Thursday September 19, 2019
Results & Photo Gallery 2018/2019 (19.09)

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September 2019

Congratulations to Rio who passed the AH test on 3rd September, this test is the highest standard of ‘Care’ in the PC, it requires much hard work and tenacity to pass all four sections, so well done Rio – a great achievement

Results Area 9 SJ Champs – Sunday 1st September
Congratulations to Becky, Izzy & Livvy who as a team came 6th at Area 9 80cm SJ Championships, with Livvy placed 3rd as an individual. Livvy then went on to win the 90cm class and was in a mixed team which also took first place. ‘Well done’ to Esme, Merrie and Ella who represented our branch in the 60 & 70cm classes with Esme jumping clear in both classes but unfortunately no placings this time

August 2019

Congratulations to Betsy who passed the riding section of the ‘B’ Test on 14th August, Betsy passed the ‘Care’ section last year so now holds the full ‘B’ Test.

Also congratulations to Esme who represented the Minchinhampton Branch in the Ledbury Hunt PC Novice Triathlon (run, shoot & XC) on Sunday 18th August and won her category with a best shoot and also a best run.

PC Regional Show Jump Championships – 25th August at Rectory Farm
Evie, Isla, Izzy & Jannah represented our branch in the Team Show Jumping competition at the PC Regional Championships on Sunday 25th August – in the first round on the grass they all did really well with 3 clears and one with 4 faults, then a few faults spread between the team in the second round (which was well up to height) meant that they came 13th out of the 30 teams who had qualified at the South of England and Welsh Area Competitions – an excellent result at such a prestigious competition. Well done to Evie who jumped clear in both rounds but missed out on the final jump off by having 1 time fault in the first round!

July 2019

Report from Area Horse Trials 20th July
After a very wet course walk on Friday evening the 6 members turned up on Saturday expecting the worst, but the going was perfect, the rain stayed away and everyone gained valuable experience from the day.
Rio and Meg competed in the Open Class: Meg was placed individually 6th and qualified for the Championships, she and Wombat had a good dressage, 2 unfortunate poles in the show jumping and a super clear cross country round – there were many other riders unfortunate enough to be eliminated or fall on this challenging course.
The Novice Team was made up of Abbey, Laura, Betsy and Isla. All 4 rode good dressage tests, Abbey won best dressage for Section A and Laura was second best dressage in Section D; poles were flying in the show jumping for many competitors but Abbey took Gerry round clear, Betsy and Laura had one fence each and Isla was unlucky with a stop. On to the XC and there were plenty of questions to be answered. Betsy went clear and in the time finishing individually 6th in Section B; Gerry jumped a ditch he didn’t fancy but then put in a couple of unexpected refusals but completed, which was a good education for him. Laura flew round and had an unexpected refusal at a technical corner. Isla rode brilliantly and was unlucky with two on course refusals but again, came home safely having jumped some big, technical fences. All-in-all it was a good day out, the team were very supportive of each other and it was invaluable to have Julie’s help in the warm up for each discipline.

Report from Area Dressage 26th July
Once again our members did us proud!  Meg came 6th as an individual in the Open Class. Our Intermediate Team came 1st – qualifying them to go to the Championships – with the following individual placings Abbey (who rode 2 horses) – 2nd & 6th, Rio – 3rd and Laura 3rd.
In the Novice Class Betsy & Aimee both did really good tests, but unfortunately were not placed and a special mention for Esme who was our only competitor in the Grassroots Class, who again did a very nice test but unfortunately not in the placings this time.

Report from Area Show Jumping 13th July
80cm Team
The 80cms team of Jess, Isla, Becky and Izzy had a very successful day at the Area SJ at Bricklehampton.  Each member jumped 2 rounds with Becky and Isla having 2 clears each.  The course was very twisty and the going proved slippery but the team finished a fantastic 4th out of 25 teams.  This qualifies them for the Area Championships on 25th August.
Minchinhampton members supported each other in the other classes by watching and cheering every one on.
90cm Team
The 90cm team comprised of Abbey, Aimee, Livvy and Laura, the first course was tricky and twisty but the team rode their socks off and finished the first round on a team score of zero. The second round was looking very meaty and twisty, with lots of tight turns and caused lots of problems across the field. However the team managed to come away with a score of 8 faults putting us in joint third place out of 27 teams.  This meant that we took part in the jump off with four other teams to try and secure a qualifying position of third or fourth. A very exciting third round concluded with Minchinhampton gaining a super team score of 4 faults resulting in a team fourth position and a national championships qualification.  Particularly well done to Livvy who not only got a triple clear round, but also was placed 2nd out of over 130 competitors individually after her incredible jump off!
100cm
Abbey – competed as an individual in the 100cm class and rode 3 great clear rounds to be placed 6th and has also qualified for the Intermediate Show Jump Championships at Cholmondeley in August.  After a very early start and a long day spent on the show field, every Minchinhampton competitor went home with a rosette and a smile.

