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WLSJ Results – updated 05/12/22

These results will be changes and this page updated as the season moves forward.

The next Winter League SJ competition (after BCFH and CHN) on 29th January 2023, hosted by Cheshire Hunt South, will include the Finals for the Spring Festival Championship. The next Winter League SJ competition is then on 26th February, hosted by Sir WWW & Waen-y-llyn. The Area Winter League SJ Final is on Saturday 11th March. The WL SJ Final Schedule on 11th March, will incl. a friendly 50cms Class, and a 70cms and a 80cms Pairs Class.  

New Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission – Report – 19/11/22

New Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission presents first report to FEI members

19 November 2022

For immediate release

The Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission (EEWB) for the FEI delivered its first report to FEI delegates at the FEI General Assembly (GA) in Cape Town (12 November).

The independent EEWB was founded in June 2022 to address equine welfare issues of public and equestrian concern to ensure the welfare of the horse is paramount – and so strengthen horse sport’s ‘social licence’ to operate. The Commission, which meets monthly, immediately commissioned two substantial surveys to provide concrete data to help shape its proposals.

The surveys were conducted in English, Spanish and French; one designed for horse enthusiasts, the other for the general public. Almost 28,000 equestrians – including almost 8,000 FEI affiliates – responded to the former from 116 countries, and more than 14,000 people from 14 nations were surveyed in the latter.

Full details of the methodology and findings can be viewed at the EEWB Commission’s new website at https://equinewellbeing.fei.org/key-documents.html. Amongst the key findings were:

  • Clear evidence that both equestrians (75% of those surveyed) and the general public (65%) have concerns about the welfare of horses in sport
  • 67% of the general public, and 50% of surveyed equestrians, believe horses sometimes or never enjoy being used in sport
  • 78% within the equestrian community and 52% of the public believe welfare standards need to improve
  • The six priority areas amongst equestrians are: 1) training and riding/tack and equipment; 2) recognizing physical and emotional stress; 3) accountability/enforcement/knowledge; 4) the other 23 hours; 5) competitive drive/horses seen as a number 6) not fit to compete/masking health problems.
  • There is general optimism (77% of equestrians) for horses’ future use in sport, but only with welfare improvements
  • Equestrian stakeholders consider that for horses’ welfare to be improved: current welfare rules must be better enforced; new welfare rules should be informed by science; and those involved with horses should have a required level of equine welfare knowledge

From these findings, the EEWB Commission has made six initial recommendations which range from tack and equipment issues (eg. double bridles no longer being mandatory in Grand Prix dressage) to education (an Education Focus Group is being established to review and adapt horsemanship teaching as necessary).

A list of further sources used by the EEWB in producing its tack and equipment recommendations is also available on Commission’s new website at https://equinewellbeing.fei.org/key-documents.html .

Professor Dr Natalie Waran, Chair of the EEWB, told delegates: “As the Commission, we will be blunt. We will be direct and we will tell you the truth. But in the end we will be here with you. There is change that needs to happen and we are here to develop a strategy, provide objective advice, make recommendations and then see how these recommendations can be put into operation.

“I am pleased FEI members recognize that the data from the surveys is extremely valuable to identify concerns as well as suggested courses of action to mitigate them. While it’s clear that change is needed, I am confident that the FEI, the National Federations and equestrians around the world are committed to the journey. The work of the Commission will provide the structure, set the direction and help with navigating the actions that can be taken, but it will be the ongoing leadership of the FEI and work at local level that will help ensure that equine welfare is fully prioritized – and seen to be so – and so help equestrianism maintain its social licence.”

She then outlined the EEWB’s strategy to address social licence based on six main pillars: evidence, education, engagement, effective regulation, enforcement and empowerment. Commission member Professor Kathalijne Visser, who led the analysis of the survey results, presented the key findings and where there were differences in perspectives within equestrian audiences.

The Q&A session at the GA enabled open and positive discussion between delegates and EEWB members for the first time on a wide range of topics. The EEWB’s strategic roadmap will now be further developed and consulted on at the FEI Sports Forum in April 2023.

Media notes on the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission

  • The committee was founded in June 2022 to address societal concerns about the uses of horses in sport. It meets monthly (on Zoom or in person).
  • Its purpose is to find courses of action that will strengthen equestrianism’s place in society. It will develop an evidence-based welfare strategy to guide FEI regulations, policies and practices, as well as to enable effective advocacy and influence relating to the ethics and wellbeing of horses in sport.
  • The Commission comprises 10 people, five of them nominated representatives of the FEI and five who are external to it. It is chaired by Professor Dr. Natalie Waran (NZL), an internationally respected equine behaviour and welfare expert.
  • Find out more about it at equinewellbeing.fei.org.

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2023 – for DC’s, Trainers and riders

England – Northern Ireland – Scotland – Wales

The Pony Club has been invited to run the Home International Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show from 11th – 14th May 2023. Branches and Centres are invited to nominate a Member(s) under 15 years old on 1st January 2023, who will be eligible to compete in the Mounted Games in 2023 to attend a Selection Trial. Members may be nominated by their Branch any number of times for the Selection Trial.

