Thursday September 16, 2021
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Pony Club Eventing 2021 has begun!
The Blankney Pony Club One Day Event at Norton Disney marked the start of the Area 6 Eventing year. We have a great record at this event and this year proved no different, some wonderful performances across the levels. The sections were very competitive and I cannot wait to see where the Burghley Branch will sit when the points are all added up for this first leg of The Ryder at Premier Equestrian Area 6 Eventing League. With arrive – compete – leave still in operation, I’m sorry I didn’t get to see more of you but well done to all our top ten finishers – and particularly to Matilda Hind, 2nd in her first ever One Day Event and Amy Whittington for ensuring The Burghley had a winner !
80cm – 2nd Matilda Hind; 9th Emilia Eggar
90cm – 2nd Flynn Kewney; 3rd Clara Wilson; 4th Emily Traylen; 7th Millie Walters
100cm  – 3rd Claudia Campbell
110cm – 1st Amy Whittington; 5th Isobel McEuen; 7th Bea Lovett-brunt
The next event of the season is hosted by the Cotts on 05/06/2021. Entries are open. 

Back in the park for the 2021 season!

The Easter holidays saw us return to the park for the 2021 season  –  our younger members led the way with the iconic Easter egg hunt on good Friday, closely followed by our show jumpers, our xc riders  and of course the much anticipated re-start of the Mickey Mouse Club! It’s lovely to see everyone back!

Busy members during Lockdown v.3

Lockdown version 3 hasn’t stopped our members keeping busy. We’ve had members bossing a virtual triathlon, earning badges galore, baking up a storm and exercising their socks off, all in the name of Pony  Club fun –  well done everyone for keeping the Burghley PC spirit alive and well until we can meet in the saddle again! 



Christmas fun at Mickey Mouse Club

Our minis and juniors enjoyed a festive (if rather cold and soggy) day of pony club fun just before Christmas. Fun and games and fancy dress were all on show, but it looks like the DC might have had the most fun of all!! 


C+ Success

Huge congratulations to Bea Lovett-Brunt, Emily Traylen, Alice Eggar, Charlotte Himdmarch and Sienna de Gale who all recently passed their C+ Test

Area 6 Festival of Eventing

Well done Burghley Pony Club Members at the Area 6 Festival Of Eventing – some great individual results as well as some fantastic team scores! Our branch loves its Eventing! Team Results:

PC 80 – 1st – Elisha Beehoo, Flynn Kewney, Sienna Lanni

PC 90 – 1st   – Emily Van Der Weyden, Millie Walters, Clara Wilson

PC100 – 3rd – Claudia Campbell, Harry Lee, Sophie Johnson

PC110 – 1st   – Oliver Lee, Isobel McEuen, Amy Whittington


Area 6 Festival of Dressage

Super results for the branch from the Area 6 Festival of Dressage hosted by the Cottesmore Branch. 

Grassroots – 3rd – Holly Bignell, Matilda Hind, Lottie Sharman. 

Novice – 1st – Clara Wilson x 2, Millie Walters

Clara and Millie have also have qualified for the second round of the Spring Series Dressage Championships, the finals of which will be held at Arena UK provisionally on 10th/11th April 2021.


Polocrosse Success!

An Area 6 polocrosse team formed entirely from Burghley branch members played outstandingly in the Bombers Pony Club Polocrosse Autumn Challenge at Admington Polo Grounds in Warwickshire on 5th and 6th September. Ava Lambert (9), Zara Stafford (11) and Perdy Gale (9) played in the Novice Minis group. They won their first match 2-1, won 4-1 in their second match and played a blinding final where they surged ahead by 3 goals only to lose out in the last couple of minutes. How amazing to come second in their first tournament as a team (and the first one ever for Zara, Ava and their ponies Mara and Ozzy, who only took up the sport a matter of weeks ago). Well done!! 

Mickey Mouse Club!
Our under 11s have been very busy throughout the summer attending our MMC weekly rallies in the park. Our super-enthusiastic (and very smiley) members have all worked very hard and made lots of progress with their riding, all whilst having lots of socially- distanced fun with friends. There have been mini Achievement Badges galore, and we’ve also worked on stable management aspects, culminating in 15 members achieving their D Efficiency Test and a further 10 gaining their E test. Here are just a few snaps to whet your appetites!
MMC will be continuing throughout September and October (weather permitting) and everybody is extremely welcome. Please contact Hannah for more information.

Cottesmore Team SJ Competition 31/08/2020

Bank Holiday Morning saw the first inter-branch showjumping competition of the year and it was great fun to be out testing our wits against out neighbouring branches again! We had a great day with lots of fantastic results! Full results on the FB page, but huge congratulations to Ava Lambert who finished 1st in the 60cm, Faith Harwood who was 3rd in the 80cm, and great team results with team 3rds in 60 and 70cm and 2nd in the 90cm! Well done everyone –  great riding all round!

