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‘As a Member of The Pony Club, I stand for the best in sportsmanship as well as in horsemanship. I shall compete for the enjoyment of the game well played and take winning or losing in my stride, remembering that without good manners and good temper, sport loses its cause for being. I shall endeavour to treat my horse with consideration.’

Welcome to the Puckeridge Hunt Branch of the Pony Club.  If you are interested in joining our branch or for those who wish to renew their membership please download the current membership form and send it to our Membership Secretary, Jo Shickell,20 Heydon Road, Great Chishill, nr Royston, Herts. SG8 8SR.  07933292730
j.shickell@btinternet.com New members are advised to ring Jo to confirm that you live within our area as you are required to join the Pony Club branch nearest to your home address and our area boundaries are a little vague.

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latest news………Oct
2014

Dengie Winter Series Showjumping Competition 2014/2015
Click here for more information on this Winter League series.  Don’t forget that our branch is part of Area 8 so if you want to take part, you need to look out for the competitions being hosted in our Area.  There is a list on the Pony Club website by following the link that I have provided.  The first one of the season is taking part at Brook Farm on 30th October and I have uploaded the schedule under our ‘Calendar’ page.  If you would like to know who else is going, please email sue.brown2@hotmail.co.uk if you intend to enter and she will keep everyone in the picture.
BLENHEIM HORSE TRIALS EVENTER CHALLENGE – SEPT 2014
This event is held for all eligible pony club branches who put forward teams of 4 to complete a show jumping/cross country/showjumping round within the confines of a grass arena.  This year the track was demanding….very tight… and significantly technical.  No tack and turnout competition but our team still looked smart and dazzled in the sunshine.  The team members were Ollie Brown, Rose Pitman, Daisy De Uphaugh and Izzy PT.  Not a good enough team result to get a placing this year but very well done to Izzy PT who went clear and to Daisy D who went round with only 4 faults.  Again, another long journey to Woodstock in Oxfordshire for this event, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outing and representing our branch.  There was great shopping too and a few of us managed to watch the inaugural Blenheim Event Horse Auction which was very exciting.
GOSLING CUP 2014 – HOSTED BY NEWMARKET AND THURLOW PC AT HORSEHEATH

Gosling 2014

Possibly the most stressful competition of the year was upon us yet again!  Having hosted the event last year at Severals Farm, it felt like quite a relief to only have to worry about 2 teams all day!  Our first team consisted of Daisy Dollar, Sophie Byford, Alice Shickell and Rose Pitman.  We were represented in our second team by Harriet Willmott, Alice Somerville, Lizzy Yarrow and Millie Hammond.  Greatly aided by Di Potter (a tack and turnout guru and expert), everyone ensured that the teams were at their best and we we awarded ‘Tack and Turnout’ 2nd place.  Onto the dressage section and team ride, both of which were successfully executed by all of our riders!    Next we were faced with the cross country phase……very interesting things happened at the bogey fence (No 4) which saw c.40 eliminations!  There were 115 competitors and only 15 clear XC rounds!  How did we get on?  Despite the stiff course in the XC phase we managed to secure 3rd place overall for the entire competition with our first team, who also got placed 4th for their team ride.  Daisy Dollar and Sophie Byford were placed 3rd individually with a double clear and Rose Pitman was placed 6th individually in their respective arenas. Our second team gained masses of experience and we look forward to seeing them at the next Gosling Cup in 2015.
SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

Alice Champs 2014It was raining in Cheshire for the Champs (yet again)!  Our show jumping team who qualified at the Area competition in August at Ickworth Park, consisted of Georgie Pitman, Theo Atherton, Abigail Harris and Rose Pitman.  Georgie rode a spectacular double clear on her fab bay, Barney; Theo had an unfortunate 4 faults after a real show of confident horsemanship.  Abigail, who was clear in the first round, sadly had to retire at the water tray; Rose, our youngest member, managed to complete this difficult course.The main problem for all competitors, not just our team,  was the downhill water fence which seemed to involve lots of skidding resembling ski tracks!  Certainly the weather conditions made the whole event far trickier for everyone.  In the Dressage arena, our dressage star Alice Shickell, managed to come a respectable and well deserved 18th out of a field of 36.  Well done to everyone who attended.  It is a very long way to the Championships and it is a lot of hard work and effort.  Glad that, despite how exhausting it can be, everyone had fun!

