Tuesday February 28, 2017
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Updates & Rallies

Don’t forget:

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

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- last chance to renew your membership!  Forms available on our Membership page


- Easter Bunny Ride – Good Friday- scroll down for more
- Design and win your own Race silks – see Pony Race Day schedule on our Pony Racing page,
entries close 1st April
- wanted – mini show jumpers for demo – see further down Home page
- 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

-all the latest updates to this website are listed on the left hand side, underneath the menu & search button, under “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 its special or important to you please let us know and send an e-mail to wylyevalleypc@gmail.com and we will put it in our Spotted section (below)


Congratulations to all our members who competed in the arena eventing at Mendip Plains on 19th February.  In particular to Kayleigh Isaacs who won the 80cm class, Tilly Gratton who was 2nd and Emily Miller who was 3rd; also to Georgia Newby-Vincent who won the 1m class and to Poppy Wilkinson who was 2nd.


A fantastic achievement for Kate Prendergast (pictured below) who won the Jump Training 90cm Championship event of the British Eventing winter series at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.  14yr old Kate was the first rider into the arena on her own 14 year old Kilpatrick Cassius, “I’m very proud, he’s so honest.” Kate told BE and put her 16.5 style score down to a lucky charm in the form of Emily King’s jodhpurs which she got from her after the rider demonstration hosted by Baileys the evening before the Championships.  For those of you who don’t know, the BE Jump Training Series is run from January to the end of February.  Riders gain invaluable feedback from BE accredited coaches on their show jumping skills in a three phase training competition:  Phase 1 is a course walk in small groups with an accredited coach, phase 2 riders receive a guided warming up session prior to the competition, again with a BE accredited coach and phase 3 the competition phase, whereby riders jump one round, get feedback from the coach and jump again.  Both rounds of the show jumping are given marks for style, effectiveness of riding and the quality of the horse’s jump and its paces.  Any show jumping faults are then included to give a final score.




WVPC Dressage Results

Please click on the link below for the results from our dressage competition which was held on 26th Feb 2017.  Well done to all our members and congratulations to those who qualified for the Winter Dengie Area competition and good luck, of course!  Thank you to Dawn Clarke for organising and to all our judges, stewards and other helpers on the day.

Dressage Results Feb 2017


Easter Bunny Ride

Easter Bunny Ride

Good Friday 14th April

at Orchardleigh House BA11 2PB

at 1:45 ready to ride at 2pm.

Cost £10

Please book in with Jenny Blakey, Rock House Farm, Oldford, Frome BA11 2ND


AVHPC Triathlon Results

We had two teams in the Super Minis.  The team of Lexi, Verity, Ruby and Evie all put in good performances with Ruby and Evie taking part in their first triathlon.  The team of Nicholas, Lola, Isla and Bonnie came in 5th team which was a fantastic result as there were 11 teams in the class.  Lola and Isla came 11th and 12th individually with Isla having an excellent swim to come 5th.

In the Minimus Boys Harvey was are only representative and he had a great day with 2nd in the shoot, 3rd in the swim and overall individual 3rd.  His mixed team came in 3rd place.  Harvey also came 3rd in the Winter League which is fantastic as he has only recently returned to doing competitions.

In the Minimus Girls we had two teams.  Abi, April and Tegan came in 4th team place with Abi coming individual 5th.  Imogen, Gracie, Gretal and Rachel came team 3rd with Imogen individual 8th, Gracie 9th and Gretal 10th.  Gracie shoot a magnificent 900 but such is the strength of shooting in the minis she only got 4th place!  Rachel put in a pb on her swim so well done to all of them.

In the Junior Girls we had one team of Harriet, Tegan, Finlay and Phoebe.  Fin had a great shoot and came in 1st, Harriet came 1st in the swim and 2nd in the run.  Overall the team came in 2nd with Harriet individually 2nd, Fin 5th, Tegan 7th and Phoebe 8th.  A great team performance.

In the Intermediates Holly, Katie and Millie (pictured below) came Team 1st with Holly coming 1st in the swim and run and 2nd in the shoot.  Millie and Katie came 3rd and 5th in the swim and individually Holly came 1st, Millie 4th and Katie 5th.
Holly also came first in the Winter Triathlon League with Millie 4th and Katie 5th.  A great result for all of them considering it is Millie and Katie’s first season as Intermediates.  Emma Toulson-Clarke.

Mini SJ at Wincanton Racecourse

Wanted –  mini riders that would like to ride in a small SJ demonstration

Tuesday 16th May at Wincanton Racecourse in the afternoon

Free entry to participants for the races that day!  

Anyone who is interested please contact Laura Read at laura.read28@gmail.com

Beaufort PC Tri/tetrathlon


Well done to Amy George, Lucy Cayford and Finlay Scott (above) for their brilliant riding in the Beaufort PC Tetrathlon at Summerhouse EC on Saturday 11th February when it was freezing cold.  They jumped a tricky and timed 90cm SJ course in an arena, rather than the usual, for a tetrathlon, XC course.  Lucy was 6th, Finlay 7th and Amy 9th.  It was Amy’s first competition on Anita Masters’ wonderful horse, Polly. The girls then competed in the Triathlon on the Sunday and Tegan Burnard joined the team.  All did some great performances with Tegan gaining a PB in her swim and Lucy 2nd in the shoot.  Overall they came team 3rd and all got an individual placing with Tet/tri results combined so great results from the girls competing against the Beaufort PC!


