What is the Blue Cross Horse & Pony 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 on 1st January competition year. Of the remaining two Members, one may be between 21 and 24 on the 1st of January of the competition year. 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.
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.
. RECOMMENDED DRESS CODE which is in the Rulebook.
- ▶ Pony Club sweatshirt
- ▶ Membership badge
- ▶ Hat – see rule 2
- ▶ Gloves
- ▶ Correct footwear – see rule 4
- ▶ Jodhpurs/breeches
2023 Championship dates are 11-19th August, timetable to be confirmed.
Area Competition Dates 2023
|1||10th April||Hayfield Equestrian Centre||
|2||17th June||East Moor House||
|3||29th April||Lower Rookes Farm||
|4||26th February||Ecclestone Equestrian Centreemail@example.com|
|5||5th March||Clwyd Special Riding Centrefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6||13th April||Derby College||
|7||13th/14th May||Berriewood Farm||
|8||3rd/4th April||Hill Farm Stables||
Hill Farm Stables
|9||15th April||Lincomb Equestrian||
|10||14th May||Underhill Equestrian Centre||
Underhill Equestrian Centre
|11||30th May||Squirrells Riding School||
Squirrells Riding School
|12||1st May||Holly Tree Farm||
|13||31st May||Northington Stables||
|16||13th May||Little Margate Equestrian Centre||
Little Margate EC
|17||25th March||Laurelview Equestrian Centre||
|18||Joining Area 10 on 14th May||Underhill Equestrian Centre||
Underhill Equestrian Centre
|19||27th May||Breconbeds Equestrain,Lockerbie||
Congratulations to the winning teams and to everyone who competed at this year Blue Cross Horse and Pony care final.
Mini - Mill house Riding Centre and Individual Winner: Isla Erskin Crum (Old Berkshire Hunt)
Juniors - East Essex Hunt A and Individual Winner: Purdie Orton (Warwickshire Hunt).
Senior - Atherstone Hunt and Individual Winner: Georgia Stanton (Silvermere Equestrian Centre)
Please click here to see The Pony Club Championship Horse and Pony care results for 2022.
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