SECRETARY of the YEAR

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

East Cheshire – ARENA EVENTING COMPETITION

ARENA EVENTING COMPETITION at KELSALL HILL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE on SUNDAY the 27th JANUARY 2019

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