Sunday March 24, 2019
Pony Racing/ Endurance
 
** PONY RACING **
 
Are you interested in Pony Racing and want to learn more?
 
Earn your HorseRacing Certificate and Intro to Pony Racing Badge 
 
Any questions about  pony racing in general then please don’t hesitate to contact Lucy Stammers 
 
Pony Racing – For those jockeys aged between 9 and 15 who love the thrill of speed and adrenaline.
 
There are three series in pony racing;
The Pony Club race days, Point to Points and Charles Owen.
 
Those new to pony racing would go to a pony club race day with their every day pony club pony and those who are more experienced and competitive would compete  in the Charles Owen series with their racing pony ( mini thoroughbreds).
 
In order to be able to compete you need to go hunting, go to rallies and the BRS training days (British Racing School).
Pony racing is excellent if you  want a career in the racing industry and it teaches you good balance and horsemanship as well as being lots of fun!
 
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This is where Pony Racing Can Lead You –
 
First Ride, First Win for 16 year old Apprentice Jockey Friday 2nd February 2018, Oliver Stammers, a 16-year- old from Essex, made his racecourse debut asravenhoe_oli (3)
an apprentice jockey at Wolverhampton racecourse. Having only just received the license two days
before, it was exciting news that he would be racing.
Oliver had previously done pony racing and Shetland racing, which meant he was fortunate enough
to ride at events such as Badminton Horse Trials, on Ascot racecourse and at Windsor. However, this
was a different ball game.
Oliver has been at Mr Johnstons since July 2017 and has already gained incredible experience and
training. He described everyone there as a real team and he said that the support from everyone is
just amazing. During Oliver debut, the team gathered around the TV to watch him and cheered him
on – you dont get that anywhere else!
The big day arrived, and Oliver was the most excited he has ever been. He said how he couldnt sleep
the nights leading up to the race due to the excitement he had. He described feeling like a child
before Christmas Day!
The race began and Oliver, who started in stall 12, lead from very early on around the track. With his
sister and mum screaming and cheering in the stand with excitement and riding the race with him,
Oliver flew down the home straight lengthening his lead to win by half a length.
The excitement did not end there. Not only was Oliver interviewed by the Wolverhampton
Racecourse, but At the Races; called him for an interview after his race and he was live on Sky! The
men who interviewed him on TV congratulated him and praised him a lot throughout the
programme. For Oliver, this was a dream come true, because he always watches that show and to be
on it was fantastic.
Oliver thanked everyone at Mr Johnstons and said how he couldnt thank them enough! He felt over
the moon with how the race went and began to look forward to the next one, because racing is what
he wants to be doing all the time!
Since his debut race, he has had a couple of other races and another win at Lingfield on his most
recent run, which was also on Ravenhoe. The future is looking very good for this young, passionate
jockey. He is definitely one to watch!
By Lucy Stammers

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 Jackie) 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 Jackie.

 

Below some of our members taking part in the Endurance ride at Tattersall Farm

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