Endurance Newsletter March 2014

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B.W.Y.Pony Club
Endurance Newsletter March 2014
Dear All,
Here we are at the start of a new season. The weather is improving and everything is
drying out. Floyd and Arti (my horses) are really well. Floyd has already completed a
32km and a 40km ride and Arti has finished 10 weeks of slow and lengthy –but never
boring- road work which was needed to get him hardened up for the forthcoming
season. He is entered for a 40km ride in Lincs on the 30th March and I will make a
decision on his future rides after completing this.
As far as Pony Club is concerned it was good to see many of you out at the
Lightwater ride. You will see from the list below that there is lots organised for this
year culminating in the Area qualifier and hopefully the Championships in Cheshire
during August. I am hoping that a number of other branches will get involved this
year so you will need to make sure that your ponies/horses are really fit. If you are
interested the Pony Club has a new training manual out for Endurance (The Pony
Club guide to Endurance Riding) which is absolutely brill. It gives you a clear idea on
how to get your horses fit, the feed required, the tack to use etc and loads of other
really useful hints. It is well worth buying.
Our first P.C. Endurance ride is at Thorp Perrow on Thurs 17th April. There will be a
rally in the morning and 4km, with easter egg hunt, 8km and 16km rides in the
afternoon. This is a really useful training ride and I hope some of our Senior
members who have had a go at Endurance over the last few years will help escort
the juniors. There will be rosettes and Easter eggs for all who complete successfully.
A schedule is attached and can also be found on the BWY website. Please note that
those attending the rally in the morning are expected to stay for the ride in the
afternoon but it would be useful if you could fill in both a rally application form and
also the ride entry form.
The Durham and Teeside group of Endurance GB are running a 15km and 30km
ride from Richmond Equestrian Centre on Sunday 18th May. For those wishing
experience this is a great ride to try.
And this all leads up to our Training and Endurance weekend at Clifton Castle
(between Bedale and Masham) on Sun 25th May and bank holiday Mon 26th May. On
Sunday we will have a whole days training for riders, parents crews and horses.
Points we will be discussing;
Getting your horse fit; Judging how fit your horse is; Taking the horses heart
rate; Understanding speed and rhythm; Feeding the Endurance horse; Crewing;
Cooling down your horse after the ride and reducing his heartrate; Other stable
management considerations – tack needed, shoeing etc.
This day is really important for both children and parents. The fee for this
training day is £15 whether a child or an adult. Please apply in writing to Robert
Blane at 7, Stoneybrough Lane. Thirsk. YO7 2LS, with names and ages of those
attending. To be received by the 17th May. If you require stabling for the night please
contact Rachael on 07775 794947.
Following on the bank holiday Monday is the Northern Pony Club’s Endurance
Challenge with rides of 5, 19, 24, and 33km. A schedule is attached and can also be
found on the BWY Pony Club website. This weekend is a must for all interested in
Endurance, whether PC members or not.
On the 15th June is the Helmsley EGB ride, which some of you did last year. This is
one of the best rides in the north, huge wide open spaces with fantastic views. They
will be running a Pony Club Interbranch competition for teams and individuals over
the 33km track. Schedules will be out in a couple of weeks.
Then we move on the highlight of the summer, The Pony Club Area 3 Endurance
Qualifier at Queen Marys School, Topcliffe, Thirsk on Sun 13th July. Last year the
BWY were really successful. Lets hope for the same again. There will be qualifiers
for Juniors-23km, Novices-23km, Intermediates-35km and Open competitors-46km,
and there is also a 23km pleasure ride for adults and non PC riders. Schedules out
soon.
Mon 18th August is the PC Endurance Championships at Cholmoderley Castle in
Cheshire. Keep this date clear in your Diary.
If you feel Endurance is not for you then you could well be wrong. Come and give it a
go. Last year we had members out of our Intermediate Dressage and Eventing
teams and the Novice Eventing and Show Jumping teams riding at the PC
Endurance championships and I think that all who wish to represent the branch in
the Novice, Intermediate or Open eventing teams can prove how fit they are by riding
in the Endurance qualifier on the 13th July even if they just compete in the Novice
class of 23km.
If anyone needs any advice just give me a ring. We can also qualify for the
championships by completing three rides of the appropriate difficulty, so if anyone
wishes to accompany me at any of the EGB rides I am competing at, then again just
give me a ring.
Robert
B W Y Pony Club
Endurance newsletter April 2014
Thorp Perrow Endurance ride.
I was really impressed with the riding of members and fitness of the ponies on
Thursdays endurance ride. Of the 8km competitors, Emily Worsdale, Kate
Sanderson, Hariet Warne, Freddie Pride, Isabella Jones and Eve Radcliffe all had
excellent times with Isabella Jones (38 bpm) and Freddie Pride (40 bpm) finishing
with nice low heart rates (a sign of the ponies fitness).
The stars of the 16km ride were Zaila and Tara Barker of the Hurworth, whose
ponies finished with heart rates of 40 and 42 with a speed of 12 kph. Caitlin Birkett
(Vale of York) and Ettie Whitworth (BWY) also rode at 12 kph and finished with heart
rates of 42 bpm, and the best result was achieved by Sophie Riggs (BWY) whose
horse finished with a heart rate of 38 bpm.
