Sunday January 16, 2022
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About us

Welcome to the Wylye Valley Branch of the Pony Club (WVPC). 

The Pony Club is the largest Association of young riders in the world. It is an international voluntary youth organisation for young people interested in ponies and riding. It was founded in England in 1929 and granted independent charitable status on 1st January 1997. There are nearly 360 branches of the pony club in this country. The Pony Club has taught huge numbers of people to ride and has been the starting point for a large majority of equestrian national team members and medal winners.

The Pony Club is split in to various regions called Areas and the Wylye Valley Branch, which was established in 1952, is part of Area 14 which is made up of 20 different pony clubs.

The majority of Wylye Valley members live in either Somerset or Wiltshire. It is a large pony club with over 200 members of various ages and riding abilities.  We are very active and rallies are held on a regular basis in all the major disciplines, at a number of different venues in the area. 

We do everything we can to make membership both instructive and enjoyable. We are here to help improve your riding and knowledge of horse management.


Minis, Juniors, Novice Challenge, Intermediate, Open

At WVPC you can attend rallies (group lessons) and/or training sessions throughout the year. You will be taught by experienced PC accredited instructors. As your ability improves, if you wish to, you will be able to take various proficiency tests (please see the PC Test page of the website) to mark your achievements.

Most rallies and training that we do are split in to five levels or areas of competence of you and/or your pony or horse These are known as Minis, Juniors, Novice Challenge, Intermediate and Open. For younger members age has a significant influence on which activities you can, or may want to take part in but as you get older you may find either you and/or your pony/horse do not have the desire or ability to reach the Intermediate or Open level – or maybe only in one or two disciplines but not all. These levels are not for everyone and it should never be seen as a failure should you choose not to train or compete at the level required. Novice Challenge, Intermediate and Open are all classed as Senior levels. Very briefly the levels are split as follows:



Generally for 3 to 9yrs but also beginners and very nervous children.



Generally for 9 to 12yrs. Jumping maximum height is usually 75cm but for Area competitions it is 85cm.




Generally minimum age 12yrs.
Jumping maximum height usually minimum 75cm and maximum 95cm. For eventing this is equivalent to BE90.


Generally minimum age 14yrs.
Jumping maximum height is minimum 95cm and maximum 1.05m. For eventing this is equivalent to BE100.


Usually minimum age 16yrs.
Jumping maximum height minimum 1m and maximum 1.15m. For eventing this is equivalent to BE Novice.

There are different managers for each level. Their details are given on the Rally and Training document that is accessible from the Home page or the Rally page. This document is regularly updated with all the rally, training and Area competition dates.



Every summer we hold summer camp at Southfield House near Frome,
courtesy of Mrs Angela Yeoman OBE. This is very popular and one of the highlights of the Pony Club year.
Over 100 members attend mini, junior or senior camp.  Camps are made up of riding, stable management and lots of fun!

In addition to this we usually hold a Senior Camp in the Spring for senior members.



You can also take part in the numerous pony club competitions that are held throughout the area (or even country). For team competitions we have co-ordinators for dressage, show jumping and eventing and our team entries should always be made via them. Tetrathlon and mounted games entries should be made via the relevant manager. Wylye Valley Pony Club has been very successful in many events over the years.  We won the Prince Phillip Cup at the Horse of the Year Show and have qualified 15 times in the history of the competition. We enter teams in most disciplines at all levels at Area competitions and aim to qualify for championships where applicable. In fact we have qualified several times for dressage, eventing, show jumping, mounted games and tetrathlon at the Pony Club National Championships and have sometimes been very successful, including winning the PC100 Team Eventing in 2018, for example.

We pride ourselves on being a family unit where parents are welcome and in fact, very often needed as helpers in all sorts of ways. The Pony Club is fun, and we will do our best to make it so. Everyone must join in for this to really succeed!

If you need any information or have any problems, please do not hesitate to seek advice from Miles Toulson – Clarke our District Commissioner (DC), Kim George our Chief Instructor, or one of the other officials listed on the Branch Officials page. We are here to help you.