
Results & Photo Gallery 2017 (29.05)


We would love to hear from any of our members who have been out and about taking part in Pony Club Competitions.

Please send your photos and news to Rachael Dunlop at so we can update our website

June 2018

MPC Dog Show Photos

May 2018

Report from ODE at Andoversford Sun 20th June
Poppy and Meredith competed in Class 1A achieving what they set out to – a happy fun filled morning with their ponies and a real confidence giver for future competitions. Well done girls!
In Class 2A Livvy, Esme and Wilf had a super morning with their ponies. Livvy came 5th, Wilf 8th and Esme 9th as individuals which also gave them team 2nd. Clara also competed in Class 2B and did brilliantly coming first in her class and was also awarded Best Dressage. Well done all – it was a joy to watch you all compete confidently on your ponies.
Class 3 saw a technically tougher XC than we’re used to seeing at Andoversford which saw it’s fair share of eliminations on the day. We entered two teams of three consisting of Hannah, Jannah, Rosie, Isla, Lucy and Ruby however it wasn’t to be a successful day for our teams. Huge congratulations to Lucy and Wombat for gaining 4th individual and to Hannah for a super dressage test with Penny which saw them awarded best dressage.   Well done all!

Report from ODE at Andoversford Sun 20th June
Poppy and Meredith competed in Class 1A achieving what they set out to – a happy fun filled morning with their ponies and a real confidence giver for future competitions. Well done girls!
In Class 2A Livvy, Esme and Wilf had a super morning with their ponies. Livvy came 5th, Wilf 8th and Esme 9th as individuals which also gave them team 2nd. Clara also competed in Class 2B and did brilliantly coming first in her class and was also awarded Best Dressage. Well done all – it was a joy to watch you all compete confidently on your ponies.
Class 3 saw a technically tougher XC than we’re used to seeing at Andoversford which saw it’s fair share of eliminations on the day. We entered two teams of three consisting of Hannah, Jannah, Rosie, Isla, Lucy and Ruby however it wasn’t to be a successful day for our teams. Huge congratulations to Lucy and Wombat for gaining 4th individual and to Hannah for a super dressage test with Penny which saw them awarded best dressage.
Well done all!

Report from Ledbury Tetrathlon at Gadbury 12/13 May
Minchinhampton tetrathletes were again out in force at the Ledbury Tet which was held at Gadbury on 12th & 13th May. The team members all had a great time in fantastic weather and continued to have some great results at all levels against a large and very competitive field from Area 9 and Area 7.
As expected of the Ledbury, the XC was a really good test – a hilly course for the 80 and 90cms with some quite tricky technical fences – lots of drops and combinations, particularly in the 90cms. Several of the Minch team scored the maximum 1400 ride – which was not guaranteed over the course. The run was on the same course so there was a steep drag up at the start of the run making it quite challenging.
In the Beanies, Jasper was 3rd and Freddie was 2nd with Freddie also taking the best run. The boys also made up a mixed team that were 2nd.
In the Tadpoles, Clara was 1st – a fantastic result and as was in a mixed team that were placed 6th.
In the Mini girls, Isla was 3rd individually and also achieved best run. The Minchinhampton team was also made up of Martha and Becky, sadly, on this occasion the team were not placed but all enjoyed the event and with particularly strong runs will soon be getting team placings.
In the Junior boys, Ollie was 4th individually and team 4th in a mixed team.
A great weekend – well done to the Minch Tet team and the parents for sticking out a long weekend!

Report on Team Show Jumping at Hartpury on 7th May
Minchinhampton had Teams representing the branch in 2 classes at the Ledbury Hunt Team SJ at Hartbury on 7th May – on what turned out to be an incredibly hot day!
In Class 1 we were represented by Ella, Tabitha, Meredith and Wilf. For all the children it was their first team competition and their camaraderie and team spirit shone throughout. The team came 2nd with Wilf getting individual 5th and Ella individual 6th both with double clears qualifying them for the Area Championships.

We also had 2 teams in Class 3: Lucy, Lucy and Ruby in one team and Isla, Isla and Evie in another. By the the time it got to class 3 the heat was scorching and both riders and horses were really feeling it, there was some excellent riding but a few poles and refusals between the 6 girls meant there were no placing this time. Well done to all who took part.

