Monday May 28, 2018

Dear Members,


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Amended SNPC Open Competition results 2018

SNPC Open Competition results 2018








The NATIONAL TETRATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS were held at Bishop Burton on 11th, 12th & 13th August.

Our JUNIOR TEAM of Charlee Rayson, Lucy Bailey, Abi Forster and Jemima Stewart and Will Bailey our INDIVIDUAL JUNIOR BOY all did extremely well, all riding clear Cross Country rounds although just out of the rosettes, very promising for the future. Our INDIVIDUAL INTERMEDIATE GIRL, Katie bailey, although out of the rosettes managed a personal best. Very well done Katie. Our two OPEN BOY competitors, Will Quinn and Jack Donaldson, also rode clear Cross Country rounds and against stiff opposition came 11th and 7th respectively.

Many thanks to Commander John Galpin for being there and supporting our competitors.

Tetrathlon is a very good all round fun sport and any of you wanting to have a go contact Mandy Donaldson – 


The JUNIOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS were also on the weekend of 11th, 12th & 13th and were held at the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre near Melrose.

The DRESSAGE COMPETION was on the Friday amidst almost gale force winds. However our Team of Annie Davidson, Laura Ridley, Ella Pigg and Lily Waller came 11th out of 23 Teams ( Ella coming 7th in her Arena ). Very well done – this is a team to be reckoned with in the future.

On the Saturday the EVENTING took place over a very nice and picturesque course with views of the Cheviots. Both our teams were in the Rosettes – Ella Pigg, Fin Marston (9th in his arena), James Britten and Laura Ridley came 7th and Oli Courage, Sally Dent (10th in her arena), Ava Marsden, James Britton and Laura Ridley came 10th.

On the Sunday we had a SHOW JUMPING TEAM of Sally Dent, Ella Pigg, Fern Anderson and Thea Willis who had mixed fortunes with only double clears winning on the day. Our INDIVIDUAL SHOW JUMPER, Laura Ridley, finished on 4 faults after a blistering clear second round.

Everyone enjoyed the camping and the Championships experience and very well done to our young entry. Thank you to our Team Trainers and Coordinators – Dressage Tracey Kibler and Carolyn Barker, Eventing Kellie Davidson and Show Jumping Pauline Wakefield and Deborah Crozier – for all their help and encouragement.  


The NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire took place 

last weekend, our Branch having qualified for many of the disciplines.

We started off with Katy Wood doing NOVICE INDIVIDUAL DRESSAGE where she came 11th, also qualifying for the NOVICE INDIVIDUAL SHOW JUMPING.   Well done to Katy – our Branch’s youngest competitor and first time at the Championships.

Emily Davidson qualified as an INDIVIDUAL in NOVICE EVENTING and rode extremely well to come 3rd in her arena. 

Susie White entered FREESTYLE DRESSAGE TO MUSIC in the OPEN INDIVIDUAL competition and Lizzie Dodd entered the INTERMEDIATE FREESTYLE TO MUSIC class and came 6th. Well done to both these girls for such well choreographed and ridden tests.

Our OPEN DRESSAGE team of Gemma Burville, Georgina Clarkson, and Susie White all rode beautifully and to a high standard. Georgina came 5th in her arena.

Our INTERMEDIATE DRESSAGE team of Jack Donaldson, Emily Davidson, Kate Poole and Lizzie Dodds, although out of the placings, all rode very nice tests and, as with all our competitors, were a credit to our Branch.

Our INTERMEDIATE SHOW JUMPING team of Katie Proctor, Kate Spottiswood, Megan Coburn and Will Quinn did very well to come 9th against stiff opposition on very testing ground conditions.

Gemma Burville qualified for the OPEN EVENTING with her 14.2 pony Paris and were a very brave combination making the open course look easy with a lovely clear cross country. 

Gemma also entered Murphy in the ELITE EVENTING where they picked up a very respectable 3rd place rosette, Gemma having two very well ridden clear rounds over the open course.

We finished off the Championships on the final day with our INTERMEDIATE EVENTING team of Geogina Clarkson (11th in her arena) Kate Poole (5th in her arena) Libby Colmer (1st in her arena) and Jack Donaldson (7th in his arena). This team went on to win the INTERMEDIATE TEAM EVENTING competition. This was a tremendous result for them and our Branch – all their hours of training  and competing paying off.

Jack Donaldson was also awarded a prestigious HORSEMANSHIP AWARD again this year.

Thank you so much to Team Trainers and Coordinators – Tracey Kibler and Carolyn Barber ( Dressage) Pauline Wakefield and Deborah Crozier (Show Jumping) Charlotte Ridley and Julie Nixon (Eventing). Thank you  also  to Jill Holden, Katy Forster and Katy Bailey for coming to support and help our teams as well as Susie White for staying down. Nothing was too much trouble for all these helpers. Also, of course, thank you to our President Commander John Galpin for all his enthusiasm and support.

While I was at the Championships a Chief Steward came up to me and made a point of congratulating our Branch saying how well organised, well dressed and how proficient the South Northumberland Branch are. How special was that!!

As always thank you to Parents and Members for all the hours you have put in to get to the amazing standard you have all reached. The camaraderie and fun and support you all have at all the Championships is exceptional. I feel so very lucky and proud to be connected with the South Northumberland Branch of the Pony Club wherever we are,  whether at Championships, Camps, Rallies etc.

All my thanks to all of you

Heather McDonald



Branch news!
Grassroots championships!

The South Northumberland did such a Fantastic job this year at the Regional Championships Area Qualifiers resulting in the following teams qualifying for the Regional Championships!

Dressage Team
Annie Davidson
Ella Pigg
Laura Ridley 
Lily Waller

Eventing Teams
Fin Marsden 
James Britton 
Laura Ridley
Ella Pigg

Oli Courage
Ava Marsden
Fern Anderson 
Sally Dent

Ella Pigg
Fern Anderson 
Thea Willis
Sally Dent

Laura Ridley – individual 

They all attended the Regional Championships at Ian Stark Centre 11-13th august.  They all rode fantastic and were all accredit to SNPC.

Dressage team just missed out on a placing coming 11th out of 22 teams, and had a very young combined age compared to a lot of the other teams.

Eventing teams, we have had many problems with injured ponies who couldn’t come and other mishaps and things standing in our way! However we would not let it stop us and with over 20 teams competing the kids managed 2 teams placings and 2 individual placings