Sunday December 4, 2022
For National Pony Club updates and information please go to pcuk.org
Endurance

Contact: Jo Beckingsale 07973 728594

If you would like to compete in Endurance events, it is free for PC members to become an Endurance GB member. You also NEED an Endurance Master Card – please contact me, so I can order direct from PC Head office. Your mastercard is your record of miles achieved and will count towards Mileage Achievements.

 

To find out more about Pony Club endurance click here:

(Link to PCUK endurance page:)

https://pcuk.org/sports/endurance/

To learn more about the rules governing the sport click here:

(Link to PCUK Endurance rules)

https://pcuk.org/officials/rulebooks/

To find local Endurance events run by ICENI group click here:

https://egb.myclubhouse.co.uk/Cms/Spaces/IG/Iceni+Group

Started in 2021 is The Great Pony Club Hacking Challenge – Ride Trackers can be downloaded from PCUK website – on paying an entry fee. (Rachel can you link the underlined bit to here: https://pcuk.org/sports/endurance/the-great-pony-club-hacking-challenge/


ENDURANCE EXPLAINED

Endurance riding is for all Pony Club members aged 5 years and over. The rides are generally held in areas of parkland or on fields and tracks to which you would normally not have access. Whilst some endurance competitions cover long distances, Pony Club classes start at rides of approximately one hour, and if you ride regularly including some canter work these will be suitable for you. If you are already doing pleasure rides and enjoying them this could be for you.
Rides are organised by Pony Club Branches or Endurance GB. You can enter to ride with friends or go alone. Those under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult – ride organisers can often help find someone for you to ride with. You should write “Pony Club” at the top of your entry form. Prior to the event you will receive a map, showing the route, and crew gates, which will enable you to plan when you should aim to reach these, in order to finish the ride in the allotted time. Your helper can meet you at the crew gates with water for your pony and a drink and snack for you. It is important that you and your pony stay hydrated.
On the day you lodge your “Mastercard” (available from Glennis) with the secretary. At longer rides, you should then take your pony to be checked by the farrier, if there is one – get him to sign your vet sheet – and then to the vet who will check your pony’s heart rate and watch him trot up. You can then proceed to the start at the time you have been given. When you complete the ride you have 30 minutes to wash down and cool your pony off before presenting him to the vet for another heart rate check and trot up. If you pass this and have finished in the required time you will receive your completion rosette.
If you complete 3 rides of the right distance, at the correct speed you will qualify for the Championships.
Further details on endurance can be found on the main Pony Club website www.pcuk.org and if you are entering any classes this year please contact Glennis

Below: some of our members taking part in an Endurance ride