Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt Pony Club

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31.01.15 - Spooners PC Pleasure Ride - Sunday 1st February - The charity pleasure ride classes can be entered on the day tomorrow. For update on ground conditions. message will be left on 01822 841871 at first light. Wrap up warm and hope to see lots of you there! Any enquiries please call Rebecca on 01822 841871. 

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.



Lamerton Triathlon Report. A long day was expected for the Lamerton Triathlon held at Launceston college last Sunday and that was exactly what we got with first shoots at 10am and the final prize giving at 6pm. Spooners sent out a total of 18 competitors which included a Rookie Team of intrepid parents. The Parents were first up with a full team consisting of Jane Baker, Julie Lewis, Lucy Cox and Simon Adams. All shot well and Jane and Lucy came out with joint best shoots of 880. The parents were extremely grateful of the help received from both Gill Allenby and Sue Ware in loading, as the pressure of competition had reduced their limbs to pure jelly. Jane’s legs were visibly trembling – luckily that didn’t spread to her arms! Next came the run. It was commented by many that following the heavy rain this was a true cross country challenge. The course was very twisty which made getting into a rhythm difficult and there were large stretches of boggy ground that really sapped energy. Parents were again first into the fray and everyone did a great job – special mention must go to Simon Adams who had not run since school and sported an extremely professional outfit of Bermuda shorts. This did not appear to encumber him and he put up a very creditable run of 4 mins 22 seconds – luckily beating his speedy son. The biathletes put in some very gritty runs in the conditions, Fynn Baker was particularly impressive getting the second fastest run of his section in 4 mins 50 only to be bettered by a competitor 2 years his senior. The Senior boys race was a change to the norm when they decided to set all the competitors off together. This is to prepare the Athletes’ for if they should get to the Nationals and it made for a very tactical run which was exciting to watch. Henry Ware was flying the Spooners flag in a very competitive group which included this years’ National Champion, Chris Harris, who is also 3 years Henry’s senior, however he held his own and managed to finish very creditably within 30 seconds of the Champ. The swimming, as usual, asserted its influence in the points tables. Before this leg the parents were looking particularly good with Jane leading the field and Lucy in second. It quickly became clear that swimming is not the Spooners parents strongest leg!!! It was a good effort though and if they didn’t before, they certainly now appreciate how exhausting it is for the children. Luckily the Spooners children seem to swim much more ably, they all recorded good distances with Holly Cole and Sam Foster swimming over 3 lengths, and Erin, Theo, Beth, Millie and Henry all swam personal bests. Spooners had a good haul of rosettes – Lucy and Jane came 3rd & 4th respectively. In the biathlon, Fynn came 4th and Holly 6th, mini girls Millie and Beth were 4th and 5th in their class, Rio was 5th mini boy, Jack 2nd Junior boy and Henry 3rd Senior boy. Jane