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Summer Show
Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:12
MANY, MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Hetty and Charlie Slater and all of you who have worked tirelessly to make the Summer Show on Sunday 18th August such a great success. It was a most enjoyable day and I know there were many happy children and parents!
A beautiful venue and an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to ensure the day ran smoothly. Another huge thank-you to our sponsors D & J Stutley & Sons Ltd. On behalf of the judges and stewards I would like to also thank the ladies who provided such a wonderful lunch -  most appreciated!
Altogether a great day!
Yours in Pony Club

Thank you
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:44
Your commitment, enthusiasm and hard work was very much appreciated.
A very grateful DC
GOOD LUCK to all of our teams in their Competitions and especially to Todd Roberts on his forthcoming trip to Cananda.

Summer 2013
Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:15

Exams over, end of term fast approaching and I hope you can look forward to a great summer with your horses and ponies.

Certainly there is a lot going on in our Pony Club and I hope you will be able to come to many of the Rallies and training, not to mention the Summer Camp and Summer Clinic.

Good Luck to those of you who have been selected for the Cambridgeshire Hunt Pony Club teams at the Area Competitions, especially if it is your first time to represent your Branch. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations, especially with regard to practising at venues prior to competitions. It is easy to become unstuck! If in doubt, ask your trainer. Turn-out is always of paramount importance and I must say that I am very proud of the way our teams have presented themselves of late, especially the Tetrathlon and Eventing teams in their smart Branch colours. It is always good to have supporters, so, if any of you wish to come along and watch you are most welcome.

It is wonderful to feel that we are really in summer at last but please keep a watchful eye on the condition of your horses and ponies, especially waistlines of those at grass – here a weigh tape can be invaluable; it is easy for your eye to be deceived on a daily basis. Whereas laminitis is always a threat and yes, it does affect horses too, and can be found in hind feet, though it is normally the fore feet that are affected; also overweight animals can find it hard to cope, especially in hot weather and with the added demands of work at Rallies and Camp.

Sometimes as the land dries up and the grass becomes more parched your pony may not be getting enough roughage – simply looking at the consistency of the droppings can help  you analyse this -  in which case it would  be useful to provide some hay to avoid any possibility of impacted colic.

Flies too can be a great affliction. Indeed, despite all the weird and wonderful contraptions you can clothe your horse in these days, it might simply be best to bring him in to a stable or make sure he can have access to a shelter where the   flies are less bothersome. Sweet itch sufferers need to be kept away from the midges that cause the problem – usually at dusk – so, bringing them in during this time is most beneficial, whilst religiously anointing them with flyspray if they are out at this time. Garlic in the diet is also said to be beneficial.

Special Congratulations must go to Hattie Algar who is being interviewed in this week’s Horse and Hound – so do look out for it. Hattie, one of our outstanding Tetrathletes, will be talking about the importance of the mentoring scheme that was first used in the Tetrathlon Championships and this year is being extended to Eventing. I do feel this is an excellent scheme and of great benefit to competitors.

I hope that you will all join me in wishing Todd the Best of Luck on his trip to Canada for the Mounted Games International Exchange later this summer.

Finally, have a great summer. Enjoy your Horses and ponies. Enjoy your Pony Club and all we offer you. Work hard to improve your equestrian skills and understanding of our friend the horse.  My old horse never ceases to surprise me!

Good Luck to you all

Your DC


Jan 2013
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 11:56

Dear Members

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Family Evening on Sunday and it gave me great pleasure to award so many prizes! I hope many of  you will be brave enough to put yourself forward  for one of our teams. Perhaps you managed to have a chat with your friends andour Discipline Managers about the possibility. Remember, even if you are not quite ready to be chosen for a team, there is no reason why youcannotcome along and train and follow your dream!  Everyone is most welcome to come and support our teams – details of competitions will be on the web-site.

Extreme Cold, Floods, Snow, yet more floods and high winds – what a difficult winter this has been   for a lot of equestrians! January is almost over and we can turn our thoughts to later on in the year.

Perhaps I might mention the most important thing in all this – communication with our horse or pony. Even those of us who have owned horses and ponies for a long time can become a bit complacent in the everyday rush of daily life, trying to fit everything in! I was reminded of this the other morning when I wanted to adjust the rug on my retired and rather eccentric horse. He was in  no mood to be approached and I have learnt to respect himfor it (having previously been savagely attacked by him when he was quite new and strange to us) . Horses communicate by body language and it is up to us to learn to read it. If you watch them in a herd, it is very rare that they suddenly bite or kick without any warning – sometimes just an ear laid back is sufficient. Those horses who ignore such warnings end up getting themselves in trouble – we had a gelding here who had never been out with others in his life but reared as an individual. He was always getting into trouble as he would pay no heed to what the other horses were trying to tell him! By the way, the very next morning my horse was completely biddable and in a very approachable mood!

When it comes to getting ready for the First Rally, we can sometimes be a bit stressed and this is so easily communicated to the horse/pony. So, take your time – problems loading can be dramatically influenced by exited children and harassed parents! A good idea is to have a practice loading session  prior to the first event, when everyone is much more relaxed!

Finally good Luck with your Equestrian Friends and Activities in Pony Club this year. I look forward to seeing many of you at events and Rallies. I feel Cambridge shire Hunt Pony Club is very special and am proud to be your DC.



PS Don’t forget to check the fitting of your tack prior to the first Rally. Ponies can change shape over the winter and your saddle in particular may need attention.

Happy New Year!
Sunday, 06 January 2013 10:50
Most of us are struggling with the terrible ground conditions caused by the incessant wet weather of late - I have never seen so much mud around for years - even my field which is quite well drained is very muddy in places and that is with  just one horse! My sympathies to all of you coping with   wet, muddy horses and ground!
BUT, now is the time to be planning for those great Pony Club days ahead - do not despair!
Remember Our Annual Family Evening and Prizegiving is approaching soon - Sunday 27th January, 4.30pm at Harston Village Hall. It would  be lovely to see many of you there. The Team trainers and Managers should be there too, so now is your chance to ask any questions that you may have.
With very best wishes for the Year ahead.
Your DC
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