April 2018 Horse & Pony Care Competition

Report on our Junior Teams at the Area Horse & Pony Care
We had two teams represent the branch at the Area Horse & Pony Care on Saturday 14th April –
Minchinhampton Merlins – Florrie, Martha & Tabitha
Minchinhampton Monkeys – Becky, Esme & Martha
Both teams were very enthusiastic and made a huge effort to be immaculately turned out, the Merlins were placed 8th and the Monkeys were placed 12th. It was really fun day – well done to everyone who took part and to their parents for getting them there.

April 2018   Pontispool Residential Camp

We had a great few days at Pontispool and despite the weather members were able to get out onto the XC course, we were also allowed to used their all weather gallops which gave members a chance gallop their horses and ponies in a safe environment and for some, the opportunity to test their knowledge of what speed they were actually doing. This is a very social camp with members attending from Beaufort, North Cotswold, Berkeley and North Hereford branches and it’s great fun for both parents and members, the dates for 2019 will be Tues 9th to Thurs 11th April.

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March 2018

Results Combined Training at Jackbarrow 25th March
Our members had a great day at the Combined Training at Jackbarrow and it was in the sunshine!! Well done to you all.

In Class 1 (60cm) Esme was 1st and Katie was 7th.
In Class 2 (70cm) Livvy was 2nd and Jannah was 7th
In Class 3 (80cm) Ruby was 1st  and Anne was 2nd
In Class 4 (90cm) Laura was 2nd and Ollie was 6th
In Class 5 (100cm) Ella was 9th

Also well done to Isla who took part in the National Triathlon Championships on 18th March at Milton Keynes, it was a very cold and snowy day but Isla and her mother made the effort to get there, competed in the freezing conditions and Isla was placed 34th overall – which is a fantastic result at a National Competition.

February 2018

Report for Avon Vale PC Eventers Challenge 13th Feb from Lucy Mitford Slade

Despite it being half term and many away skiing, a few Minchinhampton members represented the branch at this event.

It was a bitterly cold day but that didn’t deter from great riding from everyone competing and some great rounds from Ollie, Ella, Daisy and Amelia.

There were individual successes with Daisy taking 1st in the 95cm and 3rd in 1.05m whilst Amelia came 9th in 1.05 m. Well done to everyone and as always, a great team spirit.

January 2018

MPC End of Year Celebration

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December 2017

Report on Avon Vale Team Show Jumping

Team: Daisy, Ollie, Laura – 5th in 85cm Daisy came 6th Ind.

Daisy also came 9th in 95cm with a pretty fast clear.  Well done to all.

November 2017

Congratulations to Ella who came 2nd in the Intermediate Dengie Dressage Qualifier at Burrows Court on 11th November and is now going on to the Regional Finals which will be in March 2018.

August 2017

Results from the Pony Club Regional Championships 26th & 27th August
Dressage Sat 26th August
We were able to send 2 teams to the Regional Dressage Championships which were held at Rectory Farm over the Bank Holiday weekend, in the Blue Team were Hannah, Ruby, Nicole & Aimee, in the Red Team were Evie, Jannah & Isabelle.
The Blue Team came 4th overall with Nicole placed 3rd, Ruby 7th & Hannah 8th in their respective sections. Well done to all who took part – it was great to have Minchinhampton Branch represented at the Regional Championships.

Results from Pony Club Championships
Meg/Wombat qualified for the Intermediate Dressage Championships and Freya/Laddie qualified for the Intermediate Horse Trials Championships, these were held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire – so a long drive was required in order for them both to represent our branch at the Championships! Meg came 5th in her section – which was a fantastic result, as she was competing against members from all over the country, Freya didn’t get placed but completed the competition in style.

Show Jumping Sun 27th August
Our Show Jump team at the Regional Championships were Hannah, Nicole, Lucy & Isla, unfortunately the team weren’t placed but Nicole jumped a double clear which took her through to the jump off where she jumped clear again and just missed out on being placed as an individual. All the girls all rode really well, especially as the course in the second round was well up to height and a couple of jumps were 85/90cm.

