Monday August 20, 2018

NHHPC Christmas Newsletter 2017

Pony Club activities may be a little curtailed due to weather, deep and crisp and even is certainly very lovely to look at. I suspect I’m not alone in taking feed, hay and an axe to the horses several times a day. Slightly sinister looking to the neighbours though. (axe for water trough, honestly).

Things will soon be back to normal and you’ve had information through about rallies and training over the Christmas Hols. Do check the ‘What’s On’ section of our website for all and any information, booking in with the relevant organiser. See also the NHHPC Facebook page.

We are coming to the end of what has been another busy and successful year with a number of outstanding team and individual achievements, two very successful Camps and a packed programme of ridden, badge and stable management rallies. Prizegiving Night was great fun and sought to recognise some of those outstanding efforts and to thank ALL members and parents for their support and involvement in the last 12 months.

Looking ahead to 2018, it’s that time of year where we ask you to renew your membership. Attached is the 2018 renewal form. Please follow instructions on it and please, please fill in the Gift Aid section which is a great boost to branch funds whilst costing you no extra. Return completed forms (electronically or by snail mail) with payment to our Membership Secretary, Helen Thomas, Hilloak Farm, Bishop’s Frome, WR6 5BH.

(Please could I remind you that the membership year runs from 1st February 2018 to 31st January 2019. Both membership and insurance cover will automatically terminate if the subscription is not paid by 28th February.  Also, Members who have not renewed by February 28th will not be able to compete in Pony Club competitions at Area level or above).

This week see the start of the Olympia Horse Show. Good luck and have fun to Georgia Barratt and Lottie Edwards who were chosen to join in the fun and are Santa’s helpers, mounted and in elf costumes! It’s a wonderful show, a Christmas institution really so give the elves a wave if you are attending this week.

FINALLY, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!

NHHPC Newsletter Easter 2017

Firstly, welcome to Spring! What a difference some improved weather makes, drying ground, moulting ponies and competitions everywhere. Remember to send news of results and photos to Charlie for our

You will have heard that Charlotte Wilson has been selected for the England Mounted Games Team. This is a fantastic achievement and she will be competing at The Royal Windsor Horse Show (May 10th-14th details at ) a fantastic show to visit and support Charlotte too!

Livy Davis had a great time at the Blue Chip Show Jumping Finals at Addington, finishing 4th in the speed class. Livy is flying at the moment and an enormous amount of hard work is paying off.

The Mounted Games squads are training feverishly ahead of the Area Competition at the end of this month. Rachel will have sent out training and competition dates to those involved. Good luck to them all.

The application forms and information for both Senior and Junior/Mini Camps were sent out last week. It’s looking like a 85% take up for one or the other amongst the membership, so get forms and deposits back to Rachel ASAP to guarantee your place! Questions and queries to  *a DBS application afternoon is planned for Monday May 8th details in due course*

We’ve had a number of new members sign up in the last couple of months, welcome to you all and I’m sure they’ll be plenty of opportunity to meet us all over the next few months. Our very youngest future member has already made a few guest appearances, congratulations to Bev and Andy Owen on the birth of Faye. Nothing slows Bev down and you’ll see below that she is running a badge rally this week.

A schedule for Pony Club Team Show Jumping at Rockingham Horse Trials (May 20th) was sent out last week. Please contact Paula if you’d like to make up a team,

Sally is planning D and D+ Testing in summer half term (Tuesday May 30th) training dates will be put up on the website soon. Gilly is looking at C/C+ training too,, you’ll be told of dates in good time.

Here are some highlights of the next few weeks with Rallies etc. that have been organised so far. Again check the website for more details.

Wednesday April 12thMG at Pudges Farm., Half Key, Malvern WR14 1UP. Open to all. Book in with *this is an Area Team qualifying rally*

Thursday April 13thNHH Mini Meet for lead rein and first ridden only. Court Farm

Hatfield, Leominster HR6 0SE 10.30 am to move off at 11.00am.

Friday April 14th4.30-6.00pm Mini Badge Rally (dismounted) at Fairfields Stables, Newent. Book in with Bev

Monday April 17thPony Popping at Hillview. Tiny to 80cm show jumping, online entries see our website or enter on the day.

Tuesday April 18thDressage Training with Laura Wollen at Hazel Cottage, Aylton. PM/early evening sessions. Book in with Kate  *regular Thursday Evening Sessions with Polly Morgan will begin shortly. These will be at Old Grove Farm, Westhide or tie in with the Gadbury dressage series. SEE WEBSITE FOR MUCH MORE ON DRESSAGE TRAINING these are essential for everyone!! Eventers, pure dressage competitors, everyone in fact benefits from improving flatwork. All levels* these are area qualifying general rallies.

