Sunday December 16, 2018
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Hi all
Hope you have all had a fantastic summer. As a branch we have had another good year, and it’s been great seeing you all out and about at rallies, training and competitions.
We are in the process of finalising the autumn/winter programme which will be published in the next couple of days.
I would just like to thank the committee for all their hard work over the year, and for giving up their free time.
Huge thanks to our instructors, but especially our chief instructor Sally Baker for her commitment and dedication to the branch.
Here’s to a great rest of the year and I hope to see you at a rally soon. Please remember the rallies are put on for your benefit to enhance your skills and learning. If you are wishing to be considered for area competitions next year, you must of attended 3 working ridden rallies from now until next May.
Any suggestions for rallies or activities or any improvements you think the branch needs, please email me directly.
Please find below details of our first rally for the autumn/winter term.
See you all soon
DC Dawnie.
Monday 9th October:
Training for those wishing to take part in team SJ competitions, or just starting out in Showjumping. Depending on who and how many book in, groups and times will be confirmed accordingly. First group with Start at 4pm for the tiny tots. Last group will be at 6-7pm Instructor Sally Baker.
Cost £7
Please book and pay via the website. 

Russell Guire Road Show

Book your place on a Russell Guire Road Show

Horse and rider performance analyst Russell Guire will be taking to the road this April to give an insight into how he examines the overall performance of the horse, and you could join him at one of five venues for just £20!
Russell will use live visual data analysis from high speed video cameras and training jackets to analyse the biomechanics of the horse and explain the effect of the rider’s position. He will also talk about the consequences of ill-fitted tack and incorrectly used training aids, giving an overview of how to improve the welfare of the ridden horse and increase its performance.
Kindly supported by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, The Pony Club’s Russell Guire Road Shows are open to all Pony Club Members, Non-Members and Coaches, and will run from 6.30 to 9.30pm at the venues listed below:
  • Tuesday 11th April – Brackenhurst Equestrian Centre, NG25 0QF
  • Tuesday 18th April – The Grange Equestrian Centre, EX20 3DA
  • Wednesday 19th April – The Unicorn Trust, GL54 1JZ
  • Friday 21st April – Parkend Equestrian, NE48 3AA
  • Saturday 29th April – Beechwood Equestrian Centre, CM3 8DY
To find out more please visit the Coaching section of The Pony Club website or to book your space visit





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Well done to everyone who attended the rally today, super smart turnout from riders and ponies and lots of ‘flying’ ponies today!



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Working Rally 23rd October 

Well done to all members who took part in the rally today! All turned out beautifully, lots learnt and lots to work on. More photos on the photo page



Anne-Marie Taylor Clinic

Following on from the successful Senior Camp and recent clinic, we have another date organised with Anne-Marie on Saturday 19th November – See Branch Programme for more details



B test success

Congratulations to Betty for passing the full B test, Aston and Amy for passing the Horse and Pony Care B test

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Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards 2016

Heart of England Pony Club are proud to announce that Betty, Lily, Aston and Maisie were nominated for the TEAM award at the recent event and Betty was also nominated for the individual young sports person award. Well done to all.

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Heart Of England Pony Club ODE @ Aston Le Walls – 17th/18th September 2016

In conjunction with Aston Le Walls Unaffiliated ODE Heart of England PC ran their first ODE, congratulations to all members that  competed over the weekend. Special mention to Christina entered into her first ever event on Floss, Ellie  3rd in her section in 80cm on Flyby, Aston, 9th in 100cm on Disien and Betty 2nd on Charlie in the 100cm.

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Blenheim 2016

A very busy weekend for Heart of England Pony Club at Blenheim Horse Trials which saw members taking part in the Eventer Challenge, Fit ball demonstration and the Musical ride, kindly sponsored by Townfields, in the attractions ring.

