Sunday October 21, 2018
>Area 9 Members selected for UK Polocrosse Team

Four members of the Ledbury Hunt Pony Club have been selected to play for the UK under 16yr polocrosse team for 2014.

This is a great achievement for Freddie Leith, Charlie Ralli, Meg Smith and Erin Tufnell all from Ledbury, who will make up a team of 8 with the four other players coming from Kent, Yorkshire and the Midlands. For Area 9 players to make up half the UK under 16 squad is a real success story for polocrosse in our Area.

They are due to play a series of International matches against Ireland over the Summer where I am sure they will be great ambassadors for the UK .

>Sr Regional Tetrathlon 9-10 August 2014

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The Senior Regional Tetrathlon, to be held at Aylesford Equine Centre, near Melton Mowbray and Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham on 9 and 10 August 2014. The Schedule is attached.

We would like your nominations from your Areas for the Central England Senior Tetrathlon Team. Please note:
The triathlon elements of the Tet will be as for the Senior event (ie Boys: 10 m shoot, 4 min swim, 3,000 m run; Girls: 10 m shoot, 3 min swim, 1,500 m run).

The ride will be over a 100 cm course (ie Intermediate).

We do not believe there will be a limit on numbers, but this is yet to be confirmed. We will try and include as many team and individual competitors as we can, but we may have to select final numbers, so I would ask you to provide details of recent Tetrathlon scores with your nominations.

Although the Schedule says camping is £30 per pitch; this has been reduced to £30 per family.
We need to get the Central England entries in before 21 July, so to give you as much time as possible, could we have your nominations by Sunday 13 July, please.
Nominations can be made by e-mail, but we must receive a competitor entry form (also attached) for each individual, signed by the DC, and a cheque for the correct amount (payable to “UK Inter Regional Tetrathlon Champs”) before the 13 July.
We have already received the following nominations:

Area 12
Corinna Leadbeater – Oakley Hunt West
Rebecca Leadbeater – Oakley Hunt West
Kate Dugher – Whaddon Chase
Sammy Bousfield – OBH Chilterns
Hamish Firth – Whaddon Chase
Oliver Firth – Whaddon Chase

Area 9
Miranda King – VWH
Ellie Bliss – Cotswold
John Church – OBH
Jack Church – OBH

Please note that being on the list above or being nominated by your PC/Area is not a guarantee of selection; we are just keen to get the process moving. The selected competitors will be announced as soon as possible after the 13 July. In the event that a competitor is not selected after submitting the form and cheque, we will return or destroy the cheque.

Again, we would ask that the Areas or individual Pony Clubs support the purchase of cross-country sweatshirts, silks, polo shirts and swimming hats in the distinctive Central canary yellow and black, to lend to competitors . We managed to refresh some of the clothing (sweatshirts and swimming hats) this year before the Junior Regionals, but I bought these in the hope that I would be refunded. Unfortunately, so far, this has not been the case. If each of your Pony Clubs could donate £10, or each Area Triathlon Fund an amount comparable to the number of Branches in your Area, we would have sufficient funds to pay for what we have already bought and put something aside to replenish the stocks for the future (and perhaps purchase running vests). This clothing will be shared by the Mini, Junior and Senior Regional Teams, and will provide a resource for future competitors as well as those selected this year.

Please get in touch with me or Jill (contact details below) if you have any queries.

Best Regards

Fred Church

07778 768931 (Fred)
07778 159095 (Jill)
01367 870256 (Home)

>Area 9 – PPCG Results

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Click Here for Area 9 Senior results

Photographer for the Day

Area 9 Prince Phillip Cup Games was hosted by Berkeley Hunt South Pony Club with help from Beaufort Hunt Pony Clubs Paul Bird. Unfortunately the original date had to be cancelled and with the continuing bad weather a change of venue was also needed. A very nice venue was found at Dauntsey, Wiltshire and on Saturday June 7th Area 9 had their Mounted Games competition. One shower of rain was all we had in the morning while the senior tack and turnout competition was going on, from then on we had a lovely day.

The senior competition had eight teams competing which meant two heats and a final. North Hereford Pony Club had a great morning winning four out of the eight races and winning the competition, things then got a little bit tighter with Cotswold Vale Hunt Pony Club coming 2nd and Croome Pony Club taking the 3rd and final qualifying place, having tied on points with Beaufort Hunt Pony Club, a tie break race was run and Croome one this. Good luck to North Hereford, Cotswold Vale and Croome who are off to zone, we all wish you the best of luck. Beaufort took 4th slot, Old Berks 5th and Berkeley Hunt South 6th.

In the afternoon we had the junior competition with 9 teams competing, two heats and a final again. The clear winners here were the Worcestershire Hunt Pony Club winning 5 out of the seven races, the competition then was a bit tighter with 5 points between 2nd and 6th. In 2nd place was South Hereford & Ross Harriers Pony Club, 3rd Cotswold Vale Farmers, 4th Beaufort Hunt, 5th Old Berks Stars and 6th Berkeley Hunt South Pony Club. Congratulations to Worcestershire, South Hereford & Ross Harriers and Cotswold Vale Farmers who are off to zone, good luck to you all. We then had a novice competition with 5 teams competing, we had an assisted section and a lead rein section, all had great fun with Berkeley Hunt South winning the assisted and Old Berks coming 2nd.

