The NFU Mutual National Quiz Final will be run in the same format as previous years; there will be two separate sections for Branch Teams and Centre Teams. Therefore, one Branch and one Centre Team will qualify from each Area.
We are pleased to congratulate Emma on passing her British Horse Society Preliminary Teaching Test at Newton Hall in September gaining a distinction. Few candidates achieve this standard - where all criteria have to be completed at a high standard on the same day. Emma has had a long association with our Branch as a member, camp stable manager and instructor and we are delighted that she is going to run our Junior Club. Please support this venture which will be both enjoyable and informative.
Emma has a wealth of expertise to share with our members. She has had success in the show ring, has recently worked in a big mixed yard which included eventers and young horses. Emma worked for one of East Anglia’s top Point to Point riders, where she often won the turnout prize.
We are lucky to have Emma on our branch instructors’ team, where her equestrian experiences and her expertise with children are an enormous asset.
Following on from the very successful Polocrosse training and taster days, Iain Heaton, the East Essex Hunt coach, is looking ahead to an Area 8 tournament in May and Pony Club Champs in August. In recent years, Area 8 has not fielded a Polocrosse team; East Essex Hunt Pony Club would very much like to be able to buck the trend and try to send either Branch or combined Area teams. This offers a great opportunity to members to be able to attend the wonderful Champs at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire from the 19th-23rd August 2016.
Christmas Rally at World Horse Welfare Monday 21 December
Arranged by Ali Pearson and assisted by Emma Shearwood, we had 2 lively mounted games sessions with a fancy dress competition in the middle. 10 members brought their ponies, a couple of others had to come without, and one or two brothers/sisters of members took part on foot, all receiving a Christmassy rosette at the end. It was an extremely windy morning, gusting through the indoor school doors, but closing the bigger outside ones dealt with that and it became quite cosy inside.
The children were really enthusiastic and had a terrific time taking part in all the games organised by Ali, from a basic bending pole race at the beginning, a satsuma and spoon race, a tyre race -canter down the school, dismount, climb through a tyre, remount and return speedily to the start, and plenty more that I cannot remember. The final game, wisely saved until last, was apple bobbing, and by the end of it there were some rather wet but uncomplaining children who had had a great deal of fun!
The fancy dress competition took place half way through the rally and was judged by Julia Campbell and Bobbie Aughton. Clearly a lot of work had been put into making the outfits for both ponies and riders, and a rosette was awarded to each of the 7 entries – well done to everyone involved. Isla Mattock on Lily was declared the winner, with Seren Moss and Turnip 2nd (what a name for a pony, I love it!), Emily McClure and Demi 3rd, Charis Holt and Lacey 4th, Florence Mattock and Jet 5th, Shannon Lohan on Thunder 6th and Megan Collins with Ice 7th.