Training for the nationally recognised “Emergency First Aid

Training for the nationally recognised “Emergency First Aid at Work” qualification with an equine emphasis (qualification lasts for 3 years).

  • Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd November 2021 6-9pm
  • Both evenings must be attended to gain the qualification – please arrive promptly.
  • Venue: Cuddington Hall, Wrexham Road (B5069), Cuddington, Malpas, Cheshire SY14 7AJ,
  • by very kind permission of Mr & Mrs Mark Hassall

Cost £65 payable on booking by electronic transfer.

Any queries to Tonia Rutherford 07976 692728

Area 5 Dates 2021 (UPDATED 17/10/21)

AREA 5 DATES 2021/2022

2021 – DATES as of October 17th

Let me know about any additions please asap.

  • Oct 17th.      Arena Event Qualifier. Area 4/5. Kelsall
  • Oct 22nd.    CPD for Coaches/Parents. Trefnant. Contact
  • Oct 23/24th.  H and P Care Final in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
  • Oct 23rd.     Dressage Qualifier. Somerford. East Ch.
  • Oct 27th.     Area 5 tetrathlon Training day. Christleton leisure centre.Beginners welcome.
  • Oct 31st.     Area 5 Triathlon. First of a trio.  Mold.  Contact
  • Nov 14th.    WLSJ. Tan/BnDee. Southview.
  • Nov 21st.    Dressage Qual. FnD. Northop.
  • Nov 27th.   Dressage Qualifier. Somerford. East Ch.
  • Nov 27th.    Arena Event Qualifier. Area 4/5 Kelsall.
  • Nov 28th.    WLSJ Flint n Den. Maelor
  • Dec 5th.      WLSJ. BChF/ CHN.
  • Dec 30th.    Fun Show Anglesey. Contact

  • Jan 9th.      Dressage Qualifier. Anglesey.
  • Jan 23rd.   Triathlon. Mold.
  • Jan 30th.    WLSJ.  ChHS.
  • Feb 6th.     ARENA EVENT Qualifier. East Ch.  Kelsall. 
  • Feb 12th.   WLSJ Waun Y LL/Wynnstay. Northop.
  • Feb 12th.  Dressage Qualifier. Somerford. East Ch.
  • Feb 20th.  Dressage Qualifier. Northop. B Ch F.
  • Feb 20th.  Arena Event Qualifier. Kelsall.
  • March 13th.   Triathlon Qualifier. Mold.
  • March 13th.  AREA Arena Event  4/5 FINAL. Qual for April Spring fest.
  • March 20th.  Dressage FINAL. Northop. B Ch F.
  • March 26th. AREA 5 Final WLSJ. Kelsall.
  • March 27th.  Triathlon Winter Champs.
  • April 8-10th. “Barrier Animal Health” Spring Fest Final.  Arena Eventing, SJumping and Dressage.
  • Jun 3/4/5th. Junior Regional Tetrathlon.  Moreton Morrell.
  • June 18/19th AREA 5 Tetrathlon . Mostyn. 
  • July 2nd.       AREA 5 Horse Trials. Somerford. East Chesh.
  • July 10th.    AREA 5 Dressage. LLandyrnog. FnD.   
  • July 11/15th AREA 5 Senior Camp. Somerford.
  • Aug 12-21st. TBC. PC Champs Offchurch Bury.
  • Nov 2nd. Annual Conference. Belfast.

PLEASE NOTE – Class numbers for WLSJ are, 1, 2, 3, 3Q, 4, 4Q, 5 –   for ALL competitions.  The ‘Q’ classes are the Qualifiers for the Spring Festival. The schedule is now standardised.  Any questions, please contact Waun Y Llyn Branch.





Entries Close: Monday 11th October 2021

£30 each, with £5 reduction for 2nd and subsequent siblings

What’s on offer:

  1. Shoot training – Meg Green will offer three classes:
    • Introduction to shooting for complete beginners who have never shot
    • Shoot coaching for those looking for guidance or practice
    • Practice under competition conditions for the experienced competitors
  1. Run training – Vicky McKinnon is an ex PC Tetrathlete, PE teacher and head coach at Knutsford Tri Club. She says ‘I believe that a positive outlook, along with a healthy and active lifestyle is fundamental to improving performance. No matter what your ability the focus should be on individual progress whilst having fun and enjoying your achievements.’ She will cover the various aspects of a good run performance.
  2. Pilates – Claire Godwin is an ex PC instructor. Her session will give a good indication of how Pilates can become a useful tool in your everyday life, including equestrianism and all sports, and how it can  minimise injuries and reduce recovery time. She will concentrate on Posture, Flexibility, Core strength, Co-ordination and Sense of well being.
  3. Performance Support – Reanne Benson works with people suffering pain or wishing to improve performance and uses techniques including massage, stretches, trigger point therapy and movement analysis. For us she will provide: ‘age adjusted performance support, taking into account physical and psychological factors affecting and contributing to athletic performance in and out of the saddle. This will include a brief theory session ranging from basic for the youngest to more technical for the seniors. Then they will do some dismounted exercises around balance, proprioception and conditioning.’