Report from Area Tet 6/7th July
The Area 9 Tetrathlon took place over the weekend of the 6th/7th July.  Martha and Freddie, Isla, Clara and Jasper all turned up to shoot at a barn in Westonbirt in the afternoon followed by a quick dash to Westonbirt School for the swim element.  All had a good afternoon which saw Isla get best shoot in the Junior girls section.  The following morning we all journeyed down to Leyland Court for the riding and running sessions.  A course walk with Julie prepared the children for a pretty full up xc ride, which saw the juniors having to do a jump in the water, something neither had attempted before!  Both Isla and Martha rode very well amid a class of the Area’s best tetrathletes, both completing the course with only a couple of stops.  Clara managed a clear and Freddie also rode very well around a challenging arena course.  As the morning became increasingly warm all children ran their hearts out to finish the competition and earn enormous ice creams!  There was a very well deserved 6th place rosette for  Freddie, a second place for Jasper (who only took part in the triathlon), a 7th place for Clara, 9th for Isla and, although unplaced, a fantastic day for Martha.
The triathlon season (the swim/run/shoot phases only) will be on us again in September and if you would like to have a go please contact either Ella Skelston or Sam Hunt.  Feel free to collar us at camp and chat about what it involves, we promise you it sounds far more complicated/daunting that it actually is! 

June 2019

Report from Claire on the Beaufort Hunt PC Fun Show Sunday 16th June

Well this was a day of sunshine, rain and then torrential downpours!  Despite this Minch members had a successful day. 11 members represented Minch.  With the following results:

60cms Novice SJ – 1st Clara S  /  60-65cms SJ – 1st Esme D  /  Team 1st (Esme,Clara,Ella,Sophie)  /  70-75cms  SJ – 2nd Esme D, 5th Olivia A, 6th Sophie B  /  Team 3rd (Esme, Isla L, Ella)  /  80-85cms  SJ – 4th Rebecca R  /  Team 3rd (Becky, Livvy and Isla S)

 Dressage Novice 2019 – 1st Isla S  /  Dressage PC Eventing Test 2013 – 6th Isla L

Minch had a very good day overall, with members doing well with most PC SJ classes having 30 or more competitors.  Izzy R has a super clear round in the 80-85cms and was unlucky to not be placed.  

2 Minch Members competed in the 90-95cms with Isla S doing well and having only one pole down as the heavens opened and she competed in the pouring rain. Becky had a round to forget in her first ever 90-95 as the downpour continued but has not been put off.

It was really lovely atmosphere with the children and parents supporting each other. Staying in the rain to watch other members.

Special note to Esme D and Gus who came first, 3rd and 5th in the dog agility.

May 2019

Huge congratulations to Freya G who has passed the PC ‘A’ Test with distinction – ‘A’ Test is the highest accolade that a PC member can achieve and last year there were only 12 members across the country who passed this test. To pass with ‘distinction’ means that the candidate passed all 4 sections on the same day – this is very hard to achieve and we are all very proud that Freya has accomplished this and is such a great ambassador for our branch.

April 2019

3 Junior teams took part in the Area 9 H&P Care competition earlier this month.  We were placed 11th, 12th and 14th but the results were very close for all teams involved.  Very proudly Minchinhampton Martingales (Esme, Sophie and Merry) won the Junior Turnout!  

A great time was had as always and we look forward to taking part next year.

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Report on Shipton Moyne ODE 17th April
A good day for the 3 members representing Minch at Shipton Moyne, Ellie B won the 70 on William, Ellie C was 2nd in the 80 and Esme was 9th on borrowed pony Molly. 

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Training Horse and Pony Care Competition

December 2018

November 2018

Well done to Minchinhampton’s four competitors, Isla S, Isla, Esme and Clara, who took part in the Berkeley Hunt Triathlon held at Wycliffe College last Sunday.

