Monday November 18, 2019
AREA NEWS update 20/10/19

A very proud DC presenting Emily with her prizes

Swansea members waiting for the party to begin

Congratulations to Emily on being selected for the Pony Club Talent Pathway (PCTP) 2019. Over 300 PC members from all over the UK started the selection process early this year, 37 went on to a wonderful 3 day training camp at Solihul Equestrian Centre after which the final six were chosen.

Emily Jones aged 21 of Wern Fawr Farm, Swansea is a lifelong member of the Swansea & District Branch of the Pony Club and successfully represents her club in all three disciplines.      

 This year Emily and her beautiful 12yr old bay gelding Dexter, were due to compete at The PC Nat Champs, where she, alongside her fellow TP Squad members, were due to be presented with their TP merchandise, but sadly the Champs were cancelled due to the bad weather, so Emilys DC Mrs Ann Walter stepped in, chased up the merchandise and unknown to Emily, arranged a special little presentation for her. Well done Emily and Dexter! 


Talent Pathway Camp

Sonnie and Emily had a really good time at Solihull and learnt a lot.

Emily was chosen as one of a squad of 6 to be ambassadors for The Pony Club. A very proud time for her family and Swansea branch

Talent Pathway Selection day Aberystwyth

Going through to the camp at Solihull are Dressage Emily Jones Swansea and SJ  Sonnie Paulch Rheidol PC Centre. 
Huge congratulations to you both 


CPD and Step 1 to Coaching

A very enjoyable CPD evening with Fun Games for rallies with lots of new ideas.

The Step 1 was well attended with young and older coaches. It was a good day and some really good young coaches with one from South Northumberland branch making the long journey to attend. . 

Thank you to the Amman Valley members who got absolutely soaked but kept smiling. 

Sara Greenwood delivered both courses, she is a very experienced in all things Pony Club and an A test  assessor. 

Thanks also to Helen for organising it all.

Talent Pathway Aberystwyth

Another very cold and windy day. Everyone did well and the riders who go on to the camp will be posted here soon.

Dengie Championships 2019

Well done to everyone who travelled al the way to Addington to compete. 

In the SJ Bethan from Neath and Elinor from Pembrokeshire both went clear in the forst round but had unlucky poles in the second. 

In the dressage Harriet from Carmarthen Bay did a really good test in a strong arena and Cethin from S Pembs came home with an 8th rosette

The Vale of Taf quiz team travelled up to compete on the Saturday to compete and had a good time.

December 2018

Congratulations and a huge well done to Cat Mayes Vale of Taf Branch. Cat has received the Hannah Francis Award. 

Tets 28/10/18

A fantastic weekend for our senior members with Emma Morgan S Pembrokeshire and Maddy Adams Tivyside gaining the B test. Anna Ridge Pembrokeshire passed the Lungeing with Cethin Ravenhill S Pembrokeshire, Anna Ridge Pembrokeshire, Abbi Jones and Emily Jones Swansea all passing the B+. Very well done with the examiners being very complimentary on your riding and you were all a pleasure to work with.

A massive thank you to Ann and her team from Swansea who had worked hard to set up the field with some super XC jumps and even flowers for the arena.

October 2018 A very successful trip to area 9 for Lucy Davies from Vale of Taf who passed her Lungeing and B test. Well done.

Congratulations to Abi  Phillips  Swansea & District member who has been selected for the UK junior polocrosse team to play against Austrailia.

Congratulations from all in Area 18 to Tivyside member Adam Carlile. He has been selected for team GB on the International Tetrathlon Exchange to the USA in July 2018, where he will act as team captain!


Well done to Vale of Taf who recently won the NFU Mutual Area Quiz organised by St David’s branch. Good luck in the finals at Addington Manor! Photo on the Quiz page.

Well done to the following who were successful at the Area C+/B Test (Care) at Hafod Stables organised by Andrea Philipps: C+ Test – Tirion Lloyd (Vale of Clettwr & Llangeitho), Harriet Davies (Carmarthen Bay), Heidi Lewis (Carmarthen Bay)  C+ Care: Molly Cressey-Rodgers (Carmarthen Bay), B Test Care: Louise Mear (Pembs Hunt), Kirsten Davies (Carmarthen Bay). Keep your eye on the Training Pages for more news of upcoming Area B Test Training and Exams!

Congratulations to Emily Cooke and Cerys Hill from Amman Valley Pony Club. Emily won the Pony Club Open Endurance league 2017 and Cerys was third; well done girls!  Here they are with Taz and Boy proudly wearing their sashes.

emily and cerys

A fun morning was had a Pibwrlwyd recently when members from several branches got together for Polocrosse Training, kindly organised by Doreen Vanstone. For information on further dates please see the polocrosse page.


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The area B Test was held at Brynllewelyn on 5th November, arranged by Andrea Philipps. Congratulations to all candidates who attended.

Anna Ridge, Hannah Warren, Theo Owen and Adam Carlile passed their B Test Riding. Anna, Hannah and Theo had passed their B test Horse and Pony Care previously  so now hold their full B Test. Emma Muscutt passed both elements on the day, so was also awarded her full B Test.

Emma Morgan, Gwennan Brackenbury, Jerry Owen, Maddy Adams and Sian Jones all passd their B Test ‘Care’. Well done everyone!

Well done to everyone from the area who traveled to Cholmomdeley Castle for the Pony Club Championships and Rectory Farm for the Land Rover Regional Competition. Some great results, but HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Banwen who won the Senior Mounted Games and the ‘golden ticket’ to HOYS! It is a very expensive trip; the branch would be extremely grateful to anyone who could help with their fundraising.

Well done to all the tetrathletes from Area 18 who travelled up to Bishop Burton for the Tetrathlon Championships. Especially the Tivyside Mixed team who won the intermediate section!

Congratulations to Deon Walters of Neath Branch who has been selected to ride in Canada for Great Britain as part of the Mounted Games Team and is the only Welsh member of the team. Your Branch and Area are very proud Deon!

Well done to Pembrokeshire member Anna Ridge, who qualified for the Pony Club/Dengie Winter Championships at Addington Manor in both Novice Dressage and Open Showjumping on Coombe Park Sailor’s Star. Anna did a fantastic test to win her arena at the Championships, which meant she had to ride off against all the other arena winners for the title of Champion. Anna won this and is now the Dengie Novice Dressage Champion! With very little time to spare, Anna and ‘Flye’ had to take off their Dengie ribbons, rug and jacket returning to the main arena for the showcase event the Open Showjumping Grand Prix. The competition takes place over three rounds, and after the final round Anna was one of only three triple clears and was placed third, giving her yet another Dengie saddlecloth! What an amazing achievement, congratulations Anna and Flye. Well done to all other competitors from Area 18 who took part in the Dengie Championships, great team spirit from parents and members alike.