News - Spooky Oct

Halloween Fun Rally

We had around 30 children take part in our Halloween fun rally.  Groups rotated between a range of activities including a spooky treasure hunt, bucket elimination, formation ride and unmounted Halloween games. Lots of fun was had by everyone and the sun shone throughout!

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Fantastic effort at Lingfield on 25th!!! 

3rd for Sofia Rothwell and Whisper in the 148cm and got the prize for Best Technical Ride.

6th for Isobel Fisher and Bill and 8th for Milly Smith and Lenny in 128cm.

Scarlett and Gemma SW were the super grooms!

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News Aug

News and updates from the Regionals coming shortly!

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Senior Camp 2022 was held at Wellington Riding in Hook this year and after weeks of sunshine we were so grateful for the amazing facilities with multiple arena’s on a surface. We set the tents up on Sunday and retired for a goodnight sleep before the ponies arrived on Monday morning, we had a full house of 30 very excited girls!. 

They met their instructors (who were amazing all week) and set off in their rides. The girls get 3 ridden sessions per day and 1 stable management session, it’s a busy fully packed agenda. We had flatwork, arena eventing, showjumping, gridwork, hacking, gallop tracks and a highlight for some was the pony swapping. It was eventful with a few unplanned dismounts on the first day but fortunately they were very good at landing on their feet !!

 

Evening activities this year meant getting into mixed friends groups and the older girls being team leader, my goodness they were competitive ! A very well put together quiz on the first night (thank you Fiona Davidson and Rachel Jones ), ‘It’s a Knockout” on the 2nd and 3rd nights, with space hopper races, wheel barrow races, basically a lot of giggles and falling over. 

 

From an educational perspective we were very lucky to have Tor Fenwick bring her Grand Prix horse Millie in to do a dressage demonstration which was thoroughly enjoyable, watching a professional at work certainly gave us all inspiration for half pass the next morning ! We also had India Parker-Smith from Chukka Wellness come and talk to us about strength and fitness with a focus on Equestrian sports. It was highly interactive and tested the girls balance and core strength. 

 

I was really impressed by the girls' care and consideration for their ponies this week. It was a tough week for the ponies and many chose to sit out a session or skip a few jumps to save their ponies for the final day's competition. 

 

The competition consisted of Grassroots 2018 Dressage test, followed by a course of show jumps and then straight into the arena eventing, all were judged on style, rhythm and balance. All the skills we had focused on all week. There were some super dressage tests and almost perfect jump rounds, well done girls, you all worked so hard. Thank you to all the parents behind the scenes. Don’t forget your photo’s on MHPhotos.com

 

Some big thank you’s: Becs Seers was our ‘Chief Pony Officer’ who kept the yard ship shape with first class care of our precious ponies. Our first aiders, Anne-Marie Bibby, Rachel Jones & Fiona Davidson, with Kate Brenton behind the scenes. Our amazing instructors led by Nikki Kerr, James Turner, Helen Francis, Simon…. Tor Fenwick, Josh Hawksworth. 

A final huge thank you to Sue Seers who was my amazing wing woman on this, who trusted me to run a ‘stay over’ after a couple of years of lockdown ! 

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What a day for Bisley yesterday at the Hickstead inter-branch team showjumping! Amazing rounds by everyone! We all thoroughly enjoyed our day out and are counting down the days till the next one!

A little video with some of the rounds from the day, hopefully some inspiration for more members to get involved!
(Plus a little celebratory tik tok dance from the 90 team of myself, Louise Davidson Scarlett Maxwell and Antonia Stewart who finished 5th as a team 🎉)


Well done everyone!

News July

 Molly Barnard on Stan competed at the Area Eventing competition on Saturday 16th July, in the PC 100 class and finished 4th.  Well done Molly and Stan.

Also Well done to Bethany Cole for finishing 4th at Area Eventing PC90 and to Molly Barnard who also finished 4th at Area Eventing PC100, Saskia Bolt competed in the PC Open class, good Dressage and show jumping , just not her day.

