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The Pony Club Phased Operational Plan for resumption of activities under Covid19
12th May 2020
The Pony Club Board of Trustees have considered various contingency options for the resumption of ridden activity as lockdown restrictions are eased. These have been influenced by government guidelines, consideration of the welfare of horses and ponies and the safety of our members. The trustees are very mindful of the need to keep safe and reduce the impact on the NHS, and the consequent social perception and pressure around riding, together with considerations to social distancing, travel and safety guidelines.
We have been responding in a reactive way to the crisis over the past few weeks. The plan is to move into a period of resumption of ridden activity and the recovery of the organisation. The phased plan below sets out short, medium and long term objectives. We cannot predict the specific timescales for when the different phases can start but we want to be ready to resume riding and training as soon as it is safe to do so. We also want to support our centres to open again as soon as safely possible. The Government restrictions may have a geographical difference and we are mindful that not all areas across the UK will be in a position to move through the phases at the same time.
The enactment of our phased operational plan will depend on the current state of lockdown and restrictions. If the pressure on the NHS eases, our proposed Phase 1 may start. This would see riding resuming if possible (acknowledging that many members may not be able to travel to their horses or centres). The focus in this phase will be our members’ and their families’ safety. As horses and ponies get fitter, and if conditions continue to improve, Phase 2 – the resumption of online competition or training – could then start. Depending on social distancing, travel restrictions and medical cover, training and lessons may start as part of phase 3, this could include smaller rallies for example. Phase 4 would be the resumption of competitions where we will be guided by the Government limitations on numbers / first aid cover and other restrictions including toilets, catering, parking, stabling etc. At any point, if the virus flares up again, we may have to restart the phased approach. We also need to be very mindful of our volunteers, many of whom may be in a vulnerable category and will need to maintain careful social distancing.
Phase 1&2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5
Home based riding if possible, focus on Safety, Fitness and Welfare. Centre Staff start getting ponies fit. Small ridden activity (lessons at centres / rallies)
Small competitions / camps
Larger competitions / recovery of usual timetable of activities

The Pony Club Phased Covid19 Operational Plan
Phase and Conditions
Pony Club Members
Pony Club Branches
Pony Club Centres
Pony Club Staff and Volunteers
 Government lockdown
 Restrictions on non-
essential travel
 NHS under pressure
 Rideonlywhenitis necessary and safe to do so, in order to avoid pressure on the NHS and emergency services
 Enjoyunmountedonline activities, badges, competitions and training through the branch, centre or the Members area on the website.
 Supportyourbranchor centre
 No organised ridden activity
 Promote online learning and
activities, follow
safeguarding guidance
 Run competitions, quizzes,
badges, unmounted training sessions, unmounted virtual day camps
 Share ideas and activities in The Pony Club Shared drive
 No organised ridden activity
 Promote online learning and
activities, follow
safeguarding guidance
 Run competitions, quizzes,
badges, unmounted training sessions, unmounted virtual day camps
 Share ideas and activities in The Pony Club Shared drive
 Access business support and grant information
 Staff working from home
 Most staff on furlough,
essential operational, IT, communications and finance functions remain
 Online Meetings with Volunteers
 Communication: at least weekly updates, website FAQs, social channels content, National online competitions and activities
Phase 1: Riding 2-3 weeks
 Pressure on NHS reduced
 Social acceptance of riding
at home
 Horses and Ponies brought
back into work
 Travel restrictions may be
in place
 KeepSafe
 Bringhorsesandponiesback
into work with care and in line with Government restrictions on travel etc.
 UseGuidanceongetting horses and ponies fit
 Continuetoenjoyonline unmounted activities
 Ifyoudonotownahorseor pony or cannot travel to them, support your centre or livery yard and follow their guidance
 Support members with guidance on getting their horses and ponies fit, safely.
 Continue to provide online unmounted learning and activities
 Centres start to get horses and ponies fit, safely.
 Continue to provide online learning and activities
 Communicate with members how fit the ponies are getting and communicate the plan for the return to lessons and members coming back on site if travel restrictions and social distancing allows.
 Access guidance on return to business, risk assessments etc.
 Guidance on safely getting horses and ponies fit.
 Considerations: fresh ponies, spring grass, level of ability of rider, eg: at least 2 weeks’ walk/trot. Week 3 basic fitness including some schooling / cantering
 Support Centres with guidance on business activities – risk assessments, social distancing and medical requirements etc. link with BEF,BHS/RDA
 Communication plans
Phase 2: Online Competitions / Training
 Continuation of Phase 1 conditions
 Travel restrictions may be in place
 KeepSafe
 Awarenessoffitnessfor
competition / training – you
and your horse or pony.
 Takepartinonlinetraining
or competitions
 Support members with access to appropriate online training and competitions
 Continue to provide online learning and activities
 Continue to provide online learning and activities
 If members are allowed to travel and visit centre, consider appropriate lessons
 Promote safe online training and competitions.
 Support centres in preparations for opening
 Continue Communication plan

