Saturday October 1, 2016
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Please support Hannah Francis’ charity granting Willberry Wishes to those who are ill with horsey dreams and funding bone cancer research.  May her legacy live on forever.

Updates & Rallies
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 - Wylye mounted games teams have qualified for HOYS, come and support them – please scroll down for more information and to reserve your seat

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Rally/Training dates

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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 and we will put it in our Spotted section (below)


Christie 2 

Pictured above are Christie Antoniou & Cookie (photo-bombed by Spot!) who did really well by winning the Intermediate open section of the 90cm class at the Tedworth Hunt hunter trial at Larkhill on 25th September.



Well done to all our members who competed in the Stonar ISODE on 24th and 25th September.  In particular, congratulations to Amelia Knatchbull who came 3rd in the 80cn class and to Marnie Lister on her new mount Oscar (pictured above) who was 4th.  If you were placed or achieved a personal best and haven’t been mentioned please let us know by emailing 

Huge congratulations to Georgia Toulson-Clarke who has qualified on Wizard for the Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Cup (formerly grassroots) by coming 6th in the Regional Final with a super double clear over a very challenging track at Bricky BE on 24th September.  Well done Georgia & the very best of luck!


New Junior Manager!

Our new Junior Manager is Emma Miller, mother of members Livvy and Jack.  Emma takes over from Naomi O’Neill, who has done a fantastic job over the past couple of years.  Emma will shortly be in touch with parents of Junior members to determine what activities they’d like and the frequency of them.  

Please welcome Emma to her new role

Pony Racing Rallies

Pony Racing Rallies

October 27th, December 29th, February 16th  and April 13th.

The venue this year will be Withywood Farm, Cranmore,Shepton Mallet, BA4 4QR.

Rallies will start at 11.00 am and should last around two hours. Rallies will include instruction on the correct tack needed to pony race, fitness tests on the “Iron Horse”, balance and racing position on the wobble boards and instruction on the canter track.  Riders go round the canter track on both reins in groups in trot and then canter.  This session will be led by an experienced point to point jockey.

The cost is £10. To book in ring Geoff on 01749 850229.  There will be a limit of ten riders on each day.  

 If possible please share boxes/ lorries.   These rallies are open to members of all Pony Clubs.


HOYS Fund Raising Fun Day
The Wylye Valley HOYS Mounted Games Team would like to thank all those who competed in the Brookover Farm HOYS Fun Day – a total of £500 was raised through clear round cross country, clear round show jumping and some novelty classes.  A big thank you as well to all the volunteers on the day.   
Team SJ


Wednesday 26th October 2016

at Kings Sedgemoor EC, Greylake, Bridgwater

 Class 1 1’9”-2’0” Riders 12 years and Under (May be assisted but not led)

Class 2  2’0”-2’3” Riders 14 Years and Under (Novice riders/horses or ponies)

Class 3  2’3” -2’6” open

Class 4  2’6”-2’9” Open

Class 5  3’0” Open (Dengie Qualifier)

£12.00 per entry

Please email and send cheque with Class, Rider’s Name, Age of Rider as of 01/01/16, Name of Pony/horse, to Sandra Kelly no later than 10th October for entry and teams to be put together on receipt of cheque (Cheques to be made payable to Polden Hills Pony Club)

Mounted Games At Frome Show

Saturday 10th September was wet to say the least, we hosted the mounted games at Frome Show and had West Hants and 3 Wylye teams which were aptly named Wylye Willberry, Wylye Wonder and Wylye Pony, the morning session went very well all be it wet, none of the children complained they just got on with it.  When we first went into the arena the ponies and children were lead in by Helen leading Doris (who behaved impeccably)  After the morning session Wylye Willberrys were lying in first place by one point, West Hants second, Wylye Wonders Third and Wylye Ponys fourth.

