Rachael and Independence Day (Trilby) had a very busy August as they not only competed at the National Pony Club championships ( see previous post) but also were members of the Area 33 Junior Academy Show Jumping Team. The team members performed absolutely brilliantly and won the team event at the National Academy Show at Weston Lawns on August 20th, Rachael winning yet another rug! ( Where will we keep them all?!)
Independence Day ( Trilby) has been home bred by Rachael ‘s grandmother Joan Willetts who is the proprietor of Seechem Equestrian Centre. Trilby’s mum is the great mare Arazona, whom Rachael rode in 2011 to win the Pony Club championship. In her youth Arazona jumped in the great International Arena to be a Grade C Champion.
Well done to Rachael for producing Arazona’s young son Trilby, who is still only 6 years old. We will follow his progress with interest
Seechem riders Rachael Willets on Independence Day (Trilby) and India Payne on Kilshannan Gold (Goldman) were members of the Albrighton Woodland Pony Club team at the National Pony Club Championships at Hiclstead on August 7th.
The team jumped 4 clear rounds in Ring Two to qualify for the final in the International Arena where they ended up with a fourth place. Rachael had a good clear round in the International Arena and went through to the individual jump off, where she jumped clear once again and finished third out of 84 riders, winning a Hickstead rug and some beautiful rosettes.
(Before anyone asks the Derby Bank and the Devil’s Dyke were not part of the course! That is for another day!)
On Sunday 3rd August Seechem Equestrian Centre held a Pony Club Badge day. The badges for the day were ‘Bandaging and Rugs’ and ‘Grooming’.
We had previously held a training afternoon for these badges and this was to be our ‘test’ day!
After a lecture on the common uses of bandaging (such as bandaging for warmth, for support, to prevent swelling and for injury) and a demonstration of both leg and tail bandaging we moved on to a practical session where we all had the chance to practice our skills. Many thanks to William and Maisey who patiently stood on the yard whilst repeatedly having their tails and legs bandaged.
After lunch we moved on to rugs, discussing different types of rugs and their uses. We looked at stable rugs and turn- out rugs and fly rugs, and felt the difference in material. Jo our instructor then gave us a demonstration of correct rugging techniques . Another practical session followed where we all put on rugs on William and Maisey who looked amazed that we were rugging them up on one of the hottest days of the year!
We also talked about grooming as well as the various tools/brushes in a grooming kit and their specific uses.
Another practical session followed and then an inspection of the grooming!
We retired to the tack room for a written test of fourteen questions which covered all the subjects of the day.
Seechem are very proud that all of our Pony Club members scored very highly in the written test.
The Pony Club members’ standards were high throughout the day. Their practical sessions were excellent and by the end of the day they had gained a good knowledge of the subjects and are able to apply this knowledge competently.
So, congratulations to Maisy Oakley, Megan Gould, Mya Glyn, Aofie Cannon, Charlotte Williams and Anna Robinson who all passed their ‘Bandaging and Rugs’ and ‘Grooming’ badges.
Pippa is a lovely 13.1hh (approx) 9 year old mare. She is a keen pony with a big jump. A competent rider could have lots of fun and success jumping, xc and hunting her. Pippa is not a novice ride hence priced at £750 onwards. For more information please call Seechem Equestrrian Centre on 0121 445 2333
An exam date has been booked for 12th September – 10am onwards.
£ 80.00 with own horse
£100.00 with horse horse hired from Seechem Equestrian Centre
For details please call 0121 4452333 and speak to Jo
Exam Training is available for BHS stages 1, 2, and 3 and PTT Exams.
Training can also be provided for Pony Club B Test and Lungeing Test.
Training will be provided by Peta Roberts. Peta is a very experienced horsewoman; she is a Fellow of the British Horse Society (BHS) which is the highest qualification awarded by the Society and also a BHS Chief Examiner, an NVQ assessor, and a Side Saddle Association instructor and judge.
If you are interested in booking a training session please call 0121 445 2333 and speak to a member of staff.
Do you want to go back to horse riding after a break? Are you looking to further develop your riding skills and confidence in the saddle ?
Here at Seechem Equestrian Centre we can offer a variety of lessons – flatwork, show jumping or cross country. We have a number of experienced instructors and well trained and willing horses. Our facilities include indoor arena, outdoor menage, show jumping course on grass, as well as a course of small cross country fences.
During the months of June, July and August only we offer 1/2 price trial sessions at £15 (Trial sessions are normally £30). This session will include 1/2 hour private riding lesson followed by a consultation with your instructor where you will both work out a development plan to help you achieve your riding goals.
Come and give it a try ! For further information and to book your 1/2 price trial session please call Jo at 0121 445 2333
India and Gold had a fantastic day at the PC show. In the team jumping the AWH team came 1st in the Open class and 4th in the Intermediate class.
Kilshanny Gold flew round the Open class and got a 2nd place as an Individual. India was also awarded best AWH Pony Club member of the day.
Well done to both horse and rider.