Set in the beautiful grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, The Pony Club Championships is the pinnacle of Pony Club competition, with over 2,000 Members taking part over five days of fantastic sporting action!
The Championships sees Members competing in five Pony Club sports – Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Mounted Games and Polocrosse. In addition, crowds will be treated to the finals of the Horse and Pony Care Competition, as well as the spectacular Musical Ride!
This year’s Championships were due to take place on 16th-20th August 2019, however these were sadly cancelled with just 4 days notice. The Team at Bicton Arena along with Deborah Custance-Baker stepped in and a South West Area Championship was held
Inter – Branch qualifiers are held in each area in the weeks leading up to the championships
On this page you will see how our Silverton teams fare in their bid to reach the championships! More photos can be found on our Facebook page, in the Inter-Branch Photos Album
SW Championships – August 2019
The Silverton had a super first day at the SW Regional Championships at Bicton Arena. Regional dressage team of Dexter Worley, Rosa Watts, Nancy Goymour and Sienna Fuller were 5th. Rosa then qualified for the ride off for individual placings and finished 5th! Really well done.
Our Novice Showjumping team of Sophie Jackson, Phoebe Overson and Rachel Brown were 4th, over a very substantial track. After two double clears, Sophie and Phoebe both rode in the jump off where Sophie had a cracking clear to finish 6th with Phoebe following closely behind in 10th.
Our intermediate show jumpers, Rachel Brown, Thomas Broom, Isabelle Geran and Megan Overson continued the winning streak finishing in 3rd place, again over a very beefy track. Rachel then jumped off for individual placings and pinged around clear for 2nd place! Absolutely brilliant. Thomas was 10th individually in a very large class.
Finally, Jemima Dart competed as an individual in the Open Showjumping and finished 8th individually in a very competitive class.
Report: Julie Dart
Photos: ESP Photography, Donna Overson, Julie Dart, Rebecca Wharton
Mini SJ Championship 2019 – August 2019
The Mini SJ Championships are aimed at our younger competitors, just starting out on their competitive journeys. With classes from 30cm upwards it really is a lovely chance for our youngest riders to get involved and experience riding as a team for the Silverton.
We had several members qualify for the Championships at Bicton Arena with some excellent results between them
In the 55cm a Silverton team of Dexter Worley, Olly Coe, Evie Coe and Jessica Cottrell came 2nd. Jessica Cottrell had a very fast round to come 2nd individually having led for much of the day.
In the 65 cm a Silverton team of Ellie Lambourne, Ellie Jackson, Evie Coe and Faie Mathias came 4th.
James Dawkins had a blistering fast round to take 2nd individually and Polly Cochrane was 7th individually.
Faie received one of the 4 turnout rosettes awarded in the whole competition which was a fantastic achievement.
Report: Mary Coe
Photos: Mary Coe, Jo Lambourne, ESP Photography
Just 4 days before we were set to head up to Cheshire we received the sad news that the Pony Club National Championships had been cancelled. Such a disappointment for those who had worked so hard to qualify.
Eventing – July 2019
July 2019 – “Today was the final day of inter branch competition for Area 15 with the eventing being held at Pontispool. The Silverton had 14 members taking part in the various levels. Novice (PC90) Silverton Stars -Alaya Arden, Sophie Jackson, Anya Hitt, Alaya Arden. Silverton Moons – Ella Hall, Olivia Eden, Alice Wharton, Tatiana Wharton. Intermediate (PC100) team Thomas Broom, Rachel Brown, Isabelle Geran, Tilly Kolowska, individual Megan Overson. Open (PC110) Jemima Dart was part of the Area 15 combined team.
The novice teams had mixed fortunes with Sophie Jackson, Anya Hitt, Ella hall and Tatiana Wharton all having lovely xc rounds but sadly Laya, Olivia and Alice had various penalties around the course and although everyone completed the teams were not placed. However Tatiana was 5th individually and Sophie was 6th in their sections and Anya would have been 4th had we spotted an error on her dressage sheet sooner!
We then moved on to the Intermediate class and I am really excited to report that the team of Tilly Kolowska, Isabelle Geran, Rachel Brown and Thomas Broom came first and have qualified for the Championships in Cheshire!! Between them they had four clear xc country rounds with Thomas Broom and Rachel Brown both having double clears and both winning their sections and both getting the best dressage in their sections! Isabelle was 6th in her section and Tilly was 6th in her section. Megan also had a fantastic xc round and finished 10th individually.
