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September 2016 Summary
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:41

As the autumnal notes develop on the trees and the nights draw in I have started to reflect on the passing of a great summer.

Our Pony Club summer starts way back in March and April when we submit our entries for both Burghley and Blenheim, swiftly followed by the planning of Area Teams and the training that will be needed and of course the next set of Efficiency Tests.

So far this summer you have achieved 9 riding ‘B’ Tests, 12 Horse and pony care ‘B’ Tests, 11 C+, 13 C, 21 D+, 14 D and 15 E test passes, 4 lunge tests and 31 riding and road safety tets passes. Well done all of you and keep up the good work. More tests will be held at Easter if not before and we are currently planning regular training to be held at Haggis over the winter months. We have also awarded in excess of 400 badges this year.

The Area competitions that start so early in the summer and take up so much of our time with planning training and selection, culminate in just two exhausting weekends in July. We had several personal bests but it wasn’t our year in terms of qualifying for the championships despite some very close scores. My lasting memory of the Areas was the support and camaraderie that I saw between you all and the gratitude you showed to your supporters, especially Val for giving up her time to warm you up on the day for the show jumping and eventing.

Our polo players spent a very busy summer competing far and wide on largely borrowed ponies, two of our members were in the winning team at the Polo Championship at Cowdray Park in West Sussex and were awarded an enormous trophy.

Our tetrathlon members worked hard this summer and were out and about doing very well at regional and friendly competitions and our pony racing members also notched up several wins including at Ascot and in France.

We fielded two teams at the Festival of Hunting in Peterborough for the Inter Hunt relay. One team made it through to 8th out of 32 teams in a very hotly contested class of teams from all across the country. I know that those that participated this year are keen to do it again next year as it is such a fun competition to be involved in. Be sure to get your name down early next year.

Camp came next with nearly 70 members enjoying the wonderful Trumpington estate, where you were able to ride in the extensive grounds and create treasured memories for years to come. Good weather and wonderful organisation by the indefatigable Helen Pemberton and her team ensured that the week passed without incident.

Many of you disappeared for a well-earned summer break while others remained and represented the Branch at Grassroots dressage and jumping competitions and of course the renowned Gosling Cup. Next year we will be hosting the Gosling Cup so I do hope that even if you are not eligible to compete in 2017 you will help with the organisation of such a challenging competition.

The Pony Club team show jumping at both Blenheim and Burghley were fabulously fun experiences for those involved on the day, at Burghley the team finished the first round on a very competitive score of 4 faults with only three teams finishing ahead with a clean sheet. The final placings put them in 7th but I prefer to say that we came equal 4th.

Recently the Grassroots Championships were held at Keysoe and we were delighted that we picked up some individual placings at hugely contested classes in both dressage and show jumping.

And finally this last weekend we won the Gerry Webster Cup at Isleham hunter trial with both teams finishing first and second on clean sheets, there was nothing between them just the closest to the optimum time. An exciting future

Well done to all those that have represented the Branch at any level and in any discipline this summer, we are so proud of you, you are a credit to the Branch in your appearance, politeness and most importantly your improving skills in horsemanship. We will continue to support you by offering regular trainings and rallies. Like everything in life you only get out what you put in, so if you are really committed and attend lots of trainings you will succeed.

On a final note the cold weather is approaching, be sure to keep an eye on the overall condition of your pony, he has served you well all summer so be sure to look after him this winter. Seek advice from any of your instructors on best practise for your own pony and the resources available to you.

We are currently working on a programme of events for the October half term, keep monitoring the website for new dates of rallies and events.


Your DC

Catherine Monnington


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