In the lead rein section Cotswold Vale Farmers were victorious, Berkeley Hunt South 2nd and the Worcestershire 3rd.

A great day was had by all, with everyone encouraging one another some true team spirit was witnessed. We have certainly come on from last year with even children vaulting on this year, it was lovely to see. Well done to all the members involved you should all be very proud of yourselves. A huge thank you to all those that made the day very special and very successful. Good luck to all those going to zone, we are sure you are going to be very competitive this year.

>3 Aug 2013 Coaching Development Course

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Coaching Development Course

Coach Tutors: Paul Ingram & Pat Cran

Sunday 3rd August 2014

10am – 5pm

Cost £30.00.

Please bring a packed lunch

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided

Venue: Doddenham

Please send cheques, with the slip below, payable to “Wyre Forest Branch of the Pony Club” to Alison Vincent 388 Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, Worcs WR14 2QH

There are only 8 places and these will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

>Area 9 riders selected for Rider Development Pathway

Congratulations to Chloe Dawes, India Sheridan and Holly Osbourne for being chosen to participate in the National Pony Club Rider Development Pathway.

Chloe Dawes Berkeley Hunt Dressage

India Sheridan Old Berkeley Hunt (North) Dressage

Holly Osbourne North Cotswold Hunt Eventing

To learn more about participating the Rider Development pathway click here!

Flo Dawes

Berkeley Hunt


India Sheridan

Old Berkeley Hunt (North)


Holly Osbourne

North Cotswold Hunt


>Area 9 Results at Inter-Area Tetrathlon at Bicton 2014

Area 9 had excellent  results at the Inter-Area tetrathlon at Bicton over the 27-28 May 2014

We fielded teams in all classes except  Open boys  and Junior  boys, with the following results.

Open Girls                     2nd        3 Ledbury + 1 V.W.H.

Intermediate Boys         2nd        1  O.B.  +  2  V.W.H.

Intermediate Girls           4th        1  Ledbury,  1 S.H.& R.H., 1 V.W.H. & 1 Cotswold

Junior Girls                    1st           4 Beaufort

Mini Boys                       1st           2 Beaufort & 1 Ledbury

Mini Girls                        1st            3 Beaufort & I C.V.F.H.

There were also numerous individual placings.

A great time was had by all especially some of the younger ones who were experiencing their first ‘big’ competition & the wonderful atmosphere which goes with it.


>Area 9 Tetrathlon Members off to Australia for Training

Read John’s Report from Australia – Part 1

Read John’s Report from Australia – Part 2

John Church

John Church

Ollie Hall

Ollie Hall

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John Church (Old Berkshire Hunt Pony Club) has been selected to captain the British Team at the biennial International Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships in Perth, Australia from 5 to 20 July 2014.

John has been a member of the OBHPC since 2002 and competed in his first Tetrathlon at the age of 10.  Last year, John won the Area 9 Tetrathlon Championships, was 5th in the UK National Championships, represented the winning England teams in both the UK and Eire Championships and captained the Central England team to victory in the UK Regional Championships.

John is delighted to have been selected to lead the Great Britain team and sees it as the highlight of his Pony Club career, which has included qualification for the National Tetrathlon Championships for the past 6 years as well as championship appearances in Eventing and Showjumping.

John is currently reading Sports Psychology at Roehampton University but returns home frequently to ride and to compete for Swindon Amateur Swimming Club.

olliehallOllie Hall joined the VWH pony club in 1999 and was interested in tetrathlon from the outset.  He has always been a keen sportsman with county swimming awards and was a medal winner at National level in school athletics. His love for horses particularly cross-country riding meant that tetrathlon was a natural attraction for him.

He completed his first tetrathlon at the age of 7 and it was evident that the shooting was going to be his biggest challenge as was the dressage in eventing.

Thirteen years on and his shooting, though still not a highlight, has improved from a score in double figures to a 920 out of a maximum 1000 score at the final selection trials for the GB team which were held at Bishop Burton College near Hull at Easter.

Training for swimming has been ongoing and he is a member of the Swimming Club at the University of Leeds where he is currently studying Economics. He has undertaken his running training himself and this is the area where he has made the most improvement over the last year coming in the top 3 at the selection trials.

Much of Ollie’s success must be attributed to the VWH Pony Club with its higher than average quota of boys. The camaraderie that he has been able to share with his teammates, especially Paddy Gilling with whom he has been on 5 winning teams at the National Tetrathlon Championships, has been pivotal to his achievement.

Ollie has also represented the VWH in showjumping and has evented at open level qualifying for the championships but choosing to focus on tetrathlon.

