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MPC Results & Photo Gallery 2021/2022 (16.04)

We would love to hear from any of our members who have been out and about taking part in Pony Club Competitions.

April

Area Horse & Pony Care Competition – 23rd April
Sophie, Phoebe and Oscar represented our branch at the Junior H&PC competition on Saturday 23rd April, they weren’t in the placings but a huge WELL DONE to them all for taking part and the knowledge gained will stand them in good stead for future years!

Area Mounted Games Competition – Sat 16th April. Report from Rachael Reeves
On a sunny Easter Saturday Hollie, Maddie, Harriet and Jasmine went to the Three Counties Show Ground in Malvern for the Area 9 mounted games competition. It was the first time the girls had competed in a mounted games competition and the first time the club has entered a team for some time. The girls took part in the Junior Novice competition for under 11’s competing in 6 races – bending, bottle, sock, mug, flag and stepping stones. It was a shaky start with one of the ponies finding it a bit too much, which meant the order the girls had practised had to be changed but it didn’t phase them and they did brilliantly to come 2nd in 2 races and 5th overall. Overall a great day for their first competition and all girls thoroughly enjoyed it.

MPC Show Jump Competition at CCR – Thurs 14th April
This was a very successful day with many of our own members taking part, plus competitors from other branches in Area 9.  Thank you to everyone who helped on the day – a team of ‘cheerful’ helpers makes such a big difference toth ose who come to compete 😃

Area 9 Junior Show – 9th April
Our branch was really well represented at this competition with lot’s of our members taking part –
Hollie, Harriet, Mollie, Faith Jesse, Alice, Oscar, Jasper, Anna, Sophie, Ella, Tabitha, Fred, Poppy, Bo & Charlotte – I apologise if I have missed anyone from the list!
‘Well Done’ to everyone who took part and congratulations to Ella who was placed 1st in Class 4, Tabitha was placed 2nd and Poppy 3rd, Tabitha was also placed 2nd in Class 5 and Ella 5th

March 2022

Winter Triathlon Finals Sunday 27th March – Report from Lichen
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Betsy, Esme, Isla and Jasper who all qualified for the Winter Triathlon Finals held in Grantham this year, they all travelled up the night before to be ready for an early start on Sunday morning.
All did amazingly well with some stiff competition being the finals.
Minimus boys:
Jasper came an impressive 6th overall with a best shoot and PB swim and run.
Senior Girls
Esme came 11th overall with a PB in her swim and run and Isla had a great day too.  
Betsy had a disappointing shoot after a perfect score on her warm up target but a good day overall achieving a PB swim and PB run.
It was a really good team spirit and was great to be there representing Minchinhampton PC and everyone could certainly see them in their bright Minchinhampton orange tops for the run!
Photo attached

February 2022

Croome PC SJ at Hartpury – Sunday 27th February
Well done to all our Minchinhampton show jumpers who supported the Croome PC show jumping at Hartpury yesterday. It was very well run with a lovely atmosphere and our members all enjoyed the day. Results below –
70cm – Ella was placed 9th individual & 5th in a mixed team.
80cm – Katie & Florrie both jumped clear, Ella had 4 faults but team was placed 6th in a very large class.
90cm – Florrie jumped clear and was placed 7th as an individual and qualified for the Pony Club Spring Festival Area Final, Evie had 4 faults, and Katie 12, they were placed 7th as a team.
1m – Evie was placed 13th.

September 2021

C+ Riding Assessment
Congratulations to Becky & Martha who both passed the ‘C+ Riding assessment on 11th September

Area 9 Show Jump Championships 5th September – Report from Mandy
Well done to all the Minchinhampton competitors in the Area 9 Show Jump Championship. Great team spirit showed by all the members.  Great riding by all and we had members in every class.
Faith had a beautiful double clear in the 50-55cm class
Arthur and Faith had great time in the 60/65cm but unfortunately both had a refusal. Poppy and Gin produced a lovely double clear and India and Tinks had a cracking round placing 4th in a very competitive class.
In the 70-75 class both Ella and India both produced cracking double clears.
In the 80-85 class Evie H, Ella F and Katie F all had double clears, Tabitha had an unfortunate pole. Katie F and Danny were placed 3rd individually. The team also came 3rd too so well done girls.
Livvy then went in to ride in the 90-95 and 1m-1.05 where she was placed 3rd and 6th.
I think it’s safe to say everyone had a great day. The sun was shining  and the horses behaved well.

