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A very busy day at Osbaldeston on Saturday (24th March), with Heat 4 of the West Lancs County Winter League Team Show Jumping and also the Area finals of the Dengie Show Jumping.

Winning Heat 4 was a mixed-branch team of Lucy (Pendle), Emily (Pendle), Chloe (Wheelton) and Alice (Wheelton) with a team total of  O faults in both rounds and also in the jump-off.  Well done girls !

Lucy also won individually, with a very fast triple clear. Really well ridden Lucy.

In the Dengie Debut class there was a win for Jessica (Lancaster) with a double clear on Ruby Tuesday.  Minnie (Blackburn) was also double clear with Freddie but with a slightly slower time which left her in 2nd place.

Jessica Lavin Lancaster Ruby Tuesday







In the Dengie Winter League there was a win for Lucy (Pendle) on Cavalino Rose Million.

Lucy Robinson Pendle on Cavalino Rose Million Winter League








The Dengie Open went to Melissa Rose (West Lancs County) on Birchgrove Tiger Woods, just pipping Alex Carr (West Lancs County) on The clock.

Melissa Rose West Lancs County on Birchgrove Tiger Woods being congratulated by last years championship winner Frankie Carr Open









EQUINE SPECIFIC FIRST AID     A very good First Aid Course at Samlesbury Village Hall, where members, officials and volunteers took the opportunity to gain/renew their First Aid qualification ready for a busy summer.  Huge thanks to Rob and Kim from Pro-Medical 2002 Ltd for running the course in such a professional and user-friendly manner.  Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and more importantly we all learnt a lot.



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Our congratulations to Isle of Man Pony Club member, Blae Richardson, who has been invited to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May to compete in the Tetrathlon Competition held there.

This is a fantastic opportunity that is offered to only 24 Junior level Tetrathletes. Athletes are selected (usually one per Pony Club Area) to make up 8 Regional teams of three.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are up against 5 English Regions. Only one member from Area 4 has been selected for the English team, with the other two members being selected from Areas 2 and 3.

The Isle of Man branch are immensely proud of Blae, and rightly so.  We all wish her the best of luck for the competition.


A glorious day for the Mounted Games Area competition at Ashton-with-Stodday, hosted by Lancaster Branch.  It was lovely to see teams from 2 Pony Club Centres   –  Beaumont Grange (fairly local) and Ballawhetstone (all the way from the Isle of Man). 

First the Lead-rein competition  :  No Tack and Turn Out competition as such for the lead-reins but there was a special mention for the Blackburn and District Branch for the impeccable presentation of children, ponies and leaders.


The games winners were West Lancs County, closely followed by Blackburn and Lancaster.



Next was the Prince Philip Cup competition :

Isle of Man “A” were the winners of the Tack and Turn Out, by 1/2 a point from the Isle of Man “B”.

The games were won by Pendle Forest and Craven “A” and they qualify for the Zone finals, along with both Isle of Man teams.

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Then the new Pairs competition : 

Chipping won the Tack and Turn Out this time.

The games winners were Blackburn “A”, closely followed by Blackburn “C” and Blackburn “B”  !

Blackburn “A” and “C” thus qualify for the Zone finals.

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Tack and Turn Out for the Junior competition was won by Lancaster, who then went on to win the games competition as well, ahead of Ballawhetstone, who join them in qualifying for the Zone finals.



There was a special mention from the Tack and Turn Out judges for Ella (Blackburn and District) who, along with her pony Billy, was the only competitor all day to achieve maximum points for Turn Out.  Well done Ella (and her assistants!).


Thanks to our hosts – Lancaster Branch – for their hospitality and a well-run competition and also to our Chief Steward.

Well done to all competitors and their support teams, you were a credit to Pony Club.  We hope everybody enjoyed themselves regardless of results and that you will all be back next year.

Full results from the day can be found on the Area Results tab.

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What a fantastic weekend we had on the Isle of Man.  No snow this time, just a bit of rain on the Sunday afternoon.  Huge thanks to the Isle of Man Branch and especially Alice Corrin for arranging everything so well, and thanks also to Grenaby Equestrian Centre and King William College for hosting the various events.

Saturday was the Blue Cross Area Horse and Pony Care at Grenaby.  A brilliant venue complete with Manx cat and Manx Loaghtan sheep (which some of our older members may remember from a quiz many moons ago).

Hosts the Isle of Man – Ballavartyn were victorious in the Junior competition, with Chipping Hawks winning the Senior competition.

The judges commented on how immaculately turned-out and polite ALL the members were, a credit to your Area, so you can all give yourselves a big pat on the back.









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And so to the Saturday night.  King William College’s Barrovian Hall.  The prize-giving for the Horse and Pony Care and a Ceili with an excellent  hot-pot supper.  What more is there !


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Sunday morning and time for the NFU Mutual Area Quiz.  The Barrovian Hall at King William College again.  First the Mascot competition, and a very inventive collection they were, with Glossop’s Unicorn eventually being adjudged the winner.





A hard-fought quiz competition, with some very testing questions, led to Witherslack Equestrian Centre taking 1st place for Pony Club Centres, and West Lancs County Swallows winning the Branch competition.






































A lunch of sausage, beans and chips, and then off home, or to explore the rest of the Island. A marvellous weekend, and thanks again to the Isle of Man for their hospitality, the souvenir buff for each competitor was a lovely gesture.


Full results from both competitions are on the “Area Results” tab.



Huge congratulations to Charlotte Whitaker, selected as one of the 4 girls and 4 boys to join the Tetrathlon International Exchange visit to the USA in July this year.

Charlotte Whitaker (Oxenholme)
Miranda King (VWH Hunt)
Ella Eadon (Hurworth Hunt)
Rebecca Leadbeater (Oakley Hunt West)

Non-Travelling reserve:
Jess Telford (Beaufort Hunt)

Adam Carlile (Tivyside)
George Budden (Hursley Hunt)
Toby Johnson (Cheshire Hunt North)
Jack Stephens (Brecon & Talybont Hunt)

Non-Travelling Reserve:
Jack Church (Old Berkshire Hunt)





Success for our Area 4 Members at the Pony Club Regional Championships, held at Eland Lodge Equestrian.

In the Dressage Team competition we had Wheelton and District in 10th place.  And individually Issie Haslam (Blackburn and District) was a brilliant 2nd in her arena and then 8th in the ride-off.

It was Wheelton again in the Show Jumping, with their team


Isle of Man Branch get a very good write-up in the Local Press :

Pony Club Camp 2017

This year as usual, the Isle of Man Branch of the Pony Club held their annual Summer Camp using the excellent facilities at Kennaa Equestrian Centre.  Summer camp was held over three days Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th July, Diddy Camp for tiny members was held on Monday 24th July and Junior Camp for 7 – 8 year olds was held on Tuesday 25th/Wednesday 26th July. Members attending Summer Camp all stayed on site with their ponies/horses, Diddy members attended for just the day and Junior campers joined in everything with Summer Camp however went home to sleep.  Ponies stayed on site.  Over the three day period five instructors were involved with local instructors Michelle Hargreaves taking the Diddy Camp with help from senior member Aalish Creer, Cheryl Curphey taking Junior Camp and Hannah Goodby-Dudgeon Summer Camp along with very popular UK instructors Abigail Rowland and Bev Whitehead.  Everyone had a fab time enjoying three hours riding instruction each day along with horse care and recreational activities in the evening – Monday rounders on the beach and some members even braved an evening dip in the sea and then on Tuesday a fun night of bowling. Camp finished off with a Mini Major jumping competition where an older member teamed up with a younger member for a jumping competition the results of this were as follows:- 1st Holly Dimelow and Emma Parsons 2nd.  Kaitlyn McLean and Suzie Callister, 3rd Jess Rosengrove and Isla Caine and 4th= Isla Curphey and Tayla Griffin and Blae Richardson and George Hotchkiss. At the final prize presentation members received their camp certificate and rosette and also the tests and badges which they had passed during camp – these were as follows:-

Diddy Camp Sienna Curphey – E Test, Mini Mucking Out Achievement badge Emila Lace – E Test, Mini Mucking Out Achievement badge Joseph Booth – E Test, Mini Mucking Out Achievement badge, Mini Colours Achievement badge Lilee Carter – – E Test, Mini Mucking Out Achievement badge, Mini Colours Achievement badge Oliva Burns – Mini Mucking Out Achievement badge, Mini Colours Achievement badge Alice Teare – Mini Mucking Out Achievement badge, Mini Colours Achievement badge Ruby Qualtrough – Mini Mucking Out Achievement badge, Mini Colours Achievement badge Hollie Fargher – Mini Points of the Pony Hattie Pepper – Mini Points of the Pony

Junior Camp Isla Caine – D Test, Grooming and Handling, Intro to Showjumping Tayla Griffin – D Test, Grooming and Handling, Intro to Showjumping Emma Parsons – D Test, Grooming and Handling, Intro to Showjumping Issy Ennett – D Test, Grooming and Handling, Intro to Showjumping Daniel Collister – D Test, Grooming and Handling, Intro to Showjumping Sophie Bateson – D Test, Grooming and Handling, Intro to Showjumping

Summer Camp Suzie Callister – Mucking out Achievement badge, Perfect Paddock and Tack cleaning, Intro to showjumping George Hotchkiss – D Test, Mucking out Achievement badge, Perfect Paddock and Tack cleaning, Intro to showjumping Lindsay Collister – Mucking out Achievement badge, Perfect Paddock and Tack cleaning, Intro to showjumping Faye Qualtrough Mucking out Achievement badge, Perfect Paddock and Tack cleaning, Intro to showjumping Katie Keenan – Mucking Out and Tack cleaning Sophie Parsons – Mucking out and Tack Cleaning Lola-Bea Bryce – D Test, Mucking out and Tack Cleaning Kaitlyn McLean – D Test, Mucking out and Tack Cleaning Immy Millward – Building Showjumps Achievement badge Blae Richardson – Building Showjumps Achievement badge Isla Curphey – Building Showjumps Achievement badge Holly Dimelow – Building Showjumps Achievement badge Jessie Rosengrove – Building Showjumps Achievement badge The most Improved award for each ride were as follows:- Cheryls Ride – Emma Parsons Hannah’s Ride – George Hotchkiss Bev’s Ride – Kaitlyn McLean Abigail’s Ride – Isla Curphey.

Many thanks to Les Ingham and all the staff at Kennaa Equestrian Centre for making us feel so welcome,  Callum Staley from CJS Photography for giving up his time to take such super photos, all our fab instructors and thank you from all the members to Vicky Collister and Nina Corrin for all their hard work putting this camp together.