Area 80cm Horse Trials Thursday 10th August
The MPC team consisted of Laura, Nicole and Hannah. This was a surprisingly tough XC course which caused a lot of problems, Laura did really well to be placed 3rd in her section and Nicole received the prize for ‘Best Dressage’ in her section.

Gatcombe Team Show Jumping Friday 4th August
The MPC team consisted of Freya, Holly, Daisy and Meg – all jumped really well with Holly getting an excellent clear in the first round. An unfortunate few faults for each rider in the second round meant that we were well out of the placings but the team all rode well and were a credit to out branch.

Gatcombe 80cm Team Show Jumping Saturday 5th August
The MPC team were – Hannah, Laura, Lucy & Nicole. We were first team on at 9.00 over a course that proved to be quite challenging through out the day. Hannah was first to go and jumped a great clear, the others all had a few faults which put the team out of the placings. Again a great standard of riding from our members who really were path finders over a difficult course.

Gatcombe 90cm Team Show Jumping Saturday 5th August
The MPC team were – Lottie, Molly, Ella & Seren. After heavy rain, thunder and lightning in the early afternoon, the ground was very wet and we were really pleased that our team all completed the course with a few faults each.

Area Competitions
Many of our members have been busy competing at the PC Area Competitions over the past month and it is really good that we had placings at nearly all levels. Congratulations to Freya and Meg who have both qualified for the PC National Championships next weekend – Freya at Intermediate Eventing and Meg at Intermediate Dressage. We wish them both ‘good luck’

Congratulations also to Nicole who has qualified for the PC Regional Show Jumping Championships at Rectory Farm on 27th August and both our Grassroots Dressage Teams (Nicole, Ruby, Hannah, Aimee, Evie, Jannah & Isabelle) who have qualified for the PC Regional Dressage Championships at Rectory Farm on Saturday 26th August. We wish them all ‘good luck’ and as this competition is on our doorstep, you can always go along to support our teams.

Betsy Hunt came 4th in her section at Area Dressage on 25th July

July 2017

Pony Camp Photos


Area Dressage Wednesday 26th July
Grassroots Blue Team – Nicole (4th) Hannah (7th) Ruby (5th) Laura – Team 5th
Grassroots Red Team – Isla (7th) Aimee (7th) Jannah & Evie – Team 9th
Novice Purple Team – Lottie (7th) Ella & Freya
Novice Green Team – Seren, Betsy & Molly
Intermediate – Meg 1st in her section

Area Horse Trials Saturday 22nd July
90cm Purple Team – Lottie (3rd) Ella(8th) & Amelia
90cm Blue Team – Molly, Betsy, Seren
100cm – Freya (6th) Meg (6th) Holly (10th)

Area Show Jumping – Saturday 15th July – Longcot

A successful day for MPC. We were really pleased to be able to send teams in most levels of the competition and everyone taking part did really well during a long day. 

In the Grassroots (80/85), MPC Red team of Isla S, Martha, Isla L and Lucy were first out followed later by the MPC Blue team of Nicole, Hannah, Laura and Ollie. This was a very big class with 33 teams and 132 riders competing. Everyone did really well over some large fences in round 2! Isla L, Lucy, Laura and Nicole jumped clear in both rounds to make it to the individual jump off. Our special congratulations to Nicole and Polly who came 4th individually and to the Blue team (Laura, Nicole, Hannah and Ollie) who were 9th as a team and just missed out on qualifying for the championships by 1 place!

We also had 2 teams in the Novice (90/95cms). The MPC Green team of Seren, Betsy and Molly and the MPC Purple team of Amelia, Lottie and Ella. Competition was very stiff in this class too with 32 teams and over 50 riders going clear in both rounds and making it to the jump off, including Ella and Amelia. With no scores to drop, the teams had to work hard and the Purple team (Lottie, Amelia and Ella) were placed 9th. The Purple team were also joint 3rd in the tack and turnout competition.

Our final team was the Turquoise team in the Intermediate (1- 1.05m), where we also had an individual competitor. The team of Daisy, Holly, Abbey and Meg were an amazing team 3rd. Freya competing as individual was sadly not placed but had a brilliant clear in the 2nd round. Abbey jumped clear in both rounds making it to the jump off but sadly her 3rd clear of the day with Jerry was not quite quick enough to gain an individual placing.

