Thursday December 3, 2020
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This News page aims to keep everyone up to date with all the goings-on in our busy branch. Please send all your news, results or dates to  News and results don’t have to just be related to Pony Club events so keep us in the loop!




More success for SOHC members, this time for passing their C+ tests at Rosehill in appalling weather! Congratulations!!

Ruby – passed the riding section and was awarded her C+ certificate and felt, having passed the Horse & Pony Care section earlier on in the year.

Isabel, Elizabeth and Emma passed both sections on the day.

Kate, Venetia and Olivia passed the Horse & Pony Care section.

Well done all!


Congratulations to Mollie P, Ella F and Els H who have recently passed their lunge test – well done!


Congratulations to Mollie Palmer who passed her B test riding on Thursday in appalling weather conditions.  Mollie already passed her B test horse and pony care before lockdown so now holds the full certificate.  Many thanks to family Minford for lending Max in order that Mollie could take the test.


On Friday (at midday, on the hottest day in 17 years….!) Beli Kilroy and her pony Tonto, a prize winner in the 12-15 year old age category, travelled up to Caroline Moore’s fantastic training facility at Vale View in Leicestershire.   Caroline gave her an incredibly constructive lesson, working firstly over show jumps, working on lines and approaches;  and then over xc fences (including jumping in and out of water, up and down banks and over a range of xc jumps).  The set up there is fantastic; you can jump from one arena to another, and there are additional loops with fences and contoured surface letting you practice jump up and down hill.  Beli was initially a bit overawed to be taught by Caroline, who’s the BE National u18 Coach and Junior Team Coach, but she was so pragamatic and helpful and gave brilliant advice.

Thank you to Pippa Ireland and everyone involved in the “Write to Ride” competition for this amazing opportunity, and to Caroline for a fabulous lesson!


We would like to send huge congratulations to two of our members, Lucy Rowton-Lee and Beli Kilroy, who entered The Pony Club #Writetoride creative writing competition.  The brief was “ponies or horses. Interpret this as widely as you like. You can write about anything from your experience at an event or a show to a scary moment out on a hack to a fiction tale about an undersea world involving seahorses. Just make sure that some kind of a horse or pony gets in there somehow.”  The entries were judged by Danuta Kot, Times best-selling novelist, English Language specialist and experienced GCSE & A-Level examiner, and by Penny Grub, award-winning crime novelist. The racing-themed stories were judged by author and TV producer John Fairley.

Lucy was the overall winner and the winner of the 16 – 25yr old category with her story, The Prophet’s Thumbprint.  She also won the entry with a racing theme, with her poem, Running Free.  Lucy has won a weekend stay in Moreton Morrells Luxury Courtyard Cottage, a dressage lesson with an International rider and a day with Tom George at his racing yard.  Her story will also be published in The Equestrian Life.

Beli has won a training clinic with Caroline Moore, FBHS BE Youth Performance Coach, for her story, The Peckish Pony, in the 12 – 15yr old category.

The Prophet’s Thumbprint – Lucy Rowton-Lee

Running Free – Lucy Rowton-Lee

The Peckish Pony




You can’t have missed the fact that equine flu has been playing havoc in the racing world and has had knock effects in other parts of the horse world too. Please check the individual policy of venues that you are competing or training at as many have differing guidelines. For pony club rallies the following applies:

‘It is important that you make sure that your ponies/horses are up to date with their vaccinations.  We ask that you do not attend any rallies until your ponies/horses are fully covered.  We will be checking passports and you can either bring your passports along to any rallies that you are attending or email them to me at least a week beforehand.  Any out of date or unvaccinated ponies/horses will not be able to take part in rallies. If you are unsure whether they are fully covered then please contact your vet for advice.

Please find attached guidelines from the BEF after the current outbreak of Equine Flu