IN THE SADDLE
Last month saw Chipping Pony Club take part in national championships where members enjoyed considerable success. Words and photography: Sarah Gibb
August was the month of the Berkley Homes 2017 Pony Club National Championships, which are held in the beautiful grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.
With the castle as a backdrop, the six-day championship began for Chipping Branch with the Novice Show Jumping Competition with 79 starters, who had secured their place by being successful in their own area competitions held in July.
It is each Pony Club member’s aspiration to get to the ‘champs’!
Tamsin Griffin rode three beautifully clear rounds ending in a nail biting jump off against the clock, which was not helped by the dreadful British summer weather saturating not only the riders, ponies and spectators, but making the already muddy ground into a swamp! Yet, a fabulous jump off and incredible time, secured Tamsin and her pony Brier the ‘Individual Novice Show Jumping Champion 2017’ title. This was a tremendous achievement for Tamsin and the branch!
Day two saw Chipping’s fabulous Junior Horse and Pony Care team once again being the winning team at Area level take second place. A huge well done to Anya, Megan and Libby – each team had 10 ‘stations’ each consisting of a different equine topic including grooming, tack fitting and others relating to the health, welfare and safety of horses.
It tests the knowledge of each team member, requesting both practical and theoretical answers to different scenarios.
The teams train for most of the year and it really showed what a knowledgeable bunch of young people Chipping has in their pony club.
Day three saw Chipping’s Senior Horse and Pony Care team Vic, Charlotte and Charlotte take third place.
It was a great championship with great results for Chipping, who were proud to support their individual members who competed in the show jumping as well as their Junior and Senior Horse and Pony Care teams.
Their assignment following the championships was to prepare for Chipping Show at the end of August when they demonstrated mounted games and paraded hounds with the Vale of Lune Hunt. Members then teamed up with a few of the children and their dogs from the audience to take part in a fun horse and hound jumping knockout!
Chipping Branch of the Pony Club