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What is the Blue Cross Care Competition?

The competition features teams of three Members who demonstrate their knowledge and practical horsemanship skills taken from the Pony Club Efficiency Tests over a number of rounds.

Teams compete at their Area Competition with the aim to qualify for the Championships.

There are three levels:

  • Mini - Teams to consist of three members aged 10 years and under on the 1st January of the competition year, with one member to be 8 years or under. Questions to be based on the Care section of the E, D and easier parts of the D+ Efficiency Tests.
  • Junior - Teams to consist of three members aged 13 years and under on the 1st January of the competition year, with one member to be 11 years or under. Questions to be based on the Care section of the D, D+, C and easier parts of the C+ Efficienct Tests.
  • Senior - Teams to consist of three members aged 25 years and under on the 1st January of the competition year, with one member to be 16 years or under. Questions to be based on the Care section of the C+, B and AH Efficiency Tests.

Teams make their way around different ‘stations’, each of which will comprise of a different theory or practical based topic. Ten minutes are spent at each ‘station’, during which time Members are asked a series of questions to be marked by the Assessor.

Dress should be appropriate to a working yard environment. Pony Club sweatshirts, shirt and tie, jodphurs, boots, gloves and hats are expected.

Points will be allocated per section, as well as for the manner in which Teams approach the competition. One round will be chosen, at random, as the ‘tie-breaker’. In the event of a tie, the Team with the highest score in that particular round will be declared the winners.

Horse and Pony Care Rule Book
HORSE AND PONY CARE RULE BOOK 2020
PDF - 238 kB
Sport Rule Changes For 2021
PDF - 228 kB

Area Competitions 2021

AREA DATE VENUE ORGANISER
1 26th September Hayfield Equestrian Centre Deeside/Bennachie
2 26th August East Moor House Tynedale Hunt
3 6th August Hazel House Farm Rockwood Harriers
4 2nd October   West Lancashire County
5 4th September   Aberconwy
6 11 September Derby College South Trent
7 11 September (Mini) Alscot Stables Warwickshire Hunt
7 12th September (Junior/Senior) Alscot Stables Warwickshire Hunt
8 5th August (Junior/Senior) Hill Farm Riding School Essex Hunt North
8 6th August (Mini) Hill Farm Riding School Essex Hunt North
9 27th June The Kennels, Andoversford Cotswold Hunt
10      
11 3rd June The Stables at Cissbury The Stables at Cissbury
12 25th September Widmer Equestrian Centre  
13 31st August Lower Peake, Warnford Hambledon Hunt North
14 18th July Tedworth Equestrian Centre Royal Artillery Hunt
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16 23rd August Little Oaks South Devon Hunt West
17 11th September   Killultagh
18 26th September The Bowlings Riding School The Bowlings PC Centre
19 12th September Cormiston Farm Peebles Tweedale

2021 Championships

The Blue Cross Care Championships will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October 2021 at High Cross Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire.

  • Saturday 23rd October
    • AM Minis
    • PM Juniors
  • Sunday 24th October - Seniors
2019 Results
Horse And Pony Care Finals Minis 2019
PDF - 81 kB
Horse And Pony Care Finals Juniors 2019
PDF - 75 kB
Horse And Pony Care Finals Seniors 2019
PDF - 72 kB

Need More Information?

Just contact our staff below:

Laura Armstrong
Development Officer (Sports Team)
T 02476 698300 option 2
Zoe Pulling
Development Officer (Sports Team)
T 02476 698300 option 2