Thursday April 20thXC Rally at Lincomb. Book in with  qualifying rally

Saturday April 22ndNorth Hereford Hunt Point to Point at Hereford Racecourse.

Sunday April 23rd. Mini ODEat Andoversford and AREA MG COMPETITION.

Saturday April 29thNHH FunRide at Eaton Hall.

Sunday April 30thGENERAL RALLY minis upwards at Old Grove Farm, Westhide book in with These should be monthly now, exact dates will be sent out and on website asap. These are Area Team qualifying rallies.

Regular Show Jumping Rallies are being worked on as we speak. Dates out as soon as I know them. We’ll be putting up the clubs show jump course I hope in the Summer half term for more training rallies.

3 April 2017 – We have had a couple of kind offers of the use of a field for Mounted Games practices on grass.   However, we are always on the look out for a suitable flat field that is in the right direction for our trainers who come from Coventry.  If anyone can help please contact Rachel

Congratulations to Charlotte Wilson and her pony Trudy who have been selected for the England Mounted Games Team.  Charlotte will compete for her country at the Royal Windsor Show.  It’s a great day out and Charlotte and her England team would like to see as many of us there as possible to support them.

Pony Club members get free entry when accompanied by a paying adult.  More information here; Royal Windsor Horse Show, 10–14 May 2017 | The Pony Club

A quick reminder for anyone paying by Bacs to NHHPC for Branch clothing, rallies, camp, etc that an accompanying email to Rachel at is much appreciated please.

Feb 2017 – Can you believe we are nearly at half term? Me neither!! Please find below a summary of rallies and events for the half term week, further details on our ‘what’s on’ page on website or from the organisers. Please read all and any notes and book in with the relevant person.

Saturday February 11th: Mounted Games for ALL 11am – 12.30pm at Stalls Farm. Book in with Rachel

Cotswold Vale PC Show Jumping at Harpury – schedule on website.

 Sunday February 12th: Wyre Forest PC Show Jumping at Kings. Schedule on website. (Late entries may be accepted, contact the WFPC Show Secretary).

 Monday February 13th : Ridden Rally for Minis and ‘Tasters’ (*particularly suitable for our new members, see notes below) at Great Wacton Farm book in with Gilly £7 pp approx (depending on group size) 40 mins

Wednesday February 15th: EVENING members Committee Bowling at The Grove, book in with *flyer was emailed out Jan 25th.

 Thursday February 16th : General Ridden Rally for Juniors and Seniors at Great Wacton (**Useful qualifying rally for those hoping to compete this year!) Book in with £10pp approx (depending on group size) 1hr.

Friday February 17th: (Non-Ridden )Achievment Badge Rally for all at The Farm, Paunton. 10.30 Book in with £5pp (equine first aid with Caroline Queen BSc, CCRT, BVSc, MRCVS ).

Saturday February 18th: NHH Trail Hunting CHILDREN’S MEET @ Moor Court. Would love to see a great pony club turnout. Country very suitable for lead rein, at least to start! Any questions ,

Sunday February 19th; MG Friendly at Onley, Warwickshire PC more information from Rachel

Hopefully there is something for everyone. When you book in with the organiser, groups, times and costs will be advised.

Thanks to Sally Pearson we can have two ridden rallies no matter the weather using her covered school. Parking is tight so groups will be arranged with a gap in between to allow for people to leave before the next group arrive .I will do my best to accommodate shared ponies and trailers and siblings, please let me know when you book in.

We’d love our new and potential members to come along on Monday 13th particularly and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the week.

As well, the NHH, NLH and LH will have additional Trail Hunting dates through the week. I have those and the relevant Secretary’s details so if I can help, just email me.

Lastly, I hope you all got the ‘Save the Date’ email from Lou Richardson. We will be hosting a Pony Popping Competition on Easter Monday at Hillview, Malvern. This is a ‘FUN-draiser’ that we hope will attract a good number of entries, fences start teeny weeny, absolutely ok for lead rein, up to 60cm

(I believe, details will be confirmed in plenty of time) Plenty of chocolate & rosettes on offer!


