Wednesday July 27, 2016

Welcome to the New Forest Hunts Branch of the Pony Club

Hannah Captain’s the Girls UK Tet Team at International Competition!

This week Hannah Stevenson will be joining 40 PC tetrathletes from Ireland, America, Australia, Canada and Great Britain, and will arrive in Ireland for the start of the International Tetrathlon Exchange 2016.

Hannah  has been a member of the New Forest Hunts PC since the age of six and has competed at national level since the age of 15, athletes were selected from a ranking list and were invited to apply for consideration on the teams along with letters of recommendation.

The two weeks will consist of not only training and the championships but also a number of trips to some of Ireland’s renowned attractions to ensure these athletes have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Irish culture and experience the true meaning of Irish hospitality.

The teams will compete in a warm-up competition at the Irish Provincials held on Sunday and Monday, July 24th and 25th, at the Crystal Sports and Leisure Centre, Waterford and Grove Estate, Tipperary.

After 10 days of training, competing and enjoying Ireland’s unique amenities, the teams will travel to Tattersalls and the National Aquatic Centre for the focal point of the Exchange, a three-day championship competition being hosted in conjunction with the Irish Pony Club’s National Tetrathlon.

Good luck to Hannah and her nine fellow UK team mates from across the country, with many thanks to the support of The New Forest Hunts PC, DC Gill Sporne and trainers Robin Francis and Vale Sesto.

Hannah and Tilly

Hannah and the team at the Civic Reception

Hannah and the team at the Civic Reception

Good Luck!

Good luck to our members taking part in Area Eventing on Saturday at Nunney.

Millie Webb and Ella McGrigor.
Olivia Mitchell, Ines Mitchell, Anna Merritt, Libby Stevenson, Tori House
Abbie Orchard

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Pony Club Re-Branding

You may well have seen in the Horse & Hound that The Pony Club has undertaken a rebranding exercise and are proposing a new logo and ‘new look’.
We just wanted you to be aware that at branch level we have not been made aware of this proposed rebranding and these news items have been the first time we have heard the news.
At a recent Area 14 meeting, our Area representative has advised that she will be discussing this rebranding with The Pony Club Head Office and highlighting the feedback she has received from the Area 14 branches.
We just wanted you all to be aware that any rebranding exercise does not mean that you will need to buy a wardrobe of new items for your child / children.  Please do not be concerned about this.  All existing New Forest Pony Club items are still valid and will be valid for the foreseeable future.  We will keep you up to date with any news as soon as we are made aware.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Gill Sporne & Leesa Merritt

**New Hat Rules!**

The hat rules are changing from the 1st January 2016, as some of the standards are no longer allowed. Please can you check your hats to make sure they are of the correct standard, and they MUST be seen by Gill before the 1st January, otherwise you will not be able to participate in the rallies.

These are the acceptable standards:

PAS 015:1998 or 2011* with BSI Kitemark

VG1 with BSI Kitemark

Snell E2001* with the official Snell label and number

ASTM-F1163 2004a with the SEI mark

AS/NZS 3838 1998, 2003 or 2006

* The PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 and the Snell E2001 meet higher impact criteria and therefore give more protection

  • For cross-country riding (over fences 0.80m high and above), including Eventing, Tetrathlon and Horse Trials and also Pony Racing and Mounted Games (whether it be tests, rallies, competition or training) a jockey skull cap must be worn, with no fixed peak, peak type extensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front and should have an even round or elliptical shape with a smooth or slightly abrasive surface. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may be used if required. It is also strongly recommended that a jockey skull cap is worn for cross-country riding over lower fences.
  • No recording device is permitted (e.g. hat cameras) as they may have a negative effect on the performance of the hat in the event of a fall.
  • The fit of the hat and the adjustment of the harness are as crucial as the quality. Members are advised to try several makes to find the best fit. The hat should not move on the head when the head is tipped forward. It is strongly recommended that second hand hats are not purchased.

Also, body protectors must be worn for cross country, and have to be BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label).

The Fortune Centre – Important

Please could everyone that attends any rally at The Fortune Centre in Bransgore, NOT USE any of the cups, tea, coffee etc that is in the gallery, as this is for staff and pupils only. You are welcome to bring your own cups and use the hot water, but that is all.

We are lucky to have the use of this venue, and we do not wish to lose it due to inconsiderate behaviour.

Discount at Wessex Health for all PC members

Please can we use this offer as much as possible, as we may be able to get prizes etc for all of our shows, if our Pony Club makes their presence known!!

Pony Club Discount

Shopping Online

Please remember when you are shopping online, to use our Easy FundRaising link, and it will raise money for our PC just by an extra click! So far this year we have raised  over £305. For more information check out our information page

We now have a Facebook page and Twitter account, so you can all follow us there as well! This will have important information and is also a place for sending your photos and letting us all know what you have been up to with your ponies!

You can find us on Facebook here @ New Forest Hunts Pony Club and twitter here @NFHPC

Welcome to the Following Recent New Members:

Nicola Denness

Catherine Jenvey

Jemima Downing

Erin Dovey

Charlotte, Penelope and Lucy Oman


To find out more, check out our page!