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The Tiverton Hunt Branch

of the

UK Pony Club

Last updated on 20th September 2009

This website is moving to

I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but the "Geocities" server on which it is currently hosted is closing in October 2009
so a new address is required, and we have taken the opportunity to take out the "" domain name for Tiverton PC.

The existing "Geocities" site will remain live until they shut down its server, but from 20th September it will no longer be updated,
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Welcome to the Tiverton Hunt (in Mid-Devon, area 15) branch of the UK Pony Club.

Annual Meeting, Sat 26th September at 7pm
at Templeton Village Hall

Social Evening of Pig Racing (Byng racing pigs) & Presentations
Members, parents friends & family invited.

Fun evening starting at 7pm Bring and share supper
Bar applied for.

Trip to Olympia - London International Horse Show
Friday 18th December

Places are still available, and the organiser Cathy Luxton is keen to fill them up. This trip is open to members, their friends and families,
and I'm sure Cathy would extend that if asked. Click here for more information


Tiverton Pony Club Open event dates for 2009:

Members recent news: (last updated 20th September)

PPC Practice dates, Sundays Oct 18th & Nov 22nd, 2:30 - 4:30. (More...)

Tri and Tetrathlon Shooting practice dates, all Sundays 10:30am - 12:00 noon (More...)

Endurance riding in the South West, see for details of events (More...)

Trip to London International Horse Show at Olympia on Friday 18th December (More...)

Navy Long Sleeved Polo shirts are available to wear at non-competitive activities such as rallies and camp so that formal white shirt and tie only needed for competitions or when requested. Prices between £11 and £13 - order from Henrietta Hare. (01884 251470)

Helpers needed for show on 9th August and both camps. Any offer of help very welcome however small! Contact Heather Partridge. (01884 860832)

Would anyone like to take on the catering van for our events - very good fundraiser for the club but only if parents willing to run it. Option to donate percentage of proceeds to a charity of their choice. Contact Heather Greenslade (07816 346652) or Cathy Luxton (01884 255038) to discuss.

Anyone wishing to do their C Test or Riding and Road Safety to contact Iris Wotton (01398 351195) so that training can be arranged. Next year rules are changing so that the 'plus' tests will have to be taken before taking the next test. ie. C+ needed before attempting B Test.

Summer newsletter is available for download
Summer programme of events available for download


Tiverton PC branch events

Area 15 Showjumping, Stockland Lovell, 6th August

Novice challenge words by Jane Phillips, does anyone have any word or photos about the other teams?

The novice challenge team of Carmen Lawrence, Zoe Lodder (not pictured), and Connie and Megan Isaac finished a very respectable fouth place, from a field of some 16 or so teams, with a total score of eight faults.

Carmen and Megan both had double clears to make it through to the final jump off and Megan rode a brilliant triple clear on her pony Llanidan Prince to secure third place and qualify for the finals at Cheshire.

Unfortunately Megan was unable to travel to the championships as Prince injured himself the night before travelling, so hopefully seeing this on the website may cheer her up.

(This photo of Megan + Prince is reproduced by courtesy of Suspended Animation photography.)

Area 15 Tetrathlon

Congratulations to Katie English & Lola

Katie was the sole competitor for Tiverton Pony club at the Area Tetrathlon and qualified as an individual to Represent Area 15 and Tiverton Pony Club, at the Tetrathlon Nationals at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.



Katie and Lola had a great time supported by Jillie Whitcombe, Heather, Paul, Mo, Ben and Jess Furneaux who were also there. Katie managed a personal best for the swim and run and her and Lola got safely round the Cross Country course which was the biggest they have ever seen!

She would like to thank Paul and Mo for all their help in getting her this far and thank you to Jillie for her support and advice.

Area 15 Horse Trials, 23rd July

After one or two last minute withdrawals and changes we were able to send 14 members to the Area Horse Trials at Pontispool on 23 July.
(Words by Iris Wotton, Photos by Georgie Batting)

Novice Challenge:

The Novice Challenge team was first to compete with Zoe Lodder, Alice Spicer-Edwards, Katie Paul and Carmen Lawrence, and Josie Vos competing for the first time at this level as an individual. The dressage tests were very nicely ridden and we were well placed after the first phase. The showjumping and XC were well up to height but the team coped very well. Alice jumped a lovely clear round showjumping with Milo and although the XC proved to be testing for our novice members everyone rode very well and Josie Vos came back smiling after a lovely XC round and, I believe, a personal best. Carmen Lawrence had a very good day with her novice pony Wellstan Serenity, they were well placed after dressage and a double clear was good enough to secure them 2nd place and individual qualification for the Novice Championships in Cheshire at the end of August. So, fingers crossed for a good day and we hope it goes well.