August 2021

80cm Regional Show Jump Championships 29th August – Report from Claire
We had a lovely morning at Rectory Farm taking part at the 80cm Regional Show Jump Championships.
Katie, Tabitha, Neveah and Becky all rode well and were beautifully turned out!
1st round on wet grass was well ridden and the team ended on only 4 faults. The 2nd, bigger round in the arena proved harder and the team didn’t end in the rosettes but enjoyed their rounds.
Katie and Tabs did particularly well on young horses and it being the biggest course Tabs had jumped. Both ended on good scores. Well done girls!
Good company, ridden in the spirit of Minch Pony Club by all 4 girls. Love Minch ❤️

July 2021

The Junior Girls National Tetrathlon Championships

It is the only year that Isla and Clara S and Esme D will all be in the Junior class of tetrathlon, enabling them to make up a team of three to represent Minchinhampton PC, so they made it their goal to get to the National Championships as a team.  They have worked hard all year and realised their dream at the Area qualifiers at Oxstalls at the end of July. 
The timetable for the Nationals was over three days so both Mums and children ventured up on the Thursday to pitch the tents and be ready for the first day of shooting and swimming on the Friday. Camping is not the best preparation for competing…..! However, all the girls shot well and both Esme and Isla had a personal best in the swim which put them in second team place at the end of the first day.  The second day was the ride, which was very late in the day over a long course with quite a few technical questions.  They all rode brilliantly with Clara having one of the few clears in the class within the time.  Their overall ride score resulted in them maintaining their second team place as they dressed up for the highlight of the weekend, the Tetrathlon party on the Saturday evening.  A no adult affair in the large, prize giving tent, several hundred competitors from around the country danced the night away with some parents trying to gate crash to enjoy some much needed party vibes! 

Sunday morning saw the run with all the girls closely examining the previous days scores to try and ascertain what they needed to do to keep the third team, from the Beaufort, off their heals!   They all ran superbly, with another personal best from Isla, resulting in them finishing in second place overall.  The girls (and parents) were over the moon.  The whole weekend was a team effort from start to finish with amazing support from Charlie and Julie and all the parents (both Dad’s single handedly managing to get the horses there on their own on the Saturday!) and seeing them on the podium was just the icing on the cake. Individually out of a national class of 88 Isla finished 14th and both Esme and Clara finished in the 20s.  An amazing result for all of them and for Minchinhampton Pony Club.

The 90cm National Show Jumping Championships by Livvy A.
We left our house in the lorry at 5:30am, ready for the two hour journey ahead. I was excited but nervous as I didn’t know what to expect, as I knew it would be a tough competition and there were 70 others in my section. Anyway the journey went a lot quicker then I thought as I was asleep half the way in the lorry! We arrived in plenty of time and got Gunners passport checked and stable number. We drove down to the area 9 parking and on our way we saw so many big smart lorries but as my mum says, don’t ever be intimidated. My mum kindly got him plaited and my dad and I rode our bikes down to the arenas which were pretty far away, to walk the course and see where everything is. The course was a full up 90 with some difficult lines and spooky jumps. We rode our bikes back up then I got ready and rode Gunner down to warm up as I was 10th to go in. There had only been one clear round before me, and Gunner didn’t warm up very well and seemed half asleep. Luckily he put his jumping shoes back on and jumped a nice clear. We had a few hours until the second round so Pari and I just rode our bikes around the shops passing the time, and then walked the course for the second round. We started walking back to the arena which at Gunners pace takes a while! Then as soon as I got down there, I realised I had forgotten my number! So my dad quickly rode his bike back to the lorry to go and get it! Gunner warmed up lots better and produced another lovely clear, putting us into the jump off, only 7 people got through into the jump off. The jumps had gone up to around 100, which I knew Gunner was capable of, but I knew I would have to ride him more then ever to get the turns I needed to do if I wanted to win. One turn I wasn’t even planning on doing until I overheard someone discussing it with their trainer in the warm up, so I knew I’d have to add that turn in as well. I was 3rd to go in the jump off, the second the bell went I pushed Gunner forward into a pretty fast canter but kept him balanced so he could manage the turns. He pulled them all off and jumped clear, and went into the lead. I was so happy, but then we had the worst part, which was the waiting. There were 4 more as we watched nervously, the others were quick but we still held onto 1st. The last person to go had a pony that could turn well and hadn’t knocked a pole in 2 years. They went clear but weren’t quick enough and went into 3rd. That’s when I knew Gunner and I had won, it all felt very surreal and I never thought this would happen, but he tried his little heart out and we made it! NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. We had the prize giving with fantastic prizes and got to stand on the podium. We then had a nice chilled evening getting pizza, visiting the horses in the stables, and riding our bikes around while mum dad and Liz celebrated with a bottle of Prosecco. The best two days anybody could ask for. 

