The Pony Club has plenty to offer Members who are looking for Eventing opportunities at Novice, Intermediate and Open Level in 2015, The Pony Clubincluding a brand new training programme and the return of the ever-popular Open Eventing League.
Beginning in April, the Area Eventing Training is a new grassroots training initiative, designed for Members training towards Pony Club Eventing Level 3 (Novice) or Level 4 (Intermediate).
Generously sponsored by Stonar, the UK’s leading equestrian school, the Stonar Area Eventing Training Days will help riders to improve and develop their position, the ability to maintain the balance of their horse, recognise and practise the change of pace, balance and gears needed for the different challenges encountered in the cross country phase. Each Pony Club Area will host a Stonar Area Eventing Training day, giving Members from all over the country the opportunity to attend in small groups for two hour coached sessions.
Jenny Cowen, Training Officer for The Pony Club, comments “We are pleased to be working with Stonar to help support Eventing training for Pony Club Members. Rider position, feel and the ability to adjust the horse’s pace and maintain balance is key to safe and effective cross country riding, so training riders working towards our Novice and Intermediate level will help them to prepare for the various challenges set by course designers and beyond.”
Stonar, an Independent day and boarding school near Bath, provides an outstanding all-round education. Horse riding has been a core feature of the school for several decades and the outstanding facilities include first class indoor and outdoor schools, stabling for 65 horses and a cross country schooling field with a wide variety of different fences. Stonar also kindly sponsor Pony Club Eventing as a discipline, including the prestigious Eventing Championships held at Cholmondeley Castle in August.
Darrell Scaife FBHS, Stonar’s Director of Riding explained “The Stonar Area Eventing Training Days will set a benchmark in training excellence and provide young riders with a rigorous grounding in some of the basics required for competitive event riding.”
For more experienced riders competing at Open level, April also sees the return of the popular Likit Open Eventing League. The points-based series is designed to give riders increased opportunity to compete at Pony Club Open level, and gain greater experience to enable them go on to compete at The Pony Club’s Area and Championship level competitions.
The 2014 Likit Open Eventing League proved incredibly successful with over 30 League competitions held all over the country, accommodating hundreds of Pony Club horse and rider combinations across them, with top ten winners enjoying a prize giving and tour at event rider Francis Whittington’s yard. Pony Club Branches whose events include an Open (1.10m) Class, are eligible to register for the League with entrants gaining points for places and double clear rounds.
Jo Hayward, Secretary of Pony Club Eventing, commented “The Pony Club is delighted that Likit are continuing to generously support this popular competition, and we are very much looking forward to some exciting Eventing action in the months ahead.” Jo continued, “The Likit Open Eventing League begins in April, and provides a fantastic opportunity for our Open level competitors to practise for Area Competitions. We see many of the competitors making it through to The Pony Club Championships.”
Based in Scotland, Likit manufacture a wide range of stable toys and treats. Brand manager, Lindsay Gall comments, “Likit are delighted to continue our support of The Pony Club Open Eventing League and are very excited to announce that this year in addition to the great Likit prizes for the winners we will be giving every single competitor a free sample of our Likit Snaks, ideal for rewarding your horse or pony for a great performance; and don’t forget to share your #selfies with your Likit on our Facebook and Twitter pages to be in with a chance of winning special Likit prizes!”
Likit is donating prizes in kind to third place at each Likit Open League event, and the overall point’s winner and nine runners-up will also receive Likit prizes at the end of the series during a prize giving event.
Further information about both The Pony Club Stonar Area Eventing Training and Likit Open Eventing League can be found on www.pcuk.org.