Tuesday September 18, 2018

Catch up on all the latest news here

A VERY FIRM REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS THAT HATS MUST BE TAGGED. Members have been seen riding without their hats having been tagged. Penny Hall, Pamela Ormond are the official Hat Taggers and you MUST contact them. Georgie Davies will also be an official Hat Tagger if absolutely necessary, but she already has more than enough to do without following up remiss parents.

Barbury Show Jumping 8th July

The VWH did so well in sweltering heat despite really tough competition. In the Novice the VWH Otters team of Freya, Chiara, Issy and Amy came 2nd and our Foxes team of Maddie, Morgan, Alice and Harrison should be very pleased too – what great Novice riders we have! The intermediate was decisively won by the VWH Owl Team of Flo, Sophie Peck, Sian croucher and Luna Banon. And the Badgers of Islay, Heidi, Hannie and Ella came 6th too! You should all feel very proud. You represented your branch beautifully – well done everyone. A massive thankyou to Sarah Kernon for organising such a well run event – it went so smoothly and was enjoyed by all.

Results can be found here.

Beaufort Mini ODE 1st July

The VWH were only small in number at the Beaufort ODE but with great results. Imogen Hobbs Goddard was First in the Lead Rein and won Best Dressage – well done mum for running like the wind in 30 degree heat! Her big sister also flew the flag for the VWH winning the 70cm on one pony and coming 9th on her young pony, in what was a pretty technical course for 70cm. Poppy Faskin did a lovely dressage for 20.3 although her young pony didn’t like the corner much! Team VWH was 3rd – well done all! India Trounson continued her run of success at Pony Club shows with a fabulous 3rd on Sambo in the 60cm, and Peggy Smith and Ophelia Derenzy Channer came 2nd in their sections in the assisted class. Well done to some of the older members too: Mahony Knight and Heidi Ford were both 2nd in their sections at Offchurch Bury. And Steph Cresswell and Banoffee went clear XC at their first Novice at Chepstow. The Kent boys had another brilliant weekend riding for the Wessex Gold Riding Club at the Area 9 Horse Trials at West Wilts. Also there were Biffy McNally, Penny King, Penny Hall and Nia Glover whose team the VWH Lions placed 2nd. Cameron Major Parker were 1st and 3rd at Talland Showjumping, not forgetting little brother Bailey picking up his first 3rd!

PC Kemble Show 28th May Kemble Park

A huge thank you to Penny King and her team of volunteers who ran a brilliant Show at Kemble on Monday 28th. Great to see so many of you competing in such varied classes. The dressage was very popular as was the new class horse and hound which had us all in stitches.

“On 28th May I took my pony Mr Tubbs to Kemble Show. As soon as we got there we saw there were lots of different classes. I went to the Novice showjumping ring because I have a young pony, and did 3 showjumping classes. We got a clear and a pole down in the other two, but it was really good to boost his confidence and when he is more experienced I will take him to the bigger showjumping ring. Then it was my sister Darcy’s turn in the lead rein class. She was riding Fudge and mummy had to jump all the jumps too! Finally we entered the Horse and Hound class (with my basset hound Arthur who is 1 years old.). You had to first jump a course of small jumps on your pony, and then leap off, grab your dog and set off over the course with him. Arthur tried his best and ran really fast! He went under rather than over the first jump to lots of laughter from people watching, but managed to get over most of the others except I had to heave him over a bigger one. I think he loved it, I definitely did! Overall I had a brilliant day, and so did the ponies and Arthur. I will definitely go back next year.”

Poppy Faskin (aged 12).

Congratulations go to The VWH Team of Mahoney Knight, Morgan Henry, Alice Hall and Daisy Amin who qualified for Hickstead SJ.

A write up from Penny King can be found here.

Photos from the Kemble Show can be found here.

Fantastic performances in the 1.05 showjumping

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Photos courtesy of Lottie-Elizabeth Photography.

Charlie Hutton’s Dressage Rally

“Thank you Sarah Edgedale for an amazing clinic with Charlies Hutton. The session was really well taught and straight to the point, giving me lots to think and work on, which was exactly what I was looking for! Pairing the great training with an indoor school and, obviously, the adorable dogs made it so worthwile, and I am looking forward to the next one.” – Jemima Gray

Rectory Farm All Day Rally

“I just wanted to say a huge thanks to all the organisers and riders at the all day Rectory Farm! Such a mixture of activities with great instructors, that touched all bases in preparation for the season. It was so much fun, we even got a doughnut out of it! I would thoroughly recommend to all ages and levels if you are considering it next time.” – Miri King.

VWH Cocktail Fundraiser

Just to say thank you very much to everyone who came and supported the Cocktail Evening. We raised £937.89, which was amazing. And a huge thank you to Ali and Alice and their brilliant helpers for a greatly enjoyable party.

Miranda King has been selected to represent team GB in the International Tetrathlon Exchange

It is to be held in North and South Carolina in July. The final competition on July 27/28th is being held at the Tyron International Equestrian Centre which is the host of the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The US Pony Club tetrathlon championships will be one of the last competitions on the grounds before WEG 2018. Miranda did extremely well against some very strong competition and is one of only 4 girls from the whole of GB to be selected. This has been Miranda’s aim for the last couple of years and she has worked so hard to achieve it and her place is so well deserved. The VWH Pony Club has a very strong tradition of international tetrathletes in recent years and it is fantastic to have Miranda waving the flag for the VWH … and of course GB! Congratulations, Miranda.

WELL DONE to all the VWH triathletes who took part in the Beaufort triathlon this weekend

Despite some very cold, windy and at times snowy weather…. we had some great results with Miranda King coming second in the senior girls and also being part of the winning team. Charlie and Arthur Maculan showed huge improvement in only their second triathlon and were both in teams that were placed second. Niamh Grierson at only 6 years old did really well to come 6th individually in her section and to help her team to third place. WELL DONE ALL!!! (parents too!)

Membership renewal for 2018 is due

They must be with Rhona before the end of February to be eligible for any Area Qualifier Competition. Come 1st March if not renewed for 2018 you are not insured and cease to be members. The completed form may be scanned and payment made by BACs, £74 for a single membership, plus £4 administration. If using BACs please add name and reference, “sub”, to Barclays, sort code 20-84-61, Account No: 13959201. Or you can send the Renewal Form, duly completed to your cheque, payable to VWH Hunt Pony Club.

Gift Aid: As a registered Charity, The Pony Club is able to treat the subscription as a donation, and to reclaim a notional tax under Gift Aid. If you are a UK tax payer, the Branch would be extremely grateful if you would complete the Gift Aid Declaration at the end of the Form, to enable £10 to be reclaimed by the Branch. This is an extremely helpful source of income to Branch funds at no cost to yourself. The first name and surname of donor, plus address needs to be completed on the Declaration Form to identify you as a current UK tax payer. MOST IMPORTANT: Please sign the Declaration Form and date it. Thank you.

Au revoir Liza and Sarah

Farewell to our wonderful Liza DC and Secretary Sarah on their retirement after their stalwart and successful innings in office. A huge thank you to both of you for all of your dedication, help and enthusiasm over the years.

Efficiency Tests

We have had some successful efficiency test days recently with lots of passes of the C, B and B+ tests! Congratulations to all who passed.

Area 9 PC/BE League

A new league open to all area 9 PC members that are also members of BE. For each BE competition entered in 2017, competitors will be awarded points.

Congratulations go to Isabel Waluga who placed 3rd in the 80cm section, Jaymee Savill who placed 2nd in the 100cm section, Flo Finzi who placed 1st in the Intermediate section and Alex Norris who placed 2nd in the Intermediate section. It is intended that an awards night will be held in February half term.

Results can be found here.

Parents Rally

The first VWH parents’ rally got off to a great start. We promised a fantastic instructor, lovely venue and free cake – we got lots of enthusiasm and a widely differing bunch of horses all going better at the end. Mix that in with some lively chat and a good social gathering and what’s not like! So if you are left holding the reins while your child is at school or uni, or you have your own horse but not quite the confidence or opportunity to do much with it, come and join us on a Thursday near Minety. The emphasis is on building confidence and everyone’s welcome. Sessions will be 1hr 15 mins long to allow for breathers and there will never be more than four in a group. Hot drinks and cake will be included in the price. To begin with, we are offering a flatwork session with some polework to finish. Mel is happy to be guided by what participants want to progress to. So the ball is in your court, get out and get sociable without the kids! And you can bring a friend too. Reserve your spot today, only £20 a head by emailing boxorchard@outlook.com. See here for more dates.

VWH Hunt Gate Jumping: 17th September

Mahoney Knight won our gate jumping competition clearing an impressive, foot perfect 1m30.

Area 9 Show Jumping Championships: 10th September 2017

Class 2 – VWH team placed 5th and the mixed team (with one VWH member) placed 4th. Individually, Hattie Backhouse placed 4th.

Class 3 – VWH team placed 6th. Individually, Morgan Kent placed 3rd & Alice Backhouse placed 9th.

Class 4 – VWH teams placed 3rd, 6th. Individually, Isla Riddick placed 1st & Morgan Kent placed 4th.

Class 5 – VWH team placed 4th. Individually Heidi Ford placed 6th.

Class 6 – Two mixed teams (both containing one VWH member) placed 2nd and 3rd. Individually, Lauren McNally placed 4th, Alina Svedlova placed 6th & Alice Hall placed 7th.

Great results all around – well done everyone!

Regional Pony Club Championships: 26th-28th August 2017

This year, the regional PC Championships were held at Rectory Farm with Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing competitions! Another very successful trip for our VWH members.

We had two teams in the Show Jumping team competition – they placed 1st and 3rd!

We also had a team in the Eventing competition, of which Madison Tapner placed 1st in her section and Morgan Kent placed 3rd in her section. The team placed 1st overall!

Morgan, Poppy, Maddie, Alice

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Winning eventers @ Grassroots Regional Champs

National Pony Club Championships: 18th-22nd August 2017

We had a fantastic time at the PC Championships. We had some winners! Flo and Bonnie won their section in the Open eventing with a fantastic dressage result and double clear. They were also part of the mixed Area 9 team who won the team competition. Also, Chloe won her Novice section on her dressage score.

Intermediate eventing team Miranda, Alice, Lauren and Steph placed a respectable 6th, with Alice and Steph placing individual 6th and 7th respectively in their sections.

Our Open show jumpers team finished 12th whilst our Intermediate and Novice show jump teams both finished 10th.

In the Dressage competition, Flo placed 3rd in her Open section.

A huge congratulations to everyone who competed and a big thank you to all of our helpers – we couldn’t have done it without you! (Any Championship hoodies that were ordered and paid for, but not collected, contact Rebecca Faskin 01285 869090)

Tetrathlon Championships: 11th-13th August 2017

The Tetrathlon championships were held at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire. Tetrathlon is a combination of 4 events: air pistol shooting, swimming, running and riding (cross-country). The levels range from Tadpoles up to Open with the distances and heights increasing as you move up the levels.

This year, our Open girls team, consisting of Phillippa Hall, Jemima Gray and Miranda King placed 2nd.

In the individual Open girls competition, Miranda King placed 8th.

Congratulations girls – fantastic results.

Philli and Jemima pre run

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Below are some images from our VWH Kemble Show: 29th May 2017

Show Jumping

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VWH Pony Club’s DC retires after 40 years with the club

By Penny Comerford

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VWH Pony Club and Hunt has marked the retirement of a key figure with a weekend of celebration for Mrs Rhona Reid, outgoing District Commissioner.

Mrs Rhona Reid has stepped down from her post as joint DC of the VWH, after 13 years in the top job and before that, many other roles in the branch, an involvement spanning 40 years.

To mark her retirement, Mrs Reid was presented with a stunning oil painting from her co-DC, Mrs Liza Dibble (left) at a special VWH Pony Club awards evening in Cricklade Village Hall, attended by over 100 PC members and their parents. The picture, depicting a familiar scene at the ever-popular Pony Club Camp, summer holiday highlight for many children, was painted by former member Lucinda Wright.

A longstanding resident of Fairford, Glos., Mrs Reid first became involved with the local Pony Club when her two daughters, Alexandra and Victoria, joined the VWH branch in 1976. Unstintingly generous with her time, Mrs Reid soon became an all-round volunteer at the numerous Pony Club activities, before her procession of official posts saw her become joint DC of the VWH in 2003.

Addressing PC members at the presentation, Liza Dibble thanked Mrs Reid for her contribution, saying, “you have been a stickler for rules and always engendered respect from children and parents alike, but your incredible kindness and calm encouragement has been the mainstay of many a child’s Pony Club career over the past forty years, an incredible achievement.”

Festivities continued the next day when the VWH Hunt hosted a well-supported farewell lunch at Oxleaze Barn ,Eastleach. Treating Mrs Reid to a “This is Your Life” presentation, former VWH Hunt Master, Julian Weston, noted that she had been a keen hunt member herself, a stalwart of Fairford village activities and generous and dignified officer at the Pony Club where she had supported thousands of children in the development and love of horses and the countryside which had been the mainstay of her own rich life. Mrs Reid was officially thanked for her contribution to the Pony Club on both local and national levels by Mrs Pleasance Jewitt, Area 9 Co-ordinator.

On behalf of the Hunt, Mr Weston presented Mrs Reid with a beautiful teapot by Caroline Hill, hand – painted with scenes depicting the Reid family’s country life. She said, “I have been overwhelmed by all the attention I have received as I draw in my reins and stand back from the Pony Club. The VWH Hunt Branch has been a wonderful stepping stone to the big, wide world, and it is always a joy to share success with our past members.”

Despite relinquishing her official role, Mrs Reid will still be on hand to pass on her vast experience to the Pony Club and she volunteered to help at the VWH Horse Show, which took place at Kemble Park on May 29th and was open to members and non-members, children and adults.