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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:


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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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.


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Unfortunately pony loans are being withdrawn from the riding school, but these will be replaced by new, more permanent loan schemes.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)