Flint and Denbigh Winter League 31.1.16 Report HERE

2015 News


Berwyn & Dee/Tanatside Winter League - 7th November Click HERE for full report

Gatcombe International - Pony Club Show Jumping - 7th August - Click HERE for full report
Delamere Hack - 3rd August - Click HERE for full report
Nantwich Show - 29th July 2015 - Click HERE for full report
Pony Club Polocrosse Home International - 25th/26th July 2015
Kate Tranter was selected to represent Wales at the Pony Club Polocrosse Home International. Click HERE for her report.
Regional Junior Tetrathlon, Warwick - 14th July - Click HERE for full report
Area 5 Dressage, Eventing & Show Jumping - click HERE for full report
Visit to the CFH Hunt kennels - 29th June 2015
On a balmy, summer’s day it was a perfect way to spend an evening. We had been invited along to the Cheshire Forest Hunt kennels to help prepare the hound “puppies” for the forthcoming puppy show.  Rent a crowd arrived, ready to participate!

The evening began with a short talk by huntsman Andrew German and Master Sally Hayward. Each member and their parents then selected a hound and the judging began.  The male hounds were judged by Imogen and Oliver, and the bitches were judged by Emily, Eva, Matilda and Ella, (apologies if I have got this wrong!!)

The hounds were paraded and one by one, the bitches and dogs were whittled down until there had been selected a winning dog and winning bitch.The championship followed and the champion of the show was selected.

It was an informative and most enjoyable evening. Members were awarded the working dogs mini achievement badge. Much cake was consumed and we had a most interesting question and answer session while munching!
A presentation was made by Eva and Oliver to Andrew and Liz Gorse, Master.

Well done to everybody who attended. We all had a lovely time and we have had an invitation to attend hound exercise later on in the summer. Thank you to Sally, Liz and Andrew for the invitation. Let’s hope this is the first of many.

Cheshire Show Pony Club Hunt Relay - 23rd June 2015
2 teams represented the branch at Cheshire Show in the Pony Club inter branch Hunt relay. The Lions team was Kate and Lucy Pedley, Charlotte Sellers and Claudia Jones. In the Tigers team was Becky Wood, Nicola Mann, Lauren Miller and Martha Tomlinson. All were a credit to the branch and their turnout was exceptional – very traditional Pony Club turnout. The Lions team were 2nd in the turnout competition and each won a saddle horse – very useful!

The competition is held in the main ring at Cheshire Show with an audience of hundreds. The atmosphere is electric and lights up even the most placid of mounts. As always, the competition was fast and furious with a few thrills and spills along the way. All our riders were extremely brave and bold and relished every moment.  Unfortunately neither team made the final.  Congratulations to the winning team from Sir WWW branch of the Pony Club.
There was an abundance of team spirit evident throughout the day and all had a tremendously fun Pony Club day. The chef extraordinaire has to have a special mention – Simon Jones produced an amazing spread. There were Pedley cakes too!
Thanks to all the team members and parents who did an amazing job on the day. Thanks also to Julie Pedley, team manager and to Sarah Hodgson for helping on the day. Finally, a huge thank you to Cheshire Hunt South and Chris Kirby for once again inviting the branch to take part in this fabulous competition.
Royal Windsor Horse Show Pony Club Tetrathlon 16/17 May 2015 by Tessa Hemming

I was excited and nervous to be chosen to represent Wales and Borders by the Area 5 Tetrathlon committee.  We drove down to Windsor on Friday evening and settled Mr Andy into his stable and then raced over to the main stand to watch the Grand Prix dressage to music, which was spectacular.

On Saturday morning I met Mali and James, the other two team members and we headed to the local Leisure centre for our briefing and swim.  The aim is to swim as many lengths as you can in 3 minutes – I did 9 but the best swam over 10!  The shoot was in the NFU tent back at the showground. Mali and James both shot high 900’s and I thought I shot well and was disappointed when I got my score of 860 out of 1000.  The  1500 meter run was along the river Thames, where we set off at minute intervals and raced along the waters edge to a turn point and then raced back, one girl ran like a whippet with a time of 5 minutes – I ran it in just under 6 which was my PB.  Thankfully we could relax for the rest of the day so we went to watch the Grand Prix Show Jumping and then I rode Andy round Windsor Park.

