Pony News

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Pony News
Young pony jumpers have the chance to follow in HOYS champion Darby Ward’s hoofprints at the NEC

Grassroots pony riders to compete at British Open

Pony show jumpers at the start of their careers now have a chance to mix it with the stars

The British Open Show Jumping Championships at Birmingham’s NEC from 7-10 April is hosting an new competition for pony riders who have joined British Showjumping (BSJA), British Riding Clubs or the Pony Club since 1 January 2008.

Qualifying competitions will be held at selected shows throughout the winter season in three separate classes — 128cm, 138cm and 148cm — and the winners from each class will form a team to compete in the final on the Thursday of the show.

This will be run as a relay competition, with each team allocated an international show jumping rider to act as their coach and chef d’equipe.

Qualifiers begin in January and are at the following venues: Colraine EC (31 January); Laughton Manor (6 February); Stainsby Grange (14 February); Rowallan (21 February); Royal Leisure (6 March); Summerhouse EC (13 March); Field House (20 March) and Forest Edge (28 March).
For more details of the British Open and to book tickets, visit www.britishopenshowjumping.com

No worries for Don’t Worry

The top sports pony stallion in this year’s futurity scheme was the outstanding German-based FS Don't Worry. Don’t Worry was reserve champion of the riding pony keuring in Aachen in 1998, the same year he won the NRW riding pony championship for the first time — a feat he repeated in 1999. He also won the Bundeschampionat for riding ponies in 1998 and 1999, receiving six perfect tem scores.

Among his British progeny are Rosewater Danny Boy and Rosewater Mr Darcy, who both earned First Premiums for Hampshire owner/breeder Sarah Eberle.

Pony Club annual on sale

Following its reinstatement as part of the organisation’s 80th birthday celebrations, the new Pony Club annual has gone out to all members. The annual, supported by the Animal Health Trust (AHT), gives a full colour round up of the Pony Club year, pieces on The Pony Club’s history, tips on how to train for tests and badges and features on the work of the AHT.

"It’s been high on my wish list to provide all our 50,000 members with a pictorial keepsake of the accomplishments and achievements of the past year," said Judy Edwards, chief executive of The Pony Club.

A limited supply of annuals is available to purchase from The Pony Club at £3. Visit www.pcuk.org or phone 02476 698300 for more information.


Welsh sale dates

Auctioneer Brightwells has released the dates of its three sales at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. The spring sale of Welsh ponies, Cobs and part-breds is on 8 May, while the 57th Fayre Oaks Sale is scheduled for 25-26 September. The autumn Cob sale takes place from 15-17 October. For more information, visit www.brightwells.com

International visit

The New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society hosted a meeting for daughter studbook societies that concluded with a foal and yearling show at Ford Farm, Brockenhurst. Visitors from Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium and Holland saw June Whitham’s filly Woodrow After Eight, who has been virtually unbeaten this season, take the foal title.

New HQ

The Princess Royal has officially opened The Pony Club’s new offices at Stoneleigh Park.
This was the Princess’s final visit as Pony Club president, as she has come to the end of her seven-year term.

She took a tour, met staff and branch representatives and was presented with a framed montage depicting her time as president.

Teenage support

A teenage show jumper has received sponsorship from her school. Hannah Vincent, 16, has been offered £500 a year by City College Norwich, after appealing for help in her local paper.
Hannah, who is in her third season of affiliated competition, first hit the headlines at 20 months old, when she was featured in the Daily Mail and Daily Express due to her riding talents.

Welsh open day

Welsh pony and Cob breeders in Ceredigion are hosting a "Grand Studs Open Day" on 19 June, from which all funds raised will be donated to the Royal Welsh Show. Each county in Wales takes its turn to sponsor the show and in 2010 it is Ceredigion’s turn. For more information, visit www.ceredigionroyalwelsh.org

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