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Area Dressage Thanks
Monday, 13 July 2015 13:50

A HUGE THANK-YOU to all who worked tirelessly and with great skill and enthusiasm to make the Area Dressage run so well this year.

A special mention to Graham and Andrea Hemington and their team of intrepid scorers which together with the smart computer programme they had devised made the complicated system of scoring look like child's play!

 
Saddlery Concerns
Monday, 13 April 2015 10:31

An amazing day on Friday 10th April when our members rode for top coach Nikki Herbert at our Accreditation Day for Instructors at Trumpington Hall. All were beautifully turned out and a real credit to CHPC. I am sure they all benefited from this experience and will have taken something home with them from the day.

Another inspiring day followed on Sunday 11th April when one of our members, Lottie Casey riding Pea took part in the Rider Development Pathway day at Chippenham  where riders benefited from riding under top trainers, Jill Day and Sue Ringrose. a wonderful opportunity for these young riders. The whole day was very encouraging and very  positive. It is good to see so much happening in the Pony Club to promote our talented youngsters.

SADDLERY

It has come to my notice that there is some concern amongst the instructors of our Branch concerning the fitting of saddlery. It is so important that the tack is comfortable for the horse or pony and fits well. It can lead to a whole host of problems if left unremedied. Ponies can become reluctant to jump, can start napping, become head shy, even become lame, just for starters!  Saddles do need regular attention - ponies can change shape,  both with the seasons and with age. It is important to inspect your saddle regularly and check the underside to see that the stuffing hasn't become lumpy, another cause for discomfort.  We will be arranging a demonstration/educational session, so do try and come along. the bottom line is that if your tack is not fitting properly and we think is causing discomfort to your horse or pony then you will not be allowed to ride. Do remember that we are here to help.

All the best for the coming season.

Your DC

Sue

 
Dress Code Spring 2015
Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:55

It was good to see so many of you at the Dressage Coaching at Milton yesterday.

As this is really the start of the season I thought I would take this opportunity of a gentle reminder of our Pony Club dress code. For training and other less formal occasions it is also important that you are well turned out. Always remember you are representing Cambridgeshire Hunt Pony Club, particularly if we are riding at an outside venue.

HAT: this should be up to date and tagged.  For training sessions, other than cross-country, hats or skull-caps should be black, navy or dark brown. Skull caps are essential for cross-country riding and your pony club eventing silks then can be worn. Please remember that unfortunately hats and skull caps deteriorate with age so should be replaced after three to five years. It goes without saying that after a severe impact, the hat will also need to be replaced! Please check the new stipulations regarding hats before purchasing a new one – the details have already been flagged up on our web-site.

HAIR: hair should be neat and tidy, preferably in a hairnet. Long hair should be plaited and secured in a hair net.

JEWELLERY: not allowed excepting a wristwatch, a wedding ring and a stock-pin worn horizontally. Sleeper studs must also be removed. Save jewellery and bling for later, then you can wear as much as you like!

JODPHURS: beige, navy blue or dark brown. Bright pink, red, orange or vivid green are definitely not the thing!

SWEATSHIRTS: ideally Cambridgeshire Hunt Pony Club sweatshirts or plain navy blue.

SKINNNIES: skinnies with long sleeves are needed for activities involving jumping, unless you are already wearing your sweatshirt. We have special ones, designed by members of the CHPC and are available through Bee Embroidery, a link to the price list and order form are on the ‘Links’ page.

BODY PROTECTORS are compulsory for Cross-Country and should be either dark blue or black.

AIR JACKETS, if used must be in addition to the body protector and are not recommended for riding in enclosed spaces, such as an indoor school or outdoor manege as it can startle horses when it goes off!.

BOOTS: Jodhpur and riding boots should have a flat sole and a defined, square cut heel. Muckers and trainers are not allowed for safety reasons.

SPURS: unless you hold your C+ or above, you need permission from your DC to wear spurs, whether riding at a Rally or competing in events held under Pony Club rules. Permission will be given with pleasure after you have had a spurs assessment with one of our Senior Instructors. It should be noted that those of you not holding your 'B' Test will still need to hold a spurs card, signed by the DC.

