Thursday June 30, 2022
For National Pony Club updates and information please go to pcuk.org
Area 10 Triathlon

STOP PRESS 

Please note that the event scheduled for 7th February has regrettably been cancelled.

Area 10 Quiz

The Area 10 quiz is being held online this year, kindly hosted by Talygarn EC. 

schedule available now.

Safeguarding courses

PCHQ  have released new dates for the virtual ‘Safeguarding for Equestrians’ courses in November and December.

The course is suitable for individuals who coach, volunteer or work for The Pony Club to meet your safeguarding training requirement. The virtual sessions are being delivered in place of the in-person courses. Those who are attending their initial course or refreshing their knowledge are encouraged to attend.

Places cost £25 per person. You can book your place by clicking on the date of interest below.

November 2020

5th November 2020 (1pm -4pm)

11th November 2020 (6pm-9pm)

17 November 2020 (6pm-9pm)

21 November 2020 (1pm -4pm)

25 November 2020 (10am-1pm) 

27 November 2020 (6pm-9pm)

December 2020

1st December 2020 (1pm -4pm)

14 December 2020 (6pm-9pm)

16 December 2020 (10am-1pm)

Can’t find anything to suit you this time? We have additional dates to add later this month so keep an eye on our Events Page.

Kind regards

Stef Brazier
Development Officer

t: 02476 698323   e: stefanie.brazier@pcuk.org

2021 Championships

Dear members, parents, volunteers and staff,

2021 Championships

I am really pleased to announce that plans for The Pony Club Championships 2021 have been approved this week. To plan for the eventuality of still working within COVID-19 guidelines, the Championships have been planned differently for 2021. They will be held at Offchurch Bury, near Leamington Spa, over a slightly extended period to minimise the total numbers on site each day. Offchurch Bury is a beautiful parkland setting with an undulating cross country course and in a central location. 

  • Friday 13th – Sunday 15th August – Polocrosse, Mounted Games and Tetrathlon
  • Tuesday 17th – Sunday 22nd August – Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing and Polo

Each sports committee will be responsible for their sport and we will make good use of online entries, timings and scoring. We are still exploring the best options for Horse and Pony Care, Centre Equitation and the Musical Ride competitions.

The Pony Club Championships will be preceded by the PC 110 Eventing Championships at the prestigious Festival of Eventing at Gatcombe on 5th – 6th August.

It is great to have The Pony Club Championships as a highlight of our sporting calendar.  I hope this news will galvanise Branches, Centres and Members to set their sights high when defining their Pony Club goals and ambitions for next summer!

Government Restrictions

There is still much speculation of a complete lock down as a ‘circuit break’ to the virus and we will continue to monitor the latest from the Government, as I am sure everyone is.

As of today, The Pony Club will continue to run under our COVID-19 Operational Plan in line with the new tier system in the UK. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales activities can continue unless there are travel restrictions imposed. Pony Club activities are not essential travel, but some restricted areas are allowing travel for organised sport.  

I will continue to update our National COVID19 Restriction Summary document weekly, so please view this (download link above) for what level of activity is allowed under Government guidance and law in each nation. It is all of our responsibility to keep everyone within our Pony Club community safe.

Wales lockdown

Breaking News – 19th October

Wales

The Welsh First Minister has just announced the escalation of restrictions to apply to the whole of Wales, from 6pm on Friday 23rd October for a period of 17 days, until Monday 9th November.

The short, time-limited “firebreak” lockdown will be similar to the first lockdown in March, here are the 5 main points listed on the Welsh Government website to provide clarification:

  • people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • people must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with
  • certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close
  • secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years seven and eight. Primary schools and childcare settings will remain open.
  • face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open (subject to certain exemptions and exceptions), including on public transport and in taxis

Whilst professional sport can continue, organised sport cannot, this unfortunately means that all face to face Pony Club training and competition at Branches and Centres will be suspended in Wales from 6pm on Friday 23rd for 17 days, restarting on 9th November.

The Government has requested that all travel is limited where possible and whilst riding is not prohibited by the Government, they have stated all exercise must be undertaken alone or with members of your household. Therefore, it is important that Members safety is paramount at this time.

Due to the restrictions on travel the Welsh Government is advising that you should try to put in place alternative arrangements that do not involve travel if possible. Please visit the guidance for livestock and equine owners. They have also stated that whilst vets will be available, they should only be called for urgent treatment that cannot be deferred until after 9th November.

We all hope that Pony Club activities will be quick to resume after this temporary lockdown, therefore we encourage everyone to abide by the guidance and law and work to keep everyone safe.

GOV.wales info

https://gov.wales/national-coronavirus-fire-break-to-be-introduced-in-wales-on-friday

GOV.wales firebreak FAQs

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-break-frequently-asked-questions

Covid 19 National restrictions table 25092020

National Covid Restriction Summary 25.9.20 (1)

Mary King YouTube link Regional Winners Presentation

Mary King YouTube link Regional Winners Presentation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyPQt-InpmY 

Pony Club Writing Competition

Remember the recent Pony Club writing competition? Well here is a wonderful picture of 4 year old Amelia Anstee being presented with her prize and Oliver Townend autograph. She was the youngest entrant. Great to have an Area 10 Prizewinner 😃

Area 10 XC training

Dear All

*** THIS IS NOW FULL. TO GO ON WAITLIST PLEASE EMAIL ISOBEL MILLS. If sufficient interest she’ll arrange another *** 

Please see attached booking Form for the Area 10 XC training – It’s going to be held at Leyland Court, Nr Bristol on Wednesday 12th August. Sessions will be 90 mins in groups of 4 or possibly 5 depending on interest. Cost £44 per rider.

I apologise for the length of the form, but with all the covid19 precautions it’s reflective of life as we currently know it.

I’ve had interest from a couple of people about 70-80cm so will definitely have a group at that height.

Please circulate to your members. Booking form to me and payment must accompany to secure the place.

Many thanks

Isobel

Pony Racing

Zoe Pulling is back from furlough now and has sent out the following:-

Horseracing’s education charity Racing to School are offering to expand their successful summer camp “Horseracing Taster Workshops” to Pony Clubs and Centres that have not had the opportunity to participate before.

Delivered by a team of ex industry professionals, the sessions provide a fun and informative introduction to horseracing which includes a coaching session on a racing Equiciser. Their flexible approach means they can be booked for half or full day sessions depending on the size of your camp and are most effectively used as an unmounted session for an hour to give the ponies a rest with a couple of rides in each session.

Their team are also able signpost any interested members to the team at the Pony Racing Authority who run more specific training days or for older members can give them information about their Pony Club Careers “Raceday” programme run with support from the BHA’s Careers in Racing team.

More information about their programme can be found on their website here

They have updated their Risk Assessment to include our current coronavirus guidelines which you can find attached to this email.

The charity is very kindly offering their activities for free to all participating Pony Clubs, but do ask any participating clubs that feel able to kindly consider a donation to help them on behalf of the 14,000 young people they support each year, the suggested donation for a day is £100. However as stated they are happy to run events for free if you are not in a position to make a donation.

Please contact their Programme Manager Ollie McPhail for further information and available dates.

ollie@racingtoschool.co.uk

 Mobile: 07917 116354

 Zoe Pulling

Development Officer 

t: 02476 698306  e: zoe.pulling@pcuk.org

Zoe says:

If you have any questions about the tasters/ Racing to Schools or Pony Racing please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ollie, myself or Charles and we’ll be very happy to discuss in more details how your area can get involved.