The Pony Club Phased Covid19 Operational Plan
Phase and Conditions
Pony Club Members
Pony Club Branches
Pony Club Centres
Pony Club Staff and Volunteers
Phase 3: Small Ridden Group Activities: rallies, lessons, tests
 Travel with horses allowed
 Government allows small,
socially distanced groups
 Appropriate medical cover
 Member and Volunteer
health and safety a priority
 Availability of suitable PPE /
 If you and your horse or pony are fit enough and you are allowed to travel, consider attending rallies, mounted or unmounted.
 Yoursafetyandthoseofyour family and friends is a priority – follow the guidance of your branch or centre
 Continuetoenjoyonline activities and competitions
 Organise rallies within Government restrictions (number attending, social distancing etc.)
 Rallies can be mounted / unmounted, be mindful of fitness and ability of riders – rebuild confidence and skills
 Undertake tests and badges as appropriate
 Ensure risk assessments in place
 Open within Government Guidelines on social distancing etc and with appropriate risk assessments in place
 Resume lessons and rallies, mounted and unmounted, be mindful of fitness and ability of riders – rebuild confidence and skills
 Undertake tests and badges as appropriate
 Staff still working from home where possible.
 Plan office reopening
 Return from furlough of
some staff
 Staff / Volunteers support
branches and centres in resumption of rallies and lessons.
 Communication and Marketing plan, change in pattern of updates as appropriate
Phase 4: Small Competitions
 All conditions of Phase 3 still in place, particularly medical
cover availability
 Volunteers able to help and
be kept safe
 Consideration for Toilets,
parking, catering, social distancing (prize giving, secretaries etc)
 Abletotraveltosmall competitions
 Enjoydaycampsandbranch and centre activities
 Continuetoenjoyonline activities and competitions
 Continue with rallies, tests badges
 Consider organising smaller competitions, within Government restrictions (number attending, social distancing etc.)
 Ensure risk assessments and medical cover are in place
 Continue with rallies, tests badges
 Consider organising smaller competitions, within Government restrictions (number attending, social distancing etc.)
 Ensure risk assessments and medical cover are in place
 Staff return to office as appropriate
 Sports Committees and ARs input how sport can be run at a local or regional level
 Staff and Volunteers support branches and centres in running competitions and activities
 Communication and Marketing: Membership and Volunteer Experience. Education and Training.
Phase 5: National / larger Competitions and activities
 Situation ‘normal’ or possible with specific conditions eg: social distancing and good hygiene
 All considerations in place, medical, safety etc.
 Enjoy riding your horse or pony at all levels
 Take part in rallies, tests, badges and all activities
 Qualify for Regional and
National Competitions
 Appreciate all the work done
by the staff and volunteers
 Provide a full Branch programme of events
 Support members and teams in qualifying competitions
 Develop membership and
volunteer experience
 Work with Area Rep and
other Branches and Centres to develop offering to members
 Provide a full programme of events
 Support members in competing as appropriate
 Develop membership experience, coordinate with Branches and other centres
 Sustain business with support from Centre Coordinator.
 Staff and Volunteers return to usual pattern of activity
 Organisation of National Competitions
 Focus on Members and Volunteers
 Drive Membership campaign
 Promote charitable and
educational priorities

Latest Pony Club News on Covid-19
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Pony Club Bulletin – Issue 3 – March 2020