Sunday morning was spent cleaning, grooming and plaiting our ponies before our show jumping.  It was the first time I had been in an arena with so many spectators, flags, flowers and marquees and we a bit nervous but Andy was his usual reliable self jumping a perfect clear round and doing the slip rail without a problem.   All the Wales and Borders team went clear but unfortunately our scores in the run shoot and swim did not get us to the top of the leader board.  Northern England won but we were happy with our sixth place and the amazing experience of being part of a Pony Club Tetrathlon team at the Windsor Horse Show.  Hopefully one of our younger members will be picked next year to go, so get running, swimming and practice your shooting – it will be worth it if you get picked as it was a day I will remember for a very long time.

Footnote from Joan - well done to Tessa.  It sounds like you had an amazing time. The branch is very proud of you. You and Andy looked very smart!  


Working Rally - Huntersgate - 18th April
Another lovely sunny day and it seemed a shame that we were indoors! However, it was worth it as we all had a great time at the last indoor working rally of the winter.

Once again it was an action packed rally with ridden instruction, mounted games and stable management. Hilary worked on the scales of training in her first session, focussing on rhythm and straightness. Steering and control were the focus for the second session for the lead rein and younger members. Fiona’s sessions concentrated on riding forward in a rhythm and developing a secure seat when jumping. The older members had the luxury of the whole school and all worked on test preparation.

The mounted games were enjoyed by all. Thanks once again to Caroline for organising. It was lovely to see how even the most nervous of riders had improved over the winter and the smiling faces was proof that all enjoyed them.

Members worked towards and gained achievement badges. The younger members gained their Footfalls mini achievement badge, while the others gained their Safety Equipment Achievement badge.

The junior Horse and Pony Care Team, Lucy O’Toole, Daisy Such and Grace Furniss, had a training session in preparation for the Area 5 qualifier next weekend. Good luck to the team from us all.

Finally thank you to Claudia who helped during the afternoon.  Claudia is working towards her bronze YELA award.
Easter Fun Working Rally - Folly Farm - 9th April
There was a great turnout for the Easter Fun Working Rally on Thursday at the new venue of Folly Farm. Everyone was split into three teams and after choosing team names the first activity was putting up tents for the Camping badge. Next it was onto ponies for Easter themed games including the Crème Egg Box race and 'How Steady is your Neddy' which involved carrying full cups of water up the arena to tip into buckets. The team with the most water left won the race! After this they were off for a hack around the beautiful lake and fields on site. Following a very welcome lunch it was time for more badge work completing both the Countryside Access badge and finishing the Camping badge. Much excitement followed as it was time for games on foot in their teams - traditional egg and spoon was joined by the Easter Bonnet race and everyone's favourite - getting the mini eggs out of the icing sugar! The day couldn't finish without an Easter Egg Hunt and of course the prize giving. Well done to everyone for great team spirit and for joining in so well. 
A huge thank you to Maia Hodgson who planned and ran the whole day as part of her Gold YELA award. Thank you also to the other YELA volunteers Lucy Pedley, Kate Pedley and Charlotte Sellers who helped Maia on the day and were great team leaders, and to Hilary Secker for leading the hack.
National Quiz Final - Moreton Morrell - 4th April
Today saw the National Final of the Quiz at Moreton Morrell in Warwickshire. Our team of Maia Hodgson, Kate Pedley, Charlotte Sellers and Hannah Pedley travelled down practising all sorts of random Pony Club facts along the way. The Quiz was soon underway with the Pony Club round up first. It was great to see the girls confidently writing answers down but no matter how hard we research and read the PC year book they still manage to come up with some random questions! Rounds on recognising ailments, the Countryside and Breeds and Markings followed. Two team members hoping to be vets meant near full marks on ailments though the wide ranging Countryside round caught them all out a bit. A very welcome lunch break followed and in true tradition excessive amounts of food were quickly consumed.

The afternoon saw the practical round which involved recognising various liquids by just smelling them as well as identifying various objects. There were also rounds on travelling and road safety, spelling and a picture round. The girls' teachers will be pleased to know they got full marks on the spelling round! Soon it was all over and whilst we waited for the results there were questions for the adults - luckily they didn't count! The team were delighted to be 9th - a great achievement for a young team. Well done to them all for working so hard, for great team spirit, looking so smart and being a delight to work with.
Dengie Novice Dressage Championship - Moreton Morrell - 4th April
Congratulations to Ella Booth who came 7th in section B and Emily Entwistle who came 12th in section A. More on this to follow.
Pony Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse - 3rd April
Well done to Imogen Kennedy and Tango who made the trip to Cheltenham to take part in the Area 9 Race Day. We should get a report soon, but suffice to say Imogen loved the experience and is sure to race again!
Dengie Dressage Area Final, Novice & Open - Wirral Riding Centre - 22nd March
On Sunday 22nd March Ella Booth, Emily Entwistle and Victoria Jones headed off to Wirral Riding Centre for the Area 5 Dengie Dressage Novice Final. The girls and ponies all looked extremely smart and some super riding followed in a very tight competition.

