Tuesday August 16, 2022
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Jane’s Summer 2022 newsletter

South Notts Pony Club Summer Newsletter
It’s the holidays!! Yippee. Even I am deliriously happy because there is no traffic on the roads for 5 weeks!
We’ve had a crazy few weeks with lots of members out competing for their places at the National Pony Club Championships, and we’ve had plenty of activity with the younger ones, half a dozen new members and some lovely Saturday mornings spent with the ever dependable Jean Hopkinson and our new wonder coach Beth Austin. Its particularly special to welcome Beth as a coach as she was a member just until 18 months ago. The true circle of Pony Club life.

The South Notts team camp will be full all week long at Champs, and its not too far to go and support, as it is held at Offchurch Bury CV33 9AW. For the full programme and all the necessary information visit The Pony Club website
We have no less than FOUR teams qualified this year, in four different disciplines, which is quite amazing.
Open Dressage – Lauren, Natasha, Megan , Alicja 
Intermediate Showjumping – Freya , Jas, Ryan , Amelia PLUS Ryan in the individual Class
Novice Eventing – Amelia, Alice, Lottie,  Ellie 
Intermediate Games – Emilia , Freya,  Emily,  Charlie,  Zara (and Luna as reserve)

And at the Grass Roots Regional Championships, Izzy is one of only TWO riders I believe in area 6 who has qualified in all three disciplines, dressage, showjumping and eventing. A really amazing feat. She will be joined by Connie  in the dressage and Connie and Poppy  in the showjumping.

I am so looking forward to watching you all, a full report will be in September’s newsletter.

We will be holding our AGM on the first evening of camp, at 7pm on Sunday 7 August at Arkenfield.  Please bring a picnic and join the meeting even if you are not attending camp.

Picnic Ride
We will be organizing a morning picnic ride on the weekend of the 27th/28th August (probably the Sunday 9.30am for a 10am start), at Linby kindly hosted by the Hardstaff family. This is a super chance to hack accompanied around lovely countryside and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards with your friends. Great for anyone on of off the leading rein. Very happy to have older members as well. And we will split into groups as appropriate. This will be on the booking page very soon, and we will need to know numbers for planning the rides, so book in early please.

Musical Ride
You should all have received an email asking who wants to be in the Musical Ride team at the Championships, dancing your way around a dressage arena to the music from Hercules. Possibly not too late to put your name down, there will be three practices which you must pay for, but the club will be doing the entry and PIP LOVE has very kindly agreed to do the costumes. Watch the video of last year’s ride to get the idea!!!

Osberton Show jumping
We have teams entered at all levels at Osberton, which is a lovely event to visit plus we will have our games team competing on the same day. Please ring the showjumping team if you are not sure. Those of you who did Rockingham – it’s the same format. Please register interest on the booking page NOW.

Thorpe Competition
Each autumn we run a small and very friendly competition at Thorpe, just south of Newark, thanks to the generosity of the Hardstaff family. The date this year is Saturday 10th September. There are show jumping classes from 30 cm up to 1m, and dressage classes from the PC70 test all the way through to Open with Julie Corrigan judging who is known to many of you from training. It really is the ideal first competition, as help is on hand and we make sure all the little ones get round. The bigger classes will have a stern test of a course and it is a great place to get some dressage practice in. Entries will be on Horse Events very soon.
 We also need a small team of volunteers to set up on the Friday afternoon/evening and to help on the day (normally a 2-3 hour shift). Please do get in touch with your availability.

Pony Club Competitions
Do look at the Area 6 calendar as there are lots of events happening in the area over the coming months, in particular the Quorn Mini one day event should be great.

Autumn Programme
Details of all the autumn rallies will soon be on the diary page  there will be rallies during the week covering flat work, pole work, games, jumping, shooting and pony care. We will also run some Saturday morning showjumping open to 60cm up and some Saturday morning “munchkin medley” sessions, where you get the chance to do a bit of everything!! September will continue to run at Arkenfield and we will move up to Brackenhurst from October onwards.

Rally Information
With lots of new members who have joined over the last month, I thought it worthwhile to remind everyone of the rally policy which is on the website . While we do try and accept bookings as late as possible, please do try and book a week in advance. We have to be slightly stricter with numbers over the winter, and wait lists are much more evident, so DON’T DELAY. And remember that we can only credit a cancellation if we are able to fill the space.