Sent to: Pony Club Members, Branch Officials, Branch PCUK Email Addresses, Centre Proprietors, Centre Coordinators, Company Members, Pony Club Staff
From: The Pony Club



  • Coronavirus update
  • Updates on competitions and events
    • Winter Series entries now open
    • Qualifier dates confirmed for Mini Major
  • Pony Club Unique Offers
    • Badminton ticket offer
    • Royal Windsor ticket offer
    • Crufts merchandise offers
  • Volunteers
    • Volunteers for Winter Series 
  • Training
    • Branch Officials Training
    • Safeguarding Courses
  • PELHAM update




Coronavirus Update

We are very conscious of the developing situation with Coronavirus and we are working with our medical advisor to offer our members, staff, volunteers and officials the best possible advice for coping with the outbreak. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and will let you know if there are any updates, but for the time being we are offering the following advice to help minimise risk when taking part in Pony Club events:  


  • Minimise the number of people accompanying to help and support – one adult per competitor
  • Avoid gathering in confined spaces – taking measures such as queuing for toilets outside rather than in the building
  • Avoid using catering at events, bring your own food and drink to eat in cars 


Event organisers

  • Minimise the amount of time competitors spend at an event, for example:
    • Keep competitions as short as possible, for example a single-phase competition for show jumping
    • Provide scoring/results online after the event – either on a website or via email
    • Send rosettes out by post after the event
  • Move as much of the event admin online as possible, to avoid the need for people to gather in a tent/office. For example:
    • Provide print your own numbers for competitors to print at home or allow use of bridle numbers 
    • Allow competitors to declare by text once they have arrived
    • Scan dressage score sheets and email them, rather than handing out sheets on the day


The Pony Club Central Office

The Pony Club Central Office is doing what it can to deter the spread of the Coronavirus and have therefore made the decision to run all committee meetings via the online meeting space Microsoft Teams and the staff have been encouraged to work from home when possible. Please therefore utilise email when contacting the office as staffing of phone calls will be limited.

Stay informed

If there are any updates to this advice we will be sharing them on our website and social media pages, so please keep an eye on these channels.




Winter Series entries now open & schedule

We would like to say a huge well done to those members who have qualified for the Area Competitions which, if they qualify, will lead them to our Winter Series Championships. We wish everyone the very best of luck!

Entries for the Championships are now live on the website – click the button below to see the schedule. **Please remember that entries must be made within 3 days following the day of qualification**


Winter Series Entries and Schedule


Important – direct entry opportunities: If you haven’t qualified for the Winter Championships but would still like to opportunity to attend a Championship event, there are still lots of opportunities for you to come and compete at Arena UK with a direct entry:

  • Unaffiliated Show Jumping 60cm-90cm
  • Unaffiliated Dressage Intro-Novice
  • Dressage to Music
  • Mini Major Olympia qualifier


Please see the schedule in the link above for more information.    

Qualifier dates confirmed for Mini Major

Eight lucky members of The Pony Club will once again get to take part in the Mini Major Show Jumping class at this year’s Olympia London International Horse Show to be held in December. Each Pony Club member gets paired with one of the senior International riders competing at the show and competes in a pair relay, with the time of the Pony Club member deciding the winner. 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for 128cm pony riders to compete at an FEI 5 star International show. Some of the previous winners have gone on to great success in international Show Jumping and Eventing.

The eight Pony Club members will be selected by means of qualifying competitions held throughout the UK at Pony Club events. These events will be:

  • Sunday 5th April – Arena UK, Lincs 
  • Monday 20th July – Meadows Equestrian Centre, Northern Ireland
  • Saturday 15th August – Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire
  • Saturday 29th August – Eland Lodge, Derbys
  • Saturday 29th August – Rectory Farm, Glos


The qualifier(s) of the class will be invited to compete at Olympia subject to eligibility. In the event that the winner has already qualified, qualification will pass down the line.




Badminton ticket offer

It’s that time of year where the eventing season is beginning to ramp up and we can begin to dream of a sunny afternoon sat round the famous Badminton lake. Whether it is a staple event in your calendar, or you have not been before, click below to find out what Badminton 2020 has to offer:


Badminton Information


Do you know what is even better? Pony Club Members receive a 15% ticket discount for parties of 12 or more coming in a coach or minibus to this year’s Badminton Horse Trials. The event takes place from Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th May (note that Friday 8th May is VE Day Bank Holiday). The person responsible for the group booking will need to telephone Badminton’s Box Office team who will then process the booking for them – just call 01454 218375 during standard office hours to book.