After a nail biting wait, the results were announced with Emily finishing 2nd, Ella 4th, and Victoria just outside the placings. Both Emily and Ella gained qualification for the National Championships at Moreton Morrell on 4th April. A fantastic finish to a great day’s riding. Well done Ella, Emily and Victoria.

Maia Hodgson represented the branch in the Open Dengie Area Final. Having represented the branch at the Area Quiz in the morning, it was a quick turnaround to get to the dressage.Maia and Phoebe performed very well and were happy with their test, but were just outside the placings. Thank you to everyone who altered timings to enable them to compete at both events.

NFU Mutual National Quiz - Area Qualifier - 22nd March
After many weeks of hard training, lots of fun and huge quantities of cake consumption our teams set off for the area qualifier at a leisure centre in Colwyn Bay. This year we sent two teams- Sprites – Lucy Pedley (filling in for Olivia Rodgers, who after doing all the hard work was unable to join us), Eadie Crouchley, Lucy O’Toole and Sophie Sellers and the Tango’s – Maia Hodgson, Kate Pedley, Charlotte Sellers and Hannah Pedley.

The quiz is a very friendly competition with centre members competing alongside the branches for a place in their own final. As in previous years we sat willing the teams to remember what we had taught them and kicking ourselves when the ‘surprise’ questions came up! All participants were encouraged not to leave any answers blank and our Tango team got a mention for their answer to ‘what does B.O.A.T mean’ in the countryside section – Beware Ogres and Trolls was their answer – well it got a laugh!  The correct answer is byway open to all traffic – we always leave these events having learnt something ourselves!

Half time saw the Sprites with a very poorly team captain. To the rescue came Verity Sellers who had been to all the practices and had come correctly dressed! We were allowed to field our sub! Well done to the other members of the team who suddenly saw themselves all going up an age group.

The last round over, we had the nervous wait for the results. A very big well done to our Sprites for working through the team changes and sticking together and coming a well deserved 3rd place.  Big congratulations to the winning team – the CHN Tangos who will be heading to the final at Moreton Morrell on 4th April! Good Luck!

Footnote from Joan: Huge thanks to Anna for organising the quiz teams and also Sarah Hodgson for her input too. We are very proud of our members – well done girls! Good luck to the Tango team at the NATIONAL final!
The Frostbite Series - The Final! - Huntersgate, 20th March
Friday saw the final of the 2014/15 Frostbite Series. As usual Rob designed a good twisty course with the dreaded water trays on show. The clear round was soon over and we were into the classes. Ellie Thomas won both class 1 and 2 with very speedy clear rounds with also meant a clean sweep for the season in class 1. So Ellie was both the Class 1 and Class 2 Champion with Scarlett Cox-Lomas as the runner up in Class 1 and Daisy Such the runner up in Class 2. Class 3 was won by Becky Acton this time, very slightly faster than her sister Libby. The Class 3 Champion for the series was Sophie Sellers. The most improved rider for the season was Verity Sellers who went from never having jumped a competitive round, to happily jumping in class 2. A huge well done to all our riders who have really improved their riding over the season. Everyone has show great sportsmanship – supporting all their fellow competitors.

Thank you to Rob for setting the courses and judging. Thank you also to all our YELA volunteers (Kate Pedley, Charlotte Sellers, Maia Hodgson, Eleanor Hazelwood, Claudia Jones and Lucy Pedley) who have been a tremendous help in running and supporting the younger members.
Winter Dressage Series - Huntersgate, Byley - 1st March
Congratulations to the series Champion Ella Booth who won the Derbyshire Cup, and to Emily Entwistle who was Reserve Champion. Well done also to Emily Phillips who received the Most Improved rosette.

Winter League Show Jumping - Waen-y-Llyn, Northop - 18th February

Emily Entwistle and Buddy had an early start as Emily was competing in class 1. Emily rode determinedly but the course caused lots of trouble resulting in only 2 teams finishing the competition.

Our class 2 trio of Kate and Hannah Pedley and Kate Tranter rode with grit and determination over the tricky Northop course. There were no team rosettes today; however Kate Pedley took first place individually with a corner cutting speedy round from Peggy.

