Saturday December 15, 2018

Catch up on all the latest news here

A VERY FIRM REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS THAT HATS MUST BE TAGGED. Members have been seen riding without their hats having been tagged. Penny Hall, Pamela Ormond are the official Hat Taggers and you MUST contact them. Georgie Davies will also be an official Hat Tagger if absolutely necessary, but she already has more than enough to do without following up remiss parents.

Hunting Letter PC Members 2018/19

See letter from Penny Smallman and Liza Dibble here.

Tom McEwen – WEG 2018

Huge Congratulations to Tom McEwen on his absolutely brilliant triumph in the eventing competition at the World Question Games at Tyron U.S.A., as a member of the Great Britain Team that won Gold. He is a past member of the VWH Hunt Branch of the Pony Club, starting from Mini Camp and continued to be a very active member throughout. In his time there were only the Pony Club Championships at Open Level, and he and his pony Con succeeded from a young age excelling themselves to win the ultimate honours in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing, both individually and in teams. He also won gold at the FEI 16 years & under Eventing Champs, again on Con, a superstar character of a pony.

Blenheim Arena Eventing 2018

Our fantastic 100cm Arena Eventing Team Stephie Cresswell, George Edgedale, Lauren McNally and Sian Croucher with their super Team Manager Jayne Bibby. The course caused lots of problem twisty and turns it was hard to get into a rhythm. Stephie jumped a lovely clear and Sian, George and Lauren came home with 4 faults each. The VWH team did a great job, but just out of the rosettes. Georgia-Lili Robertson won her 90cm Eventing Class at Blenheim – congratulations to her.

Barbury Show Jumping 8th July 2018

The VWH did so well in sweltering heat despite really tough competition. In the Novice the VWH Otters team of Freya, Chiara, Issy and Amy came 2nd and our Foxes team of Maddie, Morgan, Alice and Harrison should be very pleased too – what great Novice riders we have! The intermediate was decisively won by the VWH Owl Team of Flo, Sophie Peck, Sian croucher and Luna Banon. And the Badgers of Islay, Heidi, Hannie and Ella came 6th too! You should all feel very proud. You represented your branch beautifully – well done everyone. A massive thankyou to Sarah Kernon for organising such a well run event – it went so smoothly and was enjoyed by all.

Results can be found here.

Beaufort Mini ODE 1st July 2018

The VWH were only small in number at the Beaufort ODE but with great results. Imogen Hobbs Goddard was First in the Lead Rein and won Best Dressage – well done mum for running like the wind in 30 degree heat! Her big sister also flew the flag for the VWH winning the 70cm on one pony and coming 9th on her young pony, in what was a pretty technical course for 70cm. Poppy Faskin did a lovely dressage for 20.3 although her young pony didn’t like the corner much! Team VWH was 3rd – well done all! India Trounson continued her run of success at Pony Club shows with a fabulous 3rd on Sambo in the 60cm, and Peggy Smith and Ophelia Derenzy Channer came 2nd in their sections in the assisted class. Well done to some of the older members too: Mahony Knight and Heidi Ford were both 2nd in their sections at Offchurch Bury. And Steph Cresswell and Banoffee went clear XC at their first Novice at Chepstow. The Kent boys had another brilliant weekend riding for the Wessex Gold Riding Club at the Area 9 Horse Trials at West Wilts. Also there were Biffy McNally, Penny King, Penny Hall and Nia Glover whose team the VWH Lions placed 2nd. Cameron Major Parker were 1st and 3rd at Talland Showjumping, not forgetting little brother Bailey picking up his first 3rd!

PC Kemble Show 28th May 2018 Kemble Park

A huge thank you to Penny King and her team of volunteers who ran a brilliant Show at Kemble on Monday 28th. Great to see so many of you competing in such varied classes. The dressage was very popular as was the new class horse and hound which had us all in stitches.

“On 28th May I took my pony Mr Tubbs to Kemble Show. As soon as we got there we saw there were lots of different classes. I went to the Novice showjumping ring because I have a young pony, and did 3 showjumping classes. We got a clear and a pole down in the other two, but it was really good to boost his confidence and when he is more experienced I will take him to the bigger showjumping ring. Then it was my sister Darcy’s turn in the lead rein class. She was riding Fudge and mummy had to jump all the jumps too! Finally we entered the Horse and Hound class (with my basset hound Arthur who is 1 years old.). You had to first jump a course of small jumps on your pony, and then leap off, grab your dog and set off over the course with him. Arthur tried his best and ran really fast! He went under rather than over the first jump to lots of laughter from people watching, but managed to get over most of the others except I had to heave him over a bigger one. I think he loved it, I definitely did! Overall I had a brilliant day, and so did the ponies and Arthur. I will definitely go back next year.”

Poppy Faskin (aged 12).

Congratulations go to The VWH Team of Mahoney Knight, Morgan Henry, Alice Hall and Daisy Amin who qualified for Hickstead SJ.

A write up from Penny King can be found here.

Photos from the Kemble Show can be found here.

Fantastic performances in the 1.05 showjumping

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Photos courtesy of Lottie-Elizabeth Photography.

Charlie Hutton’s Dressage Rally

“Thank you Sarah Edgedale for an amazing clinic with Charlies Hutton. The session was really well taught and straight to the point, giving me lots to think and work on, which was exactly what I was looking for! Pairing the great training with an indoor school and, obviously, the adorable dogs made it so worthwile, and I am looking forward to the next one.” – Jemima Gray

Rectory Farm All Day Rally

“I just wanted to say a huge thanks to all the organisers and riders at the all day Rectory Farm! Such a mixture of activities with great instructors, that touched all bases in preparation for the season. It was so much fun, we even got a doughnut out of it! I would thoroughly recommend to all ages and levels if you are considering it next time.” – Miri King.