Dec 2016 – Dear All,

First and foremost well done to all those who received a prize on Friday evening. Over 70 people enjoyed a great meal at The Plough and celebrated many and varied achievements by our members.  The top award went to Charlotte Wilson for Outstanding Performance in 2016 representing the NHHPC at the  Nationals and Areas in three disciplines, delivering fantastic performances in all.  The DC’s Salver was awarded to Scarlet Richardson, for stepping up to the Junior MG team at short notice, always smiling, always keen and enthusiastically throwing herself and the wonderful NooNoo into everything.  Both awards were very well deserved so huge congratulations to them, Charlotte and Scarlet are great all round examples of what the Pony Club is about!

It’s timely to remind you all to check our website regularly for What’s On. Whilst the weather today is particularly awful, rallies and training are always in the planning and will be added to the website and or emailed out as soon as finalised.

A couple of reminders; the Member’s Committee have a Table Top Sale planned for November 29th at Burley Gate Village Hall and a fun Christmas outing to Tubing at Gloucester Ski Slope on December 18th. Please read the emails that were sent out for these and contact Pippa Wollen (  ) for further info and to book in.

Wednesday Evening Mounted Games training continues at Stalls Farm (contact Rachel )

We’re hoping to arrange some C/C+ training over the Christmas hols, I shall email out details nearer the time.

An detailed email will be out this week for more Eventer Training at Castlemorton with Sarah Verney on December 28th. Book in quickly as these are sought after sessions.

HUNTING continues come rain or shine. Contact the NH Hunt Secretary ( ) for further details.  One important date to note is the NHH Children’s Meet will be on Saturday February 18th. The second Saturday of half term and we’d love to see a good turnout of pony clubbers! Again, I shall send further reminders nearer the time, the venue will be Upper Eggleton with excellent ground for lead reiners and novices.

Lastly, anyone who would like some PC clothing, perhaps for Christmas? Contact me asap to order.



Mounted Games:
Georgia Barrett, Charlotte Wilson, Lottie Edwards, Ottie Thomas, Ariana Davison
Sixth man. Finlay Davison

We hosted the Area Mounted Games at The Three Counties Showground. Thanks to all but especially Rachel Barrett. We came 1st there to qualify for the Zones at Moreton Morrell, where we came 5th out of 24 teams from all over the south of England, therefore qualifying for the Mounted Games Championships at Cholmondley, as we did last year.
The team continued to practise, albeit sporadically.  The team never practised as a whole before the Championships. The teams went up the day before in readiness for the big day.
We were fairly fortunate in that we were drawn in the slightly less hot heat in the morning.  We duly qualified for the final in the afternoon, where we finished 6th. Yes, 6th.. The 6th best Mounted Games Team in the country.!!
This is an amazing feat, due to the children, parents and a brilliant, brilliant trainer, Ed Chamberlain, who travels from Warwickshire for every single practise!!
We are fortunate in that all of these riders are eligible for the team next year!!

Area Novice Show Jumping.

The Areas took place on Sunday 17th July at Stowell Park. Hosted by the Cotswold Hunt Branch of the Pony Club.

We fielded two teams at 90cms. The Stars and The Stripes.
The Stripes consisted of:
Henry Queen, Ariana Davison, Ellie Butcher, Scarlett Rogers
They all rode well but 75% of the team were new combinations. All ok but a few too many knock downs to be in with a shout.
The Stars team were:
Olivia Davies, Lexi Clarke, Maddie Queen, Charlotte Wilson
They all went really well in both round one and the more technical round two. A team score of 4 meant they would jump off with three other branches for a potential 3rd place and a qualification for Cholmondley. We needed a team score of zero. Thanks to all of the girls but especially Maddie Queen who went last and needed a clear for the team to win. Ever so cool, Maddie and Amazing Toblerone got that clear. ………..  he is amazing. We cheered so loudly, they could probably hear us in Northleach!!!!!
Novice Championships, here we come.!!!!
Huge thanks to team trainer Bryan Smith.

Meanwhile, back at the bat cave, the other end of the Showground, the Grassroots Team at 80 cms:
Molly Baker, Alexandra Ingram, Ottie Thomas, Finlay Russell
were jumping with confidence and success to gain a well-deserved win out of 32 teams and qualifying for the Land Rover Sponsored Grassroots Final at Rectory Farm, home of our Area 9 Rep, Pleasance Jewitt. Well done them!!
Sadly, two of that qualifying team were unable to take part in the final……….  but worry not. Jack Butcher and Georgie Voelcker stepped up to the mark to enable us to send a team to the Championships. Thanks to them.
The team went forward from the grass arena of round 1 on a team score of 4 to the bigger and more technical track in Rectory Farm’s massive all weather arena. None of the riders went clear  (there were only 4 double clears out of 34 team entries!) but it wasn’t a disaster by any means and the experience will hold them in good stead for future competitions.
Afterwards, we all shared our picnic around the Baker’s ramp. Huge thanks to Molly’s mother, Jo Baker, who co- ordinated the entries, times and collected the numbers and goody bags on arrival and made sure they got into the right hands.

