Monday March 25, 2019



Thank you


BEF advises horse owners after equine flu outbreak 08.02.2019

Following British Horseracing’s decision to cancel all racing today (7 February) the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is closely monitoring the situation. Veterinary experts have advised that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events at this time, but we will issue a further update once the full extent of the outbreak is known.  

In the meantime, we recommend that all owners follow the guidelines below as a precaution and ensure that all vaccinations are fully up to date. If your horse is currently vaccinated, we recommend a booster if it has been longer than 6 months since your horse’s last vaccination.

Actions for owners to take:                                                                                                            

It is crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.

Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs.

If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately.

It is essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take veterinary advice.

We advise that horses are vaccinated with a booster for equine flu with a vaccine that contains the Florida Clade 1. There are two such vaccines currently licensed in the UK, ProteqFlu and Equilis Prequenza. If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon.

The BEF also has guidance on its website regarding equine infectious diseases and is urging owners to take the necessary precautions to avoid their horses becoming infected.

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Pony Club Talent Pathway

The Talent Pathway entries opened today for the 2019 Selection Days, details of the dates & venues along with booking forms can be found here

The Pony Club Talent Pathway is the successor to the Rider Development Pathway (RDP).  Supported by Aberystwyth University, the scheme aids the development of Pony Club Members who show ability to progress in their chosen sport of Show Jumping, Dressage or Eventing.

By widening the minimum entry criteria previously used for the Rider Development Pathway more Pony Club Members have been able to take part and benefit from the coaching on offer. 

The programme will work as follows:

Training Days will be run in Areas from late January through to March around the UK, where Members will benefit from great coaching opportunities.  You do not have to attend a training day to attend a selection day.

Regional Selection Days offer further training opportunities & an assessment from some of the UK’s best known coaches will be held during late March/April. We have taken feedback on board from the 2017 Talent Pathway and will be holding Eventing specific Selection Days for our 2019 Talent Pathway, in addition to general selection days covering dressage and show jumping.  Please note that at the Northern Ireland and Scottish venues all three categories will be covered at the selection day. To be able to attend a Selection day members must meet the following criteria:
•Aged 14 years or over- members can apply if they are 13 on 1st January but must be 14 by their desired Selection Day
•Training for or competing at Pony Club Novice Dressage level/capable of jumping 90cm

Riders take part in two training sessions at these events, with flat and/or jumping coaches as appropriate, and will receive feedback to help their future development.  From the Selection Days riders will be selected for a weekend-long National Camp.

Riders selected from Selection Days will be invited to attend the Pony Club Talent Pathway Camp being held at Solihull Riding Club from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June 2019 They will work with top class sport-specific coaches, as well as benefit from other mounted and dismounted sessions.

A squad of six people will be selected from those attending camp. Squad members will benefit from support from an experienced mentor who will continue to develop their progression and training within their discipline, plus a training bursary and other opportunities.

For more information, please contact Verity ( or 02476 698327)



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Congratulations to Fran Lupoli on her successful selection on to the Talent Pathway Squad 2018

Read Fran’s report below and find out how it was done.

Congratulations from us all at Mid Surrey, what an achievement Well Done.


I applied for the Pony Club Talent Pathway after reading an email from Gina in December 2017 which told us all about Talent Pathway. The scheme is for Members who want to develop their ability in Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing and offers:

Area Training Days for riders to get tips and advice from top class coaches

Regional Selection Days where participants will get training and feedback to help their future development in their chosen sport

National Camp where those riders chosen from the selection day’s work with sport-specific coaches, and benefit from both mounted and dismounted sessions

Six Members are then selected to form the Pony Club Talent Pathway Squad 2018 benefitting from support of an experienced mentor, a training bursary plus further training opportunities.

It seemed like an amazing opportunity to get tips and advice from top-level coaches and perhaps progress to National Camp to work with showjumping coaches and benefit from excellent mounted and dismounted training sessions.

At the beginning of March, I received an email to say I had been accepted for a selection day and had a place at Merrist Wood College Arena, on 12th April 2018, with Alison Craig & Ernest Dillon. I was very excited about the selection day and honestly thought that we wouldn’t be selected, but would have an amazing learning experience. However, after a brilliant session with Alison and Ernest where I received some great advice and fantastic feedback, I was delighted to discover on 3rd May that I had been selected to attend National Camp from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July!

