Friday October 18, 2019
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Report for Tetrathlon Championships 2019 by Annabel James, East Cheshire Branch Member
On Thursday night we left for the Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships. Once we had got the horses settled in, we made plans for the busy day of shooting and swimming, everyone was very excited. I wasn’t shooting until 2pm on Friday afternoon, leaving what seemed like a very long morning as I was quite nervous, but it also meant I had time to ride Cloudy and get organised in plenty of time. It felt rather strange starting the competition so late, as usually the older competitors are on first.
My shoot went well for me and I ended on a score of 940, which was good enough for joint 4th best shoot. My swim was a couple of hours later, at an amazing pool in Warwick University. I swam 8 lengths and 21 metres, my joint PB! I was a little frustrated however, as it was so close to the 9 lengths I have been aiming for all season! With my fellow area 5 teammates we then went to the cross-country course for an Area 5 Intermediate course walk at Offchurch Bury. This is always great fun and exciting sorting out what lines to ride and whether to take specific learners or not, as my best friend and I were both on relatively young horses and it was a suitably testing course for a championship.
As I wasn’t riding until the afternoon, Mum and I walked the course again and watched how the open girls and intermediate boys were riding it, especially a rather tricky jump at 9. The course on the whole looked like it was riding well if it was well ridden so we decided to go for all the direct routes. I was over the moon when Cloudy flew round, with an annoying 7 seconds over the time preventing a 1400 ride but, being one of only 5 clears, bumped me up into first place going into the final day.
I had a rather tense evening with the pressure of the run on Sunday looming, however the party was fantastic, especially the games at the Wales and Borders camp beforehand! I had lots of fun with lovely, supportive friends and dressing up in the twenties costumes was fun!
The run course was hard because there was a long, relatively steep hill at the start, however it was a quick course and many people were very close to their personal best times. The whole large field was filled of so many people shouting and cheering their friends and team mates on, which was lovely. This is what makes tetrathlon so special. Before long it was time for my run, and I was very nervous, as the run was very tough, however was made easier with all my wales and borders team cheering me on.
When the scores were up and it was calculated that I had held onto my lead, I was amazed, as it was my first year in Intermediates, and the icing of the cake was the fact the East Cheshire team came third! After the presentation, choosing photos and saying goodbyes, we picked up the horses and went home, with a McDonalds on the way!
I owe a huge thank you to Area 5 and Wales and Borders for such a fun weekend, and of course for allowing me to qualify. The rest of the Area performed fantastically, with the highlights being Beatrice Taylors brilliant 3rd individual place in a very hotly contested Junior Girls, with Lana Booth coming in at a fantastic 6th place in her first year in the class. Toby Johnson was 6th and Freddie James, Rufus Taylor and Ella and Kiera Booth were just out of the placings. It was an amazing weekend filled with incredible people and true sportsmanship from all involved.

Can we say a huge thank you to Lightech for generously providing a spotlight for our HOYS practices to acclimatise the ponies to the lights.

Our musical riders at Horse of the Year Show 2019!!

Our musical riders at Chatsworth with the Duchess of Devonshire


Just a few photos and bits of news from the weekend. Show jumping on Sunday 25 all the girls jumped really well. Issie Harrison got two clear rounds to go into the jump off to gain 6th place overall individually. Monday 26th eventing was a very successful day for East Cheshire.  Some superb individual places including: Sofia Stubbs 1st in section double clear with 30 dressage; close behind Issie Harrison finishing 2nd double clear with 31 dressage; Grace Webster got a 4th in her section double clear with 28 dressage and finally Amy bullock finished 9th with a double clear and 34.8 dressage. And East Cheshire Diamonds placed 5th for the teams overall with Sofia Stubbs, Ruby Wright, Sascha Smith and Amy Bullock.



On Sunday 4th August we were invited to perform at the Cheshire game fair at Peover Hall. We are currently practising for our exciting performance at horse of the year show in October, so last week we had two reminder practices to make sure we all remembered the magic ride! We were joined by our new rider Polly who amazingly has learnt the ride just last week!
Lots of rain in the week before made us nervous we would be cancelled as we had sadly for Bolesworth. But the sun shone through and saved the day and we were able to perform in front of the idyllic lake at Peover Hall. We had lots of fun getting the ponies ready in their outfits plus adding lots and lots of glitter to the ponies and us! The performances went very well and we had lots of applause! A big treat was in store after untacking, a free ice cream for everyone! Yummy! Another fun day had with our musical ride team. Next stop…. Chatsworth!

