Sunday May 16, 2021
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In 1960 the committee of Llangeinor Hunt asked Mrs Barbara Thomas  if she would start a new local Pony Club for those children who hunted with them but who had no means of learning more about horsemanship and had little form of transport.  Thus with the help of a gentleman named John Hodges, a school teacher from Litchard as the secretary, the Llangeinor Hunt Branch was formed – with her as the District Commissioner and the only instructor, and as members joined a committee was formed with willing parents.

Barbara Thomas

The late Mrs Barbara Thomas did a huge amount for Llangeinor Pony Hunt Pony Club and was very involved with initiating introducing Mounted Games competitions at the Royal Welsh Show.

Courtesy of Mrs Thomas’  daughter, Bunny Sheppard a fabulous history of the beginnings of Llangeinor Hunt Pony Club and its successes during the first 50 years has been produced.

“Pony Club has evolved over the years, from its humble beginnings, Llangeinor Hunt Pony Club is now in its third generation continuing to be highly regarded thanks to the continued hard work of many more wonderful volunteers who have taken up the challenge, given tirelessly in the pursuit of good horsemanship, the prestige of the club and the pleasure of children.  This has continued no less so than with our DC for the past 9 years and recently Guy Cubitt Award winner Marion Elliott.

Forgive me for not naming all those dedicated volunteers – district commissioners, secretaries, treasurers and committee members.  Also excuse any errors in names of team members and individuals – Mrs Thomas surely would have been able to name you and your ponies!

I simply hope for all those of you involved as members, parents and organisers over the past 50 years, it has brought back enduring, joyful memories that you will keep coming back to savour with pride and pleasure.”

Bunny Sheppard

This document can be viewed here and will be sure to bring back many memories from the first 50 years!