Tuesday September 2, 2014
Welcome to the South Durham Hunt Branch of the Pony Club
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31/8/14 Zetland Showcross HERE
31/8/14         Good luck to Helen Berry who takes her AH test next week.
26/8/14 What a week – 1000 miles; 20 hours of driving; I could do a guide to the best bacon sandwiches available at the Championships!  I have watched some talented riding from our members all on beautifully turned out horses and ponies – horses and riders a credit to the South Durham Branch.  The results speak for themselves with rosettes awarded from each of the three Championships (see the TAB). A huge congratulations to you all… your hard work has paid off, not least of all by your parents who between them probably walked the length of the UK between arenas, stables, courses, camp sites etc….  It was worth it not only for the prizes but the team spirit and general great fun to had at the Championships, I  enjoyed myself immensely – thank you.  Lesley Makin (DC).

20/8/14 The South Durham Pony Club are holding a Pony Club/PRA Pony Racing Training Day, Sunday 21st September at Howe Hills Farm, Mordon (where we hold our pony race day).
The day begins at 9.00am and ends at 4.00 – 4.15pm approximately.
These are a joint training initiative run by the Pony Racing Authority and the Pony Club.

Experienced Pony Club Instructors teach alongside BHA accredited Jockey Coaches and provide the best possible introduction to pony racing. These days not only allow children to ride their own pony in a controlled environment and on the gallops but also provide an insight into balance and control in a forward seat with the simple use of wobble boards, space hoppers and stepping stones, running alongside the use of traditional racing equipment such as an equicisor.

In addition to riding tuition, the training programme includes advice on rider and pony fitness and nutrition, tack guidance and race day procedures and etiquette.

Members and their pony will be assessed as to their ability, confidence & competence and at the end of the day will be informed by the Assessor as to whether they have passed. If this is the case then they will be able to use this qualification to enter a Pony Club Race Day and be eligible to take part in Pony Racing Authority (PRA) races staged in 2014.

A link to the Pony Club website for the application form and equipment information is below.

7/8/14 CAMP LOST PROPERTY - remarkably I haven’t come home with a boot full of lost items!  But I do have a couple of things – has anyone lost anything?  Jade Hesler has lost her white dressage saddlecloth – that was almost brand new!  Contact Lesley.
3/8/14 Area Showjumping photos can be seen here:

2014 Junior Horse Trials @ Little Whittington

Sunday 29th June

Well done girls – well ridden in every discipline, all beautifully turned out (including their ponies!) a proud day for South Durham – Lesley Makin (DC).

Junior Area HT

Pictures available to buy from Jenny Walton (see FB page) – proceeds towards club funds

Senior Camp is now full – however, names will still be taken for a waiting list in the hope that a couple of extras can be squeezed in (no promises) and in case of cancellations.

27/4/14 Our Summer Show Schedule is HERE!!
27/4/14 More dates added to the programme HERE
27/4/14 Phase 2 of Team Training is available on the Area Teams and Training TAB sub page Phase 2 Training. HERE
26/4/14 Lovely afternoon at the Cleveland Games Friendly well organised and great atmosphere we all need to remember the effort that goes into these competitions by dozens of volunteers so thank you!  Our little mini teams were a credit to South Durham, beautifully turned out  and picture of smiles and laughter.   We had very respectable results especially since two of the team members hadn’t reached their 4th birthday yet!  3rd Rosie Carr, Chloe & Samantha Johnson, Kate North;  5th Nicole Apicella, Poppy Laws, Thomas Loughlin, Ben Summers 6th Ella and Martha Gibbon; Hannah Loughlin; Edie Shotton-Cracknell (who celebrated her 7th birthday on the day!); Lola Shotton-Cracknell.  Well done boys and girls and a huge thank you to all that helped and supported these teams to practice…. Lesley Makin (DC)
24/4/14  Junior and Senior Camp details available – check out menu tabs!!
21/4/14 We highly recommend anyone wishing to be considered for area tetrathlon to try and enter this competition:

Northern region triathlon, Saturday 3rd May, SHOOT, RIDE XC, RUN

Cheques payable to northern region tetrathlon £27.00

Entries close Friday 25 th April Please send to Maxine Ward.