The Novice Challenge squad


The intermediates were up next with team members Alexa Batting, Kate Kittow, Katie English and Withheld. Again the dressage went very well with some lovely tests being ridden, it was good to see that the hard work and training paid off. Showjumping and XC were again both up to height with a couple of tricky off set fences including a corner on a turn. we were very excited after the SJ as Alexa and Kate had jumped lovely clear rounds whilst Katie and Withheld only had a few faults so the team was well placed going into the XC. And then came the downpour! A very heavy storm which made the already wet ground very slippery. Although it had stopped raining by the time the girls rode XC they had got wet through whilst waiting to start and reins and saddles were very wet indeed. Again Alexa and Kate jumped clear rounds and Kate came home inside the time. Withheld had an unfortunate run out coming out of the water and Katie and Lola slipped into a narrow fence on top of a mound which was entirely due to the wet ground under foot. The team finished 4th and Kate was 8th individually so everyone was well pleased with a successful result.

The Intermediate Squad


The Open Area team had a slightly long drawn out day as they had been required to do dressage mid-morning and then were the last section to run in the SJ and XC. We sent a team of 4 who were Rupert Batting, David Hodnett, Harry Rowcliffe and Emma Selby, and Cobi Lawrence was an individual. The dressage phase went very well with all 5 members producing good tests and we were in 2nd place going into the SJ which proved a very influential phase for the other teams. Our Tiverton team almost all jumped clear with one or two time faults between them and we were in the lead going into the XC. Again the team and individual did themselves proud producing good rounds on wet ground at the end of a long day. Everyone jumped clear with Harry, Emma and Cobi coming home inside the time so this put us into first place and the team qualified for the Chamionships. The final results were a win for the Tiverton team, Harry was the overall winner, with David second and Rupert third, Emma was well placed in 6th and won an extra rosette for a double clear as did Harry. Now we are off to Draycott in Derbyshire competing on 18 August so fingers crossed that everyone keeps well and horses stay sound.

The Open Squad

Here is a collection of inidividual photos (courtesy of Georgie Batting).

Click on a photo to see the full-sized version.


Tense times at the dressage!

Parents & trainers get nerves too..


Rupert Batting XC


David Hodnett,


Harry Rowcliffe SJ

Rupert Batting Dressage

Carmen Lawrence Dressage

Emma Selby Dressage

South Devon Moorland Tetrathlon, 21/22 June

Well done to Tiverton Hunt competitorJordan White ( on William) who gained a 4th Individual Place, 1st Mixed Team Place and Best Shoot in her Class.

Joseph White (on Roxanne) and Jodie White (on Fright) came 4th Mixed Team Place in their class.

Here is a family group - quite a day out!

Did anyone else do well at this event? Email me if you did.

Dulverton West North Molton Team Showjumping, 14th June

Tiverton Hunt sent both junior and mini teams to the Dulverton West North Molton branch showjumping on Sunday 14th June.

The Juniors had an impressive day:

The 'blue' team of Pippa Vos, Connie and Megan Isaac and Heidi Stevens had a well deserved team win after a good run of second and third placings recently.

This photo shows the Tiverton Blue team being presented with their shield (Click on photo to see full size).

Hot on their heels in second place were the Tiverton Reds, Rosie Greene, Saskia Partridge, Molly Watson and Ellie Greene, both teams finishing on a zero score.

Here is the Red team (Click on photo to see full size).


Tiverton almost 'cleaned up' the individual placings with Megan 2nd, Heidi 3rd, Connie 4th, Molly 5th and Ellie 6th.

Placings were reversed in the 14 and under class with the 'reds' 4th (Lucy Downs replacing Rosie) and the 'blues' 5th. Molly Watson had the only double clear for Tiverton.


The Minis also had a clean sweep!

Congratulations to our mini showjumpers who swept the board at the same event.