PC National Championships – Open Show Jumping (Teams) and Individual Open Dressage by Pip Robb
We arrived at Offchurch Bury on Wednesday evening and were amazed at the size of the venue. Ellie B had come along to help Aimee with the horses and they took them both on a quiet hack around the grounds to get them used to the sponsors flags and work out where they needed to be the next day before settling them into their stables.
Aimee had an early first round SJ so they were up early to plait horses and walk the course. Freddie was a bit phased by the chaos in the warm up and managed to pick up 12 faults in his first round in what was a full up 110 course that only saw 15 of the 75 competitors go clear.
Then it was time to warm up Riley for his Open dressage test. He took a while to settle to the surroundings too and unfortunately didn’t deliver his usual relaxed test. Combined with a bit of pilot error at the end this placed them 12th in a class of 33, with a score of 62.73% (The winning score was 69.14%). Still a fantastic result when you think there were competitors from all around the UK, and this was his first test in a long arena. A BIG thank you to Chris Jordan for all her help in preparing these two for this level of competition.
Although she couldn’t walk the second round SJ course as it was the same time as the dressage, Aimee & Freddie had a great second round SJ with just a couple of unlucky poles down, but overall a very pleasing outcome as only 12 managed to go clear in this round and some competitors  had accumulated cricket scores!. She had been in a mixed team with two others from  Area 9 clubs but one had withdrawn after the first round so no team score to count sadly.
All in all an amazing experience, and Minchinhampton Pony Club was up there with the best of the rest. A wonderful result for our small club, and testament to the encouragement and dedication of our trainers, DC and committee.

PC National Championships 90cm Eventing by Liz Jafari
Pari was very proud to qualify to represent Minchinhampton in the Eventing Championships this year. We decided to head up a day early to support Liv and take in the atmosphere, as well as see how everything worked as it was our first “away event”. The experience was amazing .. a great atmosphere, enough competitiveness to keep you feeling on your toes and like it was a Championship, but lots of fun to be had too. Dressage went really well and Pari was standing in 5th after that phase, but an over energised Star on SJ and then a good choice by Pari to pull out on an XC shoulder element (in favour of keeping her knee cap intact😁), meant they dropped out of the placings. We came away knowing that they’d ridden a great ride on their toughest XC course yet and had an incredible experience.
Our advice for next years qualifying competitors … master the art of packing your whole tack room, fridge and house into your lorry/trailer, parents/grooms – take bikes and train your walking legs like you’re about to do a marathon (you will have done by the end of the trip!), competitors – ride your own ride … you can only do your best and we saw some of the regular winners struggle and some that hadn’t expected to, come out on top.
All in all, great fun and a fantastic learning experience. Thanks also go to Julie for organising us all so admirably and to Jo Mathieson on the day for some great XC/Star tips.

Area Dressage – Friday 23rd July – Report from Fran
We had a lovely day at the area Dressage though very thankful for some slightly cooler weather!
First on was Aimee who rode Freddie in the Intermediate and Riley in the Open. She came 3rd on Riley riding a beautiful test for 71.54% and qualified for the PC Champs – well done Aimee!
Our Novice put in a solid performance getting Team 4th with individual results in their sections as follows:
Esme 4th 68.18%
Isla 6th 66.14%
Pari 6th 69.77%
Ruby 8th 68.86%
And finally Neveah rode a super test in the Grassroots coming 6th with a score of 71.88% and has qualified for the Regional Champs – well done Neveah!
Special thanks as always to Chris Jordan for warming the girls and their horses up –  we are so lucky to benefit from her knowledge and experience at these events. And to Julie for being there to support keeping us all in order and in the right place!

Open Horse Trials at Pontispool – 18th July
Meg represented our branch and came 4th in this competition – which is an awesome result against the best from Area’s 9 and 15.