With their double clears Nicole, Laura, Isla L, Lucy, Amelia, Ella and Abbey have also qualified for the Area 9 Champs in September. Nicole will represent MPC in the Regionals at the end of August.

A really great day out.  A very well done to all of those who took part, especially those doing so for the first time. Fantastic results and well done to you all!!


Team Show Jumping at the Barbury International Horse Trials
On Sunday 9th July we sent two teams to the Inter Pony Club show jumping at Barbury. The teams did very well in stiff competition with the 90/95cm team of Molly, Amelia, Seren and Ella just out of the ribbons in 8th. Amelia and Marley were fast enough to make it into the individual jump off for the top 10 riders and finally came 1st.  A fantastic and well deserved result with some very tight jump off turns being executed by the pair!

 In the 100/105cm class the team of Holly Bonehill, Freya, Daisy and Abbey came a brilliant 3rd. Individually the team also did extremely well. Daisy and Holly were fast enough to make it into the individual jump off for the top 10 fastest and were then placed 7th and 9th respectively.

 A great day out watching all the top eventers up close and brilliant results for team Minch! Well done to all those taking part.

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Stroud PC Team Show Jumping – Sunday 2nd July
A fabulous day again for our members at the Stroud PC Team Show Jumping on Sunday 2nd July
Class 1 – Wilf, Tabitha and Meredith came 1st with Wilf also taking home the individual 1st prize.
Class 2 – the same team came 2nd with Tabitha coming 3rd as an individual and Wilf 4th.
Class 3 – Livvy (riding George and Jake) and Rosie came 4th as a team with Livvy also getting an individual 4th.
Class 4 – Isla, Livvy and Martha came 3rd as a team with Livvy getting individual 2nd on Jake and Isla 5th.
Our second team in this class – Ruby, Lucy, Livvy and Rosie came 4th with Livvy picking up individual 2nd on Jake and 4th in George
Class 5 – Lucy, Martha, Isla and Betsy take home Team 4th and Betsy also came 4th in the 100cm.
What a fabulous day for all and the sun shone all day too!
June 2017

Minchinhampton success at West Littleton ODE 
MPC team members were out in force in boiling hot temperatures over the weekend at the Beaufort Hunt PC West Littleton ODE. As always with Beaufort HT, this was not a dressage competition and provided a real test for competitors and horses over each of the three phases of the event.

Unusually, our 90cms team were first out and so avoided a little of the punishing heat. However, time faults were rife in all of the 4 sections of competitors, showing what a test the hilly and lengthy course was for the horses. A twisting, full up course provided a few challenges for team members and the team of Molly, Kally, Betsy and Ella were just out of the ribbons but ended with a very respectable team 7th. Ella and Jensen on their first trip out since injury also came 3rd individually.

In the 80cms we didn’t have a team but Laura and Anne competed as individuals and again did really well over a challenging 80cms course with plenty of drops and substantial fences. Anne was 7th in her section.

The 70cms team were last to go in probably the hottest conditions of the day. The team of Nicole, Isla L, Isla S and Ruby, were an amazing 1st overall. In addition there were great individual results from this fab team; Nicole was 1st in her section and had best dressage, Isla S was 2nd and Isla L was 10th.

Very well done to you all – a great day and some great results individually and for teams. A big well done also for great sportsmanship from Minch team members who really looked after their horses and ponies in the heat during the day.



May 2017

Kemble Show

Great result for Meg and MPC coming 6th in both 1m-1.05m and 1.10cm class on Wombat and managed a lovely clear round on new horse Bee

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April 2017

A great day for Minchinhampton at the Andoversford ODE

MPC had a great day at the Cotswold PC ODE sending a number of teams and individuals to compete. A very special mention to Meredith, Esme, Isabelle and Jannah who were competing at an ODE for the first time and all did well, enjoyed their day and were great representatives of MPC. 

The 50cms Assisted Class saw Meredith, Esme, Isabelle and Wilf compete as a team. Unfortunately, they weren’t placed as a team but Wilf achieved 1st place and Esme was placed 2nd in their sections. 

