Friday January 30, 2015
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Updates & Rallies


All the latest updates to this website are listed on the left hand side, underneath the menu & search button, under “Latest updates”. 

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

Rally/Training dates

Please click on the link below for the most uptodate list of rallies, lessons and training.

WVPC Diary, Rally, Training & Area Comp Issue 3rd January 2015


  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) if its 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).

Once again our members were out in force, this time show jumping at Warminster Saddle Club on 18th January.  In particular very well done to the following: 2ft 1st pony club mum Maxine Crook, 5th Tilly Gratton; 2ft3 3rd Mary Inns, 6th Ocean Moore; 2ft6 1st Katie Gratton, 2nd Lauren Sheppard, 3rd Ocean Moore, 4th Maddy Gratton; 2ft9 2nd Emily Miller, 3rd Nisha Benson, 5th Hannah Burt, 6th Lauren Sheppard and the 3ft 1st Hannah Burt and 4th Lauren Sheppard. 

Meanwhile, at Wickstead Horseplay Millie Toulson-Clarke was 5th in the 2 phase arena event 80cm class, Hannah Francis was 6th in the 90cm class and Georgia Toulson-Clarke won the 1m class.

Well done everybody!  Apologies to anyone missed out, please email and let us know.  

Wylye Merchandise


All Wylye Valley PC merchandise, including jackets, polo shirts, rugby shirts and also PC Manuals, can be obtained by contacting Jo Cayford on  Jo will be available most Monday evenings at Southfield House from 5:30-8pm so members (parents) can attend and buy (cash or cheque only please).  Please email Jo beforehand to check on stock and Jo’s availability to avoid a wasted journey.

Please note stock is no longer available to purchase from Southfield Sporting.

Mini Manager Wanted

With a huge thank you to Naomi O Neill we now need a new volunteer to take on this worthwhile role, as Naomi is ready to step down.  So come on Mini Mums or Dads please volunteer as without a manager there will be no-one to organise activities and events for your children.  Anyone interested please contact Miles Toulson-Clarke on 07768216557 or

Triathlon success continues

Well done to the ultra minis on 25th January at the Cattistock PC triathlon, Megan and Holly Pocock, Nicholas Masters and Charlie Cayford – great team 3rd for a really young team in stiff competition. Charlie also won 1st individual 1st in throwing and 2nd in swim and run. A fantastic effort and great start to the year. Super Minis team of Alice Cayford, Joe Steele and April Masters did really well coming team 6th and this was one of April and Joe’s first competitions in this age group. April had a fantastic shoot and Alice was 2nd girl in the swim. Junior girls team were Lucy Cayford, Amy George, Katie Duffy and Roberta Cameron-Rossiter, a first time for two of the team members in this category so many congratulations for a great effort coming team 5th in strong competition. Katie did wonderfully coming 4th individual girl and second in her swim and personal best all round for a very hard running element.

Well done to Mia and Freya Maidstone for a great overall performance in the mini girls with some amazing shooting scores in only their second competition and Holly Parker in the Intermediate section coming 2nd. Jo Cayford.




Mounted Games Practice
Mounted Games practice 1st Feb
at Southfield House
Novices 09:30-10:30
Seniors and Juniors 10:30-12:00
Annual Awards

Congratulations to all those who were awarded colours for competing at Area or National Championship level in a particular discipline(s) for the first time last year.  Congratulations also to those who gained an award in their chosen discipline(s).  Please click on the link below to see the list of members who have received annual awards.

WVPC Annual Awards and Trophies 2014

External XC Training
Get ready for eventing or tet this year by booking in to some xc sessions. Please click on the link below for details of some upcoming external xc training. These can be extremely popular so don’t leave it too late to book!

External Cross Country Training as of 18.01.2015

More tri success!

The junior girls tetrathlon team of Millie, Katie and Mia (pictured below) had a very successful trip to the Devon and Somerset PC Tri on Sunday 11th January, coming team first by over 1000 points and taking home individual 1st Millie, 2nd Katie and 3rd Mia.  Millie was 1st in the run and swim and 2nd in the shoot, Katie was 2nd in the swim and 3rd in the run, Mia was 2nd in the run – so a fantastic effort and achievement by all.

A huge thank you to all the trainers and Becca Duffy for managing the team.


RDP 18th January

Rider Development Pathway Winter Training Day

with Eric Smiley at

Half Moon Stud on

Sunday 18th January.

Training costs £35 for an hour’s session with Eric in groups of 4.

You can enter by clicking here:

Riders do not have to qualify for the RDP in order to attend; it is suited at those aiming for Pony Club Novice level Eventing or above.

Eric Smiley FBHS is a world renowned rider and trainer, and has competed at four Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games, and three European Championships. He has also completed countless four star events, and is one of only 59 people worldwide to hold the prestigious Fellowship of the British Horse Society. He is an FEI judge who regularly acts as a Ground Jury member. This is a rare opportunity to train with such a well respected trainer, and certainly one not to be missed!

Hunt Show Jumping Competition

S&WW Hunt Show Jumping Day

Sunday 15th March 2015

at Hill House Farm, Buckland Dinham BA11 2RB

by kind permission of Mrs Sue Larson

10 am Class 1 Clear Round Jumping starting at 70 cm

Approx Lunchtime Class 2 Chase me Charlie/ Puissance

To follow Class 3 Pairs Relay

Refreshments available all day from The Countryman’s Café

Entries on the day

All ages and sizes of horse and rider welcome

Enquiries: Charlotte Steel 07768 058065

Schedule on the S&WW Hunt website

Fun Ride
Fun Ride – 18th February 10.30am start
Venue – Woods Farm, North Brewham by kind permission of David Yeoman
Maximum of 15 riders on first come first served basis
If possible please double up to travel as parking is limited.
The ride leaves Woods Farm at 10.30am and will last for approx 3 hours
The ride will go to Alfred’s Tower then around the scenic Stourhead woods back to Alfred’s Tower and then to Woods Farm
There is only 100yds of road riding the rest is on tracks.  You will need to be able to canter safely! 
Please book in with Mrs Yeoman 01373 836209 or
Yet another Eventer’s Challenge!!

