Once again Area 5 has the Secretary of the year in Pony Club. There are 340 + Branch Secretaries altogether and Mrs Shirley Carter was considered to be worthy of the Award. She has been, and still is, a huge asset to the Sir Watkyn Williams-Wynn Branch having been Secretary for 15 years and even longer on their Committee. Shirley is very IT savvy and has already had her Cubitt  and 30 year Bar.  Shirley and Mr Carter, daughter Emily Gilruth and Joint DC Jane Trowbridge all travelled to London last week to a presentation Lunch in the Victory Services Club. She was presented with a silver salver and a huge bouquet by the newly elected Chair of the Pony Club Mr Christopher Bromfield.

Well Done Shirley and Thank You.

Meg Green … Area  5 Rep 

British Eventing Bailey’s Winter Series

With this season now complete and the fixtures list out for 2019, are you looking for something to do this winter to keep you focussed and get you ready for next year? The Baileys sponsored Jump Training and Arena Eventing series are the ideal preparation for eventing and are open to members and non-members of BE with classes at 80cm, 90cm and 100cm, here are some fixtures coming up soon!

Entries closing soon

Jump Training at Aintree EC, Liverpool on 9th December 2018 – ENTER NOW



Whilst we are still in the process of finalising the exact format and rules, adapted for Pony Club from the BE model, early indications are that the competition is likely to follow the following format:

  • Pony Club (PC) Arena Eventing is a two-phase competition run at PC70, PC80, PC 90, PC100 & PC110 level.
  • Competitors will jump a course of show jumps immediately followed by cross-country fences* and will finish with a last fence as a show jump, the Joker fence. The Joker fence will be approximately 5cm (PC70) or 10cm (PC80,90,100 & 110) higher than the rest of the course and if knocked down will incur 6 penalties.
  • At PC70 the Joker fence maybe omitted incurring additional penalties.
  • The show jumping phase will not be timed but the cross-country phase will be timed to include the Joker fence. All competitors will proceed to the cross-country phase unless previously eliminated. 
  • The winner of each class will be the rider with the least number of faults over the whole course. In the event of a tie, the rider(s) with fastest time over phase two will take precedence.

Further information, including rules and entry details, will follow shortly and will be published on the EC and Area 5 websites.

*Please note the XC fences will be SOLID but NOT FIXED to the surface.

Geoff Bell
District Commissioner


Flying Changes Coaching has arranged a series of CPD events for Coaches, one of which is being held at Aberystwyth University on Weds 28 November 2018

The training is brand new and leading edge and Coaches will gain a toolkit of knowledge to help them develop a rider’s mental performance; creating real and lasting impact on performance and aiding riders to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. 

One day of cutting edge training delivered in the classroom all about Rider Psychology – Through this brand new and leading edge training, you will gain a toolkit of knowledge to help you develop a rider’s mental performance; creating real and lasting impact on performance and aiding riders to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.

Delegates learn:

  • To understand how fears and confidence are developed

  • The tools and techniques needed to increase rider confidence and self-esteem

  • How to aid in goal setting to develop lasting progression and confidence in riders; especially after an accident or undesirable event

  • To further understand motivation and de-railers, and how to maintain positive relationships in adversity

  • How to design and adjust the content of a coaching session based on basic psychology knowledge

Who is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for all; from trainee coaches to those with years of experience, teaching across all disciplines and all level of rider. You don’t have to hold a formal qualification to attend, but BHS Accredited Professional Coaches can gain CPD.

All Coaches are welcome (and riders too if they wish), and the training counts as valuable CPD for Pony Club and BHS Coaches. 

The course promises to be really interesting and is great value at just £40 for the whole day (or £35 for BHS APCs). As spaces are limited, I wanted to let you know about it so that any Coaches in your Area get the chance to book before it is imminently advertised in the BHS newsletter . 

More information can be found here:

Please let me know if you have any queries, and I hope we see you there!

  • Jenni Winter … 07816981202 or 
  • Vicky Kangurs … 

With regards and many thanks … Vicky Kangurs

Area 5 PC ‘Race to School’ Day

Area 5 PC ‘Race to School’ Day was held at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse Tuesday 30th October 2018

What an amazing opportunity for Area 5 Pony Club members and their parents who attended the ‘Race to School’ day at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse and learnt about the racing industry, plus the associated career pathways within the racing industry from the brilliant Race to School Team ‘Carrie & Jo’ ….

Fab day … Laura and Peter Owen xx

Area 5 – Tetrathlon Training

The Area 5 Tet Committee is holding a Training day for members without ponies (shoot, run and course walk/slip rail/gate) and a course for the adult who does the shoot training for your Branch or who would be prepared to do it after some training.  We are asking that you try to have your Branch represented at this adult shoot training.  The emphasis is on safety but there will be some shooting technique included. There will be the opportunity to act as Range Officer on the day.  The Adult course will take about 2 hours and start at 10am Mostyn Fun ride. Cost about £5 to cover shot and targets.

  • Training opportunity for adults to coach your children in shooting

This session is designed to give Branch Parents (and others) the knowledge required to coach their own children safely. Please bring the air pistol you will be using and suitable pellets, but if you don’t have access to an air pistol we can probably provide one.

The venue will not be heated!

  • Tetratlon Training children (unmounted training day)

Shooting: Shoot / Throw under competition conditions then get feedback on your result and a chance for a further 5 pellet shoot or 5 beanbag throw.

Riding: Guided course walk to give you an insight into what to look for and how to prepare to ride a course. Practice the sliprail and discuss tactics for remounting. Practice the gate and discuss how to reduce the time taken. NB – no ponies this time.

Running: Discuss warm up and preparation and how much parents are allowed to help.

Swimming: not specifically covered but we will be happy to answer any questions.

Entry Fee:  tbc (hopefully free but we may need to ask for a small donation)

Closing date 3 November 2018  Places limited so book early

Please send entry to:-

Mrs Penny Wingfield, Coedlyn, Rowen, Conwy LL32 8YL
Tel. 01492 650989  Mobile  07845 128109
Email –

Both at Mostyn Farm on Saturday 17th November 2018.

Open to all Areas but numbers are limited so book asap.