Valentines Hunting


There was a good turnout of our members at the Meet on 14th Feb which was very kindly hosted by Sarah Humberstone at Rye Hill Farm.  It was captured in pictures by Kirstin:

Below, host Sarah Humberstone


The flying greys, Mia Ralph, hotly pursued by Ocean Moore

Mia  and Ocean

Instructor, Paula Coward showing us all how it should be done!


Issy Algar


6yr old Daisy, beautifully turned out, warming up with a small glass of Port!!

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Avon Vale Arena Eventing Results

We were lucky enough to send 11 teams and also some individuals to the Avon Vale PC arena eventing which was held at WWEC on 14th February. Time penalties had a large part to play on the day but despite the big classes our members did brilliantly and we had some fabulous results!

Pictured below, our class 1 and 2 competitors. 


In class 1 (65cm) the Wylye Valley Chocolates team of Hannah Garrett, Indigo and Freya Cameron Clarke and Tilly Lyons came team 6th with individual placings of 4th for Hannah, 6th for Indigo and 8th Faith Cox.
There were some fabulous clear rounds especially by Rachel Neighbour on Toddy in only her second competition.
In class 2 (75cm) the Wylye Valley Cupids came FIRST out of 16 teams!  Congratulations & well ridden to Freya Cameron-Clarke, Faith Cox, Tilly Lyons & Charlotte Limond. Freya came 7th individually and Tilly 9th.
Below, Freya and Faith with some of their team 1st prizes!
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Thank you to Gemma Holdway for stepping in after a last minute withdrawal and doing a lovely clear on Boo alongside Alicia Crees on Phoenix from the Wylye Valentines team.    A special thank you to Charlotte Limond too who offered her help on the day. 

We didn’t fare quite so well in the 85cm class though no doubt everyone tried their best but in class 4 we were back on form.  There were 13 teams plus quite a few extra individuals in this 95cm class and our Wylye Willberries team, Poppy Wilkinson, Hannah Burt, Tom Griffiths and Milo Kennedy did very well coming team 2nd. Poppy was individual 4th and Ellie Clarke individual 9th. Also many thanks to Jasmin Ware for stepping in and taking the place of Milo’s second ride in another team.
Pictured below, the Wylye Willberries, Poppy, Tom, Milo and Hannah team 2nd in the 95cm and the 1.05m.
The last class of the day was the 1.05m class and the Wylye Willberries came team 2nd again and the Wylye Reds team of Ellie Clarke, Katie Duffy and Freya Snelgrove-Brown team 6th. Hannah did fantastically well to win the class, Katie Duffy 4th and Tom individual 9th

Well done all and thank you for representing Wylye so well. Thank you to all the parents and helpers, especially those who sacrificed a romantic Valentines day/night out/in!  A special thank you to the Avon Vale organisers and helpers who produced another great event.


Mounted Games Practice

Senior mounted games practice 10am on Sundays at Southfield House

Junior mounted games practice 11.30am on Sundays at Southfield House

Endurance Day 20th April
Area Endurance Training Day 20th April 2017
- to include intro to Endurance Badge,  training and a ride.
The New Forest Branch did exceptionally well at the Endurance Championships and we are keen to get more members learning a bit more about fitness and how to enjoy the countryside.
Volunteer escorts may be needed.  Please contact Amanda Barton at  amanda@amandabarton.com  for further information
B Test Training

Please see link below for B Test training being run by Celia Drewett in the Mendip Area.

All are welcome.  Please note dates may change if these do not suit those who wish to attend.
B test camp takes place at Bovington 17th – 19th July - application forms available shortly.
B test day will be Wednesday 30th August.  Venue tbc.
Tegan Burnard – Saxon and Wylye Champion!
Pictured above, Tegan Burnard at the Saxon Dressage Group AGM on Friday, 27th January
when she was awarded her prizes for the 2016 Saxon league.  She won the Junior Points trophy and the Junior Prelim Championship and also the prize for the Wylye member with most points, all on her pony, Jack.

WVPC Pony Race Day 2017

20th May 2017 at Wincanton Racecourse

Schedule now available from our Racing page

Hat & Body Protector Rules 2016

If you haven’t already done so then you MUST have your hat checked and tagged by either Miles, Heather Collingwood or Kim George.  This is most likely to be done at a rally or event.

From 1st January 2016 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 E2001, AS/NZS 3838, ASTM F1163 and VG1) will be allowed and must be tagged with a WHITE hat tag.  The full list of standards is as stated in The Pony Club Yearbook.

The Pony Club will accept the new red BE hat tags, so if Members have BE red tagged hats, they will not need tagging with a white Pony Club hat tag.

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.

Body protectors used in Cross Country or Pony Racing must be BETA Level 3 2009 standard. These have a purple BETA tag on them.

To see the 2016 hat and body protector rules please go to our PC Rules & Rule Book page.

Contact us

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