Wednesday September 23, 2020
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A Pony Club/Pony Racing Authority Training Day is being held on 11th October near Hexham. 
Link to application form.

These are really fun constructive days and very beneficial for those wanting to Pony Race in 2021.
There are 2 early Pony Races in 2021 at Jedforest p2p on 24th Jan and Berwickshire p2p on 14th February both at Friars Haugh near Kelso and  this early training day will help members prepare for them.

PROVISIONAL P2P Pony Racing Dates for 2021
24th January Jedforest at Kelso (new)
14th February Berwickshire at Kelso (new)
28th February Tynedale at Corbridge
20th March Duke of Buccleuch at Kelso
27th March L&R & Eglinton at Lanark
3rd April Middleton at Sherrif Hutton (Yorkshire)
11th April Morpeth at Morpeth
24th April Fife at Lanark 
1st May Lauderdale at Lauder
15th May Haydon at Hexham

We will also  be running a Training Day next spring (details yet to be arranged) which is aimed at those wanting to take part in Pony Racing from mid February and anyone else that just wants to find out what Pony Racing is all about. 
The Training days are not just aimed at children wanting to race as the emphasis is on balance, fitness and riding forward which is so important in all disciplines.
Spaces are strictly limited and Covid measures will be in place.

More details please contact

Jane Clark
Or the Pony Racing Authority. 
Pony Club Write to Ride Competition Lauderdale winner!
During lockdown there was a fabulous opportunity from the Pony Club – the creative writing competition “Write to Ride”.
Sarah Farnsworth from Lauderdale Hunt Branch entered the Write to Ride competition, organised by Pippa Ireland from the York and Ainsty South Pony Club and she won the fantastic prize of training with Ian and Heidi Woodhead at DHI Event Horses.
Pippa and her team organised an amazing collection of prizes which were kindly donated by many generous people:  Nicola Wilson, Caroline Moor, Ian and Heidi Woodhead, Harry Payne, Jonquil Hemming, Aileen Craig, Pippa Allan, Olivia Wilmot were a few of the names that donated lessons, yard visits and trips away.  Course walks, portraits, access to events, arena hire were all available to win and certainly provided much motivation for Sarah’s essay. 
The judges for the writing were Danuta Kot, Times best-selling novelist and A-Level examiner Penny Grubb, award-winning crime novelist – both were certainly kept busy as there were 450 entries, which is a fantastic response from Pony Club members.
Total Recall videos did a thorough job of promotion throughout the competition and Equestrian Life are publishing the winning entry.  British Horse Feeds donated a prize and sponsored rosettes, one of which Sarah won as she came 2nd in her age group!  
Sarah and Millie won a visit for a cross country training lesson with Heidi Woodhead and a dressage lesson from Ian Woodhead.  Take a look at their website and amazing set up – Sarah is very excited (though Millie might not be at the thought of dressage!)    In addition to this Robyn Dunn of Outline Physio in Lanarkshire has kindly offered a session for Millie or Sarah, we are overwhelmed by so many generous prizes!  
Along with writing Sarah made a donation to her chosen charity; the Iona Sclater Memorial Fund for Teenage Mental Health.  Sarah also wrote another story and donated to My Name’5 Doddie, the Doddie Weir foundation for Motor Neuron Disease.
This was a great Pony Club initiative over lockdown – charities, members and the English education department all gained!
Sarah was so lucky to have such high level training for dressage and cross country. Thanks to all of the team for organising the competition, the many, many people that kindly donated generous prizes and British Horse Feeds for the lovely rosettes.

Pony Club Dressage at Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021

The Pony Club Dressage Home International at Royal Windsor Horse Show will next take place in May 2021. We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Nation’s teams who missed taking part in this years cancelled show will have the opportunity to ride in the 2021 Royal Windsor Horse Show. From Area 19 we would like to congratulate two of our members who were selected and now have this opportunity, Reece Cunningham from Edinburgh will ride in the Novice level and Eilidh Roberts from Berwickshire Hunt taking part in a mixed team. 


Representing Your Branch at Area Competitions – Rules

See the attached document for the current rules on qualifying for Area Competitions. Three rallies rule


Fall Rule for Area & Championship Competitions

Reminder of a rule change that means a fall at Area competitions will result in elimination rather than the previous 65 penalties.