Friday September 22, 2017
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Sunday 24th September 10-12 generally rally for juniors at Southfield House with Dot Johnson.  Please book in with Helen



Very sadly our Race Day has had to be cancelled due to turf issues at the Bath Race track! 



Please support Hannah Francis’ charity which funds bone cancer research and grants Willberry Wishes – horsey dreams – to those who are seriously ill.  May her legacy live on forever.

Updates & Rallies

Don’t forget:

- all the latest rallies, training etc dates can be found on the following link:

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- to please try and pay for rallies and training sessions directly from your bank in to the Wylye Valley Pony Club

bank account no. 11307762 sort code 402119
- to give your feedback after a rally, training or event organised by WVPC- please click here for the link
-     to look at our facebook page – click here  fb
-all the latest updates to this website are listed on the left hand side, underneath the menu & search button, entitled “Latest updates”. 

 –  to keep scrolling down the Home page for more information on various events/issues.


S P O T T E D ! ------------ S P O T T E D !


If you and your pony have achieved something recently, no matter how small a thing it might be (it doesn’t have to be a competition result) if it’s special or important to you please let us know and send an e-mail to and we will put it in our Spotted section (below)


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Marnie Graham-Maw (above) took part in her first ever ODE on her pony Tiggs at Urchinwood Manor on Sunday 10th September and won the 60cm class.  very well done Marnie and Tiggs!


Another Wow!! Lainey O Neill has just returned home from the British Dressage National Championships at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire where she took part in the prelim Back in Action class. Lainey was awarded a Wild Card from the Regionals at Bicton in July.  Lainey was one of 29 to be entered in the class, in which she came an amazing 6th place.  She also got to meet Charlotte Dujardin and was also stabled just a few doors up from her.  One of the highlights was to be interviewed by Horse and Hound and be mentioned on their website.

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Very well done to Georgia Toulson-Clarke who came 5th in her section of the BE100 arena eventing at Blenheim International Horse Trials on Wednesday 13th September.  A great achievement and lovely to see Georgia out competing on a horse again!



Congratulations to Christie Antoniou (above) who finished 14th in her first ever BE100 at WWEC on 9th September, with only time faults adding to her dressage score.  Very well done Christie and Cookie! 


Very well done to Jodie Kelly who was 4th in the 1m hunter trial at Mendip Plains on 10th September


A fabulous well done to Sophie Martin, Minty’s Mum, for completing her Wobbleberry Challenge, competing in the BE80 at Treborough on 27th August and with a clear round xc no less!  Truly well done Sophie, a brave and inspiring achievement.  It’s not too late to donate: –



PC Arena Eventing Blenheim


Congratulations to our team (above) of Poppy Wilkinson, Tom Griffiths, Milo Kennedy and Katie Duffy, our Wylye Willberries, who almost pulled off another win (!) at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, on Friday 15th September, in the PC 100 arena eventing.  The course may not have been the most difficult height-wise or the most technical, but the ability to cover the ground and clear all the jumps within the tight time, was challenging and made it totally different from the 90cm event, the previous year. Given the fact that there was only one team who managed 3 clears in the time, to finish on a score of 4.4  and in team 7th position out of 45 teams was no disgrace at all!  Full results will be on the Blenheim International HT website.

The final moment of glory was Milo (pictured below with the style judge) crowned as ‘Stylist of the Year’ (!)  – just brilliant, following a beautifully ridden, faultless round, so very much deserved and many congratulations.
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There were some really kind and positive comments about the WV Willberries from at least 3 officials and parents from other pony clubs, about the WV Willberries achievement last year and their riding this year (one from Mary Tuckett herself) which was most unexpected!

Blenheim is such a special event and everyone felt very lucky to have been able to compete there (three of them twice!).  Sincere thanks to Miles for this opportunity, which will be a very happy memory for always and many thanks from the team and other parents to Carol Griffiths for organising everyone so ably.

