We're delighted that Paddy Mountford, Thetford Chase PC member since he was a whipper-snapper of just 5, has been selected for the Pony Club Rider Development Pathway for 2016! The RDP, supported by Sport England and the BEF Excel Talent Programme, is designed to aid the development of Pony Club members who show ability to progress in their sport. He was put forward by the TCPC for selection so went off for a very scary Assessment Day in Essex over the Easter holidays. There, happily, the scariness ended – the coaches were brilliant, the organisers welcoming, the other candidates friendly and the general atmosphere positive, busy, vibrant and fun. He came away thrilled with his pony and having learnt an enormous amount from the two top notch instructors Jill Day and Paul Crago.
Paddy was selected for the Eventing discipline and so goes on to represent East of England eventers at the Development Pathway National Camp in July in Cheshire. Well done to him and Pebbles – and to the TCPC for the preparation / shove!
Three rallies and a trip to Newmarket were organised by the committee during the Easter holidays and we hope you were all able to enjoy at least one of them. Certainly we have had some fantastic feedback from members and parents – thank you all very much.
Many congratulations to Charlotte Rose Eyre who finished in 8th place at the Pony Club Dengie National Showjumping Finals held at Addington Manor last week.
‘There were a total of 75 ponies and horses in the class with 38 making it through to the jump off. Charlotte’s pony Monty jumped with super style, which was even more impressive, as he had been suffering from a liver virus for nearly 8 months and had just come back into his old self. After a super clear, Charlotte was drawn 3rd to go in the jump off and very sensibly concentrated on getting another clear round rather than cut corners and make mistakes, which many other competitors did, the faster they went. This paid off and Charlotte and Monty finished in 8th place, a fantastic result as they were competing against riders from as far afield as Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales’.
Charlotte previously qualified for the national final at the Dengie Area SJ Final hosted by Essex Hunt North Pony Club at Norton Heath on 20 March. She finished 2nd in the class riding Loftsome Galaxy. Very well done!
A team from Thetford Chase travelled to Horringer on Saturday March 19th to take part in the first Area competition of the year hosted by Suffolk Hunt. The 80 questions shown on a screen in 8 rounds were varied including a picture round and an identification round . The answers were given on paper in the style of a pub quiz. The team who were among the youngest there, our senior member being just 14 in the under 25 section, put up a sporting performance and enjoyed an amazing tea. The winners were Suffolk Hunt who will go to Addington to compete in the National Finals. Our team were Ethan Brownhill, Ellie Hawes, Millie Hunt and our captain Megan Collins. They were beautifully presented and came to all the training sessions . Well Done Team!