He has been a member of the VWH winning open boys team at the Tetrathlon Championships for the last 3 years, as well as the winning regional team (Central England) for the last two years. He also represented England at the Tetrathlon Championships at Bishops Burton as well as the Irish Tetrathlon Championships in Limerick, Ireland last year.

He is thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to represent Great Britain at the International Tetrathlon Championships in Perth, Australia, as this has been his ultimate goal.

>CPD NEW DATE – 30 June 2014

Click Here for Printable Flyer for 30 June 2014 – CPD Course at Rectory Farm

Area 9 Pony Club
Accredited Instructors Course

At Rectory Farm, Duntisbourne Abbotts

MONDAY,  30th June 2014

with Vicky MacDonald

from  18.00hrs  – 20.30hrs

In Area 9 we have started a new format for the ‘Instructor CPD Courses’ in that we are trying to encourage DC’s to organise ‘Coaching Support’ days where you will be watched whilst coaching PC members, given some suggestions for the future and then have your Log Book signed. This will enable DC’s to ensure that the Instructors they employ are following PC methods and are ‘coaching’ to a suitable standard. This will NOT be a test but a chance to get some positive feedback from an experienced PC Coach.

We are using this course on 30th June to demonstrate how the ‘Coaching Support’ days will be of benefit to all in the future and it will also count as a CPD Course so that you can get your Log Book signed

Cost              Adults – £10          Pony Club Members £5

More details        email mobile 0785 585 2710

Please note the NFU Pony Club Instructors Course on 16th June at The Unicorn Trust is still going ahead as planned.

Best wishes


>Young Rider Event Experience Day

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Area 9 Pony Club

Young Rider Event Experience Day

For members who are 16yrs & over and hold the ‘B’ Test or ‘B’ H&PC and above

Would you like the chance to help a top event rider at a competition for a day?

Agnew Charlotte
Berkeley Daisy
Evans Jonty
Hall Chris
Kampbell Nick
King Chris
King Kitty
Levett Bill
McEwen Tom
McLeod Sammi
Meade Harry
Roncoroni Nicky
Searle Tom
Spratt Neil
Sturgess Beanie
Sturmey Spencer
Tapner Paul
Taylor Izzy
Tew Julie
Waygood Richard

This is an opportunity for you gain valuable experience with a top event rider by assisting them at a competition for a day. You will be expected to work hard and join in with the team and to be with them from the start to finish of the day, but you will learn a lot and get 1st hand practical experience from a professional rider.

If you would like to take part please fill in the form and send to the event rider of your choice and you must let Pleasance Jewitt pleasancejewitt@btconnect.corn know.

Area 9 PPCG – 7 June 2014 Details

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A huge thank you to Paul for helping relocate this area competition on such short notice!

For the main competitions seniors and juniors there will be 2 heats, 3 to be taken from each for final.  There will be no practice races.  For the novice competition it will be a straight final, we will see what the weather is like and what time it is to decide if you have a practice race first.


Grangewood Farm
Idover Lane
SN15 4JH

Directions from J17M4

  • Take the B4122 to Sutton Denger off of the roundabout.
  • At the Tjunction turn left onto B4069.
  • Go through Sutton Benger and head for Dauntsey.
  • After the sign for Dauntsey, take the left hand turn sign posted Brinkworth and Dauntsey.
  • Carry on along this road, go over the motorway.
  • Take the first right.
  • After about ½ mile there is a mechanics sign on the RHS, turn right into here and the field is on your right.


09:00am Senior tack and turnout competition

It is the responsibility of the team manager to take their team to the tack and turnout designated area, in time to be judged before the parade starts.

  • 9:00am Beaufort
  • 9:06am Berkeley South
  • 9:12am Berkeley A
  • 9:18am Berkeley B
  • 9:24am Old Berks
  • 9:30am Minchinhampton
  • 9:36am Cotswold Vale
  • 9:42am Croome
  • 9:48am North Hereford
  • 9:54am SH & RH

9:30 am Briefing for senior, junior and novice competitions

10:15 am Senior parade


Prize giving

Tack and Turnout presentation

12.00 pm Lunch

12.30 pm Junior tack & turnout competition

It is the responsibility of the team manager to take their team to the tack and turnout designated area, in time to be judged before the parade starts. If you were in the senior team you don’t need to attend this tack and turnout competition, your score from earlier on in the day will be your score for this competion

  • 12:30pm Worcestershire
  • 12:36pm Berkeley South
  • 12:42pm Beaufort
  • 12:48pm Berkeley
  • 12:54pm Old Berks A
  • 13:00pm Old Berks B
  • 13:06pm Minchinhampton
  • 13:12pm Cotswold Vale
  • 13:26pm SH & RH

12:45pm     Briefing for junior and novice competition

13:30 pm Junior parade


Prize giving

Tack and Turnout presentation

15.00pm (or after prize giving) Novice Competition

Bending Race, Two Mug Race, Junior Old Sock Race, Junior bottle race

Prize giving