Arena Eventing

(Two phase sj and xc style jumps)

Teams & individuals – Wylye entries via Annabel

Thursday 19th February

at Millfield School, Street.

Classes 70-75, 80-85 and 90-95cm.

Please email Annabel on if you wish to enter.


Removable Towbar Safety Information

FAO Land Rover Discovery 3 & 4 and Range Rover Sport Owners

It has come to our attention that Jaguar Land Rover have issued a Service Action (Q393) regarding the removable towbars used on Land Rover Discovery 3 & 4 (2004 to current) and Range Rover Sport (2005 to 2013) vehicles, as recommended by the DVSA. As popular tow-vehicles, this is likely to affect some of our members.

“Should the detachable towbar be incorrectly used, owners can experience premature and excessive wear. Should the signs of deterioration not be detected during the course of insertion of the tow ball, it is possible that the tow ball may detach unexpectedly. If a detachable towbar is used for towing with excessive nose loads, or for commercial towing, or the towbar is not removed when not in use, it can lead to premature and excessive wear of the detachable towbar within the rear crossmember mounting.” – Andrew West, Land Rover Customer Services Director

Users of these removable towbars should contact their nearest/preferred Land Rover authorised repairer who will arrange for the towbar and rear crossmember to be checked. Should excessive wear be found, they will arrange for the car to be fitted with a fixed multi-height towbar and/or new crossmember free of charge. If you have trouble getting your vehicle repaired promptly and without charge, you should contact your authorised repairer’s Service Manager.

To prevent excess wear, it is important that removable towbars are, when not in use, removed from the vehicle. We would like to emphasise the importance of ensuring correct operation and maintenance of towing equipment to all our members, regardless of vehicle.

Hunting News

Lots of our members turned out for the Meet at Marston House on 3rd January.  A special mention must be made of Lauren Sheppard, who having jumped a hedge, went back to help someone who she didn’t even know and who had fallen off.  Well done Lauren!  Pictured below are Georgia Newby-Vincent, Jasmine Ware and Lydia Collingwood. 


Another Team Competition!
Another Eventer’s Arena Challenge Team competition!

Sunday 1st February at Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre near Bridgwater. 

This will be run in an arena with approx. 8 show jumps and 8 xc jumps with a timed section. Class1 55-65cm, Class 2 65-75cm, Class 3 75-85cm and Class 4 85 to 95cm.  A pony may compete in a maximum of two classes.

£12 per class and £2 first aid per rider.  Please email Annabel asap on stating which class(es) you’re interested in.  First come first served.

Eventer’s Challenge

 Team Eventer’s Challenge

Monday 16th February

 organised by Avon Vale PC at WWEC (indoors)

  Classes are 65, 75, 85, 95 and 1.05 maximum.  This competition is based on a round of sj (not timed), immediately followed by some simulated xc fences run on an OPTIMUM time.  The aim of the competition is to achieve a clear round, with xc as close to the optimum time as possible.  £13 per class.

  We will be accepting entries on a first come first served basis.  Despite the fact that this competition is not for a while yet, we already have a few entries so book in now to avoid disappointment (no need to pay until much nearer the time).  We are only allowed two teams maximum in each class but we will keep a reserve list.  Please email Annabel now with which classes you wish to do  You can only do a maximum of two classes.

PonyPrepPlus Website

Many of our members may have used and benefited from the PonyPrep website (accessible from our Pony Club Tests page) but the pony club has just introduced a new website aimed at those aged around 13 or working towards their C+ Test.  PonyPrepPlus is accessible from a link on  our Pony Club Tests page

Members can upload images of activities, join virtual Pony Club groups and display their achievements.  They can use the site to help in their progression towards the tests from C+ upwards using the bite-size learning information, images, videos and interactions provided, to help them.  They can also take part in virtual competitions, upload videos and mark videos uploaded by others and then assess these against specified criteria, provide feedback and develop the ability to recognise and analyse good quality riding and horse care.

Hat tags update

All members MUST have their hats checked and tagged by either Heather Collingwood or Kim George.  This is most likely to be done at a rally or event.

The existing EN1384 standard is currently in the process of revision and your hat will now need to be either  tagged with a purple tag or a white tag depending on the safety standard that your hat is marked with. 

From 31st December 2015 the Pony Club will not be allowing hats which are only marked with the standard (BS)EN 1384.  After 31 December 2015 only hats which are certified and are also marked with one of the other standards permissible by the Pony Club (PAS 015, Snell E2011 and AS/NZS 3838) will be allowed and must be  tagged with a new white hat tag.  The full list of standards is as stated in The Pony Club Yearbook.

It is your responsibility to get your hat tagged.  Please note the hat tag will not and does not indicate that the hat fits or is in good condition.

To see the hat rule please go to our PC Rules & Rule Book page or our What to Wear page.

Renew Your Membership

Time to renew


It’s time to renew your membership!  Don’t forget you MUST renew before 28th February 2015 in order to be eligible for the AREA competitions in the summer and most importantly, in order to attend rallies, since your insurance will end if you do not renew by this time.  Forms are available from our Membership page.

No hoodies!

Please ensure you dress safely for all PC events, this includes rallies and training.  Hoodies are strictly NOT allowed for safety reasons.  Your instructor should ask you to remove your hoody or leave the rally if you are wearing one.   For further guidance please view the What to Wear Page.

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.