During half-term we hosted a very successful team show jumping competition at Anvil Park Stud, and due to the venue not having a massive amount of parking, this was by invitation only. Five other branches were invited to join TCPC for the event: Soham & District, Waveney Harriers, Newmarket & Thurlow, South Norfolk and Easton Harriers, fielding a total of 24 teams and some individuals over 4 classes. Thanks to our very efficient parking crew, all trailers and horseboxes were slotted in with space to spare for the odd latecomer, so thankfully no problems there. On the evening before a number of parents and members came to Anvil to assist our course builder Steve Dye with building the track for the competition in the indoor school – many hands got the work done in just an hour, so thank you all very much for that. To read more click here
To our Members, new and seasoned, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. My name is Ria Moss and I have recently taken on the role of Chief Instructor for the Thetford Chase. I have been an instructor for a number of years and have taught at busy riding schools as well as freelance and for the Pony Club. I am feeling extremely excited about the New Year and am very much looking forward to meeting you and all your four legged friends in 2017. One of my smallest equine family members, a pony called Turnip, will also be at the rallies and can be spotted with a little two legged girl in tow who is my daughter; you can't miss him, he is small, dark, incredibly hairy and has a taste for leather, (the pony, not my daughter!) so watch out!
We will be publishing dates for the rallies for the New Year very soon so that you can get them in your diaries and plan ahead! We are organising at least one event a month for ALL our members and the monthly rallies will be open to all riders of all ages and abilities; for those little riders just starting out we have some lovely mini badges to work for, and for the more capable there will be training up to, and including, B tests. I really hope that you will all help support these rallies so that you can get the most out of your pony club membership. If you have any ideas or suggestions for lessons, rallies or even a day out please let us know and we can see what can be done. We are here for you, whether you are an endurance enthusiast, an Eventing extremist, a spirited show jumper, a Savy Show rider or a dressage Diva.
To the parents of our members I would ask for you to please make ypurselves available to help set up and put away any equipment used during the lessons. This would be a great help to our instructors and volunteers and assists in keeping the cost of the rallies down.
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.