January Newsletter

You should all have received the New Fixture List, either by email or post. It is also on the F&D website //fndponyclub.org.uk/ under ” Newsletter”.
If you have NOT received a copy either way, please let me know.
Thanks … Iona garethion@hotmail.com

F&D and WYL Winter League SJ Competition Sunday 12th February

We shall be setting up on Saturday evening 6pm. Please come along to help.

Volunteers needed to steward for our competition being held on Sunday 12th February at Celyn College, Northop. Members competing and their parents will be expected to help for a while before or after the class that they compete in.

Bethan Jones … bethan@jones-bros.com

Well done to the SJ teams Please see Attached Results for the Winter League SJ so far.

Well Done to all the Triathletes who competed recently. Results Attached.

Please Note Change of Date for AGM

  • It will now take place on Monday 20th February 2012 at The Bod Erw Hotel, St Asaph
  • All welcomed. Please make every effort to attend.
  • A past member of the Flint and D Pony Club, Patrick Sells MRCVS will be giving a talk on his experiences of treating working horses and donkeys in Morocco and Egypt.
  • Refreshments will be served at the end of the evening.

How to Ride Your Dressage Test

Next Sunday (12/2/12) Llysfaen District does not have a PC rally planned, but if there is enough interest I will organise a D & C Dressage Test Practice morning at Ystrad in preparation for our Combined Training Competition the following week (see attached schedule). This will give you an opportunity to perfect your movements and ride through the test, and also give your mums & dads a chance to practice calling the test for you.

The Combined Training Competition which we are running on the 19th Feb at Ystrad is aimed at beginners and novice riders/ponies, you are able to wear your ponies normal bit in the dressage phase and have the test called for you, the aim of the competition is to encourage and build confidence in both rider & pony and for most competitors it will be the first time they have ever competed in a dressage competition.

Sorry for the short notice but if you fancy taking part in next Sundays dressage test training day please let me know asap, so that I can arrange the day for you.

I am having to limit the number of entries for the Combined Training, if you want to take part please get your entries in as soon as possible, so to avoid disappointment.

There will be a cake stand at the Combined Training Competition, we would greatly appreciate any cakes or cup cakes being donated to the stand so that we can sell them and raise money to aid future training.

Regards … Laura

Try B4U Buy Day Sat 3rd March at Maelor Equestrian Centre

Are you or any one you know looking for a new Horse or Pony, do you have one to sell or put out on Loan.

I am running another Try B4U Buy Day.

It costs £10 to book your Horse or Pony in. You will then have the chance of using the facilities to show your Horse or Pony at its best to viewers. If they like what they see, they can then approach you, and if you are happy for them to ride your Horse or Pony, use the facilities to try them out.

Please let as many people as possible know about this event.

If you are interested in entering a Horse or Pony please contact me at garethion@hotmail.com before Monday 13th Feb.

XC Schooling at Marian Bach – Half Term Special Offer 11th – 19th February

Whatever the weather this February half-term, Marian Bach XC course is available for hire. Just off the A55 at Caerwys, this facility is convenient from anywhere in North Wales or Cheshire. For the February half-term, members of Pony Club can use the XC course for just £10 per hour, instead of the normal £14. The course offers a wide variety of XC jumps; all situated in an area ideal for observing and/or instruction. Due to the man-made surfaces at take off and landing, this course is safe for use even in wet weather. Groups and individuals are welcome but advance booking is essential. To make a booking email: rose@marian-bach-bhs.co.uk or call 07831 750662 / 01352 720442. Be sure to say you are Pony Club members to get this special rate. For more information about Marian Bach and directions for getting there go to www.marian-bach-bhs.co.uk
What’s more – a donation of £2, for every pony club member using the course during half-term, will go to a charity supporting education for children in the slums of Kibera. See www.kanzi-kibera.co.uk for more information about the work of this charity.

Polocrosse at Hartpury College 18th February 2012

  • For any interested parties this will be great fun and very educational it is for all ages and experience levels from new starters up wards.
  • Please do let me know if you are interested in going so that I can make sure that you know who else is going. Entry Form here … (Hartpury_polocrosse)

Thanks … Jeanette Mitchell, Gweryd Lakes, 01824 780230, Robin 07768772293,  Jeanette 07771866440 Jeanette@gwerydlakes.co.uk


Flat work rally with Tess Chew at Ty Mawr Saturday 11th February starting at 9am (weather permitting). Max 4 in a group £6 per person. Names to Jane Grindal grindalfarmer@btinternet.com

Dressage competition 26th February

We need more entries for dressage competition to go ahead. For those of you who have the subsidised dressage lessons with Paul Davies, this would be a good opportunity to see how you are progressing. This competition will be very friendly and helpful to anyone who has never done a competition before.
Details as follows:

Dressage Competition for Beginners

  • Sunday 26Th February at Northop
  • You will be able to download all the following tests from the main Pony Club website.
  • Class 1 D level dressage test walk & trot (age 10 and below who have never competitively done a test. LR welcome in this class)
  • Class 2 Introductory Dressage Test 2007( all age, but who have never been placed 1st to 4th at a competition)
  • Class 3 Novice Dressage Test 2009(all ages, this class might be split into age category depending on entries)
  • The cost is £8 per class. Send your cheque payable to F&D Branch of Pony Club Cefn Area with the following details on the reserve child’s name, age and class. Send to Jane Grindal Ty Mawr Farm,Bodelwyddan LL18 5UY
  • Entries must be in by 17th February.
  • Hors Concours (non competitive) entries will be accepted for all classes.

We are hoping to run a competition each month if this one is successful.

The Cheshire Hunt South …

… has decided to run a camp at Somerford for those members who feel a need to move on from the branch camps, and it seems a shame to loose them before they reach associate age!
I would be grateful if you could put the attachments onto your website, or forward it to those members that if the criteria.

Kind regards … Chris Details Attached (Pre-Associates-camp-2012) … Booking Form (Pre-ass-camp-booking-form 2012)

Dengie qualifier at the Maelor … Dengie qualifier at the Maelor (11th Feb Club Show Dengie)

We were approached by the Pony Club with regard to our holding a Dengie qualifier at the Maelor. We are therefore incorporating this class into one of our British Showjumping Club shows and are hoping that it will be well supported.

If you could forward this information to the showjumping reps of the various Pony Club branches we would be most grateful

Dates for your Diary

  • Bangor on Dee Point to Point 2012
  • Sir W.W.Wynn’s – Sunday 11th March
  • Flint & Denbigh – Sunday 27th May
  • Premium Parking will be available at both meetings so ensure to book early to secure a place by downloading the attached form (Premium_Parking).

For further information please visit – www.bangorpoint2points.co.uk or become a friend of the Facebook Page – Bangor on Dee Point to Point Group to keep updated