General Rally Mon 24th August: Please note that the Rally on Monday 24th August will be held at World Horse Welfare. Please send your booking form (which can be downloaded from the Calendar) to Ali Pearson as soon as possible.
Hat Standards 2015/16: Please click the following link to see a table produced by Pony Club Headquarters which clearly sets out up to date hat regulations. Hat Standards
Area Horse Trials – Isleham - Sunday 19 July
It was a day of mixed fortunes and things didn't all go as hoped for, but a very valuable experience for those who took part. Polly and Paddy Mountford, and Sara Collison made up the team of 3 in the Intermediate class, so every score counted! No pressure then! – with a team of 4, the worst score each time can be discarded. They gave it their very best – Polly rode a pretty good dressage test; Polly and Paddy went clear in showjumping phase, Sara had 4 faults, but all had problems with some rather tricky fences early on in the cross country phase. Jess West and Lauren Marsh competed in the Open class as individuals - they were a bit disappointed with their dressage, but both had clear rounds showjumping and cross country, jumping slightly different courses to the Intermediates - to finish in 4th and 5th places respectively in their section of the Open. Very well tried everyone, it just was not our day and the Area competition is known to be tough – only one step away from the Championships!
Area Showjumping – Ickworth Park, Sunday 26 July
Success for our Open Team of Georgia and Harriet Leader-White, Jess West and Polly Mountford who finished on a total score of 4 faults to finish 2nd in the Open Team competition. A great result - very well done to the team and congratulations to Georgia Leader-White who also won the Open individual section and qualifies for the Pony Club Open Showjumping Championship next month. Sara Collison and Paddy Mountford then jumped as individuals in the Intermediate section. Despite the awful weather, Paddy jumped two good clear rounds to finish 7th individually. Sara also jumped two clear rounds but unfortunately clocked up 8 time faults in the first round. Jessica Sloan and Harriet Smith were our two individual entries for the Novice section, jumping in the worst of the weather. Both girls rode well, with Jessica finishing on a total score of 4 faults after two rounds. Harriet completed the first round with 4 faults, but retired gracefully in the second round due to the wet and slippery ground conditions.
This year we sent two novice teams and one intermediate team with one intermediate individual to compete at Cottenham, hosted by Cambridgeshire Hunt Pony Club.
Novice team members, Robyn Slaney, Hattie Garner, Georgia Watson, Millie Thurtle, Harriet Smith and Rosie Ellis had a good day out and gained lots of experience. Well done to Robyn Slaney who came 7th in her arena in the warm up test, just missing out on a rosette.
Our intermediate team of Polly Mountford, Hannah Spooner, Jess West and Sara Collison also had a good day, finishing 6th overall. Congratulations to Polly Mountford who finished 2nd in her Area Dressage section and has qualified for the Intermediate Pony Club Dressage Championships in August.
A big thank you to Kathryn Spooner for her tireless efforts organising the teams, and to Bobbie Aughton and Abbie Keene for their invaluable help on the day.
It was a busy half-term week for inter-branch competitions. On Saturday 23 May we sent three teams to compete at the inter-branch friendly team showjumping competition at Sotterley, hosted by the Waveney Harriers.
We also sent two showjumping teams to compete at Houghton Hall in the inter-branch competition hosted by the West Norfolk branch.
For the first time, we took part in the Pony Club Challenge at the Suffolk Show and came 3rd.