Our half-term Halloween Rally was very much enjoyed by everyone who attended, and with a little re-arrangement of the day, all the activities took place indoors due to the wet conditions outside. The rally was held at Anvil Park Stud (formerly Overa) and new owners Emma Alexander and Robert Reeve are delightful! – more info on this in a separate article. Ali Pearson and Rachel Cordle were instructors for the day; new to us, Rachel is experienced and knowledgeable and got on really well with everyone, so we hope she will come again.
One group started the day with stable management training whilst the other did the riding - flatwork and jumping, and then they swapped over. At the end of these activities, with ponies put away for a rest and some hay, each rider was given a special Halloween rosette and some ghostly Halloween chocolates as a treat. After lunch, most of them took part in the mounted fancy dress competition, and there were some really great ideas for dressing up both ponies and riders - very, very well done to the children, as well as mums and dads, for all their efforts. Members paraded round the indoor school for everyone to see, and Julia Campbell and Bobbie Aughton then had a close-up look at each entry before the really difficult task of choosing the best six in their opinion. Eventually Emily McClure was the winner, in 2nd place Charis Holt, 3rd Mia Fletcher, 4th Christabel Vaughan, 5th Seren Moss, and 6th Ethan Brownhill; well done also to Isla and Florence Mattock, Lily Wing, Maddie Butler and Charlotte Clear.
And so to the final part of the day's rally - some show jumping:- a pairs relay at 40cms, followed by 60cm and 70cm clear round jumping. This activity went well without any problems, and rosettes were given out for all clear rounds. We do hope you and your family had as good a time as those of us helping out, the atmosphere was friendly, happy and buzzing – thanks for coming!
ANNUAL PRIZEGIVING - 25 SEPTEMBER 2015
Our annual prizegiving evening was held last Friday at World Horse Welfare. The following prizes were presented to our members:
A few weeks after Burghley, we sent a team to take part in the Pony Club 100cm Eventer Challenge at Blenheim Horse Trials, which was a testing course of showjumps and cross-country fences in a grass arena. At the very last minute Jess West sadly had to pull out after breaking her ankle. However the other three team members - Paddy Mountford, Polly Mountford and Lauren Marsh, took up the challenge finishing in a very respectable 10th place out of over 40 teams on just 7.6 faults, an excellent result considering they were one man down. Well done and thanks to all those involved.
This year's camp was a great success, although we only had 12 children attending, it worked really well. We all arrived on Saturday afternoon with full wheelbarrows of tack, horse food, rugs etc, after settling the ponies in it was time to set camp and eat supper.