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

February 2023

Pony Club Barrier Health National Spring Festival 12th February
Jess C was placed 4th in the Novice Dressage Championships and 1st in the Warm Up Test
Merrie also competed in the Novice Dressage) & Tabitha in the 90cm Show Jumping, unfortunately neither were placed but it was a great experience and lot’s to take ‘on board’ for the future.

Cotswold PC Arena Eventing @ CCR – 23rd February
Sophie B – placed 1st in the 60cm
Alice F – 4 faults in the 60cm but clear in the 70cm placing 9th
Ella F – 4 faults in the 80cm but was clear in the 90cm placing 8th

Croome PC Show Jumping at Hartpury – 26th February
Minchinhampton Pony Club members had a fantastic day at the Croome PC show jumping at Hartpury on Sunday 26th February, it was great to see so many of our members taking part and this meant that there was a great ‘team’ atmosphere with everyone supporting each other.
Sophie B, Faith, Megan and Anna were team 4th
Olivia D, India C, Charlotte G all rode great rounds but unfortunately weren’t placed
Esme D, Liv A, Jess C, and Clara S came 2nd out of 11 teams.
Jess taking the individual win and Liv 3rd, the only team to have 4 clear rounds!
India C, Charlotte G, Katie F and Tabitha C came team 6th
Merrie B also competed as an individual.
Jess C, Isla S, and Esme D all rode really well around a big track and came team 3rd, with Liv A gaining a 2nd place individually.
Katie F, Clara S and Tabitha C weren’t placed on this occasion, but a big thank you to Katie for stepping in at last minute over the big track only taking one pole! Also Tabitha riding a horse she had only ridden twice!!
Isla S competed as an individual and was placed 4th.

December 2022

Results from Spring Festival Qualifier Dressage at Burrows Court – 30th Dec 2022
Jess Cooke – 4th Individual

Merrie Bird – 7th Individual
Evie Hall – 5th Individual
Evie, Merrie, Jess – 3rd

Bo, Poppy, Charlotte – 6th

Jess, Merrie (Dressage) & Tabitha (SJ) have all qualified for the Spring Festival Finals at Arena UK on 11th & 12th February – on behalf of the branch I would like to wish them all ‘best of luck’ and look forward to getting a report for our next bulletin


Area 9 Autumn Show – Sun 11th Sept – Report from Mandy
We had a great turn out for this show especially from our younger members. Well done to all those who competed – you all rode brilliantly which led to individual and team placings in most classes.
Class 1 and 2 we saw Maddie, Mollie, Harriet, Hollie and Jasmine complete great rounds resulting in teams placed 6th in Class 1 and 8th in Class 2. You all did a fantastic job and should be very proud of yourselves.
Class 3 saw Charlotte, Isla, Anna, Alice, Faith, Arthur, Sophie and Megan. Strong clear rounds put Charlotte in 6th and 11th place individually, Isla hall in 7th place individually and Anna in 9th place individually. Between them they also managed to gain team placings 1st, 10th and 14th.
Class 4 70cm – Again a great turn out for this class. Ella, Charlotte, Isla, Alice, Chloe, Isla ,Anna, Charlotte, Sophie and faith. This was a full up 70 and all children put in strong rounds. Ella was placed 2nd , Charlotte was placed 7th and Isla Hall placed 11th individually. There were also clear rounds by Chloe and Alice.  We also got team placings 6th, 9th and 12th. We are super proud of you all .
Class 5 80cm – we had only two entries Tabitha and Anna. This was Anna’s first time jumping a 80 cm course and she rode with great determination. Tabitha had a unlucky pole.
Class 6 90cm- Just Tabitha in this class who rode a strong round but unfortunately had 4 faults but still managed to gain team placing 3rd.
Well done to all our riders it was a long day and an early start for many.