Area Horse Trials – Saturday 17th July
‘Well done’ to Pari and Star who came second in their section at the Area Eventing and in doing so qualified for the PC Championships at Offchurch Bury in August, Jess was 8th in her section, unfortunately no placings this time for Liv & Esme. The girls all rode really well and were all in the lead in their respective sections after dressage, so lots to look forward to in the future

Area Show Jumping – Saturday 10th July
Huge ‘well done’ to our members who represented Minchinhampton branch at the Area Show Jumping today – as to be expected, a few ‘ups & downs’ but all members rode extremely well and were a credit to our branch. Aimee (110) and Liv (90) have both qualified for the Championships to be held at Offchurch Bury in August and our 80cm team have qualified for the Regional Champs which will be held at Rectory Farm on 29th August.
110 Individual – Aimee
90cm Team – Pari, Jess, Liv & Evie
80cm Team – Martha, Katie, Tabitha
70cm Team – Ella, India, Poppy

June 2021

Bowldown Results – 27th June
Evie was individual 7th in the 85 and 8th in the 95 but got team 1st in the 95.
Isla was individual 1st In the 65 and team 2nd.
Liv won the meter and team 1st for a mixed team.

Area Horse & Pony Care Results – 27th June
Congratulations to our ‘Mini’ Teams who took part at the Area Horse & Pony Care Competition on 27th June, it was great to see such enthusiasm and team spirit from our younger members.
Tabitha, Phoebe & India (Minchinhampton Meerkats) came 3rd and Sophie, Faith & Anna (Minchinhampton Monkeys) came 8th, both of which are fantastic results when competing against all the other branches from across Area 9

Tresham Mini ODE – 13th June – Report from Mandy
All of our younger members had a lovely day in the sun albeit very hot competing at their 1st ODE this year.
I believe as a club we had a successful day with Mollie, Arthur and  Polly  being placed 6th in their classes. I’d also like to add it was Polly’ s first competition. Well done Polly.
Anna rode a beautiful dressage test scoring a great score of 18.3. 👏 and coming 9th over all.
Harriet also completed all 3 elements extremely well and placed 7th in her group.
Faith had a great ride with a clear round in SJ and XC.
Sophie, Freddie and Poppy all did extremely well to compete in such heat but unfortunately all had minor problems later on in the day.  Well done team Minch.

Cotswold PC Show Jumping at CCR Equestrian – Wed 2nd June
Report from Mandy on 50, 60 & 70cm Classes
Firstly I would like to say how proud I am of our younger members who competed at CCR this week. They all showed courage and resilience as some ponies didn’t make it easy for their little jockeys. We had falls, faults, eliminations but they all tried extremely hard. The day was mix bag for most members.
Faith had two double clears in the 50cm( getting placed 6th) and 60cm just outside placings.
Isla hall completed two beautiful rounds in the 60/70cm if only Dudley would choose not to have a ‘poo’  before going into the first fence. 😂
We also saw Maisie, Megan, Poppy and Anna complete the 60cm course with courage and determination.
In the 70cm we had Sophie , India, Poppy and Freddie who again rode extremely well and completed their course with conviction but not with out faults.
The next class was the pairs this was always going to be tough. we had Freddie and Jasper vs Anna and India vs Tabitha and Sophie. Again the ponies didn’t want to play and made this a complicated class for most. We saw stops and falls but all members had a great time and completed the course with a smile and enjoyed the competitive spirit.
Freddie and Jasper won the judges choice award in this class.

Jannah,Tabitha, Katie, Neveah competed in the 80cm class, with Evie coming 2nd,
Jannah, Martha, Pari, Becky, Katie, Jess, Liv & Evie competed in the 90cm class, Jess was placed 2nd, Liv – 3rd and Evie – 6th.
Liv, Jess and Pari competed in the 100cm Class – Liv was placed 1st and Jess – 3rd

April 2021

Report from Junior Show at Rectory Farm – Sat 10th & Sun 11th April
A huge ‘Well Done’ to all of our younger members who took part at this competition – some had better days than others, but there was a great team spirit and lot’s of lessons learnt for the future. Congratulations to the following – Class 4 on Sunday – Jasper 1st, Charlotte 3rd and the Team of Jasper, Charlotte, Tabitha & Fred were placed 4th. Also to Olivia who was placed 8th in Class 2 on Saturday.