Welcome to the Cotswold Hunt Pony Club
The Cotswold Hunt branch of the Pony Club helps educate children in caring for and riding all types of horses and ponies, from the tiniest trotting Shetland to a polished and glossy eventer, everyone is welcome. Our branch was formed in 1930, which makes it one of the oldest Pony Clubs in the country. We are part of Area 9 of the Pony Club and we are one of the larger clubs with about 160 members. Many of our members are keen participants in teams, competing in Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Tetrathlon and Polo as well as Horse and Pony Care and we regularly send competitors to national level championships in these disciplines. Our aim is to have lots for fun along the way, so whilst we have a spread of talent in our members, you don’t have to want to compete to enjoy the activities that are on offer. We host several competitions each year and lots of fun activities for all ages and also for those who don’t want to compete. We hold camps for Minis (3-6 years roughly), Juniors (6-12 roughly) and Seniors (12 and upwards) each year in the Summer Holidays and many social events as well. If you are interested in joining our branch take a look at our Membership page in the Information section for more.
Limited Edition CHPC socks and Bobble Hats
CHPC Bobble hats are a must for cold damp mornings and for this winter. Perfect to wear at events or mucking out!
They are the most comfortable bobble hats to wear – no itching and super-warm.
They are stretchy too, so one size fits all.
We also have very high-quality CHPC competition socks. These technical riding socks are designed to be worn under your long boots or chaps but also look great with trainers and come in 3 sizes; Small 12-3, Med, 4-7 and Large 8-12
We are selling these as a fund-raiser for the branch, so please spread the word – brilliant birthday presents too.
Click this link to buy Limited stocks for don’t leave it too late.
Collection only please – from Katie May, or Senior or Junior Camp, and at rallies ongoing through the summer.
Click here for the various Camp pages.
Also please read this letter outlining the protocol we will be following to ensure camps are run within the current Social Distancing Guidelines.
Thanks to all the committees who have worked hard to rearrange camps in order to accommodate the current restrictions. The emphasis still is on having fun, learning ridden skills and horsemanship, and staying safe. If you have any queries or worries, pleased don’t be shy about contacting one of the organisers (see the relevant website page for their contact details)
Training is up and running now!!
- A maximum of 6 people in the one gathering eg : 1 coach, 1 rally organiser/first aider, 4 members. The only exception to this is one-to-one flat work lessons (no poles) where the coach can act as the first aider.
- One group in an arena, paddock or field area. There will be no dividing of arenas.
- Rallies must have a 10-15 minute hand over period to allow members to leave the teaching area. The rally organiser will then indicate to the next session that the area is clear to enter. Members must be tacked up and waiting beside their vehicle until called to avoid delay.
- Parents/driver/groom/siblings are requested to stay clear of the teaching area, preferably in their own vehicles. Only members of the same family should travel to the rally together. We would prefer where possible only one member of the family accompany the riding member and that siblings are left at home where possible. Unfortunately this also means that members/parents must not go from one group to another group to see friends (ie keep to their own “bubble” of 6 max).
- No dogs.
- Coaches are asked to keep a 2m distance from the member, therefore stirrup length and girths must be checked by the riders’ accompanying person before starting the lesson.
- Do not help with poo picking and pole lifting, this will be done by the coach in the arena. However please ensure the area around your trailer/lorry is cleared before you leave.
- No indoor schools can be used, unless it is very well ventilated with no sides.
- Parking of vehicles must be at least 10 metres apart.
- All attendees at the training must observe the 2 metre rule.
- All payments for training must be made in advance online, no cash will be accepted on the day.
- PPE will be provided for the first aider only. MOST IMPORTANTLY everyone MUST wash/sanitise their hands before and after the session
- No photography on social media please, unless approved.
- Please respect the venue we are using by not touching gates or fencing etc where possible. Be aware that there will be no toilet facilities so you must make your own provision for this.
- Vaccinations will be accepted as long as they are within the 12 month period. Please be aware that should competitions start again, the 6 month rule may apply.
- Hats need to be tagged with the PC turquoise hat tag – ask the rally organiser BEFORE THE RALLY if you need your hat to be checked and tagged. This link gives details of what the standards are: https://branches.pcuk.org/curre/files/2019/01/Hat-Rule-2019.pdf
I am sorry there are so many rules, however we want to keep you safe by following official guidelines. The committee, rally organisers and coaches are all working hard to bring to you a variety of training so please check the programme and our Facebook page for information.
Regarding camps, we will being given a further update from Pony Club Head Office on the 4th July when I will be able to give you more information.
I look forward to catching up with you all very soon.
POETRY AND DRAWING COMPETITION WE HAVE A WINNER!!
Thank you to all those who entered. A huge congratulations goes to 6yr old Amelia Wadland for her wonderful poem and drawing of her pony Ronnie!
Ronnie and Me by Amelia Wadland
In view of the latest government advice and in line with the Pony Club we have taken the difficult but we believe necessary decision to cancel all CHPC activities for the foreseeable future.
Rules Changes for 2020
There are lots of changes this year in each discipline, especially regarding the eligibility to take part in Area competitions at the various levels. Please take the time to read the changes below to ensure you are compliant.