Monday October 3, 2022
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The Golden Valley Hunt Branch was established in 1945 by Mrs Hazel Bishop and is part of Pony Club Area 10. Mrs Bishop was the DC until 1970 when Mrs Betty Smith took on the role for five years. In 1975 Mrs Bishop once more stepped into the breach and remained DC until 2002. Jane Borrick then held the reins until 2004 when she was succeeded by Sue Bridge. Isobel Mills was appointed as DC in October 2007 and held that position until December 2010. She was a member of the South Shropshire Branch quite a few years ago! Clare Pearson-Gregory took up the reins in 2010 and stood down in August 2018.

IMG_0353                       IMG_0608P1320880Our current DC is Tracey Garrett who started her riding career at the age of 7. Her childhood was spent in the GVHPC, taking part in all the team activities and competing at the championship’s many times. This took her career further into competing/training and teaching which she has done for 30 years. Tracey has also groomed at Badminton/Burghley, world Equestrian games & Junior/Young Riders Dressage Europe Championships.

Up until February 2019 our president was Revel Guest-Albert and we have been very fortunate to have a terrific base on her farm beside the river Wye as a result of her kind support.  She is a hard act to follow but we are very very pleased to be able to announce that her successors are her two homebreds Corisande and Justin – welcome aboard both!

During the winter we hold rallies at Canon Bridge under the watchful eye of our Chief Instructor Helena Charlesworth and at other venues in the local area.

The Golden Valley Hunt Branch has had some very memorable members. To name but a few;  Leslie Law, Graham Law, Johnny and Willy  Bryan and indeed some of our original members still live in the Golden Valley country, Graham Law, Revel Guest and Nigel Birch.

The Pony Club is the number one organisation for young people who love ponies and riding. There are more than 43,000 Pony Club Members in Great Britain, belonging to either a Branch or Centre – there are more than 350 of each of these. Membership of the Pony Club offers fun, friendship, training, events and competitions. Internationally, the Pony Club has a membership of over 110,000 across 18  countries, making it the largest association of  riders in the world. Most British equestrian medal winners at the Olympics and World Championships were members of the Pony Club. We are a friendly club and have about 50 members. All our members are encouraged to progress and become part of a team whether they want to have fun and improve their riding or become more competitive. We aim to run a variety of activities throughout the year.