What’s on this month

Working Rally for all Abilities – Llandyrnog – 09/04/22 Hafod – Trefnant
  • 09/04/2022 10:30
Older Members Working Rally – Llandyrnog – 12/04/22  
  • 12/04/2022 00:00
Badge Day – Mini & Main Leading & Handling – Llandyrnog – 12/04/22  
  • 12/04/2022 10:30
Llysfaen – Rally and Easter Egg Hunt- 13/04/22 Sirior Goch Farm
  • 13/04/2022 10:00
Llysfaen – XC Rally – 13/04/22 Mostyn Farm Ride
  • 13/04/2022 16:00
Areas 5, 10 18 – Health and Safety Evening – Free on Zoom – 13/04/22 Zoom Online
  • 13/04/2022 19:30
Grid Work at Tyddyn – 14/04/22 Tyddyn Farm
  • 14/04/2022 17:30
Dressage – all ages – Whitegate – 17/04/22 Whitegate farm, Livery and Training Centre
  • 17/04/2022 13:45
Event training with Louise Shepherd – 19/04/22 Forest Gate Farm
  • 19/04/2022 00:00
C+ Stable Management on ZOOM – Llandyrnog – 19/04/22  
  • 19/04/2022 18:00
Llysfaen – Flatwork Rally – 20/04/22 Glan y Wern
  • 20/04/2022 16:00
Branch Easter Working rally for under 10 years -21/04/22  
  • 21/04/2022 10:30
Dressage – Flatwork lessons – Whitegate – 23/04/22 Whitegate farm, Livery and Training Centre
  • 23/04/2022 10:00
Fun Day – Mountain Ride & games – Llandyrnog – 23/04/22 Plas Dolben
  • 23/04/2022 10:30
Flat Work Rally – Llanasa – 25/04/22 Northop Equestrian Centre
  • 25/04/2022 18:00
Older Members Working Rally – Llandyrnog – 26/04/22  
  • 26/04/2022 00:00
Llysfaen – Working Rally – 27/04/22 Sirior Goch Farm
  • 27/04/2022 16:30
AREA 5 – Eric Smiley FBHS Clinic – 01/05/22 Clwydian Stud – Bannister Bell Equestrian
  • 01/05/2022 08:30



Could all members please check their emails. Iona has sent several and not had any replies. They could be in the Junk or spam folder. Members may miss out on Training and Tests if they do not respond

Barrier Animal Health Spring Festival

Good luck to our members who have qualified for the Barrier Animal Health Spring Fest Final being held at Arena UK this weekend.

Combined Training – Sir WWW 1st June

Entries via Sir WWW Branch website.

Wales and Borders Training Day

We are inviting tetrathletes in Areas 5, 10 & 18 to a Wales and Borders regional team training clinic in Newtown on Sunday 22 May 2022. Aimed at junior, intermediate and open tetrathletes, it is a chance for some joint training before the Area qualifiers, the inter region tetrathlons (e.g. Bicton) and the junior and senior international competitions.  

The training will cover all 4 phases (but no horse needed!) and other elements including sports nutrition, and equipilates. Training will be in small groups and seek to address the needs of the individual where possible. We may consider experienced mini tetrathletes in their last year (willing to train at the junior level). 

We have an excellent line up of coaches including a commonwealth games finalist and experienced specialists to cover areas often neglected in training schedules. Just as important though, is the chance to get to know future teammates when competing for ‘Team Wales and Borders’ at the home international competitions. 

There will be information on activities etc for parents/drivers in the locality while the training is in progress – hopefully something for everyone! 

The cost will be £50 per PC member with a small discount for siblings (£45). Numbers will be strictly limited and allocated on first come first served basis.  

Book a place using the attached form and return to Heather McCalman on walesandborderstet@gmail.com by 22/4/2022 at the very latest. Please copy your Area tetrathlon representative (Karen Barrow Area 5) into the email.

What’s on offer? 

Shoot: Coral Kennerley is an ex-tetrathlete and an experienced international pistol shooter. Coral won silver at the youth Olympic games in 2017 in Australia and reached the final at two Commonwealth games in Glasgow in 2014 and the Gold Coast in 2018. (the only British female ever to do so in 10m air pistol.) A British ladies 10m air pistol champion many times she competed for GB at European and World championship level for over 12 years. She has coached at her local pony club branch over the years and more recently at the PC UK national training camp. 