The next Pony Club events will be:-

Sunday 13th August Fun show and Beginners Clear Round Showjumping at Oatlands. Open to non members Thursday 17th August. Social Ride and picnic at Ballacory, Andreas (Members only) Sunday 20th August. Eventing Grand Prix at Oatlands. For further information please visit

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Daniel Collister and Baxter ‘Jumping for Joy’ at Pony Club Camp at Kennaa Equestrian Centre (Photo courtesy of Callum Staley – CJS Photography)

The next Pony Club events will be:-  Sunday 13th August Fun show and Beginners Clear Round Showjumping at Oatlands. Open to non members Thursday 17th August. Social Ride and picnic at Ballacory, Andreas (Members only) Sunday 20th August. Eventing Grand Prix at Oatlands. For further information please visit



Huge congratulations to Tamsin Griffin and Briar (Chipping)  –  Novice Individual Show Jumping Champions.




The new Pony Club Regional Championships, held this year at grassroots level in Dressage and Show Jumping, were a great success. Our Area 4 members who had qualified at the Area competitions joined members from Areas 3, 5, and 6 at the Mid-North Region finals at Eland Lodge, Derbyshire.

They were all a credit to us, with lots of placings.

In the team DRESSAGE Blackburn and District Badgers were a brilliant 3rd, with Will 5th individually. In addition Hannah, from Beaumont Grange Farm Pony Centre, was 8th individually.


 In the SHOW JUMPING we had teams from Oxenholme in 6th and West Lancs County in 10th. 

Really well done from some of our younger and less-experienced members.

NEWS FROM THE 2016 BERKELEY GROUP PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS Full results from the Championships can be found on the main Pony Club website     NEWS FROM THE 2016 BERKELEY GROUP PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS VIRBAC 3D WORMING SHOW JUMPING In the ELITE individual Melissa (West Lancs County) was 6th. Moragen (Furness) was 2nd in the INTERMEDIATE individual.   NEWS FROM THE 2016 BERKELEY GROUP PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS CENTRE EQUITATION Brilliant results for Area 4 in the Centre Equitation team competition. Teams from Croxteth Park were 2nd and 6th, and a team from Carrington were 8th. In addition we had loads of individual placings : Ruby (Croxteth) WON her arena,  Sophie (Carrington) and Lily (Croxteth) were 2nd in theirs Patrick (Croxteth) and Abby (Croxteth) were 3rd, Maria (Croxteth) was 4th, Phoebe  (Carrington) 5th, Poppy (Croxteth) 8th and Isobel (Croxteth) 9th.



In the OPEN we had Corinne (West Lancs County), and Lauren (Isle of Man) both 5th in their arenas, and Megan (West Lancs Ince Blundell) 6th in hers. A combined Area 4 team of Corinne, Megan, Morag (WLC) and Freya (Isle of Man) did really well to be placed 7th in the team competition.



In the INTERMEDIATE we had success for Sarah (WLIB) and Imogen (Oxenholme), 3rd and 5th respectively. Img_7609 2

Well done everybody.



THE MAGICAL MUSICAL RIDE We had 5 teams competing this year, out of a total of 18 teams. West Lancs County were a very impressive 4th with their “Cops and Robbers” and we also had lovely displays from : Wheelton  —  Rockin Rio Holcombe — Tribute to Equestrian Nations Glossop —  Mission im-Glossop-le Haydock Park — Pirates of the Caribbean Everyone had obviously put in a tremendous amount of effort and Glossop had this to say : At the end of July Glossop and District Branch of the Pony Club set themselves a top secret and near impossible mission – to put together their first musical ride team and compete at the Championships less than five weeks away! Nine enthusiastic riders signed up for a crash course in drill riding despite having never tried it before, and on Monday successfully completed their mission to ride at the Pony Club Championships for the first time, gaining a very respectable score of 71.5% and having a fantastic time doing so. Here was the result. Well done Mary, Clara, Talia, Ellie, Beth, Olivia, Amy, Lucy, Sophy and Nicole, with trainer Katrina. Glossop 2


SUPERFLEX DRESSAGE In the OPEN Kathryn and Corinne from West Lancs County both rode well to finish 8th and 9th respectively in their arenas. In the INTERMEDIATE Robyn from Oxenholme was a very respectable 6th in her arena. In the NOVICE it was a brilliant 3rd place for Blackburn and District’s team of Ricki, Emma, Sophie and Jade.  Jade and Ricki were both 2nd in their respective arenas and Sophie was 8th. Then in the ride-off it was a 2nd for Jade and a 6th for Ricki.  Amazing stuff !   We also had Freya from Saddleworth placed 7th in her arena. Jade




Kathryn (West Lancs County) was 7th in the OPEN class.

In the NOVICE Holly and Lucy (both Haydock Park) were 4th and 9th respectively.



BLUE CROSS HORSE AND PONY CARE This is all getting a bit repetitive but huge congratulations to Chipping’s Senior Horse and Pony Care team (Vic, Charlotte and Jack) who WON the competition for the 5th TIME RUNNING.   The only difference this year was that Vic took over from Lucy in WINNING the CAROLE WADSELL TROPHY for the outstanding senior competitor  (Lucy had won it 2 years running !).   Chipping’s Junior team of Charlotte, Charlotte and Sophia were RUNNERS-UP in their competition for the 2ND TIME RUNNING, only a point behind the winners. I think it’s safe to say that Chipping have this competition sewn up.       Well done, all of you – not forgetting your trainer Laura. Chipping Ha PC


STOP- PRESS   At Bishop Burton this weekend Emma Whitaker (Lancaster)  WON  the NFU Junior Girls Tetrathlon title for the second year running !    And big sister Emma so very nearly  won the Open Girls, finishing a very close second.  Both of them also had best shoots. Fantastic results – well done girls. More news of our other competitors later. Tet Champs girls


Very well done to Ella K of West Lancs County as her entry in the PC art competition has made it to the top 5 in her age category and will go through to the finals at the Championships. All the entries will be displayed before the final judging on the Monday or Tuesday.

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Many will have been following the Willberry story and the formation of Hannah Francis’ Willberry Wonder Pony Charity. Sadly earlier this month Hannah lost her brave fight against cancer. She was one of the most amazing and inspirational young ladies and her devotion and dedication are helping for a lasting legacy in her name. Hannah was an active member of the Wylye Valley Branch of The Pony Club, and also a talented event rider. For the remainder of the 2016 Championships we are allowing the Willberry Hat Silks and Willberry Saddlecloths/Numnahs to be worn in all competition in support of the charity.


There is a mis-print of the Intermediated Championship Test in the Dressage Rule Book, as follows: Amendment – please note a mis-print in the Intermediate Dressage Championship Test 2014. Movement 13 should read as follows:

  1. KS                    Show some steps of medium canter.       SHCM              Workingcanter.

The downloadable test sheets and all paper copies are correct.  The above note has been on the rule book page of the website for a while but with the championships coming up please could this be sent to your Branches/Centres in case anyone has missed it and has been using the rule book as a reference.   AREA  EVENTING 24th JULY 2016 Full results on Area results tab. Report to follow (away on  holiday).


A reminder that booking for on-site stabling at the Berkeley Group Pony Club Championships is now open. Details of how to book online are available in a PDF document available to download here. If you have any queries regarding the online booking process, please direct these to Musketeer Event Management at Kind Regards, The Pony Club


AREA SHOW JUMPING 17th July 2016

Considering the weather we’ve been having lately we were very lucky with the Area Show Jumping at Westmorland County Showground.  Thanks to all the hard work of our hosts Oxenholme the (very long !) day went very well. In the OPEN team competition West Lancs County were worthy winners and qualify for the Championships at Cholmondeley in August .  In the individual competition we had 4 qualifiers – Corinne, Morag and Frankie (West Lancs County and Megan (West Lancs Ince Blundell).  The Tack and Turnout was won by West Lancs County. WLC (2)Open 2 The INTERMEDIATE team competition  was won by Oxenholme B who qualify for the Championships. Individual competition qualifiers were  Robyn (Oxenholme), Morgan (Furness), Alice (Wheelton) and Angus (Chipping). Oxenholme A won the Tack and Turnout. Inter 1Inter 2inter 3inter 4 inter 6inter 8   In the NOVICE team competition Chipping Swallows were the winners, and they qualify along with 2nd placed Pendle Forest A. Qualifying individually were – the Chipping Swallows and Pendle Forest A teams plus Rosie (Pendle C), Lydia (Croxteth), Hettie-Mae (Lancaster). Jayne (Saddleworth) Tack and Turnout winners were Oxenholme. Novice 2Novice 3Novice 4   The GRASSROOTS team jumping was won by Oxenholme A, and they qualify for the Grassroots Regional Championships at Eland Lodge, Derbyshire in August. Also qualifying for the Regional Championships were Oxenholme C, Chipping Robins, West Lancs County, Oxenholme B, Blackburn, Wheelton and Saddleworth. Grass roots team   The (non-qualifier) INTRO team competition was won by Furness A and the Individual winner was Francesca Barnes (Blackburn). Intro team 2 Intro teamIntro   Full results can be found on the Area results tab.


An update for competitors who have entered (and remain entered!) for the re-arranged Areas 4 and 5 Horse Trials to be held at Somerford Park Farm on Sunday the 24th July. Ground Conditions & weather The ground conditions on the Cross Country course at Somerford are improving. We had rain for most of yesterday but today has been very warm and sunny. We are forecast to have reasonably good weather from now until Sunday with the exception of Wednesday which is forecast to have thunderstorms. The course will be inspected again on Wednesday and I expect to issue a further bulletin thereafter. It may be that, even if the XC course is not usable (unlikely we hope), we will decide to proceed with a two phase competition in the expectation that HQ will allow qualifiers from that competition to take part at the Championships. . We will do our best to keep you informed. Dressage We will be using the Area Eventing dressage tests as per the schedule and, except in the most exceptional circumstances (none recorded to date), commanders will not be allowed. This is, of course, only of relevance to those Area 5 competitors who are also doing the Area 5 Dressage competition at the same venue on the same day. We are liaising closely with our colleagues at Cheshire Hunt North who are organising the Area 5 Dressage to ensure there are no time clashes and as much time as possible is allowed between tests. Note – there will be 7 dressage arenas altogether – 5 for the Area 5 Dressage and 2 for the Ares 4 & 5 Eventing – make sure you know which arena you are in for which test.   Show Jumping As indicated above, we are only using two dressage arenas for AE and therefore the SJ arena will have far less riders than usual feeding in. Please ensure you get to the Arena as soon as possible and we will get you in as soon as we can. The Arena will be quite close to the dressage arenas. Cross Country You should be aware that the XC start is just over a mile from the parking area, which will be adjacent to the dressage and SJ arenas. It will be signed. A horse will walk at about 4 miles per hour so you should allow AT LEAST 20 minutes to walk to the XC warm-up area. You will be given at least one hour between your SJ and XC times (1hour 20 minutes for the Novice class) so please use it wisely. The walk is mostly on sand tracks but there are some short hard-core tracks also. We suggest you do not stud-up until you reach the XC start field. Access to the parking area –CW12 4SN Please note, we will be using an entrance which is adjacent to the main parking area NOT THE SOMERFORD PARK FARM main entrance. This entrance (a 14 foot field gate) is just over half a  mile south of the main SPF entrance on the left hand side as you travel toward Congleton from junction 18 of the M6 through Holmes Chapel – use postcode CW12 4SN not the usual SPF postcode (CW12 4SW) for Satnavs. DO NOT TURN INTO THE MAIN ENTRANCE – THERE IS NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE SHOWGROUND. There will be warning signs prior to the entrance so please slow down well before you get to the gate. The A54 is a single carriageway road and although visibility is reasonable you do need to prepare for a 90’ turn. Approaching from the south, from the Congleton direction, the gateway is just over half a mile from the Chelford Road / Sandy Lane off-set crossroads on the right-hand side and again will be signed. The turn in will be a little easier but you will have to look out for oncoming traffic. Facilities All normal facilities will be provided (Public catering/Toilets/Vet/Paramedic etc.) but there will NOT be a farrier on site. Time-table A draft timetable is set out below for guidance. All classes will start with Area 5 teams followed by Area 5 individuals, then Area 4 teams and Area 4 individuals in that order on the basis of furthest to travel go last where circumstances permit. T I M E T A B L E (approximate and subject to change)