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The Horseracing Certificate at QIPCO British Champions Day is back! But this year it’s bigger and better than ever, with the addition of a new and exciting ‘Fan Zone in association with The Pony Club’.
Taking place at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 15th October, this is a chance for members of the Pony Club to learn more about the exciting equestrian sport of horseracing, earn their ‘Horseracing Badge’ and enjoy a fun afternoon out with friends from the Pony Club and beyond.

What Does the Day Involve?

Starting from 10:30am you can go on a behind the scenes tour of one of the world’s most prestigious racecourses, including a visit to the paddock, a walk out onto the track and peek inside the weighing room. You will also get the chance to meet various racehorses and learn about the breed, go to Jockey School and have a bitesize lesson on one of the racehorse simulators and learn about the different tack used by the horses and jockeys on a raceday.
‘The Fan Zone’ will be jam-packed full of fun activities and competitions for you to take part in throughout the afternoon, as well as providing a base from which you can enjoy the racing. You will also be able to learn all about the ways that you can get involved in horseracing in the future.
You will also receive a QIPCO British Champions Day goody bag which will include British Champions Day Pony Club merchandise, as well as other treats.

How Do I Register?

To help estimate numbers attending the event, please register your interest here:
All under-18s are eligible for FREE entry to QIPCO British Champions Day when accompanied by an adult (up to four under-18s per adult). All adults will need to purchase their ticket here Last year British Champions Day sold out, so we recommend you book your tickets early.
Once registered, you will receive an email with more information in the week beginning 10th October. We look forward to seeing you there!

July competition winners

DURING JULY you have the chance to win a Forever Living seasonal show package:

Aloe First :This exclusive skin soothing formula is an excellent first step for soothing minor skin irritations.

Aloe Veterinary Formula: Since we also treat our pets as part of the family, they too should experience the power of the ”Miracle Plant.” Forever Living Products has created Aloe Veterinary Formula – Mother Nature’s soothing Aloe spray for animals.

Aloe Hand & Face Soap: Luxurious natural moisturising, cleansing soap with a mild formula, perfect for the entire family. Ideal to use when shaving, gentle enough to use on the face and kind to sensitive skin.

Horse treats, a bathing sponge and plaiting bands….

AND THE WINNjuly compER WAS …… JACKSONjuly winners


AREA 7 EVENTING – 17th July 

3 teams went to Offchurch on Saturday to represent Heart of England in the Area 7 eventing. Huge congratulations to Betty Baker who won her Intermediate class on Lexie and has now qualified for the championships in August, special mention to Aston who came 9th and Maisie who was competing for the first time at this level! The two grassroots teams also came home with rosettes – The Black and Gold team (Amy, Sam, Megan and Anna) came 6th and The Black and Silver team (Betty, Sarah, Lily, Ellie) came 9th. All members were a credit to the club and we look forward to many more successes in years to come! Huge thanks to Sally Baker and Anne-Marie Taylor for their support, training and help preparing for the event.

Heart of England Senior Camp

Fantastic weekend had by all who attended the Senior Camp at The Unicorn Trust in Stow on the Wold, riders had 2 ridden sessions per day and then had the opportunity to work alongside trainer Anne-Marie Taylor while she coached others. A fun, informative and educational weekend of flat work, grid work, course jumping and test riding. Thanks to Wendy for organising and Anne Marie for her time and support. Roll on the next one!


Aston, Honor, Sam, Sarah and Anna took part in an ‘A’ test instructor trainnig session at Lincomb Equestrian last Thursday; fabulous venue and hosts and an enjoyable time was had by all.

Congratulations to all our riders who represented the branch at the Area Dressage competition at Moreton Morrell.

Heart of England Pony Club rocked Kenilworth Show on Saturday 4th June when they opened and closed the show with their English themed Musical Ride display. Team members were also in action in the jumping classes with Sarah and Beau coming 4th in the working hunter 80cm class, Aston and Disien coming 4th in the 1.05m showjumping and Maisie and Ned coming 5th in the 95cm and 1.05m.

