News | 20 February 2024

Week 20th February ’24

Parents & members evening

The annual parents and members evening will be held on Thursday 21st March at The Bod Erw Hotel , St Asaph at 7pm. A buffet will be provided free of charge.

This evening will be an opportunity for the parents and members to ask questions and socialise. Our guest speaker is Dylan Jones of Dolbadarn Film Horses. Dylan trains and supplies horses and riders for the television and film industry. He and his horses have appeared in many famous films and programmes: Game of Thrones, Transformers, The Legend of King Arthur, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tolkien, and War Horse to name a few.

Please make every effort to attend.

East Cheshire C+ Course and Test – open to Area 5 members

Please be aware that EC have a C+ course and test arranged starting 18th March and ending with test on 28th April – all at Higher Farm, Byley. There are spaces available which we are happy to open to Area 5 branch and centre members. See the East Cheshire website for full details, under Fixtures.

Cross Country Course Building & Safety Day

Hosted by the Ledbury Hunt Branch. With Simon Grundy (BE Accredited XC Course Builder) and Sarah Verney (BE TA).

Monday 11th March 2024, 10.30 – 3.30pm, to be held at Gadbury, Eldersfield, Glos. GL19 4PP

Useful information

SPORTS RULEBOOKS: Sport-specific rulebooks are available online on the Pony Club website –

The main Pony Club website contains information on Safeguarding and Duty of Care Policies – see

STIRRUP GUIDANCE: The link below is Pony Club Guidance on the size and type of stirrups –

Pony Club Members Insurance

Bethan is often asked by parents what the Pony Club insurance covers and whether it is restricted to incidents at a PC-organized event or elsewhere.

  1. The insurance is PERSONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE providing third party cover – thus what is covered is the liability of a member to others (including other members) for damage or injury suffered by them (and their property, including animals) and does not cover damage or injury suffered by the member or the member’s pony/horse.
  2. And the cover applies 24 hours and in all places.

Subject to exclusions. Full details are available on the Pony Club website and there is a very useful Question & Answer page which can be accessed here:


From PCUK: Pippa Funnell Pony Tales Webinar

We’re excited to announce we will be hosting a free webinar with Pippa Funnell, three-times Olympic Medallist and author of Pippa’s Pony Tales on Tuesday 27th February at 6pm. Pippa Funnell’s series of heartwarming pony adventures are packed with expert advice on everything you ever wanted to know about horses. Available in paperback and audiobook from Zephyr. Click here to see more. Spaces are limited for the live webinar. If you are unable to attend on the night, the live link will be available the next day, posted on YouTube and shared via email with our members.

From PCUK: National Equine Show

Our friends at The National Equine Show have offered Pony Club members 250 free tickets to the upcoming Show at NEC, Birmingham on  2nd & 3rd March. Join famous faces including Charlotte Dujardin CBE, Natasha Baker OBE, Esme Higgs, Harlow Luna White, Freddy Steele and Josh Hill, over 150 brands, and fun interactive features for all the family. Simply enter the code PONYCLUB at checkout to register your free weekend pass – while stocks last: Click Here

From PCUK: Specialised Ability Dressage Competition

As part of The Pony Club’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and creating opportunities for all young people, we are pleased to announce the Specialised Ability Dressage Competition. This inaugural dressage competition will showcase the often-unseen talent of so many of our young athletes whose different abilities, physical, neuro-diverse, visible or invisible can be a barrier to accessing competition.

This Pony Club initiative is centered around young people with either a physical limitation that may be outside classification, or with neuro-diverse or learning challenges who love riding but find few opportunities to compete. Our aim is to provide an open and inclusive pathway to bridge the gap between RDA and formal para-dressage pathways.

The aim of this showcase competition, held at The Pony Club National Championships, is to support such athletes and their horse/pony by providing a pathway to enjoy competitive dressage. The competition will be held on Wednesday 14th August at Offchurch Bury, Warwickshire. Competitors will choose between either a walk/trot test or a walk/trot/canter test. The competition will take place on grass and the prize giving will be held with our Open Dressage Championship prize winners.

For the chance to take part in this exciting showcase competition, we’re asking riders aged up to 25 years (members or non-members), or their parents/guardians, coaches, or influential adults in their life to apply to The Pony Club by 1st May 2024. A panel will then select the riders.