  Class 1PC90 Class 2PC100 Class 3PC Open Class 4
Dressage A & B 8.30 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. A & B 11.30 a.m.–1.12 p.m. 1.30 p.m. – 2.40 p.m.  
Show Jumping 10.10 a.m. – 11.50 a.m. 1.00 p.m.– 2.00 p.m. 2.45 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.  
Cross Country 11.30 a.m.– 1.15 p.m. 2.00 p.m.- 3.00 p.m. 3.45 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.  
Numbers 1 – 52 201 – 234 301 – 313  

  Geoff Bell District Commissioner

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Area Dressage Times AREA TETRATHLON  (SHOOT, SWIM, RUN AND X COUNTRY RIDE) 2016 Our Area qualifier for the Tetrathlon Championships at Bishop Burton in August was held in conjunction with Areas 5 and 7 at Ettington, Warwickshire.  Our grateful thanks to organisers Warwickshire Hunt branch. We had some really good results from our Area 4 competitors. Isaac Pye  (Pendle Forest and Craven) qualified in the Open Boys, and Charlotte Whitaker (Lancaster) was already qualified in the Open Girls.  Natalya Irvine (Pendle Forest and Craven) in the Intermediate Girls joins them at the Championships. Lancaster’s Junior team of Ottilie Horn, Hettie-May Horn and Lottie Walsh won their team event and also go to the Championships, along with Blae Richardson (Isle of Man) who was the winning Junior individual, and Emma Whitaker (Lancaster), who was already qualified.  In addition, Hettie-May won the Ronnie Clark Trophy for the youngest Area 4 competitor to complete all 4 phases of the competition. In the Minimus Girls Alayna Irvine (Pendle Forest and Craven) was a member of a mixed-branch team that finished 3rd, and Issie Lawson (Lancaster) a member of the mixed-branch team in 4th place. Both of them posted some very good scores. In the Tiddler Girls competition Daisy Horn (Lancaster) put in a really good performance and was in a mixed-branch team that finished 2nd. And, not to let the present members have it all their own way,  ex Pendle member Ann Hartley was 2nd in the adult class, with a perfect riding score ! Really well done everybody, and good luck at the Championships. Full results on the Area results page.   MOUNTED GAMES ZONE FINALS  3rd JULY We had some good results at the Mounted Games Zone Finals at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell.  Lancaster’s Junior team of  Hollie, Jess, Lexi, Poppy & Charlie (not forgetting trainer Alice) were a very respectable 10th and, rather pleasingly, we had a clean sweep of the Tack and Turnout, with Isle of Man winning the Senior competition and Chipping the Juniors.  Well done everybody. Lancaster zones web RIDER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY Congratulations to Lauren Bellamy from the Isle of Man branch who, following the hugely successful Rider Development Pathway camp at Somerford Park over the weekend of 2nd – 3rd July, has been selected as one of the final six riders (two each from Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing) to join the Rider Development Pathway Squad. Lauren has been selected in Eventing and, along with the rest of the squad, will now receive further individual support and guidance for future development and training opportunities. Well done Lauren, and we hope you enjoy the experience. Further information about the Rider Development Pathway can be found on the Pony Club website.

Ten assessment days are held during the Easter holidays, where top dressage and/or jumping coaches, work with each rider over two sessions.  Dressage riders take part in two flatwork sessions, and the Show Jumping and Eventing riders have one flatwork and one jumping session. The three most promising riders (one per discipline) will be selected from each assessment day to attend a the Rider Development Camp in the summer.

Rider Development Camp

Thirty riders are selected to attend the training camp for two days (2-3rd July 2016).  At the camp, riders receive expert discipline specific coaching, video analysis of test riding or course jumping, mounted and dismounted balance and position sessions and goal setting help and advice.  From the camp, six riders will be selected to form the RDP Squad, who will receive further support, which includes funding for training, allocation of a sport-specific mentor to each rider, and further dismounted (equestrian and non-equestrian) training opportunities. For more information, please contact Jenny Cowen ( or 02476 698305

WITHERSLACK HALL PONY CLUB CENTRE Teenagers at Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre, Cumbria, are the latest to form a Young Equestrians group; designed to provide informal social and training opportunities for people aged 13-18 to connect and re-engage with equestrian sport.    Read more  : Witherslack Hall Equestrian Centre   AREA HORSE AND PONY CARE  –  REPORT FROM BEAUMONT GRANGE FARM

Beaumont Grange Farm Pony Club Centre were asked to host the Area 4 Horse and Pony Area Competition 2016. We happily took up the challenge! Many meetings and lots of thought went into ensuring the competitors had an educational, informative yet fun day. The day went well with lots of positive feedback from competitors. The teams competed well and we were impressed with the level of knowledge – well done to all who took part!

Our older Centre members were encouraged to use this opportunity to take their “Fundraising Badge” and were challenged with organising, planning and running equine games. They rose to the challenge well. Working with their instructors they ran :

Balance obstacle course competition.

Chase me Charlie competition on space hoppers.

Guess how many pony nuts in a jar.

Jockey balance challenge on a barrel.

We had prizes for each competition. The local horse shop Spare Moments kindly donated a prize. We also ran a sweet stall and had a tea, coffee and cake stand. Working together they had great fun, learnt a lot about “balance” and raised money for new games equipment for the Centre. The games provided a fun interlude for competitors and our Centre members all achieved their Fundraising Badge.

A great day was had by all.

Chipping’s team of Victoria, Charlotte and Jack took the senior honours, with hosts Beaumont Grange 2nd.

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It was also a win for Chipping in the Juniors with their team of Charlotte, Charlotte and Sophia.

