Tuesday November 20, 2018
>Area 9 2014 Quiz

Click Here to see:  2014 – Area 9 Quiz Final Results

Questions from 2014 Area 9 Quiz!


Round 2 – The Stable Yard and Tack Room quiz


Round 4

Round 6 – GROOMING

Round 7

Round 8 – horses in war

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>Ridgeway PC Donates to Wiltshire Air Ambulance

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The Ridgeway Pony Club, held their Annual Parents meeting this week. It was hard to beat their former years, having had Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson as speakers, however Tom McEwen entertained all with his lighthearted talk. Pony Clubbers were keen to hear how he progressed from his pony club days to being placed in top 20 at his first Badminton three day event last year at the age of 22, also winning two young rider gold medals.

Dave Scattergood from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance told us all more about the Amazing Flying Machine, and showed us a poignant video. The Ridgeway Pony Club presented a cheque for £300.

Prizes for the year: Minstrel Award (achievements outside of Pony Club), Phoebe Keith, Gaye Morrison Trophy (achievements within Pony Club), Victoria Wallace, Spirit of the Pony Club, Iona Farrow-Wilton.
Most Improved, Junior – Jenna Patience-Ash, Senior – Katie Hughes. Best Combination – Mollie Freeston.

The Points Trophy was won once again by Kai Hobbs! 2nd Place Victoria Wallace, 3rd Iona Farrow-Wilton, 4th Sophie Strange, 5th Ella Kennedy, 6th Cassie Butler.

The Ridgeway Pony Club is a small friendly pony club, and always welcomes new members. For further information please contact Hazel Tee, District Commissioner hteeridgewaypc@gmail.com

>Branch Forms for Online DBS – updated

In support of the Online Process, the Branch needs to complete 2 forms:

1.Complete a Disclosure Services Form which identifies the “Id Checker(s)” for each branch.  Print and Complete the Disclosure Services -Form of Agreement (click here for form) and send to Hannah at PCHQ.   It is only necessary to complete the following:

PAGE 4: Child Protection Officer should complete fields in middle of page:


PAGE 6: on this form with the names and signatures of all people responsible for validating candidates ID documents.

Once this form has been submitted, Disclosure Services will issue a USER login/password as well as a “REMOTE” login/password to each ID Checker.

  • Upon completion of “Model Self Declaration Form”, the REMOTE login/password is given to the DBS candidates to complete the initial part of the application prior to meeting with the ID CHECKER.
  • The ID Checker will use the USER login/password to confirm the ID of DBS candidates.

2. Pony Club wants maintain a list of “id checkers” for each branch.  Pony Club Master Spreadsheet – Online Checks (click here for form)

Need to be completed with the full BRANCH NAME plus the CPO and/or DC.  For each ID CHECKER, physical address and email address need to be put into form.  The form can be emailed or post the form back to Hannah Clack.

>17Feb – Mounted Games Training Report


On Monday 17th February 2014,  Area 9 members had a lovely day at Summerhouse learning all about Mounted Games.  In total 83 members participated with the juniors in the morning and seniors in the afternoon.  The morning and afternoon sessions were split into 3 groups and each took it in turn to train in three different areas.  One area was run by Marian Harding from the mounted games committee, where members learnt how to do the old sock race and the bottle race for juniors and the bin shooter race for seniors.  In a different section the members learnt the art of leaning in the bending race and the precision of the mug race.  In the third section members were on foot and learnt all about the art of balancing by skipping on space hoppers and throwing and catching on wobbly boards.  There were lots of lovely smiles to be seen and every member attending received a rosette for attending.  Thank you to all those that made the day possible.



>Rider Development Pathway

The Pony Club’s Rider Development Pathway is a new initiative for 2014 and consists of nine regional assessment and training days, held in the spring, open to all Pony Club Members aged 12 – 18 years who meet the specified minimum criteria in Dressage, Show Jumping or Eventing.  Riders should not already be receiving support through the BEF World Class or Excel programmes, or be on any existing Pony, Junior or Young Rider squads.