It was Esme’s first competition and Isla L’s second and both put in a fantastic performance across all three disciplines, but particularly in the running, to see them placed 5th and 6th respectively in their class, finishing with a team 6th.  Clara had a good shoot and managed to keep a lead throughout her competition finishing in first place with a team 5th.  Isla S, who moved up a class for the competition, also shot well and managed to finish in first position after a great run, with a team 3rd.

Well done to everyone who took part.  This was the first triathlon of the season with plenty more to come, so if you’d like to have a go please contact Sam Hunt, the Tetrathlon Manager and we will help with any information you need.

August 2018

Report from Regional Show Jumping Championships at Rectory Farm – Sun 26th August
Jannah took part as an individual at the PC Regional Show Jumping Championships – the weather was foul and Jannah did really well to survive the first round on the grass with only 1 pole down and then again only 1 pole down in the second round over a big course, with a couple of fences at 90cm.   Well done Jannah and I hope you have dried out now!

Report from Regional Dressage Championships at Rectory Farm – Sat 25th August
Well done to Hannah, Jannah, Esme & Aimee who represented our branch at the PC Regional Dressage Championships. The team came 6th out of over 30 teams, plus individual 6th for Hannah and 8th for Aimee in their sections and to top it all – 4th in tack & turnout!
Fantastic results – ‘well done’ to you all

Gatcombe – Fri 3rd & Sat 4th August

Our team for the competition in the main arena on Friday were ‘amazing’ and we were really proud that they were members of our branch.  The team – Abbey, Daisy, Amelia and Meg were first team to jump and finished the first round on a zero score, they then jumped late in the afternoon and finished the second round on a score of 4 faults. There were 3 teams on 4 faults, which meant that there was a jump off for the first 3 places, our team was drawn last to jump which really increased the pressure. The team finished in 2nd place – what a fantastic result at one of the most prestigious competitions of the year!  The 90cm team – Oli, Ellie & Betsy plus a member from the Radnor branch who joined us on the day,  were first team to jump on Saturday morning, Oli did a fantastic clear round and the others all had unfortunate poles which meant they weren’t placed.  In the 80cm team were Isla S, Isla L, Hannah & Livvy.  Isla and Livvy both rode a great clear rounds but unfortunately no placings for the team this time.  All members who represented our branch at Gatcombe rode really well and were a credit to the branch.

Area Mini Horse Trials – Thurs 9th August at Foxcote

The 70cm team for Area eventing comprised Isla L, Isla S and Jannah. All produced beautiful dressage tests and clear show jumping rounds. The cross country course proved punishing with few clears and many eliminations across all teams. No placings for Minchinhampton on this occasion but individual 6th for Isla S on Monty and 1st for Jannah on Blade.

July 2018

Area Horse Trials – Sat 21st July
Two teams represented our branch at the Area Horse Trials which were hosted by the Beaufort Branch at Dauntsey, the 90cm team – Oli, Betsy, Ellie & Abbey did really well and were placed 8th as a team, Abbey was placed 3rd as an individual with a 30 dressage plus clear XC and SJ. All 4 of the 90 team were clear XC, over a course that was up to height with plenty of questions.

The 100cm team of Amelia, Ella and Rio all finished with a few faults in either the SJ or XC but again really good that they completed all 3 phases and were a credit to our branch.

Area Dressage – Thurs 26th July
Again another baking hot day for the Area Dressage

The Novice Team of Ellie, Betsy, & Ruby were not placed but Ruby was first to go and lead the field for the whole competition to finish in 1st place and qualify for the National Championships at Cholmondeley Castle on 18th August – congratulations to Ruby and ‘Good Luck’ for the Champs!

The Intermediate Team of Ella, Abbey, Meg and Rio were also not placed but Rio came 2nd as an individual in her section and also qualified for the National Championships

The Grassroots team of Hannah, Isla, Laura and Jannah braved the searing heat to perform their tests. Warm up was kept to a minimum to preserve both ponies and riders but this didn’t seem to impact as each team member gained a placing in their section (Hannah 2nd Isla 6th Laura 6th and Jannah 5th). Esme D also competed in the Grassroots as an individual and deserves huge congratulations for producing a lovely test in her first ever pure dressage competition. Tests done, the long wait began and the suspense built until finally at 7pm the team results were announced. It was worth the wait as the team were placed an amazing 2nd out of 24 teams and have qualified for the Regional Dressage Championships at Rectory Farm on 25th August

Well done to all involved for tolerating the heat and as usual with Area Dressage, a very long day!

