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Triathlon – Wednesday 19th February 2020

A big shout out to the 13 brave souls who completed our Come and Tri event today, in what can only be described as wet conditions!

We started the morning at Laxey & District Rifle range under the instruction of Martin Caley. For most of the members this was their first attempt at shooting and with Martin’s excellent tuition everyone managed to get shots on the targets. Moving onto the competition phase, everyone had a go at “turning targets” – these are much harder, as, as the name suggests – they turn, giving you only 4 seconds to shoot the target.  Despite this scores were very encouraging for our future Tetrathletes.  Our younger members had beanbags to throw – some say this is harder than pistol shooting, the target looks the same and its a great way for younger members to learn the basics of shooting before moving onto air pistols at age 8.

After the shooting, just as the rain became heavier, we moved into the Glen for the running phase – it was wet and it was muddy, but not one complaint was heard! After walking the course to warm up and spot tricky spots to avoid the competition phase started. Sienna Curphey set the pace in the Beanies with a very strong run of 500m, closely followed by Sebby Perkins and Emilia Lace. Next was the turn of the tadpole runners who completed two laps of the beanie course to run 1000m with great runs from Jayjay Plowman and Evie-Grayse Cringle Preston. The Minimus course was the same distance but included some more tricky terrain – this class saw a real battle for first place between Elizabeth Perkins and Daniel Collister – Elizabeth crossed the line ahead of Daniel, but Daniel took the win on corrected time, having started 20 seconds after Elizabeth – but it was close! Lindsay was our only Junior member to complete the longer 1500m run almost matching her PB for that distance.

All wet and with soggy feet we returned to the shooting range where Martin and Helen had kindly arranged tea and biscuits – which were very much appreciated by children and adults alike.

We met at Western Swimming Pool at 1pm for the final phase of the Triathlon, where everyone completed their timed swim. Everyone swam very well and produced good scores with an excellent swim from Evie-Grayse in the Tadpole class.

Lunch was ready and waiting for us once the children were changed – a lovely spread provided by the staff at the Swimming Pool Café and enjoyed by all.

While lunch was eaten scores were converted and final placings worked out. Although this was a friendly competition, with the emphasis on getting to know the rules and what to do, all children competed as if it was the real thing – showing great determination, concentration and stamina throughout, topped off with lots of smiles, laughter, cheering and encouragement. Children were presented with their certificates in recognition of their hard work.

Thank you to Martin and Helen Caley at Laxey and District Rifle Range.   Krysy, Viv and the staff at Western swimming pool and the parents, grandparents and friends who helped on the day and came to support the children. Special thanks to Cheryl Curphey for running the Beanbag throwing, Terry O’Hare for standing at the furthest point on the cross country run in the pouring rain for a good half hour and to Alex Jones for very ably recording all the swimmers distances with unflappable ease.




1st & Best Shoot: Emilia Lace

2nd : Sebby Perkins

3rd & Best Swim and Best Run: Sienna Curphey


Tadpoles Boys

1st & Best Shoot and Best Swim: James Collister

2nd Charlie Perkins

3rd & Best Run: Jayjay Plowman


Tadpole Girls

1st & Best Shoot, Run & Swim: Evie-Grayse Cringle Preston



1st & Best Swim and Shoot: Elizabeth Perkins

2nd & Best Run: Daniel Collister

3rd (2nd Girl): Lara Caine

= 4th Lillee Carter & Olivia Jordan



1st & Best Shoot, Run & Swim: Lindsay Collister


August 2019

Mini Farming & Field Safety

Pony club mini badge session 4th August

The children gained their farming and field safety badges.

Sophie and Jennie had lots of activities planned both indoors and outdoors. They learnt all about how tractors work and seen some hens and sheep to find out about where our food comes from.
The mini tractors and the meg lambs seemed to be the favourites! 🚜 🐑 🐓

Many thanks to Sophie and Jennie for organising and to the Phythian family for hosting.


July 2019


Area Dressage

Good result for Ellie Cannell at the Area Dressage . 5th and mixed team came 4th. Unfortunately very wet day again. Well done Ellie and thank you for representing the Isle of Man Branch once again.