Novice Show Jumping Championships at Cholmondley

The first round, in the lea of the castle, went really well. The team went through to the 2nd round on a team score of zero. The 2nd round, in the main ring, resulted in a team score of 4, the same as about 10 other teams. One team came out the clear winner on a team score of zero.
As there wasn’t time for everyone to jump off, the times of the rounds were added up. Although we were officially joint 2nd, we did actually come 6th. This was still marvellous. Well done to the team and thanks again to Bryan Smith.

Area Novice Eventing at Dauntsey on Sunday 23rd July. Hosted by the Beaufort Pony Club
We fielded three teams in the 90cms :
Izzy Lee, Olivia Davies, Ralph Verney, Saskia Hinton

Lexi Clarke, Henry Queen, Maddie Queen, Charlotte Wilson

Ellie Butcher, Ariana Davison, Jessica Rogers, Scarlett Rogers

All the dressage tests went well. No errors of course and no tears. A brilliant start.
SJ……. Some clears, some had a rail or two…… Going well……..
XC……. Up to height and fairly technical but this is Area 9 and if you qualify in this Area, you are ready for the Championships. We didn’t have many clear rounds in this phase but this was purely rider error. If we are to qualify for next year’s Novice Championships at Cholmondley, we need to get out there and practise. Practise, practise and more practise………… and go hunting………. A brilliant XC practise every Saturday and lots of fun too!!
However, those who are to be congratulated on their clear rounds are  Charlotte Wilson.8th.   Ralph Verney. 6th    and Izzy Lee. 3rd.  Poor Izzy just missing out qualifying for Cholmondley by point something of a mark.
Better luck next year.

Molly Baker has done well in other Pony Club events, gaining well deserved placings at Rabson (6th)and Foxcote ( 2nd ) at 80 cms.

Novice and Intermediate Dressage. Kemerton Court, Nr Tewkesbury. Hosted by the Croome Pony Club.

Ellie Butcher and Saskia Hinton both won their sections, therefore qualifying for an individual place in the Championships in the Novice  Dressage.
The teams were just out of the placings but there were some good results. Izzy Lee came 3rd in her section of the Intermediate but it’s only the winner that qualifies. So near yet so far. Just missing out again!!

Others representing their branch that day were:
Molly Baker, Jessica Rogers, Pippa Wollen 5th, Olivia Davies, Lexi Clarke, Ottie Thomas 9th, Rosie Meadows, Maddie Queen

Jennifer Butcher in the grassroots.

At the Championships, Ellie did an accurate, pleasant test but just needed to be that little bit rounder to gain the mark that the judge would have liked to have given her. Saskia did a good, forward test to gain a 3rd rosette. Well done Saskia.

Well, that sums up the summer competitions. We’ve had a good season. Many branches would have loved to have done what we’ve done but …………..  what we’ve done this year , are merely stepping stones to even greater success.
Let’s get out and enjoy competing early next year …….. and leave our family holidays till after the Championships!!



Jan 2016

Christmas has passed in a whirl and here we are in the New Year. May it bring us all, two legged and four, health and happiness.

I hope you have all read Jane’s departing letter although as she promises, she will be organizing Camps this summer, so well versed is she in how to do it all so well. With enormous thanks and a moist eye we bid her au revoir as DC but gladly we welcome Sally Pearson and Sue Farquhar as our new joint DC’s. I’d like to point out how enormously lucky this branch has been in securing the services of knowledgeable and enthusiastic Dc’s, this is no longer the norm in most of the UK where the sheer workload and required compliances make it a difficult role to fill. I know the committee and the membership will work very hard to support them both as they find their feet in this shared role.

A lot happened over the Christmas break, eventing training, dressage, mounted games, D test training and hunting. Hopefully everyone found time for something. There is a lot planned for the next few weeks and months which I shall summarise here but urge you to check our website regularly, the ‘What’s on’ section is very up to date and online booking and payment is working well. The branch contact and areas of responsibilities that was attached to Jane’s letter gives you individual organizers contacts if you have any queries, if you are at all uncertain, please ask us, it’s what we are here for.

**Membership Renewals are now DUE**

Please look at the website for the renewal form and send back ASAP with your payment. PLEASE NOTE that whilst payment by transfer is of course brilliant, the form must be filled out and returned in paper form. PLEASE, PLEASE fill out the Gift Aid Declaration Form. If you are not a taxpayer, ask a taxpayer to write the cheque (not a company cheque) that is the extent of their involvement if they are not horsey, they are not signing up to lead rein duties I promise, but the additional income the branch receives is VERY worthwhile collecting and means an awful lot to a branch our size.

