Saturday March 6, 2021
For National Pony Club updates and information please go to pcuk.org
WELCOME to the OBHPC

This week’s news:

Rallies and competitions will be back from 29th March so keep an eye on the Fixture list. We have secured some great venues so the rallies over Easter will book up fast.

Area 9 SJ Championships for 40,50,60,70cm at Rectory Farm will be on 10-11th April, open to all but priority to those that have qualified. Schedule to follow.

One of our popular instructors, Spencer Sturmey, had a bad fall last week while hacking. He is now back at home and we all wish him the speediest of recoveries. 

Saturday 27th at 3.30pm (not the usual 11am) Sneak Peak at Joanna Lambert’s yard at Stainswick Farm

Sunday 28th at 4.30pm Stable management interactive Zoom for D Test level.

Sunday 28th at 6.30pm. Storytime with Philip Lambert reading from his favourite AA Milne.

Monday 1st March at 6pmPrepare for Camp! Kathryn Taylor will talk through all you need to know for Junior Camp with a Q+A session – suitable for members and parents thinking of Junior Camp this year.

Thursday 4th March 6pm. “Be Inspired”. OBHPC Member Audrey Venners talks about how hard work and dedication took her from being a C Test rider with a loan pony, to passing her C+ Test, B Test, getting quads of steel, a weekend job with horses and a fabulous horse of her own and huge respect from the committee – all within a year!

To join any of the Zoom sessions:
Meeting ID: 816 6714 8732
Passcode: 690237

Nest Saturday’s 11am Sneak Peak will be at Hillwoood Stud to see some of their foals, so put it in your diary now!

If anyone missed Lucy Perring’s talk on joining the Household Cavalry last night it is on Facebook and well worth a listen: https://www.facebook.com/OBHPC

MONDAY 22ND MARCH – ‘DEALING WITH SETBACKS’ WITH CAMILLA HENDERSON SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST

We will be running a PC Zoom session on Monday 22nd March with the wonderful Camilla Henderson who is a highly qualified sports psychologist and lives locally to us all.  Camilla has already helped many of our PC members and is happy to support anyone of any age combatting nerves, confidence and self belief.  From not being able to quite reach your goals, to being overwhelmed by targets or being scared to even start.  Camilla will help you apply some practical tools and strategies in order to help you become the best you can be. Most importantly – get you back enjoying what you love doing!  We will call the presentation ‘Dealing with Setbacks’ and we would like to know who would be interested in attending?  The session will cost £10 and a Zoom link will be sent on receipt of funds.  Camilla will tailor her presentation to the ages interested, hence my initial email.  Could you respond to this email on lisa.p@me.com and let me know age(s).  I will then be in touch.  Many thanks Lisa

NEW MEMBERS 

Join OBHPC today to access endless fun with new friends and opportunities for riding!

Branch-Membership-Form-2021

Simply complete the Membership Form and send to The Pony Club Central Office:- 

Post to: Membership Team, The Pony Club, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RW 

or

Email a scanned copy to: membership@pcuk.org

Membership Payment

All membership payments should now be paid directly to The Pony Club 

Payments can be made via:

  • Cheque – made payable to ‘The Pony Club’
  • Card Payment (Call Pony Club head office on 02476 698300 to make a membership card payment)

Please speak to Joy Wilson for a taster rally or general membership enquiries 07811 927803 or joy@obhpc.co.uk 

“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.”  

 

CAMP DATES FOR 2021 

Mini and Tiny Trotters – Date TBC  Brightwalton Stud, Brightwalton, RG20 7BZ  

Junior – 16-19th August 16-19 August 2021 inclusive at Boomerang Equestrian, Crooked Soley, RG17 0TL

Senior –  2nd-6th August 2021 at Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester, GL19 3BE
 
PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021 

The 2021 Championships will be held at Offchurch Bury, near Leamington Spa. 

  • Fri 13th – Sun 15th August – Polocrosse, Mounted Games and Tetrathlon
  • Tues 17th – Sun 22nd August – Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing and Polo

The PC 110 Eventing Championships (Open Level) will be at Gatcombe on 5th – 6th August.

 
 
PONY CLUB KIT
White Horse Feeds are not able to sell PC clothing at the moment.  If you need something urgently then contact Louise Cornago  who would be happy to make alternative arrangements for you to collect. 
 louisecornago@gmail.com
 

KEEPING MEMBERS SAFE AT RALLIES 

During Covid restrictions, our priority is to ensure risks are minimised for our instructors and volunteers while making it safe and fun for members and their parents.

Please don’t compromise the rally organiser, instructor or venue by bending the rules. For now, please book with the following in mind. 

  • Parents will need to be available to assist their child with tack checking, mounting, adjusting girths and if they fall. For this reason, please only bring siblings who are old enough to be left unsupervised. Ideally leave siblings at home, for the safety of the child who is riding. A guide for Tack Checking is here Tack-Check-guide-for-parents-before-Rallies
  • No dogs, not even on leads.
  • Payment needs to be made by BACS in advance. We cannot accept cash or cheques. 
  • No more than 6 people in an area unless mounted, parents please observe the rule of 6 and social distancing rules.

Parents: A few things will need to change to allow instructors to stay 2m from the rider. Parents will be the only point of physical contact with the member and their horse unless there is a medical emergency. They should stay near enough to the arena that they can be called on if needed. 

  • You’ll be asked to check your child’s tack and help them to mount and adjust girth and stirrups. 

  • The instructor will be responsible for adjusting jumps. 

  • In case of a fall, the parent should attend to their child while the instructor catches the pony. The rally organiser or instructor will only get involved if it is medically necessary.  They have been given specific training and appropriate PPE.

Venues need to adhere to strict guidelines so please bear the following in mind:

  • You will not be able to use the venue toilets. We may not be able to offer refreshments. 

  • Please park with 5m space between trailers or lorries.

  • Please bring hand sanitiser to use for before and after opening gates to the venue. 

Booking and payment

Please book as normal by phone or email. When you space has been confirmed please pay by BACS (details below). 

If you or your child show any symptoms, or have any other reason to self isolate, please cancel your place. The branch will cover the cost of your rally rather than put the instructor or rally organiser at risk of infection.

As soon as regulations are relaxed we can get back to a bit more normality, but for now our focus will be on making it as fun as we possibly can, while keeping everyone safe.

Payment details for BACS:

Account name: OBHPC
Sort:    40-45-36
Acct:    21314106
Reference: Child name or initials and rally date

I hope everyone really enjoys getting back out and about!

Alison

 

ABOUT OBHPC

At the Old Berkshire 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 core activity of the OBHPC is mounted rallies which take place throughout the area during the school holidays, weekends and evenings. These rallies are generally group lessons taught by an experienced Coach covering a specific discipline with the cost divided between the group.  Find out what is coming up on the Fixtures page and book early as 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.

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

There are lots of opportunities for members to get involved in team competitions and represent the branch. Members are also encouraged to take part in the Achievement Badge and 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 helping at Camps or at one of our competitions

 

TINY TROTTERS  

If you are approx. 2yrs to about 5yrs (on lead rein) you will be one of our Fabulous Tiny Trotters.  Starting Pony Club life early is such a wonderful way to have so much fun with your friends, making new friends and learning along the way with your gorgeous ponies.    We have a super programme of rallies for our Tiny Trotters lots of variety from lessons, badges, fun and games, picnic hack, treasure hunt – it really is fantastic fun. Details of all activities are in the calendar section.

 

 Tell your friends to join us (they can have a free trial lesson) we really do love having lots of Tiny Trotters.

 If you require any further information please contact: lisasmith@bensmithandsons.co.uk

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