Area & Regional Eventing at Tweseldown, Championship qualifier

 

Super day at Area Eventing with our Regional girls.

Well done to Amelia (Anne Marie Bibby) Lulu (Jemma Byrne) Lottie Bishop and Lottie Newton who where all placed individually and

have qualified for Regional Champs in August.

Helena Junker Brameld enjoyed their day but not placed today.

Thank you to Sarah Macdonald for walking the course on Saturday morning and Nikki Kerr for the guidance and support you provided for all riders throughout the morning.

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Saturday 16 July Pony Mag Big Day Out Mounted Games Demo

Maia, Lilly, Poppy and Milly were asked to demonstrate their mounted games skills at the Pony Mag Big Day out in front of 700 people at Merrist Wood!!

The girls did a fantastic job ! Philippa was excellent on the mic and got the crowd behind them cheering!!  The girls demonstrated a number of races such as bending, mug, sock, rope and big sack, we even got to demonstrate vaulting ;-).  It was also great to see some of our members in the crowd enjoying themselves and also cheering us on!

The girls were also treated to a meet and greet with This Esme, Harlow and Elphick eventing.
 
Thanks goes to the parents and helpers for getting them there, looking so smart and sorting all the equipment out.   Pony mag and the Pony Club are hoping this will encourage lots of children to give it a go and have some fun with mounted games.  If you're interested please contact Philippa Westphal or Sian Smith.

 

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News June

The mounted games crew were out in force this weekend at the Staff College & Sandhurst Hunt pony club two day competition, we had teams running both days:

 

Saturday

Minis - Max , Elsie, Austin and Amelia

Juniors - Iman, Crystal, Milly, Tallulah and Olivia

Seniors - Valentine, Maia, Poppy and Freya

Sunday

Juniors - Iman, Milly, Olivia and Max

The weekend started sweltering and soon turned to baltic conditions by the afternoon however that didn't deter Bisley and Sandow Chase teams who held there own against some very fast teams for all of our teams to be placed in their heats.

A massive thank you to Philippa for her endless support and enthusiasm ever with her leg in a metal cage, all the children who took part and all those in the background that made the magic happen!

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Massive congratulations to Sofia, Holly, Maisie , Rebecca, Izzy, Holly and Milly for passing your D+ tests.   Well done girls!!!

Congratulations to all of the members that passed their C test or C test care this July. Well done Maia, Grace, Izzy, Valentine, Gracie, Sophie, Abbie, Rebecca

News April & May

The Junior A team, consisting of Iman Khalfan, Crystal Farmer, Milly Smith, Olivia Stewart and Tallulah James took part in the Area Mounted Games competition on Sunday 22 May at Chase Farm.  It was a nail biting hour of races which ended in a race off between Sandown and Bisley and Vine Pony Club. Thankfully the girls and ponies kept their cool to take the win!!  To top the day off they also won best turned out.... Junior A qualified and will be moving onto Zones in July... Huge well done to everyone that took part great team spirit all round!  I'm sure there will be further updates as we had 5 teams running in total.

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Ascot Pony Race escort role Ascot 11th April

Gemma Sinclair-Williams has previously pony raced on many occasions but in April 2022 she was fortunate enough to be nominated by Sue our DC to undertake a different role, that of escorting riders to the start line for racing at Ascot. There were twelve races altogether and four pairs of escorts . Gemma and her pair rode to the start line for several of the races and had to help nervous children, try to settle excitable ponies, and coax others who did not want to go where asked. Once each race began and the ponies were out of sight , Gemma was able to canter her own horse Dreamer the same route , from start to finish . This was an amazing opportunity and great fun. It also gave Gemma the chance to meet other older teenagers who were acting as escorts from different Pony Club branches . The added bonus was that she was able to help support some of the younger Bisley and Sandown Chase members that were taking part in the races.

Olivia has been counting the years to turn 9 to be old enough to race and finally the day came.  She was so excited but also nervous but came home with the biggest smile and said it was the best day ever!