 Rockingham International Horse Trials – May 21st 2016

So many members were out representing the branch at the pony club showjumping at Rockingham Castle this weekend.  Well done to everyone involved, we had some great results with the Rising Stars team in the 70cm coming 9th, the All stars A team coming 9th in the 80cm and the Shining Stars coming 2nd in the 90cm! Thanks to Chief Instructor Sally Baker for her time in training and at the event, Betty for her brilliant photography skills and support in the ring and all the parents for their support.

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Heart of England Pony Club are extremely proud to announce that Townsfield Saddlery has very kindly agreed to sponsor this year’s Musical Ride Demo at Blenheim. We are very grateful to all at Townsfield for their generosity and huge thanks to Chief Instructor Sally for securing this amazing deal. Thanks also to the Blenheim organising team for agreeing to the sponsorship! For all your horse, rider and stable needs take a look at Townfield website

Area 7 are organising a senior camp, for details see: SENIORS CAMP SCHEDULE 2016


Dear All,
The Pony Club is pleased to announce that it is once again teaming up with the Society of Equestrian Artists to run the John King Young Artist Award!
Now in its fourth year, the competition is open to all Pony Club Branch and Centre Members in the UK and was relaunched last year as The John King Young Artist Award. One of the leading sporting artists of the post-war era, John King had close ties with both The Pony Club and the SEA and it is hoped that this competition will inspire the next generation of equestrian artistic talent.
To enter go to


Over the Easter holidays lots of our members took part in instructor training days – don’t they look smart!

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Top Spec visited our latest pony club rally and gave advice on feeding, diet and weight management, even Buddy got in on the act!!!

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Congratulations to Emma and Erin who won turnout at this week’s rally!


New Competition

Handmade bespoke saddle cover and hat bag to match.
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN All YOU HAVE TO DO IS POP YOUR HORSES NAME DOWN ON A PEICE OF PAPER AND HAND IT TO either Myself or Sam Ison, each entry is £1, you can have as many entries as you like!!!! All proceeds go directly to Heart Of England Pony Club.


Well done to Geraldine and Emma who won the March Competition – a pamper day for Paddy!

Badminton Horse Trials – Saturday 7th May 2016

Heart of England Pony Club are organising a day trip to Badminton Horse Trials for Cross Country Day on Saturday 7th May 2016.

All Members and families welcome.

Please note that this is not a supervised trip and so parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s welfare during the day.


Cost per person £18

Coach will be leaving Horse and Jockey on Tamworth Road at 7.30am on Saturday 7th May. We will leave Badminton Horse Trials at 6pm that evening, estimated return time 9pm


The Organisers of Badminton Horse Trials are offering a discount to Pony Club branches arriving by Coach if tickets are purchased in advance. Alternatively you can choose to pay on the day for your admission but the cost will be full price.

The discounted admission charges are as follows:

   In Advance Per Person    On Gate Per Person
(Full Price)
Saturday                £22.10                  £28


Children Under 12 have free entry.



Please complete the attached form, send to and send payment to

Heart of England Pony Club

Sort Code 30-92-18

Account Number 00714238


Alternatively please give form and cash or cheque to Wendy McGowan

Booking forms and payment must be received by April 15th 2016

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Update on Dengie 2nd rounds – Sophie came 4th in the Open and Betty came 2nd in the Open and qualifies for the finals at Addington. Pictures on Results and Achievements page


Good luck to Sophie and Betty who are off to Marchington on Saturday for the Dengie Show Jumping second rounds.


The Annual Awards Evening was held on Friday 11th March. Congratulations to all award winners! Pictures to follow.