Area Show Jumping – Fri 27th & Sat 28th July

Due to concerns about the hard ground the Area Show Jumping was moved to Rectory Farm and split over 2 days, our Intermediate (100cm) Team – Abbey, Amelia, Ella & Meg jumped on the Friday, the team were not placed in the competition but came 3rd in the Tack & Turn Out Competition.

On the Saturday we started early with the Novice (90cm)Team – Abbey, Ellie, Laura & Oli. Laura jumped a fantastic clear, the others had unfortunate poles each which meant that the team were not placed.

The Grassroots Team – Hannah, Jannah, Lucy & Evie were late in the afternoon on Saturday and all rode really well, but again the team was not placed – Jannah rode a fantastic clear and has qualified for the Regional Show Jump Championships at Rectory Farm on Sunday 26th August.

Report from Team Show Jumping at Barbury Horse Trials 8th July
Firstly ‘well done’ to all the members who took part in this competition and to the mothers who got them there  – it was a ‘baking hot’ day and boxes were parked quite a way from the arena, so a very tiring day for all.
90cm
Our 90cm Team – Abbey, Ellie and Laura finished on a score of 8, Abbey and Ellie both had an unfortunate pole and Laura did a fantastic clear round,. This meant that they finished in the top 10 but rosettes only went to 6th place.
100cm
Our 100cm Team – Abbey, Ella, Amelia & Rio finished on a score of 24, but nobody was too worried as at least we all got to go home a bit earlier!
Report on Mini ODE at Tresham 1st July
A super successful day with the Minch kids doing us proud!
Special mention to Poppy for a super confident ride on Jiggy and to Eloise and Jess for a very successful first ODE.
Results as follows:
60cm
Team 2nd place – Esme, Ella, Merri and Wilf
Individually – Ella 5th, Jess 7th, Wilf 8th and Esme 10th
70cm
Team 1st place – Isla L, Isla S, Jannah & Livvy
Individually – Jannah 2nd (and best dressage), Isla L. 5th and Isla S. 8th
Well done all!

June 2018

Report on Beaufort PC Show at Bowldown 17th June
Minchinhampton branch had 6 members competing at the Beaufort Pony Club Bowldown Show on 17th June.  The conditions were tough, hard ground with light rain overnight led to a very slippery course which showed in the way it jumped.
3 members – Jannah, Rosie and Becky competed in the 70cm all gathering faults therefore no placings, 4 members competed in the 80cm – Jannah, Rosie, Livvy and Laura, again a few faults resulting in no placings and 2 members compete in the 90cm – Laura and Anne.  Laura was placed 6th, and they both came 2nd as part of a mixed team.
Well done to everybody that took part.

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May 2018

Report from ODE at Andoversford Sun 20th June
Poppy and Meredith competed in Class 1A achieving what they set out to – a happy fun filled morning with their ponies and a real confidence giver for future competitions. Well done girls!
In Class 2A Livvy, Esme and Wilf had a super morning with their ponies. Livvy came 5th, Wilf 8th and Esme 9th as individuals which also gave them team 2nd. Clara also competed in Class 2B and did brilliantly coming first in her class and was also awarded Best Dressage. Well done all – it was a joy to watch you all compete confidently on your ponies.
Class 3 saw a technically tougher XC than we’re used to seeing at Andoversford which saw it’s fair share of eliminations on the day. We entered two teams of three consisting of Hannah, Jannah, Rosie, Isla, Lucy and Ruby however it wasn’t to be a successful day for our teams. Huge congratulations to Lucy and Wombat for gaining 4th individual and to Hannah for a super dressage test with Penny which saw them awarded best dressage.   Well done all!

Report from ODE at Andoversford Sun 20th June
Poppy and Meredith competed in Class 1A achieving what they set out to – a happy fun filled morning with their ponies and a real confidence giver for future competitions. Well done girls!
In Class 2A Livvy, Esme and Wilf had a super morning with their ponies. Livvy came 5th, Wilf 8th and Esme 9th as individuals which also gave them team 2nd. Clara also competed in Class 2B and did brilliantly coming first in her class and was also awarded Best Dressage. Well done all – it was a joy to watch you all compete confidently on your ponies.
Class 3 saw a technically tougher XC than we’re used to seeing at Andoversford which saw it’s fair share of eliminations on the day. We entered two teams of three consisting of Hannah, Jannah, Rosie, Isla, Lucy and Ruby however it wasn’t to be a successful day for our teams. Huge congratulations to Lucy and Wombat for gaining 4th individual and to Hannah for a super dressage test with Penny which saw them awarded best dressage.
Well done all!

