Welcome to the Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt Pony Club web site
01.12.13 - Don't forget, Meavy Hall is the place to be next Saturday! Pasties, Puddings & Quiz night - see the Diary page for full details!
24.11.13 - Latest News Section below updated and Christmas Fun Show schedule added to Diary page
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.
31.10.13 - Halloween Team SJ at The Grange
No spooky shenanigans for the three Spooners Teams who all in their different ways achieved great things at this competition which was hotly contested by 28 teams. Becky Manton,Frankie Mckechnie,Emma Manton and George Scott,all with polished double clears, were just pipped to first place by 3 seconds with Frankie posting the fastest time of the whole class! Tylo Coupland completed a very twisting up to height course in his first "away" competition and proved he will be a valuable team member in future competitions.Henry Ware in his first competition on Chilli Bean rode a reliable double clear.Unfortunately it wasn't Meredith's day with 8 faults but Frankie finished off for this Spooners team, posting a great double clear on Barney. For the Spooners Spitfires,Abbie Webster on Cherry had a steady double clear,Becky Mcarthur had 4 faults,(both girls showing lots of promise for future competitions)Jade Coupland riding Alida's stalwart,Ruby, had an unfortunate 4 faults at a very skinny skinny and Alice Kodritsch completed on Taggart who gets better each time he goes out...and he's still only 4! Anyone at all who would like to take part in any team sj competitions should keep an eye on their e mails and when a competition comes up,please get in touch and I will do my best to put you in a team. Jane Scott
10.11.13 - Test Passes!
Congratulations go to all those who took their tests at Leawood yesterday: Amber Williams D and D+ Grace Williams D and D+ Becky McArthur D+ Abbie Webster D+ Emily Wooldridge C Test All passed with flying colours and the examiners said repeatedly how lucky we are in Spooners to have such lovely polite children. So nice to hear, very well done all of you!
17.11.13 - Prizegiving & Social Evening!
Congratulations to all the award winners from yesterday evening and a huge thank to everyone who contributed to the magnificent spread on the food table! Derri's soup was delicous as always and thank you Becky K for administering the mulled wine which went down very well! Thank you to everyone who brought the wonderful raffle prizes and all those who helped moving chairs and tables and sweeping up etc. Thank you John and Lucy Cox for collecting in all the cups beforehand. May I politely suggest that this year's lucky winners think about getting their trophies engraved now, straightaway, to prevent last minute panics when they are due to hand them back?! Finally enormous thanks to Jenny and all our instructors for everything they have done for the children over the past year. RT
25.11.13 - North Cornwall PC Team SJ
Spooners Spitfires overcame their opponents with a victory margin of 16 seconds at the North Cornwall Pony Club team show jumping competition last Sunday.Aided by expert tips from ex Spooners member Lynn Pridham,Frankie Mckechnie(Captain)George Scott(Mericka)Jade Coupland(Topaz)and Meredith Ball(Rocky)all rode fast clear rounds to finish first out of fifteen teams. The younger Spooners team weren't placed but all rode well over what was the biggest course they had ever jumped! Abbie Webster,Rio Jackman and Ria Burmby...Spooners stars of the future!! Jane Scott
01.12.13 - LAMERTON PC TRIATHLON – 24.11.13
11 members, ranging from the very youngest to more senior represented Spooners & West Dartmoor Pony Club at the Lamerton triathlon on Sunday. Rory, Beth and Sam took part in the Biathlon and all ran excellent times over a twisty cross country running course. They went on to swim well, with lots of encouragement from their fantastic support team. Beth, competing for her first time came 4th, and we look forward to seeing her having a go at triathlons shortly. In the 8/9 year olds minimus class, Finlay, Tylo, Joe and Becky all shot well and clocked impressive run times. Joe took best run, with Becky not many seconds behind. All four then swam personal bests, with Joe taking best swim to win the class and Becky coming 2nd. Minimus boy, Jack had best run in his class and was placed 3rd. Megan and Henry both started the day with excellent shoots. After a fast run Megan lay in 2nd place by a small margin but a Best Swim ensured her 1st place in the senior girls class. Connor put in a strong P B run over the 3000metre course to come 3rd in the Senior Boys, and Henry’s reliable swim put him in 3rd place in the junior boys. The Spooners Gold team of Megan, Henry, Jack and Joe came second overall, with the Claret team of Connor, Becky, Finlay and Tylo were 12th out of 21 teams. A good day all round! Report by Sue Ware