The rain cleared, still no sun but at least it was dry.  Our second session was entertaining, we had a shetland named Billy in the team and Bonnie was doing the bending, he got to the fourth pole, miscounted thought it was the fifth and turned for home leaving Bonnie on the floor, she got up and was reunited with Billy off they set again, they got to the fourth pole and Billy wanted to win so badly he again turned for home, again Bonnie came out the side door, she got up and again was reunited with Billy who then as everyone else had finished thought he might as well go to the fifth pole this time.  This really pleased the crowds who gave Billy and Bonnie the biggest cheer.  Billy went down a storm with kids and crowd alike.  At the end of the second session West Hants won by one point, Wylye Willberrys came second, Wylye Wonder came third and Wylye Pony came fourth.  A lot of happy kids who then went around the fair ground to enjoy themselves, I think the biggest kids had the best time though on the rides (Vicki Crouch, Vicki Garrett, Nicola Andrews, Rachel Evans, Simon Cox!!!!)   Teams were: Wylye Willberrys (Lainey O’Neill, Conor Crouch, Faith Cox, Tilly Lyons) Wylye Wonder (Livvy Miller, Rosie Norris, Bonnie James, Lola James, Lexi Cooper), Wylye Pony (Ellie Burton, Issy Cox, Immy Shepherd, Daisy Read, Katie Nicholls)

A big thank you to all the children who has done so well this year in the mounted games, from the novices, through the juniors and right up to the seniors qualifying for HOYS.  Kids don’t forget to thank your mums and dads as well, without them you couldnt do it.  Jayne Andrews

Lunge Test

Anyone who has passed their B test and is interested in taking their Pony Club Lunge Test please contact Sian Blackmar on  07816643179

Success at Frome Show


Wylye had a good day at Frome Show on 10th September. We had four teams in the exciting hunt relay at the end of the day in the main ring. The ‘Temporal Immortality’ team of  Will and Megan Bevan, Jasmine ware and Ocean Moore were convincing winners, incredibly fast through the gate and round the mixed course of show jumps and XC fences. Wylye members were first or second in every Working Hunter Class except lead rein where we didn’t have a representative. Tallula Kelly 2nd Training Stakes, 1st Novice mixed heights, Katie Duffy 2nd over 15 hands  and most successful of all April Masters who was 1st Open mixed heights and then Reserve Champion.  Congratulations all.


Willberry Winners!

Blenheim Prize Giving

Massive congratulations to our Wylye Valley Willberries, the team of Milo Kennedy, Poppy Wilkinson, Kate Prendergast and Tom Griffiths, who competed in the Eventer’s Challenge at Blenheim Palace on 9th September.

The standard was very high with many competitors having competed and been successful at the PC championships and/or BE competitions. The course (a maximum of 95cm) though not massive was set on an undulating course with a fair few twists and turns. There were 10 show jumping efforts followed immediately by 8 xc jumping efforts then an upright show jump to finish over.  An optimum time of 114 seconds was set.

Milo went first for the team, setting the standard with a lovely clear very close to the optimum time. He was followed by Poppy who also had a great clear, also very close to the optimum time.  Kate was up next and sadly had a couple of poles and time penalties but especially as she was the youngest in the team, had a round that was nothing to be ashamed of by any means. However, the pressure was really on Tom as three clears inside the time were essential if there were to be any chance of being in the rosettes. He delivered with a super clear, again close to the optimum time.  The team, who were last to go in the morning section, went into the lead, much to our excitement!

Despite the high standard, there were quite a few eliminations and retirements, countless numbers of poles flying and of all the clears many were too slow or too fast.  Five hours later, when all 39 teams (only 8 finishing on a score of 0 penalties) had completed, the team were confirmed as the winners as they had zero penalties and were closest to the optimum time by over 6 seconds!

We could hardly believe it and there was a real mixture of emotions as we all thought of Hannah, who was obviously looking down on us and still spreading her magic!  In fact, it seemed almost everyone present was thinking of her and seemed thrilled that Willberry had won!

The atmosphere was really electric as our team and Willberry proudly rode their laps of honour in the sponsor’s Dodson & Horrell’s rugs. The interviews, photo shoots and media attention that followed was incredible as our team were whisked off left, right and centre to talk to various people, which included meeting Ben Hobday who, of course, is one of the patron’s of Hannah’s charity.

It was an experience never to be forgotten and the team would be grateful if as many people as possible would continue to donate to such a fantastic and worthwhile charity.

Many thanks to Sally Prendergast for her work as Team Manager.