On a general note, be aware of correct and safe dress for all pony club activities. There must be no hoodies worn, no riding in wellies and stirrups must fit correctly. Hats must adhere to current regulations and fitted correctly, neck straps should be used on the ponies and tack must be clean and in good repair. (There is a summary on the website for reference under ‘Health and Safety’.) Gilly keeps Branch Clothing in stock or it is available quickly to order in the event the sizes are not available.

Sue and Sally will be noting throughout the year the standards of turnout and the DC’s Award for Tack and Turnout will be given with great ceremony at our annual Celebration Evening in the autumn.

Future Events


Further details on our website, contact Tara with any questions. If and when you book in via the website, email Tara a confirmation to include child and pony’s name.


Mini Road Rider Safety Badge Rally at Hansnett Farm this Sunday 9th. Book in on website and with Bev Owen (text 07835 530310)

D-Test Training will continue and under cover rallies are in the pipeline. Look out for the emails. As well the very popular Mini MG rallies continue, all dates on the website.

Show Jumping:

There are a couple of local competitions coming soon, I’ve attached the schedules. Bryan Smith continues to offer SJ training most weekends, please contact Di Lee ( ) for information if you are not already on the text list from Ian Coles.

Mounted Games

A (horseless) study day is on again this year and is open to all members & parents. Information is attached; held at the Unicorn Centre, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, it is very informative and well worth attending. Contact Rachel Barrett or Clare Dolan for further information. Members and parents need to book in themselves (link in the attachment) but lift shares are on offer.

April 17th is the date for the Area Mounted Games Competition at the Three Counties Showground. Please see the information in the attachment.


The winter series starts at Monmouth on January 17th. Good luck to those entered!

They continue on February 7th and March 20th.

For Information and training opportunities contact Alice

Trail Hunting

The North Hereford and North Ledbury Hunts are battling with the weather and atrocious ground conditions but continue to welcome the Pony Clubbers whenever they can. Boxing Day Meets were well attended, whilst the Children’s Meet scheduled for New Year’s Eve had to be cancelled, the New Year Meet Card is available from the Hunt secretaries and there are plans for at least one more dedicated children’s Meet at February Half Term.

NHH Family Fun Quiz.

The very popular and fun Family Quiz Night at Bishop’s Frome Village Hall

On Friday January 22nd 7.00 for 7.30pm start.

£5pp no limit to numbers in teams and mixed teams of all ages are actively sought. You’ll need the teenagers for the pop questions. Bar, refreshments and raffle on the evening.

The North Hereford Hunt is holding their Annual Hunt Ball on February 13th. At the time of writing there are just 2 tables for 10 left. So far there are some 200 tickets sold and it promises to be a humdinger of an evening; Black tie, Live Band, Great Dinner. Do come along or see you there if you are already booked in! For remaining tickets or to squeeze onto a table, contact


September 15th 2015

Much threatened, finally delivered, this newsletter has had an elephantine gestation period. I hope you will devour the information here with happy enthusiasm and respond/book/note where necessary. The Facebook Page and Website are kept up to date by Charlie Russell. Charlie is delighted to receive any photos from members to post.*MORE OF THIS LATER. All contacts are on our website I shall put organizer details with each discipline or event here and beg you to use them. Hitting reply to any email comes straight to back to me!


Summer came and went really rather quickly. Both senior and mini camps were great fun and we hope all members enjoyed themselves. We had some stunning results in competitions this summer, (details are on the website), but for our little branch to qualify for the National Championships in Dressage, Novice Eventing and Mounted Games was really fantastic.

Huge thanks to all the helpers at Camp(s), rallies, training and the Area Dressage competition. Everything we do is entirely dependent on selfless volunteering and slavish devotion to the Pony Club and our dear children. Nothing is possible without all of your help and additional offers of help will always be very gratefully received. QUICK NOTE, SENIOR CAMP AT LINCOMB IS BOOKED 25TH- 29TH JULY 2016.


This weekend, 19/20th of September is our own Tetrathlon at St Richard’s School. Alice is organising the teams and last minute training. Rachel Barrett is flogging hard to organise the event and any further offers of help setting up on Friday, with the swimming on Saturday or during Sunday, please email Rachel (

After this we are in the Winter Triathlon season. No horses!! Kicking off with The Elms School Triathlon on Sunday October 18th. Our minis are usually fiercely keen and competitive, so too our juniors. Please contact Alice for any more information or to register interest in joining the merry band. Alice sent out an email this morning with the Elms schedule. The Curre Pony Club Tri (November 8th) and the Area 10 Winter series of 3 in the New Year are great fun, held at Monmouth School Sports Centre. Details & Dates from Alice.

