Wednesday August 12, 2020
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Rallies – Re-starting  You will have seen recently that the Government has continued to relax the lockdown restrictions, to the point where small gathering are now possible.  This has been followed by Pony Club confirming that it is moving to Phase 3 of its Operational Plan for the resumption of activities.  What this means in practice and is that we can now move to small group rallies, which is a major step in resuming activities.  The three important qualifications to this are 1) social distancing must be fully adhered to, 2) all activities must take place outside and 3) a maximum of 6 people are allowed within the arena.

All rallies will be held in outside arenas, following completion of Covid-19 specific risk assessments.

We can now start jumping but will do so in a measured way.

A maximum of one parent/carer/family member will be permitted to travel to the venue and no dogs will be allowed.

So, we are planning on re-starting rallies with a maximum of 4 riders per group which allows for the instructor to be person number 5 and then if needs be for first aid purposes, or poo picking etc a Committee member can be person number 6.

Due to the maximum number of 6 people permitted in a group, no parents will be allowed in the arena and social distancing must be observed outside the arena.

If we have lead-rein children sign up for rallies, obviously their parent needs to count as one of the 6 people so we will have to structure/charge these differently.

As we are only going to be allowed 4 children in a rally, we will need to adjust the rally costs to £12.50 per child to allow us to cover the cost of the rally in full. If only 3 children sign up for a group, you will be given the option to pay slightly more so it can go ahead or it will be cancelled as we can’t afford to run rallies at a loss anymore.

Detailed guidelines will also be sent out before the resumption of rallies and it is imperative these are respected and fully observed.  It really is in our hands if we’re going to be able to re-start the sport we love and, hopefully, have the opportunity to do more as the next few weeks pass.

Summer Camps. We have been desperate to hold on to our residential Camp for 2020, it has been decided that in light of all the ongoing uncertainty about mass gatherings and the need for some forward planning that we have no choice but to cancel it for 2020.  If you would like your deposit back, please can you email our Treasurers, Niki and Gareth Bown to arrange this and/or please can you let them know if you would like your deposit rolled over to 2021. 

However, on a more positive note, please keep Camp week free for pony related activities as we are still hoping that we can fill that week with lots of other PC fun including maybe a couple of 1 day camps, some rallies, maybe a picnic ride etc. We are having another meeting in 2 weeks time and are going to discuss all options.

Annual Show at Newbury Showground Our annual show which we had already postponed from its original date to maybe sometime in September but we again made the sad decision that to run it in 2020 is not going to be viable. We rely on our very kind Sponsors to run the show and feel that asking people for Sponsorship in these times is not appropriate.

However (!), we are discussing the possibilities of running a 1 day show-jumping show later in the year depending on Government guidelines as to what is allowed so at least we might have something to look forward to.


The Craven Hunt Pony Club is one of the oldest Pony Clubs, founded in 1930. 

We cover West Berkshire and parts of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire. 

Former members:

include Clare and Andrew Balding, Nicky Henderson, national pony racing champion Ned Curtis, Tina Fletcher and well known commentator and former show jumper Andy Austin. Many members go on to work in different aspects of racing and horsemanship – most recently including apprentice jockeys, vet students, assistant trainers, and working pupils at dressage and eventing yards . The Craven excels in all equine disciplines. In 2016 we won the Pony Club Open Team Show Jumping at the National Championships and had representatives in the Open and Intermediate Eventing. Our show jumpers came fourth in 2016 in the Pony Club National Team Show Jumping competition at Hickstead.    


The branch is lucky enough to have access to exceptional tuition. Our chief instructor is renowned national and international trainer Sarah Ward who teaches our seniors and also holds general skills rallies for all ages (Woodhay).  We also have Ali Surrey-Dane who is our main dressage instructor also doing general skills rallies (Wantage), Lauren Yallop who teaches our eventing/SJ and general rallies (Lambourn Woodlands) and Alyssa Yallop who teaches our mounted games and general rallies  (Lambourn Woodlands) Nick Campbell (Lambourn) who teaches the older SJ/eventing rallies. All are all as happy teaching the smallest mini as teaching an A test candidate.  And our dedicated parent supporters regularly run badge and fun rallies and rides for our minis and juniors

Our Camp:

is attended by a high proportion of our members.  you can stay over with your pony or come daily and join in the fun during the day and evening.   From happy hackers to serious competitors, we ensure that everyone has great fun with the Craven.

How we can help:

This is to remind and reassure you that your Pony Club is here to help in all things to do with health and safety of your child and their pony: this includes peace of mind and sanity of their parents.

If you are unsure about which rallies to sign up to, are having problems with the pony at home, unsure about farriers, vets, livery yards, instructors please do not hesitate in picking up the phone to any members of the committee you may already know.