Saturday March 17, 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 and Facebook.




Area 4 training at Myerscough on Wednesday and Thursday 4th & 5th April

There will be training opportunities organised by Area 4 at Myerscough during the Easter holidays. This is for senior members at C+, B, B+ and A standard. Also, for anyone interested in Coaching, either members or non-members. This is all very valuable training and the places will go quickly, so please read all the information which is on the application forms on our website and apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions then contact Fiona on 07751 380585.



Please note that Junior Camp dates have moved to Wednesday – Friday 22nd-24th August at Holmeswood Hall. Please send your names for this camp as soon as possible to Irene Sutton


Times for the Winter Dressage Competition 11 March

Winter Dressage times 11 March 2018


Area Horse & Pony Care & Quiz

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Eight of our members travelled to the Isle of man to take part in this years competition. They had a fantastic and successful weekend. Our Horse & Pony Care Junior team came 4th with our Swallows Senior team placed 2nd and our Robins team 7th on the Saturday.  Then on the Sunday our Robins quiz team came 5th and our Swallows team took top spot! They are now practising hard for the 2018 NFU Mutual National Quiz at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre on Sunday 15th April.
None of this would have been possible without our team trainer Jane Halpin who prepared the girls so well. Also have to say thank you to Fiona and Hayley for giving their weekend up to escort our teams and a massive thank you to Joanne and Giles Duckworth for their fund raising efforts over Christmas which helped with the costs involved. All the girls had a brilliant time, although they came home rather tired! The results were excellent and definitely worth all the effort of fund raising and practising


Membership Renewal Reminder

Don’t forget to renew your subscription to The Pony Club. Your insurance will run out on 31st January. Renewal forms can be downloaded from our Branch website, they have also been emailed to you by Mrs Sutton. If you have trouble printing them, just telephone our secretary Mrs Sutton, or Fiona Lace and they will send you a hard copy. The forms must be filled in and returned with a cheque to Mrs Sutton. Don’t forget to sign the gift aid section, this will mean that the Branch can claim the gift aid money back. We receive approximately £10 per member in gift aid which is very valuable to the Branch.


Winter/Spring Fixture List 2018

The new fixture list is now on the website. There are plenty of training and competition opportunities available before Easter, so have a look at the fixture list and come along to join in. If you wish to be in any of the Area teams in the Summer, you must have attended a minimum of 3 rallies during the last 12 months. Keep in touch with our team captains, they will let you know what team and training events there are for you.


Hunting with the Holcombe Harriers 

If you are interested in going Hunting with the Holcombe Harriers contact Louise Rose on 07709 410 037. Anyone under 21 may attend any meet at a highly discounted rate.


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.


Pony Club Talent Pathway

This is a series of training and assessment days organised by The Pony Club office culminating in a weekend training camp for those selected at the assessment days. The series offers valuable training opportunities. Full details can be found here



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.


Winter team Dressage and Show Jumping

The Winter team Dressage and team Show Jumping are well underway. Contact Louise Rose 07709 410 037 or Estelle Breckell 07794 374 070 if you are interested in being in a Dressage team and contact Frankie Carr 07521297024 or Hannah Reardon 07867 544424 if you are interested in being in a Show Jumping team. These winter team competitions are always good fun and a great introduction to representing your Branch in a team. The Show Jumping team competitions are held at Osbaldeston organised by this Branch and the Dressage team competitions are held at Bold Heath organised by Haydock Park Branch.

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.


Dengie Winter League Show Jumping and Dressage qualifiers

The Dengie Winter League is a series of qualifiers leading to an Area competition, and then on to the Finals, which are to be held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire in the Spring of 2018. The qualifiers are held at various competitions over the Winter, look out for the details in our Fixture list. If you are successful at the initial qualifying rounds you can qualify for the Area competitions and then for the Championships.

Qualifiers for the Winter League Dressage are run by Haydock Park Branch on the same days as the Winter team Dressage competitions. Contact Estelle Breckell or Louise Rose if you want to enter. Winter League Dressage rules are available at here.  There are three levels of competition – Novice, Intermediate and Open.

Qualifiers for the Winter League Show Jumping are held throughout the Winter – look out for the dates on our website. The rules are available at here.  There are three levels of competition – Debut at 80cms, Winter League at 90cms and Open at



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.



Aintree Camp 2018

Camp at Aintree will be held on the following dates – Friday evening 3rd August – Thursday morning 9th August. This Camp is for those aged over 10 and we will be joined by the Isle of Man Branch again. Please let Fiona know if you are interested in attending as we need to start planning now.


Junior Camp

This is a three day non-residential Camp for riders aged 10 and under. It will be held on Monday 30th July – Wednesday 1st August at Holmeswood Hall. Look out on the website for more information.


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