TRAIL HUNTING – Hunt Liaison Stella Robertson (

Anyone on the Hunt supporters list or Hunt Text Service will know that Hound Exercise is on this Saturday from 4pm, venue tbc.  The Opening Meet is a week earlier this year, Saturday October 24th, the first weekend of the half term.

MINIS - Gilly Voelcker (

An email went out this morning to the mini’s mailing list with 6 dates for ridden rallies this autumn. Email me with any queries.


I’m delighted to report that Sally Pearson is kindly offering a series of winter general rallies at her indoor school. Sally is looking to concentrate on the technical side of show jumping so suitable for confident jockeys, not lead rein. Dates are all Sunday Mornings: November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th & December 6th and 13th. Please book in with Caroline.

MOUNTED GAMES – Rachel Barrett ( )

Our esteemed senior mounted games squad have been invited to Ireland for the friendly competition at the Curragh Racecourse October 17/18th. I’m sure they are all going to have terrific fun again.

DRESSAGE – Kate Wollen or text 07786 526280
Laura Wollen is available to teach Dressage to Music for anyone who’d like to give it a go. Contact Kate to book in.

AWARDS EVENING- This year we will hold our annual celebration and awards evening on Sunday October 25th from 6pm. This is the first weekend of the half term, so we hope as many as possible will join us for supper and fun. We all had a lovely time last year and Louise Richardson will again be organising the evening. Details of venue will be emailed out in due course but please mark the date in your diaries now.

* URGENT REQUEST* we do need returned all the trophies given out last year (those with a number and were signed for). These may be returned to any committee member but tracking down and chasing the trophies will be Gilly Voelcker, so have yours engraved now if you have not already done so and return polished, pretty please.


Thursday October 29th: A general working ridden rally indoors from 9am – 12noon. Open to ALL minis and upwards. Please book in with Gilly ( Numbers are limited so please book in ASAP, costs and groups to be advised nearer the time.


Set up for fun and fundraising for the general membership. The committee is open to all members over 16; Chairman Ellie Butcher, Secretary Lauren Horgan and Treasurer Pippa Wollen have plans afoot for a skittles evening and a table top sale. Please keep your eyes peeled for emails in the next few weeks.

URGENT CALL FOR HELP.We desperately need a treasurer to take over from Clare Phillips. Please consider taking on the role or tackling a friend or family member with some accounting experience! It’s a vital role in the branch and Clare has worked magnificently & tirelessly for long enough! She is almost, but we hope not actually, irreplaceable.

Contact Jane with offers or suggestions.


June 2015 – At last week’s committee meeting we welcomed Charlie Russell who is joining our frazzled band to take on the website, brave woman. Please email all and any photos, news, results to Charlie for her to upload As well Charlie will be regularly updating the ‘for sale’ page for second hand kit and ponies for loan/sale/wanted.  Our branch web pages may be found at Check regularly for news and events.

We are moving towards online booking and payments for training, rallies and events. Details will be out as soon as everything is finalised but we hope to make signing up and payment simple, fast and efficient for both attendees and organisers as frankly trying to get members to Sign up, Turn up and Pay can be rather like herding cats.

You will have had Jane’s email detailing training available this week details are also on the website.

CAMP July 20th-24th

Planning in detail is underway. As you can imagine this requires military precision to organise! General Jane and Brigadier Helen are working hard to ensure we strike again the balance between training and fun.

Application forms were sent out and deposits are DUE NOW. A copy can be downloaded from the website.


To confirm is August 3/4/5th this year. Details shall be sent out nearer the time but mark the dates in your diary.

Homme House Horse Trials August 11th and 12th.

Stella asks if there are some older members who would volunteer to be runners on both days, collecting dressage score sheets please. It’s a great event and this is a chance to be involved, up close and personal as it were to the action. Please email Stella if you’d like to help, also Alice Pearson will we hope be hosting a walk of the course with the pony clubbers. James Bisset is available for a night time Bat Walk too. Register interest in any and all of this with

NHH Kennels Visit

Mrs Camilla Dangerfield welcomed a number of our minis at half term for a lovely fun ride in the sunshine followed by some rather good cakes.