Millie is on the Squad!

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Wow!  Huge congratulations to Millie Toulson-Clarke who has been selected from amongst the finest pony club members in Britain for the 2017 Aberystwyth University Pony Club Talent Pathway Squad.   Millie is only one of two selected for the dressage pathway.  She will benefit from support from an experienced mentor who will continue to develop her progression and training within dressage, a training bursary and other opportunities.  Millie is pictured with William Blane, Training Chairman of the PC and Mary Tuckett, the Pony Club Chairman, being presented with her squad team kit at Blenheim International Horse Trials on 15th September.


Wylye Winners at Frome Cheese Show


A fab result for the Wylye Wonders at the Frome Cheese Show on 9th September.  Pictured above are Iris Anderson, Lissy Crees (also below), April Masters and Bella Crees.  The team came joint 1st with the Avon Vale PC in the PC Inter-Branch Relay competition.  Our very best wishes go to poor Alice Cayford who had a terrible tumble.  Well done all.


Team ODE

TEAM ODE – Cattistock Hunt PC/ Leweston School ODE

ALL Wylye entries through Annabel please.  See below for instructions.

1st October at Bricky Farm, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0TW

Class 1 85cm SJ 80cm xc

Class 2 95cm SJ 90cm xc

Class 3 1.05m SJ 1m xc

Entries close 23rd Sep.

Please enter as an individual and send entry form (see link below) and cheque made payable to CHPC or BACS to Sort Code: 40-52-40 Account Number: 00008450, using the reference: Bricky-rider’s name (please write same reference on the top of your entry form if using bacs), then email Annabel at advising which class you have entered.

Annabel will co-ordinate teams and will email the teams to the secretary. Please note, she has checked with the secretary and pony club teams are allowed – despite this appearing not to be the case from the schedule.

CHPC ODE Schedule & Entry Form 2017

Intermediate Eventing Champs 2017

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Pictured above, our intermediate eventing team at the PC Championships in August this year, Katie Duffy, Poppy Wilkinson and Tom Griffiths together with some of their support team!  Devastatingly, Milo’s horse wasn’t sound so he had to withdraw but the rest of the team were really pleased that he nonetheless made the journey to Cheshire to support and watch them.  Note the lovely warm-up area for the dressage after several days of use!  Sadly, none of the horses were on their usual form at the championships but all three rode very well and completed, with just a few hiccups, the challenging xc course, which had some tricky combinations and they all successfully negotiated the “rider frightener” pictured below, just a small trakhener – with a good 6ft6″ plus of ditch beneath it, without hesitation.

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Tom, first element of fence 16


Katie, second element of fence 16


Poppy, second element of fence 6


PC Regional Championships

The PC Regional Championships, Bicton from 2nd-3rd September 2017

Six WVPC members qualified for the Regional Championships at Bicton in Devon this year. This well organised series gives members who are not yet competing at Area level or 90cm the opportunity to represent Wylye and to attend a really friendly yet professional championship event at the end of the summer season.


Talullah Kelly (above) aged 10, nailed a dressage qualification with Bea, a lovely nine year old dun coloured pony that Talullah has produced from scratch. It’s great to see Talullah’s legs finally growing below the saddle flaps. They rode the test of their lives to come 3rd in their arena, narrowly missing the ride-off. To be one of the youngest competitors and finish in the top 12 in a field of over 100 is a huge achievement, and the best is yet to come from this talented pair.

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The next generation of eventing superstars rising through the ranks and representing Wylye at Bicton were: Alicia Crees on Phoenix, April Masters on Jay (pictured below), Iris Anderson on Daisy (pictured above), Jemima Tollworthy on Norton (pictured below) and Megan Pocock on Franco


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A fun, family evening of course-walking in the sunshine, camping, disco-dancing and dining under the stars on Saturday preceded the moment the sky fell on our heads and the tail end of Hurricane Harvey swept through Devon. Mercifully Bicton is on sandy soil so the ground held firm and the competition went ahead. Soaked through to their undies, all five girls tried their hardest in the dressage. Slippery conditions didn’t stop Alicia riding a flawless test on loyal family-pony Phoenix for 27.4 and a strong position in her section. The Crees family have had Phoenix for an amazing 11 years and Lissy has worked really hard on her dressage this summer – this result was justly deserved.

