The Pony Club Update - Issue 9 - May 2022
It has been a busy and exciting few weeks since I last wrote to you! The bank holiday weekend for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee saw a huge range of celebrations across the country. Thank you so much for sharing your photos and videos of all the fun activities. This update contains lots of information, please read below about the new “Cherry Award” for exceptional service to The Pony Club. We have also demonstrated our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion alongside fellow BEF member bodies and I am pleased to announce new partnerships and Member benefits, together with a roundup of some of our sports news.
Marcus Capel (CEO)
Included in this update:
- Jubilee fun at Royal Windsor Horse Show
- Brand New and launched in 2022 - The Cherry Award
- Thanks to our Volunteers
- New Youth Committee – Have your say!
- British Equestrian EDI pledge
- Spring Bundel for the Barrier Spring Festival
- Check your spam! Mounted Games Zones wildcards released
- Hot competition at the Tetrathlon Junior International
- Let the Regional rides begin!
- Equine Bio Genie exciting new partnership
- Feed Success with the all-new D&H Feeding Badge
- Be inspired at Hartpury
- Volunteer Survey
Jubilee fun at Royal Windsor Horse Show
We started our celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee at Royal Windsor Horse Show in the middle of May, with 4 of our 9 sports represented: Dressage, Mounted Games, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon. The Pony Club was also incredibly privileged to have a central role in the evening Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Thirty of our Members worked incredibly hard for the week before the show and put on 5 evenings of performances as the Transition Troop and Elizabethan messengers, culminating in the incredible televised Sunday evening in front of Her Majesty. They performed alongside 1300 other performers, horses and celebrities including Tom Cruise, Helen Mirren, Alan Titchmarsh and Adjoa Andoh. A fabulous experience for all of them and brilliant to have The Pony Club centre stage!
We received entries from around the world for our DAKS Card for the Queen at Royal Windsor and I am delighted to inform you that the winner, chosen by DAKS General Manager Jo Smith was Livia Walton, age 10 from Swansea & District Branch of The Pony Club!
All the cards will be bound into a book to be presented to Her Majesty, with the winner on the front cover.
The Cherry Award
Brand new and launched in 2022! In celebration of Volunteers Week, the new Cherry Award is presented in recognition of exceptional service to The Pony Club. The award is named in memory of Cherry Michell, a huge supporter and stalwart of The Pony Club and former Chairman from 2008 to 2013.
Cherry was inclusive, warm, friendly and caring. She was passionate about The Pony Club and never failed to engage volunteers and members with her enthusiasm and charm.
This award does not require a particular length of service, but it does require exceptional voluntary contribution to a Branch, Area or Centre or nationally, with evidence of achievement in the citation.
It needs to demonstrate an extraordinary level of effort creating lasting change, for example:
- establishing a new sport or training programme
- embracing IT, Health and Safety or Safeguarding
- taking responsibility for an aspect of the Branch, Centre or Area in co-operation with the DC, Centre Proprietor or Area Rep
- going above and beyond
Cherry Award nominations should be made by a District Commissioner, Centre Proprietor or Company Member. Nominations can be made at any point during the year, and once received it will be validated at the next Volunteers and Officials Committee meeting. For further details and a nomination form, please see the link below:
Thanks to our Volunteers
We could not run such an amazing organisation without the help and support of some wonderful people.
I am very sorry that we are saying goodbye to Sara Greenwood, our Area 14 Centre Coordinator. She has been an inspiration in the South West and has helped and supported our Centres for over 21 years. Sara, you will be much missed!
We will also be saying goodbye to a very longstanding DC from the Ledbury Hunt Branch who reportedly spent a very enjoyable evening on the 21st May celebrating! It was an occasion to not only commemorate 90 years of Ledbury Hunt Pony Club, but also to thank Audrey Brewer, who has been their DC for the past 25 years!
Youth Committee – Have your say!
The Pony Club is excited to be forming a Youth Committee. If you are an existing member aged between 14 and 25 and feel that you would be able to join a team of members to help us understand the want and needs of our membership and help shape the future of The Pony Club, we want to hear from you.
Please follow the link below and complete the application form.
Deadline for applications: 1st July 2022
British Equestrian EDI pledge
The Pony Club, alongside the other 17 member bodies of the BEF have today signed a unity pledge which outlines a commitment to improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion throughout the industry.
The pledge includes the following commitments:
- to make equestrianism representative of the diverse communities around us
- to grow a welcoming community for all who are united by a passion and respect for the horse
- to promote the benefits of equestrianism on mental and physical health and wellbeing.
The full pledge is available to view online.
Barrier Spring Bundle for the Barrier Spring Festival
Why not celebrate the announcement of the Barrier Spring Festival 2023 dates by purchasing one of Barrier Animal Health’s PC Member exclusive Spring Bundles!
To purchase yours, click here:
To see all updates including dates, qualification routes introduction of TEAMS, please see pcuk.org
Check your spam! Mounted Games Zones wildcards released
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Hot competition at the Tetrathlon Junior International
Over the bank holiday weekend the Tetrathlon Junior International Competition took place at Moreton Morrell College. The event saw a very competitive field entered and success for members from the Irish Pony Club who placed in the Individual and Teams competitions!
For full results please click here.
Let the Regional rides begin!
The Endurance Committee are pleased to share the start of Regional rides, these rides provide members with a great opportunity to explore the sport at an Endurance Great Britain ride in a location closer to them.
To find out more about the rides and see the success of our members at the Midlands and South rides please click here.
Equine BIO Genie Partnership
The Pony Club are proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the U.K’s leading Bio-Security specialists. Organisations and Individuals alike are being encouraged to be more mindful of biosecurity, and in response to that the Pony Club are making it easier to access information and solutions for our members. We are offering a discount code for products and services of Equine BIO Genie, whom are responsible for bringing the latest technology to the Equine sector for the benefit of the horses, the users and the environment.
Equine Bio Genie products offer a highly effective disinfecting solution, fully tested and effective against all equine pathogens – while being 100% biodegradable, organic compliant and leaving no chemical residue.
To access your discount, use the code : PONYCLUB
Feeding Success – Exciting lauch of the *Brand New* D&H feeding badge
Be the first Branch or Centre to complete the badge and receive a wall plaque or trophy for your office!
There is a unique opportunity with this badge upon completion to be featured on D&H’s website on their ‘Wall of Fame’. Register your achievement by emailing email@example.com to receive an extra special recognition!
Click below to see what the requirements are and suggestions on sessions that can be run at your Branch or Centre:
Be inspired at Hartpury
Tickets are now on sale for the FEI Dressage & Eventing European Championships for Young Riders & Juniors, held from the 25th-31st July at Hartpury College. The organisers for this event are happy to offer a 25% discount to Pony Club members on for their general admission tickets.
To check out the event by clicking below and for the discount use code: EC22-25
The V4V Project, of which the Sport and Recreation Alliance is a partner of, has launched a first-of-its-kind survey which aims to take a deeper look into the volunteer workforce that supports sport organisations across Europe.
As an organisation, we rely heavily on a wonderful team of volunteers so we encourage you to take part in the survey so that we can help collect important data around volunteering.