Saturday July 20, 2019
Welcome to the Rufford

The Rufford Hunt Branch was established in 1948 and is part of The Pony Club Area 6.

We are blessed with a fantastic committee who all VOLUNTEER their valuable non-working time in bringing a full programme to the members of the Rufford, ably supported by a large contingent of parents who also give up their time freely.

Rufford members reqularly compete in Pony Club Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing,Tetrathlon and Triathlon competitions and represent our Branch at Area and Championship level in these disciplines.  There are a number of members who regularly compete in British Showjumping competitions; British Eventing (some being part of the very successful under 18 squad) and British Dressage.  Some of our members are key members of their respective school teams also competing locally and nationally in the NSEA competitons.  Specialist training sessions are held during the year utilising the facilities and services of the best instructors and coaches in the district.   

A number of our former and current members are achieving great success in a number of equestrian fields: Eventing, Showjumping, Racing, Horse Dentistry, Master Saddlers, Equine Physiotherapy, Livery yard ownership and management, Breeding, Pony Club Instructors – the list is endless!    

We hold day rallies during the spring and summer at Thoresby and Cross Country rallies at other locations. In the winter we hold 1hr tuition rallies at various locations to suit all ages in ‘like’ ability groups, including lead rein. Achievement Badge rallies are also held throughout the year at various locations.

Our annual pony camp is held at Southwell Racecourse during the summer holidays.

Occasionally we run a Beach Ride; sometimes we have a Musical Ride Team; and we have started undertaking Endurance Rides of varying lengths for all of our members. 

Our youngest member is aged 3yrs and the oldest member is 24yrs and many of our older members and previous members have undertaken coaching courses and now instruct at rallies and camp.

We have a strong reputation for running quality events and every year we host an Inter-branch/Centre Team Showjumping Competition and an Inter-branch/Centre Team Dressage Competition.  

We encourage our members’ parents to get involved with the activities in the Branch and help us in any way they can to ensure we give our members great childhood memories.