In class 1 our winning blue team consisted of Harriet Pick (Done Over), Thomas Stevens (Toffee), Anna Downs (Astra), Withheld (May Time); with individual placings going to: 1st Harriet Pick, 4th Withheld, 5th Thomas Stevens, 6th Anna Downs; with Jodie White (Fright) having a brilliant double clear.


This is the blue team with their rosettes:

In class 2 our Tiverton Yellows were once again victorious with the team consisting of Rosie Greene (Clyde), Harriet Pick (Done Over), Withheld (May Time), Anna Downs (Astra). Individual placings were: 1st Harriet Pick, 4th Withheld, 5th Withheld (April), 6th Anna Downs (Astra).

This is the yellow team with their shield

A big thank you to all our minis who came along and had a go: Withheld, Withheld, Withheld, Thomas Hawkes and Joseph White all of whom did Tiverton Pony club proud.

If you would like to have a go at mini showjumping please give Julie Pick a call on 01823 674112 or e-mail

West Somerset Team Showjumping, Stockland Lovell, 31st May

Well done to Tiverton's junior team of Nell Baillie (Paxton), Connie Isaac (Cruiser), Megan Isaac (Prince) and Pippa Vos (Bella) did very well at the West Somerset branch's showjumping competition at Stockland Lovell on 31st May. They were placed 3rd in the 12 years and under as a team, and individual placings Megan 2nd and Pippa 5th. An unlucky pole each for Nell and Connie cost them the win.
In a large open 2'6" class they were placed 2nd as a team and Megan was 3rd individually, the team finishing on a zero score. Well done.

Our next event will be the Dulverton West North Molton competition on 14th June. If any juniors would like to make up a second team please contact Jane Phillips on 07881 911530

Quantock PC Team Showjumping, 4th May

Well done to our team of Esther Daykin, Connie Isaac, Megan Isaac and Heidi Stevens who competed in two open classes against all ages. They were 3rd in the 2'3"- 2'6" with Esther placed 6th individually, and 4th in the 2'6"-2'9" with Megan placed 5th individually. They finished on a zero score in both classes.

The photo shows (left to right): Esther, Connie, Megan and Heidi. (Click on the photo to see full size)

C+ Test Passes, 16th April

Congratulation to (from the left) Charlotte Hare, Louise Kittow, Jemma Murphy, Josie Vos, Withheld and Esther Daykin who all achieved their C+ test on the 16th April.

Thanks also to the examiners Georgina Leach and Sue Marshall; and especially also to trainer Emily Wotton.


National Quiz Final 5th April

Well done to the team of Katie English, Jemma Murphy, Heidi Stevens & Lucinda Little who came 4th in the National Quiz held at Warwickshire College on the 5th April.

This was a brilliant result from a relatively young team.


Cotley Triathlon, March 9th

I've been given this photo to post, but I have no idea who the people in it are!
Though clearly they had a successful day.

Amended 22/4/09: A secret informant has now revealed who these are, from left to right: Tom Hare, Withheld, Will Cookson and Withheld. She (well, that cuts out 50% of the population) also describes them as "A very successful combination of boys." Well done chaps!

Award for 10 Equine Welfare Badges

Josie & Pippa Vos, Heidi & Tom Stevens and Jemma Murphy were presented with the Blue Cross Equine Welfare Merit Award for obtaining 10 equine welfare badges :- Bandaging & Rugs, Care of the Horse's Foot, Feeding, First Aid (Equine), Handling & Grooming, Lorinery, Mucking Out, Perfect Paddock, Saddlery and Shoeing.

They were presented their awards by James & Tricia Pugh and Charlie the dog from the Blue Cross. Also in the photo is Emily Wotton who was responsible for all the training.

Area 15 Quiz, 20th Feb at Uplowman Village Hall

The team of Katie English, Jemma Murphy, Heidi Stevens and Lucinda Little (aka 'Tivvy Trotters') where victorious once again in the area quiz. Winning quite convincingly as well! (Has anyone got a photo?)

Apparently the finals are on April 5th, so good luck to them then.

Polden Hills Eventers Team SJ, 19th Feb at Stockland Lovell
Online photos from this event (all, not just Tiv PC) are available here

The Junior team of Charlotte Hare, Megan Isaac, Nell Baillie and Carmen Lawrence rode extremely well with good rounds to claim 3rd place.


