Thursday May 23, 2019
Annual Roundup 2017

As a Branch we have had a very busy year running 36 rallies, 7 of which were Mini Rallies. We have run many trainings in eventing, show jumping, dressage, mounted games, polo, not to mention weekly badge training and unmounted test training.

The Mini Rally program has really taken off this year under new management and has been incredibly well supported by our growing number of Under 12 riders. There is always lots of cake, biscuits, smiles and usually a picnic at the end!

As ever, Camp was a huge highlight of the year at the beginning of the summer holidays. 70 members enjoyed the wonderful Trumpington estate, where they were able to ride in the extensive grounds and enjoy the incredible facilities laid out for them. Huge thanks to all those who helped from cooking lunches and suppers to helping with evening activities for the campers. It’s a massive team effort.

And on to another team effort: At the end of the summer holidays, we were delighted to host the 71st Gosling Cup at Trumpington Hall. We built a brand new cross country course for the event and invested a huge amount of time and money making sure that the event ran perfectly from start to finish. All went brilliantly with the help of nearly 100 volunteers on the day! Enormous thanks should go to all of the volunteers but not least to the wonderful Pemberton Family. Without the Pemberton’s kind support the event would not have been possible. The Gosling Cup legacy will stay with us now, as the facilities at Trumpington are there for our enjoyment at rallies for years to come.

Over the course of the summer we proudly sent teams out to represent our Branch at countless Area and Friendly competitions.

In Dressage Katherine Ganczakowski qualified for the Grassroots Championships and performed really well at the finals. Anna Czylok won her arena at the Intermediate Dressage and went on to be placed 5th at The Pony Club National Championships at Cholmondley Castle.

In show jumping, teams and individuals represented our Branch at the International Horse Trials at Houghton Hall in Norfolk in the Spring. Later in the year, two teams competed at the Pony Club Grassroots competition at Isleham. One of the teams qualified for the championships at Keysoe where they narrowly missed team placing. At the Pony Club Area Competition, Anna Braybrooke qualified to compete individually at The Novice Pony Club National Championships and just last month our Team at the Pony Club Team show jumping at Burghley Horse Trials came an agonising but brilliant 9th,.

Our Novice eventing teams, comprising some 16 members, represented the Branch at the Area, Grassroots, Bloom Cup and Gosling Competitions. All competed to the best of their abilities with many personal bests. Lots of exciting prospects for next year.

For those of you who don’t know, Iona Sclater was shortlisted for the British Pony European Team and achieved some truly fabulous results at Pony Trials on her pony Foxtown Cufflynx. Many of our other senior members campaigned their pony club ponies and horses at British Eventing and also achieved some great results this year.

Tetrathlon has been ongoing throughout the year with our Branch posting some really great scores in shooting and Triathlon competitions and latterly Pentathlon. Our own treasurer, Sue Knott is our Area 8 rep and hopes to run a taster Triathon Rally for Area 8 next year – please look out for that one.

We have had a couple of current and ex members racing, Benoit De La Sayette won the French Pony Racing Final in Chantilly, France in September. Noah BC is now working every weekend for Alan and Lawney Hill. He hopes to race at Cottenham and Horseheath this year. We need to watch out for both of these talented boys!

Mounted games was in it’s infancy for 2017 and we are very pleased to have a new manager organising free games practices. We have not had fielded teams for inter branch friendlies as yet as most of our enthusiastic games players are very young and inexperienced but we hope to work on this over time. Anyone who represented the Branch at the Gransden Show Mounted Games Display might decide that it would be fun to participate more next year? Let us know if you are keen to make up a team – bigger ones are very welcome!

Polo has been well represented by the CHPC, we had 7 members go to the Championships at Cowdray Park in West Sussex, a beautiful venue and great experience for them. Faris Ashraf has recently been selected to represent the UK at junior level. Well done and good luck to Faris.

As you can see there is so much on offer for you. Whatever your level or age, please give a new discipline a try. You do not need to have the flashiest of horses to do well. Success comes from determination to succeed backed up by lots of hard work. Anything is possible if you want it badly enough.

Looking to the future we plan to continue with plenty of rallies and trainings for you to attend, I hope that the numbers that attend the Monday evening Rallies will increase next year as they were slightly disappointing this year. I know that some of you have been dogged with lame or poorly horses and that has made attending pony club rallies and competitions really hard and frustrating for you. Let’s hope that next year will be a good, injury free year for us all.

Anyone who is interested in representing the Branch at any Area competition really needs to be attending training throughout the winter and definitely throughout the spring and early summer so that you can really benefit from the experience of our brilliant instructors and facilities, prior to the Area competitions in July.

And lastly we would like to ask that if anyone has any ideas or suggestions for training or new venues or any aspect of Branch matters, please email or phone either of us to discuss, we really need volunteers and ideas from the members to keep the Branch fresh and moving on in the right direction.

Stay warm this winter and try to carry on with the trainings to consolidate the work you have achieved this summer. W look forward to seeing you all in the Spring raring to get going at rallies and competitions.

Best wishes

Catherine Monnington & Emily Casey