The West Warwickshire Branch was formed in 1961 to serve the needs of children from within the country then hunted by the West Warwickshire Farmers’ Foxhounds. That pack was started in May 1947 with hounds taken over from Major Alan Cadbury and country which was on loan from the Warwickshire, North Warwickshire and Croome, because it was surplus to their requirements.
Unlike that of their more fashionable neighbours, the West Warwickshire country was not ideal, running in a corridor south from Birmingham to Alcester and then east to Stratford-on-Avon; but the West Warwickshire Farmers were a congenial group who enjoyed their sport and the social life based on the Hunt.
By 1973 the development of roads and housing forced their amalgamation with the Croome Hunt; but the Pony Club Branch retained (and continues to retain) the characteristics of its parent Hunt, welcoming and helping children from within the original Hunt boundaries.
Our Members come from a wide spread area from South Birmingham to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Redditch to Warwick. Many of our rallies take place in and around Solihull and Henley-in-Arden. Our main base during the Winter is Solihull Riding Club and in the Summer Outhil Farm, Nr Studley. We run 2 Camps in the Summer – the highlight of Pony Club Year, a Junior Camp for members 10yrs and under and Senior Camp.
Our members compete in Area teams for Tetrathlon, Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing and hopefully new for 2014 Junior Mounted Games. Over the years, this relatively young Branch has featured at the Championships in all major disciplines, has had links with overseas Pony Clubs in both America and Canada and has produced two fellows of the British Horse Society.