Mount Mascal Stables
Horsemanship for all
Pony Club Autumn Newsletter Report 2014
Mount Mascal Stables
The 2014 summer season has been a happy time at our Centre with everyone enjoying the long holidays and chances to take part in a wide range of Pony Club activities – especially outdoors.
After hard work throughout term time to prepare for tests, D & D+ candidates achieved very good pass rates. Examiner’s feedback was generally positive. However, there are some areas for attention. At D level, stable management skills need continuing practice and reinforcement and riding sometimes lacked a little in confidence. Moving to D+, the Examiner noted this level is more than a small step up from D and requires skills to be significantly more developed. For example: basic jumping position; the ability to manage the variety of equine temperaments and ride secure, well-controlled canter. In preparation for the prestigious C test certificate, all members who trained towards the Road Rider badge gained this achievement. Due to the vagaries of the British weather, the test was postponed during the holidays for safety reasons and will now take place this Autumn. We wish all the candidates good luck and look forward to hearing their results.
Three camps – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced - were a week long holiday highlight for those who took part. Bronze Beginners covered a range of topics to collectively gain Mucking Out, Perfect Paddock, Points of the Horse and Shoeing badges. Intermediate camp for above D test standard: developed jumping skills in the arena and field; enjoyed a two hour long hack including road work along quiet lanes and woodland canters; gained Bandaging & Rugs and Loading badges. Advanced camp members enjoyed independent responsibility for the care of their allocated pony for the week. They concentrated on C Test syllabus and a hack over open country & along roads beyond our private woodland was a big step up. End of week Friday Mini Pony Club Shows and Clear Round were enthusiastically entered by all camp participants. Especially at Beginner level, this was a first chance to try competition. Intermediates amassed an array of rosettes and Advanced camp members took first places in the jumping and flat sections against a strong field. Everyone entered into the spirit with much pre-show bathing, brushing, plaiting, oiling of hooves and dressing up smartly.
Volunteering continues to be an important part of our centre life. Our team of Helpers train weekly and work towards YELA achievements and ABRS certificates. Their enthusiasm for birthday parties is a vital ingredient in our recipe for a Happy Pony Birthday Party. Their contribution on Pony Fun Days and generally during holiday periods is outstanding. On the final day of the summer activity schedule, sixteen of them took part in a special Helper’s Only Hack & Snack and had a great time out.
Towards the end of the summer and despite the very wet weather from dawn to dusk on the day, our sixth annual Charity Show & Family Fun Day went ahead on August Bank Holiday Monday. And centre members again contributed time and effort towards helping us raise another record breaking amount for our chosen charities, RNLI & The Archway Project - £1571.21.
With everyone now back to school, we are looking forward to a return to term time routine, the Halloween Half Term and … Christmas!