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Full results on  the Area Results tab.   AREA GAMES – VIEW FROM THE ISLE OF MAN    It was very exciting for the ten children and ten ponies who headed off for the  Area 4 Prince Philip Cup Games competition, held at Osbaldeston on 21st May and hosted by Chipping Branch. Games 2016 Outward journey The ponies left the island on the evening ferry 18th May and travelled down to Osbaldeston where they were stabled for the entire trip.  Trainers Chris Chatel and Julie Sansbury along with drivers Paul Jones and Stella Hampton accompanied the ponies.  All the ponies travelled well and settled quietly into their new surroundings.  The children travelled over on the ferry on the Thursday morning with Caroline Milward who was in charge of catering and Alice Corrin the DC who doesn’t like to miss anything!  On arrival  the children quickly changed and headed off for a practice which was just as well as it then started to pour down  – any intention of having a second practice had to be abandoned.  Not to be defeated by the weather  a game of rounders was organised by the older members in the smaller indoor school  – this and manhunt continued throughout the weekend – every spare minute  the children were either playing rounders or manhunt – not a phone or tablet in sight!  Thursday night everyone went to the Cinema to see Jungle Book  which was very scary and not a bit like the original Disney film.  Friday morning, everyone up early feeding and mucking out followed by games practice which went very well – was that a good omen?? Massive tack and boot cleaning exercise for the afternoon and then swimming in Blackburn.  Early night for all the children so that they would be fresh for the big day on Saturday.  Saturday started off dry and it was relatively easy to keep all members clean before mounting ready for their tack and turnout inspection.  So far so good – excellent result with Percy’s team winning  and Eva’s team coming second but then things went downhill.  The rain started – not just ordinary rain but torrential rain – in no time at all everyone was soaked to the skin and starting to feel cold.  It was the same for all teams but it was really miserable for everyone involved – stewards, judges, spectators and especially competitors .  All our members coped well but had a few problems with slipping when making their vault and ponies escaping, some slippery tack problems but generally all managed well.  Percy’s team made up of Percy, Immy, Abby, Amelia and Aislinn  eventually finished 2nd and qualified for the Zone which was brilliant but Eva’s team – Eva, Sammie Lauren, Lucy and Freya had a couple of technical disqualifications and although reaching most finals, and riding their socks off, finished eighth – a placing which didn’t reflect how well they had ridden.  Everyone was delighted that Percy’s team had qualified but photos of the successful team were in short supply as everyone was so cold and wet that all they could think of was getting out of their wet clothes and getting their onesies on!!  Chipping Branch once again put on a very well run competition and our thanks go out to them. Saturday night was celebration night – everyone enjoyed tea at the Boddington Arms and had a good play outside now that it had stopped raining. Sunday was another early start for six of the team – they were heading up to Beaumont Grange for the Horse and Pony Care competition at Carol Hill’s Pony Club Centre. These six left the rest of the teams snuggled up in bed.  As all the hats, boots and jackets had been soaked through on the Saturday Molly from Osbaldeston had very kindly taken all this wet stuff and dried it in her house – not only did we have dry clothes but Molly had even cleaned all the soggy wet boots for us – amazing as she was off on holiday at 6.30am on the Sunday morning!  After an uneventful drive up to Carnforth we eventually arrived there a few minutes late – missing the turning off due to the hundreds of cones at the roadworks in Lancaster!  Very confusing for us from the Isle of Man! Carol, Charlotte, Hilary and all their judges and helpers ran a super competition and we were delighted that our girls – Eva, Daisee and Lucy finished third and Immy, Abby and Aislinn finished fourth.  The icing on the cake was that everything was finished in time for us to catch the 14.15 ferry home, the same ferry that ponies and rest of team were travelling back on – even the weather played ball and gave ,a lovely calm crossing.  We couldn’t praise the Ferry company highly enough – Isle of Man Steam Packet – organising the trip was quite a logistical nightmare but with their help and co-operation everything ran to plan. This was a super trip – all the children were a pleasure to take and hopefully had a good time.  Norman, Molly and Janet Bargh from Osbaldeston made us feel very welcome and we are very grateful to them for their hospitality.  Thanks  to Graham Jones for the use of his wagon and also Paul Jones and Stella Hampton for driving the wagons, trainers Julie and Chris for their hard work before and during the competition and Caroline for organising the catering and welfare of the children. Onwards and upwards now – first practice for the Zone on Tuesday but unfortunately on the Island there is no movement of horses on the roads as too many motor bikes  during the TT races 28th May – 11th June so next practice as a team will be 12th June but lots to practice at home –  they can canter round the field with the tennis ball and  racquet. Everyone looking forward to the next trip – down to Moreton Morrell on the 3rd July. AREA MOUNTED GAMES 2016 The EQUI-TREK Mounted Games area qualifier was held at Osbaldeston, hosted by Chipping branch.  It was very wet !!! Wet 2                         Our Line Stewards  – above and beyond the call of duty Line stewards 2                         The Senior Competition was won by Saddleworth and District, followed by the Isle of Man, who won the Tack and Turnout competition. Saddleworth 2                   Isle of Man 2                       The weather improved somewhat after lunch, once everyone was thoroughly soaked, and the Junior competition was won by Lancaster and District, with  Pendle Forest and Craven taking the lead-rein honours.  Tack and Turnout was won by Blackburn and District. Lancaster 2                     Pendle 2                     Blackburn 2                         Full results will be on the Area Results tab later. Well done to all the teams that took part.  Members, parents and trainers have all put in a great deal of hard work, and it showed. Thanks to Chipping for hosting the competition, and to the numerous helpers who contributed to the success  of the day. Special thanks to Official Steward  Sally Wright from Bramham Moor, and to Event Organiser Anne Williams.     AREA HORSE AND PONY CARE A reminder that the 2016 Blue Cross Horse and Pony Care competition will be held on Sunday May 22nd at Beaumont Grange Farm, Slyne, Lancaster.  The organisers have agreed to extend the closing date for entries until Monday May 9th, so you have still got time to get those teams in !  This competition is ideal for all branches and centres in that there are no horses or ponies to transport. You can learn more about this competition by following the link below   RIDER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY Congratulations to our Area 4 members who have been selected to attend the Rider Development Pathway training camp in July. Dressage – Emily Latham-Taylor (Blackburn and District0 Eventing – Lauren Bellamy-Vaughan (Isle of Man) Show Jumping – Frankie Carr (West Lancs County), Madiy Jamison (Pendle Forest and Craven) Very well done all of you, and we hope you enjoy the experience. ONY CLUB ENDURANCE Below is a newsletter from Robert Blane, Chairman of Pony Club Endurance.  Although aimed at Area 3, it may be of interest to Area 4 members.  Endurance is a discipline which can be enjoyed by all ,and is invaluable in teaching care and monitoring of your pony’s condition whilst competing.  Read more about it on the main Pony Club website. Endurance Newsletter INTERNATIONAL HONOURS There’s no stopping our Area 4 tetrathletes. Emma Whitaker (Lancaster) went to the Portugal National Triathlon as part of a Pentathlon GB team and  WON it. And she’s got the t-shirt (running vest to be strictly accurate) to prove it. Massive congratulations Emma.   IMG_3954   DENGIE WINTER LEAGUE DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS More success for Area 4 at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre.  Will (Pendle Forest and Craven) was a very good 6th in his arena in the Open Championship, with Easy Feelings.  Well done Will.  Full Dengie results are on the Pony Club website. 12963874_1158038894207277_2375966079747370527_n                       NFU NATIONAL QUIZ FINAL Surprise, surprise.   Chipping do it again and become  National Quiz Champions 2016.  Absolutely brilliant – well done Victoria, Jack, Charlotte and Charlotte (trainer Laura may have had something to do with it as well !)  Full quiz results can be found on the Pony Club website. Chippin DENGIE SHOW JUMPING FINALS Successes for Area 4 in the Dengie Show Jumping Finals  at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre. In the Winter League arm-up class Mollie (Oxenholme), with Airbourne Lothario, was a fantastic 2nd. In the Open Grand Prix warm-up we had Frankie (West Lancs County), with Pipsqueek, 3rd and also Ellie (Pendle Forest and Craven), with Uppity V, in 7th. And last but certainly not least , in the Open Grand Prix Championship itself we had Will (Pendle Forest and Craven), with LSF Lux Good in 4th. Really good results, well done everybody.  Full results can be found on the Pony Club website. Frankie             Ellie                         12932647_1


               NORTH OF ENGLAND TETRATHLON See 2 new dates on the Diary tab  –  the first a Triathlon (without swimming but including XC) at Northallerton Equestrian Centre.  Unfortunately this is on the 1st May not the  April, which is the date we always have (ie the Saturday – Northallerton’s mistake not ours!!)) which will clash with our Somerford Camp which is also on the 1st and 2nd May.  So I am afraid parents and children will have to make a choice.  Sarah Whitaker is busy confirming the Somerford Details and I hope the Schedule will be ready later today.  There is of course the possibility of doing Northallerton and then driving and Camping at Somerford and have the Monday as Coaching.  Sarah is quite happy for people to go for both days or just the one day. At Northallerton and again the following week at Kendal (Oxenholme) we will be looking at children to enter into the Junior Regionals at Moreton Morrell  on the 4th/5th June and of course those who decide to go to Somerford will have a chance to shine there.  The Junior selection is really aimed at the top end and more confident Juniors as they must be able to jump a very technical 90 course. We hope to take 3 Team of Girls and of course as many Boys Teams as possible,  I know quite a number of you are interested in going and have let me know, but if you are new to Juniors or Tetrathlon, and would like to be considered please let me know. For those of you who have just started Tetrathlon we have several Regional competitions throughout the year, the Juniors as above, the Minimus at Kelso on the 11/12th June and the Seniors that we are hosting at Breckinbrough in August. The Minimus is in the middle of June at Kelso and Cornhill-on-Tweed, and again quite a number have been in touch to ask about going.  We will again be looking at children at Northallerton, Kendal and Somerford and hope to take as many as safely possible. The second is a triathlon at the Braes of Derwent South branch, to be held in May at Durham School. If you have any queries or questions about Regionals and what it involves, please do get in touch – 01388720252 or 07711831200 Liz
card-queen-members-v6 DENGIE WINTER LEAGUE DRESSAGE Results of the Dengie Area finals are now on the Area results tab.  Well done to all of you who took part. STOP PRESS ! Lancaster’s triathletes do it again.  Emma Whittaker has just WON the Junior Girls class at the Pony Club NFU National Triathlon Championships at Milton Keynes.  Sister Charlotte was not far behind with a brilliant 4th in the Open Girls.   Emma               Charlotte                       There were also really good 7th places for Alice Jones (Pendle Forest and Craven) in the Minimus Girls, and for Sophie Murphy (Blackburn and District) in the Open Girls. And a team of Emma, Charlotte, Alice and Lilly-Ann (West Lancs Ince Blundell)  came a very creditable 8th (out of 54 teams) in the team competition. Well done to everybody who represented Area 4, you were all a credit to us.   Full results on the “Area Results” tab.       PONY CLUB HISTORY Someone has  been commissioned to write on “Animals and the Second World War” , is keen to include the Pony Club, and has contacted  Head Office for help/information as follows : “I appreciate that most branches closed during the war but please could you tell me: (1) Which branches continued to operate during the war, and why. (2) Whether any annual reports/newsletters etc continued to appear and if so how these might be accessed. I am interested in particular in issues which the Club/branches/ members faced regarding both the organisation itself and the care etc of ponies because of the war.” If any of our “older” readers have any Pony Club memories and/or documentation from the war years and would like to help please contact Ros Slinger (details on contact tab). AREA TRIATHLON 2016 A good day at the Area 4 Triathlon, our qualifying competition for the Pony Club National Triathlon Finals at Milton Keynes on 13th March.  Lots of our members made the trip to Liverpool to enjoy a day of shooting, running and swimming.  There were some very good scores overall,  and plenty of  personal bests across the 3 disciplines. In the Open Boys Isaac (Pendle Forest and Craven) won the class and qualified for the finals. In the Open Girls Sophie (Blackburn)  and Grace (Pendle Forest) both qualified, joining the class winner Charlotte (Lancaster) at the finals. The Junior Boys was won by Tom (Glossop) and he is joined in qualifying by Tolly (Glossop). In the Junior Girls Honor (Pendle Forest) and Lily (WLIB) qualified, along with class winner Emma (Lancaster). In the Minimus Boys we had 2 qualifiers in Joe (WLC) and Louis (WLIB). In the Minimus Girls Alice (Pendle Forest) won the class and qualified, along with Grace (WLIB). The team competition was won by a Lancaster team of Charlotte, Emma, Hettie and Sasha, and the Tadpole team competition by a combined team from Holcombe and Glossop. Thanks to all the organisers for a great competition; we hope everybody enjoyed themselves.  And good luck at the finals to all the qualifiers. PONY RACING Aintree                       2 very happy members enjoying the recent Pony Racing Training Day at Aintree Racecourse.   AREA QUIZ 2016 A super afternoon at the NFU Mutual Area Quiz, hosted this year by Wheelton branch and held at Westholme School, Blackburn.  This first of the 2016 Area competitions was very well supported ,with 18 teams entered, including 2 Centre teams.  Huge thanks to Wheelton for organising it – not an easy job !   Thanks also for the extremely good buffet.  There was a win for Chipping Chestnuts in the Branch competition WLC                     And for Croxteth Park Connemaras in the Centre competition Croxteth Both winning teams qualify for the NFU Mutual Quiz Finals at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in April. The winning mascot was the very regal-looking bear accompanying West Lancs County Swallows Mascot                   Full results are on the Area Results tab         IMPORTANT NEWS RE TRIATHLON QUALIFIER Sarah Robertson, who is taking the entries for the Area 4 Triathlon qualifier, lives right on the sea shore at Wild Duck Hall, Nr Carnforth. She has not been able to receive any postal deliveries for a week as very high tides have cut her off at delivery times !  If anyone has sent entries this week please would they e-mail Sarah or Mrs Slinger to confirm that they are in the post so that we don’t miss  any. RIDER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY Applications for The Pony Club’s Rider Development Pathway (RDP) close on Monday 22 February 2016, so apply today if you want a stepping stone to success in Dressage, Show Jumping or Eventing! Supported by the Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent Programme, the RDP is designed to aid the development of Pony Club Members who show the ability to progress in the Olympic disciplines and provides opportunities for young riders working towards the British Equestrian Federation’s Sport England funded Excel Talent Programme and the UK Sport Funded World Class Programme. The RDP is open to all Pony Club Members aged 12 or over, who fulfil the criteria, for their age bracket in their chosen discipline. Members apply to attend one of ten Regional Assessment Days, where three riders are selected to go forward to the RDP Camp. At the RDP Camp, riders receive a weekend of mounted and dismounted coaching from experts in the equine field, before six riders are selected to form the RDP Squad; who receive enhanced learning opportunities, including coaching from industry specialists to help improve all aspects of their performance, such as goal setting, equine nutrition and promoting themselves using social media.   DC NEWS ! Ann                       At a recent Area 4 DCs’ meeting we said “Au Revoir” (but hopefully not goodbye) to 2 of our longest-serving DCs.  Anne Lace (West Lancs County) and Angela Hetherington (Haydock Park) both stepped down this autumn after more than 35 years each as DC of their respective branches. Pony Club owes an enormous debt of gratitude to them for their dedication and sheer hard work over the years and they will both be sadly missed. Their knowledge and experience is irreplaceable.  Hopefully we will still see them at some Pony Club events in the future. Good luck to both of you – it won’t be the same without you !   NFU WINTER TRIATHLON QUALIFIERS Some enter. as the competition became oversubscribed. Having discussed the problem with the Tetrathlon Chairman it has been decided that a new qualifying competition should be organised and this has now been arranged as follows – AREA 4 QUALIFYING COMPETITION for the NFU MUTUAL WINTER TRIATHLON FINALS SATURDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2016 AT MERCHANT TAYLORS’ BOYS’ SCHOOL, CROSBY, LIVERPOOL Further details & schedule on the Schedules tab.   Entries close 20th FebrBETA AWARDS BETA Further to the story below that appeared on the main Pony Club website, we can now announce that Ricki has actually WON the BETA Sponsored Rider of the Year (Amateurand, in a double coup for Area 4, the BETA Sponsored Rider of the Year (Professional) was won by ex-Blackburn and ex-Holcombe member Ben Hobday. These awards recognise sponsored riders who have made the greatest contribution to the trade. They are presented to those who have participated fully in building a relationship with their sponsors, generating good results for them as well as themselves. Nominations: Sponsoring companies can nominate riders, with supporting information such as competition results, details of personal appearances and involvement with product development.   Well done Ricki, and well done Ben.    the Pony Club who has been shortlisted as a finalist for the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Rider Award Category, alongside eventing superstars Piggy