Olivia competed as an individual in the 60cms Assisted class and whilst she was not placed with Jake on this occasion, did come home with the best dressage rosette. Jannah also competed as an individual in the 60cms Unassisted class with new pony Blade, but did not get a rosette this time. 

In the 70cms class, MPC sent 2 teams. Minch Blue with Hannah, Nicole, Laura and Ollie were placed 2nd as a team with a brilliant result for the girls – Nicole placed 1st, Hannah placed 3rd and Laura placed 8th in their sections.  Minch Red with Freya, Seren, Ruby and Rosie were not placed, although Seren was placed 2nd ind. and Ruby came home with the best dressage rosette.

 A really great day for Minchinhampton Junior Eventers and some fantastic results as well as a lot of fun! A very well done to all those taking part.

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Report on Shipton Moyne ODE 12th April
MPC sent a jnr and a snr team and two individual competitors to the first One Day Event (ODE) of the season at Shipton Moyne. As always with Beaufort Pony Club events, all elements were challenging and provided a good test for horse and rider. In the 75cms class the team of Nicole, Ellie, Annie and Ollie were not placed, but Nicole and Polly were placed 7th individually. Laura riding as an individual was placed 3rd and a special mention to Isla, who although not placed, did a great job on her pony Molly. In the 85cms class, again the team of Abbey, Betsy and Anne were sadly not placed. However, Abbey achieved the best dressage rosette and was placed 9th individually. Everyone had a great day out in the sunshine and a really good run out over the cross country course. A very well done to all!

H&P Care Competition – 8th April
Florrie , Martha and Evie did a great job representing our branch at the Area Horse & Pony Care competition on Saturday, they didn’t get placed but certainly held their own alongside 15 teams from other branches. It was a good day out and all are keen to take part again next year – we can send more than 1 team so will be looking for more volunteers later in the year – it would also be great if we were able to send a Senior Team next year!

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Report on Residential Weekend at Pontispool 1st & 2nd April
MPC were joined by members from the Beaufort, Berkeley, Heythrop and North Hereford Branches for our residential weekend at Pontispool on 1st & 2nd April. As usual it was a great weekend, everyone who attended benefited from tuition over the excellent XC course and made lots of new friends. Our commiserations go to Ella who broke her hand and we wish her a speedy recovery.
Thank you to Chris & Lucy Mitford Slade for organising the weekend

March 2017

Report from Combined Training at Jackbarrow Sunday 26th March
Lots of MPC members participated in the CHPC Combined Training event at Jackbarrow in glorious spring sunshine.
Class 1 was an individual class with the walk and trot test with 50cms, Martha was 2nd, Esme and Dudley were 4th – a great result on their first outing as a new combination and Wilf was 7th. Isla, Florrie and Clara also completed but were not placed on this occasion.

Class 2 was a team and individual class with the PC Intro 2017 test and 60-70cms show jumping. The MPC team of Lucy, Evie, Ruby and Olivia had a great day and were placed 1st with Ruby being placed 1st individually with a dressage score of 71 and Evie 3rd individually. Jannah also had her first outing on new pony Blade, but was not placed although she had a lovely dressage. Congratulations to Evie who was attending her first event with Minch and rode a beautiful dressage test and a super clear round to achieve an individual 3rd place.

Class 4 – individuals competed in the new Grassroots dressage test and show jumping at 70-80cms. Annie, Nicole, Laura and Ollie all represented Minchinhampton in a close dressage contest and lots of clears SJ. All did well, with a special mention to Nicole for a great dressage score and Annie and Laura for bringing new
horses on first outings, but sadly only Ollie and Khan were placed, coming 5
th  overall.

Class 5 was again teams and individuals. Competing in the Novice Eventing test and SJ at 80-90cms, the team of Annie, Anne Nicole and Betsy performed very well coming 2nd. Anne and Basil also managed a great 3rd place and Annie, back on regular ride, Calvin, was placed 8th individually.

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Congratulations to Ella who came 6th in the 95cm Class at the Old Berks Hunt Show Jumping Competition at Hartpury yesterday.