You all turn your horses and ponies out so well, it is important not to let the partnership down and to look to yourself as well! Rules may seem to be tedious but they have been designed first and foremost with safety in mind. Be proud of your Club and be proud to wear your Pony Club colours.

I wish you well for the season ahead and look forward to seeing you out and about upholding our great branch of the Pony Club.

 

Your DC

Sue

 

 
Spring 2015
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:52

Spring is in the air – at least I thought it was but today it is bitterly cold! However it is the time of year to look forward to a host of Pony Club events. This year we are holding the Area Dressage – 12th July 2015 – for a second time and it will be all hands to the pump! If you haven't already volunteered or been press-ganged to volunteering we should love to hear from you! Our Dressage Committee is already working very hard to get things rolling.

We have been asked to find a team of 4 members to compete in a friendly competition/demonstration at The Suffolk Show on Monday 28th May. This will comprise some Pony Club games, some jumping and some Handy Pony tasks in a knock out contest. It is not only great fun but a fantastic day out! Details are on the Area 8 web-site under Pony Club challenge. Do contact either Wendy Ashcroft or Catherine Monnington if you are interested.

Meanwhile we have a pretty full calendar already. Some training is already in full swing. Do keep checking the Calendar for details of what is going on.

Team training and team selection is in the forefront of many members' minds. Please do not feel shy in coming forward if you would like to attend the training or be considered for a team. We do try very hard to be as fair as possible in selecting team members, which is partly judged on your ability and partly on your commitment to the Pony Club and is never undertaken lightly.

This brings me on to the subject of spurs. You need written permission from me – usually signed on your membership card, to be able to wear spurs at Pony Club competitions. The policy of this Branch may be found under FAQ on our web-site, but briefly, unless you hold your C+ Test, then we ask that you are assessed with a Senior Instructor to ascertain whether you may wear spurs. On their approval I am more than happy to sign your card.

We have our wonderful Summer Camps to look forward to this summer. This year we have asked that you attend at least two mounted Rallies between 1st February and 1st June 2015. It will give us chance to iron out any minor problems that might arise and help us to place you in your ride which will add to your enjoyment of the camp experience.

Finally enjoy your horses and ponies, together with your many Pony Club friends. Good Luck for the better weather and an action packed summer!

Your DC

Sue

 
ACTION PACKED WEEKEND
Monday, 29 September 2014 16:23

Certainly an action packed weekend! On Saturday 4 teams comprising 5 riders of various ages and abilities put on a most enthusiastic and entertaining display of Mounted Games at Gransden Show. Congratulations to all of you and many thanks for taking part. A special thank-you to all the parents and non-riding members who came along to help, especially to Emily Casey who master-minded the whole operation. Lindsay Cook did a magnificent job with her commentary - thank-you Lindsay!

Now to Sunday, again a great turn out of our members, not short of 30 were competing cross-country at Isleham and three teams were entered in the prestigious Wilkinson Sword Competition.

What a day! Our Junior team came first in the earlier classes, comprising Jodie Allen on Chester, Lucy Shrimpton on Goldie, Benoit de la Sayette on Alzone and Grace Nicholls on Skittles.

Jodi Allen came first overall in the competition, a great achievement. Well done to you all and well ridden!

The Icing on the Cake, so to speak, came later on in the day when our team successfully regained The Wilkinson Sword after 4 brilliant clear rounds!  The team comprised Nuala Hemington on Galway, Iona Sclater on Noah, Charlie Knott on Classic and Edward Monnington on Taiga. Well done indeed!

I was particularly thrilled to see so many of you riding with flair and feel, in balance and rhythm. You are a credit to your horses and your Pony Club. As you know competitions are not won on the day but in all the hours you have spent training and preparing. Sometimes it does not always go as well as we would like on the day, we do all need that little bit of luck!

Good Luck and Well Done to each and everyone of you.

Your DC

Sue

 

 

 
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