London International Horse Show
We haven’t had much interest as yet in this. I do need to get some more comments on the Facebook page to justify booking the tickets and the coach, we will make a decision this weekend, so please please comment and say your preferred day.

Finally just a little reminder to everyone (and I am the worst, believe me), we all have lives and families outside the Pony Club, so please try and keep messages to before 9pm.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you at camp very soon.

Best wishes


Pony Club Championships 2022

2022 Pony Club Championships

Each summer, the South Notts competes in what we commonly call “areas”. These are competitions held in the summer for each discipline:  dressage, show jumping, eventing, tetrathlon and games. At the moment, the South Notts does not send out any polo, polocrosse or endurance teams.

The Pony Club has 19 different areas, and we are part of area 6, which has 19 branches and 36 pony club centres. All these branches and centres are eligible to compete in the area 6 competitions. In each area competition, a certain number at each level (usually 2 or 3) will qualify for the national championships, held at Offchurch Bury, Warwickshire during the 2nd and 3rd week in August. The national champs are a great laugh, involving camping with your mates, and having the huge honour of competing for your club on the biggest stage possible. Many current superstars in the equestrian world have started at Pony Club National Championships.

Area competitions for dressage, show jumping and eventing are run at novice (90cm), Intermediate (100cm) and Open (110cm) level. Teams of four riders are selected, and usually the best three scores from the team count toward the team score. There are individual as well as team honours, so you get two chances to qualify. You may only ride at one level in each discipline and there are some rules as to what level you can compete at.

There is also an area competition in these three disciplines run at 80cm (grass roots) and at 70 cm. The 70 cm competitions will be run as an area championship, but there are no national championships. The grass roots (80cm) get the chance to qualify for a “regional Championship”, where 3 or 4 areas compete against each other at the end of August.

Games are run at junior (10 and under) and senior (14 and under) level. Tetrathlon runs at Junior (14 and under), intermediate and open levels. These disciplines go through to national championships (games has a regional competition in the middle known as zones)

If you want to be selected to compete at areas, you must have attended three rallies since last August with the pony you want to compete on. We would like as many children as possible to represent their pony club this year and will be emailing out a survey monkey form very soon for you to fill out.

Please look at the dates for our competitions AREA COMPETITIONS » AREA 6 (pcuk.org), it is important that you are available for the championships dates as well in case you qualify.

I hope that this answers lots of questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want more information, and look out for the survey monkey in your mailbox soon

Best wishes


February 2022 – Jane’s newsletter

The South Notts Pony Club has hit the ground running this year and its worth just casting your mind back 12 months when we weren’t able to do anything. It is soo good to be almost back to normal, and I am thinking of all of you still having school closures. Lets hope that all the staff shortages get sorted soon.
I had such a good time at the presentation evening, I hope you did too. The committee were delighted with the feedback and I get the feeling everyone appreciated the slighter shorter format and the dancing. There will be a different challenge next year!!!! Many congratulations again to all our trophy winners.

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Congratulations to all the riders at our qualifier yesterday

23 January 2022 Dressage Results for website

Pony Care and Pizza Evenings

Train for badges and for quiz teams, and then eat pizza!

£5 per session – no ponies needed – we supply any equipment you need but bring a riding hat.  
Fri 7 January
Thurs 13 January
Mon 24 January
Tues 8 February

Contact Kellie on testsandbadges@snhpc.co.uk if you are interested in coming along.

New members are very welcome.  


Jane’s January 2022 blog

Happy 2022!

Wow, where did that go then? Another year, another birthday for us all! For lots of you a new horse or pony this year, and for most of you so many amazing achievements that you can look back on with huge pride and satisfaction. For me, the biggest achievement is raising our membership from 54 to 80 , and I thank all our new members over the year for coming to join “our family”. The other big achievement is the constant feedback from people far and wide about the politeness and friendliness of all our members. I am super proud of you all!!!!
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Dressage Competition and Spring Festival Qualifier 23 January 2022

South Nottingamshire Hunt Pony Club OPEN DRESSAGE COMPETITION Spring Festival Dressage qualifier

January 2022 Programme

January Programme 2022

Junior and Senior Mounted Games Competition – 13 March 2022

Entries open on the South Nottinghamshire Pony Club booking page