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Pony Club newsletter – Autumn 2011

Regular meetings (£13 for half-hour lesson and half-hour stable management)

Prices will go up £1 on 1 October 2011

Groups and levels

Group 1 – walk and trot on lead rein and assisted off lead rein
Group 2 – unassisted walk and trot and beginning canter
Group 3 – walk, trot, canter and little jumping
Group 4 – walk, trot, canter and jumping
Group 5 – more advanced dressage and showjumping

Weekly meetings

The weekly meetings will have many more time slots this year at the following times (priority will be given to those who are keeping the same riding slots as they had last year)

Mondays

4pm-5pm – group 1 and 2 riders
4.30pm-5.30pm – group 2 and 3 riders
5pm-6pm – group 2 and 3 riders

Tuesdays

4pm-5pm – group 1 and 2 riders
4.30pm-5.30pm – group 2 and 3 riders
5pm-6pm – group 3, 4 and 5 riders

Wednesdays

4pm-5pm – group 1 and 2 riders
4.30pm-5.30pm – group 1 and 2 riders
5pm-6pm – group 3 riders

Thursdays

4pm-5pm – group 1 and 2 riders
4.30pm-5.30pm – group 2 and 3 riders
5pm-6pm – group 2 and 3 riders

Fridays

4pm-5pm – group 1 and 2 riders
4.30pm-5.30pm – group 2 riders
5pm-6pm – group 3 riders
5.30pm-6.30pm – group 3 and 4 riders
6pm-7pm – group 5 riders

Saturdays

11.30am-12.30pm – group 1 and 3 riders
12pm-1pm – group 1 and 3 riders
12.30pm-1.30pm – group 1 and 4 riders
1pm-2pm – group 1 and 2 riders
1.30pm-2.30pm – group 2 and 3 riders

Sundays

9.30am-10.30am – group 1 and 5 riders
10am-11am – group 2 and 4 riders
10.30am-11.30am – group 2 and 3 riders
11am-12pm – group 3 riders
11.30am-12.30pm – group 1 riders
12pm-1pm – group 1 riders
12.30pm-1.30pm – group 1 riders
1pm-2pm – group 2 riders
2pm-3pm – group 3 riders
2.30pm-3.30pm – group 4 riders

Tests and achievements

Congratulations to those of you who have achieved so many tests and badges. Please check through the 2011 records to make sure that you have received all that you should have done, and let me know so that records at Head Office can be updated. We are no longer finding you to give out the badges and it is now up to you to look at lists and let us know what you should have. Some members have not completed or did not pass some of the Achievement tests and need to look out for advertised rally days etc where these badges can be recapped and re-tested for you, or the revision sessions through the holidays. The badges are going to be run differently this year, so please look carefully at the new layout.

We will run some progressive riding tests through the October half term. Please keep an eye on the website for details.

Competitions

There will be a show on the last Sunday of October. Schedules and details will be released in September.

Camps and courses

The dates for camp 2012 will be released in Spring 2012.

Helper scheme

Please check in the office for the new things available on the points scheme.

Other events

These events were listed as possible for last year with very little feedback; is anyone interested in the following:

  • playing/watching polocrosse
  • watching an affiliated dressage competition (perhaps the regionals)
  • watching a showjumping affiliated competition

As well as these, we also run the training days through the spring and summer (keep an eye on the office for dates):

  • dressage morning with demonstration in the afternoon
  • showjumping morning with competition in the afternoon
  • cross country morning with use of Lodge Farm in the afternoon
  • race morning
  • side saddle morning (with demonstration from outside rider)
  • showing morning
  • lungeing morning

These days are aimed at the intermediate+ riders and will continue to be so. The starter days are aimed at providing an introduction to the different disciplines for those below intermediate level with a greater amount of support (see diary for dates from January).

Summer camp availability and Pony Club lessons

Our third residential pony camp of the summer (22-24 August 2011) is now fully booked. We still have a few spaces left on the camps on 1-3 August and 8-10 August.

