Saturday September 26, 2020
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What are the ‘Area’s’?

Every Pony Club is part of a larger regional grouping. We are part of Area 14. Every year, there are Area competitions, mainly in July, for the branches in our area in four disciplines: Tetrathlon, Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping. These are at all levels: Regional, Novice, Intermediate and Open.
Walking the course as a team is a good way to pick up tips.
The Royal Artillery is always keen for as many members as possible to take part at these competitions.  To this end, we run a large training squad who are invited to attend training sessions during the spring and early summer. This squad is very flexible and open. Team members are normally selected from this group for all the disciplines. Training sessions give us an opportunity to see you and your horse/pony on a regular basis which is very helpful. Attendance at rallies is also highly recommended (this is where you are likely to be ‘spotted’). To represent the Branch in a team, it is compulsory to have attended 3 normal working rallies.

Fence heights at the competitions are as follows:

Regional – 80cm
PC90 (equivalent to BE 90) – 90cm
PC100 (equivalent to BE100) – 1m
PC Open (equivalent to BE Novice) or 1m10cm
Regional – 80cm can go up to 95cm
Novice – 90cm (can go up to 1.05m at National finals)
Intermediate – 1m Open – 1.1m
In addition to the Area Team competitions…

Interbranch competitions are great fun, and a brilliant way to learn about good team play. You can enter as an individual or you can organise teams from the RA to take part.

Anyone can organise a team, but please let Judy know that you are planning to.

One parent needs to be designated team manager. Their job is to collect names of children who would like to join in, collect entry fees from the parents, fill in the team entry form on behalf of everyone and send the entry to the organiser.

On the day, the manager is responsible for collecting competitior numbers for RA teams, speaking to the secretary if there is a query about a score or result and generally ensuring the RA teams behave impeccably (of course!) and that everyone has a happy time.