Hectic time for pony club

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Its been hectic times at Goathland Hunt Pony Club lately where fundraising activities have been taking place.

First on the agenda was a gruelling six-week accumulator series every Friday evening at Saltburn Old Grange near Skelton.

The event was well supported and the club are planning on repeating this series later in the autumn.

A week after the final evening at Saltburn Old Grange they held their annual fund-raising open show at Hinderwell. This event had every class sponsored by local companies; thanks to all sponsors and John and Carol Barker for use of the field.

The day began wet, but did not deter competitors attending. A week after the show saw the beginning of what has been described by those who attended as the best Pony club camp to date, as 32 members, their horses and ponies spent an enjoyable week at Kettleness courtesy of Sam and Liz Young.

This venue has been the home of Goathland Hunt Pony Club for at least 60 years.

There were activities, badge and test work throughout the week for four-year-old to 22-year-old members with, for the first time, different ages and abilities in the same group. This was a recipe for team-building and meeting new friends.

The evening activities ranged from a visit to Laser Quest at Ruswarp, a visit from two from Clevedale Veterinary Practice, thermal imagine demonstration, a dominoes evening, an inflatable bungee race and a poignant talk by dressage rider Jane Lishman.

Jane suffered horrendous injuries in 2006 after being dragged underneath a horse.

This resulted in her losing both her legs, one just below the knee and the other above the knee. It left her confined to a wheelchair. Undaunted by her disabilities, Jane wanted to start riding again and put her name down to ride at the Riding for the Disabled Unicorn Centre at Hemlington.

She started riding one of the centre’s own horses, Gren. After a couple of months she progressed to competing in the RDA dressage competitions. And then the search began to buy a horse for herself.

Jane required one which was not frightened of the wheelchair. She eventually found Lily and has competed successfully on her, winning a fistful of medals at the RDA National Championships in Hartbury, Gloucestershire.

Paradressage rider, Jane has now set her sights in taking part in the British Para Dressage Team for the Olympics in Rio 2016.

Jane had invited the members to the Unicorn Centre, where they can watch her ride Lily, and her new horse Ginge. The evening concluded with the pony club presenting Jane with a cheque for £200 to help towards her funding for Rio

District Commissioner Steven Gale thanked all those who assisted and made the camp possible, including the highly accredited instructors who passed on their knowledge to students; and especially his wife Jill who made the event possible.

Steven said fund-raising has been intense lately, however it is necessary to purchase new equipment and subsidise camp week and keep parents’ costs to a minimum.

The week concluded with a presentation evening with all members receiving an award and rosettes for their weeks achievements.

Presentation results

Tack and turnout A Zack Archibald Rachel Chadfield , B Paige Waring Olivia Morrison, C Alicia Dempsey Laura Dempsey, D Olivia Clarkson Olivia Smallwood; Equitation A Rachel Chadfield Micha Ditchburn, B Olivia Morrison Paige Waring, C Alicia Dempsey Freya Woods, D Olivia Smallwood Carla Brown; Combination A Micha Ditchburn Grace Barnard, B Paige Waring Emma Cornforth, C Laura Dempsey Ruth Chadfield, D Oscar Cole Carla Brown; Individual Show Jumping A Nicole Gallagher Rachel Chadfield, B Emma Cornforth Paige Waring, C Freya Woods Sophie Morrison, D Owen Ellarby Oscar Cole; most overall points, Paige Waring Rachel Chadfield; Most improved A Micha Ditchburn Rachel Chadfield, B Emma Cornforth Paige Waring, C Ruth Chadfield Shantai Rees , D Carla Brown Owen Ellarby; Most improved overall Emma Cornforth Ruth Chadfield, DC Award Emma Blake, Down and out; A Nicole Gallagher Micha Ditchburn, B Tia Woods Paige Waring, C Freya Woods Alicia Dempsey, D Oscar Cole Olivia Smallwood.

All completed many pony club test work and achievement badge work as well as scales of training bronze to platinum awards.

Arrangements are currently being made for their annual forthcoming event on September 14 at Appleton le Moors.

This year they are planning a show cross, which combines show jumping with cross country in the same event.

For information or a schedule, email jillygale@aol.com

Steven added: “Goathland Hunt Pony Club is a small friendly group with a steady stream of new members.

“If you are interested in joining please contact Jill.”