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Pony News
The winners at Hartpury

Irish show their prowess at Pony Club finals

Some of Britain’s future Olympic pentathlon stars were on view at this year’s Pony Club tetrathlon championships at Hartpury College. However, in the open boys’ section, they had to give way to Arthur Lannigan-O’Keefe and Edward Healy from Ireland’s Warrington branch, who took the top two places.

The girls’ equivalent went to Lydia Rosling from the Quantock branch, who scored top marks in the swim, run and cross-country.
The Warrington also came out top in the open boys’ teams, while the open girls’ team title again went to Ireland, courtesy of the trio from the Meath branch.

Jake Wood-Gee and sisters Jessie and Kirsty Liddon captured the mixed team honours for Scotland’s Dumfriesshire branch, while the new intermediate girls’ team champions are Rebecca and Suzanne Barwise-Munro, Steph Courty and Grace Pettifer from the Percy.
Jo Muir from the Stewartry branch captured the intermediate girls’ individual title and the boys’ equivalent went to Liam Brinkley of the Waveney Harriers branch.

Updated road safety DVD on sale

The Pony Club’s new road safety training DVD, Pony Club Road Rider, is now available for £13.50. The DVD, presented by Mike Bushall, is fully updated in format and content.
It features a mix of real life and animation and is split into four sections.

It also works in conjunction with the Highway Code and Pony Club publication Junior Road Rider.
Nikki Herbert, chairman of Pony Club training, said: "We’ve invested much time in making sure the content’s sound, easy for young people to understand and that the DVD has longevity."
Road Rider is available online at www.pcuk.org

Huge success for Pony Club novices

The Pony Club Novice Championships, organised and hosted by the Cheshire Hunt North branch, were a huge success at their new venue of Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre, Cheshire.
Some 650 members competed and the dressage honours went to the Heythrop Yellow team of Tor Smith, Harriet Gloag, Laura Smith and Camille Smith.

The show jumping finished in a jump-off between three squads before the Rockwood Harriers team of Pippa Haigh, Anna Chadwick, Beccie Atkinson and Melissa Searby took the honours. The individual title was also hard fought before going to the South Staffordshire’s Mary Parrott.
There was a close result in the eventing, in which the Cotley’s Jessica Gundry, Olivia and Sophie Benger and Kate Sopwith held off the Cattistock by a fraction.

Pony World

Dressage Date

The final of the NPS/TopSpec Supreme Dressage Championship will be on 11 April at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre.
The series encourages performance and education of British-bred ponies and their riders and qualifiers have been running since April this year.
There are sections for registered mountain and moorland breeds; registered British Riding Ponies and part-bred native horses and ponies registered with their appropriate studbooks.
For more information, visit www.nationalponysociety.org.uk

Classic Move

The demise of the Royal Show meant the BSJA had to find a new venue for the John Whitaker International JA Classic final. This will now take place each April at the British Open.
Liz Edgar, chairman of UK show jumping and performance, said: "We really can’t thank Grandstand Media enough. Holding the final the British Open couldn’t provide a better conclusion to such a pivotal series."

Home Win

This year’s
Shetland Pony Breed Show was held in the Shetland Isles for the first time. The show attracted a record entry, with more than 400 taking part.
The supreme title went to the three-year-old filly Merkisayre Dion from Burra, the first ever Shetland-bred winner.
The show attracted visitors from Australia, New Zealand and Europe and is expected to be held again in the islands in 10 years’ time.

PC polo pride

The Pony Club Polo Championships, sponsored by City Capital Corporation, at Cowdray Park, West Sussex, included annual finals for the Pony Club and Junior HPA polo sections.
This was the championships’ 50th anniversary and more than 200 players battled it out. The competition culminated in the Gannon, in which the Cowdray Park team proved victorious.