Camp 2019

Area 4 Eventing



It was a mixed day at the Area 4 Eventing, held at Somerford Park on Saturday.  The day started damp and cold and the 80 class was first to go.  Isla Curphey started the class early with a lovely round on Primitive Viking.  We had 9 members in this class and unfortunately as the main bulk of them started their cross country the ground conditions deteriorated.  The forecast had been for some slight drizzle between 7am and 9am, but instead we had  heavy rain for the majority of the morning.  This resulted in one part of the course turning into a slippy grass/mud bank and we had 5 casualties as this particular part of the course one after the other, and our other team members being held either on the course or in the start box while the organisers tried to do something with the ground.  Lucy Parsons, Eva Jones and Lola-Bea Bryce kept a cool head though and managed to get round the course in one piece. 

Despite the conditions we had some good results in this class.  Lucy Parsons on her lovely new horse Sheer Diamond had a great day and won her section, finishing on her dressage score, and late entry Lola-Bea Bryce was second in the same section.  Eva Jones was third in her section, and the Isle of Man Team won the 80 Area Competition and the Cheshire Shield, qualifying for the Regional Championships at Eland Lodge in August.

By the time the 90 Novice class started in the afternoon, the weather had improved.  Lola Bass finished second in her section, and qualified for the Championships as the winner of the section was in the winning team, she also won a prize for the youngest competitor who achieved a double clear.  Victoria Garner was also second in her section, and Sammie Callister was 4th in her section, the team finished 3rd overall.

Amelia Hotchkiss was next to go in the Intermediates, and despite not being placed, she flew round a challenging cross country course with a lovely clear.

Last but not least, Jade Cannell and Got to Guess competed in the Open Event, and looked to take the win, but after being held on the cross country obtained a few times penalties, putting her in second place.  Despite this she still qualified for the Championships as part of the Mixed winning team.

Overall it was a great day with all team members supporting each other, and special thanks to team trainer Clare Drewry for organising all 16 members throughout the day and also to committee member Nina Corrin for all the hard work she has put in throughout the year arranging training, entries and stabling. Many thanks to the Isle of Man Steam Packet for their continued support.



June 2019

Area 4 Show Jumping

Brilliant day for the Isle of Man Pony Club at the Area 4 Show Jumping today hosted by Lancaster Pony Club. Henry Hotchkiss and Bailey were the stars of the day winning the overall 80, he was the only rider in a big class to achieve three clear rounds and was the fastest in the jump off. Along with his team mates Freya Cowie and George Hotchkiss, the 80 team also came a great second place, qualifying for the Regional Championships in August.
There were 5 members in the 90, they all jumped some lovely rounds, and the 90 team of Sammie Callister, Lauren Batty, Lola Bass and Amelia Hotchkiss came a very credible third place out of 16 teams, and earned their qualification for the Championships in August. Lola Bea Bryce competed as an indivdual in the 90 and jumped two brilliant rounds on her new horse Eric, in what was their first competition together. Last but not least, Susie Callister competed in the 70 Intro class, and finished 7th out of a huge class and her mixed team finished 4th.
The team are heading down to Somerford Park tomorrow to join other team members for the Area 4 Eventing next weekend, where we have 15 members competing.

Mini Birds Achievement Badge

Some of our younger members earned their bird mini badge this morning.
They completed a scavenger hunt to find nesting materials and food. Different birds were identified and coloured in. Then finally everyone made a bird feeder from a plastic bottle.
Many thanks to Steph for hosting and to her and Zoe for organising all the activities. 🐦