You can find full ticket pricing and info by clicking below:


Badminton Ticket Pricing Info


Please note: children aged 12 or under get free admission and friends or family who are non-members can enjoy Badminton’s Early Bird discount until 31 March.

Royal Windsor ticket offer

Come along and support our Pony Club members who will be competing at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show, which runs from 13-17 May. A number of our members will have the honour of representing their branch, region or even their country in Dressage, Mounted Games, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon.

Competition gets underway on Wednesday 13 May – visit the Royal Windsor Horse Show website to see the full timetable and find out when your favourite sport is taking place.


Royal Windsor Horse Show Timetable


Discount: If you are planning to attend, Royal Windsor Horse Show are kindly offering Pony Club members and their families the following discounts:

  • Wednesday – Adult £8, Concession £5
  • Thursday – Adult £15, Concession £12
  • Friday – Adult £18, Concession £15
  • Saturday – Adult £27, Concession £23
  • Sunday – Adult £27, Concession £23.50


To take advantage of these codes, use the code PCUK20 when booking.

Crufts merchandise offer

If you enjoyed watching Crufts last week, you might just like these big discounts that we are offering on our Pony Club dog products. Click here to browse the range. The discounts last until Monday 16 March.




Volunteers for Winter Series

**Calling all volunteers**
Are you free on the 3rd, 4th and/or 5th of April 2020? Our Winter Series Championships is being held at Arena UK, Allington Lane, Grantham (NG32 2EF) and we are looking people to come and help with various jobs:

  • Pole picking
  • Car parking
  • Score sheet collecting
  • Dressage writing


If you think you might be able to help with any of these jobs for any or all of the days of competition, then please register your interest by emailing




Branch Officials Training

These days are aimed predominantly for DCs, both new and existing, and other key volunteers such as your committee. The content covers some general topics and key areas, including branch matters and rules, safeguarding, GDPR, coaching, members training and safety.

Upcoming Courses

Tuesday 31 March 2020


Thursday 23 April 2020

  • Venue: RDA, Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Old Warwick Road, Shrewley, CV35 7AX
  • Click here to book


Safeguarding Courses

Upcoming Courses
All upcoming courses are available to book on by clicking the buttons below.

Further information about safeguarding courses can be found here.


Safeguarding for Equestrians (face-to-face)


Equestrian Advanced Safeguarding (online refresher)




PELHAM update

Over the last few weeks we have made progress on a number of milestones in the delivery of project PELHAM – the move to get The Pony Club onto a new, unified Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

We have now successfully migrated all centre membership data to PELHAM and all new memberships / renewing members are now being added to PELHAM by the Central Office.

The training phase for centre coordinators and proprietors is planned to start from 16 March.

Alongside this, we are progressing well with the training of the Pilot branches with regular “drop in” conference calls on Thursday evenings. We are in the final phase of testing the new functionality around automated Gift Aid processing, Direct Debit and of course the Member Portal. We hope to provide more clarity on the planned roll out dates for the pilot branches in the coming weeks.

If you would like further information related to PELHAM, please contact




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The Pony Club Coaching Conference- 20th Feb
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The Pony Club Coaching Conference – have you got your tickets yet?

Sent to: Pony Club Coaches, Pony Club Members (16 and Over), Branch and Centre Officials, Company Members, Pony Club Staff
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The Pony Club Coaching Conference

Consistent Coaching to Create Confidence, Capability and Competence

Presented by Adam Kemp & Paul Tapner

From rising trot to future stars, the Pony Club coach needs to be armed with the skills to help every member learn.

Held at Hartpury College on 20th February, The Pony Club Coaching Conference boasts a fantastic line-up of speakers and will help you create consistency within your training in both dressage and jumping – no matter what level of Pony Club member you find yourself coaching!

The conference will count as CPD for Pony Club, British Eventing, British Showjumping and British Horse Society coaches – and with tickets starting at just £40, this is an event not to be missed!