Excellent heart rates were also achieved by Issie Best, Fenella Hudson, and Ella
Sharp but they were just a few minutes slower than the leading competitors.
Forthcoming dates;
Sunday 25th May
Endurance Training Day
Programe enclosed.
Monday 26th May
Northern Pony Clubs Endurance Challenge.
Schedule enclosed.
Clifton Castle
Sunday 15th June
30km Pony Club Interbranch competition.
Schedule enclosed.
Helmsley
Sunday 13th July
PC Area 3 Endurance qualifier
Schedule out soon
Queen Marys
Monday 18th Aug
PC Endurance Championships
Cheshire
Clifton Castle
Please note the dates of the Endurance qualifiers and championships. We have
some really useful combinations in the branch, and last year we had Junior, Nov, Int
and Open competitors at the championships and we hope to do the same again.
I will be working my horse up in the hills over the next couple of months and if any
one wishes to accompany me, please let me know and I can arrange for you to join
me. Also I maybe be doing a couple of shorter rides (30 to 40km) and if any
members would like to enter along side me I would be delighted.
B.W.Y. Pony Club Endurance Training day.
Clifton Castle, Nr Masham
Sunday 25th May
Open to all PC members and also to adults and non members.
Getting your horse fit; Judging how fit your horse is; Taking the horses heart
rate; Understanding speed and rhythm; Feeding the Endurance horse; Crewing;
Cooling down your horse after the ride and reducing his heartrate; Other stable
management considerations – tack needed, shoeing etc.
This day is really important for both children and parents. The fee for this
training day is £15 whether a child or an adult. Please apply by sending the
application form to Robert Blane at 7, Stoneybrough Lane. Thirsk. YO7 2LS, with
names and ages and payment for those attending. To be received by the 17 th May. If
you require stabling for the night please contact Rachel from Clifton on 07775
794947.
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BWY Pony Club. Endurance Training Day. Sunday 25th May
Name.___________________________________
Age______________________
Adress______________________________________________________________
PC branch, (if
applicable)__________________________________________________________
E mail address_____________________________________
Tel Number________________________________________
Standard of rider and horse
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The Northern Pony Clubs Endurance Challenge
Mon MAY 26th 2014
Clifton Castle, Nr Masham, Ripon
Sponsored by TOPSPEC
Organised by the Bedale and West of Yore Pony Club.
Run under the rules of PC Endurance. So please note that all those 12 yrs or under have to
be accompanied by an adult .(with the maximum of 4 children to one adult).Open to both PC
members and non PC riders. Entries close on Mon 19th May.
Class 1
24 km
Entry Fee
£15.00
th
Prizes from TopSpec feeds. Rosettes to 8 .
All those completing successfully will receive the Pony Club Kestrel Rosette
Class 2
33km
Entry Fee £15.00
Prizes from Top Spec feeds. Rosettes to 8th.
All those completing successfully will receive the Pony Club Osprey Rosette.
Class 3
Pleasure Ride19km
Entry Fee £15.00
Rosettes for all those who complete.
Class 4
Starter Ride 5km
Entry Fee £10.00
Rosettes for all those who compete. Riders under 12 must be accompanied
by an adult.
Results will be achieved by using the Pony Club performance formula (Also known as the
French Formula.)
Entries to
Mr R. Blane
01845 526185
7 Stoneybrough Lane
Thirsk,
YO7 2LS
Cheques payable to Bedale and West of Yore Pony Club.
07740 508462
The Northern Pony Clubs Endurance Challenge
Entry Form
Name
Date of Birth
Pony Club Branch if applicable
Horse/Pony Height
Age
Class
Distance
Supervising Adult if rider 12 yrs or under
Entry Fee
Address
Phone Number
Email address
Signature
.
Please send a S.A.E with your entry (a large A4 letter with large letter stamp) in order to
receive your times and route maps. Your entry will not be accepted without a S.A.E.
Helmesley,
Endurance GB Ride
Pony Club Interbranch Endurance Competition
Sunday 15th June
Prizes kindly donated by Topspec
This is one of the best rides of the year. Great views, fantastic going. A distance not
so long that the rider can’t walk for the week after, but longer enough to test you and
your horses stamina and fitness.
Open to all P.C. members. Whether Juniors, Novice, Intermediate or Open
Distance; 33km
For Individuals and teams. Results worked out by using the Pony Club Performance
Formula.
Entry fee £16.00
Schedules and entry forms can be downloaded from the EGB website
(www.endurancegb.co.uk) Send your entries for class 6 (or class 4/5 if you are an
EGB member and require your points) to the secretary on the schedule and
remember to write PC on the top right hand corner of the entry form.
All riders 12 years or under have to be accompanied by an adult, with the maximum
of two children to one adult.
Remember that this year to ride at the championships all horses and riders must
have successfully completed at least two endurance rides (one of them in the current
year). So this ride along with the Clifton ride is your opportunity to get fully qualified.
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