Sunday October 21, 2018
New Cross Country Training Date

Flyer for XC Training 2nd June

Area Quiz Results 2017

Here are the results of the Area Quiz on Feb 26th 2017.

Quiz Scores & Results 2017

VWH Thanks DC for 40 Years with Club!

VWH Pony Club’s DC retires after 40 years with the club

                                               By Penny Comerford


Rhona 3VWH Pony Club and Hunt  has marked the retirement of a key figure with  a weekend of celebration for Mrs Rhona Reid, outgoing District Commissioner.

Mrs Rhona Reid has stepped down from her post as joint DC of the VWH , after 13 years in the top job and before that, many other roles in the branch, an involvement spanning 40 years.

To mark her retirement, Mrs Reid was presented with a stunning oil painting from her co-DC, Mrs Liza Dibble,(left) at a special VWH Pony Club awards evening in Cricklade Village Hall, attended by over 100 PC members and their parents. The picture, depicting a familiar scene at the ever-popular Pony Club Camp, summer holiday highlight for many children, was painted by former member Lucinda Wright.

A longstanding resident of Fairford, Glos , Mrs Reid first became involved with the local Pony Club when her two daughters, Alexandra and Victoria, joined the VWH branch in 1976. Unstintingly generous with her time, Mrs Reid soon became an all-round volunteer at the numerous Pony Club activities, before her procession of official posts saw her become joint DC of the VWH in 2003.

Addressing  PC members at the presentation, Liza Dibble thanked Mrs Reid for her contribution, saying,  “you have been a stickler for rules and always engendered respect from children and parents alike, but your incredible kindness and calm encouragement has been the mainstay of many a child’s Pony Club career over the past forty years, an incredible achievement.”

Festivities continued the next day when the VWH Hunt hosted a well-supported farewell lunch at  Oxleaze Barn ,Eastleach.  Treating Mrs Reid to a “This is Your Life” presentation, former VWH Hunt Master, Julian Weston, noted that she had been a keen hunt member herself, a stalwart of Fairford village activities and generous and dignified officer at the Pony Club where she had supported thousands of children in the development and love of horses and the countryside which had been the mainstay of her own rich life. Mrs Reid was officially thanked for her contribution to the Pony Club on both local and national levels by Mrs Pleasance Jewitt,  Area 9 Co-ordinator.

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On behalf of the Hunt, Mr Weston  presented Mrs Reid with a beautiful teapot by Caroline Hill, hand – painted with scenes depicting the Reid family’s country life. She said, “ I have been overwhelmed by all the attention I have received as I draw in my reins and stand back from the Pony Club.  The VWH Hunt Branch has been a wonderful stepping stone to the big, wide world, and it is always a joy to share success with our past members.”

Despite relinquishing her official role, Mrs Reid will still be on hand to pass on her vast experience to the Pony Club and she has already volunteered to help at the VWH Horse Show, taking place at Kemble Park on May 29th   and open to members and non-members, children and adults.


2017 Area 9 Winter Triathlon Qualifiers

Area 9 Winter Triathlon Qualifiers.

Very many thanks to the team from the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt PC for the smooth and friendly running of the Dean Close Triathlon: our Area qualifier for the National Triathlon Championships.  It was great to see such a large turnout from in and out of Area, some 150 entrants, and a very high level of competition.

And many congratulations to those Area 9 competitors who finished 1st or 2nd in their class and thus qualified for the Triathlon Championships:

Mini Girls.  Zoe Saunders (Cotswold) and Evie Lawson (SH&RH).

Mini Boys.  Daniel Williams (Berkeley) and Gregor May (Cotswold).

Junior Girls.  Poppy Clark (Beaufort) and Lottie Roberts (CVFH).

Junior Boys.  Will Connors (Beaufort) and Tom Connors (Beaufort).

Open Girls.  Cressie May (Cotswold) and Ellie Bliss (Cotswold).

