A Pony Club Summer


Local chief instructor Mouse Berry looks back on busy months of Pony Club activities as the season grows colder

Safia Woodward, Molly Pullin and Camilla Cripps, the novice area dressage team

The lighter evenings and better weather in May allow the Pony Club to begin its season of outdoor rallies.
The Pony Club is based around three age groups: Minis are three to nine year olds, Juniors are aged nine to 12 and Seniors are 12 to 25 year olds. Each age group has rallies and events on every aspect of equestrianism that their local Pony Club can provide.
We have a fabulous team of experienced local coaches. We concentrate on the three main disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing, but a variety of others including driving, mounted games, handy pony and care rallies are all included.
There are also achievement badges to be worked for on numerous subjects. These are aimed at all levels, and work in conjunction with the test system (see the BV article on the Pony Club Efficiency Tests from the Oct 21 issue), gradually educating members in care and riding skills. The top tests are the AH Care and the A ridden, highly respected achievements, recognised throughout the equine industry.

PC members enjoying a trip

The Pony Club instructors also arrange fun rides and social events.
The most exciting week for us is Pony Club Camp – a wonderful opportunity for young riders to spend several days with their ponies, learning new skills, making friends, of course, and having lots of fun.
The annual summer show is another event which is always popular, and offers classes for all ages and disciplines.
The summer is great! But autumn has arrived – it’s back to school, and now the winter programme gets under way.

If you’d like to find out more about Pony Club activities, and to find your local club, then take a look at pcuk.org.

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