Sunday March 24, 2019
Weekly Newsletter from HQ Mar 7 & Feb 6

Dear all,

Thank you for sending me so much useful feedback as to how this ‘newsletter’ can be improved and what you use it for.  The feedback was unanimously in favour of keeping it but with some areas for improvement, it isn’t  a finished article yet so please do keep the feedback coming. 

To that end this is fortnightly email Number 1. 

Thanks

Charlie

Pony Club Sports

National Championships

August 16-20th 2019

Please find attached the timetable for 2019, the competitions in green are either new classes or changes in scheduling from 2018.

As always we are reliant on having a huge army (roughly 250 a day) of willing and able volunteers so would very much welcome your help even if only for a few hours.  Likewise if you know of others who might be interested in learning how to be dressage writers, commentators, fence judges etc or who are working towards their DofE, YELA or similar awards please do ask them to register too.  The updated Championships Volunteer database is coming soon but if you would like to ‘Pre-Register your Interest’ to volunteer in the meantime please do email charlotte@pcuk.org.  A huge THANK YOU in advance.

IMPORTANT Open Dressage 2019 Test – Rule Book version

It has come to light that the above test is incorrect in the Dressage Rule Book. All other versions on www.pcuk.org and through Harry Hall are correct, it is only the Rule Book that has the error. Please find the correct test attached. Apologies for any confusion.

IMPORTANT: Show Jumping Rule book update:

Unfortunately, rule 3(b) has been omitted from the 2019 Showjumping rule book. This rule was carried over from 2018 and is still current and it should be enforced. It reads as follows:

“3(b) Hair: In the interests of safety, long hair must be secured appropriately in a hairnet.”

Pony Club Dressage Home International at RWHS

We would like to update you about a new Pony Club Dressage Competition to be held at Royal Windsor Horse Show. It will be a Home International team competition for which the Dressage Committee will invite riders from each nation to make up teams.

There will be four teams of five representing England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Teams will include:

  • 2 x Open riders
  • 2 x Intermediate riders
  • 1 x Novice rider

Riders must be a member of a Branch/Centre within the nation they are competing for and must not have competed internationally. Riders will be selected based on their score at the Pony Club Dressage Championships. The highest scores from each nation will be invited and letters to those selected will be sent shortly.

We are excited to bring Pony Club Dressage to such a great show and hope that, should it be a success, it will encourage more Pony Club members to aim for the Dressage Championships.

Dengie Dressage and Show Jumping Area Competitions

Area Competitions for the Dengie Dressage and Show Jumping Series are underway. Good luck to all competitors and thank you to everyone involved in hosting and running the competitions.

90th Anniversary

90th Book

We are producing a lovely commemorative coffee table book to celebrate the first 90 years of Pony Club history. The first 900 people to pre-order the book will get their names in print.  The book, including having your name in print will retail at £30 and is a great gift.  All we ask is the name and Branch/ Centre that the individual was or is associated with. We have had requests for names to be included ‘in Memoriam’ which I think is a lovely idea.  Please email Charlotte@pcuk.org to pre register.

Crafty Pony Club Pony

Many of you will have seen and probably bought a Crafty Pony over the years and I am very pleased to announce that there are 1000 Pony Club Crafty Ponies setting sail from China this week.  They are the only bay pony in the collection and have specific brown Pony Club tack, standard Crafty Ponies have simple black tack with only two girth straps and no buckle guards so wouldn’t pass many Pony Club tack checkers.  The Pony Club pony also has an accessory pack which includes grass reins and a neck strap, we have written ‘How to’ guides to accompany the pony based on Pony Club training from the test syllabus’ and the Manual of Horsemanship.  Crafty is a fantastic educational tool as well as being very cuddly, he will be available to buy from the Pony Club shop and will officially be launched at Badminton Horse Trials.

90th Merchandise

The first wave of 90th branded merchandise will be available to buy from the Pony Club shop powered by Harry Hall imminently so please do keep an eye out for it in the Officials and Volunteers tab.

Membership offers:

With Spring just around the corner and days getting longer, afternoon riding is now back on the agenda – but as this week has shown, the weather can still catch you out. Take advantage of this offer from Just Chaps and keep warm and dry no matter what the Spring throws at you. The Pony Club Waterproof Trousers recently won Horse & Hound’s Best in Test so you can be confident you’re buying the best quality available.

HOYS Offer

Code: ‘HOYSPCUK19’

Offer:  10+ people get 20% discount on Saturday daytime and Sunday daytime. 10+ people get 25% discount on Sunday evening tickets.

Reminders and Reports:

Coaching Conference 2019  was in H&H this week with Coach of the Year winner Helena Sherwood featuring in ‘People in the News’.

