Mendip Farmers' Hunt Pony Club qualify for championships

By Chew Valley Gazette in Equine

Mendip Farmers’ Hunt Pony Club enjoyed great success at the  Area 14 Dressage Competition at the Dorset Showground on the 2nd July. 

Four Mendip teams competed, one at Intermediate level, followed by three Grassroots Teams.  The Intermediates finished in team 5th, with two of our grassroots teams bringing home a Team 2nd and 3rd, qualifying for the Regional Finals at Bicton in September.

There were also some very notable individual performances - with no less than eight of the club members winning individual placings!  This was truly a successful outing for the club and owed to both the children’s hard work and dedication, attending training during a multitude of weather conditions, and to Brigid Grant, the Mendip Dressage trainer, who has worked very hard over the season to prepare the children for this prestigious event (some even as young as eight years old!).

It isn’t just about riding at the Pony Club: stable management and horsemanship are just as important. And Mendip Farmers’ Hunt Pony Club were pleased to host the Area 14 Horse and Pony Care competition, kindly supported by the Stables Equine Practice, in June.  Teams of children from Pony Clubs far and wide completed various tasks from identifying poisonous plants, to knowing the correct way to tack up a pony. The Mendip Senior team qualified for the championships later this year. 

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