Thursday August 25, 2016

District Commissioner: Fiona Lace, Marsdens Farm, Andertons Mill, Mawdesley, Ormskirk, L40 3TW


Hon. Secretary: Mrs. B. Sutton, Holmeswood Hall, Mere Brow, Tarleton, Preston, PR4 6JS 01704 821 765

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


Grassroots Competition

This year a new team competition is being run by The Pony Club. It is called the Grassroots team competition. There will be a Grassroots Dressage competition at Pony Club Introductory level and a Grassroots Show Jumping competition run at 80cms. The Dressage qualifier will be held at Bold Heath on the same day as the Dressage Area competition (Sat 23rd July) and the Show Jumping qualifier will be held at Westmoreland show ground on the same day as the Show Jumping Area competition (Sunday 17th July). Teams will qualify on these days to go forward to the Regional Championships at Eland Lodge, Derbyshire on 27th/28th August. More details and eligibility rules are available on the main Pony Club website at  or


Championships at Cholmondeley 19th-23rd 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.


Team Captains

We have team captains in place for the Summer Area Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing competitions. The team captains are there to give team members someone to talk to about the event and someone to help them on the day of the competition. Melissa Rose and Alex Carr will be responsible for Show Jumping, Corinne Molyneux will be the Eventing Captain, Rebecca Dale will look after the Dressage teams and Olivia Stubbs for mounted games.

Their phone numbers are:

Alex 0151 527 2498 or 07938 523 622

Melissa 07709 410 037

Corinne 07710 669 662

Rebecca 01695 725 626

Olivia 07824425435

Our current team captains are in their second year of office. At the end of the summer we would like nominations for team captains for 2017. So if you interested in applying for the post, please contact Fiona, or any instructor or committee member.

There will be a dismounted team building evening organised for team members in the weeks before the Area competitions. Details of this will be sent to you once you have been selected for the teams, so 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


Aintree Camp Saturday 30th July – Friday 5th 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. 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 their horse’s passport (with full vaccination record) to a rally to have it checked. 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 £250 (£220 for the second child in a family)


Remember all members who wish to be in teams must attend at least 3 rallies.

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

If you have trouble printing the fixture list or any of the schedules, just ring Irene Sutton and she will send a paper copy.


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

UntitledDon’t forget to send your photos and event reports to Melissa Rose