Thursday August 21, 2014
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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.


18/8/14 Setting up for Mini camp is on Sunday 24th August at 5pm, as many parents helping as possible would be appreciated.  If any of our senior members would like to help this must pre-arranged with Lesley.
Reminders;no dogs either at the set up of or in mini camp, bring your own seats & tables; bring your own electric fencing & power source if ponies are to be left out over night while camping.  Members to remember their running clothes & trainers on the 1st day, as we will kick off the Tetrathlon with the running after we have ridden on the Tuesday; To enter the site for set up and the 3 days of Mini Camp off the A689 not A167 as it says on junior camp page.
Please confirm, ASAP, if you intend to camp overnight (we need this number for insurance purposes )
18/8/14 Zetland Showcross HERE
15/8/14 Over the next 10 days we have some of our members competing at the Championships, all have worked very hard to get to this stage and we wish them the very best of luck .  Helen Berry, Anna Dawson (Open SJ); Sadie Abel (Inter SJ); Helen Berry (Open HT); Jess Birkbeck and Megan Smart (Novice HT); Tetrathlon – Harry Ward, Sadie Abel, Will & Lucy Todd.  We also wish good luck to our Musical Ride entrants this year of – Helen Berry, Emma & Kate Carter, Savannah Turnbull, Megan Smart, Georgia Emmerson, Lia Broomfield, Sammy Morgan, Lily Cordwell-Smith, Jenni Lavelle. Enjoy yourselves!   Lesley Makin

The Pony Club 85th Anniversary Celebration BBQ

It would be great if as many of our members and their families could support this event, all funds support keeping the costs of rallies and camp down and provides a contribution to the Area and Championship costs – which so many of you this year have benefitted from.  So please try – its your Branch so let celebrate 85yrs of the Pony Club and a fabulous year for South Durham!!!!  Lesley

The fundraising Team have organised a BBQ on Friday 29th August at Sedgefield Cricket Club 7pm till 12pm

Tickets are a bargain at £10 for adults and £2.50 for children – Everyone welcome bring family and friends!

Tickets are availble from :-

Emma Kate – 07885330901

Kerry – 07789511058

Clare – 07775542909

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 South Durham Branch Members have had an amazing year at Area Competitions with plenty of qualifications to the Championships.  Representing the Branch at Area is an honour and something to be proud of so well done and congratulations to everyone who participated.  A big thank you to our team trainers – Claire Dryden, Catherine Shotton and Gareth Watchman without whom I am confident our results wouldn’t have been so impressive.   See the Results TAB for full details.
3/8/14 Area Showjumping photos can be seen here:
17/7/14 Zetland BBQ

All those at Camp have been invited to a BBQ with the Zetland  Branch to mark the 85th Anniversary of the Pony Club.

7th August at Stapleton Hall full details are to follow but we could do with a rough ideas for numbers.

This is a great idea and one we should support – also saves the hassle of us doing a celebration event!

I am sure it will be a great night (I think parents are invited – if not there is a pub nearby!).

Please let me know by MONDAY 4th AUGUST. Lesley

17/7/14 Fantastic results from the Scottish Tetrathlon in Ayr.  See HERE for results.

9/7/14 Fantastic results from area tetrathlon, team south durham swept the boards once again!!!! Congratulations and well done – Lesley Makin (DC) See HERE


Fantastic results for the South Durham members competing for Northern England at the Junior Regional Tetrathlon Competition  at Milton Keynes on 31st/1st June. All had great shoot, run and swim scores with some PBs amongst them. More importantly, all were clear over a very testing XC course that caught many others out. Sadie Abel was placed a very impressive 10th individually and Team 2nd. Lucy Todd team 8th, Will Todd team 8th.

It really was a fantastic, fun weekend ( not to mention the talent show dance ) and all the kids entered into the spirit of tetrathlon making new friends from around the different regions.

Well done.

7/6/14 Shoot training.
The final shoot training session with Kim prior to Area will be Friday the 20th June 2014. I would encourage all Area team members to attend if possible. Names to Lindie by Monday before.


6/6/14 Braes Spring Show onSunday 29th June AT HOUGHALL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE. see HERE

Sunday 29th June

3/6/14 Pony Racing at Howe Hills was another successful year for our members with Katie Walton and Cassie winning the Elaine Smith Memorial Race, hot on her heels was her sister Jessica 2nd on Sergent and Alice Darton on TC coming in 4th. Other successes at the races wereHarry Cunningham (2nd), Savannah Crow (3rd), Leia Sunter (3rd) and Kizzy Turnbull (6th) - well done everyone.  A huge thank you goes toAmanda and Gill Sunter who organise the day and John Wade who generously allows us to host this event at Howe Hills. A thank you to all the sponsors Champion Headwear, Roundel Manufacturing Ltd, Mark Walford Racing, Philip Kirby Racing, Yorkshire Area Point to Point Association, Jonjo O’Neill Racing, GG Gear and White Rose Saddlery. As ever it takes a cast of thousand to support and help so thank you to everyone who made the day so special.
Lesley Makin (DC)
3/6/14 We are hosting a triathlon on Sunday 22 nd June at hight tunstall school, Hartlepool .
If anyone would like to help, lane walk, steward, score collect through out the day or even half the day we would be most grateful.. Any help would be very welcome.
Please contact Maxine 07859013686
Lindie 07766402367

18/5/1014 Phase 2 training ride list HERE

17/5/14   Fabulous day at Little Whittington for our junior teams, so successful were our members the web page is hardly big enough to list their triumphs!   A huge thank you to Catherine Shotton our Horse Trials trainer who has supported the girls with training and the long day at Little Whittington today.
  • Maisie Birkbeck; Jenni Lavelle, Jess and Katie Walton – Team came 2nd
  • Kate Carter, Poppy Carr, Jade Hesler and Kizzy Turnbull – Team came 3rd
  • Individual Placings: Maisie Birkbeck 2nd, Katie Walton 2nd, Jenni Lavelle 5th; Kate Carter 5th, Poppy Carr 3rd, and Jade Hesler 3rd

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).