Click Here to Learn More about Rider Development Pathway!

Scotland – Sunday 6th April @ West Kype Farm – Jo Hamilton

North West – Tuesday 8th April @ Myerscough College – Hannah/Becky Moody

East – Wednesday 9th April @ Brook Farm Training Centre – Jill Day

North East – Monday 14th April @ Bishop Burton College – Hannah/Becky Moody

South East – Monday 14th April @ Sands Farm Equitation Centre – Dan Sherriff

South West – Tuesday 15th April @ The Grange Equestrian Centre – Claire Moir

Central – Thursday 17th April @ Warwickshire College – Harry Payne

Wales – Monday 21st April @ Bridgend College – Nina Venables (TBC)

Northern Ireland – Thursday 24th April @ Laurel View Equestrian Centre – Janet Horswill

Final – Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th June @ Somerford Park – Maria Eilberg

>27Apr14 – Intro to Coaching Course

Click Here for Printable Form.

Would you like to start to coach inThe Pony Club?

Come & join other senior Members from Area 9 on the:


Coach Tutors: Paul Ingram & Peter Hales

Sunday 27th April 2014

10am – 4.30pm

Cost £30.00

Please bring a packed lunch

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided

Venue: Mrs S Frank’s Oakleigh Frm, Pulley Lane, Droitwich,

Please send cheques, with the slip below, payable to “Worcestershire Hunt Branch of the Pony Club” to to Paul Ingram, 5 Lower Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, Worcs DY10 4QN before 19th April 2014 if you wish to attend:

The 12 places will be allocated on a first come first served basis but there will be another course provided if necessary – course details below.


I wish to attend the Introduction To Coaching Course on April 27th 2014.

Name …………………………………………………………….

Area ………….      Branch/Centre …………………………………………

Please give details of any relevant qualifications and experience, for example PC tests, 1st aid, Safegaurding & protecting Children, DBS  etc



I enclose a cheque for £30 payable to “Worcestershire Hunt Branch of the Pony Club”           ¨

‘Introduction To Pony Club Coaching’ Year 1 Course

Who is this course is for?

   Pony Club Members who are 16 yrs or older and hold C/C+/B tests and are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level (This group will have priority for places)

   Past members/supporters/parents over 25 yrs who have sound horse knowledge and are enthusiastic to teach at D/D+ level

   Pony Club Instructors at any level who want to refresh their ideas or check they are in line with best practice

What is the course aim?

   To help and encourage aspiring Pony Club senior Members to utilise the knowledge they have gained from past Pony Club experience and enable them to start to coach others in a safe, effective and confident way.

   To support and encourage past Members / supporters  / instructors and Members to use their enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to start to coach others in a confident, fun safe and effective way.

What do participants need to wear on the course?

Participants need to be appropriately dressed to teach at a rally and to model a good standard of turn out for Members.

How is the course delivered?

This course develops participants through discussion, group work and most importantly, activity. All participants will have the opportunity to teach.

The emphasis is on drawing together the wide range of experiences that tutors and participants bring and making those experiences available to everyone. The atmosphere is fun, friendly, welcoming and supportive.

What does the course cost?

Course fee Approx. £30 (depending on hire of facility costs) to includeThe Instructor’s Folder and Log Book, tea and coffee.  Participants need to bring a packed lunch, Pony Club Manual, notebook and pen.

How to find out more?

The Pony Club website under ‘Training’

Where will participants go from here?

They can then assist with Pony Club coaching in Branches and Centres under supervision and with a mentor.

Do participants gain a qualification?

No.  They will however receive a combined Attendance Certificate and Feedback Slip from the Course Tutors and can continue their coaching pathway if they wish to.  Their attendance will also be recorded on a database to ensure that they are included in future training, if requested.