Miranda King has been selected to represent team GB in the International Tetrathlon Exchange

It is to be held in North and South Carolina in July. The final competition on July 27/28th is being held at the Tyron International Equestrian Centre which is the host of the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The US Pony Club tetrathlon championships will be one of the last competitions on the grounds before WEG 2018. Miranda did extremely well against some very strong competition and is one of only 4 girls from the whole of GB to be selected. This has been Miranda’s aim for the last couple of years and she has worked so hard to achieve it and her place is so well deserved. The VWH Pony Club has a very strong tradition of international tetrathletes in recent years and it is fantastic to have Miranda waving the flag for the VWH … and of course GB! Congratulations, Miranda.

WELL DONE to all the VWH triathletes who took part in the Beaufort triathlon this weekend

Despite some very cold, windy and at times snowy weather…. we had some great results with Miranda King coming second in the senior girls and also being part of the winning team. Charlie and Arthur Maculan showed huge improvement in only their second triathlon and were both in teams that were placed second. Niamh Grierson at only 6 years old did really well to come 6th individually in her section and to help her team to third place. WELL DONE ALL!!! (parents too!)

Au revoir Liza and Sarah

Farewell to our wonderful Liza DC and Secretary Sarah on their retirement after their stalwart and successful innings in office. A huge thank you to both of you for all of your dedication, help and enthusiasm over the years.

Efficiency Tests

We have had some successful efficiency test days recently with lots of passes of the C, B and B+ tests! Congratulations to all who passed.

Area 9 PC/BE League

A new league open to all area 9 PC members that are also members of BE. For each BE competition entered in 2017, competitors will be awarded points.

Congratulations go to Isabel Waluga who placed 3rd in the 80cm section, Jaymee Savill who placed 2nd in the 100cm section, Flo Finzi who placed 1st in the Intermediate section and Alex Norris who placed 2nd in the Intermediate section. It is intended that an awards night will be held in February half term.

Results can be found here.

Parents Rally

The first VWH parents’ rally got off to a great start. We promised a fantastic instructor, lovely venue and free cake – we got lots of enthusiasm and a widely differing bunch of horses all going better at the end. Mix that in with some lively chat and a good social gathering and what’s not like! So if you are left holding the reins while your child is at school or uni, or you have your own horse but not quite the confidence or opportunity to do much with it, come and join us on a Thursday near Minety. The emphasis is on building confidence and everyone’s welcome. Sessions will be 1hr 15 mins long to allow for breathers and there will never be more than four in a group. Hot drinks and cake will be included in the price. To begin with, we are offering a flatwork session with some polework to finish. Mel is happy to be guided by what participants want to progress to. So the ball is in your court, get out and get sociable without the kids! And you can bring a friend too. Reserve your spot today, only £20 a head by emailing See here for more dates.

VWH Pony Club’s DC retires after 40 years with the club

By Penny Comerford

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VWH Pony Club and Hunt has marked the retirement of a key figure with a weekend of celebration for Mrs Rhona Reid, outgoing District Commissioner.

Mrs Rhona Reid has stepped down from her post as joint DC of the VWH, after 13 years in the top job and before that, many other roles in the branch, an involvement spanning 40 years.

To mark her retirement, Mrs Reid was presented with a stunning oil painting from her co-DC, Mrs Liza Dibble (left) at a special VWH Pony Club awards evening in Cricklade Village Hall, attended by over 100 PC members and their parents. The picture, depicting a familiar scene at the ever-popular Pony Club Camp, summer holiday highlight for many children, was painted by former member Lucinda Wright.

A longstanding resident of Fairford, Glos., Mrs Reid first became involved with the local Pony Club when her two daughters, Alexandra and Victoria, joined the VWH branch in 1976. Unstintingly generous with her time, Mrs Reid soon became an all-round volunteer at the numerous Pony Club activities, before her procession of official posts saw her become joint DC of the VWH in 2003.

Addressing PC members at the presentation, Liza Dibble thanked Mrs Reid for her contribution, saying, “you have been a stickler for rules and always engendered respect from children and parents alike, but your incredible kindness and calm encouragement has been the mainstay of many a child’s Pony Club career over the past forty years, an incredible achievement.”

Festivities continued the next day when the VWH Hunt hosted a well-supported farewell lunch at Oxleaze Barn ,Eastleach. Treating Mrs Reid to a “This is Your Life” presentation, former VWH Hunt Master, Julian Weston, noted that she had been a keen hunt member herself, a stalwart of Fairford village activities and generous and dignified officer at the Pony Club where she had supported thousands of children in the development and love of horses and the countryside which had been the mainstay of her own rich life. Mrs Reid was officially thanked for her contribution to the Pony Club on both local and national levels by Mrs Pleasance Jewitt, Area 9 Co-ordinator.

On behalf of the Hunt, Mr Weston presented Mrs Reid with a beautiful teapot by Caroline Hill, hand – painted with scenes depicting the Reid family’s country life. She said, “I have been overwhelmed by all the attention I have received as I draw in my reins and stand back from the Pony Club. The VWH Hunt Branch has been a wonderful stepping stone to the big, wide world, and it is always a joy to share success with our past members.”

Despite relinquishing her official role, Mrs Reid will still be on hand to pass on her vast experience to the Pony Club and she volunteered to help at the VWH Horse Show, which took place at Kemble Park on May 29th and was open to members and non-members, children and adults.