Best Newcomer – Lucy Douglas-Jones
Best Attendance – Amelia Halton & Ellie Delaney
Best turnout junior – Amelia & Milly Fox
Senior – Katie Viner, Hannah Foster, Ellie Delaney
Best Helper – Amy McGowan
Best Horse/Pony – Smithy & Jackson
Best Parent – Catherine Feed
Most Improved Junior – Milly Fox
Senior – Amy McGowan
Best Overall Junior – Megan Baker
Senior – Aston Sidwell
Versatile Rider – Megan Abbott
Best Endeavour – Maisie Halton
Special Recognition Awards
Best Overall member – Hannah Foster
Service to Pony Club – Jenny Stokes

Test awards
E – Anna Cart
D – Thaila, Rosie, Lucy, Amelia, Milly F, Rose, Niamh, Ellie G, Megan C, Keeley, Danny
D+ – Thaila, Rosie, Amelia, Rose, Niamh, Danny, Molli
– Sarah, Ellie Delaney, Ellie Duffy, Maisie, Aston, Anna
C+ – Betty, Amy, Aston
C+ Horse & Pony Care – Emma
Road Rider
Amy, Anna, Aston, Ellie, Ellie, Maisie, Molli, Sarah, Sophie,

HEART OF ENGLAND PONY CLUB WILL BE HOSTING A MONTHLY PRIZE DRAW……Each month you will have the chance to win a fabulous prize.
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN All YOU HAVE TO DO IS POP YOUR HORSES NAME DOWN ON A PEICE OF PAPER AND HAND IT TO either Myself or Sam Ison, each entry is £1, you can have as many entries as you like!!!!
To include:
Mane pulling
Tail trimming
Feather and face trimming

Well Done to Teresa Mcclelland for winning the pony club monthly prize draw thankyou Jacqueline Brighouse for picking the winning ticket Teresa

Congratulations to Erin (on her first pony club rally) and Aston for winning Turnout at this week’s working rally (5th March 2016)


DC Dawn and Chief Instructor Sally having fun at the Pony Club Conference, this year it was held at Aintree Racecourse.

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Rally Turnout – 20th February

Well done to Megan A (pictured on Pete) and Thaila on winning turnout this week



Members have been out competing over the last few weeks with fantastic results!!

Aston was placed 2nd in the 90cm at LandsEventing on Disien

Sarah was placed 5th in the 70cm at LandsEventing on Beau

Sophie went to Weston Lawns where Will was 5th in the Dressage and won his arena eventing class

Maisie was placed 4th at the first rounds Dengie qualifier and joins Betty, Sophie, Hannah and Anna at the second rounds

Betty Baker came 7th on Smokey at the JT80 Champs and 2nd on Charlie in the JT100 Champs, to cap off a great weekend Betty also came 10th in the JAS100 Champs!

Anna has qualified for trailblazers and Dengie dressage

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HEART OF ENGLAND PONY CLUB WILL BE HOSTING A MONTHLY PRIZE DRAW……Each month you will have the chance to win a fabulous prize.
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN All YOU HAVE TO DO IS POP YOUR HORSES NAME DOWN ON A PEICE OF PAPER AND HAND IT TO either Louise Abbott or Sam Ison, each entry is £1, you can have as many entries as you like!!!!
Shires set of 4 black leg bandages, a Roma black tail bandage and a black synthetic head collar & lead rope in your size…..

Members Maisie, Betty, Ellie and Aston took up the opportunity to have a lesson with training UKCC instructors on Thursday and Friday.040216


Well done to Instructor Hannah Foster who won her class last week to qualify for the Dengie Dressage 2nd rounds to join Sophie Ison, Betty Baker and Anna Mitchell who have also qualified for the 2nd rounds at Fieldhouse on 26th March. Good luck to all. hannah020216








Our members are out in full force to kickstart January 2016 – just look at these results!

A great start to the season with Smokey “Chlohamon Grey” winning the BE JT at Rodbaston

Charlie coming 3rd in JAS 100 in a huge class and a qualification for the champs

Not to be outdone by her big sister – Megan Baker received quite a haul at the local show presentation evenings – one to watch for future pony club teams



Well done to all who attended the lessons at Home farm
I believe some excited ponies in the first group