The open was the final class of the day and unfortunately for Jemima it didn’t go according to plan and having been second after the dressage she had 12 faults SJ and then retired xc. Murphy had had a very long day having arrived at Pontispool at about 7.30 this morning and going xc at 5.30 this afternoon as Julie Dart was running the dressage phase for the day on behalf of the Silverton which she did brilliantly. Thank you so much Julie and your huge team of helpers. Thank you also to Deborah Custance Baker and everyone involved in making it such a great day. We now have Silverton competitors on all five days up at the Championships in Cheshire!!”
Report: Rebecca Wharton
Photos: Sarah Box-Adair, Jenny Brown, Rebecca Wharton, Jays Photos
Show Jumping – July 2019
Another great day for the Silverton, this time at the inter branch show jumping, which was kindly organised by the Seavington Pony Club.
The day began with Jemima D and Francesca S in the Open Class in which Jemima was part of a mixed branch team and Francesca was competing as an individual. They both put in two great rounds and Jemima’s team came second and as a result has qualified for the National Championships.
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The intermediate team of Alaya A (on Spirit), Rachel B, Isabelle G and Megan O then went brilliantly and won as the only team on a zero score. Laya and Megan both had good double clears coming 4thand 6th individually. The team also won the tack and turnout prize and Isabelle won the overall tack and turnout! They did look wonderful!
Photos: Sarah Box-Adair
Our Novice team of Alaya A (this time on Stan), Anya H, Sophie J and Phoebe O continued the success and came third meaning that they have also qualified for the National Championships!! Anya and Sophie both jumped double clears and Sophie ended up being 6th individually. It will be a busy weekend in Cheshire!
Photos: Sarah Box-Adair
We then finished with two individuals in the regional competition, Oliver S and Amy S and I am delighted to report that Oliver had a great double clear resulting in 10th place out of about 80 starters and he has qualified for the Regional finals at Bicton at the end of August!
Thank you to everyone for a really great day, for being so well organised, so immaculate and so appreciative and of course jumping so well! You did the Silverton proud!
First up was the Mounted Games Zone Finals near Frome . Our Silverton Team consisted of Evie C, Violet C, Fae M, Jessica S and Rosie S today. The team came 6th and have now qualified for the National Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire in August. It is a massive achievement and a tremendous outcome considering that none of the team had any real mounted games experience when they began training in March of this year! It is as a result of their commitment and determination to learn and practise as well as Gail’s expertise and enthusiasm that they have done so well and we are all incredibly proud of them. They all looked immaculate and had made the most fantastic effort with their tack and turnout including red brow bands and red ribbons around the girls’ buns and thank you also to Claire Cook for making and designing the team banner. It was a wonderful day with a great team spirit and thank you to everyone for all your hard work and making it such fun!
Report & Photos: Rebecca Wharton
Silverton members have been out in force again, this time representing the Branch in the area 15 Inter Branch dressage.
We had 13 members involved in total and some lovely results amongst them. In the mini dressage we had Violet C and Jess C competing as individuals and they were 4th and 5th which is a great result.
Photos: Rebecca Wharton, Claire Cook & Lisa Carr
In the regional class we had a team of Sienna F, Nancy G, Rosa W and Dexter W entered but sadly Rosa was not well so had to withdraw. Nonetheless the team had a great day with Dexter coming first in his arena, Nancy coming 4th in her arena and Sienna just outside the placings in her arena. The team were 6th and have qualified for the regional championships at Bicton at the end of August.
Photos: Tracey Worley
In the novice class we had a team of Lissy Arden, Rachel Brown, Olivia Eden and Sophie Jackson and they came 4th as a team with Olivia and Sophie both gaining 6th place individually.
Photos: Sarah Box-Adair
Finally, in the intermediate class we had a team of Thomas Broom, Rachel Brown, Anya Hitt and Isabelle Geran and I am delighted to say they were 3rd with Isabelle Geran coming 3rd individually as well.
Photos: Sarah Box-Adair
It was a great day and you all looked immaculate and thank you very much indeed to Julie Dart as well for being there to make sure things went as smoothly as possible. Well done everyone and I do hope you enjoyed it!!
A few days previously the Silverton had another fantastic inter branch qualifying round, this time in the Open Dressage competition at Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre. Jemima D was representing the Silverton on her fabulous grey horse, PBW Mullagh Murphy and was in a mixed Area 15 team with two Cotley members. I am completely delighted to report that the team won and have qualified for the National Championships!! Jemima was 7th individually which was also a tremendous result. Ella Hall should also have been in the same team but sadly had to withdraw as she was still rather battered and bruised after a nasty tumble at Treborough last weekend.
Photos: Julie Dart