FROM OUR EQUUS PROPERTY ASSOCIATE FOR EAST KENT – a weekend with the local branch of the Pony Club.
by Celia Ransley, Equus' East Kent Associate / Fanchisee https://www.equusproperty.co.uk/join-equus
As my daughter was previously part of East Kent Hunt Pony Club http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/about/public_benfit/, I am always keen to help out & support where I can. Also, being part of Equus, I feel it’s a great fit for us to support & sponsor events locally where all have a common interest - HORSES & potentially houses too, as we sell a great range of properties with land & equestrian facilities
Over the weekend of 19th/20th May the local branch (East Kent Hunt Pony Club) held a joint event featuring the Tetrathlon http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/sports/tetrathlon/which was for Pony Club members only running Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May and a One Day Cross Country Event open to all on Sunday 19th May at the rural picturesque setting of local Cross Country Course Denne Hill, Womensworld Nr Canterbury in East Kent.
A mountain of things to organise for the local branch running 2 events you might think (& all with a volunteer army of Mums, old members and supporters of the pony club) were organised over a couple of weeks in course setting, putting up tents, cake making for refreshments, fence judging to name but a few things & then coordinating riders to be in the right place at the right time, …. but a really fun 2 days!!
Anyway, they also asked me if I would help and so I stepped up my secretarial skills for the 2 days helping all the entrants with riding hat checking, body protectors, numbers and all the queries you get and there are many!! Not to mention being ring steward for the show jumping phase on the Saturday for the Tetrathlon Beanies, Tadpoles & Minimus (that’s the levels they are age range from 4 – 11 years) they don’t do Cross Country at this age. After completing the show jumping the keen Tetrathlon’s set off to do the next part of the competition at local school near Canterbury (leaving horses behind) to take part in the next phases of the competition. At the school competition was fierce & they were taking part in the phases of shooting targets, running & swimming and with scores tallied rosettes & prizes awarded it was time to head home for all.
The Junior Tetrathlon (age range 14 & under) and Novice Tetrathlon (aged 25 & under) also took part at the school shooting, running & swimming but then had to head back on the second day (Sunday) to jump a more challenging course of around 90cms Cross Country jumps before rosettes & prizes were awarded.
Amongst all of the organising for the Tetrathlon the branch also ran a Cross Country One Day Event with dressage, show jumping and cross-country skills needed.
The Tetrathlon really is great fun event for all children to be involved in & although they compete individually, they are also very much part of a team.
For full details of this branch of the Pony Club please go to https://branches.pcuk.org/eastkent/