Huge thanks to all competitors, you were all a credit to the branch –  Holly, Perdy, Isabelle B, Maddie, Ava, Faith, Matilda H, Savannah, Annabel A, Barney, Millie H, Harry H, Clara, Els, Emily T, Sophie M, Emily VdW, Jess T, Tash  – super stars!!

Lockdown Camp 2020

26 of our younger members enjoyed two days of fun in the Burghley Fields this August for our special Lockdown Day Camp. The small groups meant plenty of opportunity for everyone to experience dressage, showjumping, working hunter, gridwork, games and even Polocrosse. Every member threw themselves fully into the spirit of things in spite of the British weather doing its utmost to confuse! Huge thanks to the parents and instructors who made this such a special occasion for all involved.

July 2020 –  Business as usual for Burghley!

Full programme of activities back in the park and it’s been great to see so many of our members getting involved, from the tiniest, at the very popular Saturday morning Mickey Mouse Club, through to our oldest members preparing to get out competing again! 


June 2020 –  Rallies back in full swing and it’s great to be back in the Park!

Very excitingly, June saw the recommencement of ridden activities for our pony club (of course whilst strictly adhering to the Goverment guidelines to keep us safe in relation to Covid-19.) All rallies have been very well supported and it’s been lovely to start to get us all back together again. The highlight of course has been the return to our home in the beautiful grounds of the Burghley Estate –  Welcome Home Burghley Pony Club! 

Great Participation in our virtual show! – May 2020

Our recent Virtual show held in lieu of the cancelled Novice Show was a great success, with a huge numbers of members, parents and general ‘hanger-on-ers’ all taking part. Huge thanks to Hannah Hoyles and Sarah Hind for all their work in pulling it together. 


Easter Holiday Activities –  April 2020

Although the Covid-19 lock down has meant that we have not be able to get together on our horses, it most definitely hasn’t stopped The Burghley from getting together virtually! We’ve had a huge range of activities to keep us busy during the Easter Holidays, from virtual dressage, to our very own bake off  and of course the loo-roll challenge, to name but a few! Huge thanks to Sarah Hind and Hannah Hoyles for all their hard work!

Loo Roll Challenge Video


Super Assistant DC –  BE90 Open Arena Eventing Champion 2020!

Huge congratulations to our super assistant DC, Claire Daly, who recently rode like a demon to win the BE90 Open Arena Eventing Championships on the irrepressible Ralphie G! Great start to the season –  come on Burghley Members you’ve got a lot to live up to!


Triathlon/Tetrathlon News 2020

January – The Quorn Triathlon

Our intrepid team of Burghley Triathletes braved the freezing cold at the Quorn Tri today… and all performed brilliantly!

Huge successes for our older members with Harry 5th in the Junior section with ‘Best Shoot’, and Oli coming an almighty 2nd individually in the Open with ‘Best Run’. Well done to both!

Representing our younger members, Felicity was an impressive 3rd individually with a medal for her incredibly fast ‘Best Run’, and was also part of a mixed team with the Cottesmore, finishing in 3rd position. Millie and Pips were both awesome in the Minis section: Pips (with a mighty PB in her shoot) was placed 5th individually, and Millie (with ‘Best Swim’ and her own PB) was placed 6th. Together they were part of the mixed team finishing in 2nd with the Belvoir.

And in the all-important Geriathlon section our “Burghley Burlies” were a mighty 5th and are very pleased with their pink frillies.

A huge well done everyone.

February – The Fitzwilliam Triathlon

A huge well done to all the fantastic competitors at the Fitzwilliam Triathlon today.

There were some very strong performances across the board with individual placings for Faith (3rd out of 22) in the Tadpole Girls, and Felicity and Maddie (3rd and 6th respectively out of 31) in the Beanie Girls. Personal Best swims for Millie (best swim in her class) and Faith and Maddie; an amazing ‘Best Run’ for Felicity with a very quick time; plus a full trio of PBs for both Jemima and Flo, who are on an absolute roll!

Teams were a bit confusing and the final scores took forever to be released, so more results to follow… but we definitely had a 3rd in the Beanie Girls and I think a 4th for our only Beanie Boy, Archie!

Not the easiest weather conditions (wet, windy and muddy) but as you can see, spirits were high, behaviour was exemplary, and everyone tried their hearts out. Incredibly well done to our First-Timers: Archie, Phoebe, Laura, Perdy, Felicity H and Harriet – we hope you’ll do it again! And to Flo, Esme, Annabel who all moved up a class in this competition and shot with a gun for the first time.