Event Details

  • Date: Thursday 20th February 2020
  • Venue: Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glocs.
  • Time: Doors open 9.15am, to be seated in Main Hartpury Arena by 10am
  • Refreshments: The canteen will be open for tea/coffee and refreshments throughout the day with hot and cold food available
  • Eligibility: The day is open to anyone with an interest in coaching Pony Club members.
  • CPD: Approved CPD for Pony Club, British Eventing, British Showjumping and British Horse Society Coaches.


  • Standard Tickets: £50
  • Pony Club Members: £40
  • Pony Club Affiliated Coaches: £40 (must have up-to-date certifications)
Adam Kemp (F.B.H.S) needs little in the way of introduction to dressage enthusiasts around the globe as he is a highly sought-after teacher, trainer and coach. His career started at the Talland School of Equitation at the age of 16 when he left school and was offered a scholarship to train under Molly Sivewright and Pammy Hutton, a training course that ended up being 14 years in duration!

During this time, Adam passed all the BHS teaching, riding and horse care examinations, culminating in being awarded the Fellowship of the British Horse Society in 1995 having passed the gruelling three-day exam. Throughout the exam he was examined in teaching, coaching and riding at Grand Prix level.

Adam was the second youngest candidate ever to pass the exam and the only candidate ever to have passed the specialist dressage section. This puts him into the elite band of teachers, of which there are only 50 worldwide.

Paul Tapner was a professional international eventing rider for over 20 years, with accolades including numerous Australian eventing team representations, a winner of Badminton Horse Trials and also many other top international events.

Renowned as one of the very best cross country riders in the world, Paul has been involved with The Pony Club both as a member in his youth and as a coach throughout his whole career. He now works full time for the Event Rider Masters as the Series’ Chief Operations Director.




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Pony Club Vaccination Rules

Vaccination Rules for PC -2020

End of Year MPC Celebration 31st January

End of Year Celebration – 31st January 2020
This is always a great evening for the whole family, food and drinks will be provided. It’s a good opportunity to catch up with your friends and meet other members of our branch, Cathy will have a selection of MPC merchandise to view and order and this year we have asked Bex Mason to come and give a talk on her show jumping career. This will also be an opportunity to hand over your membership forms, if you have not already done so!
However, we do need to know numbers – so please let me know if you will be attending/or not and how many of you there will be in your party

Pony Club Bulletin – August 19

Strangles Information

Hetty Hill from Waterlane Equine Vets has helped me to put together the information below – please read it carefully. Hetty is a former member of our branch and has had first hand experience of dealing with a strangles outbreak so is very aware of how emotive this subject can be, she is very happy to speak to anyone who has any concerns or alternatively please speak to your own vets.

Biosecurity Advice for Minchinhampton Pony Club Members (06/08/19)
Following recent events, we have put together the following biosecurity advice our members. To our knowledge, there are no confirmed cases of strangles locally or within our branch at this time, but it is important we all remain vigilant and follow the precautions listed below.

What is it – strangles is a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus Equi which may affect horses or ponies of any age.

How is it spread?

  • By direct contact between horses and ponies or by indirect contact such as –
  • People moving between horses may carry the bacteria on their clothes or hands       
  • Equipment being shared between horses (e.g. feed and water buckets, tack or mucking out equipment)
  • By other animals moving between horses such as dogs and cats on the yard

What are the symptoms?

  • Dullness and reduced appetite
  • A temperature over 38.5℃
  • A snotty nose (typically nasal discharge with bacterial infections is thick and yellow)
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw
  • Some horses or ponies may show only mild symptoms

Taking appropriate biosecurity measures is essential in helping to prevent spread of strangles.

At Home:

  • Monitor horses closely for any of the symptoms listed above.
  • If you have any concerns, isolate the horse and contact your vet immediately. They will be able to discuss the best course of action, including tests required and a more detailed biosecurity plan.
  • If a strangles outbreak is suspected, no horses should be moved on or off the property until the disease status is confirmed
  • Isolate any new arrivals to the yard for 2 weeks, or ensure their strangles status has been confirmed by testing.

