Please see the following details from Pony Club Headquarters for members who might be interested in a special day at Ascot Racecourse:
'The Horseracing Certificate at QIPCO British Champions Day is back! But this year it's bigger and better than ever, with the addition of a new and exciting 'Fan Zone in association with The Pony Club'. Taking place at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 15th October, this is a chance for members of the Pony Club to learn more about the exciting equestrian sport of horseracing, earn their 'Horseracing Badge' and enjoy a fun afternoon out with friends from the Pony Club and beyond.
What Does the Day Involve?
Starting from 10:30am you can go on a behind the scenes tour of one of the world's most prestigious racecourses, including a visit to the paddock, a walk out onto the track and peek inside the weighing room. You will also get the chance to meet various racehorses and learn about the breed, go to Jockey School and have a bitesize lesson on one of the racehorse simulators and learn about the different tack used by the horses and jockeys on a raceday.
'The Fan Zone' will be jam-packed full of fun activities and competitions for you to take part in throughout the afternoon, as well as providing a base from which you can enjoy the racing. You will also be able to learn all about the ways that you can get involved in horseracing in the future. You will also receive a QIPCO British Champions Day goody bag which will include British Champions Day Pony Club merchandise, as well as other treats.
How Do I Register?
To help estimate numbers attending the event, please register your interest here.
All under-18s are eligible for FREE entry to QIPCO British Champions Day when accompanied by an adult (up to four under-18s per adult). All adults will need to purchase their ticket here. Last year British Champions Day sold out, so we recommend you book your tickets early. Once registered, you will receive an email with more information in the week beginning 10th October. We look forward to seeing you there!
Bloom Cup ODE August 2016
Thetford Chase sent 8 riders to this competition.The Bloom Cup team of 3 were Harriet Smith, Rosie Gilmour and Summer Lawrence. Sadly Jessica Sloan had to withdraw as her pony was lame. This team produced 2 clear rounds Show Jumping and 2 clear rounds Cross Country which did leave them just out of the ribbons but Harriet did have a rosette for a double clear . Well done to all.
The Junior Bloom Competition included Millie Thurtle, Ellie Hawes, Charlotte Clear and Shannon Lohan, with Georgia Watson riding as an individual. All 5 riders went clear in the Show jumping and Charlotte and Millie went clear Cross Country so had double clear round rosettes. All riders were immaculately turned out and on time for each section which was brilliant. The time was an influential factor in the final results for all riders and is something to remember for another day. Well done to all and many thanks to Kate Campbell for being team manager for the day.
Area Eventing Report 2016
Area 8 Eventing was held at Blackwater Farm, hosted by the North Norfolk Branch. Although we did not have a team the individuals we sent did us proud. The Open section included Jess West and Lauren Marsh. Both did a very good Dressage and Jess was placed second in the section. Lauren went on to ride a clear round in the Show Jumping and had one mistake across country which also incurred some time faults, so no prizes but a very good performance from Sgt Squirrel.
The Intermediate section was represented by Paddy Mountford, recently returned from Rider Development Pathway Camp, riding Primative’s Pebbles and with a Dressage score of 30.4, a clear round Show Jumping and Cross Country , finished 4th in his section in some very good company.
Jessica Sloan was our Novice rider in a huge class of 30 teams. Her dressage was 35 which was a joy to watch and just one fence down in the show jumping. The cross country was held up at the start due to a fall in the show jumping arena which meant she was waiting at the start for nearly half an hour. This really had an impact on the pony who went on to jump halfway round the course but was eventually beaten by the ditch. A sporting performance by Jessica in a situation for which you cannot prepare. Thanks go to David Merrett who kindly did our coursewalk on Saturday and to all who supported the riders on the day.
Area 8 Show Jumping was hosted by Easton Harriers
at Trinity Park Ipswich on the Suffolk Showground. Thetford Chase had riders in all 3 classes Novice, Intermediate and Open.
The novice team of Jessica Sloan, Charlotte Clear and Harriet Smith (pictured right) competed against 38 area teams . They all rode well in this very competitive event.
The Intermediate team was Paddy Mountford, Charlotte Rose Eyre and Sara Collison. In the first round the team collected 5 time faults which was unlucky as they all jumped clear. In the second round Charlotte and Paddy were clear but Sara collected some faults which was a pity. This left Charlotte (pictured bottom right) to jump off for a qualifying place. She jumped a fast clear round and finished 2nd out of 103 starters and earned a place at the Pony Club Championships.
Lizzie Marsh was our Open rider who looked stunning She rode 2 stylish rounds although she did collect some faults.
All riders were a credit to the Branch and many thanks go to Georgia Leader White for the recent training and for her help on the day. Thanks also go to Becky Smith who takes the bookings for training.
More photos can be seen on the Gallery pages.
We recently sent some members to compete in friendly showjumping team competitions at Sotterley, organised by the Waveney Harriers Branch and at Isleham, organised by the Soham Pony Club. Well done to all those who took part - you can read more under the Results tab.