Monday January 25, 2021
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Welcome to the Rufford

The Rufford Hunt Branch in Area 6 was established in 1948

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 (regularly 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 in all disciplines 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 also undertake Endurance/Picnic Rides of varying lengths for all of our members from time to time. 

Our youngest member is aged 3 years and the oldest is 24 and many of our older members and former 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 Interbranch/centre Individual and Team Showjumping Competition in addition to our Interbranch/centre Individual and Team Dressage Competition.

We encourage our members’ parents to get involved with the activities in the Branch and they are willing helpers in many was ensuring that their children have great Pony Club memories.