Members must have attained their 12th Birthday by 1st January 2023.

The nominee should be a good games player, team member and representative of their Branch or Centre and Country. They should be able to mix well and be of even temperament whilst having a high standard of stable management and riding.

All Members must have attained their ‘C’ test before the nomination deadline on 1st February 2023, a copy of the certificate is to be uploaded using the online form. This requirement is set to highlight the standard of riding required for selection. The Pony ridden at the Trial must be the one the member will ride at Windsor. Members must be free from any Transfer Rule.  

Nominations

All Nominations must be submitted via the online form and require a payment of £35.00 contribution towards the running of the trials. Payments must be made using PayPal via the online form.

With the Nomination Form, we ask District Commissioners or Centre Proprietors for a Confidential Reference. The Reference is to be completed using the form on the downloads section of the website which can be found on the Royal Windsor Horse Show page.

In addition, please include a copy of the Branch/ Centre Programme or printout from the event website and clearly mark those rallies and events the nominated Member has attended. This must be uploaded using the online form or the nomination will NOT be considered.

Countries

The Home International will see four teams selected by The Pony Club to compete, these are: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In addition, a team from the Republic of Ireland is invited, members of which are selected independently by The Irish Pony Club.

ENGLAND

If a Branch/Centre in England has more than ONE Member in their last year of Mounted Games then TWO Members from that Branch/Centre (who are both in their final year) may be nominated for the Trial, but only ONE Member from the Branch/Centre can be selected to ride at Windsor.

A member may only represent England once, however any member who has previously represented England as a non-riding reserve can be re-nominated.  

NORTHERN IRELAND/SCOTLAND/WALES

In the case of Branches/ Centres in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales up to TWO Branch/ Centre Members per Branch/ Centre can be nominated AND selected for the team.

Any member who has previously represented Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland can be re-nominated but may only represent their Country a maximum of TWO times.

Trial Instructions

The Trial will consist of some of the best riders in the country. Trials are long and physically demanding on both pony and rider so please ensure ponies are fit and riders well practised.

The Pony Club Mounted Games Height/Weight rules will apply at the selection Trials and Windsor. Selected Members and their ponies from each Country will be confidentially checked at their Trial and again at Windsor. The pony will need to have a valid Vaccination Certificate and Microchip.

Please instruct your members that there is to be NO identifying clothing, colours or Branch Logo on the pony OR rider. This includes rugs and jackets worn during warm up, tack and turnout inspection and selection breaks. Please wear a white jumper, plain black or white saddle cloth, plain browband, etc. This is so that there may be no influence on selectors. A number bib may be provided by The Pony Club to aid selectors.

There may be stabling available at some of the trial venues. Please instruct your members to make their own arrangements direct with the venue at their own cost.

Each selected riding Team Member will be asked to contribute an entry fee of £275 (Non-riding reserve member £190). There may be additional costs for matching team clothing, equipment, etc.

Although the Royal Windsor Horse Show runs from 11th – 14th May 2023 selected members may be required to arrive as early as the Monday or Tuesday to take part in practices and rehearsals. Please ensure that all the above information is conveyed to the nominee and their parents/guardian.

Other International Competitions

In addition to the Royal Windsor Horse Show, national teams may be invited to other international competitions throughout the year (including Ireland). It is normal for the members selected to ride at Royal Windsor Horse Show also to be invited to take part in these competitions. However, the Committee reserves the right in its absolute discretion to select other members to take part. In all cases, the pony used must be the one on which the rider was selected. If either the rider or the pony is unavailable for any reason, the next pony/rider combination from the trial will be invited. For this reason, combinations at the trials are selected down to 9th place.

Deadline

All Nominations are to be submitted via The Pony Club events page by 4pm Wednesday 1st February 2023

If you have any queries please contact mountedgames@pcuk.org.

Yours sincerely, Ian Mariner

Chairman, Mounted Games

NATION TRIAL DATE VENUE ADRESS
England Saturday 11th March 2023 Dallas Burston Polo Club, Stoneythorpe Estate, Southam, Warwickshire  CV47 2DL
Northern Ireland Sunday 26th February 2023 Silverwood Arena, 3 Belle Row, Lurgan, Northern Ireland BT67 9HJ
Scotland Sunday 19th March 2023 Morris Equestrian Centre, Meikle Mosside, Fenwick, Ayrshire KA3 6AY
Wales Sunday 5th March 2023 Dyffryn Farm, Berriew, Welshpool Powys SY21 8AE

 

LONG LIST OF TRIAL RACES
  • 2 Flag
  • 5 Flag
  • Ball & Cone
  • Bending
  • Bottle
  • Old Sock
  • Spell PONY CLUB
  • Pyramid
  • Rope
  • Stepping Stones
  • Quoit & Cone
  • Two Mug
  • Tyre