Sofia Stubbs


Featured in Cheshire Life our very own East Cheshire Black Cats Pony Club team; Lily Keep, Polly Walton, Dan Agnew, Lottie O’Donnelly and Scarlett Mycock at The Royal Cheshire County Show 2019 at Tabley


Huge well done to our Open and Intermediate Dressage teams, as both have qualified for the Championships 2019 in August!
Open Team – 2nd              –              Mary Goodridge, Cerys Macaulay and Ciara McLellan on Vera and Rory
Intermediate Team – 1st  –            Grace Wellings, Ellie Tomkinson, Mary Goodridge & Ciara McLellan
Fantastic result – shame our Novice and Grassroots teams unfortunately didn’t compete due to many reasons of lameness etc.  It’s what happens at this busy time of year.
Well done everyone, especially those who were dedicated enough to make the journey to a beautiful part of Wales.  So sorry for those of you who were let down on Friday, when their teams were no more.  I’m sure you will get another chance and we will do our utmost to ensure it doesn’t clash with our camp again.   Corrie

Congratulations to Alex Vickers and Polly Walton who flew their respective country flags (Scotland 3rd & Wales 2nd) at the Polocrosse Four Nations Tournament.  England clinched the title but there were some exciting chukkas played by the girls – well done.  Even the East Cheshire Commentary Box had a weekend away and kept the officials dry too!

Congratulations to our Mounted Games East Cheshire Members who qualified for the Pony Club Championships – well done to our Pairs combination of Alice and Dan Agnew (2nd) and to the Junior Team (3rd) – the three Issy’s (Harris, Keep, Lyons), Lochie White, Thea Williamson and Grace Underwood.


A busy weekend ahead for East Cheshire…
The third Pony Club Polocrosse Four Nations Tournament will be held at Celyn Polocrosse Club’s Backford Grounds on Rake Lane, CH2 4HS with the tournament taking place on 20th – 21st July.  Why not come along and watch PC polocrosse at its best and have a spot of retail therapy afterwards at Cheshire Oaks as it is only 5 mins away!  We have vested interested as Alex Vickers will be riding for Scotland in the Open category and Polly Walton will be riding for Wales in the Mini category.  Good luck girls!
Our Dressage focused members will be representing the Branch at the Area 5 Dressage Competition at Llandyrnog, Nr Denbigh on Saturday (20th) – good luck!
Travelling further afield to Stanford Hall (Leics) will be our Mounted Games motivated members to compete in the Central Zones Finals on Sunday (21st) – good luck!
And closer to home our Summer Camps will be beginning at Somerford – have fun everyone!


Looks like our members had a great time at Mini Camp this weekend.  Well done to all of them

Some of our members and ex members  at the Cheshire Shield.  Well done to all

Congratulations to Polly Walton and Alex Vickers who have been selected to play for Wales and Scotland respectively at the Pony Club Home International Tournament on 20th/21st July at Backford, near Chester.  Congratulations!

Well done to our Hunt Relay Team at the Cheshire show this year.  They came 3rd

Sam came 4th representing East Cheshire at the CHS triathlon a couple of weeks ago!! Well done Sam – great result

Well done to all members who entered the Area SJ at Southview, there was some really great rounds around some tough courses, team spirit was fabulous after what turned out to be a very long day for the Regional teams with some qualifications for the championships achieved for teams and Individuals.

Open –  Team mixed  2nd Jenna Cairns Ind 2nd Q
Ciara Mclellan

Intermediate Team  4th – Ciara Mclellan
  Annabel James
  Anniken Styth

Novice Team 4th Macey Richmond Guy
Tabitha Morris
Ellie Tomkinson
Ruby Tweats

Novice Team Tabitha Morris 6th Ind
Grace Wellings
Charlie Parish

Regional Team Diamonds 3rd Qual Freya Richmond Guy
Esme Williamson
Grace Webster
Madi Griffin

Regional Team Hearts 2nd Qual Isobel Harrison
Frankie Parish
Emily Beckett

Regional Team Clubs Sascha Smith Ind Q
Zara Smith  Ind Q
Amy Bullock
Jess Bullock


Well done to everyone who rode at our XC rally on Thursday evening – great to see everyone out and getting ready for the Cheshire Shield.  Thank you to our instructor David Llewellyn.