Class 3; Lauren Miller and her young horse Max completed two lovely rounds and were just very unlucky to role a couple of poles. This was Max’s first competitive WL competition and he behaved perfectly.

Class 4; Lucy Pedley and Crystal  joined two other individual competitors to form a team. Another difficult course left no teams faultless.  Lucy was delighted when her team took the team first prize.

Winter League Show Jumping - CHS, Southview- 1st February

Class One
Another cold and early start for the CHN Class 1 girls at CHS Winter League held at Southview. Our Lions team were Emily Entwistle, Kiera Booth, Ella Booth and Imogen Kennedy. Scarlett Cox-Lomas rode on a mixed team. The girls all rode well, with a double clear from Ella Booth on Miss Fly.

Sadly just out of the rosettes today, the girls were a credit to the branch with some very determined riding all round.

Class Two
Our Class 2 team of Kate Tranter, Kate Pedley and Hannah Pedley finished in 5th place with an individual first place after a very speedy second round for Kate P and Peggy.  Well done to Kate T for her double clear.  Lauren Miller also rode in this class HC. Lauren was very pleased as her young horse Max jumped 2 beautiful rounds.

Class Three
An individual 5th place for Tessa Hemming and Andy with a lovely double clear and the mixed team she was in was placed 3rd.

Class Four - Dengie Tessa and Harry finished 4th.


Class 5
Lucy Pedley and Maia Hodgson were teamed up with an individual competitor Martha from CHS to make a mixed team of 3. It was a very tough course resulting in only 3 double clears in the whole competition. The girls were delighted when their team finished in 2nd place winning chocolate and carrots! Maia was 6th individually.
Triangular Dressage Competition, Somerford Park Farm - 31st January
Another busy day for CHNPC members. The day began at Somerford with the Triangular Dressage competition where a cold wind had us all shivering, (hence the coats at prizegiving!) The hosts today were East Cheshire and they ran a very efficient competition and one which was most enjoyable too. Unfortunately Cheshire Hunt South were unable to field a full team however the 2 CHS riders did their branch proud.

Our team for this first competition was Robert Gilsenan, Nicola Mann, Emily Dunks and Emily Entwistle.  All looked very smart and their horses and ponies were also well turned out. They were all a credit to the branch. They all rode very well and produced some most pleasing tests. Harmony was certainly evident between the riders and their mounts.
All riders from the 3 branches rode exceptionally well.  In the Novice test Nicola Mann came a well deserved 2nd and in the second test Rob Gilsenan came a credible 4th. Overall, East Cheshire won this leg taking the rest of the honours, CHNPC were 2nd and CHS 3rd.

Thanks to the East Cheshire committee ladies for organising an enjoyable morning. Thanks to Gail for co-ordinating our team.

It was also a bitter sweet day for the Deakin/Gilsenan stable. It was Rob's last ever day as a Pony Club member.  After 23 years enjoying all The Pony Club has to offer, he is now too old to renew. As District Commissioner I would like to thank Rob for all he has contributed to the branch.  He has been an exceptional member and such a positive role model. We all wish Rob well for the future. As his mother, it was an emotional last competition and I would like to personally thank The Pony Club and Cheshire Hunt North too, for all the opportunities they have given Rob over the years.

If you would like to ride for the branch in either of the last 2 Triage competitions, please contact Gail Cooper.

Winter League Show Jumping - Aberconwy, Maelor EC - 25th January
We unfortunately didn’t have any teams competing at this competition. We did however have 7 individual competitors that went along to Maelor to fly the Cheshire Hunt North flag!

In Class 1 Emily Entwistle and Scarlett Cox-Lomas were teamed up with Freddie from CHS to form a mixed team which finished in 5th place.

In Class 2, as Hannah Pedley had to pull out of the competition at the last minute, the two Kates were put on different mixed teams. Well done to both Kates for superb double clears. Kate Pedley and Peggy put in some super turns to finish in 2nd place individually with the mixed team she was on winning the team competition. Lauren Miller rode HC in this class with her young horse Max. This was Max’s first WL competition and he behaved impeccably.

Claudia Jones was our only competitor in class 3. Claudia jumped a beautiful clear in the first round and was very unlucky to role a pole in round 2.

In Class 4 we were represented by Lucy Pedley and Crystal. Poles were flying everywhere and there were very few clear rounds. Lucy was absolutely delighted to win the class with the only double clear of the competition which also helped the mixed team she was in take first prize in the team competition.

