Over Dalkeith Stables is a Pony Club Member Centre. Kate and Shaun have been closely involved with their Pony Club branch for many years. All their four children are members of the Pony Club. Shaun has taught at branch rallies and Kate currently serves on the committee. In addition they both enjoy hosting their Pony Club branch camp at the stables. Kate and Shaun where delighted to be approved as a Pony Club Centre as they realised that this would enable their riding school pupils to enjoy Pony Club activities in the same way that children with ther own ponies can. Keen advocates of the principle that riding should be equally accessible to all, Kate and Shaun are thrilled that the Pony Club has recognised the importance of this and created Member Centres enablng equal access for thse without ponies to enjp the same benefits as those lucky enough to own their own ponies
Our Pony Club activities include
Regular Pony Club nights, including a showjumping league, dressage league, quiz league, polocrosse league, Waterloo league and team showjumping league. See the current schedule for details of whats on each night.
The following extract from the Pony Club year book explains their aims and history.
The Pony Club is an international youth organisation for those interested in ponies and riding. It was founded in England in 1929 and is now represented in 16 countries and has a membership excedding 100,000. The Pony Club was granted independent charitable status on 1st January 1997. It is the largest association of riders in the world. A majority of the most successful riders in all disciplines of British equestrian competition have been Members of The Pony Club.
The objectives are:
To endourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding.
To provide instruction in riding and horsemanship and to instil in Members the proper care of their animals
To promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self-discipline.
Centre Membership runs alongside Branch Membership around the country. There are currently over 400 Centres with more being enrolled across the United Kingdom. Potential Members join at their local Riding Centre.
New Pony Club Centre Membership is open to anyone under 21 years of age who does not own a pony. Members pay an annual subscription and receive intruction at a linked Riding Centre; this subscription constitutes Membership of the CLub and includes Third Party Insurance.
Centre Membership allows the opportunity for a Member to learn more about riding and horse and pony care. Members are encouraged to take an interest in their work and improve their knowledge by working towards Achievement Badges (there are 29 covering a range of subjects) and Pony Club Tests up to 'AH' Standard, which would include passing the Riding and Road Safety Test.
There are Progressive Tests available to Centre Members in Horsemanship and Riding and Road Safety. These allow Members to take Tests in modules throughout the different levels.
For more details on the Pony Club then go to www.pcuk.org.
Details of our Pony Club Centre activities are shown in the diary.