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The Pony Club Roundup - Issue 1 - September

Welcome to your monthly Roundup of all The Pony Club news.

What a summer of fun, friendship, horsemanship and sport we have had, and the sunshine even made an appearance!

Our hopes of summer 2021 regaining some normality played out better than we could have imagined and we were thrilled to see Members enjoying so many activities with their favourite horses and ponies. This month’s Roundup is a big one to celebrate all we have achieved and look ahead to what is still to come.

Before we go any further, we would like to say a special thank you to the thousands of volunteers who have kindly given up their time to The Pony Club this summer whether it was 1 hour or 10 days! We really couldn’t do what we do without you, thank you!

In today’s Roundup we cover:

  • The Summer of Competition
  • Pony Club Camps
  • Competition and Taster Day - Dates for your Diary
  • The Centre for Youth Impact - Project #iwill
  • Joint Helicopter Command – Help us to protect you
  • Easy Fundraising Webinar
  • HOYS Discounted Tickets

The Summer of Competition

The JCB Pony Club Championships started on August 13th and even though it was a Friday it certainly wasn’t a day of bad luck. The whole event was a spectacle of the amazing sports our Members have the opportunity to compete in. Tetrathlon, Mounted Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and Polo competitors came together to show everyone their passion and skill for their sport. Every day was jam packed with excitement, thrills and spills and a few tears, but all in the name of achieving dreams. It was a joy to be able to meet everyone face to face and speak to so many inspirational riders and meet their wonderful horses and ponies. Offchurch Bury offered the perfect venue, with LandS Eventing supporting the running of the whole event. With the sponsorship of JCB and amazing prizes offered we truly had a great Championships!

The PC110 Eventing Championship held at Wellington International Horse Trials was also a great triumph. As the eventing calendar kept changing around the country, we worked tirelessly to find a venue that could support our keen event riders. Our Members were welcomed and supported throughout the competition and it was a true partnership that made this event work. We are very grateful to David Sheerin and team, who made it all possible.

We also had the Regional Championships taking place around the country, showing off the talent of our upcoming competitive riders. We know if our CEO Marcus Capel could split himself into many pieces, he would have attended all competitions. Every combination displayed their hard work, effort and enjoyment for being back out and competing. Congratulations to each and every one of our Branch and Centre Members who took part. It was fantastic to see Centre Members back out competing and proving extremely successful!

If you are a Tetrathlon competitor looking for your Postal Shoot results from this summer’s activities they are now available online here.

We hope you enjoyed the social media coverage of all the events, we will continue to share stories we gathered from our amazing Members, so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Pony Club Camps

We know there are many Members who don’t ride or are perhaps not competitive riders and for them Pony Club Camp is often the highlight of the year! We have seen some extraordinary camps taking place this summer. The smiles and laughter captured on camera shows why they are so important.

Time to be independent, camping outside in the fresh air, surrounded by friends with their horses and ponies. We can't think of a better way to spend a summer making great memories and developing our horsemanship skills.

We would love to hear your camp stories and see pictures so please do share them by emailing communications@pcuk.org.

Upcoming Competition Dates for your Diary

The competitions haven’t finished yet though! We have so much more to offer over the coming months, so don’t miss the dates for your diary.

  • Have you ever taken part in Endurance? Would you like to? We have the Endurance Championships taking place on September 26th and there is still time to take part if you meet the eligibility criteria. Please note the last regional ride you can take part in is on September 12th in Lavenham. For more information on how to join the EGB riders and experience the finals in Wales click here.
  • Entries are now open for the Online Musical Ride! Gather up your dancing ponies, be creative and join your friends to take part in the Online Musical Ride. The deadline for entries is September 20th so read all the information here and get recording!
  • The Art Competition entries are in and the judging will take place on September 30th, we are looking forward to seeing our winner showcasing 'The Value of Togetherness'.
  • The Pony Racing Authority is excited to offer its first Taster Day at Warwick Racecourse on 2nd October. This is your chance to find out more about this sport and see behind the scenes of the Racecourse. Throughout the day you’ll have chance to take part in a variety of activities which can help you learn more about the world of Racing- you’ll know what equipment you need and how fit you need to be to take part. For full details please see the flyer here and contact verity@ponyracingauthority.co.uk.

The Centre for Youth Impact - Project #iwill - A potential opportunity for your amazing young volunteers

The Centre for Youth Impact recently announced their successful bid for the 'Establishing Youth Voice' work that will play a role in evaluating the impact of youth voice in the #iwill Fund. Part of this work involves the recruitment of a Young Evaluator panel.

Young Evaluators will:

  • Work alongside professional evaluators from the Centre to analyse evidence submitted from #iwill youth social action projects
  • Lead research activity to strengthen the evidence base around the impact of youth voice
  • Co-design a national ‘Outcomes Summit’ event to assess and share the evaluation findings
  • Gain opportunities for personal development through skills training, dedicated support and valuable experience

Applications for the Young Evaluators Panel are currently open and they are looking for:

  • A diverse range of young people from across England
  • Aged 14-18
  • Have been actively involved in youth social action activities

They are particularly interested in hearing from young people who like to share their ideas, want to learn how to do research and analyse data, enjoy working as part of a team, and want to influence how youth social action is delivered in the future.

If you know someone who might be interested in being a Young Evaluator, you can access the application pack here. The deadline for applications is Monday 13 September 2021. If anyone has any questions about applying or would like support in making an application, please email youthvoice@youthimpact.uk and Centre for Youth Impact will provide support.

Calling all Branches and Centres – Would you like help with your fundraising?

Join our webinar on 29th September with our fundraising partner easyfundraising to learn how your Branch or Centre can earn free donations when parents, staff, and volunteers shop online. There's no catch - it really is that simple. easyfundraising works with nearly 6,000 retailers who will give your Pony Club a free donation to say 'thank you' when your supporters shop with them. Sign up for the webinar to find out more, and for those who attend on the night, you will also be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 donation for your Branch or Centre too!

To register your Pony Club ahead of the event just click the link.

Joint Helicopter Command  – Help us to protect you

The Joint Helicopter Command operate multiple military helicopter types. They often fly at very low levels above the ground, at speed, as part of operationally essential training and tasking.

Equine events that have been pre-notified to the Low Fly Tactical Plans Cell are captured on a NOTAM which is a distribution system to all military airspace users.  This mandates crews to avoid the area by an appropriate margin.

At all other times our crews operate a "see and avoid" policy. This means if they spot an event that has not been captured on a NOTAM they will do their very best to avoid it, by as much as they safely can, IF and WHEN they spot it.

In order to help them to protect us, event organisers are encouraged to provide the following details at least a week in advance to SWK-MAMCLFTP@mod.gov.uk

  • Date of event
  • Timings of Event
  • Exact location of event – including a grid reference

This will allow a NOTAM to be raised so that our crews know where to avoid which significantly reduces the likelihood of alarming a horse with our operations. Here is a leaflet you can print out and share to raise awareness and reduce the risk of accidents.

Horse of the Year Show Tickets!

Horse of the Year Show returns to the NEC in Birmingham for another fantastic year of top-class competition this October (6th-10th). You can look forward to a jam-packed timetable of equestrian competition expertly mixed with enchanting displays and performances.

The Pony Club Mounted Games are on all week and will culminate with the awarding of the coveted Prince Philip Cup on Sunday evening. With edge-of-your-seat entertainment, all-day shopping and a wide range of disciplines there is something for equestrians of all ages to enjoy this year.

Tickets are on sale now online at hoys.co.uk/tickets or through The Ticket Factory Box Office on 0344 581 8282 (call charges apply according to your phone company's access charge). For Group Bookings (10+) you can call 0800 358 0058 or e-mail groups@theticketfactory.com. For disabled ticket enquiries you can call 0800 640 5001.

Claim your special Pony Club discount using this code: (Check Your Email) - Offer: 20% off for group bookings (10+ tickets) for Saturday Daytime and Sunday Daytime performances, and 25% for group bookings (10+ tickets) made for Sunday Evening performances (from May 2021 until October 2021).

Stay up to date with news, announcements and details for HOYS 2021 by signing up to their newsletter at www.hoys.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up.

Good luck going back to school everyone, and we look forward to bringing you our Roundup next month!