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Congratulations to Ruby and Puzzle who competed in the Novice section at the Area 9 Dengie Winter Dressage League Qualifier on Sunday and came 3rd in a field of 22 competitors which has qualified them for a place at the Championships at Addlington Manor in April. A HUGE ‘well done’ from everyone at MPC and we wish them luck at the Championships! (apologies for picture – no application will rotate it)


Congratulations to Abbey who represented Minchinhampton in a mixed team in the show Jumping at Hartpury at the weekend and was placed 5th In the 90cm and 6th in 95cm teams.

February 2017

Report on Senior Teams from Lucy Mitford-Slade
Minchinhampton Pony Club Senior Teams had a successful day competing at the Cotswold Vale Show Jumping on Sat 11th February. We secured two team 2nd in large classes  in both the 85/90 and 90/95 classes. There was some fantastic riding and wonderful clears from Molly, Lottie and Ellie. Lottie also secured a team 3rd in 90/95 with her second ride and Daisy gained an individual 8th and 5th and Dengie Qualifier. Thanks  too to Lottie’s mum, Rom, for her great clear which helped to secure one of the team 2nds – a wonderful start to the season!
DRESAGE: Last weekend a number of our members attended the Berkeley Hunt South dressage competition at Burrows Court.  It was a lovely, welcoming event and our MPC members had a good day.
Class 1 (Prelim 9) Ruby came 2nd with a score of 84% and Laura came 8th on 68.6%.
Class 4 (PC Novice 2009)  Ruby came 5th with 70% and Laura 6th with 69.6%
Class 5 (PC Intermediate 2013) Meg came 5th with 68.1%
And this weekend we had a lovely (if cold!) day at Hartpury International Arena for the CVFH team show jumping.  For Becky and Jannah it was their first team competition, they joined Isla in the 50/55cm class and came home with team 6th, with Isla also being placed 6th as an individual.
In the 60/65cm class  Becky and Jannah competed as individuals whilst Isla, Isla, Martha and Livvy competed as a team and produced superb rounds coming home with team 3rd.  Isla  had a fabulous round and also gained an individual 3rd with a super fast time.
Isla, Martha and Ruby competed as a team in the 70/75 class and although we didn’t get a team place Isla had another fantastic round and picked up another 3rd place.
All the girls really enjoyed competing at Hartpury – especially knowing some of the names that have competed in that arena!
Then on Sunday, Ruby competed in the PC Novice Dengie Dressage qualifier at WWEC and came 1st with a score of 73%, qualifying her for the Area 9 Finals in March.
January 2017

Report from Morag on VWH Triathlon Sunday 29th January
Well done to all the children who took part at the VWH Triathlon on Sunday 29th January.  The boys had a really strong day with Sebastian coming first individually and getting the best shoot.  Olli came an impressive third individually and was strong across the three disciplines.  Betsy had a great shoot but due to illness had to retire from the rest of the competition.  Meg did well across the three disciplines with her best shooting score in a competition but unfortunately did not get placed.  Lucy had a great day, this was her first competition and the very first time she had shot one handed and turning targets with a very impressive score of 640!  She held her own in the swim and the run but unfortunately did not get placed but a brilliant first effort.

December 2016

Report from Fran on the Junior Teams who competed at West Wilts on 29th December
Not the best of days for Minch today. Read a bit like a bad film – a broken car, a poorly pony and a poorly child! It meant we ended up with just 3 members competing. Livvy competed in the 60cm with George and did a lovely clear round and then Ruby and Laura competed in the 70 and 80. It wasn’t to be their day however with a few stops and a couple of eliminations. All great experience though and the girls came away smiling.
Onwards to the next comp with the CVFH PC show jumping at Hartbury on the 11th Feb. Let Fran know if any of the under 12s are interested, it starts at 50cm and we aim to create a supportive and fun team environment for the younger members

Congratulations to Phoebe Hudd who was placed 3rd as an Individual in the 105cm class at the Team Show Jumping Competition at West Wilts on 30th December.
November 2016

Report from Fran Thomas – Team SJ at West Wilts on Sunday 27th November
Early Sunday morning, 8 intrepid Minchinhampton Pony Club girls and an entourage of unpaid grooms ventured out of their warm snug beds to compete in the Syston Team Show Jumping competition at West Wilts Equestrian Centre.