Isolation is recommended for:

  • Any horses or ponies with confirmed strangles
  • Any horses or ponies that have been in contact with a confirmed strangles case
  • New horses arriving at a yard.
  • Horses or ponies that become infected with strangles may not show symptoms for up to 10 days, but may still shed the bacteria and pass it to other horses in this time. This is why an initial isolation period of 14 days is recommended when moving horses to a new yard.
  • Alternatively samples to test for strangles may be taken before movement. This should be discussed with your vet.

Isolation means no direct or indirect contact:

  • Ideally horses in isolation should be handled and mucked out after non-isolated horses.
  • Separate equipment should be used for horses in quarantine and human clothing washed before making contact with any other horses. 
  • A disinfectant foot bath and hand wash should be present at the entrance and exit to isolation. Virkon is a suitable disinfectant. 
  • You are advised to contact your vet to discuss the best way to set up an effective isolation area.

At Competitions:

  • Avoid direct contact with other horses and ponies
  • Do not share feed or water buckets
  • Do not take water from communal water sources while away at events
  • Consider transport as a potential point of infection, it is good practice to disinfect lorries or trailers between groups if transporting any unknown horses

This advice applies to all contagious diseases – horses and ponies travelling and mixing with new horses on a regular basis will be at risk for catching or spreading conditions such as strangles and equine flu, but these risks can be reduced by following the guidelines above.

See the BHS Strangles Leaflet which will give you more information.

It would appear that what happened this weekend was a false alarm and everyone will be able to enjoy the rest of the summer holidays but please be vigilant and notify your vet if your horses and ponies show any unusual symptoms.

Pony Club Bulletin – July 2019

Volunteers Needed for The Pony Club Championships
There are now just seven weeks to go until the 2019 Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, taking place from 16th to 20th August.
In this special 90th Anniversary year for The Pony Club why not celebrate your connection to this very special charity by becoming a Volunteer for the Championships?
With such a wide variety of horses, ponies and young people represented at the Championships, this is unsurprisingly the biggest week in our calendar.
To ensure the smooth running of the event, we need between 160 and 200 voluntary positions to be filled every day, so we really need your help!
By clicking the button below, you can register your interest to volunteer at the Championships:
Register as a Volunteer

From 5pm on Monday 1st July you will also be able to indicate the hours/days you are available, as well as indicate the types of role you would like to volunteer for. Accommodation information will also be available on the page.
The roles include:
• Buggy driving
• Dressage writers and stewards
• Dressage sheet collecting
• Scoring and scoreboard update
• Tack checking
• Stewarding the collecting ring
• Fence Judges
• Catering: preparation and serving (Food Hygiene certificates would be beneficial)

Please find this year’s timetable available to download below:
Championships Timetable

We are very grateful to those who have already signed up, and to those who have offered to cover their own fuel and accommodation costs. For those who would like some support with the cost of fuel, fuel can be claimed at 25p per mile and a contribution made by The Pony Club towards accommodation if required.
If your situation or availability changes please email ASAP and please also notify us of any dietary or mobility requirements.

Have you checked out our fantastic 90th Anniversary range?
Clothing and Accessories
In celebration of our 90th Anniversary, we are delighted to be offering a beautifully designed selection of commemorative clothing created by our Partners, Harry Hall. The full range is now available on The Pony Club Shop powered by Harry Hall. Shop the range by clicking below:
View the 90th Anniversary Range

Visit our Facebook page for a competition in partnership with Harry Hall to win a Pony Club kit bundle to enjoy using over the summer holidays.

The 90th Book
We have been enjoying all the stories, memories and anecdotes that Members have sent us in response to our request for contributions to the 90th Anniversary book. Thank you so much for sharing these with us. Our only regret is that we can’t use them all, but how wonderful that we could, in theory, create several books from all your contributions! The Pony Club means so much to us all.
To pre-order your copy please click the button below:
Pre-order the 90th Book

Take part in Ride around the World Day
Make sure you have the 3rd of August in your diary to take part in ‘Ride Around The World Day’. This is a unique opportunity for you to share your connection with The Pony Club whatever your age.
Members old and new are getting together all around the world, whether it is at a competition, camp, hacks or picnic with friends. We would love everyone to share their stories on the day via social media channels with the hashtag #PonyClubWorldRide.
There is even music kindly provided by Andrew Lloyd Webber, husband of our President, Lady Lloyd Webber for those who wish to use it as the soundtrack to their videos from the day. Download the file by clicking the button below:
Download the 90th Anniversary Soundtrack

