Russell Guire Road Show – Reaseheath College – Wednesday 11th October

As you may be aware we have a Russell Guire Road show coming up to Reaseheath College on Wednesday 11th October.

This does count at CPD for all coaches and makes a very interesting evening to attend. We received great feedback from the ones which were ran earlier on in the year and the audience was not just coaches but also members, parents and people who were not even associated to Pony Club.

This is a great opportunity to see Russell’s research close up and for a bargain price of £20 exclusively for PC, if you were to attend a day with him the ticket price will start from over £100 each!

Hopefully see you there on the evening.

Kind Regards,


Katie Attenborrow
Coaches Executive


Please download the FULL running order by clicking on link below (Excel)

Please be aware that we have had to make a slight change to the published schedule in order to achieve a balance of rider numbers between the two Arenas.

  • Arena 1 will now start with Class 3 and Classes 4 to 7 will follow in numerical order.
  • Arena 2 will now only accommodate Classes 1 & 2.
  • Please see the table below for format of each Class and “Not before” times.
  • A full running order will be published tomorrow.

Class Start Times indicator

Arena 1 Class Format Number of Riders Start time Course walks from 8.30 a.m.
Class 3 Dengie Debut – any agemax height  –  80cm 2-phase 37 9.30 a.m. prompt
Class 4 WL Intermediate    –  any age1st round max. –  85cm 2 full rounds 17 Not before 11.15 a.m.
Class 5 Dengie WL Qualifier –  any age1st phase max. –  90cm 2 -phase 17 Not before 12 noon
Class 6 WL Open  –  any age1st round max. –  100cm 2 full rounds 12 Not before 1 p.m.
Class 7 Advanced –  any age1st phase max. – 105cm 2 – phase 5 Not before 1.30 p.m.
Total 88
Arena 2 Class Format Number of Riders Start time Course walks from 8.30 a.m.
Class 1 WL Juniors – 10 years and under 1st round max. –  70cm 2 full rounds 28 9.30 a.m. prompt
Class 2 WL Novice – 13 years and under 1st round max. –  75cm 2 full rounds 45 Not before 11.30 a.m.
Total 73





Please note that all entries (whether Individual or Team) must be received by FRIDAY the 22nd  SEPTEMBER 2017 to be sure of acceptance. However, Team nominations/allocations need not be notified until TUESDAY the 26th SEPTEMBER.

Please encourage your members to submit their entries as soon as possible.

Area 5 Winter League Rules (as amended) also attached for ease of reference.


  1. For clarification, Rule 6.2 of the Area 5 Winter League rules  (A horse or pony may only be ridden in one class at any one competition and by a single rider) does NOT apply to Class 3 (Dengie Debut), Class 5 (Dengie Winter League) or Class 7 (Advanced) since they do not form part of the Area 5 WL competition – see Rule 7.4;
  2. In the first round the whole team will jump in succession. In the second round the team members will jump one at a time, one from each team, in the order they jumped in the first round sequentially – rule 7.7 & 7.9.2.
  3. Classes 5 & 7 will be Two-phase – first phase 7 to 9 obstacles not against the clock with a time allowed; clear rounds continue straight  onto the second phase without a bell being rung. Second phase 4 to 6 obstacles and timed. Competitors placed on faults and 2nd round time;
  4.         The organisers may opt to run Class 3 (Dengie Debut) as a two-phase competition (as above) dependent on entry numbers.
  5. The competition will take place on a prepared surface.


“There are no UCAS points for B test or any other Pony Club tests, and there never has been.

There is mapping between the Pony Club tests and BHS qualifications as shown at although this may change following the revamp of the BHS exam system.  Currently the B test  candidates who have achieved the complete B Test and hold the Pony Club Lungeing Certificate or EQL Level 2 lunge a horse under supervision (a unit of the Stage 2 qualification) are eligible to apply for direct entry to BHS Stage 3 and the PTT, so potentially UCAS points are possible this way (EQL Level 3 Certificate in BHS Preliminary Teaching of Horse Riding (QCF) 2017 Tariff score: 16).”

Irish Pony Club National Tethathlon Championships, 2017

Toby Johnson, from the East Cheshire Branch of the Pony Club, travelled the long distance over to County Tipperary in Ireland to compete in the Irish Pony Club National Tetrathlon Championships. Toby, amongst other competitors from various parts of the country, formed the UK Tetrathlon Team at the event.

Toby and his family travelled via ferry from Holyhead to Dublin before driving to Clonmel racecourse where they camped for the weekend. There was a fantastic icebreaker event on the first evening consisting of a “Come Dine With Me” experience which took place in a hall that the racecourse had kindly let them use.

The Friday of the event was the day of both the shoot and the swim with the Senior competitors shooting at 10m onto a Pentathlon target and the Juniors shooting at the normal Pony Club targets. All of the UK Tetrathlon team athletes performed exceptionally well!

The riding phase was held on the Saturday. The course built for the event was excellent! It was both challenging and enjoyable and a number of the UK competitors rode clear rounds.

The Saturday evening entertainment consisted of a BBQ and disco for both competitors and their families to attend. We believe that in true Irish style – this was carried on until quite late in the evening!

The run phase took place on the Sunday around the racecourse. This was a gruelling run but there were some very fast times recorded on the automatic timing chip system on the runners shoes.

Overall all of our UK competitors did very well. Here are the results:

  • Senior Boys Teams – 2nd and 4th
  • Senior Girls Teams – 2nd and 5th
  • Junior Boys Team – 3rd
  • Junior Girls Team – 2nd

Well done Toby!

Hopefully next year a few more of our Area 5 Tetrathletes will attend.