Livvy, Isla, Isla and Martha travelled down with their ponies at an unnervingly early time to be there to walk the course for the 60cm class at 8am.  It was worth the early start in the end – they came away with a team 6th and an individual 3rd for Isla S so lots of smiles all round – go Minch Blues!

In the 70cm we were represented by two teams: Minchinhampton Blues (Livvy, Isla, Isla and Martha) and Minchinhampton Reds (Nicole, Laura , Rosie and Ruby).  All the girls rode incredibly well, however the field in this class was huge, so no team placings.  Isla S and her pony Molly are proving to be a fabulous partnership and produced a super fast round to win the class – a super result, well done Isla!

Nicole, Laura, Rosie and Ruby went on to compete in 80cm class.  Nicole and Laura and their ponies produced clear rounds, though unfortunately Ruby and Rosie picked up a few penalties so no placings in this class.

All the girls came away at the end of the day smiling and a number of them had competed for the first time at a higher level – it was a tough competition but the girls were fantastic at supporting each other and facing the challenge.

We’re super proud of them all (and the unpaid grooms…) and we’re looking forward to the next team competition back at West Wilts on the 29th and 30th December.   This is a lovely event which starts at 55cm so is a fantastic introduction to team show jumping for those who would like to give it a try surrounded by supportive smiley faces :).

October 2016

Team Show Jumping at Hartpury College – 30th

Fantastic results from our Junior members – well done to all!

50cm – Isla gained 1st as part of a mixed team

60cm – Livvy, Isla and Isla came 1st out of 12 teams.  Livvy on Jake 3rd individually, Isla 4th individually.

70cm – Livvy, Nicole and Isla came 3rd out of 17 teams.

Stockland Lovell 2016
We went to Stockland Lovell for two and a half days with the pony club. We left late afternoon on Friday after school and the drive was fairly straight forwards, although we followed our satnav the completely wrong way and probably went around the same village 7 times in the dark! However, we found some very lovely locals who we followed until we were very close and followed the sign posts from there. We got there and settled our ponies in, before unpacking and having a very nice dinner.

We enjoyed the independence that Stockland Lovell gave us as we were free to visit our ponies whenever we liked and we could do everything ourselves. We were also able to work together with the other members that were there with us, if we needed help, and this enabled us to make lots of new friends within the Branch.

We were also really amazed and impressed by the equestrian facilities! Our ponies were given a thick bed of shavings and lots of hay (or haylage that was just a few steps away from our stables so we could fill our hay nets easily! The ponies’ stables were also in a cosy barn that was locked overnight, so everything felt very safe. The water was also very close so it wasn’t hard to carry the buckets. All the horses were next to each other and the stables were a good size. There was also a tack room that was right by the stables so we didn’t have far to go to get our tack. We felt very safe leaving both our horses and our tack locked up at night. There were also two arenas – a dressage and a show jumping arena- which we used to warm up and settle our horses on the first day before we headed out to the 75 acres of cross country jumps. There was a massive range of jumps from 1’6 and up! There is plenty for everyone to jump. We started small and then built up our (and our horses’) confidence and started jumping bigger!

As there weren’t many of us, there was only two groups. There were two instructors – Natalie and Claire – who were both very lovely and we all felt, at the end of the weekend, that we had learnt masses!

Stockland Lovell can cater for you, or it can be self-catered. We were self-catered over the weekend and everyone bought lots of food, especially cake! The kitchen/living area space was very cosy and had lots of space. On one of the days, we got caught in a very heavy rainstorm in which we all got soaked! But, Stockland Lovell provide a heating room, which we put all our wet things in and an amazing shower block which was very warm and we spent a lot of our time in there warming up.

There were lots of things to do there (when we weren’t with our horses!) such as a really cool games room with table football, table tennis and some really comfy seats. The room we were staying in was cold at first when we arrived, but then we found the heater and it soon became so cosy that we found it difficult to get up (after quite a late night!) on Sunday morning!

It was such an amazing experience that none of us will forget – we would most definitely recommend it!!!