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A lovely “fun” day at Chipping Show Field to celebrate Chipping Branch’s  40th Anniversary.

Pimms and cake – what’s not to like ?

And that was only part of the delicious buffet tea.

There were also children, ponies, dogs, space hoppers, bending poles and general merriment !

The weather was not as hot as it has been but at least it  was dry and everyone had a brilliant time.

Congratulations to Chipping, and thanks to all the people who helped to organise the day.

This year’s Area Quiz was again held at Westholme School, Blackburn, hosted by Wheelton Branch.
There were eleven teams in all and it was Wheelton Red Cats who took the honours this time, qualifying for the National Final at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire, on 2nd April.
A close second, and winners of the mascot prize with “Nick Skelton”, were West Lancs County Swallows.
We are grateful to Wheelton for putting in all the hard work which is required to run this event successfully, to  our accomplished Quizmaster Hilary Wakefield, and to Westholme School for the use of their facilities.  Results on the Area Results tab, and more photographs on the Wheelton Branch webpage   –


We were certainly blessed with the weather on Sunday for the Area Horse and Pony Care Competition at Osbaldeston.  A fantastic turnout of 18 Junior teams and 8 Senior teams made for a very busy day and we must thank all the organisers, assessors and helpers for ensuring that everything ran smoothly, especially considering the upheaval of a late change of venue. Thanks also to Norman and Mollie Bargh for the use of the premises.

It was nice to see 9 Centre teams competing along with the Branches, including both Seniors and Juniors from Ballawhetstone Stables, having travelled all the way from the Isle of Man.


Winners of the Junior competition were Chipping 1 with a marvellous score of 88 points out of 90 !  Closely grouped behind them  we  had West Lancs County 2 on 82 points, Isle of Man Moggies on 81.5 and West Lancs Ince Blundell Wombles on 80.

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In the Senior competition it was another win for Chipping, but only after a tie-break to separate them from West Lancs Ince Blundell Wasps, both teams having finished on 81.5 points. West Lancs County were only half a point behind them on 81 to finish 3rd.

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Well done to all the competitors (and their support teams)  –  the assessors commented specially on how polite and well turned out you all were. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and will be back for more next year.

Full results are on the “Area results” tab.



The Cubitt Awards are held in honour of Volunteers who have given in excess of 20 years to The Pony Club, and take their name from the late Hon Guy Cubitt who was Chairman of The Pony Club for 25 years, and President for almost a decade.

At this year’s event, held at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, 73 Volunteers were awarded the Cubitt certificate and badge for 20 years service alongside 26 awardees who received their Cubitt Bar for more than 30 years service, a further five for 40 years or more service and one for an extraordinary 50 plus years of voluntary service.

Our Area 4 was well represented by Sue Harrison (Oxenholme) for a whopping 40 years service, Hilary Shimmin (Isle of Man) for 21 years, and Pam Prickett (Oxenholme) for 20 years.  Congratulations to you all on these well-deserved awards.

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You can read more about the Cubitt Awards on the main Pony Club website.


Ex-Blackburn and Holcombe member Ben Hobday and his 4* ride “Mr Mulry” are in the news again.

Ben has received his first British Nations Cup call-up and will ride on the team at the US leg of the eventing FEI Nations Cup at The Plains, Virginia (8-9 July). He will partner Sallie Ryle’s popular 15-year-old gelding Mulrys Error, with whom he recently finished 27th in the CCI3* at Bramham. The pair also jumped a double clear at Badminton last year and finished 29th at Burghley in 2014.  Read more at

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A really good day all round at the Area Mounted Games at Tarnwater Farm, hosted by Lancaster.  There was plenty of action, with 10 teams in both the Seniors and Juniors.  It was specially nice to see both Junior and Senior teams entered from Ballawhetstone (with the very smart pink and purple bibs), the only Pony Club Centre in the competition, and all the way from the Isle of Man !

The Senior teams qualifying for the Zones were Chipping, Pendle and Saddleworth,  joined by Junior teams Lancaster Stars, Saddleworth and Blackburn.  Good luck to all of you at the Zone Finals, and our thanks to Lancaster for a very well run competition and such a friendly atmosphere.

Full results are on the Area results tab.




PONY CLUB TALENT PATHWAY   Congratulations to Ricki Riley (Blackburn and District) and Aimee Parr (West Lancs Ince Blundell) who have both been selected to go to the 2017 Pony Club Talent Pathway National Camp.  At the recent Regional Assessment Day at Osbaldeston Ricki was selected for Dressage, and Aimee for Show Jumping.  Well done and good luck to both of you and enjoy yourselves !


Some really good results for Area 4 at the weekend’s Dengie Championships at Addington Manor.

Frankie (West Lancs County) only went and WON the Dengie Show Jumping Open Grand Prix Championship !!


And Lottie (Lancaster) was a very creditable 8th in the Dengie Show Jumping Debut Championship.


In the Dressage Blackburn and District had a brilliant day !

Jade was 10th in her Arena in the Novice competition and Sophie and Ricki were 3rd and 4th respectively in the Intermediate competition.

In addition Erin (West Lancs Ince Blundell) was 7th in the Novice, and Will (Pendle Forest and Craven) was 8th in the Open competition.

Well done everybody.




Our Area 4 Members had a very busy weekend, with area qualifiers for the Dengie Winter League Show Jumping Championships and the  Dengie Winter League Dressage Championships, both to be held over the weekend 1st/2nd April at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire.

On Saturday the Show Jumping was at Osbaldeston, organised by West Lancs County, in conjunction with the fourth round of our own Winter League series. All very complicated !

The winner of the Debut class  was Lottie Walsh (Lancaster) and she will be joined at the Championships by Jessica Lavin (Lancaster) and Emma Wall (West Lancs County).

In the Winter League class Daisy Cook (Pendle) will be joined by Ella Coole (West Lancs County), Lucy Robinson (Pendle) and Lucy Spiby (West Lancs County).

Qualifiers in the Open class were winner Will Bower (Pendle), Frankie Carr (West Lancs County) and Jack Mellin (Chipping).

Our thanks to West Lancs County for a very efficiently run, user-friendly  competition.

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On the Sunday we moved to Landlords Farm, Aspull for the Dressage, organised by Holcombe.  Another well-run, friendly competition – thank you Holcombe.  Everything again went smoothly (apart from the Fire Alarm !) and to time.

The Novice class was won by E Cairns (West Lancs Ince Blundell) and also qualifying was Jade Varley (Blackburn).

In the Intermediate the winner was Sophie Murphy (Blackburn), qualifying with Ricki Riley (Blackburn).

The Open winner was A Mills (Pendle), with Will Bower (Pendle) in 2nd, Emily Latham Taylor (Blackburn) in 3rd and Laura Rippon (West Lancs County) in 4th.



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Well done everybody, and good luck to all the qualifiers at the Championships.


This year’s Area Quiz was again held at Westholme School, Blackburn, hosted by Wheelton Branch.
There were eleven teams in all and it was Wheelton Red Cats who took the honours this time, qualifying for the National Final at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire, on 2nd April.
A close second, and winners of the mascot prize with “Nick Skelton”, were West Lancs County Swallows.
We are grateful to Wheelton for putting in all the hard work which is required to run this event successfully, to  our accomplished Quizmaster Hilary Wakefield, and to Westholme School for the use of their facilities.  Results on the Area Results tab, and more photographs on the Wheelton Branch webpage   –

FANTASTIC TEST PASSES    !!!!!! Marvellous news –  Esther Mills (Glossop) has recently passed her A test, putting her firmly among the Pony Club elite. Here she is looking remarkably relaxed on the way to her test :      And Katrina Cullen (Peak) has passed her AH test with distinction !                      These outstanding results reflect the enormous amount of work put in, not just by the candidates themselves but by parents, trainers and volunteers. So well done Esther, Katrina and everyone involved.

LODGE RIDING CENTRE Some of the Members from Lodge Pony Club Centre had a fantastic day at a Dressage competition kindly hosted by Carrington Pony Club Centre.  They came away with a 4th & 5th in the Individual competition, a 3rd in the Team competition and ‘Cleanest Pony’ rosettes. They would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all involved in making these opportunities possible for the children.                             

