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HALF TERM TRAINING DAY FUN organised by CHN

We had a fantastic day at Northop on Friday for a day packed full of riding, stable management, practical and lots of fun!

The weather was perfect, the sun shone and we had 30 members and ponies from 6 different branches/centres in Area 5! Our youngest rider was 2 right up to our oldest at 18 with most ages in between.

There were some fantastic Stable Management sessions including bandaging and rugs badge, coaching theory, feeding, health, parts of tack, tacking up, untacking to name a few.

Riding sessions covered pole work, flat work games and jumping with some incredible jump off practice witnessed!

A massive THANK YOU to incredible instructors Liz Lyonette, David Llewellyn, Bianca Mortimer, Grace Brears and Verity Sellars.

We can’t wait for the next one!

Presenting the CUBITT Nominees in Area 5

The Cubitt Award is a way Branches, Centres and The Pony Club honour those that have passed the landmark of at least twenty years of voluntary help to the Organisation.

In 1987, Patrick Langford, a past Pony Club Chairman, suggested that there should be a special award for those special people who volunteer so much of their time and energy. Subsequently, The Pony Club Council created the Cubitt Award in 1988 and it is named after the late Hon. Guy Cubitt, a former Chairman of The Pony Club (1945 to 1970).

There were 12 recipients of the Cubitt Awards in Area 5 this year.  At a supper gathering in Trefnant on Sunday Oct 24th chaired by Meg Green Area 5 Rep,  10 of the 12 Volunteers were presented with their awards by Clare Valori, Vice President of the Pony Club and Pleasance Jewitt, Chair of the Area Reps Committee and a Management Committee member. The Cubitt Award is given to those Volunteers who have given 20+ years of service, as well as recognition of 30 and 40 years.   Their work has been in all weathers, early mornings and late nights helping to run all the activities that are offered to our members – Show Jumping, Mounted games, Dressage, Tetrathlon and Eventing to name a few all run by volunteers.

The Pony Club could not function without such good hearted and committed individuals.  The names of the 12 volunteers from Area 5 were :-

  • Clare Dawson (Tanatside) 20 years
  • Teresa Gregory(Wynnstay) 20 years
  • Vanessa Brodie (Wynnstay) 20 years
  • Jane Rudge (Wynnstay) 20 years
  • Dani Tanton (Waen y Llyn) 20 years
  • Joan Deakin (Ch North) 20 years
  • Brian Lloyd (East Chesh) 30 years
  • Karen Kirk (Ch South) 30 years
  • Sue Hildersley (Ch South) 30 years
  • Chris Kirby (Ch South) 30 years
  • Robert Hough 30 years
  • Alan Hough 40 years

CONGRATULATIONS to all and THANK YOU from The Pony Club.

STEPS 1 COURSE report

Well done today …

Rosemary and Katy who delivered a high quality “Introduction to Coaching” STEP 1 course for 10 Young Instructors from across Area 5. Candidates were a keen group and will now be able to help in their branches with badges, Stable Management and rallies (when supervised).  They will do 40 hours of volunteering and will then be able to do STEP 2 next year.  The following year they can do STEP 3.

Thank you to the Guinea pigs who volunteered.  We would not have been able to do it without them.  Again, they came from quite a distance (Anglesey and Gwynedd) as well as local Branches.  M.E.G.