The journalist at the Conference has also written the following three great articles for H&H online.

https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/showjumping/jumping-exercises-for-better-line-679539

https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/features/6-ways-positive-psychology-can-make-better-rider-679840

https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/features/concussion-horse-riders-recognise-680014

Branch Accounts

Please note that the deadline is looming for Branch accounts – they need to be back by 15 March please.  Many thanks to those who have already done this – your prompt turnaround is really appreciated.

Any issues contact Finance@pcuk.org

Capitation

Forms will be sent out on 1 March for return by 29 March.  There are some changes to the form so please carefully review the instructions.

Again, any issues contact Finance@pcuk.org

Branch Officials Training 2nd March 2019

Members of Staff along with Mo Costello and Hazel Warburton (BODS) travelled to Scotland to deliver the first Branch Officials Training of 2019. There were 51 Officials present at Oatridge College, Ecclesmachan. The day covered a multitude of subjects including Safeguarding, Health & Safety and I.T. (including a presentation about the development of our upcoming CRM system), along with an in depth discussion surrounding all Branch matters.

The whole day was a resounding success with volunteers going away feeling more informed and confident with their roles.

Pony Racing: Race Days

Following the successful qualification at PC/PRA training days or attendance at two mounted rallies, runners continue on to Pony Club Race Days as below.

 

Organiser Venue Date Schedules / Entry Forms
Lord Leconfield Ascot Racecourse 8th April Available on the website
Area 9 Cheltenham Racecourse 19th April Available on the website
Area 4 Haydock Park Racecourse 12th May  
Wylye Valley Wincanton Racecourse 18th May Available on the website
Area 7 Wolverhampton Racecourse 22nd September  
Holderness Hunt Beverley Racecourse 29th September  
Eridge Hunt Lingfield Park Racecourse 28th October  

Racing to School Race Days

Following a highly successful pilot scheme The Pony Club and Racing to School are continuing to work together on Racing to School’s Riders’ Programme. We are pleased to be able to again offer FREE workshops for Pony Club Members aged 12 years and over this coming holiday break, and during other school holidays in 2019.

We will be running three Riders’ Programme Events during the April half-term, as follows:

  • 8th April 2019 at Kelso Racecourse (Area 1, 2 & 19) – please contact Carrie Ford, carrie@racingtoschoo.co.uk
  • 15th April 2019 at Pontefract Racecourse (Area 3 & 6) – please contact Carrie Ford, carrie@racingtoschoo.co.uk
  • 18th April 2019 at Ripon Racecourse (Area 2, 3 & 4) – please contact Carrie Ford, carrie@racingtoschoo.co.uk

* When contacting the event organiser, please include: your son’s / daughter’s name and age, and the Pony Club Branch or Centre where they are a member.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshops (Face-to-Face)

March 2019

7 March 2019 – Ashton Hall Equestrian Centre – Sale (Area 4)

12 March 2019 – Down Hall Farm – Royston (Area 8)

12 March 2019 – Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure – Wickham Market (Area 8)

16 March 2019 – Glencruitten Church Hall – Oban (Area 1)

20 March 2019 – Louth Library – Northgate (Area 6)

25 March 2019 – Willand Village Hall – Cullompton (Area 15)

26 March 2019 – Gateside Memorial Hall – Fife (Area 1)

April 2019

8 April 2019 – Newton & Bywell Community Hall – Stockfield (Area 2)

12 April 2019 – Longdon Village Hall – Tewkesbury (Area 9)

May 2019

13 May 2019 – Penycoed Riding Stables – Shropshire (Area 5)

Equestrian Advanced Safeguarding Online Refresher

Online Course Entry Page

Charlotte Thornycroft
Communications, Projects and Planning Director

t: 02476 698311   e: charlotte.thornycroft@pcuk.org

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Open Dressage 2019 Test Sheet (A4)[18965]

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Dear all,

Equine Influenza Outbreak.

Please see below the link to the BEF advice regarding the news of Equine Influenza outbreaks within Racing.  We are closely monitoring the situation and will update you via the website and social media if the situation escalates.  In the meantime please make sure that all horses and ponies are up to date with their vaccinations to help protect them as much as possible throughout the year remembering that no pony or horse may compete for 6 days following a vaccination.

At the moment the Racing to Schools dates are still going ahead in February half term as scheduled below.

https://bef.co.uk/News-Detail.aspx?news=equine-flu-outbreak

On a much more positive note, Congratulations to the following Shortlisted Coaches, we look forward to hearing who the winners are at next weeks Coaching Conference at Hartpury (flyer attached).