Click on photos to see a larger version

Tiverton Pony club completed a successful day with an impressive performance in the Open Class of the Eventers' Challenge. The team of Alexa Batting, Rupert Batting, Cobi Lawrence, Carmen Lawrence, were all local Tiverton school pupils. The course started with a range of show jumps and then led straight into a timed phase over cross-country fences. The placing were based on the fastest clear round. Alexa set the scene with a good clear, Rupert followed with a faster time, taking some tight turns over the XC section, but had one fence down. Carmen kept the team's hopes alive with a strong fast clear round, taking chances wherever possible. Cobi rode well on her more inexperienced horse, also having one fence down. This consistent performance as a team secured 2nd place overall, one fence behind Polden Hills, but importantly 1 second faster than Weston Harriers.

Team results: 1st Polden Hills; 2nd Tiverton; 3rd Weston Harriers; 4th Quantock; 5th Polden Hills.

Devon & Somerset Team SJ at Heazle, 1st Feb
(The weather was arctic, so photos are limited!)

The mini team of Molly Watson, Withheld, Georgina Wood and Megan Isaac were unplaced as a team.

Megan had a very good double clear and came 5th as an individual.

The junior team of Molly Watson (again!), Nell Baillie, Connie Isaac and Lucy Downs came 6th as a team in strong competition. Lucy did the open class individually and was placed 5th.

This photo shows Lucy, Megan, Molly, Connie and Nell (click to see larger version)


Lots of people did amazing things in 2008 (and in 2007 too), but this home page gets a bit full if they are
all recorded here, so I've moved them to separate pages. See our "well done" archive:

"Well done 2008"
"Well done 2007"

Please send entries, photos, etc for 2009!

Dress and timekeeping for rallies:

Members should wear Pony Club sweatshirt with a shirt and Pony Club tie, jodhpurs (white/cream/navy/black), appropriate riding boots, gloves and the correct riding hat which has been tagged. For safety reasons, no jewellery (including sleeper earings) should be worn. Long hair should be tied back and put in a hair net. Also NO spurs unless instructors say you require them.

Please remember to arrive for your rallies in plenty of time so that you are on your pony/horse and ready to start the Rally at least 10 minutes before the Rally starts.

It is discourteous to your instructors to arrive late.

Rally/Training Booking and Cancellation:

So that we can provide you with you top quality instruction, please book your place on rallies and training sessions no later than one week before so that we can ensure we have enough instructors available.

The rallies and training sessions are very popular and are often over-subscribed. If, for whatever reason, you are not able to attend any rally or training session that you have booked a place for, please telephone the organiser and cancel your place.

By not cancelling your place, you are denying someone else a chance to attend.

Yearbook / Scrapbook

We are now running a Tiverton Pony Club Yearbook/Scrap book which will be an annual photographic record of all events run by Tiverton PC, Area competitions, Pony club camp, Easter Egg hunt etc and are hoping to find someone to take on this job.

Anyone interested to contact Iris Wotton (01398 351195) please. Either an older PC member or a parent would be fine.

Programmes of other local (not just Tiverton PC) events




Some photos of past events events (Click a pictures to go to the relevant page)



Details about the Tiverton Pony Club. Click on a link in the table below to learn more.

Info, and how to join.

Rallies, open events, shows

Where things are, maps.

Gen info, rallies for C, C+ & B tests

Mini, Junior & Residential Camp

Rides wanted
Rides in return for help with keep

Who's who, and how to contact them

For sale and wanted
Ponies, rugs, tack, ...

Useful links to other sites

Current Newsletter

At your own risk!!

10 commandments
For parents

Frequently asked questions

Parties, non-horsey events

Local Non-PC Events
Local Events (not run by Tiverton PC)

Points of the horse
Points, teeth, organs, grooming etc

Pony Care
Not quite what you may expect...

Dressage Tests
Test sheets available online



General Information about the Pony Club.

The Pony Club is a national charity, originally founded in England in 1929 but which has since spread to many countries around the world. There is a UK site, and a WWW search will turn up many sites in the US, Australia and elsewhere. (See the links page.)

The purpose of the Pony Club is to:


Membership is open to boys and girls up to the age of 17, and those aged 18 to 25 can be associate members: see Membership for more information.


Feedback: please contact me with any thoughts, suggestions or opinions about this site.

Christopher Bell (tel 01884 243173)