Shipton Moyne ODE – Sun 18th Sept
Katie, Liv and Ella represented our branch in the 80cm, with Ella placed 8th in her section
Chloe and her pony Rocco represented our branch in the 70cm and were placed 7th – which was an excellent result at their first ODE


Gatcombe Score Collecting
We also had a team members who volunteered to help with the Dressage Sheet collecting at Gatcombe on Saturday 6th August – huge thank you to those who took part, plus their parents and Jo for helping throughout the day – Sophie, Faith C, Keira, Anna, Molly, Arthur, Faith P, Harriet and Jasmine.

PC Show Jumping at Gatcombe – 100cm – Friday 5th August  It was great to be back at Gatcombe with the unique atmosphere of the Pony Club Team Show Jumping in the main arena on the Friday, as usual being the local branch, we were first to go and a special mention to Jess – who was only asked to substitute the evening before and was then first to go in our team! All members of the team (Jess, Isla S, Liv & Esme)  rode really well finishing the first round with a score of 8 faults. As we were about half way down the placings, the team jumped fairly early in the afternoon but, with less pressure, everyone improved in the second round finishing on a score of 4 faults. Unfortunately no placings this time but a great experience and good practise for next year!

80cm – Saturday 6th August  Back at Gatcombe again early Saturday morning for the 80cm Team Show Jumping, our team for this competition was Ella, Poppy, Bo and Tabitha. For these members it was their first time competing at Gatcombe – so quite a nerve-racking experience! Everyone rode really well with the team finishing on a score of 12 faults but again great experience and practise for next year!
90cm – Sat 6th August Our team for the 90cm Show Jump competition on Saturday afternoon were Liv, Issy, Jess and Florrie. Great riding from everyone on the team, finishing on a score of 8 faults which meant that they were just out of the placings!

Pony Club Championships Tetrathlon – Fri 12th, Sat 13th & Sunday 14th August  HUGE Well Done to our members who represented MPC at the Pony Club National Tetrathlon Championships. Isla S was placed 6th in the Intermediate Girls, Jasper placed 3rd in the new ‘Stepping Stones’ competition, Clara did well in all four events but unfortunately not placed and Esme had an excellent run, shoot & swim but it was not their day on the XC this time.  All four members are great ambassadors for our branch – competing at Tetrathlon requires extensive training in all four events – so even getting to the National Championships is a significant achievement!

Dressage Championships – Tues 16th & Wed 17th August Ellie B was placed 7th on Riley in the Open Novice Dressage Championships and Meg was placed 12th on Ricky in the Open Dressage Championships. These are great results when competing against the best in the Pony Club from the whole of Great Britain!

Show Jump Championships – Wed 17th August Liv represented our branch at the 90cm Show Jump Championships, having two unfortunate poles in first round but jumped clear in second round. No placings this time but a massive achievement to represent our branch at the Show Jump Championships two years in a row!
Intermediate (100cm) Eventing – Fri 19th & Sat 20th August Isla S was back up to the Championships again on Friday, this time representing our branch at the Intermediate Eventing – finishing 12th in her section, again a fantastic achievement!
Regional SJ Champs – Sat 27th, Sun 28th & Mon 29th August
Well done to Ella who represented our branch at the 70cm Regional Show Jump Championships at Rectory Farm on Saturday 27th August. Ella and Monty jumped a double clear which got them into the jump off and finished 3rd out of a class of 100!  Ella was back at Rectory Farm again on Monday, this time on Marley for the 80cm Unaffiliated One Day Event, finishing 5th on her dressage score of 32.5.
Also ‘well done’ to Charlotte who represented MPC at the 80cm Regional Show Jump Championships at Rectory Farm on Sunday 28th August – she and Domino jumped two clear rounds, securing them a place in the very competitive ‘jump off’. An unfortunate pole at the first fence meant that Charlotte was placed 28th out of 118 competitors – which was a real achievement in such a ‘high pressure’ competition.


Area Tet & Tri – 9th & 10th July

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our members who took part at the Area 9 Tet & Tri last weekend:
Intermediate Girls Tet – Esme 1st & Isla 2nd and both qualifying for the Championships in August ✨ Betsy was placed 2nd in the Senior Girls Triathlon
Minimus Boys Tet – Jasper placed 1st as an individual and also received 1st as part of a mixed team
Beanies Dri Tri – Holly R placed 2nd as an individual and received 1st as part of a mixed team
Tadpole Girls Tet – Harriet had great run, swim & shoot but an unfortunate tumble on the XC meant that she had to retire, I reminded her that Tom did the same at Badminton – so she is in good company!

Isla S & Jannah represented our branch at the Area Eventing this year which was held on Sat 16th July at Upton House near Banbury. Isla S produced an excellent dressage, followed by clear SJ and XC and was placed 6th in the 100 class, she would have placed higher but incurred an annoying 1.6 time penalties on the XC! Jannah competed in the 90 class and also produced a good dressage, followed by a clear SJ but incurred an unfortunate 20 faults on the XC, which meant that she was out of the placings this time. Isla L was placed 9th in the unaffiliated section. Well done to all three girls who rode well in all sections


Tresham 19th June 2022 Congratulations to Harriet who came 4th and Hannah who came 5th in the 50cm class at the Beaufort PC Mini ODE at Tresham today. 60cm – Chloe 3rd plus ??? special mention to Arthur??? For the 70cm I hope this is correct……. Bo came 5th and Poppy came 7th in their section. Liv also came 7th in her section. Tabitha came 4th and savannah came 8th and kitty came 10th in their section whilst Sophie received the award for the best dressage score in her section. Also Liv, Poppy, Bo and Savannah came team 4th I believe. Well done all xx

Berkeley Show PC Team Competition – Sun 26th June  Well done to the team representing our pony club today at Berkeley Castle. Charlotte, Tabitha, Katie and Liv, finishing on a total of 8 faults which was a shame as they had the fastest time over all. The team was placed 4th with Tabs  4th as an individual. Super fast  clear from Katie. Well Done girls.


Report from Area Show Jumping – 29th May 110cm Meg and Aimee competed for Minchinhampton pony club in the 110cms Area Show Jumping on Sunday 29th May. They both had a slightly sticky first round with Aimee having 8 faults and Meg jumping clear. The second round was more consistent for both, with Aimee having 8 faults and Meg 4. Both rode really well against some tough competition. Unfortunately neither qualified for the championships but represented the club brilliantly. Well done girls! 90 & 100cm We all had a lovely day today at Rectory for the Area 9 Showjumping. Lots of members attended but unfortunately the 90 and 100 teams only had three members each. However the 90 team, Katie, Florrie and Liv came forth even with just three members, with Liv taking the individual win and qualifying for The National Championships in August ✨ The 100 again with only three members, Jannah, Jess and Liv all rode beautifully but unfortunately all incurred a few faults. However it was a tough track with some big fences so a big well done to them all. Over all we all had a great day. 70 & 80cm

Classes were very big so HUGE congratulations to Ella F for a individual 7th place in the 70cm and to Charlotte Goodwill coming individually 10th in the 80cm both qualified for the Regional Championships in their sections. 
Unfortunately every one else had faults whether it be poles, rider errors or uncooperative ponies. As a branch  all of the children did very well and had a great time today and supported each other when possible. Big shout out to all who rode Poppy and Zeus, Chloe and Rocco, Ella with Monty and Marley, Faith and Giselle, Anna and Tonto, Alice and Spot, Bo and Sugar, Charlotte and Domino, Tabitha and Patch, Freddie and Gracie. 
We are all very proud to be team Minchinhampton xx

Junior Regional Tetrathlon Congratulations to Clara who was selected for the – Central England Squad at this year’s Junior Regional Tetrathlon which took place from 3rd – 5th June. Results from Beaufort Mini ODE at


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.