Swim: Alongside an experienced level 2 instructor, we have Vicky McKinnon who is an ex PC Tetrathlete (a tetrathlon team member with the Olympian Kate Allenby) she is PE teacher and head coach at Knutsford Tri Club. She says ‘I believe that a positive outlook, along with a healthy and active lifestyle is fundamental to improving performance. No matter what your ability the focus should be on individual progress whilst having fun and enjoying your achievements.’  

Run: Enid Gruffudd is a Leader in Running Fitness, Endurance/Athletics Coach and Biomechanics Running Coach. She currently coaches adults and juniors at Aberystwyth Athletics club and is skilled at developing runners at all levels 

Sports therapy and equipilates: Helen Williams is a qualified sports therapist and an equipilates biomechanics trainer. An ex- tetrathlete whose daughter is now competing, Helen has years of experience and is   Pony Club DC. She will be assisted by Hannah Jones an ex tetrathlete from Scotland who is a qualified physiotherapist. 

Sports Nutrition: this will be covered by Vicky McKinnon who will cover taking the balanced diet to the next level with tips and tricks on how to benefit from a good diet. She has almost completed a Masters Course in Sports Nutrition at Leeds Beckett University, so brings up to date information to share with us.

Winter League Show Jumping – Results

Well done to everybody who competed at the last winter league competition of the season held at Kelsall 26 of March.

  • Class 1 riders were Elsie, Poppy, Summer and Catherine. They each rode a super round, Elsie was placed individual 1st and Summer was a very close 2nd, the team finished 3rd that day.
  • Class 2 riders were Elsie, Daisy and Poppy, not eligible for league points but were placed 4th as a team and individual 3rd for Elsie.
  • Class 3 riders were Elsie on her second pony, Isabella and Huw were placed 6th.
  • Well done Eben, Amber and Isobel getting to the qualifying final rounds. Congratulations to Amber qualifying in the 90cm Spring Festival Qualifier final and is off to the Finals this weekend.
  • Congratulations to Flint and Denbigh class 1 team who won the league points overall throughout the season and to Elsie Lynch, Summer Bellis and Poppy Miller for being placed individual overall.
  • Class 2 team were individual 3rd
  • Class 3 team were individual 4th with Isobel being placed 5th overall individually.

Well done to everyone who has supported throughout the season, it really is a team effort. Let’s see what season 2022/2023 brings when it starts again in September.

A big thank you to Jayne and Laura too for looking after everyone at the competitions – your time doesn’t go unnoticed.

Important Update to the Stirrup Rule

Stirrups should be of the correct size to suit the rider’s boots. They must have 7mm (¼”) clearance on either side of the boot. To find this measurement, tack checkers should move the foot across to one side of the stirrup, with the widest part of the foot on the tread. From the side of the boot to the edge of the stirrup should not be less than 14mm.

There are now many types of stirrups marketed as ‘safety stirrups’. All riders must ensure that their stirrups are suitable for the type of footwear they are wearing and the activities in which they are taking part and that the stirrup leathers are in good condition.

There are no prescribed weight limits on metal stirrups, however with the advent of stirrups of other materials, weight limits are seen to be given by manufacturers. Any person buying these stirrups, should take particular notice if weight limits are on the box or attached information leaflets. Neither the feet nor the stirrup leathers or irons, may be attached to the girth, or the feet attached to the stirrup irons.

It is strongly recommended that the design of the stirrup chosen allows the foot to be released easily in the event of a rider fall. Specific rules for individual sports can be found in the respective sports rulebooks.

Particular focus should be on ensuring that the boot and stirrup are the correct size for the rider taking part and used in line with the manufacturer’s guidance.

For the avoidance of doubt, at Pony Club events.

  • stirrups which connect the boot and the stirrup magnetically are not allowed
  • Interlocking boot soles and stirrup Treads are not allowed

Mounted Games

Bostock & Free Jump stirrups are not allowed at Pony Club Mounted Games events.

Stirrups which include Metal/Metal type treads, including but not limited to those with protruding spikes and/or perforated grip features are NOT Permitted. Examples being the following: