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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. 

Intro to Horse and Pony Care Training Session (CPD)

24th January 2023 7pm
Online via Zoom
Aimed at parents, coaches, centres, branches
A great opportunity to learn more about Horse and Pony care and how to get involved. Includes a speaker from The Blue Cross (our sponsor).
Free of charge, open to all and an approved CPD. 

The purpose of this interactive webinar is to introduce Horse and Pony Care to coaches, officials, and parents.  There are lots of children who would really enjoying having a go at Horse and Pony Care but feel that they don’t know enough about it to get started.

After this training session you will understand:

  • What is Horse and Pony Care?
  • Learn from Blue Cross speakers about how the Blue Cross is connected to The Pony Club Horse and Pony Care
  • How Horse and Pony Care works at Areas/Championships
  • How to train Horse and Pony Care in Branches/Centres
  • How to get involved
  • Inspire members to compete in Horse and Pony Care
  • Rules and new rules for 2023
  • Who and what are the Assessors?

The session will end with time for Q&A with the speakers.

To book onto this event please click here. 

Should you have any questions, please contact horseandponycare@pcuk.org 

 

 

Horse and Pony Care Rule Book
Horse and Pony Care Rulebook 2022
PDF - 7 mB

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
Development Officer (Sports Team)
T 02476698332