As one of the joint masters Mrs Dangerfield has kindly invited our pony clubbers to the Kennels on August 19th to meet the new huntsman and the hounds, questions will also be asked to fulfil some more requirements for the award of the Pony Club Hunting Certificate (details on “hunting” page on website) This afternoon will be rounded off with a bar-b-q. Again, one for the diary.


Well done to those who competed at The Elms Tet on the 31st May. It was a really lovely day and we had a clutch of rosettes. Our own Tetrathlon is confirmed for September 19th/20th at St Richard’s School.


Our esteemed and truly brilliant treasurer Clare is stepping down next year so we need a new treasurer. These are difficult shoes to fill and it is an extremely important role within the branch. If you know of anyone who may be willing to take on this voluntary post please contact Jane asap; Perhaps a grandparent with accounting/book keeping experience could be persuaded? Clare will of course work to ensure a smooth handover. The branch is a cog within the wheel of a large charitable organisation and the accounts must be accurate and up to date. Either Jane or Clare is very happy to explain the role in detail to any prospective volunteers.


*********AREA DRESSAGE***********

Three Counties Showground July 28

A Further reminder that we are hosting this year’s Area Competition with the Clifton-on-Teme.

ALL Ages can compete. If off the lead rein even the minis are able to enter the Walk and Trot Class. The smaller, non-qualifying classes will be in the afternoon freeing parents to help in the mornings. The schedule will be distributed very soon.

We need a lot of help setting up on the Monday 27th, running the day itself and clearing away on the 29th.

Members over 10 are very welcome to act as runners for the collection of score sheets.

We are in the process of drawing up a rota of times and duties. We need 60 helping and no that is not a misprint! 60 helpers will be needed.

(Stern face and voice here)

Unless you are on holiday or absolutely and definitely unable to take a day off work (in the operating theatre for example) WE EXPECT YOU TO HELP.

To make it easier, I shall allocate times and roles and send out to everyone, get your entries in as soon as the schedule’s out as I shall coordinate with these too. If you are unable to fulfil this role you will need to tell me very quickly and preferably find someone who can do it! It is 6 weeks away that really is quite enough notice on the dates.

Helpers can be parents, grandparents, older members, friends and supporters of the Pony Club. Our frazzled committee with the best will in the world cannot clone ourselves to do everything hard as we try at most events.


May 2015 – well done to Georgia Edwards who competed in the England Mounted Games Team at the Royal Windsor Show in front of the Queen.  Georgie and her pony Maggie were both fab!  We are very proud of you!*****

April 2015 – Our recent Mounted Games Area competition run by our Branch with the Cotswold Vale Farmers Branch at the Three Counties Showground was a great  success. It was the first chance to compete against other Branches in Area 9. Our Senior Team won and go through to the Zone finals on 28th June – with luck and practice they have a good chance of qualifying for the National PC Championships in Cheshire 21st-25th August.

Now our thoughts turn to the Area Qualifying competitions for the Championships for Show Jumping (2’6” and upwards) 5th July, Tetrathlon 18th/19th July, Dressage (all ages and abilities, inc ‘have a go’ non qualifying classes) 28th July, Eventing (90cm and upwards) Broadway 2nd August and 9th August

(Junior and Mini Eventing 9th August – this is non qualifying, rules in red are not applicable).

Our Branch is very keen to encourage our members to take part in these competitions, (qualifying and non-quallifying) if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to ring me.

If you are keen to take part in any of the Qualifying Areas PLEASE CONFIRM BY EMAIL TO ME WHICH ONE(S) you are available for and would like to be compete in – Initial Provisional Entries have to made early and I do not have enough spare time to chase you. I know a lot of you are out competing and practicing in readiness. Please send a brief list of recent competitions (and results, don’t be shy!) and events you are planning to enter.

There is no limit to the numbers we can enter but…….Please remember the requirements for Qualifying Area 9 participation.

For QUALIFYING CLASSES – In previous 12 months Members and pony must have attended minimum of 3 rallies (Camp counts as one )

NHHPC Branch requirements – the above rallies must include

For Dressage Team – combination to attend minimum of one Branch Dressage rally/training session on Grass

For Show Jumping Team – combination to attend minimum of one Branch SJ rally/training session on Grass

For Eventing – combination to attend minimum of one, preferably two Branch Cross Country Rallies and preferably one of each D and SJ as above.
Combination needs to have some experience at the intended level and have shown safe and reasonable competence.

Please try to get to as many rally and training sessions as you can, especially Cross Country, this practice is invaluable – safety is paramount – Good results do not come by luck alone – training is key to consistent good results. We so nearly qualified an Eventing Team last – Pippa had to fly our flag alone at the Champs –  it would be fantastic to qualify a team this year! The Championships are GREAT fun and well worth the effort.