Report from Ledbury Tetrathlon at Gadbury 12/13 May
Minchinhampton tetrathletes were again out in force at the Ledbury Tet which was held at Gadbury on 12th & 13th May. The team members all had a great time in fantastic weather and continued to have some great results at all levels against a large and very competitive field from Area 9 and Area 7.
As expected of the Ledbury, the XC was a really good test – a hilly course for the 80 and 90cms with some quite tricky technical fences – lots of drops and combinations, particularly in the 90cms. Several of the Minch team scored the maximum 1400 ride – which was not guaranteed over the course. The run was on the same course so there was a steep drag up at the start of the run making it quite challenging.
In the Beanies, Jasper was 3rd and Freddie was 2nd with Freddie also taking the best run. The boys also made up a mixed team that were 2nd.
In the Tadpoles, Clara was 1st – a fantastic result and as was in a mixed team that were placed 6th.
In the Mini girls, Isla was 3rd individually and also achieved best run. The Minchinhampton team was also made up of Martha and Becky, sadly, on this occasion the team were not placed but all enjoyed the event and with particularly strong runs will soon be getting team placings.
In the Junior boys, Ollie was 4th individually and team 4th in a mixed team.
A great weekend – well done to the Minch Tet team and the parents for sticking out a long weekend!

Report on Team Show Jumping at Hartpury on 7th May
Minchinhampton had Teams representing the branch in 2 classes at the Ledbury Hunt Team SJ at Hartbury on 7th May – on what turned out to be an incredibly hot day!
In Class 1 we were represented by Ella, Tabitha, Meredith and Wilf. For all the children it was their first team competition and their camaraderie and team spirit shone throughout. The team came 2nd with Wilf getting individual 5th and Ella individual 6th both with double clears qualifying them for the Area Championships.

We also had 2 teams in Class 3: Lucy, Lucy and Ruby in one team and Isla, Isla and Evie in another. By the the time it got to class 3 the heat was scorching and both riders and horses were really feeling it, there was some excellent riding but a few poles and refusals between the 6 girls meant there were no placing this time. Well done to all who took part.

April 2018 Horse & Pony Care Competition

Report on our Junior Teams at the Area Horse & Pony Care
We had two teams represent the branch at the Area Horse & Pony Care on Saturday 14th April –
Minchinhampton Merlins – Florrie, Martha & Tabitha
Minchinhampton Monkeys – Becky, Esme & Martha
Both teams were very enthusiastic and made a huge effort to be immaculately turned out, the Merlins were placed 8th and the Monkeys were placed 12th. It was really fun day – well done to everyone who took part and to their parents for getting them there.

April 2018   Pontispool Residential Camp

We had a great few days at Pontispool and despite the weather members were able to get out onto the XC course, we were also allowed to used their all weather gallops which gave members a chance gallop their horses and ponies in a safe environment and for some, the opportunity to test their knowledge of what speed they were actually doing. This is a very social camp with members attending from Beaufort, North Cotswold, Berkeley and North Hereford branches and it’s great fun for both parents and members, the dates for 2019 will be Tues 9th to Thurs 11th April.

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March 2018

Results Combined Training at Jackbarrow 25th March
Our members had a great day at the Combined Training at Jackbarrow and it was in the sunshine!! Well done to you all.

In Class 1 (60cm) Esme was 1st and Katie was 7th.
In Class 2 (70cm) Livvy was 2nd and Jannah was 7th
In Class 3 (80cm) Ruby was 1st  and Anne was 2nd
In Class 4 (90cm) Laura was 2nd and Ollie was 6th
In Class 5 (100cm) Ella was 9th


Also well done to Isla who took part in the National Triathlon Championships on 18th March at Milton Keynes, it was a very cold and snowy day but Isla and her mother made the effort to get there, competed in the freezing conditions and Isla was placed 34th overall – which is a fantastic result at a National Competition.

February 2018

Report for Avon Vale PC Eventers Challenge 13th Feb from Lucy Mitford Slade

Despite it being half term and many away skiing, a few Minchinhampton members represented the branch at this event.

It was a bitterly cold day but that didn’t deter from great riding from everyone competing and some great rounds from Ollie, Ella, Daisy and Amelia.

There were individual successes with Daisy taking 1st in the 95cm and 3rd in 1.05m whilst Amelia came 9th in 1.05 m. Well done to everyone and as always, a great team spirit.

January 2018

MPC End of Year Celebration

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