Open Boys.  Harry Stevens (VWH) and Jack Church (OBH).

>Polocrosse Taster Day – 17 Feb 2017

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Why not come and try this exciting team game

No experience necessary to join in

A taster day of training and chukkas

Hartpury College Glos GL19 3BE

Friday  17th February 2017

9.30 am – 4.30pm


All ages and abilities are welcome from complete beginners to experienced players. There will be training in the morning, divided into groups depending on age and experience and chukkas in the afternoon in the main Hartpury International Arena

We have some top trainers to coach for the day and prizes and rosettes for the chukkas.  So even if you haven’t played this exciting equine sport before, come and give it a try. We can provide the sticks and balls you just need to bring your horse.

Hot Refreshments available all day      First aid cover       Cost £50.00 for the day

For further information contact   Jan Whitehead :  Tel:  07789 967065  email

To book send your entry form and fee of £50.00 to Jan Whitehead,  Pegmore,  Priors Norton, Gloucester GL2 9LS

1 Jan 2017 – Pony Club Hospitality at the Races

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6th December 2016

Pony Club Day – Sunday 1st January 2017

We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Cheltenham Racecourse on New Year’s Day 2017. For 2017 we have reserved an area on the top floor of marquee M30 for The Pony Club, providing a warm base for the day along with a selection of food and refreshments to purchase. A discounted ticket price to gain entry to the racecourse is also available to all Area 9 Members.

This is a day for the kids, with Characters from ICE AGE making appearances throughout the day in the kids entertainment area, along with other fun activities to keep the little ones amused. For the grown-ups there are seven races scheduled to take place.
The Family Fun Zone is situated in a new location in the tented village where you can look forward to not only meeting Chase and Marshall but Showtime Shane performing on the hour live magic for all the family. There will be face painting, chickens, ducks, rabbits, a dog, pet mice, guinea pigs as well as a duck pond to explore and enjoy! Plus try your hand at milking Mavis, a life-size cow. As well as all of this there will be balloon artists, indoor inflatables, rosette making, colouring-in zone, plaiting a horse mane zone and dressing up as a jockey zone alongside our magic mirror.

Gates open at 10:30am with the first of seven races at 12:40pm and the last at 3:40pm. We will be providing the opportunity for everyone to enjoy a tour of the racecourse providing a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes at Cheltenham Racecourse. The tour will start within marquee M30 at 10.45am and finish within the Family Fun Zone. To ensure we provide the best experience for your members, please could you provide me with the number of people who would like to attend the tour via email no later than December 23rd.

The Adult (18+) ticket price will be £20 and this discounted price can only be accessed by buying tickets online at and using discount code NY17PONY. This is limited to 4 per household and Under 18’s will get in for free.
I do hope you can share this offer with your members and let them know the above details, allowing them to purchase the tickets at their own convenience. If you are able to let me know how many members will be attending on the day that would be appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
Maddie Webster
Regional Partnership Coordinator

Exceptional Results at 2016 Championships


Open Regionals 2016 - Central England

Area 9 had 40 competitors at the National Tetrathlon Championships, held at Bishop Burton, Beverley, on 12-14 August.  Excellent weather and very friendly staff and helpers made for a great atmosphere and an excellent competition ensued.

The following Area 9 teams and individuals were prize winners:

Grassroots Teams
6th – Wickstead – Amy Hayes; Lucy Kent; Millie Blizzard; Olivia Brown

Junior Girls Teams
1st – Beaufort.  Poppy Clark; Rachel Hatherell; Meg Stratton; Isla Green

Individual Junior Girls
2nd – Poppy Clark – Beaufort
7th – Cressie May – Cotswold

Junior Boys Team
1st – Beaufort.  Henry Stratton; Tom Connors; Jack Tucker; Harry Barder

Junior Mixed Team
2nd – Cotswold.  Alastair Llewellen-Palmer; Joe Chambers; Cressie May; Ellen Saunders

