Dear members and parents, Committee Welcome to our August newsletter which contains information about rallies and other forthcoming events. Please read carefully and book your places ASAP. Payment MUST be included with rally slips to guarantee your place. Could PAYG members please make rally payments by cheque rather than cash, thank you. President: Mrs Dale Dickinson DC: Mrs Dale Dickinson 01828 686472 ADC: Brian Shaw 01382 814753 Secretary: Carol -Ann Robertson Member’s secretary: Lisa Shaw 07505 566012 Treasurer : Charlotte Hay 07788 741338 Chief Instructor: Jane Gilchrist 01821 670218 Assistant Instructor : Vacant Rally Convener: Liz Smith 07870 854486 Child Protection officer: Liz Smith Newsletter: Claire Tanner 07858 968118 Tetrathlon: Vacant Merchandise: Aylwin Watson 01382 350797 Trophies: Dawn Burgess 07801 731421 Despite the changeable and inclement weather, our members have been very busy over the summer enjoying a variety of rallies, camp, Interbranch and preparing for Grassroots and Combined Training, as well as sitting Pony Club achievement tests and training days. Congratulations go to Niamh and Anna who both passed their lunging test. Interbranch congratulations go to Rosie for qualifying for open SJ and ODE championships, Hannah for qualifying for novice SJ championships, Intermediate SJ team of Louise, Marisa and David for 4th place, Charley for individual 6th in novice dressage and all the members taking part in Interbranch who represented PHPC so well and were praised for their excellent manners and sportsmanship – well done everyone! Special mention to our wonderful chief instructor, Jane, who attended, organized, advised and cajoled members throughout the three days of competition – we couldn’t do it without you! Claire Grassroots and Combined Training Good luck to all members taking part in this competition which will be held at Kirkton Farm, Doune on 29th-30th August. It is looking as though we will be able to send a few teams to represent PHPC and it is a great introduction to team competitions, as well as being great fun! Teams will be finalized shortly and team trainings arranged. Please contact team manager – Aylwin Watson for more information/queries/questions. Novice Show Our annual fundraising Novice Show was held on Sunday 28th June at Westbank and was a great success! Many thanks to Dale for all her hard work organizing and running this show and Well Done to Matthew who won the trophy for Best PHPC member! If you think you could help organize or run a fundraising event for the club please contact any member of the committee. Could all trophy winners from last year please ensure that you have your trophies engraved and returned to Dawn Burgess before 14th August – Thank You! DATES FOR YOUR DIARY SUMMER RALLIES Friday 14 August - evening @ Scone Sunday 23 August – half day @ Scone OCTOBER RALLIES Wednesday 14 October – half day @ Scone Sunday 18 October – half day @ Scone Saturday 24 October – half day @ Westbank WINTER INDOOR RALLIES Sunday 22 November – Easter Rattray Farm Sunday 6 December – Easter Rattray Farm Sunday 7 February – Easter Rattray Farm Sunday 13 March – Easter Rattray Farm UNMOUNTED STABLE MANAGEMENT RALLIES Sunday 8 Novemeber – Bonhard House, Scone Sunday 10 January – Bonhard House, Scone Sunday 24 January – Bonhard House, Scone JUNIOR BADGE RALLIES Sunday 1 November – Millhill, Knapp Sunday 29 November – Millhill, Knapp OTHER DATES Saturday 29-30 GRASS ROOTS & COMBINED TRAINING inc ODE, West Perthshire PC Sunday 6 September - CUP DAY @ Scone Cup Day Cup Day will be held on 6th September at our Club Field @ Scone Racecourse. More details and schedules have been sent out with this newsletter. Cup Day is a free to enter competition comprising Show Jumping, Dressage, Working Hunter and Handy Pony. Members compete for trophies in their own age group and there are ‘any age’ alternatives for those who wish to compete at a different level from their age group. Members should enter either their age group’s class or ‘any age’classes – not both, but can choose to do, for example, their age group class for dressage and then ‘any age’ class for Show jumping. Please phone Claire if you have any questions about Cup Day entries as they can be a bit complicated at first! As we are restricted about leaving equipment out at the club field, all parents of competing members will be expected to help set up and tidy away jumps, etc. Could everyone be at the field at 11am on 6th September to set up in time for the competition to start at 1pm – thanks! Rally Formats As you can see, we have lots of rallies coming up to keep you busy all year round! In the last newsletter I included information about what happens at all day and evening rallies so here is the information for our Winter programme. WINTER INDOOR RALLIES are held at Easter Rattray Farm, between Alyth and Blairgowrie. Rides last for one hour each, usually between 11am – 2pm and number are limited due to space so please get your places booked early. Due to the cost of venue hire there is a rally fee of £12 for each rally, payable by cheque at time of booking (please pay using a separate cheque for each rally in case of cancellation). Dress code is safe, smart and warm riding wear! UNMOUNTED STABLE MANAGEMENT RALLIES are all to be held at Bonhard House, Scone with kind permission of Charlotte Hay. These rallies last for 2 hours and cover all aspects of horse and pony care and management. They are open to all and are especially useful to members wishing to progress through the Pony Club efficiency badges. There is no cost to members for stable management rallies. Warm clothes a must! JUNIOR BADGE RALLIES are to be held at Millhill, Knapp with kind permission of Dale Dickinson. These rallies will give younger members an opportunity to learn about specific aspects of horse care and earn special achievement badges that can be sewn on to their Pony Club sweatshirts. URGENT PLEA FOR FIRST AIDERS!!!!! In these days of Health &Safety legislation it is a requirement of Pony Club UK that we MUST have an adult with relevant First Aid qualifications at every rally. As we are a small club, we have fewer parents to call upon and therefore really need everyone to get involved. We urgently need more parents with First Aid certificates so if you have one or would be willing to gain one, please let either Claire, Liz or Jane know - help us avoid having to cancel rallies due to no First Aid cover!