FORMAT 10.00am – 4.30pm

Objectives: The morning session should be carried out as an interactive group discussion so that by sharing ideas, thoughts and concerns the main objectives of safety awareness and confidence building are achieved. The same objectives should extend into the afternoon and also include practical sessions to start developing their effectiveness.

9.30 – 10.00am – Tutor Preparation

10am – 11.30am

Topics to be covered in discussion during the day

  • Introduction to Manual & Instructor’s Handbook!
  • Skills and attributes of a good coach
  • What makes a really good Pony Club rally
  • Health and Safety Procedures (sample risk assessment & accident forms available to complete)
  • Child Protection
  • How to deal with problems and difficulties
  • Positive interaction with Parent/Guardian/Trainer spectators
  • Planning for Pony Club activities/use of resources
  • Making learning fun with lots of suggestions for games/ideas

11.30am – 12.45pm

Working coffee break! – Group to pair up and are given a topic on Pony Care at D to D+ level.

The entire group are allowed 15 mins. to prepare topics in pairs, which they will then present to the rest of the group for 5 mins. max.

Positive and constructive feedback is given to each pair once they have taught their topic.

Before breaking for lunch each participant is given a short topic to teach either on the flat or over poles.

Each participant must prepare a lesson plan.

Each participant must teach for at least 15 mins after lunch (using assistants, if required).

12.45pm – 1.30pm – Working Lunch (optional dvd of demonstration lesson)

1.15pm – Demo riders arrive

1.30pm – 1.45pm (Demo riders – Group 1)

Intro & demonstration of teaching format and balanced position – if not done by dvd over lunch.

1.45pm – 3.30pm (Demo riders – Groups 1 & 2)

Topics to be covered in discussion during afternoon session
  • The values underpinning Pony Club coaching

i)              The correct position to be taught

ii)             How to correct basic faults

iii)            Safe exercises to be used and the sensible logical progression of these exercises

iv)           Jumping position

v)            Distances especially those for smaller ponies and what NOT to build

Teaching Practice Format

Divide the group into half so that each Coach Tutor has equal numbers.

Each participant will teach their topic for a minimum of 10 -15 minutes to 4/5 riders at D to D+ level.

Group discussion on good points of session and solutions to problems encountered.

Positive and constructive feedback is given to each participant following their session.

Tutors to take notes so that Feedback Forms can be completed later.

Presentation of token gifts and ‘thank yous’ to demo riders.

3.30pm – 4.30pm


  • Group discussion on how they could improve on their teaching and how to achieve their future goals.
  • Each participant will be presented with a triplicated Certificate of Attendance/Feedback Report completed by the Course Tutor and will complete their name, address (optional) and contact telephone number details on this.
  • They can keep one copy, return the second one to their D.C./Centre Proprietor and leave the third copy with the Course Tutor who will use this for The Pony Club database records.


What resources are needed to run the course?

  • Min 8 – Max 12 participants from one or more Areas
  • Participants to bring a current copy of The Manual of Horsemanship, Instructors Handbook and writing materials.  It is also advisable to obtain a copy of The Instructor’s Folder from HQ.
  • 9.30am – 4.30pm  – Warm room, chairs, flipchart, OHP (where possible) – Coach Tutors usually bring their own equipment.
  • Drinks facility
  • 1.30pm – 3.30pm  – Outdoor/Indoor School; blocks or cones, poles.
  • Lunch to be brought by participants
  • Demo riders – 8-10 D / D+ Riders (2 groups of 4-5) from

1.30 – 3.30pm suitably mounted.

  • Two Tutors

Organisers / Tutors to provide:

  • Flipchart paper
  • Presents for demo riders
  • Risk Assessment sheets / Accident Report forms
  • Ø Triplicate Certificates of Attendance / Feedback Reports

Attendance / Feedback Forms:

ü  Please order well in advance of course from HQ

ü  Please ensure that all feedback comments are positive and constructive

ü Please ensure that the bottom copies are returned to HQ

>13Apr14 – Coaching Development Course

Click Here for Application

Come & join other senior Members and Instructors from Area 9 on the:

Coaching Development Course

Coach Tutors: Paul Ingram & William Blane

Sunday 13th April 2014

10am – 5pm

Cost £30.00.

