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AREA 5 EXCELS at the Pony Club National Triathlon Championships 2023

The National Winter Triathlon Championships were held on March 26th in Stoke Mandeville Leisure Centre. There are 19 Areas in the UK and every Area enters their best team of 4 in each of the 3 classes – Open, Junior and Minimus.  The lowest score is dropped for the final score for each team.  There were approximately 250 competitors.

All competitors will have qualified from their Area competitions so it was the cream of the country competing and the scores at the top were very close.  We travelled down the night before and had an Area 5 get together before the competition the next day.

There was a problem with the target mechanism for the Open so they had to shoot static which added to the stress!

The teams selected for Area 5 were :-


Lana Booth CHS 2794
Oliver Loud Wynnstay 2793
Archie Peffers WyLL 2783
Abigail Mulcaster CHS  2613
  • Oliver Loud came 8th Individually with the top shoot of 940.
  • Archie Peffers came 9th with a huge swim of 11 L 5m.
  • This Open team came a creditable 5th/12


Sophie Mulcaster CHS 3091
Oberon Kearney  CHS 3054
Orla Kissane FnD 2965
Bethan Stephens B & Dee 2893
  • This Junior team came an amazing 3rd/14
  • Individually, Sophie Mulcaster came 4th in Junior Girls and Oberon 4th Junior Boys.
  • Orla Kissane ran a 4.56 – the fastest run in the Junior class and faster than any Open girl too.


Zara McNamara E.Ch 3079
Harvey Brown CHS 2997
Archie Evans B&Dee 2995
Lily Williams B&Dee 2923
  • This Mini team came a brilliant 2nd/19.
  • Individually, Zara won the class with a 920 shoot and a speedy 3.31 for a 1000m run.
  • Harvey was 3rd Mini Boy with an even speedier 3.13 time—top run in the class.
  • Archie was 4th Mini Boy.

There were 11 other individual competitors representing Area 5. Of these, Leah Lamb (FnD) deserves a special mention as she was the youngest Open girl and had the highest overall score (2799) of the Welsh Girls.

A good time was had by all.

New PCUK Hat Rule 2023

The Pony Club follows the British Equestrian Federation on its Standards for Riding Hats

It is mandatory for all Members to wear a protective helmet at all times when mounted with a chinstrap fastened and adjusted so as to prevent movement of the hat in the event of a fall. This rule defines the quality of manufacture that is required. The individual sports also have additional requirements with regard to colour and type. It is strongly recommended that second hand hats are not purchased.

The hat standards accepted as of 1st January 2023 are detailed in the table below:

  • For cross-country riding (over 80cm) including Eventing, Tetrathlon, Horse Trials, Pony Racing (whether it be tests, rallies, competition or training) and Mounted Games competitions, a jockey skull cap must be worn with no fixed peak, peak type extensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front, and should have an even round or elliptical shape with a smooth or slightly abrasive surface, having no peak or peak type extensions. Noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front not greater than 5mm, smooth and rounded in nature are permitted. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may be used if required.
  • It is strongly recommended that a jockey skull cap is worn for cross-country riding over lower fences (less than 80cm) as there is research evidence that a fall onto the fixed peak can result in an over extension of the neck backwards with the potential for serious injury.
  • No recording device is permitted (e.g. hat cameras) as they may have a negative effect on the performance of the hat in the event of a fall.
  • The fit of the hat and the adjustment of the harness are as crucial as the quality. Members are advised to try several makes to find the best fit. The hat should not move on the head when the head is tipped forward. Most helmet manufacturers recommend you visit a qualified BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) fitter.
  • Hats must be replaced after a severe impact as subsequent protection will be significantly reduced. Hats deteriorate with age and should be replaced after three to five years depending upon the amount of use.
  • Hats must be worn at all times (including at prize-giving) when mounted with a chinstrap fastened and adjusted so as to prevent movement of the hat in the event of a fall.
  • For Show Jumping: hat covers, if applicable, shall be dark blue, black or brown only. Branch/Centre team colours are permitted for team competitions.
  • For Dressage: hats and hat covers must be predominately black, navy blue or a conservative dark colour that matches the rider’s jacket for Area competitions or above. The Pony Club Hat silk is also acceptable.
  • For Mounted Games: hat covers, if applicable, shall be dark blue, black or brown only.
  • The Official Steward / Organiser may, at his discretion, eliminate a competitor riding in the area of the competition without a hat or with the chinstrap unfastened or with a hat that does not comply with these standards.

Hat Checks and Tagging

The Pony Club and its Branches and Centres will appoint Officials, who are familiar with The Pony Club hat rule, to carry out hat checks and tag each hat that complies with the requirements set out in the hat rule with an Pony Club hat tag. Hats fitted with an Pony Club, British Eventing (BE) or British Riding Club (BRC) hat tag will not need to be checked on subsequent occasions. However, the Pony Club reserves the right to randomly spot check any hat regardless of whether it is already tagged.

Tagging indicates that a hat meets the accepted standards, NO check of the fit and condition of the hat is implied. It is considered to be the responsibility of the Member’s parent(s) / guardian(s) to ensure that their hat complies with the required standards and is tagged before they go to any Pony Club event. Also, they are responsible for ensuring that the manufacturer’s guidelines with regard to fit and replacement are followed.

The Pony Club, Health & Safety December 2022

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.

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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.

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