Thursday October 6, 2022
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Rallies
ese are the training and rallies for September: BOOK your place NOW!
3rd, 10th, 17th September – flatwork Chris Brooks @ Upper Glyn farm, Devauden
September 10th, 17th – flatwork Margie Osborn@ Old Rectory, Woolaston
September 16th, 30th – flatwork & jumping – Richard Evans @ Bishton Farm, Tidenha

We run lots of rallies and other activities during the year.  Every six weeks we have a general rally, with groups suitable for everyone.  Additional monthly rallies are aimed at our younger or more novice members. 

There is also regular training focussed on jumping, flatwork, cross-country or mounted games or for more senior members – please check these pages and contact the organiser for that sport in the branch if you are interested in taking part.  All levels of ability are catered for, from lead reins and beginners right up to those competing in affiliated competition.

If you want to be part of a branch team it is expected that you do attend these ‘extra’ specialised training sessions for the discipline you want to take part in.  To represent Curre Hunt PC at Area competition level or above, you will also need to have attended at least three general rallies during the year (August-July). 

BOOKING

All rallies, training and other branch events are listed in the Programme which comes out about every three months.  See the link from the menu on the branch home page for the current Programme.

Booking is done online via the Events Booking Page link (see home page menu) to our EntryMaster booking system.  Payment is made via PayPal.  Places for all listed activities can ONLY be booked via this page and must be paid for at the time of booking.

Once booked online NO refunds are payable.  The only exceptions to this would be for unavoidable personal reasons, horse health issues with a vet’s certificate, or if the date is changed by us and you can no longer make it.  You will appreciate that venues and coaches’ time have to be booked well ahead. Having made that commitment we are obliged to cover the cost whether or not some members are unable to go at the last minute. 

WE ASK THAT YOU BOOK YOUR PLACE WELL IN ADVANCE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES!

Bookings close 3-5 days ahead of the event so we can confirm the coaches we need and the venue and put booked members into suitable groups.  Late booking makes organisation difficult and it may not always be possible to accommodate late entries. Some rallies or training events have a limited number of spaces – no further bookings can be taken once this limit is reached.

We try to keep groups small enough that each member can get individual attention and opportunity to make progress.  As far as possible we use coaches from the central Pony Club coaches’ database who have current, up-to-date certification for First Aid, Safeguarding, DBS and continuous professional development (CPD) to ensure our members are getting high-quality instruction for the most reasonable cost possible.  We do not aim to make money on our rallies or training, only cover costs.

 

VENUES

We use a range of venues around the area, all chosen for their facilities, value for money hire fee and ease of access. Regular venues include Coleg Gwent Equestrian Centre in Usk, the David Broome Event Centre and Leyland Court Equestrian Centre.  We are also lucky to often be able to use the lovely surroundings of Lloysey Farm near Trellech for our junior rallies.

 

ALLOCATING MEMBERS TO RIDES

All members who have been booked into a rally or training event are placed in groups to match their skill level, based mainly on what Pony Club test they have achieved or are working towards.  Age is also taken into account, together with other considerations such as riding a new or young pony or if the member is new to the branch.  We appreciate that being with their peer group is important to many members and try to keep friends together as far as possible.

 

WHAT TO WEAR AT RALLIES & TRAINING

The Curre encourages members to take pride in their turnout.  Branch sweatshirts, branch waterproof jackets and “skins” can be obtained from Kudos Printers, Bulwark, Chepstow  

https://kudoscompanies.co.uk

Pony Club ties and membership badges can be purchased from our Membership Secretary or DC, or ordered from www.wainwrightscreenprint.co.uk the main Pony Club online shop.

At all general rallies members are expected to wear:

  • A helmet which meets the current Pony Club safety standard (see link on home page), with plain black brown or navy cover.  Your hat must be tagged to show that it has been checked – this can be done at any rally, please ask.
  • Hair must be tied back if it reaches your collar or longer or hairnets worn.
  • Earrings and body piercings should be removed for safety or taped over – so avoid getting any new piercings immediately before Camp or Area competitions!
  • A branch waterproof jacket or sweatshirt, long-sleeved polo shirt, or white shirt with PC tie – NO hoodie tops for riding!  Some members prefer to wear Curre PC “skins” or rugby shirts.  For jumping, your top must have sleeves (short or long) for safety reasons and to stop you getting sunburn in hot weather.  
  • Beige jodhpurs
  • Jodhpur boots & chaps or long riding boots
  • Gloves
  • Body protector optional (compulsory for XC)

Ponies should:

  • Be clean and tidy with well-trimmed feet or shod
  • Wear clean, well-fitting tack (numnahs/saddle cloths should be plain white, black or brown)

There is no need for everything to be shiny and new; try posting a “wanted” item via our Curre Pony Club Facebook group if there is something you need… there is always something outgrown looking for a new home!

At training rallies the dress code is slightly more relaxed.  However, it is still expected that you and your pony are clean, tidy and appropriately kitted out for the activity you are taking part in.

 

To find out more about mounted Rallies you can contact our DC.