Sunday May 31, 2020
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WELCOME to the OBHPC

Join us! Simply complete the Branch-Membership-Form-2020 or speak to Joy Wilson for a taster rally. 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.”  

RALLIES ARE BACK

We are planning to get rallies started straight away … however … until Pony Club consult with the BEF early next week they will be quite restrictive. There are suggestions that we may be able to have small groups after then, but we didn’t want to wait until then for those that can make the one to one arrangements work.

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

Until things can be relaxed a little we have to follow the BEF rules to the letter. Please don’t compromise the rally organiser, instructor or venue by bending the rules. For now, please book with the following in mind. Hopefully we can amend these rules on Tuesday, when we know what the new regulations allow.  

  • One member per lesson. 

  • A maximum of one parent per horse or pony. 

  • No dogs, not even on leads or in vehicles.

  • No siblings – sorry, we know this makes attending rallies impossible for some, but hopefully rules will relax soon.

  • In some venues, such as Alden Farm, we can have 2 children riding simultaneously with different coaches in different arenas; look out for these rallies if you have siblings wanting to ride.

 

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 just inside or outside the arena. 

  • 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 will 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

We will not be subsidising one to one rallies but you will know in advance what the rally will cost.  

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

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 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

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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