Blenheim Lap of Honour

 Blenheim Tina


Blenheim Ben
Blenheim Buggy


Wylye Tet Report & Results


Pictured above, Tom Griffiths on the podium, winner of the Junior Novice class, with a PB in his swim and the highest score of all the junior competitors (80 and 90 classes).
Wylye Valley held another very successful Tetrathlon competition over the August Bank Holiday weekend. We had over 200 competitors in nine classes ranging from the Tadpoles, as young as 4 years old and jumping the 1’6″ course right up to Open, jumping the 1m course. We received lots of positive comments about the excellent, if challenging, courses; friendliness of the welcome; organisation and of course the excellent catering. None of this would be possible without the help of a lot of people so thank you to everyone who helped to make the weekend run smoothly including all the jump judges who came to help on Saturday for the cross country phase.
We had over 40 Wylye members competing with representatives in every class and a lot of success notably 1st individual for Louis Donson (Mixed Mini Tri), Megan Bevan (Minis), Tom Griffiths (Junior Novice) and Katie Duffy (Junior Girls). 1st team – The Blue Junior Girls team and the Junior Novice team . Kate Pocock’s excellent shooting coaching showed great results with the following winning the shoot in their class: Harvey Parker, Finlay Scott and Katie Duffy. The junior girls shooting was particularly impressive with the top 4 places going to the Wylye Valley:  Katie 1000 (4th 1000 this year!), Mia 980, Millie 960, Lucy and Phoebe 940. Clear rounds were not common over the bigger courses but the following achieved a 1400 ride: Tegan Jones, Megan Bevan, Tom Griffiths, Ocean Moore and Katie Duffy.
The full results are available on the Tetrathlon results page but here is a summary:
Mixed Mini Tri – Team 6th (Nicolas Masters 8th boy Tallula Phibben 9th girl, Bertie Kelly 12th boy & Sebastian Phibben 10th boy).
Mixed Mini Tri – Team 2nd (Louis Donson 1st boy,  Ben George 5th boy, Fin Jones 10th boy, & Dillon Tollworthy 14th boy )Tallula Kelly 4th girl and Harvey Parker 8th boy & 1st Team in a mixed team.
Mixed Tadpoles Tet –  Indigo – Cameron-Clarke 3rd girl.
Mixed Minimus Tet – Team 2nd (Megan Pocock 5th girl, Gracie Gray 9th girl,  Freya Cameron-Clarke & Tegan Jones) and Team 10th (Ronnie Hodge-Roper 7th boy, Freya Swannick, Abi Wright & Imogen Gray).
Mixed Minis Tet – Team 2nd (Megan Bevan 1st girl, April Masters, Gretal White, Alice Cayford)
Junior Novice – Team 1st (Tom Griffiths 1st boy, Jemima Tollworthy 3rd girl, Bethany Bradley 4th girl & Finlay Scott 7th girl), Tegan Bernard 8th girl despite not having a ride.
Junior Girls – Team 1st (Katie Duffy 1st, Mia Ralph 3rd, Millie T-C 6th & Ocean Moore 7th), Team 5th (Lucy Cayford 10th, Phoebe Fussell & Amy George)
Junior Boys – William Bevan 3rd    
Pictured above, Jumior Girls class winner, Katie Duffy on Romeo


Grassroots Championships

Tallula Kelly, Freya Cameron-Clarke, Jemima Tollworthy and Lainey O’Neill attended the Grassroots dressage competition at Bicton Arena on Saturday 3rd September. The team started off in the dry but the weather soon turned very wet making the arenas very slippery.
Nevertheless the team came 10th out of the 23 teams.  Pictured below, Lainey was 5th in her arena and Tallula 9th in hers.  Very well done team Wylye!

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Come to HOYS!

The final two teams have just qualified and taken the last slots to compete at the the #HorseOfTheYearShow 2016.

The PC #MountedGames Teams that have qualified are:

Wylye Valley Pony Club •Monmouthshire Pony Club •Oakley Pony Club •East Kent Pony Club •Eglington Pony Club •Romney Marsh Pony Club

What an exciting competition #HOYS will be this year! All of these pony club teams deserve to compete at HOYS and the standard this year will be higher than ever before!! 

The Wylye team would love you to come and cheer them on at HOYS.