MORE NEWS from the WEATHERBYS PRIVATE BANKING PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS Area 4 almost took over the Magical Musical Ride competition, providing nearly half of the 15 branch entries.  All the displays were brilliant and West Lancs County’s team of bright yellow Minions were placed 6th overall.  What an inventive Area we are ! WLC 2           MMR               MMR 3             MMR 1               MMR 2             11028006_946525122070863_5416031874966694964_n             10382633_982900608434191_846233995286576711_n                                                                                                                                               MORE NEWS from the WEATHERBYS PRIVATE BANKING PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS Area 4 had a very good showing in the Endurance Championships at Cholmondeley. In the Senior Open Max Wilson (Pendle Forest and Craven) was 4th with Hillin Dollar and Izzy Wilson (Pendle Forest and Craven) was 3rd in the Tack and Turnout with Gizmo. In the Junior Intermediate Lily Gibbons (Blackburn and District) was 3rd with Sandy, and Lottie Dennett (Glossop) was 4th with Templehill Jasper. Well done everybody ! BRITISH SHOW JUMPING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS At the recent British Show Jumping Championships in Warwickshire, Anna Sumner (Chipping), riding Our Dun WON the Pony Discovery Championship final. She received a special sash and rosette for being the highest placed Pony Club member. 11866347_943787992344576_4937455921896772163_n                           MORE NEWS from the WEATHERBYS PRIVATE BANKING PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS In the Novice Dressage Holly Ransome (Oxenholme) was 6th in her arena with Bryerswood Flyer. In the Open Dressage Alex Carr (West Lancs County) was 9th in her arena with Chiddock Spot Check, as also was Freya Metters (Wheelton) with Maesmynach Jester. In the Open Eventing Lauren Bellamy (Isle of Man) was 7th in her section. In the Intermediate Eventing Freya Cullen (Isle of Man) WON her Intermediate section on Honey Bunny, Robyn Bowness (Oxenhome) was 2nd in her section, and Joanne Clark (Oxenholme) 8th in hers. Robyn and Joanne were joined by Tilly Hughes and Sarah Robinson to make up the Oxenholme team that finished 7th. In the Novice Eventing Imogen Sutcliffe (Oxenholme) was 7th in her section Melissa Rose (West Lancs County WON the Virbac 3D Worming Elite Individual Show Jumping. 11933380_946635165393192_7840123557440701932_n                           Grace Wallace (Fylde) was 4th in the Open Individual Show Jumping. West Lancs County’s team of Frankie and Alex Carr, Corinne Molyneux and Melissa Rose were 5th in the Open Team Show Jumping. Freya Metters (Wheelton) was 6th in the Individual Intermediate Show Jumping. In the Junior Horse and Pony Care Chipping (Charlotte, Charlotte and Vanessa) were 2nd and West Lancs County were 8th. junior-hp-232x300                           And then : Chipping’s team of Lucy, Vic and Rachel  WON the Senior Horse and Pony Care for the 4th TIME RUNNING !!!!! and Lucy was AGAIN awarded the Carole Wadsell Trophy for the outstanding senior competitor HP-SENIORS-198x300                                             MORE NEWS from the WEATHERBYS PRIVATE BANKING PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS Croxteth Park Centre have WON the Howden Centre Equitation competition. Jessica, Emma, Daisy and Evie were shocked at their win and said it felt ‘amazing!’ Croxteth           EWS from the WEATHERBYS PRIVATE BANKING PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS Our Area 4 competitors are doing us proud at the Dressage, and we have a special mention here for 2 of our Novice Individual competitors.  Becky and Pip (Croxteth Park Centre) were doing only their 3rd dressage competition ever, and Emma and Tilly (Blackburn and District) only their second.  They both did excellent tests and Becky finished 9th in her arena.  Well done both of you. 11880425_1142449909105562_2040150096001793373_n                     11887917_944559635600745_4955912699769824211_n                                                                                                        NFU MUTUAL TETRATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS    Area 4 had great success at the NFU Mutual Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships at Bishop Burton.   Emma Whitaker (Lancaster and District)  WON the Junior Girls competition, out of more than 100 competitors ! We were also ably represented by her sister Charlotte in the Open Girls,  Natalya Irvine (Pendle Forest and Craven) in the Intermediate Girls and Isaac Pye (Pendle Forest and Craven) in the Intermediate Boys.  Apart from one small “blip” Area 4 were faultless  on the cross-country, with some brilliant scores in the other disciplines, and we should be very proud of all of them.  Well done ! Full results can be found on the main Pony Club website.         In the NOVICE TEAM competition it was another team win for Oxenholme, who join their Intermediate team at the Championships. NOVICE INDIVIDUAL  winners, also going to the Championships, were Thea Holt-Smith (West Lancs County), Jane Cannell (Isle of Man), Rebecca Dale (West Lancs County) and Anna Mills (Pendle Forest and Craven).  Alice Shaw (Wheelton) took the trophy for youngest to complete with no jumping faults.                                             Everybody rode very well in some quite difficult conditions, and we hope you all enjoyed the day.  Good luck to all those who are bound for Cholmondeley in August, and commiserations to those who didn’t quite make it this year. Full results are on the Area Result tab.                 PONY CLUB AMBASSADOR SCHEME Pony Club are delighted to announce that a new group of nine Members have been selected to be Pony Club Ambassadors for 2015 and 2016, after the scheme’s successful start in 2013. The Ambassadors have been chosen from a group of exceptional nominees, whom were each put forward by their own Branch or Centre in recognition of the work they have done. A shortlist was drawn up and each nominee submitted a personal statement for consideration by a selection panel chosen by the Training Committee. The Ambassador Scheme acknowledges and rewards Members who stand out as exceptional and invaluable assets to The Pony Club. Our own Alex Carr (West Lancs County) and Emma McDonald (West Lancs Ince Blundell) are 2 of the 9 young people selected.  There will be a presentation at the Pony Club Championships on 22nd August. Well done girls ! NFU MUTUAL AREA TETRATHLON  11/12th JULY The Area Tetrathlon was held this year at Ettington, Warwickshire, in conjunction with Areas 5 and 7, and we thank Warwickshire Hunt Branch for organising it.  Our tetrathletes all did brilliantly.   A mixed Minimus team of Ottie, Hetty and Daisy (Lancaster) and Blae (Isle of Man) won their non-Area class, with Daisy winning individually, with best shoot and best run ! Charlotte and Emma Whitaker (Lancaster) and Natalya Irvine and Isaac Pye (Pendle) all won their respective Area qualifiers and now head to the Tetrathlon Championships at Bishop Burton in August.  We wish them all well. In addition Emma (with a 1000 shoot !!!!) was presented with the Ronnie Clarke trophy for the youngest competitor to complete all 4 phases (Shoot, Swim, Run and Ride) at the Area competition.  The trophy is a new one, donated in memory of Ronnie who died recently and is a huge loss to Pony Club Tetrathlon, as well as to all those who knew him and were helped by him over the years.  RIP Ronnie. Well done all you tetrathletes ;  you are a credit to your Area. 11698820_951860178204901_84612747470380312_n Emma trophy                                           RIDER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY 30 talented Pony Club Members from across the country made their way to Rider Development Pathway (RDP) Camp, supported by the Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent Programme, at Somerford Park in Cheshire, July 4-5th for a weekend of top class coaching in their chosen discipline of Dressage, Show Jumping or Eventing. Pony Club Members were selected for the RDP Camp following ten Regional Assessment Days, and worked throughout the weekend with recognised and experienced coaches, including Harry Payne (Dressage), Gary Parsonage (Eventing) and Philippa Curry (Show Jumping), alongside other industry experts to work holistically on all aspects of the riders’ performance; including one to one mentoring and goal setting with Spencer Sturmey, as well as balance and position work to analyse position and technique with Hilary Wakefield.  There were also one to one consultations for each of the riders’ horses and an evening lecture on equine nutrition featuring the ever popular ‘Harry the gut’, a fabric replica of and equine gut, courtesy of Dengie Horse Feeds nutritionist Claire Akers. At the end of the RDP Camp a final six riders were selected to be part of the RDP Development Squad, and will receive further individual support and guidance for future development and training opportunities. AND HOLLY LUCAS FROM PEAK BRANCH WAS ONE OF THOSE SELECTED FOR DRESSAGE.  WELL DONE HOLLY ! AREA SHOW JUMPING 4th JULY The weather was fairly kind to us at the Virbac 3D Worming Area Show Jumping, hosted by Oxenholme at Westmorland County Showground, without any of the extremes of the last week or two, and we must thank Oxenholme for a great competition, albeit a very long day ! In the Open, we had a win for  mixed team of Grace Wallace (Zania) from Pendle, Melissa Lindsay (Spancel Hill Express) from Oxenholme, and Charlotte (Mohill Pizzicato) and Emma (Kindale Cock of the North) Whitaker from Lancaster. Second, and qualifying for the Championships as the highest placed Branch team, were West Lancs County  –  Alex Carr (Chiddock Spot Check), Morag Molyneux (Jigsaw) and Francesca Carr (Pipsqueak).  West Lancs County also won the Tack and Turnout competition. The Individual winner was Emma Whitaker and she qualifies for the Championships, along with Grace Wallace, Melissa Lindsay and Alex Carr. OPEN Mixed Team B                   OPEN WLC                     OPEN Em Wh                           In the Intermediate we had a win for Wheelton –  Kate Cartwright (Killians Fleur), Alice Shaw (Byrnawel Twm), Pippa Mulready (Little Red Cloud) and Freya Metters (Maesymnach Jester), who now qualify for the Championships.  Oxenholme won the Tack and Turnout. Individually there was a win for Freya Cullen (Honey Bunny) from the Isle of Man and she qualifies for the Championships, along with Pippa Mulready and Freya Metters from Wheelton and  Abi Turner-Drewry (Aclare Cracker) from the Isle of Man. INTER Team 2                   INTER Individ 8                       INTER Team                                 In the Novice competition there was a win for the Isle of Man – Danni Callin (Heathmore), Emily Mylchreest (Mighty Atom) and Lucy Corlett (Dizzy Rascal) and they qualify for the Championships.  The Tack and Turnout competition was won by Saddleworth ‘A’ team. The Individual competition was won by Danni Callin, and also qualifying for the Championships were – Mia Rodriguez (Tusker Bifter Lollipop) from Lancaster, Imogen Sutcliffe (Primitive Faerie Bell) from Oxenholme, Hollie Ashcroft (Moorhey Sundance) from West Lancs County and Laura Dunning (Cleo) from Pendle ‘B’. NOVICE Isle Of Man             NOVICE Indiv 1NOVICE Indiv 6               NOVICE Indiv 5 NOVICE Indiv 2NOVICE Indiv 4                                                                                                                                           In the Intro Team Jumping class, which ran alongside the Area classes, there was a victory for Oxenholme Otters : 1  Oxenholme Otters (Charis Knipe, Charlotte Salisbury, Shannon Sheffield and Rosie Smith) 2  Pendle  (Bridget Morgan, Alice Jones, Honor Jeffrey and Freddy Edwards) 3  Lancaster Lions (Ottilie Horn, Jenny Lawson, Hollie Walsh and Hettie-Mae Horn) 4  Oxenholme Owls (Thomas Barnes, Jess Sharp,  Amy Siddell and Eve Bland) 5  West Lancs County Swallows (Andrina Connelly, Ella Koole, Katy Rigby and Olivia Stubbs) 6  Blackburn (Louie Atkinson, Ricki Riley, Emma Fletcher and Emma Riley)   The Individual winner was Imogen Curtis (Mojoe) from Glossop. Well done to everybody who rode on the day – you were all a credit to your branches. The full Area results are on the “Area Results” tab and lots of photos of the day can be seen on “Hoof behind the Lens” website.                                                                                                                                                                       EQUI-TREK MOUNTED GAMES ZONE FINALS 27TH JUNE Saturday 27th June saw our Area 4 qualifying teams competing at the Mounted Games Zone Finals at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell.  In the Seniors Pendle Forest and Craven, Isle of Man and Saddleworth all did us proud, finishing 8th, 10th and 14th respectively.  Perhaps more importantly, Isle of Man won the Tack and Turnout competition ! In the Juniors Saddleworth and Lancaster rode really well to finish 10th and 11th (there were only 3 points between 7th and 11th places), with Lancaster maintaining our Tack and Turnout success by winning their competition. Well done all of you : you and your support teams were a credit to your Area.WEST LANCS INCE BLUNDELL are arranging AH test training.  All Area 4 members welcome.  See “Dates for your Diary”. EQUI-TREK AREA MOUNTED GAMES A really good start to the ridden Area season. with Chipping hosting the Area Mounted Games at Osbaldeston.  Our thanks to them for a great competition.  Well done to all the competitors, trainers, parents and helpers and congratulations to :  Pendle, Isle of Man, Saddleworth and Chipping, who all qualified for the Zones.  Results on the Area Result tab.

