CONGRATULATIONS and Well Done to East Cheshire Branch who performed the Musical Ride at HOYS this year

20 riders and horses and two reserves and 44 helpers from East Cheshire Branch performed the 90th celebration Pony Club Musical Ride at The Horse of the Year Show.

They had been practicing since April and the team had a big challenge as they had to practice with spotlights and a professional sound system – they travelled miles for rehearsals once or twice a week and did a few displays over the summer to expose the horses and riders to exciting environments (Chatsworth and Peover and Tatton country Fairs).

Practicing for two days at Hoys and then returning for the performance on the Friday the team had a wonderful time and received compliments far and wide; “best thing at HOYS in 10 years”  someone tweeted!

A futuristic theme aimed at where pony club will be in another 90 years, the costumes were made and designed by Deborah Martin.

A compilation of music with a space theme set off the display . The age range of the team was 4-21 and the height range of horses was 10hh-16.2hh. It was a long journey but they reached their destination and would like to thank everyone who helped them along the way.

Susan Goodridge

Area 5 Triathlon Dates and winter events

  • Tuesday 3rd December
    Come along to our shopping evening at Hope Saddlery, Somerford Park. There will be drinks, nibbles and discounts a plenty (for one night only).
  • Saturday 28th December (training)
    A cross-country clinic will be taking place at Somerford Park Farm with Tyler Cassells. All members must be able to jump 70cm+ £45pp
  • Sunday 12th January (competition)
    The second of our “Trio of Tris” competitions will be taking place at Mold Leisure Centre.
  • Sunday 8th March (competition)
    The third of the “Trio of Tris” competition (Mold Leisure Centre). This event will be the Area 5 qualifier for the National Winter Triathlon Championships 2020.

It would be great to see members from your branch attending some of them, whether it be out competitions, fun evenings or training sessions. Would it please be possible for these dates to be added to your website or sent out to your members?

We do also have a Facebook page that is actively used to keep members updated on all our events:

For more information please either contact us via the Facebook Page (where there is more information regarding entering and attending events) or by the Area 5 Tetrathlon email address:

Kind regards …. Karen Barrow
Area 5 Tetrathlon Co-ordinaator 

CONGRATULATIONS to Henry Church Huxley

CONGRATULATIONS to Henry Church Huxley (BCH Forest) on passing your “A” Test and with Distinction.

Very well deserved.

A few words from Henry himself to Meg:

“I did it, I passed my A Test with Distinction!

I have been focusing the majority of this summer’s training around preparing for this test; I have used all training that area 5 put on, as well as sourcing a lot myself. I went to Talland for a training day, which was paid for by Area 5, which I then combined with private training with instructors from Talland too. I also visited and rode at many private and competition yards all round the area.

The test was held at Talland, and I rode a variety of different horses on the day. The day was long and busy, but I felt that I had a good rapport with the horses I rode, and the examiners helped ease my nerves. 

I would promote doing the A Test to anyone thinking about it, I have loved doing the extensive training that I have done, and I am delighted with the result!

Onwards and upwards!

Thank you for putting so much training on, it definitely helped.”