Coach of the Year

Katie Barrett- Newmarket & Thurlow Hunt

Sophie Campion- Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure

Helena Sherwood- Minchinhampton

Tamara Weal- Hursley

Young Coach of the Year

Anastasia Meadows- Atherstone Hunt

Victoria Leadbeater- Hursley

Coaches Records on Unity

We are steadily working our way through the backlog of Coaching updates so if you have sent over the information in the last four weeks please ignore any further automated emails.  We apologise for the inconvenience in this.  We would ask that where possible DC’s update their Coaches on Unity.

Winter Psychology Tour

The next date for the popular winter tour with Tony Ghaye and Marie Ryan is on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at Solihull Riding Club, Four Ashes Lane, Dorridge, West Midlands (Area 7).

Tickets are £22 and can purchased through the link here http://events.pcuk.org/?page_id=6511

National Quiz Qualifiers are underway. Dates and rounds on the website at www.pcuk.org/index.php/activities/national_quiz/

If anyone is interested in the Blue Cross Care Competition more information can be found on the website at www.pcuk.org/index.php/activities/activities_horse_and_pony_care_competition/

Qualifiers start in April.

Last chance to qualify for the Dengie Dressage and Show Jumping Area Competitions! Dates can be found online:

www.pcuk.org/wld

www.pcuk.org/wlsj

Polocrosse

Arena Tournament 2019 Entries. Entries for the Tournament taking place at Dallas Burston (CV47 2DL) on 30th/31st March are currently open, individuals and teams can entry here (http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/sports/polocrosse/competitions_and_events/arena_tournament/ )

Polocrosse Home International Nominations – The nominations for players to participate in the third Home International Tournament which will take place 20th/ 21st July at Celyn Polocrosse Club’s Backford Grounds in Cheshire. Members are selected to play for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further information and the nomination for can be found here (http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/sports/polocrosse/competitions_and_events/polocrosse_international_visits/ )

Are you interested in your Branch or Centre finding out more about Polocrosse please get in touch- polocrosse@pcuk.org

Endurance Championships

The date is the 15th August 2019, Euston Park not as previously advertised.

Pony Racing: Race Days

Organiser Venue Date
Lord Leconfield Ascot Racecourse 8th April
Area 9 Cheltenham Racecourse 19th April
Area 4 Haydock Park Racecourse 12th May
Wylye Valley Wincanton Racecourse 18th May
South Durham Hunt Newcastle Racecourse tbc
Area 7 Wolverhampton Racecourse 22nd September
Holderness Hunt Beverley Racecourse 29th September
Eridge Hunt Lingfield Park Racecourse tbc

 

Racing to School Race Days

Following a highly successful pilot scheme The Pony Club and Racing to School are continuing to work together on Racing to School’s Riders’ Programme. We are pleased to be able to again offer FREE workshops for Pony Club Members aged 12 years and over this coming holiday break, and during other school holidays in 2019.

We will be running three Riders’ Programme Events during the February break, as follows:

  • 19th February 2019 at Taunton Racecourse (Area 14, 15 & 16) – please contact Ollie McPhail, ollie@racingtoschool.co.uk
  • 20th February 2019 at Doncaster Racecourse (Area 3 & 6) – please contact Carrie Ford, carrie@racingtoschoo.co.uk
  • 22nd February 2019 at Warwick Racecourse (Area 7, 9 & 12) – please contact Ollie McPhail, ollie@racingtoschool.co.uk

* When contacting the event organiser, please include: your son’s / daughter’s name and age, and the Pony Club Branch or Centre where they are a member.

2 Centre Coordinator Vacancies

For details of these two positions please follow the link below:

http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/S=0f4af088b3af3c0036d15b96d86a8344ed8c7e3b/news/item/news_job_vacancy_centre_coordinator

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshops (Face-to-Face)

February 2019

12 February 2019 – Parklands Arena – Aston (Area 6)

18 February 2019 – Pampsiford Village Hall – Cambridgeshire (Area 8)

19 February 2019 – Yattendon Village Hall – Thatcham (Area 13)

21 February 2019 – Inadown Livery Farm – Hants (Area 13)

24 February 2019 – Talygarn Equestrian Centre – RCT (Area 10)

26 February 2019 – Parkside Stables – Alfreton (Area 6)

March 2019

5 March 2019 – Foxhounds Riding School – Orsett (Area 8)

12 March 2019 – Down Hall Farm – Royston (Area 8)

16 March 2019 – Glencruitten Church Hall – Oban (Area 1)

25 March 2019 – Willand Village Hall – Cullompton (Area 15)

Equestrian Advanced Safeguarding Online Refresher

Online Course Entry Page

Please do ensure that you forward this email on to your Branches, Centres and Committees.

Many thanks

Charlie

Charlotte Thornycroft
Communications, Projects and Planning Director