Category Archives: Training

INTRO TO COACHING – STEP 1 – Book Early … limited places

Date: 15th December 2019

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Snowdonia Riding Centre, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, LL55 4PQ Course tutors: Rosemary Clarke and tbc

Cost: £50 including A5 Coaching log book


Please bring a packed lunch.

Who is this course for?

  • Pony Club Members aged 16 years or older who are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level. Must hold minimum C test. C+ test is preferable
  • Past Members, supporters or parents over 25 years who have sound horse knowledge and are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level
  • Pony Club coaches at any level who want to refresh their ideas or check they are in line with best practices

What’s involved?

These courses develop participants through discussion, group work and most importantly, activity.  All participants will have the opportunity to teach.  The atmosphere is fun, friendly, welcoming and supportive. The emphasis is on drawing together the wide range of experiences that tutors and participants bring and making those experiences available to everyone.

This course focuses on the basic skills needed to begin coaching, including planning riding and horse care sessions and the values underpinning Pony Club coaching.

Please fill in the attached form and return before Friday 5th December 2019. Places are limited to 12 participants

Waitlist will be held –

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 

The Eloise and Katie Bursary 2018

“As part of my prize for winning my section last year at the Pony Club Open Eventing Championships I was invited to attend the Eloise and Katie Bursary training at Attington Stud with renowned World Class trainer Gill Watson.   Due to 2 of the winners having to drop out I was invited to bring a second horse along with Kellen so I took my 5 year old, William.  (Dad was chuffed as he no longer had to muck him out while we were away!!)     Having my 2 horses there was really useful as I was able to get an insight into Gills views on  young horse training  as well as the more established horse.

William had a very useful Dressage lesson on the first day followed by a Cavaletti session in the afternoon for Kellen.  This is something I don’t do a lot of but all three of the horses who took part showed marked improvement through the session.  That evening we were very kindly invited to Gill’s home for supper along with Celia Plunkett who also came to watch the sessions.  The next morning Kel had a ‘test run through’ session which was really helpful as Gill commented on it as a Judge would so that we could see where we could gain valuable marks.

The afternoon sessions focused on course jumping and both of my boys jumped really well.  Although it was a long way to travel it was more than worth the journey and I would love to do it all again……. Fingers crossed for this years Champs!”

Brier Leahy

Area 5 PC L2 Coaches Course

Some photos from the Area 5 PC L2 Coaches Course which was held at Mostyn Farm Ride on Sunday 17th September 2017.

Great day, lovely atmosphere and fab experience for all the demo riders and coaches to fine tune their skills, and we even got to have a play around the cross country course at the end.

A big thank you to Meg Green and her team for organising this training.

CONGRATULATIONS – ‘B’ Test Somerford August 30th 2016

Well done to the following candidates for passing the :-

Care Section

  • Beth Clegg, (B Ch F)
  • Mared Williams ((Aberconwy)
  • Pip Young (Sir WWW)
  • Claudia Booth (B Ch F)

Riding Section

  • Mirain Lewis (Aberconwy)

The following passed their Riding and have now completed their ‘B’ Test

  • Ben Read, (F and D)
  • Naomi Young (Sir WWW)
  • Jac Cernyw (F and D)
  • Claire Slater (E Ch)
  • Louise Worthington (E Ch)
  • Georgina Blackshaw (Ch H N)
  • Sophie Holdcroft (E Ch)
  • Russell Wingfield (Aber Conwy)

Special well done to Ffion Thomas ( F and D) for passing the whole Test on the day.