Iris, April and Jemima tackled the imposing show jumping track with guts for well deserved clear rounds, with Megan and Alicia picking up just a few unlucky faults apiece.


With the team in a strong position, and Megan (above) as an individual with everything to ride for and nothing to lose, the girls faced the challenging and professionally presented cross-country track at Bicton. This was track of two halves – a relatively straightforward first half, followed by a testing second leg with plenty of tricky up-to-height question fences. Setting off the pouring rain, Megan was WVPC’s pathfinder. She rode like a pro securing a gutsy, well-deserved clear on Franco . The future looks very bright for this new combination as Megan is still only 10 with nerves of steel and ambition to match.  Iris swept through the start as the team’s first contender, riding with style and making it look easy until Daisy pulled off a shoe and had a very unlucky stop.  Jemima and Norton looked well in contention until Norton ran out of puff and picked up an expensive 20 penalties at the top of a hill. Then Alicia and her little black mare Phoenix stole the show with a stunning clear round, picking off each fence without a backwards glance. April and Jay didn’t fare so well and were eliminated at the testing water, but both are hugely talented and their day will come.

These expensive faults dropped the team to eventual eighth place out of 20 teams in total. A good result that reflects the severity of the track at Bicton this year, and the huge size of the field. Megan ended the day a hugely creditable 13th on Franco with Alicia (below) shining brightly through and finishing 5th in her section.


A great competition, plenty of laughs and a strong sense of camaraderie that will stand out as a high point in the 2017 summer holidays despite the soggy camping gear and mounds of muddy washing we’ve had to sort through before the start of school term. Thank you everyone for making it a weekend to remember.  Alice Tollworthy

Message From Miles

Hello everyone,

After an incredibly busy period over the summer – with Area competitions, various Championships (with the Regional Champs this weekend), two tetrathlon competitions at Southfield and two successful weeks of camp – we’ve taken a bit of a breather but are now planning the autumn programme.  We’re determined to ensure this offers something for all ages and abilities and have a Committee meeting in 10 days to agree the programme.  We’ll be in touch soon and look forward to restarting rallies and team competitions through the autumn period.  As always, if there’s anything you’d like to see in the programme, please let us know.

I hope everyone’s summer has been good and suspect that many are looking forward to the return to school!!

With best wishes,

Wylye Tet Results

Please find below the results from our tetrathlon which was held on 26th and 27th August.  Well done to all.

Wylye Tetrathlon Results 2017

Dear Miles, and all at the WVPC – thank you so much for really excellently run Tetrathlon last weekend. It was Bea’s first time XC at Mini level – she had done the 2’3 over the road for a couple of years and was nervously looking forward to riding ‘the big course’. The course was so lovely, much kinder than last year but with some questions so she felt a huge sense of achievement to go clear. All the jumps were nicely dressed and it was just like a ‘grown up eventing course’! Everything on the Sunday ran very smoothly and everyone was very friendly. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you so much. With best wishes, Caroline Southcombe


PC National Championships

A huge well done to all those who have been to the national PC championships, held at Cholmondeley Castle between 18th and 23rd August.

In particular a massive well done to our Novice Eventing team of Christie Antoniou, Millie Toulson-Clarke, Kate Prendergast and Ocean Moore who came team 6th, with Millie also being a brilliant individual 2nd on Wizard.  Millie aslo did an amazing job in the Open Dressage to come individual 3rd on Tom.  Also to our junior mounted games team (below) who got in to the final and came 12th out of 23 teams: Livvy Miller on Honey, Conor Crouch on Falan, Rosie Norris on Swift,  Lainey O Neill on Magic, Herbie Norris on Tinsel and 6th member Lola James.  A fantastic result, well done all!