19/4/14 – News on Bramham please refer to menu tab. HERE
17/4/14 TET – Entries by 5th May for Pendle forest and craven tetrathlon.
14/4/14 TET SHOOT PRACTICE …. Next shoot training session with Kim Dougall is the 16th May. There will be shoot practice on 25.04.14. I am unable to do the 02.05.14 and the 09.05.14 however if anyone wants to volunteer to take the sessions, open up, lock up etc then please contact me. Names for practices Monday before please. Thanks, Lindie..

20/3/14 Braes Easter show at Houghall – schedule Here

8/3/14  Junior Area dressage and HT Dressage test can be found on the AREA page HERE or directly HERE


New dates on the PROGRAMME page for March April and May

19/2/14  Looks like our Tet teams have been doing us proud again …HERE for results

17/2/14 Well done to our quiz team, Helen Berry, Megan Smart, Kizzy Turnbull and Tilly Stephenson. They came a very respectable 3rd at the Area 2 Quiz yesterday.

14/2/14  GAMES!!!

Are you under 10 years on the 1st January 2014 & interested in being part of a team at The Cleveland Hunt Pony Club Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games Friendly on Saturday 26th April?

If you are , we are practising this Wednesday & Thursday in half term 1-3pm at Southmoor. If you are interested & would like to attend or want more information, contact Emma Gibbon on 07850 333942 ASAP.


12/2/14 The Tetrathlon Championship dates and venue are now confirmed as the 19th to 21st August at Bishop Burton.  These dates squeeze between the National Championships at Cholmondeley (Cheshire) August 15th to 18th and the Novice Championships at Kelsall Hill (Cheshire)  23rd August to 24th.

For those of you who feel optimistic about being selected for teams and qualifying for two sets of Championships i.e Tetrathlon and National or have siblings that might…. please consider the commitment BEFORE accepting a place on a team.  Thank you Lesley Makin (DC)


25/1/14 Please could you have a look at AREA TEAM TRAINING TIMES HERE which have been amended recently and check your dates and times!

Any problems (which please God there wont be! lol!) contact Clare Tweddall 07900994205 asap



For those of you on the Area Team consideration list who have yet to apply for team training sessions, places still available are highlighted in blue.
Any queries please contact Clare Tweddall 07900994205.

12/1/14 Musical Ride Team Training – Following the success and enjoyment of the participants last year Friedl is training a team again for the 2014 competition. The competition this year will be held at the PC Championships between 15th – 18th August at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. First training session this year is Thursday 16th January @ 7pm at Dalton Piercy Indoor School. If you can commit yourself to those dates and would like to give it a go, we would love to see you on 16th January.


7/1/14 Area Competition Dates can be found here [note date changes since first posting (Quiz 16th February, 20th July now just Open to Novice, Area Dressage 27th July Houghall Colllege Durham hosted by Newcastle & North Durham, Area Show Jumping 2nd August.].


26/10/2013 I realise you may be out of practice in booking rallies, so please can you read the booking information on the 2013/14 Programme TAB as we’ve just made some changes.

These changes have been created because we are still receiving too many later comers wanting to join a rally.  The committee absolutely believe that where possible any member wishing to come to a rally must be given the opportunity, despite their parents somewhat lax administration skills!  However, we also need the time to ensure that rides are grouped into similar ability etc which in itself is complicated to then add someone else can tip the balance unless there is a clear gap and or a suitable ride.  Putting a child in the wrong ride isn’t any good for the other members or the child and if I recall parents are the first to complain about this – so please don’t create any more work for Margaret or complaints for me to address by getting the in booking late.

Thank you. Lesley Makin (DC).