Wednesday September 27, 2023
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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 – 

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


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.

 Mobile: 07917 116354

 Zoe Pulling

Development Officer 

t: 02476 698306  e:

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.

Area 10 tet – motivation month
With the restrictions affecting our PC calendar so much this year, members of Area 10 Tetrathlon are going to have a Motivation Month, (actually it’s 5 weeks!). This is open to any Area 10 members, even parents, you do not need to have entered Tri/Tets, just join in for fun. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions we can only encourage running at the moment but I hope to develop the idea to include swimming, shooting and possibly riding in the future.
This is how it will go;
Try to run as many times as you can between 29th June & 2nd August, everyone will be running different courses and terrains so all we need is a record of the total runs and a time taken, we are not looking for the fastest runner but your times will show the effort put in and hopefully show you an improvement in your fitness.
Distances, (ages as on 1 Jan, except for under 8yrs which is on the day),
Under 8yrs 500m
8 & 9 1000m
10 & 11 1000m
12 – 14 1500m
15+ girls 1500m
15+ boys 2000m or 3000m (choose one and stick to that)
26+  1000m
Ideally use Strava, GPS or similar, if you choose to use different routes this is your choice, if you wish to use part of a longer run this would be allowed but we only need the time for your age category distance.
This is a motivational exercise but we will reward the member showing the most commitment and effort over the suggested time.
Please send your results to Nicola Smart each week,
Thanks, hope you’re all well and looking forward to the possibility of attending Rallies soon,
Kathryn Christopher (Area 10 Tetrathlon)
Polo Update

Dear All,

Following a Pony Club Polo committee meeting last Thursday, we have decided that there will be no centrally planned Pony Club Polo this summer. We regret
this very much, but the reasons include:

a) the complexities of the applicable COVID19 protocols is very much down to local conditions, e.g. what Level the clubs have reached in the HPA COVID19
protocol. Please see the relevant websites for more information.
b) Pony Club staff have been furloughed for the foreseeable future
c) we don’t wish to encourage long distance travel and mixing between geographical areas
d) the risks (financial, expectations, etc) of planning events and then not being able to run them.

However, we are very keen to encourage and support local training and when possible, competitions. So we will be sending out a pack to DCs and Centres through the Area Reps, I hope within the next two weeks. This will include the facilities, trainers, polo schools and academies and coaches available in each geographic area, and will encourage all Branches and Centres to take advantage. We will include details of all the ways in which you can find a suitable coach.
We will be devising a Branch & Centre video competition to be judged by a panel on the committee which will encourage you to train on over the summer.
There is money available to support Under 14 and Under 12 groups up to 100% of the cost for newcomers. The application process will be modified slightly from last
year and we will include details in the pack.

I do hope you will be able to arrange introduction courses, improvers courses and,
if eventually permitted, Area competitions.

Charles Whittington
Chair, Pony Club Polo

Area 10 Decorate your Pony competition

The results are in ……… Very well done to everyone who took part.


Class 1A 8 years and under –

Winner – Amelia Anstee                                   

Runner up – Leila Biscoe        
Class 1B 8 years and under – hobby horse
Winner – Mali Marie Davies   
Class 2A 9-12 years
Winner – Millie Biddle         
Runner up – Mali-Gwen Lewis  
Area 10 Qualifiers 2020

Eventing 12th July – Cancelled

SJ – 5th July – Cancelled

If you want to decorate your real pony (no paint allowed) or would prefer to decorate a hobby horse (paint is allowed), there’s sections for both.
We’re running an Area competition in Area 10 and then winners will go through to Regionals again and Allan Davies, Carl Hester’s well known groom will be judging this.
The schedule gives you all the details you need.  Any queries, let me know.  I look forward to seeing your creative outcomes.   Entries to me by email to
Very best wishes