Sunday May 26, 2019
DC Notes Autumn 2016

As the autumnal notes develop on the trees and the nights draw in I have started to reflect on the passing of a great summer.

Our Pony Club summer starts way back in March and April when we submit our entries for both Burghley and Blenheim, swiftly followed by the planning of Area Teams and the training that will be needed and of course the next set of Efficiency Tests.

So far this summer you have achieved 9 riding ‘B’ Tests, 12 Horse and pony care ‘B’ Tests, 11 C+, 13 C, 21 D+, 14 D and 15 E test passes, 4 lunge tests and 31 riding and road safety tets passes. Well done all of you and keep up the good work. More tests will be held at Easter if not before and we are currently planning regular training to be held at Haggis over the winter months. We have also awarded in excess of 400 badges this year.

The Area competitions that start so early in the summer and take up so much of our time with planning training and selection, culminate in just two exhausting weekends in July. We had several personal bests but it wasn’t our year in terms of qualifying for the championships despite some very close scores. My lasting memory of the Areas was the support and camaraderie that I saw between you all and the gratitude you showed to your supporters, especially Val for giving up her time to warm you up on the day for the show jumping and eventing.

Our polo players spent a very busy summer competing far and wide on largely borrowed ponies, two of our members were in the winning team at the Polo Championship at Cowdray Park in West Sussex and were awarded an enormous trophy.

Our tetrathlon members worked hard this summer and were out and about doing very well at regional and friendly competitions and our pony racing members also notched up several wins including at Ascot and in France.

We fielded two teams at the Festival of Hunting in Peterborough for the Inter Hunt relay. One team made it through to 8th out of 32 teams in a very hotly contested class of teams from all across the country. I know that those that participated this year are keen to do it again next year as it is such a fun competition to be involved in. Be sure to get your name down early next year.

Camp came next with nearly 70 members enjoying the wonderful Trumpington estate, where you were able to ride in the extensive grounds and create treasured memories for years to come. Good weather and wonderful organisation by the indefatigable Helen Pemberton and her team ensured that the week passed without incident.

Many of you disappeared for a well-earned summer break while others remained and represented the Branch at Grassroots dressage and jumping competitions and of course the renowned Gosling Cup. Next year we will be hosting the Gosling Cup so I do hope that even if you are not eligible to compete in 2017 you will help with the organisation of such a challenging competition.

The Pony Club team show jumping at both Blenheim and Burghley were fabulously fun experiences for those involved on the day, at Burghley the team finished the first round on a very competitive score of 4 faults with only three teams finishing ahead with a clean sheet. The final placings put them in 7th but I prefer to say that we came equal 4th.

Recently the Grassroots Championships were held at Keysoe and we were delighted that we picked up some individual placings at hugely contested classes in both dressage and show jumping.

And finally this last weekend we won the Gerry Webster Cup at Isleham hunter trial with both teams finishing first and second on clean sheets, there was nothing between them just the closest to the optimum time. An exciting future

Well done to all those that have represented the Branch at any level and in any discipline this summer, we are so proud of you, you are a credit to the Branch in your appearance, politeness and most importantly your improving skills in horsemanship. We will continue to support you by offering regular trainings and rallies. Like everything in life you only get out what you put in, so if you are really committed and attend lots of trainings you will succeed.

On a final note the cold weather is approaching, be sure to keep an eye on the overall condition of your pony, he has served you well all summer so be sure to look after him this winter. Seek advice from any of your instructors on best practise for your own pony and the resources available to you.

We are currently working on a programme of events for the October half term, keep monitoring the website for new dates of rallies and events.


Your DC

Catherine Monnington

Tetrathlon Report July 2016

We all had a fabulous, friendly day at Essex North Pony Club on Sunday 3rd July with Millie Hanford winning the minimus girls Tri and 2nd in Tet with Best Shoot and swim.  Freddie was 2nd in minimus boys Tri, continuing his unbeaten shooting record this season with a score of 980, Marc was 3rd in the minimus boys Tri, 2nd in the swim and 3rd in the shoot.  Benoit de la Sayette won both the junior boys Tri and Tet, winning the shoot and swim.

There is a Tetrathlon for the Areas on 30/31st July at Shoby in conjunction with Area 6 for anyone who is interested.  You can also just enter the Quorn Tet or Tri run at the same time, it’s a great weekend with camping overnight if you want to.  Anyone who’s want more information please contact Sue Knott for entry details or myself.