To find out more please go here: https://pcuk.org/sports/pony-racing/competitions-and-events/pony-club-race-days/

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Feature in Pony Magazine

Gemma on Dreamer as part of a feature in Pony Magazine 

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Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch

Amazing trip to the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch training establishment at Imber Court this morning (5th April)

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Ash Farm Polo 5th April

Ash Farm Polo hosted today a polo session for a group of Bisley riders from 10 years old to 16. A mixed ability group with girls who had already experienced some polo before and the younger for whom it was the first time. 
It has been lovely to see how they all progressed and gained confidence and a praise to the older girls encouraging and supporting the younger members.
Well done to all and a big thank you to the excellent hosts! 

 

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PC Tests

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Lucy Poirier, Ivy Murrel, Olivia Telling & Poppy Brown E Test

Sofia, Holly, Maisie , Rebecca, Izzy, Holly and Milly  D+ tests

Bethany Cole & Scarlett Maxwell B test riding & care

Yasmin Vincent B test care

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Tetrathlon - 23rd & 24th April Results

Big Thank You thank you to all competitors and helpers for making it a sunny and enjoyable occasion for everyone.

Photos from the day's XC and running can be viewed at www.mhphotos.co.uk

Tetrathlon Results

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Junior Tet 1st Place

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Triathlon Results

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I am delighted to share that dates for our Senior Camp this year have been confirmed Sunday 14th to Thursday 18th August.

 

It will be held at Wellington Equestrian Centre, Hook. It has outstanding facilities with almost all riding taking place on a surface. This is for pony club members 12 years and above who are confidently competing at 70cm and above. 


More details and payment scheme coming soon. Thanks Jemma B

Watch this space for more information

 
 

This year's home camp will be set up day on the 4th August, with the camp itself on the 5th- 7th August. We have moved to Friday- Sunday to help with those parents who work. Everyone is expected to help with set up during the day on the 4th. Home Camp is held at our field, Dunstall Green, Chobham. 

 

Price this year has remained at £180.

 

Booking for camp will open on Friday 25th Feb and will require a £60 deposit. The remaining balance (£120) will be payable on or before the 31st May. I hope this gives everyone plenty of time to put money aside each month before the payments are due. It will be limited to 30 people and strictly on a first come basis. We will hold a waitlist and if you can't make it, deposits may be returned providing we are able to fill the space.

For any newer members, Home Camp is great fun, low/no pressure, lots of learning and making new friends. It is suitable for all ages, and there is no minimum ability.

 

To attend, all members must have attended at least 3 rallies. Please plan ahead!

 

We will not be staying over, but Covid allowing, will be evening food, fun and games on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

 

Parents will bring the children and ponies in the morning, and must stay whilst ponies are on site. Ponies and parents then go home around 4pm and if we can, children will stay until early evening.

 

Camp takes quite a bit of organising and I will be looking for a few volunteers to support.

Book Here

If you have any ideas for the day or evening, please do let me know; jemmamillman@hotmail.com

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2 Day Prince Philip Cup
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The weekend of the 25th/26th March, we had the most fantastic time, down at the pony club field in Chobham we had over 10 Pony clubs  meeting together, for a weekend of Fun and games.


Teams started arriving on Friday evening, setting up camp and penning their ponies, ready for an early start on Saturday morning.

 

We at Bisley & SC have been encouraging more teams in area 13 to restart games, opening our sat pm training sessions to other clubs.  Having so many teams enter at all different levels was very exciting and meant we had some super competitive teams at the top end with last year's HOYS teams and also Senior novice heats with some members having only done game for a couple of weeks.

28 teams, some members as young as 3yrs old in the mini classes , in Juniors we had fast, medium and slow heats, so catering for all levels, with guest riders and mixed teams we were able to make a place for everyone.

 

We were lucky with beautiful sunshine, and after a long day all settled down ready for the next day's finals.

 

Huge thanks to all those who bought cakes, sweets and sock race sock sets all to raise money for children of the Ukraine, we managed to raise £304.84  Well Done Everyone and Thank You. 

Thank you all for so much help and for encouraging the other clubs, everyone learning about the equipment, line judging, rules and so much more.

 

Well done to our overall Champions!

