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.
The first of the area competitions was the quiz where we were represented by Beth Storey, Lauryn Canham, Isobel Meadows and Olivia Hendrie. Having had some practice sessions the team put up a good performance and scored full marks in the identification round. It was a long day with the event being held on a Friday night after school in Essex but the team rose to the occasion. Well done to all.
Thetford Chase Members had a fantastic morning last weekend at World Horse Wefare attending a 'come and try Polocrosse' session. Iain Heaton from Pony Club Headquarters kindly travelled from Warwickshire to intruct our members in the art of the game. They first learnt the rules on foot before desensitizing the ponies to the stick and ball - some of the ponies were very interested in the red ball as its resemblance to an apple was a bit uncanny! Once the ponies were all happy, Iain then spent time throwing a ball to each member for them to catch in their stick and throw back, it soon became apparent that although this was a tricky manouver, some of our members were naturals at this.
A fantastic achievement for TCPC member Harriet Leader White who took a third place in the Dengie Open Final recently - what a great result.