This is a team competition between the four nations and was held in beautiful weather in Moreton Morrell College. The Welsh had a team of 5 girls and a team of 5 boys selected from all over Wales. Area 5 was well represented by B Leah Lamb (Flint & Denbigh) and Lana Booth (Ch H North)in the girls team and Harry Taylor(Ch H South) and Freddie James (East Ch) for the boys.
The XC was up to height, unforgiving and really tested the rider rather than the horse. All competitors did extremely well in such good company. The Welsh Girls’ Team came 2nd and Lana Booth won Individually with a great shoot of 940 and clear XC. Freddie James competing in his first big competition came fifth with a shoot of 900 and 1362 XC. Harry taylor was 8th. Leah lamb doing her first big competition ever, swam exceptionally well and tackled the XC with her sual focus scoring a creditable 1000 points.
Gorswen Centre, Holyhead on Anglesey won the Area 5 Quiz qualifier (they beat the Branches too !) and went forward to the National Quiz Final held April 24th. The team was Niamh, Lauren Hodgson, Skye and Lili.
After the first round they were lying first, then slipped to 8th! They almost lost hope as they didn’t think they would come back from that but then the team achieved full marks in their Pairs sections which pulled them up. The team was delighted to do so well in such a high class competition. They came 3rd — only being 3.5 points behind the winners.
The Centre is to be congratulated on this result and well done to Ruth Owen (BHS reg) who runs the Centre and to Lauren Hodgson (Captain) for training the Team. The Centre has 21 members.
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.
There were some outstanding achievements at the Dry Tri in Mostyn on a beautiful Sept 19th.
There were 5 teams of 4 competing and 3 were FnDenbigh who came 1st, 2nd and 4th. The youngest competitor -ever – was Eos Newton age 3 !!
The winning Team was Nathan Cooper (!st Junior Boy) with a score of 2575, Leah Lamb(3rd Mini Girl) with top run, Neisha Roberts (1st Jun Girl) who had top run and =top shoot of 920, Neisha also had the too score of the competition with 3293 points, and Constance Wight (4th Mini Girl) with = top shoot of 920.
The XC was quite testing, fence No 2 being the bogey fence. There were only 3 clears on the day and Neisha Roberts was one of them.
Other scores worth mentioning – Helen Jones had topshoot in her class, Orla Kissane had top run and Lili Evans was 2nd Mini Girl with an = top shoot of 920 with Neisha and Constance.