Llysfaen district put on a great spooky Halloween Treasure hunt ride and games on Sunday 30 October 2011. Big thanks goes to Sian Thomas who hosted the day at Plas Farm and Laura Owen who sorted out some fun Halloween games. The children had a fun ride around the fields and through the surrounding woods meeting lots of spooky , scary creatures, ghosts and mummies all with clues attached to them . The ponies behaved brilliantly with their riders attired in Halloween fancy dress and painted faces . Once the ride was over, it was down to the farm for a glorious BBQ and some spells, broth making and games. There was wrap the mummy or daddy up in our case ! and bowling pumpkins, of course the popular bobbing apples and to round off a fantastic afternoon prizes for best fancy dress and best carved pumpkin. The sun shone all day , one of those gorgeous autumn days! As dusk loomed everyone took some very tired , happy , spooky children home along with their ponies! Thanks again to all of the team for providing venue, games and lots of goodies and refreshments
What a successful day The Flint and Denbigh had at this years Area Horse Trials kindly run by East Cheshire Pony Club. It was one of the hottest days of the year and Flint and Denbigh kept their cool under pressure. The Novice Teams started the day followed by the Intermediate teams then the Open team. (For a full report go to Disciplines>Eventing)
The C+ Test was held at Dyfnog Stud on Friday 3rd June by kind permission of Jane Gough Roberts. There were 12 members taking the test on this occasion and Flint and Denbigh Pony Club had arranged a series of practical and theory sessions to prepare. C + is a very difficult test and in 2010 was made compulsory, it has also now been spilt into 2 sections of Stable Management and Theory to enable members to pass/fail either section.
The day started with the faster riders off first, after the horses had their heart rates taken for the Endurance check – sadly, they took longer than expected to return as they took a wrong turn and got a bit lost – but return they did and they all had a great adventure. Heart rates were checked on return and recorded. The lead rein ride left later and they too had a great ride out.
On a glorious sunny Sunday at the end of the Easter holidays twenty seven members from the Flint and Denbigh Pony Club aged between 4 to 14 years worked in teams of five, each team had two adult escorts and they navigated their way up to Llyn Parc following orienteering markers and practicing their map reading skills.