Good luck and look forward to hearing from you – please reply!



Newsletter April 23rd 2015

There is so much going on as we spring into spring, I shall summarise in what I hope will be an easily read format!

First things first, what an amazing day we had at the Area Mounted Games Competition on Sunday. Thank you to all who helped, we’ve had lots of compliments on how friendly and well run the day was.

The senior team WON and qualify for the zones again this year. The juniors finished a very creditable 5th (3rd in tack and turnout too!) and the mini lead rein teams both finished second. Absolutely great results. More details will follow about the zone competition in due course.

The Egg-tastic Easter show at Moore’s Farm was also a fantastic day. Well done to Tim and Tara for organising it. Feedback has again been extremely positive on the fun and friendly atmosphere.

Easter holiday rallies were well attended and goodness we were blessed with the weather, particularly for the XC training at Gadbury, positively Mediterranean!

Everything is ramping up in tempo now with rallies and competitions. Hopefully everyone has received the Tetrathlon and Dressage training emails. Please note all Wednesday evening dressage bookings to **Sue Farquhar at *****change of email address*****


Georgia and Maggie selected to represent England at Royal Windsor Horse Show 2015
The Prince Philip Cup England trial took place on Sunday 23 March at Dallas Burston Polo Grounds in Southam, Warwickshire. It was here that Georgia secured her place in the 2015 England team on her pony Maggie.
Around 30 riders were nominated by their Pony Club and took part in the trial this year from all over the country. Everyone was very keen to earn their place in the team so the pressure was on for all of the riders.
It was an early start for Georgia and her family who were up at 4:00am to make their way to Warwickshire (and also to try and clean a very dirty grey pony) for the trial.
On arrival all of the riders were allocated a bib with a number on which allows the judges to easily identifiy each rider. Georgia was allocated bib number 17 (a new lucky number?!) and the trial began after tack check and warm up. All of the riders were split up into four different teams, and then they ran through each race several times whilst being closely watched and scored by the selectors.
Georgia got off to a great start with bending, followed by the ball and cone race. They then ran through a few more races and had a break when some of the riders were chosen to move teams and got to ride with other pony/ rider combinations in front of the judges. The morning continued for a couple of hours in a similar fashion, with races being repeated and the selectors watching everyone – it was nerve wracking to say the least. Georgia made very few mistakes and looked strong throughout the morning, months of dedication and training with Maggie really showed, and the pair were brillaint to watch. It was a tough morning for all of the riders and ponies taking part, and recognition is deserved for all who made it such a good competition.
When the time came for the results Marcus Capel lined all of the riders up in front of the clubhouse and read out the numbers that had been selected to represent England. Number 17 was called out third and Georgia took her place in line. A great impression had clearly been made – what a moment, there were lots of hugs and tears from Georgia, Maggie and North Hereford’s (ever growing) fan club.
It really was a true display of sportsmanship, there was not a moment when Georgia wasn’t smiling, and being supportive of the other Pony Club members, she represented the North Hereford Pony Club with superb poise and style.
England team 2015:
Eleanor Wheeler
Rhea McCulloch
Georgia Edwards
Haley Northcott
Jenna Cairns


A special thanks must be said to Edward Chamberlain for training Georgia and Maggie, and to Maggie’s owner Anna Lockwood for all her support too.
Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place from 13 – 17 May, at Windsor Castle. We would like to wish Georgia and Maggie all the best and hope that preparation for the competition goes well.


Dear Members and Parents

HUGE thank you for the stunning present – ‘Running hounds’ painted by Alice Arnold.  I am blown away by it and your collective generosity and kindness – really very, very much appreciated along with all your help, friendship and fun shared throughout 2014. It is a great honour to be NHHPC DC with so many fantastic members and their families.

Friday night was our first Celebration Supper to recognise every Member’s achievements from learning to trot, pass E Test right up to winning at the Championships – we all have so much to celebrate. Choosing the Cup winners is a very difficult job, everyone deserves something! The recipients were decided with help from the discipline and rally organisers, trainers and coaches.

BIG thank you s are needed to Katie and Sheila Hawkins for delicious lasagnas, organisers Louise Richardson and Helen Thomas, all the Committee, every parent who donated food and Haygrove for the projector. Julian Voelcker created a brilliant slideshow recording our Branch year and finally Sarah Verney gave a spectacularly inspirational talk – The Pathway from Pony Club to the Olympics! – NHHPC Here we come!!