Area Tetrathlon 2019

Area 4 Tetrathlon – written by Lindsay – sounds like a very successful and fun trip! ‘ It has been a lovely trip away at Area Tetrathlon 2019, coming home with some amazing results with Blae winning the Intermediate girls competition, getting best shoot and best swim with a great cross country ride over a very technical course and qualifying for the Championships – well done Blae. I had a great swim and shoot and rode really well over the 90cm course to finish in 3rd place in the Area 4 junior girls section. In the Area 4 Minimus section Issy got 3rd in her shoot with a score of 820 and she rode her new pony Mr Darcy very well round a pretty spooky cross country course to finish in 3rd place. Tayla came 3rd in her run, in her first ever tetrathlon competition, and had a super ride, she was determined to make sure that Bitty was going to get over every jump in that cross country course putting her in fourth place. And finally Daniel had a super run and swim and a lovely round in the cross country to move him up to fifth place overall in the Minimus Boys competition.
I was also awarded a trophy for the youngest Junior girl in Area 4 to complete all four phases.
We would like to thank Catherine Wilcock, of South Durham pony Club, for letting us stay with her and organising stabling for the ponies, Sarah Whittaker at Wild Duck for letting the ponies stay the night before the boat, Zetland Hunt Pony Club for organising an excellent event and we would also like to thank our mums for taking us.
We had lots of laughs, great fun and met lots of lovely people, old friends and new and we hope to see them all again next year.’


Wet ‘n’ Wild

Fantastic night for IOM Pony Club tonight with both the Junior and the Senior teams winning the Wet and Wild Competition. The Junior team was Isla, Emma, Sophie, Lara and Kenzie and the Senior team was George, Susie, Eve, Isaac and Iona. All the kids performed really well and had a great time. 


CPD Evening with Jo Winfield

Coach CPD evening. Very informative CPD evening with Jo Winfield FBHS at Ashdene Livery, Ballacallin. Really pleased with the turnout of coaches who attended. Jo spent an hour coaching four younger members using polework which demonstrated how to keep them occupied and busy but at the same time improving their riding skills. After refreshments provided by Ashdene, everyone got involved in a very inter active discussion where Jo was able to provide help and guidance to some local instructors. Many thanks to Jo Winfield for fitting this in her busy schedule and making it such an enjoyable evening, Ashdene Livery for providing such lovely refreshments and to our demo riders – Issy Ennett, Lara Caine, Tayla Griffin and Daniel Collister and to their Mums for turning them out so beautifully. A credit to the Club.


Junior International Tetrathlon Competition

Blae and her horse Rico had a fantastic time last weekend at the Junior International Tetrathlon at Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, in an exciting two days of competitions, alongside 163 other competitors. Each competitor represents a region of England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales, and the Isle of Man comes under Northern England. This is an exciting competition with places changing as each of the four disciplines takes place. Blae had a good shoot to start her off well and posted the furthest swim in the girls with a personal best! The Saturday evening entertainment sees each region demonstrating their dance and singing skills and Northern England won this show with songs from Annie and Oliver. On the second day of competition, Blae’s run was steady (not her favourite phase!) and a nearly perfect cross country ride helped her team into second place behind a team from Ireland out of 16 regional teams. In addition, Blae was selected with four other girls, to represent England (based upon her results over the last twelve months) and England were placed third behind Ireland and Scotland – what a fantastic honour!

Good Friday Easter Egg Hunt

Even though the weather could have been better all 40 members who attended the Easter Egg hunt at Archallagan Plantation had a fabulous time. Cheryl Curphey organised the hunt and all enjoyed it from senior members right down to our youngest members. Everyone brought a packed lunch and ate it at the picnic/play area in the plantation which is a lovely spot – really sheltered and lots for the children to do.


Mounted Rally 19th March – Garran Beg at the Glebe and Seniors at GGH

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There was an excellent entry for this rally both at the Glebe and at GGH. Cheryl Curphey instructed at the Glebe where the younger members all tried a bit of ‘synchronised’ riding which they all enjoyed. Senior members all looking very smart,  thoroughly enjoyed a show jumping rally with Suzanne Corlett where they  received excellent instruction over a simple but demanding exercise involving just five fences but requiring skill and positive riding to complete.

Wet ‘n’ Wild at Ramsey Swimming Pool Saturday 11th March 2017.
So pleased and proud of our teams last night. They all did fantastically well and were an absolute credit to their families and Pony Club. Tremendous teamwork as usual and 110% effort by each and every one of them. Winners and Runners up in the Senior Competition and runners up in the Junior competition. Great fun for everyone, very well organised competition.

Wet n Wild Senior Winners

Senior winners Freya Cowie, Aislinn Lace, Lucy Parsons, Sammie Callister and Lauren Batty

Set n Wild Seniors Runners UP

Senior Runners up Evie Butterworth, Henry Hotchkiss, Blae Richardson, Sophie Parsons and Lola Bryce

Wet n Wild Junior Runners up

Junior runners up Lindsay Collister, Emma Parsons, George Hotchkiss, Issy Ennett and Suzie Callister.