Latest Sports Updates
Flu Vaccinations
With cases of equine influenza continuing to be reported, Members are reminded that it is essential to have their horse’s flu vaccinations up to date before attending any Pony Club activity. If a horse has not been vaccinated appropriately, it may not attend a Pony Club event to protect the health of the other Members’ horses and those of the hosting venue.
The seven-day clearance period, between having the vaccination and attending an event, continues to apply (see point 7 of the vaccination rule on page 30-31 of the Health and Safety rulebook).
If it has been more than six months since your horse has been vaccinated, then the British Equestrian Federation recommendation is to consult your vet. Find out more by clicking below:
Latest BEF guidance on Flu Vaccinations

Young Volunteers
Calling all YELA candidates and Pony Club volunteers! The Young Equestrian Leaders Award is the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) youth volunteering award, and it’s open to all young people aged 13 to 25 years old who volunteer with BEF Member bodies like The Pony Club. To find out more and register just click below:
Register for the YELA scheme

Centre Equitation Competition
Find out more about this competition which takes place at The Pony Club Championships for Pony Club Centres by clicking below:
Centre Equitation Competition Info

Training Vouchers available at BSPS Gold Cup
In collaboration with the British Show Pony Society, we are able to offer a training voucher for £100 to the highest placed Pony Club Member in each of the three height sections of the BSPS Gold Cup at Burghley Horse Trials. This has been generously sponsored by Mrs Sheila Clifford. Further details of this competition and how to qualify can be found on the BSPS website.
Please note that the version of the Open Dressage Test 2019 in the Dressage Rule Book is incorrect. All other versions on the website and through Harry Hall are correct.
All Dressage and Eventing tests can be downloaded here on the Pony Club website. Score sheets can be purchased from the Pony Club shop through

Project Pelham enters Data Cleanse stage
The project is progressing well, and we are about to start writing the testing scenarios for the first major phase (Membership) which will be received from the developers in the next month.
We are very excited to be able to tell you that according to current planning we will be able to start the implementation phase in October this year, when we will migrate Branches in a phased manner over 6-7 weeks. More details will follow in due course on exactly how this will be done.
In the meantime, we are starting to prepare the Unity data for transfer into the new system, and we need help from you all! Over the next month, individual reports will be sent to all Branches requesting that they check the data that is stored in Unity for Members, parents/guardians and Coaches.
The main focus of this is not the accuracy of each field (that is up to all of you) but to remove the duplicate entries that are present in Unity. There will be clear guidance given on how to use the reports, and you will only be asked to check the records that we believe are an issue, not every Member in your Branch. We are checking both active and archived Members.
To find out more info on the Pelham project click the button below:
Pelham Project Site

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The Pony Club, Stoneleigh Park
Kenilworth, CV8 2RW

Pony Club Members Bulletin – April 2019

Pony Club Members Bulletin – April 2019

Sent to: Pony Club Members, Area Representatives
From: The Pony Club

Crafty Pony Club Pony – almost here!

Don’t forget to come and buy your limited edition Crafty Pony Club Pony at Badminton Horse Trials this year – available from The Pony Club stand at 143 Allengrove Avenue. He’ll make a great gift for any Pony Club Member!

Not going to Badminton? Don’t worry – you can pre-order NOW from The Pony Club Shop powered by Harry Hall. Just click the link below!

Pre-order Crafty Pony Club Pony

All-action at Addington for the Dengie Winter Championships

Last weekend saw the return of the Dengie Winter Dressage and Show Jumping Championships. Held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, it was a fantastic two days of action featuring talented riders of the future. Hop on over to our results site here to see a full set of scores!

A big thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who made the championships possible, as well as Addington Manor for being a great host, Dengie for their generous sponsorship and 1st Class Images for top-quality competitor photos!

(Photos: 1st Class Images)


National Quiz Results – Quorn Hunt make it a quiz double!

Congratulations to Quorn Hunt who won their second successive National Quiz last weekend, and also to Silvermere Equestrian Centre who won the Centre competition!