EMMA WHITAKER  (LANCASTER AND DISTRICT)  !!!!!!!!!!! !!!   Individual WINNER of the Pony Club NFU Mutual Tetrathlon at Royal Windsor (and member of the winning North of England Team) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Brilliant result, including a personal best swim and a faultless ride (so well done Mr D as well).  It was the first time that a girl has won in the 10 year history of the event, and also the first time that Northern England has won. Well done Emma.  

 Emma Windsor                                                           AREA TETRATHLON (also with non-Area classes) The Area Tetrathlon (Open, Intermediate and Junior) will be held this year on July 11th/12th at Ettington, Warwickshire, in conjunction with Areas 5 and 7 and organised by the Warwickshire Hunt Branch.  Your DC and/or Tetrathlon trainer should now have the entry forms and all information.  If any branches have not received the forms please contact Mrs Slinger ASAP.  Please note that there will also be non-Area classes for :  Open, Intermediate, Junior, Minimus, Tadpoles, Tiddlers and Over 21s.   Your officials will have all the information for these classes as well. BLUE CROSS AREA HORSE AND PONY CARE Congratulations to Chipping, the Horse and Pony Care specialists !   They won both the Senior and the Junior competitions at Aintree to qualify for the Championships. Chipping Seniors s                       Chipping Juniors s                       Well done to all the teams who took part, you were all a credit to our Area.  And many thanks to Croxteth Park Pony Club Centre for hosting the competition. Full results are on the Area Results tab.                                           RIDER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY Following the recent round of regional assessment days,  30 riders from all over the country have been selected to attend the Rider Development Pathway Camp at Somerford Park in July. Congratulations to Holly Lucas (Peak) who has been selected for dressage, and to Melissa Rose (West Lancs County), selected for show jumping.  We hope they have a great time and make the most of this fantastic opportunity. WEST LANCS COUNTY INTERBRANCH TEAM SHOW JUMPING  11/04/15 Congratulations to Pendle Forest and Craven, who were the winners of the final round of the West Lancs County Winter League Interbranch Show Jumping  series and also the overall series winners.  Huge thanks to West Lancs County for once again organising such a useful and efficiently-run competition.   DENGIE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 Well done to all those members who represented our Area at the 20th Anniversary Dengie Winter League  Championships at Moreton Morrell over the Easter weekend.  You were all a credit to us. Special congratulations to Frankie Carr (West Lancs County) who was not only both 6th (with Pipsqueek) and 8th (with Dartons Atlantic Storm) in the Winter League Show Jumping Championships, but took the Horsemanship Award for good measure.. And to Ellie Pullin (Pendle Forest and Craven) who was 4th with Uppity V in the Open Grand Prix warm-up class. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves. NFU MUTUAL NATIONAL QUIZ FINAL  4th APRIL  WOW !   Chipping finished in a fantastic 2nd place in the NFU Mutual Quiz final at Moreton Morrell.  Victoria, Jack, Charlotte and Megan (not forgetting trainer Laura) were brilliant, only beaten by Hampshire Hunt.  These two branches between them have now won the final for the past 4 years.  This must be some consolation to the rest of the Area 4 branches; we might be the 3rd, 4th, 5th etc in the country !!!!   DENGIE SHOW JUMPING AREA FINALS 14th MARCH WLC hosted the Area Finals for both the Dengie Winter League (Novice) Show Jumping and the Dengie Open Show Jumping. It was a clean sweep for the Carr family (WLC) as Frankie won the Winter League with Dartons Atlantic Storm and Alex won the Open with Chiddock Spot Check.  Also qualifying for the National Finals at Moreton Morrell on April 3rd were : In the Winter League : Frankie on her other horse Pipsqueak, Rosie Morrell (Saddleworth) on Alderman George and Jane Longdan (Saddlworth) on Molly. In the Open : Melissa Lindsay (Oxenholme) on Spencil Hill Express and Ellie Pullin(Pendle) on Uppity V. Well done all of you and the best of luck at Moreton Morrell.  Frankie               Alex                 The day was also the penultimate round of the Interbranch Team Show Jumping, and the winners were Oxenholme Owls. Oxenholme                 The individual winner was Frankie Carr (WLC) on Dartons Atlantic Storm. Well done everybody and we wait for the final round of the team competition on April 9th.  Thanks to West Lancs County for hosting 3 different competitions in one day !                                                 PONY CLUB NATIONAL TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 Congratulations to Emma Whitaker (Lancaster)  WINNER  of the Junior Girls class at the Pony Club National Triathlon Championships at Milton Keynes.  Brilliant Emma ! 11070189_10205369513733888_8365188796473117008_n                                               HOLCOMBE WINTER LEAGUE DRESSAGE INDIVIDUAL RIDE-OFF AND DENGIE SHOW JUMPING AREA FINALS The weather was not clement !!!!   P1120343 P1120355                       Abram Hall was the venue for the Individual ride-off of the Holcombe Winter League Dressage series, and also for the Novice and Open Area finals of the Dengie Winter League Dressage. Holcombe did a brilliant job (as they have done throughout the series) in awful conditions, and all the competitors are to be congratulated for producing such good tests in the rain and snow. Lots of action photographs can be found HERE The main team points competition had already been decided at the last of the series in February, and West Lancs County were the worthy winners. West Lancs County                       Today  the winner of the individual ride-off was Ricki Riley (Blackburn and District) with Mr Copperfield. Ricki’s sister Emma was a very, very close second on Brilyn Buccaneer.  Well done.   P1120365                         Winner of the Dengie Open was Will Bower (Pendle Forest and Craven) and he qualifies for the National final at Moreton Morrell in April. In 2nd, and also qualifying for the final, was Rebecca Dale (West Lancs County) on Next Generation. Well done both of you and good luck. P1120371                   P1120372                           In the Dengie Novice there was a win for Molly Edwards (Pendle Forest and Craven) on Biscuit Bannister. She qualifies for the Novice final at Moreton Morrell. As does Ottie Horne (Lancaster) on Monty, who was placed 2nd. Well done girls.   P1120368                   P1120370                       Full results can be found on the “Area Results” tab.                                                                                                                                     AREA QUIZ 21/02/15 The first of the 2105 Area Competitions, the NFU Mutual Area Quiz, was hosted by Wheelton Branch. 18 teams from all over the Area answered questions on a variety of topics and it was Chipping’s team of Victoria, Jack, Charlotte and Vanessa who emerged victorious, and will go on to the NFU Mutual National Quiz Final at Moreton Morrell in April. We wish them luck. P1120332 2                       There was also a competition for the best mascot on the day, and it was Glossop’s “Glossy” who won it. P1120334                         Well done to all the teams (not forgetting their team trainers and parents) who took part and a big thank-you to Wheelton for organising the day so well, and to Westholme School for the use of their premises. We hope everybody enjoyed themselves. Full placings are on the “Area Results” tab, and loads more photographs   HERE                                         LIABILITY INSURANCE – PORTABLE CROSS



















CROSS COUNTRY FENCES What has changed? Our insurers have introduced a new exclusion to our liability insurance policy, which states that they will not accept: – “Any claim arising out of moveable or non-permanent cross country jumps that are not secured in line with current British Eventing regulations. This exclusion is deemed to apply irrespective of whether the Assured holds competitions under British Eventing rules but does not apply when cross country fences are used in the course of business in any indoor or outdoor arena with an artificial surface.” It is our understanding that this exclusion has been applied across the equestrian industry, and is not specifically aimed at The Pony Club. What could be the consequences? This change has the potential to have a very serious effect on The Pony Club as, in the event of our insurers not being willing to meet a claim, the injured person could sue both The Pony Club and individuals, such as Instructors and Volunteers, who are involved in planning, supervising and building the fences. If there was a successful lawsuit of this nature, it could result in The Pony Club and the individuals having to pay out large sums in damages (a claim for total permanent disablement of a child could be in excess of £10 million). Obviously a claim of that size would most likely make The Pony Club and the individuals involved bankrupt, so an accident involving an incorrectly secured, portable cross country fence could now have very serious consequences for the organisation, the individuals, and, of course, for the injured person. What must we do going forwards? To protect our Volunteers, our Members and The Pony Club as a whole, it is essential that portable cross country fences are only erected under the supervision of a person who fully understands the British Eventing regulations for securing such jumps. A copy of the current regulations is available here. Although you will note that the insurance exclusion does not apply on artificial surfaces, our first concern must always be for the safety of our Members, so we must ensure that fences in such arenas are properly secured by means other than ground anchors. Where can you get help and advice? Guidance notes from British Eventing and The Pony Club are available, describing in detail how to fit the various methods of anchoring portable cross country fences on natural surfaces. If you are using such fences on artificial surfaces, it is recommended that you consult Bill Cook for advice at Thank you for your co-operation in implementing these procedures, which are in all our interests. Yours sincerely, Mary Tuckett

RIP RONNIE CLARKE It is with much sadness that we must let you know of the recent death of Ronnie Clarke, Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt Branch Tetrathlon trainer. Ronnie worked tirelessly for many years to support Tetrathlon, both within Pendle branch and throughout the Area as a whole, and was unfailingly generous with his time and his expertise. Area 4 has been very successful at Pony Club Championships over the years and all our tetrathletes, parents and officials owe him a huge debt of gratitude. In 2013 Ronnie earned well-deserved recognition at National level when he was presented with a Cubitt Award bar for 40 years service to Pony Club. Our thoughts are with his close friends and family at this sad time : we will all miss him greatly.