Well done everyone!

Social Event – Laserblast Friday 24th February 2017

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Great fun was had at our social event this evening,

with 22 children at Laser Blast!

Well done to our champions Sammie Callister and George Hotchkiss!

Games Competition at Ballavartyn Wednesday 22nd February 2017

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Members thoroughly enjoyed the Games Competition held in half term at
Ballavartyn.The event was very well supported and ran very smoothly thanks to the
great organisational  skills of Chris Chatel and Julie Sansbury.
There was fierce competition but it was all goodfun  with lots of younger
members showing great promise for future games teams.
Results on ‘Results’ page.



Area 4 Quiz Team 2017 Sunday 19th February 2017

Quiz photo 2017

Well done to Lindsay Collister, Daisee Sewell, Eva Jones and Lucy Parsons who travelled to
Blackburn with
trainer Anne-Marie Robinson, on Sunday 19th February to compete in the
Area 4 Quiz.  Although the team were
not placed they all enjoyed the experience and had
lots of fun with Anne-Marie.  A long day for everyone but they all returned smiling and keen
to go again next year. A very big thank you to Anne-Marie for giving up her time to train the
team and take them to the competition.

Race Night at Columba Club on Friday 17th February 2017

There was a good attendance at the Race Night organised by Rachel Turner.  This fund raiser
was organised by Rachel to raise funds to purchase electronic timing equipment for our
show jumping competitions.  Everyone that attended enjoyed the night as it ran like
clockwork thanks to Rachel’s super organisational skills. The final total raised is
not yet available but we are hopeful that we have nearly raised enough to purchase
this equipment.

Annual Prize Presentation and Disco on Friday 13th January 2017


It was lovely to see so many old and younger members at our Annual Prize Presentation and Disco on Friday 13th January. Once again it was a fun night and  many thanks to our President Jackie McCubbin for coming along to present the annual awards to the following members:-

Calvert Fisher for Attendance – Lucy Parsons and Issy Ennett
The Blaize Trophy for Tack and Turnout at Garran Beg -1st Lucy Parsons 2nd Tayla Griffin 3rd Isabel Ennett
Ramsey Crookall Trophy for Tack and Turnout – Senior -1st Lauren Batty 2nd Abby Jackson 3rd Amelia Hotchkiss
Boodle and Dunthorn Trophy for Dressage -Lauren Bellamy
Carlton Blue Boy Trophy for Most Improved 7 & Under – Isla Caine
Stewart Angus Trophy for Most Improved 9 and Under -Lindsay Collister
Tommy Merrill for Most Improved 10/11 -Freya Cowie
E N Christian Most Improved 12/13 -Eva Jones
Farrants Froy Most Improved 14/15 – Molly Howland
Palace Trophy Most Improved 16-18 -Jade Cannell
Associates Trophy -Charlotte Shimmin
Garry Parker Most Improved Boy -Zevi Sansbury
Country Music Trophy for best Games Pony -Tie: Jacko ridden by Immy Millward and Galaxy ridden by Percy Hampton
Melody Trophy for best all round Pony Club Pony – Benaughlin Rambo ridden by Blae Richardson
Michael Trophy for most improved horse – Troopers Noon ridden by Aalish Creer
Mike Brackett Trophy for most improved Pony – Newhaven Robin ridden by Amelia Hotchkiss
Jean Burns Trophy for courage and achievement – Faye Qualtrough
Cheryl Bond Trophy for Achievement (Eventing) – Lauren Bellamy
Marmite Trophy for Achievement in Showjumping – Abi Turner Drewry
Cardington Trophy for best Manx bred – Conrhenny Boomerang ridden by Lucy and Emma Parsons
Joanne McCubbin for good Pony Club member – Immy Millward
Blue Moon Trophy – Most Improved Tetrathlete – Lauren Batty
Jolliffe Trophy – Best Tetrathlete – Blae Richardson
Jean Burns Memorial Rosebowl Awarded by District Commissioner for Service to Pony Club – Julie Sansbury