Also, after this week there will be no more Pony Club lessons until September as we focus on our camps and courses!

Only 5 places left on summer camps

We only have five places left on each of our residential summer camps, so if you want to attend one of them please get your reservation and deposit in as soon as possible!

Easter events and Pony Club spaces

We’ve just posted details of all the Easter events at Wellgrove in the events calendar, but here’s a quick summary:

  • 5 April – achievement badge training for Pony Club members from 12pm-4pm. £15 to include half-hour lesson (rugs and bandages)
  • 12 April – achievement badge training for Pony Club members from 12pm-4pm. £15 to include half-hour lesson (rugs and bandages)
  • 14 April – Mini Easter hack from 10.30am. Half-hour lead rein or assisted hack, £12.
  • 14 April – Easter hack, 11am-12pm. Walk, trot and canter, £25
  • 18 April – Mini Easter hack from 10.30am. Half-hour lead rein or assisted hack, £12.
  • 18 April – Easter hack, 11am-12pm. Walk, trot and canter, £25
  • 19-21 April – Easter course, 10am-4pm for three days, £65 NO PLACES LEFT ON THIS COURSE
  • 20 April – Mini Easter hack from 10.30am. Half-hour lead rein or assisted hack, £12.
  • 20 April – Easter hack, 11am-12pm. Walk, trot and canter, £25
  • 22 April – Clear Round Showjumping, 12pm-4pm. Entry by Wellgrove Farm competition booking form (please download, print and complete) only. £5 per round.
  • 26 April – Mini Easter hack from 10.30am. Half-hour lead rein or assisted hack, £12.
  • 26 April – Easter hack, 11am-12pm. Walk, trot and canter, £25
  • 26-28 April – Easter course, 10am-4pm for three days, £65

Special note

There are still a few spaces on our regular Pony Club meeting days at £13 per meeting.

  • Tuesdays 4pm-5pm – four fortnightly beginner spaces and two weekly spaces
  • Tuesdays 5pm-6pm – intermediate and advanced spaces available
  • Fridays 4pm-5pm – one beginner space available
  • Saturdays 1pm-2pm – three spaces available for mini-achievers only
  • Sundays 11.30am-12.30pm – one space available

Trilby

As many of you know, Wellgrove’s iconic schoolmaster Trilby passed away in February. He will be sadly missed.

Trilby’s profile will remain here on the Wellgrove website, and if you have any special stories or memories of Trilby, please feel free to post them on his page.

Go to Trilby’s profile >>

Easter and Summer camp dates

We’ve just announced the dates for 2011’s Easter and Summer pony camps.

There will be two non-residential camps at Easter, 19-21 April and 26-28 April. These will run from 10am to 4pm each day.

Our residential Summer camps will run on 1-3 August, 8-10 August and 22-24 August.

There will also be a one-day camp for our younger riders and their parents on 12 August.

More information coming soon!

Wellgrove gallery now live

Go and check out our new photo gallery for some fantastic archive photos of Wellgrove’s horses, including Bart, Sweep and Aero as foals. There’s also a dedicated Mickey and Rainbow gallery where you can see the transformation our new foal has made from a fuzzy, wonky orange thing through a moth-eaten, patchy brindle thing to the handsome auburn hairy thing he is now!

More photos coming soon!

New surface, new horse, and new profiles!

We’ve now finished work putting the new surface on the sand school – no more puddles! Come and try it!

We’ve also bought a new horse for the riding school – a 15hh, 6-year-old, grey show cob gelding who goes by the name of Tom. He’ll be arriving soon and we hope he’ll be a good addition to the troupe.

Finally, we’ve completed horse profiles for Maggie, Aero, Frank, George, Vinny, Spider, Rainbow and Mickey – go and read them on the horses page.

New website for Wellgrove!

As you might have noticed, Wellgrove has a new website where you’ll be able to find out about all the latest news, upcoming events, Pony Club achievements, pony camps and much more.