An excellent result all round and a great team spirit was enjoyed by all; being on a mixed team is a great way to get to know members of other branches.  Thank you to the Aberconwy Branch for hosting such an enjoyable day.
Improve Your Flatwork & Liz Lyonette SJ Clinic, Huntersgate, Byley - 24th January
Saturday was a busy, if not chilly day, at Huntersgate. CHNPC members took advantage of the WRC show jumping training with Liz Lyonette and also the "Improve your flatwork" session with Lucinda Bellis in the outdoor arena too! Charlotte enjoyed both however was riding different ponies!

Liz was very complimentary about the members and all benefitted from the training, finishing each session with a course.

Lucinda, who had the marvellous experience this week of spending an afternoon with Carl Hester watching him train 2 grand prix horses, passed on her knowledge and once again all enjoyed. Fleur was a joy to watch, riding her fab pony Jerry Jolley off the lead rein!

Another great weekend! Well done to all our members. Good luck to the members riding at the Winter League show jumping tomorrow.

The Frostbite Series, Arena Eventing Competition, Huntersgate, Byley - 23rd January
Who says January is a miserable month? It was far from it at the first of the Frostbite Arena Eventing training competitions at Huntersgate on Friday. It was a fun filled evening with plenty of excitement too!

The evening started with a clear round. The course asked plenty of questions, whilst providing all with the opportunity to gain experience, ready to emerge all prepared for the spring events. The course changed throughout the evening with the addition of our cross country jumps. All rose to the challenge.

The evening finished with an opportunity to jump a bigger course for all, as we had time to slot in an extra clear round.

Well done to all the riders. Thanks to all the YELA volunteers, Kate, Eleanor, Charlotte and Maia for their help. Thanks to Rob for designing a challenging but inviting course and also to Sarah for organising the evening. It is fantastic to see how all the members have improved over the last few months.
Working Rally, Huntersgate, Byley - 17th January
It is official! The formula for PC fun = Mounted games + polocrosse + flatwork + stable management,  fuelled by lots of cake!
We all had a fantastic and action packed afternoon on Saturday at Huntersgate, Byley.  It was an open afternoon, combined with a working rally, giving parents and members the opportunity to see what a weekend working rally was about. The YELA volunteers helped all afternoon and it truly was a celebration of all things Pony Club!
The tack and clothing stall saw many members and their ponies kitted out.  The scanning demonstration was amazing! Claire Phillips brought her mobile scanner and we were all captivated by the scans of horses legs and tendons but were amazed at scans of our own! The comparison of a human tendon to a horse’s really enlightened us all.
Xanthe worked her magic on 3 equine models, trimming and pulling manes. Her “haircatchers” hung on to her every word and we all learnt a lot. She made it look so easy!  More demonstrations were requested! Thanks Xanthe.
The focus of the flatwork sessions was the balance of the rider. There were plenty of wobbly riders having let go of their reins, (work in progress I think), however also many demonstrations of the rider in balance too!  The members then had the opportunity to have a go at Mounted Games and Polocrosse. With the PC polocrosse International coming up in July at Chester, we had some members keen to hone their skills.  All had great fun. Alex and Tracey Vickers ran some exciting and fun sessions for all. Thanks to both. J
The B test session started off the afternoon. We have several members preparing for their Horse and Pony Care test at Easter.  They too enjoyed the experience of seeing first hand the role of the scanner in diagnosing problems. Many stayed to help for the afternoon – which was much appreciated. They also ate a lot of cake too, (mind you, so did I! Yikes).
All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon. We all had a great time. Thanks to all the committee members, parents, members, instructors, YELA volunteers and Claire for a great afternoon. Thanks also to Lucy and Julie for the wonderful refreshments and the FANTASTIC cake! Thanks also to Holly Wharfe for the delicious lemon drizzle cake too. Finally thank you to our older members, plus other enthusiastic members, who gave their time so freely to the branch.
The next working rally is Saturday 14th February 2015 at Huntersgate, Byley where we will also running sessions in Mounted Games, Polocrosse, B test instruction and stable management.  Do get your entries in early as the slots are filling up fast. We have a B test examiner coming to run a B test ridden and theory session and this will run alongside.
11th January - Winter League SJ - hosted by Flint & Denbigh at Northop.
Hannah Pedley and Kate Tranter joined together with two Flint & Denbigh members to make up a mixed team. They were rewarded with third place! Well done girls!!
2nd January - Tinsel & Glitter Fun Ride, Somerford Park Farm Winter Ride
One of the groups that went round the Winter Ride on 2nd January. They all had a wonderful time!