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August 2016

Pony Inter Branch Jumping at Gatcombe

Sheenagh, Abbie, Rio, and Freya represented MPC at Gatcombe on Friday 5th August. In the first round Sheenagh went clear, Abbie & Freya both had 4 faults and Rio unfortuately had to retire due to her horse not being on usual form. The second round at this competition is always considerably bigger and more technical than the first, our team all rode really well and were unfortunate to each have 2 poles down.
A special mention to Sheenagh for whom this competition will be the last she is able to take part in as a member of MPC, Sheenagh has represented our branch at many competitions over the years and has helped get MPC to the finals at Hickstead and the PC Championships and placed at the Gatcombe Showjumping.

Report – 90cm Show Jumping at Gatcombe 
Amelia, Daisy, Molly and Ella represented MPC at the Inter Pony Club show jumping competition at Gatcombe horse trails on Saturday 6 August. This is the first time a novice course has been run at Gatcombe. As the closest located branch, Minchinhampton kicked off the day’s event across some full up jumps on very tricky ground. Team members managed to keep remarkably calm and Ella and Amelia achieved two lovely double clears with Molly and Daisy picking up 4 faults each to finish the team on a score of 4 faults. The team were eventually placed 10th which  was an incredible result against 28 other teams. Thanks to all of those who got up early to come and support the team on the day which was lovely.

Foxcote ODE

This ODE offers great courses with interesting and challenging fences over a large area of land and includes ditches and water so a real test for those wanting to event.
In the 70cms class, the team of Laura, Nicole, Rosie and Ollie did an amazing job and were placed 1st with some very impressive dressage scores and all 4 team members clear in the SJ.  Laura and Blade were also placed 1st individually and Ollie and Khan were 2nd individually.

In the 85cms class, the team of Abbey, Amelia, Annie and Ella all did very well and were unlucky to be just outside of the team placings in 5th. However, individually Amelia was placed 6th and Ella and Lottie Brown, riding as an individual, were both placed 7th. Abbey was also awarded best dressage with her young horse, Jerry.
It was a really good day out for our eventers who gained a great deal of experience over some tricky fences as well as a really successful day for Minchinhampton – well done to all that took part – great results!



July 2016

ODE at Tresham 10th July – Great Results for MPC

In the 50cms class Olivia was placed 3rd individually.  In the 70cms class, both teams were placed  1st and 2nd

Red team – Seren, Laura, Kally and Ruby – had a number of double clears to get the top spot on the day.   Blue team – Nicole, Ellie, Rosie and Ollie

Individually the results were just as good. Laura riding Blade was 3rd, Seren with new pony Eezie 4th, Ollie with Khan 5th, Rosie riding Dudley 5th, Kally and Ellie, on her new pony, were joint 7th and Nicole and Polly 8th.

Fantastic results all round – well done to you all.

 In the 80cms class, Lottie was placed 4th and 5th in her section on John and Fudge and Annie riding Calvin were placed 4th  in their section. As a team Lottie and Annie were also 2nd and they really should be proud of themselves over a course that had very few clears. 

Brilliant results from all of our junior eventers and we are really looking forward to the next events at Rabson Manor and Foxcote. If you are planning on entering, please do let Tanya know to ensure you are included in a team.


June 2016

Team Show Jumping at Hartpury 19th June

We took several teams to Hartpury for the Stroud Pony Club team and individual show jumping event and had a great day with rosettes for all of our team members!

Class 2, Laura, Ellie and Hannah jumped fantastically well and were 6th.

Class 3 proved a little tricky as the wind was catching a particularly scary gate filler and causing lots of stops but the team of Annie, Ashton, Nicole and Ollie Lewis prevailed with some lovely fast clears and were an amazing 2nd.

Yellow team (Laura, Ellie and Hannah) did not get placed in that class but did a fantastic job over a tricky course with dog legs and difficult lines.

Class 4, Annie, Ashton and Molly were placed 4th.

Ella Lewis, Nicole and Ollie came 6th

Molly and Painswick Morning Glory were also placed 4th Individually.

Great results given that neither team had a score to drop.

Finally, Ella and Molly went as individuals in Class 5, the 85-95cms, and Ella and Jensen were placed 3rd individually in this class.