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Annual Roundup 2017
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:29

As a Branch we have had a very busy year running 36 rallies, 7 of which were Mini Rallies. We have run many trainings in eventing, show jumping, dressage, mounted games, polo, not to mention weekly badge training and unmounted test training.

The Mini Rally program has really taken off this year under new management and has been incredibly well supported by our growing number of Under 12 riders. There is always lots of cake, biscuits, smiles and usually a picnic at the end!

As ever, Camp was a huge highlight of the year at the beginning of the summer holidays. 70 members enjoyed the wonderful Trumpington estate, where they were able to ride in the extensive grounds and enjoy the incredible facilities laid out for them. Huge thanks to all those who helped from cooking lunches and suppers to helping with evening activities for the campers. It’s a massive team effort.

And on to another team effort: At the end of the summer holidays, we were delighted to host the 71st Gosling Cup at Trumpington Hall. We built a brand new cross country course for the event and invested a huge amount of time and money making sure that the event ran perfectly from start to finish. All went brilliantly with the help of nearly 100 volunteers on the day! Enormous thanks should go to all of the volunteers but not least to the wonderful Pemberton Family. Without the Pemberton’s kind support the event would not have been possible. The Gosling Cup legacy will stay with us now, as the facilities at Trumpington are there for our enjoyment at rallies for years to come.

Over the course of the summer we proudly sent teams out to represent our Branch at countless Area and Friendly competitions.

In Dressage Katherine Ganczakowski qualified for the Grassroots Championships and performed really well at the finals. Anna Czylok won her arena at the Intermediate Dressage and went on to be placed 5th at The Pony Club National Championships at Cholmondley Castle.

In show jumping, teams and individuals represented our Branch at the International Horse Trials at Houghton Hall in Norfolk in the Spring. Later in the year, two teams competed at the Pony Club Grassroots competition at Isleham. One of the teams qualified for the championships at Keysoe where they narrowly missed team placing. At the Pony Club Area Competition, Anna Braybrooke qualified to compete individually at The Novice Pony Club National Championships and just last month our Team at the Pony Club Team show jumping at Burghley Horse Trials came an agonising but brilliant 9th,.

Our Novice eventing teams, comprising some 16 members, represented the Branch at the Area, Grassroots, Bloom Cup and Gosling Competitions. All competed to the best of their abilities with many personal bests. Lots of exciting prospects for next year.

For those of you who don’t know, Iona Sclater was shortlisted for the British Pony European Team and achieved some truly fabulous results at Pony Trials on her pony Foxtown Cufflynx. Many of our other senior members campaigned their pony club ponies and horses at British Eventing and also achieved some great results this year.

Tetrathlon has been ongoing throughout the year with our Branch posting some really great scores in shooting and Triathlon competitions and latterly Pentathlon. Our own treasurer, Sue Knott is our Area 8 rep and hopes to run a taster Triathon Rally for Area 8 next year - please look out for that one.

We have had a couple of current and ex members racing, Benoit De La Sayette won the French Pony Racing Final in Chantilly, France in September. Noah BC is now working every weekend for Alan and Lawney Hill. He hopes to race at Cottenham and Horseheath this year. We need to watch out for both of these talented boys!

Mounted games was in it’s infancy for 2017 and we are very pleased to have a new manager organising free games practices. We have not had fielded teams for inter branch friendlies as yet as most of our enthusiastic games players are very young and inexperienced but we hope to work on this over time. Anyone who represented the Branch at the Gransden Show Mounted Games Display might decide that it would be fun to participate more next year? Let us know if you are keen to make up a team - bigger ones are very welcome!

Polo has been well represented by the CHPC, we had 7 members go to the Championships at Cowdray Park in West Sussex, a beautiful venue and great experience for them. Faris Ashraf has recently been selected to represent the UK at junior level. Well done and good luck to Faris.

As you can see there is so much on offer for you. Whatever your level or age, please give a new discipline a try. You do not need to have the flashiest of horses to do well. Success comes from determination to succeed backed up by lots of hard work. Anything is possible if you want it badly enough.

Looking to the future we plan to continue with plenty of rallies and trainings for you to attend, I hope that the numbers that attend the Monday evening Rallies will increase next year as they were slightly disappointing this year. I know that some of you have been dogged with lame or poorly horses and that has made attending pony club rallies and competitions really hard and frustrating for you. Let’s hope that next year will be a good, injury free year for us all.

Anyone who is interested in representing the Branch at any Area competition really needs to be attending training throughout the winter and definitely throughout the spring and early summer so that you can really benefit from the experience of our brilliant instructors and facilities, prior to the Area competitions in July.

