Thursday 2nd April – Pony Club Day, 10am to 4pm – open to Seechem Pony Club members.
Friday 3rd April – Clear round jumping, starting 11am, height of fences can be adjusted to suit. Open to everybody.
Monday 6th April – Hack in company, Seechem clients only, not suitable for younger children.
Sunday 12th April – Carriage driving demonstration, suitable for adults and children, riders and non riders. Open to everybody but please book in advance for this session.
To book your place please call on 0121 445 2333 or talk to a member of staff when you are next riding.
Sunday 1st of March, Class 1 Pony Club D Level 2, and class 2 Prelim 7. Entries close on Wednesday 23rd of February, Times available from Jane Colley on Friday 27th of February. To book of for more information please call 0121 445 2333
Dates for the next clear round jumping sessions are:
Sunday 15th of March 2015 and Friday (Good Friday) 3rd of Aril.
£10.00 for as many rounds as you like; Start at 11am, height of fences can be adjusted to suit. If you do not like fillers try and come as close to 11am as possible, from around mid day we will introduce fillers to make the course a bit more challenging.
January 25th saw the latest round of our unaffiliated winter dressage days at Seechem Equestrian Centre. We had a good mix of entries from friends at neighbouring yards and Seechem clients. It was good to see that there was a much bigger take up from the latter than in previous weeks.
We aim to encourage people to ‘have a go’ and build up sufficient confidence to go on and compete at bigger and even affiliated shows, so our judges always concentrate on the positive points, while gently suggesting room for improvement, hoping that this will give riders confidence to go on to bigger and better things!
Whilst not wishing to detract from the performances of the friends from neighbouring yards, it was good to see the achievements of Seechem clients. Liveries Julie on Bailey, Bea on Sam and Nicky on Tom all did well. Clients Chis on Beryl, Geoff on Jester, Julia on Goose, Julie on William and Maisy on Harvey also did very well, and even if some did not show in the placings they all received positive comments from the judges – and I know as I was writing for them! It is so good to see Seechem clients holding their own on our lovely horses agains those competitors who have their own horses and can ride every day.
And a word of comfort to anyone who went wrong in their test; I was at Hartpury Horse Trials last August and the great Sir Mark Todd went hopelessly wrong in one of his dressage tests, much to the amusement of the watching crowd. Yes, even the top riders get it wrong sometimes!
So we hope to see you all on the 1st and 29th of March for more fun. You can all have a laugh on March 29th, as yours truly has been conned into competing for the first time in 14 years – that is, if I can find any competition gear that still fits! Meanwhile enjoy your horses!
Oh and for those who are wondering about current placings for the Winter Dressage Championship, it’s far too close to call at present, so watch this space.
On May the 26th a group of our regular riders came for a Fun Day at Seechem Equestrian Centre.
The day started well with a “Best turned out” competition where appearance of horse and rider are judged. After a short presentation of correct grooming techniques the competitors were given one hour to prepare their horses for judging. Regular rider Abbey Cox was paired with Maisy, a very pretty pony who had been very busy overnight in the mud!! Much scrubbing and washing later and Abbey had Maisy looking great. May Glynn spent a long time grooming Della and plaiting her beautiful long mane, she looked fantastic. And Anna Robinson groomed our grey mare Bliss until she gleamed, earning her a well deserved first place in this section.
After a short refreshment break we moved on to the next competition – The Le Trec obstacle course. The course consists of a series of obstacles all meant to simulate various scenarios a rider will be faced with when out hacking and tests rider control to the limit. Each obstacle was scored, with 5 being the maximum score per obstacle. Our riders attempted a simulated gate, which proved very tricky for all of them; steering their horses through a narrow S bend of poles which was a bit easier; collecting and dropping a ball; dismount and remounting on the right side ( which is actually the wrong side) proved a little trickier for all; as did the rein back in an L shape ( particularly for the larger horses), Honor Penn and Shadow were the only pair to score a full five points for this section. A small cross pole jump was next on the course and every pair dealt with this very well. The final obstacle on the course was a halt over a pole for 5 seconds. There was also a Control of Paces phase (COP) as part of the Le Trec experience, where competitors are required to maintain a set pace between two obstacles and it was great to see so many able to complete this section so competently. The overall winner of the Le Trec phase was Elisabeth Nelson riding Tom.
The final competition of the day was “Mounted Games” where competitors teamed up into two teams of four, team Neigh and team ROS (Riders of Seechem). Games included trot races, canter down and walk back race, leading and even some jumping races. A lot of fun and excitement was had and in the end team Neigh narrowly won with a score of 4 wins to ROS’ 3 wins. Rosettes were awarded before everybody went home tired but very happy.
Well done to everybody who took part. Look out on the website or the noticeboard to find out what events are planned next.
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.
She passed the Show Jumping Specialist Fellowship Exam, and has competed show jumping from novice level to Grade A level, including qualifying horses for and being placed at the Horse of the Year Show. As well as having considerable experience at all levels of show jumping she has “Three Day Evented” to International level and competed at medium level dressage. She has produced and ridden top show horses, at the Royal International (RIHS) and at the Horse of the Year show (HOYS), winning at RIHS and being placed at HOYS.
Peta has been National Side Saddle Rider of the Year on four occasions and and has also trained many National Champions both junior and senior.
She has hunted, played low level polo, trained Point to Point and Endurance horses and has been successful showing leading rein ponies at top level.
Peta teaches all levels of pupils, from very novice to top level competition riders. At Seechem Equestrian Centre she teaches ‘astrid’ lessons of all standards. She can also teach side saddle lessons and she has side saddles available for use on peoples own horses and Seechem’s lovely school horse Bliss also carries a side saddle and is available for lessons.
Peta is based in Evesham, Worcestershire, but travels extensively in the UK. You can find more information on Peta on her website: www.petaroberts.co.uk
Our next Pony Club rally will be on Sunday 16th February
We will be doing work towards the bronze, silver and gold awards, and hope to see you all there!