Monday August 10, 2020
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August 7th 

Dear Members, families, volunteers and staff,

The announcement last week around a step forward in team sport was welcome support to those planning Mounted Games, Polocrosse and Polo training and competitions. We look forward to members being able to access these sports again whilst reducing additional risks of spreading the coronavirus.  

We are also pleased to share an update from Horse Scotland this week announcing an easing of restrictions for our Scottish members. Outdoor non-contact competition may resume in Scotland, but Horse Scotland are awaiting approval of equestrian specific guidance which they hope to have shortly. To keep up to date with the latest please news please visit: www.horsescotland.org/news.

I am also excited to share some special events happening in August.

The Pony Club Home International Dressage – Virtual Competition

We are pleased to have the opportunity to stage our Pony Club Home International Dressage virtually this year. The competition is usually a chance for riders to compete against the backdrop of Windsor Castle so, despite the disappointments that Covid‐19 has brought to 2020, our members will be able to ride at the virtual Royal Windsor Horse Show and to compete in this challenge online.

Entries for the competition open Friday 14th August, so make sure you are prepared, to find out how to enter please click here.

The competition will be live streamed on social channels from 25th-27th September where you can cheer on your favourites from the comfort of your home!

Equestrian Hopes and Dreams Art Competition – Finalists

Those following this competition since it launched back in April will know that the entries have been exceptional this year. We have seen over 125 people produce artwork that has shown great effort and passion. You can still view all the entries here.

We have been lucky enough to have a range of talented judges working together on our panel: Jocelyn Magnus, Hannah Gifford, Katie Falcon, Cornelia Fitzroy, Henry Symington and Bazil Leith. Last week they had the tough job of selecting the finalists for each category. We have contacted each finalist via email, so please check your inboxes, their first names are listed below:

11 Years and Under
Elizabeth, Jasmine, Seraphina, Suuki and Furla

12-16 Years
Grace, Macy, Charlotte, Fearne and Arthur

17 Years and Over
Katrina, Nicol, Maria, Lucy and Lauren

I look forward to seeing the entries in person as I will join the judges and watch them make the hard decision to select the winner on August 14th. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to enter.

Pony Club at Home with Land Rover Burghley – Photo Competition

Pony Club Members all over the world are invited to participate in ‘Pony Club at Home with Land Rover Burghley 2020’ with an online photograph competition. As many entries as possible will be featured in a special Pony Club Gallery on the Land Rover Burghley website during Burghley Weekend (September 4th- 6th 2020). There will be a packed schedule of online and social activities, including a feature programme on Sunday 6th September to celebrate the Event.

The winning photograph must feature your horse or pony and will be the image that best captures the essence of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. It may be an existing photograph taken on Pony Club Team Jumping Day at the Event in previous years or a new photograph that recreates a Burghley tradition, memory, or goal at home with your horse or pony. Be as creative as you wish!

Entries are now open and close on 25th August and there are some fantastic prizes available for full competition details visit here

I look forward to watching all the competitions take place this month, I hope you enjoy taking part.

Marcus Capel
Interim CEO