Intermediate Girls Team
1st – Beaufort.  Jess Telford; Emma Hatherell; Sasha Green; Olivia Sealy

Individual Intermediate Girls
7th – Jess Telford – Beaufort

Intermediate Mixed Team
3rd – Beaufort.  Tom Edwards; Amy Peevers; Laura Warren

Individual Open Girls
7th – Ellie Bliss – Cotswold

Individual Open Boys
7th – Harry Stevens – VWH

Open Mixed Team
st – VWH.  Harry Stevens; Greg Hall; Phillippa Hall

Congratulations to those who won rosettes and to all from Area 9 who competed hard throughout the weekend.



The Open Regional Tetrathlon was held at Breckenbrough, Thirsk on 6-7 August.  The Central England teams comprised members from Areas 7, 9 and 12, with the Area 9 representatives being:

John Church (OBH) – Boys’ captain
Jack Church (OBH)
Harry Stevens (VWH)

Alice Harper (Ledbury) – Girls’ captain – Red team
Ellie Bliss (Cotswold) – Red team
Phillippa Hall (VWH) – Red team
Sasha Green (Beaufort) – Blue team
Jess Telford (Beaufort) – Blue team

After the first day of competition (shoot and swim), held in the evocative setting of Ampleforth College and Abbey, the Central Boys were lying 6th, with the 2 Central Girls teams placed 6th and 8th.  However, it was clear that the following day’s cross-country course would be a huge test and might easily affect the final placings.

And so it proved.  With only some 20% of riders achieving a 1400 score, maximum riding marks from John and Jack Church proved crucial, along with a strong run from Harry Stevens, and moved the Central team up to 3rd place, behind Southern England and the Republic of Ireland team.

In the girls’ competition, The Central Red team held 6th place, and the Blue team 8th after the shoot and swim, with Alice Harper coming 2nd in the shoot, and Ellie Bliss 5th.  However, the placings changed dramatically after the ride and run, again with clear rounds cross-country making a difference.  Alice Harper obliged with a great clear round that helped the Central Reds finish in 5th place.  Unfortunately, even with a clear round from Sasha Green, the Blue team picked up injuries on the ride that stopped two of their team running, and so slipped back to 11th.

In sum, a fantastic weekend’s competition in a very friendly environment, hosts who could not have been more accommodating and a very challenging competition in every phase.  And great results from Central England, both as teams and individuals.

A-Test to be offered 29 December 2016

We have arranged for ‘A’ Test Riding Training on 29th December from

10.00 – 12.00 at Rectory Farm, the coach will be Carole Broad FBHS.

This is for older members who have a serious intention of working towards taking the ‘A’ Riding Test, members must bring a suitable horse to ride and be prepared to swap horses.

Carole is an extremely experienced coach and assesses at all BHS exams up to Fellowship and PC ‘A’ Test, this is an excellent opportunity to get a feel for what is required for PC ‘A’ Riding and guidance of what you need to work on before taking the test

The cost for the 2 hours training will be £40, if this proves to be popular we will arrange more training sessions in the future.

If you would like to attend please email

Young Equestrians Club at Summerhouse


Pony Racing Taster Day – 25 September 2016

2013 Area 9 - Cheltenham Pony Racing




Holdenby North Lodge, Spratton, Northants, NN6 8LG

by kind permission of Mr and Mrs G Bailey

on 25th September 2016 at 10:30am

  • Learn how to ride like a jockey on your pony
  • Try riding an equicisor under that guidance of a coach
  • Learn about  balance and fitness required for racing
  • Find out more about  what you need to take part in a pony race

Run by the Pony Race Authority, with Pony Club Instructors and BHA qualified jockey coaches, this is a great opportunity to come and find out more about Pony Racing.


There is no charge but you must booka place.  You can book online at

For further details email Clarissa Daly at or Anna Saunders at