There are also profiles of all our horses (a few are ‘coming soon!’) and in time there’ll also be a gallery of photos from our camps and events, as well as of Rainbow’s foal Micky.

You can leave your comments on news stories and horse profiles, so let us know what you think of the new site!

Pony Club newsletter – December 2010

Regular meetings (£13 for 1/2 hour lesson and 1/2 hour stable management)

The regular meetings will continue at the following times:

Tuesdays

  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm mini and intermediate achievers (two fortnightly slots available)
  • 5pm – 6pm intermediate and advanced achievers (three weekly slots available)

Fridays

  • 4pm – 5pm mini achievers (full at the moment)
  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm mini and intermediate achievers (full at the moment)
  • 5.30pm – 6.30pm intermediate achievers (full at the moment)

Saturdays

  • 11.30am – 12.30pm mini achivers (two fortnightly slots available)
  • 12pm – 1pm intermediate and mini achievers (full at the moment)
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm mini achievers (places available)

Sundays

  • 10am – 11am advanced achievers (one space available)
  • 10.30am – 11.30am advanced/intermediate achievers (full at the moment)
  • 11.30am – 12.30pm mini achivers (full at the moment)
  • 2.30pm – 3.30pm advanced/intermediate achivers (one space available)

Tests and achievements

Congratulations to those of you who have achieved so many tests abd badges. Please check the 2010 records to make sure that you have received all that you should have done and let me know so that records at Head Office can be updated. Some members have not completed or did not pass some of the achievement tests and need to look out for advertised rally days etc when these badges can be recapped and re-tested for you.

Competitions

There will be a showjumping and a combined training day over the Easter holidays – keep an eye on the website for details.

Camps and courses

There will be an Easter course this year lasting four days, and Summer Camps in the last week of July and first and last weeks of August. There will also be a mini one-day camp in the middle of August for the littlies. All dates will be confirmed in January 2011.

Helper scheme

Unfortunately pony loans are being withdrawn from the riding school, but these will be replaced by new, more permanent loan schemes. To replace the old scheme, we will add hacks to Woodfield to the reward scheme.

Remember that being a member of our Pony Club means that you can log double hours, but please make sure that you are helping – it is not enough for you just to be present on the yard. A new job rota will be introduced in January 2011.

Other events

These events were listed as possible for last year with very little feedback; is anyone interested in learning about the following:

  • playing/watching polocrosse
  • watching an affiliated dressage competition (perhaps the regionals)
  • watching an affiliated showjumping competition

We will also run the training days through the spring and sumer (keep an eye on the office and website for details).

  • Dressage morning with demonstration in the afternoon
  • Showjumping morning with competition in the afternoon
  • Cross country morning with use of Lodge Farm in the afternoon
  • Race morning
  • Side saddle morning (with demo from outside rider)
  • Showing morning
  • Lungeing morning

These days are aimed at intermediate+ riders and will continue to be so. The started days are aimed at providing an introduction to the different disciplines for those below intermediate level with a greater amount of support.

Diary for Spring 2011

Week of:

  • 3 January – bird watching (birds – mini achievers)
  • 31 January – showing (care of the foot – mini achievers)
  • 28 February – native breeds (points of the pony)

Sessions will continue through half term.

Spring half-term events

  • Monday – starter dressage day 10am – 12pm. £20, suitable for all below intermediate riders, even those still on lead rein. Riding groups will be divided into suitable levels.
  • Tuesday – dressage evening 6pm – 8pm. £20, intermediate+, limited spaces available.
  • Wednesday – endurance morning (long hack) 8am – 12pm. £30, intermediate+. Starter edurance afternoon 2pm – 5pm, £20, suitable for all lower-level riders.
  • Thursday – lungeing evening 6pm – 8pm, £20.
  • Friday – clear round showjumping from 11am, £5 per round. Please enter using the Wellgrove Farm competition booking form.

Further dates will be included in later updates.

Yours sincerely

Emma Whittaker (01892 822087 / 07887 777191)