Thursday December 7, 2023
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Horse and Pony Care


The Area 8 Horse and Pony Care Competition is a really fun event held on the 11th & 12th of April at Hill Farm Pony Club Centre in Elmswell.  It’s a team event and each team is made of 3 members.  It’s not a quiz but a theory and practical test very like our Pony Club tests.  Because it’s a team event even the shyest, quietest children can excel and join in happily.

Teams are divided into age groups: 

  • Mini – 10 years and under
  • Junior – 13 years and under
  • Senior – 14 – 25 years old

Each competition (eg mini/junior/senior) takes about 2 hours with a break for cake in the middle.  Teams make their way around different ‘stations’, each of which comprises a different theory or practical based topic.  10 mins are spent at each station.  All questions are age and skills appropriate based on the Pony Club test guidelines.   The competition is unmounted so all members are welcome. 

The 2023 Horse & Pony Care Competitions 

  1. Monday 3rd April – Horse and Pony Care (Seniors & Juniors TBC*) at Hills Farm, Elmswell.
  2. Tuesday 4th April – Horse and Pony Care (Minis TBC*) at Hills Farm, Elmswell

* It has not been confirmed yet which age groups will be on which day but please check with Catherine Sutherland or Erin Wittich to see if there have been any updates on this.

Catherine Sutherland & Erin Wittich are in the process of setting up training sessions to make sure we are well prepared.  

Winners of the Area competition can go through to the Pony Club Championships in August.