Sunday February 14, 2016

Welcome to the New Forest Hunts Branch of the Pony Club

Up and Coming Member Events:

Mini and Junior Fundraising Event on 20 Feb
As part of the Pony Club Fundraising Badge a large group of minis and juniors are running a Fundraising event. 16 children are taking part and they are organising a Talent Show (Pony Club’s Got Talent) along with a dinner, disco and generally fun evening on 20 February at Sway Village Hall. Everyone is welcome and all members are very welcome to come and support and show us their talents; singing, dancing, magic tricks, poems, great tricks that you can do with your dog or anything else you can think of! The children looked at a number of charities and voted to support the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. We were all impressed by this small charity. It is run on the basis that by educating people how to look after their horses and donkeys properly the livelihood of the local people is really benefited and everybody prospers. Lisa Kingett-Ricquier, Becky and Amanda are selling tickets for the event (£5 each) and we are also asking for donations on Just Giving if you would like to support us. Here is a video that the children have put together with some more information about the charity and what they are doing and our Just Giving page. Please come along and support the children, this really is a fantastic cause!

Our project to build our own Mini Cross Country Fences
Can you spare us some time to help build some mobile Cross Country fences for our younger members?

We have a really active Mini and Junior section in our Pony Club and these children would really benefit from some very small Cross Country fences. These would be used at the super-mini tetrathlon, at Mini and Junior camp, at Intro to Cross Country rallies, clear round practices and even our own Mini ODE. At the moment we do not have any suitable XC jumps within our club in the 1ft to 1’9ft height range.

With the advice of an experienced cross country course builder we are planning to have a ½ or 1 day jump building day in the very near future to see what we can come up with! This is a request for help from anyone who could join us at a fence building session.

We already have the wood, a workshop and a friendly expert to help us, very soon we will be suggesting building dates and we would really appreciate YOUR help with this. If you can help in any way at all please could you drop Amanda an email, as soon as possible.

Fun Show Jumping Show
We are having a Fun Show Jumping Show at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy during the Easter Holidays on Thursday April 7th. Members only, classes from Minimus to 2’6″. Cops and Robbers theme fancy dress. Please enter in advance as spaces are strictly limited and pre-entry is essential. Come and join us for a fun day for all! Click  here for schedule.

**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!