Saturday March 23, 2019
Newsletter

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2019

By Joint DC’s Claire Ferguson and Janet Lickiss

Well we are now three months into 2019 and already it has been packed full of fantastic rallies, training days and cross country schooling.  We are both thrilled to welcome our new Members and are very excited to see what this year will bring.  Tania Mallows has done a fantastic job with the Forward Programme for 2019. You will very shortly be receiving the programme for March to June so do take the time to look at it and book as early as possible into anything that you would like to attend.  As mentioned at the Members Meeting we are hoping to be able to put all bookings for rallies, camps etc online which should make it so much easier for everybody to use. 

February this year saw us hold our Members Meeting in Moreton Village Hall.  We had an amazing turnout so thanks to everyone that came and especially thanks to Event Rider Jo Rimmer who came and gave us a really informative talk about her journey to four star (or now five star!!) level.  A list of all our prize winners can be found later on in the Newsletter.

We are really pleased to report that we will be running our extremely popular Junior Show again this year on Saturday 1stJune at North West Farm, West Street, Winterborne Kingston DT11 9AT by kind permission of Mrs Rebecca Hill.  Please do come and support this great event and if you are too old to enter and you have the time then we would really appreciate your help on the day and that of your parents.  Also in addition to our Christmas Show Jumping Show at Bovington we are currently in discussions with Kingston Maurward about holding a Christmas Party for all Members on Saturday 21stDecember.  This will be a really fun event with lots of novelty classes, party food and a raffle.  We thought it would be really nice to hold an event where everyone can be together and have some fun!!

Please check relevant pages of this website for updated info on camps, tests and all riding disciplines as well as team selection. If you are new to competing or not yet represented our branch in any Area Competition, you might like to consider taking part in The Grassroots Handy Post Competition. The competition is for teams of four and is judged on turnout, equitation (individual simply dressage test and team dressage test) and handy pony/obstacle course. It is a great starter to competing in a team and is being run by The Royal Artillery Pony Club at Middle Wyke on Sunday 2ndJune TBC (Grassroots Contact: Lisa Bonfield thebonfieldfamily@googlemail.com)

ELIGIBILITY AND RULES

The Pony Club have strict rules and regulations about taking part in teams and eligibility at any level needs to be confirmed (2019 PC Rule Books can be Googled). More information about dress can be found here. But the essential things that you should be aware of are:

Check your hat is either tagged with a turquoise tag, or meets the Pony Club 2019 hat standard rules, if you hat is not tagged please ask one of the DCs to tag it.

Hat Rule 2019

Check your back protector meets the Pony Club 2019 back protector rules:

Body Protector Rule 2019

FLU VACCINATION POLICY

Check your pony’s passport has the correct historical vaccination record. Since the recent outbreak of Equine Influenza Pony Club are being VERY strict about vaccinations, and at Area Competitions, all competitors will have to have their pony’s passports with them, and if in a qualifying position, these WILL BE checked, and only if 100% compliant will the Individual or Team be able to go forward to the Championships. Please read the attached rules:
http://www.pcuk.org/uploads/vaccs_rule_18.pdf
http://www.pcuk.org/uploads/Influenza_Vaccination_Q_A_2018.pdf

PLEASE NOTE THAT VERY SOON THE PONY CLUBS VACCINATION RULES WILL BE UPDATED IN LINE WITH CURRENT BIOSECURITY GUIDANCE.

As many of you will already be aware British Eventing, the Pony Racing Board and many of the local equestrian centres are now requiring that all ponies and horses must be vaccinated against Equine Flue on a SIX MONTH basis rather than annually as previously requested.  Bovington is one of the venues that are requesting proof of six monthly vaccinations.  PLEASE ENSURE YOUR VACCINATIONS ARE UP TO DATE AND CARRY YOUR PASSPORTS WITH YOU TO ALL RALLIES AND COMPETITIONS – THEY WILL BE REGULARLY INSPECTED.

90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

2019 marks the 90thAnniversary of the Pony Club.  This milestone date will be celebrated on Saturday 3rdJune, however as our Senior Camp finishes on Friday 2ndJune we have decided to hold our celebrations on this day instead.  Final details on how we are going to mark the event will be released nearer the time.

OTHER DATES FOR 2019

PONY CLUB RACING: Anyone interested in Pony Club racing The Wylye Valley Pony Club are organising a race day at Wincanton Race Course on Saturday 18thMay. Colour schedule available on WVPC’s website: www.branches.pcuk.org/wylyevalley

HORSE AND PONY CARE: The Portman Pony Club are hosting a Horse and Pony Care competition on 28thMay at Knighton House School, Nr Blandford.  The competition is a theory based team quiz. Horse and Pony Care Contact: Lisa Bonfield thebonfieldfamily@googlemail.com

Hickstead                                                         1stAugust 2019                        

Gatcombe                                                         2ndAugust 2019

Quiz and Dengie Finals                                   13th/14thApril atAddington Manor

Southern Zone                                                  7thJuly at Southfields (this clashes with Area Tet)

Championships at Cholmondeley                       16th– 20thAugust

Tet Champs at Offchurch Bury                           9th– 11thAugust

Polo Champs                                                    9th– 11thAugust

Pony Club Regional Championships                   30thAugust to 1stSeptember at Bicton

B Test Camp                                                     15th– 17thJuly at Bovington