National Tet Championships


Well done Lucy Cayford, Megan Pocock and Amy George who competed at the Tetrathlon Championships at Bishops Burton in Yorkshire all rode extremely well with clear rounds and good results with the other disciplines, Amy shot 940 joint fourth out of 87 junior girls. Well done girls representing Wylye and having lots of fun at the Tet party!!
Big thanks to Anita Masters, Sylvia Thomas, Laura Read and Alice Tollworthy for the use of their amazing horses.

Pony Race Day



Bath Racecourse is delighted to be supporting the Wylye Valley Pony Club Raceday on Saturday 21st October.

 The raceday, now in its tenth year, will commence from 1pm with seven exciting pony races. Entries close on 16th October and should be made using the entry form found on our schedules page.

All Members taking part are awarded points towards the hotly contested Pony Club Champion Safety Wear Pony Racing Points Series, and the top three in each section of 128cm and under, 138cm and under or 148cm and under are invited to a presentation day where they will receive a certificate and a rosette; with the overall winner of each height section also receiving an engraved salver to mark their achievements.

The day was due to be hosted by Wincanton Racecourse in May but was forced to abandon due to firm ground. In stepping in to support the event Clerk of Bath Racecourse, Katie Stephens, said: “We are really pleased to be able to support the Wylye Valley Pony Club which is a thriving and popular Pony Club. It was a real shame that the day could not go ahead in May due to the ground but thanks to everyone working together we’re looking forward to a wonderful day in October. The Pony Club does amazing work in introducing young people to riding ponies, which is something all of us in the racing industry should be grateful for given it helps to nurture the future stars of our sport.”

Event organiser, Geoff Andrews, said: “We are enormously grateful to Bath Racecourse for hosting the day, as well as our sponsors, Paul Nicholls Racing and Champion Safety Wear. We were all disappointed to lose the day in May but now with the new date of Saturday 21st October we can ensure we put on another raceday which promises to be as entertaining and competitive as the previous nine have been. We look on Wylye Valley Pony Club as an introduction to racing and welcome any shape or size of pony, up to 14.2 hands, and children and ponies of all abilities. We encourage everyone to give it a go and enjoy the unique opportunity to visit some of the country’s leading racecourses.”

 Leading National Hunt Trainer Paul Nicholls said: “I am delighted to be supporting Wylye Valley Pony Club Raceday. As we all know the Pony Club is where so many children learn to ride and make a lifelong connection with ponies and horses. It is the bedrock on which so many equestrian sports are built, including British Racing, and one we should all support. I hope everyone has a successful and fun day.”

About The Pony Club

The Pony Club is the perfect starting place for anyone up to the age of 25 with an interest in horses and riding. The Pony Club has been the starting point for a number of leading jockeys including Sam Twiston-Davies, Richard Johnson and John Francome.  There are over 800 Pony Clubs in the UK, welcoming Members with or without a pony of their own.  Please visit for more information.

For further information please contact:

Geoff Andrews, Event Organiser

Email: Tel: 01749 850 229 or 07515 868 785


Senior & Junior Camp Photos

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If anyone wants their child’s photos from senior or junior camp please send a usb stick
with their child’s name and Ride along with an sae to:
Kirstin Young
5 Friary Close
Witham Friary
Somerset BA11 5HG
Wylye Pony Race Day 21st October

Sadly we had to postpone our pony race day on 21st May due to ground conditions at Wincanton racecourse but the really good news is that we are able to run our race day on 21st October at Bath racecourse instead.  All previous entries still stand but room for more!  Please see the racing page for the schedule and entry form.

Contact us

If you wish to contact us please see the Branch Officials page or e-mail us at where we would love to receive your stories and pictures to go on the website.