Well done to our 100cm SJ team who competed at Chatsworth HT on Sunday
Zoe Hill, Lana Nelson, Cerys Macaulay, Anniken Styth



Results and photos from the Dengie Winter Championships at Addington last weekend – Ellie – 8th in the Dressage to Music Novice,  Tabs – 4th in the winter league showjumping champs.

Well done everyone!

A fantastic polocrosse weekend in Dallas Burston at the Bombers Arena PX Tournament (30/31 March) for three East Cheshire Members.  Alex Vickers and Dan Drummond were third in the Open Seniors section.  Polly Walton played her first tournament and her team won, with Polly also winning the Best No 2 Award at the prizegiving. 

Great performances at the PC nationals triathlon championships- a few personal bests, some amazing running and shooting but no places this time. Annabelle just missed the places by 1 point! 

We had a couple of great XC technique rallies this Sunday with Dee Hankey.  Well done to all of you.

A great turnout at the Area Dengie Dressage Final at Northop  on Saturday – very windy!   Well done to all our East Cheshire members below who managed to get to this final and then compete on Saturday!  Also well done to all placed and the top 3 (in bold) in each of the below classes and placings qualify for the Championships at Addington on the Saturday, 13 April.  So out of the 9 qualifying places, 6 places have gone to East Cheshire members 

OPEN  –  CIARA MCLELLAN – Vera – 2nd, EMILY PUGH  – 4th, CIARA  MCLELLAN – Rory – 1st

Fabulous day at area 5 triathlon. National qualifications for all our eligible triathletes (5) Toby Johnson, Annabel and Freddie James and Olivia and Sam Burns. Fantastic achievement for EC!!

Open showjumping Team taking the winning slot for the Winter League Show Jumping – team came 2nd on Saturday to the mixed team, however winning the series –  and Ciara coming 3rd in the Winter League Open qualifier – so she qualifies for the Champs at Addington

Look who’s on the front of the showjumping rules book 2019

East Cheshire diamonds- ciara, Jenna, jess and mary took the open class victory at southview.

Lucy Dennis & Zee went to the Cheshire Hunt North’s Dengie Dressage Competition yesterday and won both the Novice and Intermediate classes, qualifying for the area final.  Well done to them both.



The East Cheshire Musical Ride display team were lucky enough to be invited down to watch the Household Cavalry train, they are garrisoned at Hyde Park Barracks. After weeks of begging our schools to let us skive, we made our way down to London on Tuesday night (not without a drama of course). After someone managed to miss the train, left a coat and lost a phone! We all met at Euston and set off to have tea and check into our hotel.

We were all up bright and early Wednesday morning to walk over to the barracks. We were met by Captain Mc Allister who took us to watch the household cavalry practise for HOYS. They have an instructor Corporal Andrew Drummond, who is nearly as strict as Susan! We got lots of ideas for our next Musical Ride.

We then got to look around the multi-storey stables, which holds 250 horses, where we got told all about the tack, equipment, horses and the soldiers riding them. If you thought that cleaning tack “the pony club way” was hard, try cleaning boots for 3 hours a day! We learnt about the tradition and history of the tack that they use, they have an emergency neck chain in case someone cuts their reins during battle!

Most of the horses are imported from Ireland as youngsters and all have to be 16.3hh+ and jet black, then they’re trained up to become parade and guard horses. They have two grey horses which are ridden by the trumpeteers. We tried to smuggle a couple out but unfortunately they were abit big for our suitcases!

 Some more of our members at the Regional Champs –  SJ team at Eland Lodge

SJ Champs

Well done to some of our members – East Cheshire Reds came 5th in the Landrover Regional Dressage Champs, Lexie Hallwood, Grace Webster, Phoebe Southern and Jess Wilson.

Dressage Champs


  The intermediate dressage team came second overall and Mary was third in her arena on Ted with 70.16%.

Int Dress Mary

 Our Musical Riders winning at the Pony Club Championships for the 4th consecutive year

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