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NORTHAMPTON BRANCH of the PONY CLUB  1974-2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of the Northampton Branch of the Pony Club

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, as Committee Members, Instructors, Dressage Judges, Sponsors, families of our members and all our other valued volunteers

We will miss you all

Our thanks also to Northampton Borough Council [now West Northants] for allowing us to use the beautiful Delapre Park for our shows and other events each year

The Committee

The Northampton Branch was established in 1974 and was part of Pony Club Area 12 and were unique as we were one of only two Pony Clubs in our area to have our own club hut and yard. This was at Delapre Abbey which is beautiful and we were lucky to be able to use the park not only for mounted and unmounted rallies, but for our Open Shows and Evening Dressage Series.
Northampton was one of the smaller branches, with a small group of members. The huge benefits of this was that the majority of our members and their parents know each other and enjoy the friendliness of the club.
Every member was invited to all the rallies and our older members enjoyed helping our younger members. We offered activities for every age group and every ability and were always open to new ideas from our members.
A lot of our members competed regularly at various levels and we have been proud to have our teams qualifying for the Championships in prix caprilli, dressage, show jumping and eventing – and coming home with rosettes.
Both the Committee and Instructors were hardworking and passionate about Northampton Pony Club and our aim was for our members to have fun and to improve their riding and stable management and to become knowledgeable responsible horse owners. We held regular mounted and unmounted rallies all year round using the best instructors we could.
We were well known in Northampton for our shows, jumping derbys and our summer dressage evenings held at Delapre Park.
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