We are also in discussion with other trainers.

Under 8s:

  • The training is aimed at those who are 8 and over, but if there is enough interest from younger competitors we can add Bean Bag training and a ‘Meet the Animals’ session involving meerkats, skunks and reptiles. Price to be confirmed.
  • We need to know by Mon 20 Sept if you want this session so please email asap.


  • If there is enough interest we can include a Pilates session for parents. Price to be confirmed.
  • We need to know by Mon 20 Sept if you want this session so please email asap.

AREA 5 Horse and Pony Care Competition

Centres Do Well on the day

A very successful Horse and Pony Care Competition was held at Pennant Park Centre September 5th hosted by Aberconwy Branch.  Thank you to John Gilbert and his team for organising the day.  It is a practical competition as much as a Quiz and the teams of 3 move round different “stations” which each have a particular topic.  There are now three classes – Mini, Junior and Senior and the winner of each class go forward to the Final in Lutterworth, October 23/24th.

There were 2 Centres – Springbank (Tushingham) and Gorswen (Anglesey) and  six Branches who took part (East Cheshire, Flint and Denbigh, Cheshire Hunt North, Anglesey, Aberconwy and Wynnstay).  Well done to them for supporting this worthwhile competition.

  • Mini Class – There were 10 teams entered.  The highest placed branch was East Cheshire but the overall winner was Springbank Centre who was entering for the very first time.  They were absolutely delighted to have done so well.
  • Junior Class – 10 teams again.  The winning team was Anglesey who will go forward but the 2nd placed team – Cheshire Hunt North has had an invitation too.
  • Senior Class – just two teams (Wynnstay Branch and Gorswen Centre) and the result was very close, just a few points between them but the winning team was Gorswen.

Gorswen, a relatively small Centre on Anglesey, deserves a special mention as they put forward SIX teams on the day and had obviously done a great deal of preparation.

GOOD LUCK to all teams going forward to the Championship.

AREA 5 16+ CAMP 2021

Belated report on the Area 5 16+ camp held in Somerford this year July 13th.  It was never a certainty that it would go ahead because of Covid but it did, and was a great success. There were 26 brave Campers this year.  There were 6 rides of 4 or 5.  The weather was perfect which always helps but the food was disappointing.  Catering was made more difficult by Covid as certain precautions had to be taken.  Fortunately, it was possible to eat outside in the sunshine.  Campers were given the option to arrive the night before and many took advantage of that.

We had some wonderful coaches – some of the best in the Area – including William Blane ex Chairman of PC Training.  Campers had coaching every day in Care, flatwork, Sjumping and XC.  An extra arena had been booked with a grid and every group had 30 minutes in there on Thursday.

On Monday evening, the topic was “What the Pony Club did for me”.  We had 3 speakers who spoke about the influence their time in the Pony Club had had on their professions.  We had a Tetrathlon shooter via Zoom, an Equine Physiotherapist and a Vet whose specialism was Cardiac.

The 2nd evening, we had a talk from an Equine Behaviour specialist when we saw how horses interact with each other and what their body language means.  This was followed by an Equine Quiz in teams.

On the 3rd evening, as is usual, campers were treated to Mucky games which ended in the inevitable water fight – all Covid compliant of course!  Great fun.

There were a number of falls but nobody injured and no horse went lame as far as I can remember. Somerford is an amazing place and we are lucky to have such a facility virtually on our doorstep.  I have to say, the behaviour of the campers was excellent apart from one or two latecomers to their ridden sessions.  Camp is all about being organised.

Thank you to the many Parents who helped especially Maggie Braunton(FnD), Sally Green(Gwynedd), Lisa Smith Edwards(FnD) and Bethan Edwards(FnD), Tina Owen(FnD), Alun Davies(FnD) and Anthea Pilkington.

The date next year is a provisional July 11th – 15th.  Put it in your diary.