Full reports and pictures from the Championships as we get them (please send me any photos of your teams / members who are placed at the Championships, it makes the site look more exciting) but for now special congratulations to :

Sam Rippon (Imperial Gem) of West Lancs County who WON the Open Associate Individual Show Jumping, with the only clear round of the competition.

West Lancs County’s Open Show Jumping team of Sam Rippon, Jake Rose and Melissa Rose, who did really well to finish 3rd.

Corinne Molyneux (Tipsy Laird) of West Lancs County who came 5th in the Intermediate Individual Show Jumping

Chipping’s Junior Horse and Pony Care team of Vanessa, Jack and Rachel who came a very creditable 6th

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Chipping’s Senior Horse and Pony Care team of Lucy, Victoria and Charlotte, who WON and so are ONCE AGAIN National Champions

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Blackburn’s Intermediate Dressage team of Emma, Ricki and Louie who came 9th as a team, with Emma 6th individually, Louie 8th and Ricki 9th

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Will Bower of Pendle, 4th in his arena in the Intermediate Dressage.

West Lancs County’s team of Corinne and Morag Molyneux and Alexandra Carr, who came 5th in the Intermediate Eventing, with Corinne 2nd in her arena individually, and Morag 8th in hers.

Izzy Wilson (Gizmo) from Pendle who WON the Open Individual Endurance, Max Wilson (Sandy), also from Pendle, who was 3rd in the Junior Novice Endurance, Lottie Dennett (Cownedge Midget Gem) from Glossop, who was 4th in the same class, and James Heys (Squiggle) from Blackburn, who was 6th, again in the Junior Novice class.


Lucy Adams from West Lancs Ince Blundell who joined with 2 members of Cheshire Hunt North to finish 2nd in the Open polocrosse Competition.

Croxteth Park Riding Centre, who almost swept the board in the Pony Club Centres Equitation competition. Their 2 teams WON and were second in the team competition, they WON 3 of the 4 individual sections (and were second in the other one !) and the teams were placed 2nd and 5th in the tack and turnout competition. They also WON a “best newcomer” award.

West Lancs County’s musical ride team, who were 8th with their “Pony Club does Strictly” routine.

Full results for all the disciplines can be found on the main Pony Club website.


The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships were held at Bishop Burton College on the weekend of 9th – 11th August.

Area 4 was well represented, with our competitors achieving some brilliant results.

Pendle’s “Intermediate Boys” team of Will Bower, Isaac Pye and Daniel Grant did really well to come second, losing out by the narrowest of margins to the team from East Down (Northern Ireland). The Pendle “Intermediate Girls” team of Katy Mousdale, Grace Jeffreys, Natalya Irvine and Ellie Pullin also did very well indeed but just missed out on a placing.

In the “Intermediate Girls” individual competition Charlotte and Emma Whitaker came a fantastic 7th and 25th respectively (out of 104 competitors !), with Emma getting the trophy for the youngest competitor with the highest score. Just to keep it in the family the trophy was presented to her by our own Ronnie Clarke.

As an added bonus, Daniel Grant was a member of the England team which finished 3rd in the Home International team competition.

These results show just how strong tetrathlon is in our Area, and are a reward for all the hard work put in by members, parents and coaches throughout the year, in all 4 disciplines (shooting, running, swimming and cross-country riding).

Detailed scores on the “Area Results” tab.

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 Saddleworth hosted the Area Dressage this year at Bold Heath, and our thanks to them for a great competition.

In the Open :

Wheelton were the winning team, with Corinne Molyneux (West Lancs County) and Abbie Austin (Chipping) the winners in their respective arenas.

In the Intermediate :

Blackburn were the team winners, with Emma Riley (Blackburn) and Will Bower (Pendle) winning in their respective arenas.

In the Novice :

Pendle were team winners, with Rebecca Dale (West Lancs County), Kiah Webster (West Lancs County), Morag Molyneux (West Lancs County) and Hannah Mosey (West Lancs Ince Blundell) the individual arena winners.

Full results are on the Area Result tab.


A good time was had by all at the Area Tetrathlon in Warwickshire. Competitors from Lancaster and District and Pendle Forest and Craven all did really well, with several personal bests in the various phases (shooting, swimming, running and cross-country riding).

The Pendle Intermediate Girls and Boys teams both qualified for the Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships at Bishop Burton in August, and Emma and Charlotte Whitaker, from Lancaster, both qualified individually in the Intermediate girls competition.

In the non-Area classes we again had Pendle success. Alayna Irvine was 10th individually in the “Tiddler” class, with a perfect 1400 riding score ! And Stephen Irvine was 3rd in the adult (men) class.

Well done everybody, and good luck at the Championships.

Full results on the tab.  


The Pony Club Cubitt awards take their name from the late Hon Guy Cubitt, who was the Chairman of The Pony Club for 25 years and President from 1970 – 1979. An annual event, held at Stratford Manor in June, is used to honour those who have so generously given at least twenty years of voluntary help to The Pony Club.

This year we had 5 recipients from our Area : Billie Weld-Blundell and Anne Williams from Chipping, Chris Chatel and Viv Taylor from the Isle of Man and Eileen Smith from Blackburn and District. Chris and Viv were unfortunately unable to attend the (excellent) lunch and presentation ceremony so we’re afraid there’s no photograph of them.





And for anybody who hasn’t had enough after 20 years, Pony Club have introduced Cubitt bars, for existing Cubitt Award holders who have completed 30 and 40 years service respectively !

Recipients this year have been Alice Corrin and Jackie McCubbin from the Isle of Man (both for 30 years service) and Ronnie Clarke from Pendle for an incredible 40 years service.


We had 4 branches representing our Area at Onley Grounds, near Rugby.

Lancaster did really well in the Junior competition, finishing in 7th place, sadly just one place and one point from qualification for the Junior Championship at Cholmondeley Castle ! They also did us proud in the tack and turnout competition by finishing a brilliant 3rd.

Chipping were a very good 11th in the Senior competition, again just missing out on qualification for the Intermediate Championship at Cholmondeley Castle.

The Isle of Man seniors weren’t far behind in 13th place, and Fylde seniors finished a very respectable 17th, with a fantastic 3rd in tack and turnout.

Well done all of you, you were all a credit to us.

Full results on the Area Results tab.


Another dry, if very long, day for the Area Show Jumping, held this year at Westmorland County Showground and ably organised by Oxenholme branch.

We only had 2 branches with teams in the Open competition, attempting to claim a place at the Pony Club Championships (at Cholmondeley Castle in August), but the standard of jumping was very good, West Lancs County beating Pendle Forest and Craven to take the team qualifying place.

Open team (Small)

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n the Intermediate competition it was again West Lancs County who qualified, this time for the Intermediate Team Championship (also at Cholmondeley Castle).

We also had qualifiers for the Intermediate Individual Championship : Maddie Ainsworth (Chipping), Mollie Smith (Oxenholme) and Charlotte Whitaker (Lancaster).

The Novice competition saw Oxenholme “B” win, with West Lancs Ince Blundell second, and they take the 2 qualifying team places for the Novice Championships at Kelsall Hill in August. Also qualifying individually for the Novice Championships were Emma Whitaker (Lancaster), Lauren Barrett (Chipping), Lydia Otulakowski (Pendle Forest and Craven) and Melissa Lindsay (Oxenholme).

AREA PONY RACING RALLY 29/10/15 A great day at Aintree yesterday for the Area 4 Racing rally. Over forty Members, aged 9 – 15, enjoyed a full day of instruction and support from a dedicated team of Coaches. The highlight of the day was the afternoon opportunity to ride out on the famous race track past the Aintree Grandstand and Finish Post.


Pony Club Headquarters have issued the following statement regarding recent outbreaks of EHV – 1 :


The Pony Club has had a number of general enquiries regarding EHV-1.

We urge members to help protect the wider equestrian community by not travelling any horses showing signs of ill health. We also strongly recommended that you consult your vet if you have been in, or near, affected areas before attending ANY equestrian event.

In all cases The Pony Club advises its Members to follow the best practise guidance as produced by the Governing Body (see downloads below).

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) Fact Sheet



At a recent Pony Club Area Meeting, concern was expressed about various issues associated with Members’ dress and turnout at Pony Club competitions.

One of the most serious problems is the increasing number of Members not wearing hair-nets, and riding with long hair not secured at collar level. This can be extremely dangerous, especially when jumping, and there have been very serious injuries when riders have fallen, and trailing hair has been trodden on or caught up in jump wings etc.

For similar reasons “hoodies” are only suitable for working around the yard, not for riding in, when again there is a real danger of accident if they get caught up on jump stands, trees etc.

In terms of dress, it is understandable that children want to mimic the appearance of their heroes/heroines in BS, BD and BE, but it is not always appropriate for them to do so. While adults can decide for themselves whether they think it safe to ride in earrings, or short sleeves for cross-country etc, we must protect our members from any such avoidable risks..

The Pony Club, as a youth training organisation, has a duty of care to its Members, including their social care, so has always discouraged the adoption of the latest clothing and tack fashion trends, sometimes for safety reasons as above, but also for financial reasons – parents can be made to feel that their children must either have all the latest dress and equipment, or be at a disadvantage socially.

The Pony Club, in promoting a more traditional approach to dress and turn-out (for which, as with the hair-nets, there are usually good practical and safety reasons), takes a similar approach to schools which insist on uniform to try to relieve social and financial pressure.

Finally, any “bling” on either pony or rider is actually marked down in tack and turnout competitions, which should be a good enough incentive to avoid it !

These guidelines should help Branches to set standards and we look forward to seeing your Members looking smart and safe over the summer. March 2013


The Training Committee have recommended the following checklists for tack and turn-out at working rallies etc. Your branch may well have its own version : if so you may wish to compare it to this recommended one.

Tack and Turn-out Checklist for Members and Parents

Tack and Turn-out Checklist for Instructors