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Summer and Gosling
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:12

I can hardly believe that summer is almost over and that we are now looking   forward to autumn activities. It seems to have been an action   packed summer with a great Camp, our Monday Rallies, a ride and overnight camp for the Minis, and the Pony Club Championships where we  had some of our members competing. They all  rose well  to the challenge, whether it was in the Open Dressage, Intermediate Tetrathlon or Novice Eventing compatitions. Well done to you all!

One competitionwhich does not perhaps quite receive   the recognition it deserves is the Gosling Cup which was held at Horseheath last Saturday. I am taking the liberty of publishing a letter from our secretary, Wendy Ashcroft, which I think perfectly captures the spirit of the day.

'Dear Parents'

On behalf of the branch I would just like to record our thanks  to you and all   of   your children  for taking part in the 68th Gosling Cup yesterday. They all showed great  courage in tackling what was a more difficult course than we all expected of Gosling Cup, with only 15 double clears out of 115 competitors and only 21 clear cross-country - so we were with the majority.

They all showed great sportsmanship and team camaraderie and cheerfulness in carrying on and taking part in all 5 phases even after things were difficult for   some of them.

The children were a credit to both their parents and the branch and I do hope they would all like to have another go   next year.

Special thanks must be given to Lara and Penelope   for   joining the teams at very short notice on Monday evening and to Helen Pemberton for loaning Galway to Nuala   so that she could still take part and we all wish her pony, Jango, a speedy recovery from his colic surgery.

I   would also like to thank our three Team Shepherds, Sara-Jane, Sam and Sara for the help, support and encouragement and also   to those who came along on the day to support our teams.'

The five phases involved are Tack and Turnout, Dressage, Team Ride, Showjumping and Cross-country. A busy day indeed!

We had three teams and one individual competing. Two of our members were actually placed 1st in their respective arenas - Ella Chamberlain in the Red Arena and Iona Sclater in the Yellow Arena. Isabella Fenton and Iona Sclater (  though in different teams) were placed 5th and 6th respectively in the overall  competition which was a  great achievement.

Congratulations to one and all!

Your DC





Friday, 08 August 2014 15:55

It is amazing to think that only a week ago we were holding the last day of Camp at Trumpington Hall, by kind permission of the Pemberton family who  made us feel very much at home. A huge thank-you must go to all those involved in getting the areas ready, building cross-country fences (thank-you Charlie Sclater and team), putting up tents, thank-you Steven Casey  for yet again letting us have a fabulously large tent, organising stables, loos etc and seemingly a 101 other jobs that had to be done in a short space of time. It was a masterpiece of work and  planning that enabled Camp to take place so successfully.

Not forgetting all those who helped during the week to ensure things ran  without a hitch -  the Camp Mums, the Cooks and all the other volunteers who did their bit. Thank-you  to Geoffroy, our Stable Manager and all our Instructors. We are very grateful to  you all - a real team effort which generated a lot of enjoyment, enthusiasm and good will. And still, in the background, working hard to organise all the fine tuning,  Emily Casey and Sue and David Knott.

And last but by no means least  a huge thank-you to the Pemberton family who all  welcomed us so warmly.

My final vote of thanks is to  all of you who helped clear away at the end of the day. Roll on Camp 2015!

Your grateful DC


Area Dressage
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:12
A HUGE THANK-YOU to all of you who so generously gave of your time, enthusiasm and hard work at the Area Dressage Competition which Cambridgeshire Hunt were hosting last Sunday, 6th July, at Cottenham Racecourse. Both myself and the Committee are immensely grateful to you all.
So many people, so many helping in so many different ways - judging, writing, scoring, catering, car-parking, stewarding, tack checking, collecting scores, problem solving - the list goes on and on!!!!!!!!!!  It was a tremendous effort and very rewarding to feel the enthusiasm and good will generated throughout a very long day.
A lion's share of the praise must go to our hard-working secretary Wendy Ashcroft who masterminded the whole event with great aplomb and also to her husband Andrew who worked very hard in preparing the ground for the Arenas and organising the signposting.
You will be pleased to hear that two of our members have qualified for the Championships in the Open Dressage Class, this is a great achievement and we wish them luck. They are Emily Procter and Hannah Kirk.
This year is the 80th anniversary of Cambridgeshire Hunt Pony Club and to celebrate this we are holding a Hog Roast and BBQ at Harlton on Thursday 31st July. You are all most warmly invited. Tickets are available from Catherine Monnington at the very reasonable price of £6.00 a head.
Let us hope now for good weather and ground at the forthcoming Area Events and, fingers crossed, a good week of weather for Camp this year.
With best wishes to all
Happy Riding
Your DC

Norfolk Show
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:09
Norfolk Show
Many thanks for those  of you who flew the flag for the Cambridgeshire Hunt Pony Club in a friendly competition demonstration - the activity race course - at the Norfolk show on Thursday. The team were well turned out, took part with great enthusiasm and were a credit to the Branch. Well  done everyone and thank-you to Zachary and Penelope Dampier, Henna Knott and Grace Nicholls for taking part.
It is good to see so many of the Cambridgeshire Hunt out and about competing in different equestrian spheres. Good Luck to you  all and Congratulations to those of you who have been successful and to those who were so nearly there! It happens to us all!
Your DC

May Half term
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:04
Well rain did not entirely stop play over the half-term week. There was a most exciting day's racing at Northaw on the Monday where our members excelled. Many thanks to Geoffroy and Sally-Ann for all the enthusiasm and hard work they put in. This is the first time that I have watched Pony Racing and I must say I found it most exciting. There was also some good riding from our members who have benefited from Geoffroy's coaching.
We also finished with two good Rallies at Harlton in pleasant weather and good going. This brings me   on to another subject. Now that the Branch is not only bigger but also putting on a lot more events than in the past, we're looking for Volunteers to take some of the load of organising Rallies from Catherine Monnington and Emily Casey who have done most of the work in the past. Many thanks go to Julia Shaw who has been organising some great Rallies for the  Minis at Tetworth.
I have already spoken to some of you about this and was most encouraged by the response. This is not quite as onerous as it sounds and you would have plenty of back-up, especially in the early days. In future it is envisaged that all bookings and payments will be online, which will simplify things we hope but will be a lot of work at the beginning whilst it is set up. In addition it is hoped that in most instances the rides will also be allocated.
Equally if any of you would like to get involved in assisting or running one of the Disciplines, please do  get in touch with either myself or Catherine.
I have circulated an e-mail with more informatio about the above and do hope to see many of you at the meeting.
With very best wishes and Good Luck to all competing in our Area Dressage at Cottenham. Again, any extra help on the day or before always appreciated! Wendy Ashcroft is doing a sterling job co-ordinating entries, not to mention all those who are also heavily involved in this competition.
Your DC

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