Missy is a bay (approximately) 11.2 mare. She is a cracking first pony confidence builder, totally to be trusted with children, careful, non biting, non bucking non bolting. She can be led from a big horse or from the ground. She is sensible and unflappable out hunting, carefully negotiating huge ditches and obstacles. She has attended a few PC events, been to the beach, swum in the sea. She is good on her own or with others, she has no vices, she only wants to please and to be loved.
Our Christmas rally at World Horse Welfare was thoroughly enjoyed by the members and their parents who attended, with non-stop activity all the time. During the first part, instructors Ali and Philippa supervised the children's ridden work before a break for ponies and riders, and time to prepare both for the much awaited Christmas fancy dress competition. Once again parents, you came up with some amazing ideas resulting in wonderful outfits for both riders and ponies, and both Julia Campbell and Bobbie Aughton had a tough job to sort out the placings.
After the Christmas costumes were put away, Ali and Philippa organised a great session of mounted games, and as Zuleika Thorne's new pony was not really ready for lots of dashing about and noise yet, she shared a pony with another member. Two teams were made up and took part in a variety of games, from a basic bending race to adding in a number of variations - 'stepping stones' a tyre race, satsuma & spoon race, and more. There was great competition between the teams' members to win the races and with parents loudly cheering them on and leading ponies as necessary, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and the children had a whale of a time - our 2 new 5yr old members just never stopped running and must have been exhausted by the end! To round it off there was a little bundle of Christmas sweeties for each member.
Hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone
On Friday 11 November we held our Annual Prizegiving and Parents' Evening and it was lovely to see many of you there. Our grateful thanks to the Gilmour's for hosting this event at Park Farm - we all had a very enjoyable evening. Congratulations to our worthy prizewinners, you can see a list under the Results page. More photos can be viewed in the Gallery.
Two groups of riders came to the clinic at Herringswell which was led by David Merrett who has previously competed at Badminton and Burghley, as well as holding various positions within the eventing world including Technical Advisor for over 30 years for British Eventing and a technical Delegate for the FEI. He was also Chairman of the Young riders selectors for 11 years, senior squad selector for 4 years and was for some time the Junior Regional Co-ordinator. His experience and expertise is second to none and we are very lucky to come under his watchful eye.
Both groups concentrated on the technical aspects of cross country riding, particularly the speed required for different combinations of fences. Much attention was given to knowing the rules particularly when alternatives are available both on Pony Club and British Eventing courses.
Riders were encouraged to use a light seat between fences and a cruising speed which offers a suitable speed for the competition. Riders were encouraged to be economical with their jumping so that the horses are confident and ready for the next fence especially when it comes up quickly or requires a change of direction.
David was inspirational and all riders made good progress on this purpose built training venue. Parents and riders are now much better informed about the rules. The 2017 rule book comes out in the new year and it is recommended that families read it through before the new season begins so that they are not caught out on a technicality. (more photos on Gallery page)