We arrived at camp at Solihull Riding Club after a very hot, five hour journey (most of it spent on the M25 in Friday rush hour traffic!), but the venue was lovely and Ben’s stable was beautifully clean and all ready for him and he settled in straight away.

The next morning, we had a lovely breakfast in the café and I was given a Talent Pathway polo shirt and gilet. I then had a dismounted balance session to work on my posture and balance which was really interesting, followed by a goal setting session, showjumping session, flatwork session and finally, a video feedback session. Each session was very informative with brilliant coaches and I learnt so much!

Saturday night was BBQ night and we all (including mums and dads) sat down to a delicious meal followed by hilarious unmounted games in the barn. It was such a fun evening and everyone was very friendly. Sunday brought a mounted balance session, which was amazing, followed by an individual riding session. I was given so much valuable advice by fantastic coaches!

Coming away from the weekend, I really felt that there were so many amazing riders there that we wouldn’t stand a chance of being selected, but I was so happy to have been a part of it and to have experienced and benefited from such a high level of coaching and advice.

Then, just a week after Camp, I received an email to say that I had been selected as one of six for the Pony Club Talent Pathway Squad 2018. I’m so, so happy for Ben and me. It was definitely worth all the hard work and I can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings.



A very warm welcome to the Home Page of Mid Surrey Branch…

Our endeavour is to offer members fun with their ponies/horses.

We have superb facilities at our Pony Club Field in Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill.

These facilities have been provided by the great support of parents and friends of the Branch.

Mid Surrey Branch was established in 1931 and is part of Pony Club Area 11.

Our base is the Pony Club Field where we hold rallies, activities, team training, shows and inter branch team competitions.

Many of our members represent the Branch and participate in various disciplines and activities.

Annual Camp is very popular and we cater for all age groups.

New members are welcomed with open arms, for further details of membership please contact our Branch Secretary,

Wendy Wrist – 01737 353007.

Alternatively download our application form,

send it to 6 Roundwood View, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 1EQ

We look forward to seeing you.

Gina Kitchener, District

We are also on facebook and love to get articles and pictures about events…



Mid Surrey Pony Club Championship

Fantastic Results from our MEMBERS

Harry Kitchener and Luke Townsend were invited to be part of the Southern Tetrathalon team

this year run by the Southern Region held at Southfield House, Nunney, Frome, Somerset,

They arrived Friday and helped set up the event, On Saturday they competed in the Shoot and Swim

And Sunday was the Ride and the Run. The ride was a superb up to high very technical cross country

Course which caused numerious penalties. Both Harry and Luke rode exceptionally well only incurring

a few faults – Overall Harry was 13th and Luke 10th fantastic results after a brilliant weekend.


The following weekend the boys travelled to Yorkshire alone with Max and George Kitchener to compete in the Tetrathlon National Championships. Harry represented Mid Surrey in the Open section

he was 8thwith a brilliant clear round xc, whereas Max, George and Luke in the Intermediate Section – Luke and Max both clear xc with Luke 4th Individually, and Max 15th with George getting the

award for the youngest competitor in the Intermediate section and the team was 2nd. Tasha Herholdt competed in the Junior Girls individual section and completed a brilliant clear xc


Finally the next weekend Harry and Sam Townsend had both qualified for the Pony Club Championships

at Chomondleley Castle in Cheshire in both the Open Show Jumping and Open Eventing classes.

Freya Hough and Alana Collett were their team members in the Open Show Jumping which was

Jumped on quite wet deep ground which caused numerious problems for riders. Freya was 5th Individual with the Team 10th overall – Brilliant result for them. The following day Freya competed in the Elite Show Jumping Class – first time Mid Surrey has every had a entry – The Ground again was tricky and she was placed 10th – Amazing – also on the Monday Harry and Sam Competed in the Open Eventing –– THE Open dressage test was in a long arena with Sam doing a PB OF 34.6, again ground conditions were not the best for the show jumping Causing faults and the xc course was really testing – both Harry and Sam were one of the few who finished clear inside the time across all the sections they both rode exceptional brilliant rounds with Harry finishing 11th in his section and Sam 7th – on the Monday was the Intermediate Show Jumping with Fran Lupoli, Jess Penn, Hannah Ingham and Sophie Roberts – this was class was causing enormous problems

Our members jumped well and finished just out of the places – Well done to them all – on the Friday

Stephaine Pitt represented Mid Surrey on Kerry in the Novice Individual Show Jumping she too

Jumped exceptionally well despite horrendous weather conditions

On Tuesday Jess Penn and Hannah Ingham competed in the Intermediate Eventing Jess did an amazing Clear Show Jumping round and Hannah clear xc – both members were just outside the



It was a amazing five days for Mid Surrey Members – Well done to you all for your efforts and

Your grooms and drivers who supported you all


Well done Mid Surrey


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A bit of a mixed bag of results at championships although everyone rode well. Everyone tried really hard with really wet cold weather that played havoc with the going.  The SJ rings were like a ploughed fields at times, although the organisers did their best to roll the ground  and move all the show jumps for each class, inevitably the ground became deep in places.

Friday:       Stef Pitt has faults in both rounds of Novice Show jumping so was unplaced.

Saturday:  Open Individual SJ. Freya Hough double clear but rolled a pole in jump off. 5th . Alana Collett had a couple of unlucky poles.

Sunday:     Open Team SJ.  Freya Hough had another double clear.  Alana Collett had a couple of poles, Sam Townsend had a few poles as    did  Harry Kitchener.  Team were an amazing 10th Nationally and 11th Internationally.

Monday:   Open Eventing.  Harry went first and after a decent dressage had a few poles SJ but the first xc round of the day clear within the time,    closely followed by Sam who had a better dressage with a few SJ poles and the second xc round of the day clear within the time.  Of which there were only about 6 during the day. Harry was 11th in his arena and Sam rosetted in 7th place in his arena.

Intermediate SJ.  All had adventures and poles in the first and second rounds but  Jess Penn managed the only clear round for Mid Surrey in second round.  Team were Jess Penn, Fran Lupoli, Hannah Ingham and Sophie Roberts.

Elite SJ:  Freya Hough was 9th

Tuesday:  Intermediate Eventing.  Jess Penn had really good dressage, clear SJ but had an unlucky 20 penalties in the xc that put her from 2nd place out of the rosettes.  Hannah Ingham had one pole SJ and clear XC but not such a good dressage. 



 Talent Pathway Opportunity – Report from Jess.

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Ted and I recently went to the Pony Club Talent Pathway camp last weekend. It was an amazing experience and I feel very fortunate to have attended. One of my take alway’s was to write a piece for my Branch about it.

It was an absolutely amazing experience and everyone should really try for it next year. I was selected for the SJ track, but there are also Evening and Dressage tracks, 10 people per track. As well as SJ group and SJ individual sessions, I also had dismounted and mounted balance sessions, goal setting sessions and video feedback sessions, as well as personal mentoring, a session with a master saddler, ice breaking games and a barbecue.

They also taught my mum how to best help me warm up for classes. My instructor was Philippa Curry, she was amazing, and every track has accredited National level coaches. But the most important thing I learned was how much Teddy and I can do, and what we are ready for. For our final assessment round, we went round a full up course of 1.15m. Next year there will be Assessment days run in the Spring, and I definitely recommend you give it a try!




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Junior Team 4th Place

Junior Team 4th Place

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85cm Team

85cm Team

Congratulations Ollie

Congratulations Ollie


Jumping for joy


Grassroots Dressage Winners 2016

Grassroots Dressage Winners 2016


Eloise at Burghley

Eloise fouth place at Burghley







Georgia BE90 winners at Twesledown

Georgia BE90 winners at Twesledown


Level 1 ODE Winners at Wivlesden

Level 1 ODE Winners at Wivlesden







Megan third place at Area Dressage

Megan Third place at Area Dressage

5th Place for our Dressage Team Megan, Hannah, Georgia & Jess

5th Place for our Dressage Team
Megan, Hannah, Georgia & Jess