And lastly we would like to ask that if anyone has any ideas or suggestions for training or new venues or any aspect of Branch matters, please email or phone either of us to discuss, we really need volunteers and ideas from the members to keep the Branch fresh and moving on in the right direction.

Stay warm this winter and try to carry on with the trainings to consolidate the work you have achieved this summer. W look forward to seeing you all in the Spring raring to get going at rallies and competitions.

Best wishes

Catherine Monnington & Emily Casey


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


Friday, 27 May 2016 08:47

Dear Members, Parents and Instructors


This will be my last District Commissioner's report as I shall be stepping down next month.

It gives me enormous pleasure and satisfaction to announce that Catherine Monnington will be your new District Commissioner, with Emily Casey stepping into the role of Assistant DC.

These two ladies are very committed to Cambridgeshire Hunt Pony Club and have given their hearts and souls, together with an inordinate amount of hard work, to help build the Club up to where it is today.

I wish them all the best for the future and am sure with their energy and enthusiasm the Club will continue to grow from strength to strength.

I have very much appreciated the backing of a forward thinking and hard working Branch Committee during my years as your DC. Together we have made a great team and helped the positive direction of CHPC. 

I do believe the Club to be in very good heart and spirit at the moment and am sure it will continue to thrive under Catherine's leadership. 

We have also been blessed with some most generous landowners who have welcomed us onto their land and remain very grateful to the Pemberton family for allowing us to establish our base there in the Mushroom shed, which has made life a lot easier; as has being able to store our showjumps at Trumpington. This has made life far less complicated and saved a lot of carting around; not to mention the joy of being able to school over cross-country fences in such pleasant surroundings.

A sincere thank-you as well to Hetty Sclater, Julia Shaw, Sarah Jane Backhouse, Val Gingell and The Banks family for their generosity in holding training and Rallies on their land.

We are very fortunate in having a brilliant team of of skilled instructors who do a wonderful job and are very special to our Club .

On your behalf I would like to offer them a heart felt THANK YOU!

 I fully realise that we are all busy people these days but we are so dependent on Volunteers. It has been great to see so many put themselves forward to help at Rallies recently. Thank you all so much. Please don't be apprehensive of helping out, even if you can only spare a few hours every now and then. It is great to have you on board.

TEAMWORK is the name of the game and we do try and make everyone welcome. Do feel free to talk to the DC and Branch Committee members at events. These are the people who run your Branch of the Pony Club and will be delighted to discuss things with you.

I cannot finish without saying a HUGE thank-you to our seemingly indefatigable secretary, Wendy Ashcroft, who does so much for our Club in so many different ways.

So Adieu as your DC but I will still be around and intend to support our wonderful Club but it is time for a new era to begin.


Yours in Pony Club



Happy New Year
Monday, 11 January 2016 09:33
First of all A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. Let us hope that your riding goes from strength to strength and that you continue to have a lot of fun and enjoyment with your horses and ponies whilst improving your own horsemanship.
There are one or two important changes to Pony Club rules regarding equipment to which I should like to draw your attention. The first concerns riding hats which now have to have a white tag to ensure  they meet the required safety regulations. The second concerns body protectors. There is very good and clear advice on our Area 8 web page which sets out the criteria very clearly so I would recommend that you visit it - the link is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it where you will find it under Latest News.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our Annual Family Afternoon and Prize giving which this year is being held on Sunday 31st January 15.00hours - 17.00 hours at Comberton village Hall.
Meanwhile we have many interesting events planned for the year.
With very best wishes for happy and enjoyable times for rider and pony.
Your DC

Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:10
What can I say? A SIMPLY AMAZING WEEK AT CAMP! So many things to do - polo, horseball, carriage driving! So many fences to jump including some wonderful hedges! New places to explore, new rides in the woods - Helen's magical jumping lane; new friends to make and new memories to share. New challenges, new experiences and hopefully some improvement in equestrian skills!
None of this could have taken place without the generosity and hard work of some core people, notably the Pemberton, Knott and Shaw families, but also a grand team of helpers who coped admirably with just everything under the sun! 
A special thank-you to our amazing Camp Mums, Helen Pemberton and Sue Knott who did an admirable job. 
Thank-you one and all, without you it could not happen. As always we are so lucky to be at the wonderful venue of Trumpington Hall. Thank -you Victoria and Anthony Pemberton.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and join me in wishing our members luck in the upcoming Tetrathlon and Dressage Championships.
Your DC
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