BURGHLEY SHOWJUMPING SEPT 2014
Blenheim 2014
Our team this year consisted of Izzy Picton-Turberville, Finn Atherton, Ollie Brown and Georgie Pitman.  After a difficult journey for some of the team who got held up on A14 for over 1.5 hours, time was of the essence to get the course walked and then changed for the ever-important tack and turnout.  Our PC has regularly won this coveted trophy and with so many teams competing all day from different pony clubs, the pressure was on to endlessly polish both ponies and riders!!  We succeeded in getting 2nd place.  There were 3 teams on equal points but the judges made their final decision on the overall impression of the team. Pipped at the post! Unfortunately, the show jumping result for our team was not the best.  Finn managed a super clear round and everyone did a great job but it just wasn’t to be our day.  It can be very nerve wracking and distracting for both riders and horses at such a highly spectated event.  The pressure can be immense and we take from this a great experience for those who took part and will be back in 2015 for another bash at winning both sections!!

Herts Hunt PC Triathlon – September 2014

Natalie Pierrejean writes……’We had a wonderful day today at the Herts Hunt PC Triathlon – it was the club’s first attempt at organising one and they did a wonderful job.  Now I know what the bean-bag throwing is all about (Xavier’s efforts were a little … artistic!) I have just invested in a garden game throwing set so that we can actually aim to hit the thing!  Other than that, we had a great day.’
Xavier                   Under 8’s            Bean-bag  220                    Run 842 (2:06 and fastest run)    Swim 800 (50m)                Total 1862                 11th(in a mixed team with Harry Zatouroff PWPC and Tom Rowe (OBHN) – 4th place)

Estelle                   Tadpoles              Shoot 820 (=1st)                Run 886 (4:19 and fastest run)    Swim 1080 (135m and best swim)                Total 2786            1st (in a mixed team with Frankie Zatouroff from PWPC – 2nd team place)

Well done to both Xavier and Estelle, both of whom are new members to our pony club this year!  Keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing more results!!

Area Team Results Summer 2014
Well done to all our riders who have taken part in area team events this summer.  The area horse trials were held at Isleham on sunday 20th July and we had 3 teams and one individual taking part.  Findley Atherton rode as an individual in the open class and was placed 4th. Ollie Brown, Hannah Snell and Daisy and Chloe De-Upaugh all rode in the intermediate team. Hannah was placed 3rd in her section and narrowly missed qualifying for the championships. We had two novice teams of Daisy Dollar, Theo Atherton, Sophie Byford, Rose and Georgie Pitman, Alice Shickell, Jack Hayward and Isla Cuthbert. All our novice riders rode really well and Daisy was placed 5th Theo 4th and Rose was 2nd in their sections.
The Area Showjumping was held at Ickworth park on Sunday August 3rd.and with the course walk at 7.30am and Abigail still jumping at 7.30pm it was a very long day. We had no open team this year but had a team in the intermediate and two teams in the novice. Our intermediate team of Ollie brown, Hannah Snell and Daisy De-Upaugh did not have such a good day.
Our novice teams of Millie Hammond, Abigail Harris, Natasha Dell, Alex Waters, Rose and Georgie Pitman, Sophie Byford and Theo Atherton had a very good competition with both teams going forward to the second round on zero scores. The second round sorted all the teams out and our team of Rose, Georgie, Theo and Sophie all jumped clear and took us through to the jump off. 65 novice riders took part in the final jump off and our team did extremely well all jumped clear and finished in third place and have qualified for the novice championships in Cheshire. Abigail Harris also did a brilliant job at her first area competition jumping three very good clear rounds and is also going to the championships.
So good luck to all our members who are going to the Novice Championships, Alice Shickell (Dressage), Rose and Georgie Pitman, Theo Atherton and Abigail Harris ( show jumping).
Area Dressage 2014 – Thank you to Millie Hammond, Zara Harris, Claudia Kent, Morgan Kent, Georgie Pitman, Sophie Byford, Rose Pitman, Harriet Wilmott and Alice Shickell for taking part in the Area Dressage at Cottenham Racecourse. Especially well done to Alice, and Sophie for getting placed in the main competition and Rose for her placing in the warm up test. Also a huge thank you to Sue for all her help and organizing us all!

I didn’t put actual results but I think they went like this Alice was 3rd and qualified for Nationals.  Sophie was 6th and Rose came 3rd in the warm up. Long and lovely day out, sun shone, ponies all performed well and we all enjoyed a picnic together.

Oh, and if you haven’t already joined, don’t forget to sign up to our group Facebook page where we can all share stories, comments and photos.  Click on this link – PUCKERIDGE HUNT PONY CLUB

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