Welcome to the Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt Pony Club web site
Re-election of PC Committee members : Notification ahead of this Friday's AGM (7.30pm Walkhampton Village Hall)
12.03.15 - Report from East Cornwall Tri added to Latest News section below!
25.02.15 - Our first edition of the Club Newsletter for this year is now on the Newsletter page - follow the link below!
Spooners & West Dartmoor Hunt Branch of the Pony Club was established in 1967 in Area 16 and currently has 70 members covering an area around Plymouth and Tavistock as far north as Postbridge.
If you are not already a Pony Club member click here to see the benefits!
As a member of our Pony Club
We want you to appreciate and enjoy your pony with like-minded people and hopefully make new friendships on the way.
Within the Pony Club you will have opportunities to compete and represent our Pony Club in competitions - this is not compulsory - it is up to you! You can just come along and watch if you want!
Available to you through being a member:
- Rallies: Open to all to teach you more about riding and caring for your pony.
- Show Jumping/Team Show Jumping: Open to all.
- Prince Phillip: Gymkhana games open to all.
- Dressage: Open to all.
- Endurance Riding: Open to all.
- One-day events (ODE): Combination of dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.
- D days: As above but for less experienced members.
- Triathlons Shooting, Swimming, Running.
- Tetrathlons Shooting, Swimming, Running, Cross-Country Jumping.
- Pony Club Tests Lessons are given to improve riding and horse care knowledge. Tests are normally taken from 7 years onwards.
- Achievement Badges For the younger members, a fun way to learn more about horsemanship and the countryside.
- Pony Club Camps - Junior & Senior Open to all ages for you and your pony.
For more information please click on the links in the 'Where to go from here' section at the bottom of this page.
We also try to arrange social get togethers such as Easter Egg hunts, pleasure rides, mini mock hunts with optional tour of kennels etc etc. If you have any queries or questions do feel free to contact Rebecca Townsend (your DC) on 01822 841871 or Tracy Coupland (parent) on 01822 855304.
01.02.15 - Spooners PC Endurance Ride
After an icy start for some, the sunshine came through and conditions were perfect for endurance riding. 27 riders took part in all including nine members from Spooners. Wrapping up warm and smiling throughout, three young members completed their level one Robin Ride (5 miles) Congratulations to Rory Cox, Lamorna Cox and Fynn Baker. Parents Jane, Jon and Lucy enjoyed the exercise too! Alice Kodritsch and Aragon successfully completed the Level two Merlin Ride (10 miles)Joined by Louise Harrison riding a pleasure ride class. Beth foster, Paige Jackman and Rio Jackman stormed round the Level three Kestral Ride (15 miles). Special mention for young Sam Foster who joined in too. Congratulations and well done to you all RT
20.02.15 - Lone Ranger Ride Report
Well what a morning to wake up to... dry then the rain came and came.. We kept to are guns and carried on with ride with 7 brave jockeys two of which it was their first outing.. Smiles laughter and tears were had. Wet knickers had by many either from wading to rescue ponies or just through the rain. The children and ponies were great riding up and down and over jumps, walking trotting cantering and even galloping by little jockeys..... The 2 older boys who guided the ride were fab at listening going on and waiting and helping others over jumps and through water. Tracy Coupland
07.02.15 - Eggesford Pony Club Triathlon
Spooners had a good turnout at the Eggesford Triathlon in Okehampton on Saturday. Holly, Rory, Fynn and Sam all ran and swam well, with Holly having the second fastest run in the class. Holly came 3rd, Sam 5th and as a team they finished 2nd in the biathlon. Minimus boys and girls - Paige, Erin, Finlay and Theo started with strong shoot scores, ran well, and in the pool they all swam personal bests. Sadly, illness on the day meant that both Spooners minimus teams fell apart, but Finlay and Theo finished with impressive individual scores of over 2000. Megan finished in first place in the Senior Girls and Henry second in the Senior Boys, earning them both a place at the Championships in Milton Keynes next month. Sue Ware
28.02.15 - Congratulations Spooners Quiz Team!
Well done to our totally fantastic members who took part in the Area 16 Quiz at North Tawton last night. Alice Kodritsch, Louise Harrison, Becky McArthur and Amber Williams won second place, just pipped off the top spot by a mere two points! Brilliant evening Rebecca T
08.03.15 - East Cornwall Pony Club Triathlon 2015
There were great achievements all round for Spooners & West Dartmoor Pony Club members at the East Cornwall Pony Club Triathlon at the weekend. The shooting phase went well for all, and Rio, Megan and Henry all scored the best targets in their classes. Despite Mediterranean temperatures being predicted, the running field was cold, and after everyone had given of their best we were glad to take sanctuary indoors for the swim! There were good swims from all, and personal bests from Sam, Holly, Paige, Erin, Beth, Megan and Henry. The Spooners Biathlon team came 1st, and individually Holly was 2nd, Sam 4th and Fynn 5th. Beth won the mixed minimus, and also had the best run in the class. Rio was 4th in the minimus boys, and Seniors Megan and Henry were 1st and 2nd respectively in their classes and also had best swims. Unfortunately cancellation of the Dartmoor Tri meant several competitors were unable to complete the Winter League, but congratulations to Henry for coming 3rd in the Senior Boys league. Sue Ware.
31.03.15 - Dengie Dressage Final - Results
In the Open Dengie Area Final Lily Spry just missed out on a place at the Championships by coming 3rd on Dennis. She also came 5th on Africa. In the Novice Area Final Sam Underwood came 6th with He's my Chaos, inwhat was a very closely fought contest. In the other classes Alice Kodritsch and Taggart came 2nd in the Intermediate 2013 and 3rd in the Novice 2009. In the Intro 2007 test Jade Coupland came 1st with Polly, Jim Scott came 3rd with Henry, Rio Jackman was 4th, Beth Foster was 5th on Celebrity, Paige Jackman was 6th, closely followed by Sam Foster on Maisy and Emily Woolridge and Blaize. In the 2013 Walk and Trot test Chloe Howells came 2nd on Benjie, Rory Cox came 3rd, followed by his sister Lamorna who was 4th. Harriet Hayley was 5th on Billy. Lily Spry also put on a good show riding HC on her young horse Puzzle.
22.03.15 - Four Burrow Tri Report
Another successful day was held on a lovely sunny day in Truro. Spooners representatives were somewhat depleted with the multitude of other events happening in the same weekend but we fielded a biathlon team in Fynn, Rory and Holly. Megan was in the intermediate girls. Megan had a tricky start in the shoot with her target turning too quickly. Megan took the shot - getting a 10 - only for the judge to call a "target malfunction" and she had to shoot again. The running phase was run in the style of the National Finals with each category being set off in large groups instead of individually. This was a massive learning curve for our biathletes but they judged their pace well, not panicking, in a blisteringly fast heat. The heat was won by James Crossey of the Lamerton in a time of 4.11 which for a 7 year old is pretty spectacular! Holly was second fastest run in 4.18 and Fynn and Rory were close behind in 4.29 and 4.34 respectively. These were all PB's. The swimming went well with Megan getting best swim and Fynn getting a PB. Final results were Holly won individually and Fynn was 5th and the team won. Megan came individually 2nd. Jane Baker