We have priced a coach for 34 and an A band ticket for Wednesday 5/10/16 Leaving Southfield at 7am and leaving the NEC at 9.30pm

All inclusive adults £61 and children £54.50

If enough people register interest we will go ahead and book. Tickets are selling fast so its first come first served. 

Please ring Julie Willis on 07564214927 or email

Looking For New Competition Horse

Competition horse wanted for competent teenage rider. Having just bought a new horse for Tom, we very soon realised that we had made the wrong decision and so sadly he has been returned. Our pony Jay is about to be sold and so we are looking for a new buddy for Tom to continue to compete in HT/ODE and SJ. Must be safe and sane, ideally 15.2 – 16.1hh and solid XC. Happy to consider buy / lease or loan, or even borrow from time to time. Can you help please? If so please contact Carol Griffiths on 07738 764765

Congratulations Megan!

Very well done to Megan Blackmar who recently passed her B test. 

She has worked extremely hard all summer and her efforts have been rewarded.

Wanted – Junior Manager!

New junior manager required.  Please contact Miles for more information.

Willberry Musical Ride Success
Massive Congratulations to HANNAH’s WILLBERRY WONDER PONY MUSICAL DRESSAGE TEAM – (Minty, Kayleigh, Millie, Georgia, Heather, Hannah, Freya & Lainey & sadly missing due to lame horses – Lauren & Megan) 
Dressed as WILLBERRY HIMSELF  Wylye came 6th out of 18 teams with a score of 77.75% – inspired by Hannah the theme was friendship and the team raised the profile of Hannah’s Charity & Willberry’s Wishes… and everyone had a great time dressing up – mostly Tom! – massive thanks to all who helped!! (Jenny, Kim, Helen… everyone!)
To watch the entry click on the link below:
Team Gold For Games Team!

The junior mounted games team did brilliantly at the Championships and came 8th in the A final out of 24 teams competing. The team consisted of Lainey O’Neill riding Magic, Faith Cox riding Passion, Tilly Lyons riding Misty, Conor Crouch riding Bilbo, Livvy Miller riding Icey and our 6th member was Lexi Cooper, trainer Vicki Crouch.

The Senior mounted games team fought hard as they had a very tough session to be able to get to the A final.  In true Wylye style they won the final to qualify for HOYS this year, congratulations to the team, Jake Hartley riding Fern, Brigitte Boher riding Livvy, Charlotte Limond riding Squeak, Harry Willis riding Falan, Lydia Collingwood riding Chester and 6th member was Hannah Garrett, trainer Maria Gibson.

Come to HOYS this year and cheer on team Wylye!  Jayne Andrews

Novice Challenge Championship Results

Huge congratulations to Tom Griffiths (below), the only one of our members to compete in the Novice Challenge SJ at the championships this year.  Tom was unlucky enough to ride in torrential rain in both his rounds but despite this rode very well to achieve a clear in the first round and just clip one pole in the second, very well done Tom. 

Our Novice Challenge Eventing girls, Gemma, Millie, Freya and Christie also did brilliantly to come Team 5th, with Gemma individual 4th in her arena and Millie individual 10th in her arena.  Millie also did fantastically well, particularly being the youngest in her arena, in the Open dressage to come 8th.  Not only this but she did it on the  same day as the eventing on the same pony, good old Tom!! 

For full/live results please see the dedicated championship website  


MIni Camp In Pictures

Mini camp pictures now available!

Holly Win’s Open Tet Championship!

Wylye had a very successful time at the Tet Champs. Holly Parker (pictured below, over the water jump) won the Open girls competition which was an amazing achievement particularly as she was not riding her own horse but on Beau, kindly lent by Alice Tollworthy. Holly rode a beautiful clear round over a challenging open track, she was joint winner of the shoot and second in the swim. Our Junior girls team of Mia Ralph, Katie Duffy, Roberta Cameron-Rossiter and Ocean Moore came team seventh and Katie shot a maximum 1000 for the second year in a row and was joint winner of the junior girls shoot. All the Wylye competitors jumped clear which was fantastic, particularly for Ocean Moore and Ben Steel competing at the Championships for the first time. Ocean and Ben also ran brilliantly on a proper cross country course that followed the riding XC track finishing up a steep hill!


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.

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