Saturday February 23, 2019
Horse and Pony Care

Horse and Pony Care is an important part Pony Club, and there are regular rallies throughout the year.

The Horse and Pony Care Junior team has qualified for the Championships for the past 12 years and the senior team have won the trophy three times in recent years and the Junior Team are the current national champions.

If you would like to be considered for the teams, contact Alicia Lee and come to the H&PC rallies over the Autumn & Winter, learn as much as you can, and impress us. Team selection takes place at the end of January; there are regular team training sessions through February and March – these sessions are taken seriously, but are fun, too.

No riding involved.

Area 9 Competition is 14th April 2018

Championships in August at Cholmondley Castle, Cheshire.

Juniors 13 and under, including one 11 and under.
Seniors 14 – 21 years, including one 16 and under.



Our Junior Horse and Pony Care teams had another successful year winning at the Area 9 competition, and 3rd in the National Championships in August.

Our Senior team of Alicia Lee, Sophie Oakland and Eleanor Hubbard WON the National Championships with Alicia Lee winning the individual trophy.

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A bit more about the Horse and Pony Care competition:

This competition is a great opportunity for those members who really enjoy looking after their horses and ponies and challenging their curiosity about all things equine.

The Competition is dismounted, and entirely practical in nature. It usually takes place at a venue with a dozen or so empty loose boxes, and each loose box is devoted to a separate subject – feeding, bandaging, colours and markings, tack care, etc. Each team spends about 8 or 10 minutes in each box, tackling questions or performing practical tasks on that particular subject. When time is up, a whistle blows, and all the teams move along to the next box until all the teams have been into all the boxes (which takes about an hour and a half).

The standard for the Juniors is up to C test, and for the Seniors it is broadly C+/B.

The winners qualify for the Championships in August, where the sponsors are the Blue Cross.

Above all, it is friendly and fun – ask anyone who has taken part before, and they will tell you that they enjoyed themselves, and the examiners don’t bite!