Please bring a packed lunch

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided

Venue: Oakleigh Frm, Pulley Lane, Droitwich, Worcs and Branch Field, Goosehill Lane,  Droitwich.

Please send cheques, with the slip below, payable to “Worcestershire Branch of the Pony Club” to Paul Ingram, 5 Lower Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, Worcs DY10 4QN

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

>Fence Judging Course

Fence Judge training days that we have organised for the coming weeks. They are all free and open to all levels of fence judge from the very beginner right through to the very experienced. They would be ideal for any pony club volunteers who would be interested in gaining more knowledge. Please see below for dates and links:

Saturday 25 JanuaryFence Judge refresher & Training Day with David Merrett
Ely Eventing Centre, Cambridgeshire | SOLD OUT waitlist available

February (Date TBC) – Fence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Andrew Fell
Larkhill Cross Country, Wiltshire | Bookings open soon…

Sunday 9 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Dave Thompson
Kelsall Hill EC, Cheshire | Book online…

Saturday 15 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Jonathan Clissold
Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire | Book online…

Saturday 15 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Stuart Buntine
East Bridford Village Hall, Nottinghamshire | Book online…

Sunday 16 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Dave Thompson
West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Wiltshire | SOLD OUT waitlist available

Sunday 16 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Philip Herbert
South of England Showground, Sussex | Book online…

Sunday 23 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Adrian Ditcham
Wellington Riding, Hampshire | Book online…

Sunday 23 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Philip Herbert
Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell Centre | Book online…

Sunday 23 FebruaryFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Jonathan Clissold
Bramham Park, West Yorkshire | Book online…

Saturday 8 MarchFence Judge Refresher & Training Day with Simon Bere
Pontispool Equestrian Centre, Somerset | Book online…

>17 Feb Pony Racing

PRA/PC Pony Racing Training Day

**17th February**

Highfields Stables, Adstone, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8DS

If you have any question or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Shona Supple on shonasupple210@btinternet.com

Format Of The Day
Members will be able to work on their balance, using a variety of training aids, including Equicisors.  There will be two sessions of riding, one in a school and the other on the gallops.  The day will be a continual assessment with excellent instruction given by Pony Club Instructors and Jockey Coaches.

Members and their pony will be assessed as to their ability, confidence & competence and at the end of the day will be informed by the Assessor as to whether they have passed. If this is the case then they will be able to use this qualification to enter a Pony Club Race Day and be eligible to take part in Pony Racing Authority (PRA) races staged in 2014.

The cost of the day is £50.00 (cheques made payable to the Pony Racing Authority). Application Form: http://www.pcuk.org/uploads/racing/PRA_PC_TrainingDayForm.pdf

If you would like to attend a Training Day please complete the 2013/14 PRA / PC Training Day Entry Form and return, along with the fee, to:
Pony Racing Authority, Lower Postons House, Cold Weston, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9FE
Please be advised that spaces are limited, therefore it is advisable to book your place early. Entries close one week prior to the Training Day.

Pony Club Instructors

You are welcome to attend this day as part of your Instructor Accreditation – please contact Shona Supple on shonasupple210@btinternet.com if you would like to attend.  The cost will be £10 (payable to the Pony Club Area) and you must attend the morning and afternoon session.

General Information of PRA/PC Training Days: http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/disciplines/racing/racing_competitions_and_events/training_days/

2014 Test Dates

Test dates are in 2014. Please remind your members that the closing date for nominations is 3 weeks before the test  and nominations will only be accepted with full payment.

Area 9 Test Dates

‘B’ Test  – 9th April, 26th August, 20th September and 25th October.

Lunge Test – 9th April, 26th August, 20th September and 25th October.

‘B+’ Test – Tues 15th April

AH Test – Thurs 17th April