Monday March 25, 2019
All about us

Camp 2016








Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt is a friendly branch of the Pony Club based in Gloucestershire – with more than 180 members of all ages and abilities – offering a full choice of disciplines and a huge range of activities throughout the year. The branch was founded in 1952.

at camp - Jenny Cormack photoWe offer fantastic tuition all year round at various locations, with our ‘patch’ centred on and around Cheltenham and Gloucester, and over the river into the Forest of Dean.  Training is provided by registered, qualified instructors (all first aid trained) and we put on countless events, including many working rallies, team training and competitions.

Led by District Commissioners Sarah Glynn, and supported by Assistant DCs Jane Haslum , Sally Savage and Sheila Smith, we pride ourselves on being fun and friendly, giving a warm welcome to all new members. Our branch president is Chris Dee who will once again be running our summer camp 2018 at Cheltenham Racecourse this year, with a team of helpers.

Chief Instructor Sarah Hance with eldest son George

Chief Instructor Sarah Hance with son George

Overseeing all our training activities, including a large team of instructors for our annual Pony Club Camp, is our Chief Instructor, Sarah Hance.

Parents make up our main committee and we have a group of dedicated team managers – all passionate about their sport – to help specialist training go with a swing.

For all ages and abilities, we offer:

  • Working (open to all members) rallies across all disciplines
  • Training for most disciplines – dressage, show jumping, eventing, polo, mounted games, tetrathlon/tri-/bi-athlon and pony racing – with experienced and knowledegable team managers and trainers
  • Achievement badges and proficiency tests, with regular training, assessment and examination days
  • Annual summer camp – for seniors, juniors and mini riders -based at Cheltenham Racecourse.   This is a  six-day residential camp for seniors, staying over on the racecourse, sleeping in the stables!  Camp also includes a chance to jump a hurdle and chase fence and to use the gallops!
  • The opportunity to compete at all levels, with teams for everyone, up to the Pony Club National Championships
  • On the social side, in recent years, our members and their friends and families have enjoyed barn dances, discos, laser tag, dry ski-slope ski-ing and visits to Horse of the Year Show and Olympia
  • We regularly consult our membership to find out what they would like us to arrange for them