Here are the overall results from the Sunday finals and all the Saturday's Heat AM and PM.

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Well done Christian Brandon-Speak and Gemma Sinclair-Williams on passing your B tests

2021

PC Champs

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Mounted Games

Three days of the best ever year of mounted games. Our branch , with Philippa’s enthusiasm and drive qualified for champs in juniors, seniors and pairs, outstanding in itself. 

Gemma Sinclair-Williams and Antonia Stewart on Mavis and Henrietta not only became the first ever B&SC mounted games pair to qualify for the National Pony Club Championships , but they came first in tack and turnout of all 18 pairs there . This took hours of cleaning tack, ensuring it met all of the rules and fit correctly , washing ponies and making sure they themselves were clean and tidy. 

The senior team also came 2nd in tack and turnout. All testimony to the input and commitment of parents, children and trainer jointly. Thank you for a life event to be remembered forever.

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Dressage & Show Jumping

Scarlett, Beth and Georgia attended Champs today to compete in novice PC90 show jumping and novice dressage.
All girls had a wonderful experience, Beth finished 14th in her class.
Congratulations to you all, you shall be very proud of your achievements and getting to Champs.

Tetrathlon

Third place at National Tetrathlon Championships for Molly, Gabby and Maia. What a wonderful, well deserved achievement.
It was a hard three days of competition for the tet girls which was topped off with the usual tet party.
Well done to everyone, and a special shout out to Maia who managed a super clear on an incredibly challenging XC course.

Senior Tetrathlon

Well done to Rosie, Maia, Molly, Gabby and Charlotte who all did really well at the Senior Regional Tetrathlon at Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire representing the South of England. Only 20 clear XC’s out of 92 entries shows how tough the course was with Molly Barnard one of the clear rounds. All B&SC safely completed the course. The Senior Regionals is a step above Champs and it was great that we had so many B&SC invited by Richard Mosley to take part for Southern England. Charlotte did the 90 course clear (the others did the 100) and came first individually so we were given the video by Equireel, this shows her course but you can clearly see the 100 next to most of the jumps to see how challenging both courses were.

Area 13 Eventing League 2021

It was wonderful to see so many of you there at the Prize Giving on 6 November! Huge congratulations to everyone that took part and to those who were placed.

The Area 13 Eventing League to a lot of people to deliver and there are lots of people to thank:

Firstly to our wonderful sponsors.

Thank you for supporting your local Pony Club Area and for the donations and generous prizes – Hungry Guest , Kublox , Pommel
and Flexars, PONY Magazine

 

Thank you the coaches and venues who donated prizes – Mark Corbett Eventing , jc_eventing_, Sarah MacDonald, Munstead Horse Trials and Tweseldown. Also to Paul Bolt (one of our B&SC Dads) from Plop Pojects Ltd who did all the fabulous branded clothing and horseware!

Finally, last but by no means least, to Andrea Hurley who was the mastermind behind the Area 13 Eventing League – we all really appreciate your hard work and efforts – you really are queen of the spreadsheet and Julie Browne for looking after the sponsors and marketing!!

 

The Area 13 Eventing League will return in 2022 and we hope to see you there for more Pony Club Eventing fun!!

PC100 - Molly Barnard 2nd

PC90 - Beth Cole 5th

PC80 under 13’s - Lulu Saunders 3rd, Crystal Farmer 8th, Valantine Tierney 10th

 

For more information, please visit the Area 13 Website

 

Hickstead Inter Branch Show Jumping

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Well done to the two Bisley teams who competed at the Hickstead Inter-branch Showjumping competition today!

Our 80cm team of Lulu Saunders, Antonia Stewart, Finn Laszlo & Ruth Bostock did fantastic finishing 9th out of 24 teams! 

Massive congratulations to Antonia who rode a very speedy clear round to win the class individually! 

Our 90cm team of Georgia, Louise, Scarlett & Charlotte also did amazing and finished 7th out of 21 teams, with Georgia Brenton finishing 7th individually too!

 

Massive thanks to Philippa Westphal who looked after our teams today!