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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. 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.

 

2023 Championship dates are 11-19th August, timetable to be confirmed. 

Horse and Pony Care Rule Book
Horse And Pony Care Rule Book 2023
PDF - 7 mB

Area Competition Dates

AREA DATE VENUE BRANCH/CENTRE ORGANISER EMAIL
1 11th April Hayfield Equestrian centre  Deeside and Hayfield Mary Robertson deeside@pcuk.org 
2 17th June East Moor House Tynedale Hunt Pony Club Lesley Walby tynedale@pcuk.org
3 11th March Lower Rookes Farm  Rockwood Ann Shepherd  rockwood@pcuk.org
4 26th Feb Eccleston Equestrian Centre    John Gilbert  area4.centres@pcuk.org 
5 5th March  Clwyd Special Riding Centre Area 5 Katy Powell and John Gilbert  katyp.powell@gmail.com
6 13th April Derby College  South Trent Branch Jane Foster Jane.foster37@ntlworld.com 
7 13/14th May Berriewood Farm United pack Nicola Fitter  nicolasuppc|@yahoo.com
8 3rd/4th April Hill Farm Riding Centre  Hill Farm PC Centre  Sarah Moorbey  hillfarmridingschool@yahoo.com 
9 15th April Lincomb Equestrian Wyre Forest Mrs Alison Vincent wyreforest@pcuk.org 
10     Enderhill Equestrian Centre    ndjessbuf@gmail.com  
11 30th May  Squirrells  Riding School   Hayley Squirell i.squirrell@sky.com 
12 20th May    Flamstead    flamstead@pcuk.org
13 31st May Northington Stables      northingtonstudandstables@gmail.com
14 30th April  tedworth pc tbc Tedworth  Laura Moore and Michelle Williamson  tedworth@pcuk.org
15 2nd June Heazle Dulverton West North Molton   dulvertonnorthmolton@pcuk.org
16 13th May Little Margate Equestrian Centre Litte Margate Equestrian Centre Rachel Philpott info@littlemargateequestrain.com
17 25th march Laurelview Equestrian Centre Mid Antrim  Rachelle Mark midantrim@pcuk.org
18          
19     Dumfriesshire Hunt   dumfriesshire@pcuk.org

Championships 2022

This year we brought  back the Blue Cross Horse & Pony Care Final to the JCB Pony Club Championships held at Offchurch Bury, Warwickshire! 

The winners were:

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)

Congratulations to the winning teams and to everyone who competed at this year Blue Cross Horse and Pony care final. 

Please click here to see The Pony Club Championship Horse and Pony care results for 2022. 

 

 

Questions for each sections at the final:
Mini Questions 2022 FINAL
PDF - 239 kB
JUNIOR Questions 2022 FINAL
PDF - 404 kB
Senior Questions 2022 FINAL
PDF - 393 kB

Need More Information?

Just contact our staff below:

Verity Anderton-Johnson
Sports Officer
T 02476 698300 option 2