Want to get involved in next year’s National Quiz? Visit our website here for more info, and speak to your Branch or Centre about setting up a team!

(Photos: 1st Class Images)


Pony Club Race Day @ Cheltenham Racecourse – last minute booking opportunity!

Coming up this Friday 19th April there will be a Pony Club Pony Race day taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Run alongside the Pony Racing Authority (PRA), these days are a great way to find out more about the sport, experience sitting in a racing saddle, have a go on an equiciser and much more. You’ll then get a chance to see racing in action with fellow members battling it out for the thrill of winning their race!

To book onto this event just contact Clarissa Daly using the button below, and if you want to read all about the action from the recent Race Day at Ascot, click here.

(Photos: Liea J Photography)

Book Pony Club Race Day @ Cheltenham

Ride Around the World – Saturday 3rd August

As part of our 90th Anniversary celebrations we will be hosting a special event on Saturday 3rd August, and everyone is invited!

Starting at 12 noon with our Branches in New Zealand and travelling around the world like midnight on New Years Eve, the day will finish on the West Coast of America at 12 noon having passed through Branches and Centres across the world.  It truly will be a magnificent moment in the history of The Pony Club and we hope that all Members, Coaches, Officials, Volunteers and past Members will be able to share in it as without all of you there is no Pony Club!

We want to make it a HUGE social media moment so please share your photographs and videos with us. You can send us your files by going to – this link will work on any device (computer, tablet, phone etc) so please send us your memories of this special event!

For more information and ideas please contact

90th Anniversary Book

You are now able to register your name to be in one of the 900 in the 90th Anniversary book. The book will be a great lasting memento of your time in The Pony Club – to order your copy click the button below, but don’t delay as orders need to be received by 13th May!

We’d also love to hear all about your memories and photographs of being a Pony Club Member – what does it mean to you and what are your favourite things about your Branch/Centre? Please email us your stories and photos to


Pre-order 90th Anniversary Book

Hannah Francis Award – Nominations Open

The Hannah Francis Award for Talent, Courage and Inspiration was created to honour Hannah (Wylye Valley Branch) for the bravery she showed throughout her battle with cancer. It is an annual award for a Pony Club Member who has displayed talent, courage and inspiration in the face of adversity and will be presented this year at Badminton Horse Trials on Wednesday 1st May.

To make a nomination for this award just download a nomination form using the button below. The form should be returned to no later than 24th April so don’t delay!

Download Nomination Form

Want to volunteer at Blenheim Horse Trials?

The Young Equestrian Leaders award is working with the organisers of Blenheim Horse Trials to promote and encourage more young people to participate in volunteering.

As part of our joint work on this, Blenheim Horse Trials will be promoting YELA to its volunteers and we have the opportunity to encourage Pony Club Members to find out what it is like to volunteer at an international event.

There are a variety of roles available – to register interest just click the button below!

In the Blenheim Volunteer newsletter you can meet members of the team who ensure the event is a success – read about them here.

Register to Volunteer at Blenheim

Polocrosse Home International Nominations

On the 20th and 21st July at Celyn Polocrosse Club’s Backford Grounds in Cheshire the Home International will be taking place. This event is currently open to all Members wishing to participate and represent one of the four home nations: England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

To be considered for one of the positions in teams please submit a nomination form by 30th April. Nominations and further information is available via the button below.

Interested in finding out more about Polocrosse for your Branch or Centre? Please contact

Polocrosse Home International Nominations

Work Experience Opportunity

We are currently looking for temporary cover to assist our Membership team, with the potential to extend during the busy summer events season. This could be a great work experience opportunity for an older Member – please contact for more information.



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The Pony Club, Stoneleigh Park

Kenilworth, CV8 2RW

Equine Flu Requirements – Update

Due to the ongoing precautions with regards to Equine Flu, most venues

and competition centres that we use – including Star Farm, are now

asking that all horses and ponies coming onto their property have had a

vaccination for Equine Flu within the past six months, but not during

the 7 days prior to the event you are attending.


I am informing you all of these requirements so that you can check you

horse/ponies passport and if needs be get them inoculated


Please let me know if you have any queries?