Sally-Ann de La Sayette

Grassroutes Dressage Summer 2016

Very well done to all of the Grassroots dressage competitors today. Both of our teams qualified for the Grassroots Regional final to be held 11th Sept 2016 at Keysoe.
CHPC team 1: Annalie Barker, Lucy Clemeos, Olivia Cornick and Neve Piper were placed 4th overall with excellent individual results forAnnalie and Billy, (3rd in their arena,) and Lucy and Spice, (1st in their arena!).
CHPC team 2: Summer Williams, Scarlet Williams, Charlotte Sheppard, and Arabella Parker all produced lovely tests to be placed 12th overall, qualifying for the finals as two teams higher up the order competed HC.
Individual: Cerys Sutton also rode a lovely accurate test on a pony that she had borrowed for the competition as her own pony was recovering from injury.
It was a beautifully organised day with a perfect balance between a lovely relaxed atmosphere and a serious competition.
All of our CHPC riders were a credit to our branch in every way.
We look forward to working with both teams between now and the championships to perfect those tests even more!

Emily Casey

Dengie Winter League Dressage

Well done to all of our riders who took part in the CWA dressage competition on 6/11/16 and many thanks to CWA for a lovely event.

 A cold but beautiful morning gradually became much harsher with driving rain and some of our competitors, Iona Sclater and Anna Czylok deserve particular mention for facing the elements.

 Leah Monmont, Nelle Disley, Iona Sclater (2 rides), Anna Czylok and Alana Bailey took part.

 Anna Czylok romped home in class 5, the Intermediate qualifier, winning first place with a lovely ride and a well-deserved 74 score.  She has already qualified for the Dengie Intermediate but this ride, in the very worst of weather conditions, demonstrates how secure Anna and Mika’s partnership is becoming. She also wins a well-deserved CHPC Winter League, first place.

 In Class 3, the Novice Qualifier, we had a good number of entries in a large class of 19 and most CHPC riders were treating this as a test ride.  Although none qualified everyone had some really good elements to their tests.  The CHPC winter league class was close as could be, with CHPC  1st, 2nd and 3rd all on a score of 63. Iona and Excalibur pipped it with  63.2 and a collective of 45, then Alana and Silver just lost 2ndplace to Iona and Joey, by a whisker.  Well done all of you –  great riding and lovely ponies.

 In Class 2, Nelle Disley and Farco rode a good test and achieved 3rd place overall with a score of 63, and Leah Monmont and Ted, rode very nice test, gaining 7th place.

A lovely friendly environment to practise riding tests at a competition. We hope to see more familiar faces at the next Dengie Qualifier on 8th January 2017.

 Lyn Disley, Dressage Manager

Minis’ Easter Egg Rally

A lovely day at Trumpington for the mini Easter rally. A lot of fun was had by all. Thank you Emily Casey for coming to do the Easter crafts and to Lindsay Cook for teaching.

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Support the CHPC Gosling Cup

CHPC is hosting the prestigious GOSLING CUP this year at Trumpington by kind permission of the Pemberton Family. Did you know that the GOSLING CUP is believed to the be the oldest One Day Event in the Country and was first held in 1945 and is older than the Burghley and Badminton Horse Trials.  We have hosted the GOSLING CUP twice before 1992 at Cottenham Racecourse and in 2006 at Harlton.

Hosting the GOSLING CUP is a mammoth task of organisation and is a great team effort and we need all members to help as hosting this competition will benefit all members, present and future.  The 2006 GOSLING CUP left the branch with a legacy of equipment that we still benefit from today;  Full Set of Poly Show Jumps, Dressage Arenas and Markers, Event Flags & Poles, rebuilding of the Bank and Water at Harlton and the Bolt Hole Jump and double of Corners which are also at Harlton.   We also still have cross country fences kindly donated by members/families at that time which include Capinos Kennels (90 cm and 80 cm) The Frost Arrowhead Trough (90cm) and the Brimblecombe Flower Trough (85/90 cm) which are now at Trumpington and still in regular use.
We are hoping that the legacy of the TRUMPINGTON GOSLING CUP will be the refurbishment of some of the permanent fences at Trumpington and a  variety of new cross country fences at all heights.

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities and so if your family, business or someone you know may like to help sponsor the event please contact Lyn Disley  Sponsorship opportunities start at £100 for members’ families.


TRAININGS these are ongoing, again further details on the website and include weekly Polo Training and Tetrathlon Shooting and fortnightly Mounted Games Trainings.  The first Show Jumping Trainings for Areas 70, 80 and 90 cm starts on Saturday 22 April at Trumpington and further dates will be advertised shortly.

Excellent Easter Results

CONGRATULATIONS to Anna Czylok who qualified for the Pony Club National Intermediate Dengie Dressage Championships and was placed Ist  in her arena and qualified for the Ride Off where she came 2ND on 1st April 2017.  The next day Nelle Disley took part in the Burghley Hunter Trial 90 cm and qualified for the National Horseware Hunter Trial Championships in September and Elizabeth Monnington also qualified in the 100 cm class.  Later in the week on 6th April our Senior Team of Annalie Barker, Sarah Matcham and Neve Piper were placed a very creditable 5th place (close scoring) in the Pony Club Area 8 Blue Cross Horse and Pony Care Competition.  WELL DONE GIRLS from all us at CHPC for Flying the Flag for all of us at CHPC.