Thursday June 29, 2017

District Commissioner: Fiona Lace 07751380585

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

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 15.45.20Following the Grand National weekend at Aintree we celebrate the greatest horse ever to run the National – Red Rum three times winner is fittingly buried at the finishing post at Aintree. If you want to gallop around this famous race course at camp this year text Fiona on 07751 380585 to request your place. It’s the evening 3rd- morning 9th August. Or click here to book

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


New Fixtures 

All the Spring/Summer Fixture List are now available. See the Fixture List for full details or you can print a copy Fixtures 2017


Area Eventing at Somerford Park Farm on Saturday 1st July

The schedules and information for this competition are available now on the ‘Schedules’ page of our website. This competition is open to anyone who wishes to enter and is at the following levels – Grassroots at 80cms, PC90 at 90cms, PC100 at 1m and PC Open at 1.10m. Anyone who wishes to enter must download a form and make their own entry following the instructions on the entry form. The form needs a D.C.’s signature to prove Pony Club membership. You can either

  • Send the form to Fiona, with an envelope addressed to the organiser, Fiona will sign it and then send it on to the organiser.
  • Or, you can send the form directly to the organiser with a note saying that Fiona will verify your membership by email. If you follow this route, you must contact Fiona to ask her to send this email.

Our Branch teams for the Area competition will be picked from those members that have entered. Anyone representing the Branch as a team member or individually will be entitled to receiving half their entry fee refunded by our treasurer Jane Halpin.

The same information and schedules can also be found on the East Cheshire Pony Club website, click here


The John King Young Artist Award

This year, The Pony Club has once again teamed up with the Society of Equestrian Artists to run its annual art competition, now known as the John King Young Artist Award. The deadline for entering the competition is 17th July 2017 – you can upload your entry online.

The theme for 2017 is “Memories” – some ideas which you may wish to base your artwork around are as follows:

  • Your favourite memories from Pony Club camp
  • Your first pony/ your favourite pony from your Pony Club Centre
  • The first time you tried show jumping

When uploading your entry, you’ll be asked to provide a brief description of what your artwork depicts.

Further details can be found here


Summer Area Teams

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 and at the Dressage training at Thompson House Farm. 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


Area Horse and Pony Care

This is a dismounted practical team competition.  Competitors are tested on their horse care knowledge and their practical ability to carry out tasks such as tacking up and bandaging in a team environment. Practices for this are underway and the competition is on 18th June at Beaumont Grange, Lancaster. Contact Jane Halpin if you are interested 07786 547 684


Championships at Cholmondeley 18th-22nd 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 & Eventing at Elite level (more difficult than Open). We have a musical ride team already practising, so contact Clare Dale if you interested in joining them 01695 725 626 or 07508 026 832. There will be schedules available on the main Pony Club website for the Dressage to Music and Elite competitions.


Aintree Camp Thursday 3rd August – Wednesday 9th August

Now is the time to put your name down for Summer Camp at Aintree and pay the £50 deposit. Contact Mrs Halpin or any committee member to book a place. Alternatively you can go to our ‘Events booking’ page on the website and book on-line. The Isle of Man Branch will be joining us again for Camp.  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. Payment for Camp can also be brought to a rally or sent 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 £260 (£230 for the second child in a family). See the camps page for more details.

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

Deposits are required for Junior Pony Club Camp – to be held on Tuesday 29th August – Thursday 31st August at Asmall House L40 8JL for all members who are 10 years and under. This 3 day non residential camp (10am – 4pm daily) caters for lead rein, novices and more confident children and costs £110 for the first child and £90 for a second child from the same household. There is a mixture of mounted, unmounted and fun activities. To secure your place please send your deposit of £20 to Jane Halpin,Feniscliffe, Longmoss Lane, New Longton, Preston PR4 4XN by May 15th. See the camps  page for more


New prizes for Pony Club Test holders

New for 2017, British Eventing and The Pony Club have introduced a special prize recognising the dedication and aptitude of riders in the British Eventing under 18 classes who have undergone The Pony Club C+ and B Tests. British Eventing and The Pony Club will award the highest placed C+ holder in BE100u18 and B Test holder for Novice under 18 classes in a trial number of events across the country this season. For 2017 the following events will welcome under 18 riders to present their C+ and B Test certificates on arrival at the secretary tent, with the highest placed holder in the relevant class receiving a special rosette kindly donated by The Pony Club. More details here


Pony Club – Racing to School  – Want to Learn More About Careers in Racing?

The Pony Club and Racing to School are working together on the Racing to School’s Education Programme, and are pleased to offer FREE workshops for Pony Club Members aged 12 years and over this coming April. Click here for more information.


Mounted Games training and Tetrathlon training

Mounted Games practice sessions are held regularly. Please contact Laura Rippon if you wish to join in 07884 267 105. 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.


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.


Area Competition 2017

Area Competition Dates can be found here

Team members are required to pay their own entry fees at all competitions other than the Summer Areas and The Championships. 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.


Road Rider

Road Rider training dates and a test can be organised if anyone needs to take this test. You must pass the Road Rider badge before taking C Test and the Road Rider Test before taking C+ Test. Contact Louise Rose for more information 07709 410 037/


Rally and training costs (unless otherwise stated)

Working rallies (small groups) – £10

Dressage training (2 riders together) – £15

Show Jump training (small groups) – £12

Horse Care sessions (dismounted) – £3

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