Sunday February 17, 2019
WELCOME to the OBHPC

To rejoin or join the old Berkshire Hunt Pony Club please complete the Membership Form 2019 or call Joy Wilson for more information, on 01235 868389 or 07811 927803 or e mail: joy@obhpc.co.uk 

EQUINE FLU

As you will no doubt be aware there are some confirmed outbreaks of equine flu in vaccinated racehorses and the British Horseracing Authority has taken the decision to cancel all racing until 13th February as a precautionary measure to restrict movement and prevent any further spread of the flu virus.  All trainers who have had runners at Ayr, Ludlow and Wolverhampton this week have their yards in shut down and all horses will have swabs taken within the next few days to determine if they have contracted the disease.  The Animal Health Trust are currently not recommending that other, non-racing, equine events are cancelled but this might change depending on how the disease develops.  We have also taken independent veterinary advice and their view is the same with the exception of the GALLOPS AND PONY RACING RALLY ON THIS COMING SATURDAY 9TH FEBRUARY AT HENRIETTA KNIGHTS  which will be cancelled.  We must emphasise that there is  NO  case of Equine Flu at that yard.  
Equine Flu is a highly contagious disease and the clinical signs are a harsh dry cough, raised temperature, nasal discharge and lethargy.  In vaccinated horses/ponies the clinical signs may be mild.  The veterinary advice we have been given is that all unvaccinated equines should be vaccinated and to improve chances of protection in vaccinated equines where six months or more have elapsed since the last booster then it may be prudent to administer a booster vaccine dose. 
If you are concerned in any way then please talk to your own vets and take advice from them. 
 
Camp dates 2019
  • Senior Camp 28th July – 2nd August
  • Junior Camp 5th August – 8th August
  • Mini Camp 29th – 31st July
  • Tiny Trotters Camp 29th – 31st July

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“I am permanently reminded of what a great organisation the pony club really is, memories that last a lifetime and I am so happy that my children are getting to experience it all with such an amazing team.  Thank you all.”  

At the Old Berks Hunt Pony Club (OBHPC) we pride ourselves on being friendly and inclusive. We have around 300 members, the majority coming from the areas around Abingdon, Didcot, Wantage, Faringdon, Witney and Lambourn and an active committee to run the club, entirely made up of volunteers.

The backbone of the OBHPC is mounted rallies which take place throughout the area during the school holidays, weekends and evenings. Find out what is coming up on the Fixtures page and book early; popular rallies book up very fast. The rally organisers will be able to advise as to whether a particular rally is suitable for your child and it is important to be honest about their ability so that they are put in the right group. These rallies are generally group lessons taught by an experienced instructor covering a specific discipline, with the cost divided between the group and subsidised by the branch.

During the summer we hold Camps for Minis (under 8), Juniors (9-12) and a residential camp for Seniors (13 and over).

There are lots of opportunities for members to get involved in team competitions and represent the branch and members are encouraged to take part in the Pony Club test system.

The more you get involved the more you will get out of your Pony Club, so sign up for rallies and encourage your parents to volunteer to help with anything from baking a cake to share at a rally to jump judging at one of our competitions.

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