Monday October 22, 2018
Mounted Games

Love the fun of riding?   Enjoy making new friends?  Like going fast?*  Want to learn how to vault on your pony?

Games Best friendsCotswold Vale has a thriving games section, attracting children of all ages and abilities and with a full calendar of rallies, team training and competitions (including Ireland)  running all year round! In 2017, we had a junior team and two senior teams competing at the Pony Club Championships which is a fantastic achievement.  We also take part in several display competitions, such as the Game Fair, Royal Bath & West, Moreton Agricultural Show and Bromyard Gala.

games pony club kickWho can take part?

Anyone can. Rallies are open to all and they run throughout the year. From March, we  focus on team training for the Area competition which is held in April/May. For the last few years, teams have qualified for the next round of Zones competitions, usually held in June.  Rallies also continue however, especially for our novice and junior riders.

games sasck ellie deanIdeally, children at least need to be able to stop, start and steer without help, and get on and off their pony unaided. But we always welcome lead rein children: our view is that the sooner they start, the better they become! We’re delighted to have a lively group of lead rein/assisted riders taking part in rallies regularly and entering friendly competitions – these riders are our future Junior and Senior team members!

Do I need a fast pony?

No!  Any pony can take part, and training focuses on accuracy, teamwork and having fun! Speed is a bonus 🙂

How do I join a team?

Games - junior team with stef and sarahTo be eligible for  team selection, children must be 14 yrs or under (senior) or 10 years or under (juniors) on 1 January, and must have been enrolled or renewed their Pony Club subscription before 1 February.

Team selection for Areas takes place in the early spring, and the focus is on performance, commitment to training, and sportsmanship – but children can take part in many friendly competitions throughout the year just for the fun of it, without going through a selection process as such. We always try and include ALL children in friendly competitions who want to take part.

 Where is training held? 

oscar and seth turkington june 2016From September, we practise at the RDA indoor arena on Cheltenham Racecourse or indoors at Moores Farm Equestrian Centre, Corse Lawn.  From April, training moves outdoors and we  practise on grass or in an outdoor arena.  Around this time, we start to consider team selections and our training then becomes more focused on the Area 9 competition, usually held late April.

In 2016, we entered two Junior, two Senior and two lead rein teams to the Area 9 competition, with the Junior A and Senior A teams qualifying for Zones in July 2016.  A senior and a junior team qualified for the Pony Club Championships in August 2016.

ellie hand over flagWith team training taking place most weeks, we also carry on holding  ‘open to all’ rallies throughout the spring and summer, until July.

When is training held?

Rally dates are published via  the regular branch newsletter that is emailed to all members. We also publicise all rallies, competitions and social events through the CVFH Facebook page, and through a CVFH Games Facebook page.

 How do I book?

Check the regular email newsletter of Facebook page for up-to-date information and ring, text or email team manager Ruth Darling to confirm your booking – please be aware that this will be taken as a commitment to pay if you subsequently have to cancel.

Who trains the teams?

16-4-17 George profile picSarah Hance, the club’s chief instructor, has been coaching the games rallies and teams successfully since 2013.  Stef Lynott- May assists with training, along with Ruth Darling the team manager. Parents, too, play an active role as equipment helpers and line stewards at competitions.

Team manager

Senior team manager – Andy Wilkins   Junior team manager – Lisa Beachus

Supervising DC

Jane Haslum

(* .. but only if you want to!)