Tuesday July 22, 2014
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21/7/12   Our competitors at the Area Horse Trials at Cumwhinton produced a set of amazing results and qualifications to the National and Novice Championships for the Branch.  Intermediates – Sadie Abel and Charlotte Crow-Harland missed out on the places in this very competitive level – well done girls.  Our fabulous Novice Teams brought home clutch of ribbons and qualifications not an easy task against 14 other teams! The A Team placed 5th - Emma Carter (6th), Bethany Johnson (5th), Megan Smart (1st) and Will Todd and the B Team placed 3rd - Jess Birkbeck (3rd), Lucy Todd, Brianna Tweddall (3rd) and Beth Vasey . Our individual Lucy Armstrong was place 5th.  All those members placed in their arenas are off to the Novice Championships – well done to you all.  Our talented Open Team of Helen Berry, Anna Dawson and Becky Hill were certainly in the ‘big league’ of competitors so well done to the team for your 3rd place position and a congratulations to Helen Berry (3rd) qualifying for the National Championships.
All of you were a pleasure to watch, as ever beautifully turn-out and impeccably behaved I was one proud DC standing on that field in, for once perfect weather!   A huge thank you to Catherine Shotton and Gareth Watchman for supporting the team throughout the day not to mention the hours of training they have provided in preparation for the area events.   Congratulations!! :)
17/7/14 Zetland BBQ

All those at Camp have been invited to a BBQ with the Zeland  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 celebrationary 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 asap…




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

16/7/14 Show Jumping at Houghall anyone? on SUNDAY 27TH JULY 2014. Schedule HERE

16/7/14   click HERE for COMBINED TRAINING times for area teams 2014

16/7/14 Area Dressage Teams have been selected please see TAB.

15/7/14 Area horse trials times HERE for full list of entries please contact either Lesley or Margaret and we will forward you a copy.

13/7/14 Cumberland Farmers South show – schedule HERE

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

Area Horse Trials Teams are displayed on the TAB

3/7/14 - All senior camp members have been sent an email tonight – please check you’ve received it, from now on there will be info either on the website or by email PLEASE make sure you check both regularly. Thank you Lesley

30/6/14 Senior Camp Equipment List HERE

28/6/14 Help is need at the Area Horse Trials on Saturday 20th July – anyone interested in Jump Judging please contact Lesley asap.   Remember Pony Club cannot run competitions like this without help from other Branches.

26/6/14  All members selected for Area Competitions are now available to see on the relevant TABS.   Entries are also paid for!

19/6/14  Spurs…. for those of you who want to or do wear spurs please refer to the rules on what you can and can’t wear.  You also require signed and dated permission from the DC to wear spurs unless you have your B TEST.  Each year a new card is issued for this permission 2013 membership card will not suffice at Area Competitions. I have special spurs cards with the necessary details that allow you to wear spurs at Area – I strongly recommended you contact me to make sure you have correct permission card BEFORE going to an Area competition – they will at best remove them and at worst eliminate you!  Please contact me asap to arrange for a signed card and for those of you who I have given a card to already can you contact me to confirm that it is the correct one, this is a task we cannot do at an Area Competition.

Hat Tagging and Approved Hats – a new rule has been issued about Hats you will find this on the Area Team Selection TABS (HT’s) please check yours comply.  If you have a new hat make sure it is tagged before AREA again too much hassle on the day!     Thank you.  Lesley Makin.

12/6/14 ******* AREA TEAM SELECTION FOR HORSE TRIALS AND SHOW JUMPING ********* has been made and names are available on the relevant tabs.  Dressage and Tetrathlon will follow shortly. Lesley Makin (DC).

11/6/14 Sunday 29th June – Mini One Day Event Rally

by kind permission of Liz and Charlie North at Southmoor Livery.

Although there isn’t a age limit on this rally it is expected that only those younger members and those very new (novice) to cross county will attend.

There are two classes, assisted (means both lead-rein and parent needed to be in the ring or walking beside the pony) and non-assisted (on their own) the cross country which will be  a series of show jumps round an edge of a field will be no higher than 45cms, show jumping may be spilt between 45cm and 55cm depending upon requests.  Everyone will do the same Level D Dressage Test (click for test).

£8.00 including rosette (1 -6 plus specials to everyone, trophy for the winner of each class). Cheques made payable to SDHPC and sent as usual to Margaret Berry requesting SJ height on the reverse of the cheque.  We will post times on the website by the Thursday before the event so there is a fixed closing date of June 22nd




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).