Tuesday July 27, 2021
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Rallies You will have seen recently that the Government has put the lockdown lifting stages into place, which allows us to recommence rallies as of 29th March 2021.  

Once lockdown eases and HQ give the go ahead for face to face rallies to resume rallies ruse all rallies will be held in outside arenas, following completion of Covid-19 specific risk assessments.

  • We will 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.  
  • 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 likely to be allowed 5 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.

Annual Show at Newbury Showground Our annual show was cancelled as we again made the sad decision that to run it in 2020 was 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.



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) Melissa Dawes (Newbury) who teaches dressage specific rallies.   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.