Thursday October 1, 2020
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Rallies
General rallies - riding instruction

General rallies – riding instruction

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 month we have a general rally, suitable for all ages and abilities.  Other rallies might be aimed at our younger or more novice members. 

There is also regular training focussed on jumping, flatwork, cross-country or mounted games – please check these pages and contact the organiser for that sport in the branch if you are interested in taking part.  All ages and levels of ability are catered for, from beginner 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 to the left for the current Programme.

Booking is done online via the Events Booking Page link, with payment being made via PayPal.  Places for all listed activities can ONLY be booked via this page and must be paid for to be guaranteed.

Once booked online, whether payment has gone through or not, NO refunds are payable.  The only exceptions to this would be for totally 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 in advance.  Having made that commitment we are obliged to cover that cost whether or not some members are unable to go at the last minute.  If a booking has been made without prior payment, you will be invoiced for the relevant amount.

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

For most activities we close bookings five days ahead of the event.  This is so we can confirm the coaches we need and the venue and put booked members into suitable groups.  Late booking makes organisation very 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 is able to 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, but to cover costs.

 

VENUES

We frequently have to hire venues, particularly during the winter months.  This comes at a cost, which is included in the booking fee (eg, Coleg Gwent Equestrian Centre, Leyland Court or the David Broome Event Centre).

For the summer of 2019 we are lucky to be able to use Usk Showground for our rallies – lots of lovely, flat space that is easy accessible from all directions!

 

ALLOCATING MEMBERS TO RIDES

All members who have been booked in to 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    www.kudosclubs.uk.  Pony Club ties and membership badges can be purchased from our Membership Secretary, or ordered from www.pcuk.org online shop.

At all general rallies members are expected to wear:

  • A helmet which meets the current Pony Club safety standard (see link to left), 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, and hairnets should be worn (boys….get a haircut to save you any embarrassment!)
  • Earrings and body piercings should be removed for safety – 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 hoody tops for riding!  Some members 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.  Also, NO HOODIES please for mounted rallies or training.” 
  • 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, wear 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.