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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 at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.

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

Area Competitions 2020

AREA DATE VENUE ORGANISER CONTACT
1 13 April Hayfield Equestrian Centre, AB15 8BB Deeside deeside@pcuk.org 
2 27 May Field House Equestrian Centre, DL15 8EE

Rebekah Reay

Field House PC Centre

01388 217089

rebekahreay@live.co.uk 

3

Mini 7 March

Junior/Senior 8 March

Birkwood Farm, WF4 4PQ

Ann Shepherd

Rockwood Harriers

01294 302980

annshep57@yahoo.co.uk 

4        
5        
6        
7 16/17 April Alscot Stables, CV37 8BL

Debbie Okines

Warwickshire Hunt

07585 978233

clive.okines@sky.com 

8 17 April Hill Farm Riding School, IP30 9HL

Sarah Moorbey

Hill Farm PC Centre

hillfarmridingschool@yahoo.com 
9 18 April Cotswold Hunt Kennels

Nick Bates

Cotswold Hunt

07814 622619

gamblesend@gmail.com

10   Triley Fields    
11 10 May The Stables at Cissbury

Rebecca Hill

The Stables at Cissbury PC Centre

07887 686151

thestables@cissbury.com 

12 19 April Bury Farm Equestrian Club

Claire Powell

Whaddon Chase

cpowell@cedarsupper.co.uk 
13 15 April Lower Peake, SO32 3LA

Sarah Mosse

Hambledon Hunt North

07866 930346

sfmosse@aol.com 

14 16 April Tidworth Garrison Saddle Club, SP9 7AW

Judy Hyson

Royal Artillery Hunt

judyhyson@aol.com 
15        
16 8 April Longwood, TQ12 6DE

Heather Venmore

South Devon Hunt (West)

07807 169013

sdwponyclub@gmail.com 

17        
18 29 March Bowlings Riding Centre

Rebecca Haggar

Bowlings PC Centre

07968 699220

bechaggar@aol.com 

19 26 April West Kype Farm, ML10 6PR

Maggie Young

Lanark & Upperward

lanarkupperward@pcuk.org 

2019 Championships

Due to the unfortunate abadonment of the 2019 Pony Club Championships, the Blue Cross Care Competition was rescheduled.

On Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2019, Amelia Morris-Payne and her army of assessors and volunteers organised a Final for the Blue Cross Horse & Pony Care Competition at Highcross Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire. Teams travelled from all over the Country to take part - congratulations to all who took part!

The top three teams in each section were as follows:

Seniors

  • 1st - Atherstone Hunt
  • 2nd - Silvermere Equestrian Centre
  • 3rd - Siw W W Wynn's Hunt

Juniors

  • 1st - Warwickshire Hunt
  • 2nd - East Essex Hunt
  • 3rd - Sir W W Wynn's Hunt

Minis

  • 1st - Ryburn Valley
  • 2nd - East Essex Hunt
  • 3rd - Oxenholme

A full set of results is available below.

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

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