Friday May 25, 2018

District Commissioner: Fiona Lace 07751380585

Hon. Secretary: Mrs. I. Sutton  01704 821 765

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Don’t forget to send your photos and event reports to Elaine Wall to be put on the Branch website



Team Captains

We have team captains in place for the Summer Area Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing and Mounted Games competitions. The team captains are there to give team members someone to talk to about the Area competitions. Frankie Carr and Hannah Reardon will be responsible for Show Jumping, Corinne Molyneux and Kiah Webster will be the Eventing Captains, Luke Breckell and Kate Halpin will look after the Dressage teams and Olivia Stubbs is Games Captain.

Their phone numbers are:

Frankie 07521297024

Hannah 07867 544424

Kiah 07527837737  

Corinne 07710 669 662

Luke 07342 281 238

Kate 07801 579 643

Olivia 07824 425 435

There will be another dismounted team building evening organised for team members on 27th June at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary. Make sure that you contact the team captains in plenty of time, then the teams can be organised early.



Road Rider

It is essential that you pass the Road Rider test before you can take C or C+ tests. If you think that you would like to take this test please ring Mrs Rose for details of what training you need to attend – 07709 410 037 or


Championships at Cholmondeley 17th-21st August

The Summer Area competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing are all qualifiers for the Championships at Cholmondeley. This is a fabulous show to attend and well worth trying to qualify for. There are also some direct entry classes available. These include – Dressage to Music classes, Musical ride and Dressage & Show Jumping at Elite level (more difficult than Open). There will be schedules available on the main Pony Club website for the Dressage to Music and Elite competitions.


Aintree Camp Friday 3rd August – Thursday 9th August

Now is the time to put your name down for Summer Camp at Aintree and pay the £50 deposit. The Camp will have a slightly different format this year, so look out for more information later. Contact Mrs Halpin or any committee member to book a place. Camp payments and deposits can be made on-line at our ’Events booking’ page. Alternatively you can take your payment to a rally or send it to Mrs Halpin. Camp payments can be made in instalments by arrangement with Mrs Halpin. Any parents who would be willing to help in the kitchen at Camp please contact Mrs Mitchell or Mrs Rose. Total cost of Camp is £270 (£240 for the second child in a family).

Members wishing to attend camp must have attended three rallies. In order to comply with racecourse rules, all horses and ponies must be fully vaccinated. To ensure that you are not disappointed by having to miss Camp if your horse is not correctly vaccinated, you should bring your horse’s passport (with full vaccination record) to a rally to have it checked. You must get your vaccination record checked before 1st July, after this date there will NOT be time to have the vaccinations re-started if they are incorrect. 

Racecourse vaccination requirements are as follows-

  • Two primary injections not less than 21 days apart and not more than 92 days apart. 
  • A first booster must be given not less than 150 days nor more than 215 days after the second primary injection.
  • Subsequent booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year, commencing after the first booster injection.
  • The minimum requirement for racecourse entry is the two primary injections, providing the date for the first booster has not passed.
  • No horse is allowed on racecourse premises if it has had a vaccination injection within the last 7 days.


Junior Camp Wednesday 22nd  –Friday 24th August 

Junior camp will be held at Holmeswood Hall by kind invitation of Irene Sutton. This is a non-residential camp for those aged 10 & under. Deposits of £10 are now needed to secure a place on this Camp. The total cost will be £110. This includes three days of tuition both mounted and dismounted. Also fun games and quizzes, E & D testing for those that want to take tests and a Show on the final afternoon with rosettes and prizes. Parents and relatives are invited to attend the Show to watch. Deposits can be paid on-line by visiting the ‘Events Booking’ page of our website, or a cheque can be sent to our treasurer Jane Halpin, Feniscliffe, Longmoss Lane, New Longton, Preston PR4 4XN


Summer Area Teams (Qualifiers for the Championships)

Remember all members who wish to be in teams must attend at least 3 rallies. They must also have either achieved or done some work towards achieving the relevant Competition Badge. Training for this will be at some of the Show Jumping training at Church Farm, at the Dressage training at Thompson House Farm and at the team building evening. 

For Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing there are 4 levels of qualifying competition – Grassroots, Novice, Intermediate and Open. If you are interested in being in a team you need to contact Fiona or the relevant team captain. At Summer Area competitions, members will be asked to pay half the entry fee, with the Branch paying the remainder. In most cases, entry fees are not refundable should the member withdraw from the competition. Therefore, once a member has committed to take a place on the team they will be asked for their contribution. The Branch will pay the full entry fee for any member qualifying for the Championships.




COACH – JONQUIL HEMMINGS (British Eventing Pony Team Coach) A full day of Flatwork, Show Jumping, Cross Country with a top class Coach. The schedule can be found  herePLACES LIMITED – PLEASE APPLY QUICKLY 


Bolesworth International Show 2018

Tickets are now available for Bolesworth Horse show, see below for information from Bolesworth. There are some very good offers available, especially for groups. Please use our FB group if you want to get enough numbers together to benefit from the discount for a group of 10 or more.

I am writing regarding Group offers for your Pony Club for tickets to this year’s Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.
The 2018 Show itself runs from Wednesday 13th June to Sunday 17th June, and builds upon the success of it’s 10th Anniversary schedule. As well as the re-introduction of a National Ring there will be Hunt Relay Competitions, Arena Eventing Grand Prix, as well as World Class 4* Show Jumping and CDI*** Dressage. We have demonstrations from Carl Hester, Charlotte du Jardin and William and Pippa Funnell. These, coupled with a weekend of Family focussed features and fun, including evening equine and music entertainment, sets for the Show to be our most exciting to date.
There is a group discount offer of 10% off tickets and the 11th ticket of every 10 is free for the organiser. There is also currently 25% off all tickets which will be in addition to the group discount – resulting in big savings for groups.
Please do take a look at our website and get in touch if you would like to make a group booking or need any more information


Tetrathlon and Triathlon

A Tetrathlon competition comprises four phases, shooting, swimming, running and cross country riding. A Triathlon is just the shooting, swimming and running. There will be some Triathlon competitions organised over the Winter. There will be swimming, shooting and running training organised at Willow View, Longton over the Winter. Also, regular shooting sessions will be arranged at Holmeswood Hall. Contact Irene Sutton for details 07980 049 667, the first session is on Monday 6th November.


Mounted Games training and Tetrathlon training

Mounted Games practice sessions are held regularly. Please contact Sally McDerby if you wish to join in 07740 872546. Contact Irene Sutton if you are interested in Tetrathlon 07980 049 667. There are shooting sessions held regularly and some swimming and running sessions will be organised.




Many of our Branch members are exceptionally good at helping out at our events and competitions and also at the Championships. We are very grateful for all that you do. Please remember that you can use all your volunteering hours towards the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and for the Young Equestrian Leaders Award (Y.E.L.A.). Details of Y.E.L.A. can be found here 

Look out for more information about a volunteering award scheme for our Branch to be announced soon.



Training sessions and events bookings

You must contact the organiser of each event or rally at least 3 days before, in order to secure a place. We will be putting more of our events and training sessions on to the Events booking page of the website so that you can book on-line if you wish and pay by either PayPal or credit card.


Reminder – rally loyalty card scheme

We are still operating the rally loyalty scheme. When you renew your subscription you will receive a membership/rally card by email. Please print this off and bring it to each rally. At every rally you attend your card will be signed. When you have 5 rallies signed on your card, you will be entitled to one free rally. If you cannot print off the card, please contact Irene Sutton 01704 821 765 or Fiona Lace 07751 380585 for a paper copy.




Fixture list 

Please print off your fixture list when you receive it, it is easier to check what events are on. If you have trouble printing the fixture list or any of the schedules, just ring Irene Sutton and she will send a paper copy.

You must contact the organiser of each event or rally at least 3 days before, in order to secure a place.



Facebook Page

We regularly update our West Lancashire County Pony Club Facebook page – please make sure you look at these updates. Reminders and latest information will be posted on here.

Don’t forget to send your photos and event reports to Elaine