It has been brought to my attention that members have been venturing around the farmyard at Ystrad and have been climbing over railings into areas that are out of bounds. This is quite worrying as they could easily have an accident.

We are very fortunate to be allowed to have the use of Ystrad and need to respect the venue.

Please could ALL parents ensure that their children do not venture anywhere from the car park or the indoor school. Parents are responsible for whoever they bring with them to Ystrad or any other venue that the Branch uses.

Bethan Jones DC

Branch dress code for rallies, training, etc.

When attending rallies or training sessions please ensure that members are correctly and neatly turned out:

  • Beige, cream, navy or black mods
  • Polo shirt or shirt and pony club tie
  • Red branch sweat shirt or tweed hacking jackets
  • Jodhpur boots or long riding boots. No wellies or dubarry type boots
  • Ponies should be clean and tidy
  • Clean correctly fitted tack
  • Please make sure that if you have long hair, that it is in a hair net or plaited.

Happy Christmas and let’s hope that we are able to get back to some normality early on the new year.

Best regards

Bethan Jones

Update from PCUK

What a week for The Pony Club members around the world, past and present!

Horse and Hound Awards

Essex Hunt (North) branch of the Pony Club (north and west Essex) WON the Horse Dialog Equestrian Club of the Year 2020! What an achievement for this Pony Club Branch, enjoy the interview with DC Diane Pegrum talking about what makes Pony Club great here.

We know every Branch works extremely hard to support our Members and has done extraordinary things this year. We are proud to see a Pony Club Branch externally recognised for the way it has adapted to 2020. Congratulations!

Racing in the Spotlight

The nominations keep coming this week, with our very own Hollie Doyle being nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Many of you will have known Hollie as a Member of the Radnor and West Hereford Branch. We have been tracking her progress since she started her racing career, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see her being recognised for all the hard work and determination to excel in her sport.

Hollie is still an active supporter of The Pony Club, so we hope you will all tune in to vote for Hollie on Sunday 20th December. Let’s see if we can help her become Sports Personality of the Year!

Congratulations continue for former East Down Branch member, Toni Quail, winning her first point-to-point. The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing have called her a ‘young rider going places’! Toni has been a great representative of The Pony Club, enjoying a variety of sports including Showjumping and Eventing at the Championships and representing GB in the International Mounted Games Exchange. She went on to have a very successful eventing career, we wish her luck for all her future races!

Overseas Achievements

COVID has affected Pony Club’s around the world, so it was great to see the recent update and images of Members from the Caymans Pony Club achieving their Pony Club tests from E through to C. We love watching our Members grow and progress their learning, whilst having lots of fun! We are part of such a big community around the world, embracing so many cultures all through the love of horses.

International Quiz

Congratulations go to the UK team for winning the International Pony Club Quiz. It was a fabulous fun evening, all Members had done lots of revision and homework in preparation. The mixed USA team with two UK Members was a very close second.

Online Portal

We had a successful first week of membership renewals being processed through our brand-new members portal. We have welcomed back over 600 members for another year in the first few days of the portal going live. We hope as you receive your renewal reminder emails over the coming days you choose to use the portal, it is simple, easy to use and fast!

Thank you to our small IT and membership team who are making this process possible for our Members, the feedback we are receiving is great.