Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt Pony Club

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Latest Updates:

21.03.14 - New Rally Booking Form (Apr-May-Jun) & Lone Rangers Rally Form 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.



Saturday morning of the Eggesford Triathlon started with a snow storm in Okehampton. Fortunately by the time the competition started the snow had disappeared and nine members of Spooners Pony Club took part. Sam and Rory started their day with good run times on a muddy, slippery course before going to clean up and warm up for their swims. They both swam well with Rory swimming a personal best. They were in a team with the Western Pony Club which came fourth. The rest of Team Spooners all shot well, notably Beth scoring 720 in only her second competition, Jack 820 and Becky, Henry and Kelcey 860. Despite the difficult running conditions good times were clocked by many. Once again, the swim proved to be a strong phase for Spooners (perhaps we all have webbed feet from living on Dartmoor.) Jack, Theo, Becky, Beth and Henry all showed improvement and swam personal bests. In the final results Becky came 5th in the minimus girls class, Jack was 3rd minimus boy, and with Finlay and Theo the Spooners Boys team came 3rd. Henry came 2nd in the Junior Boys class and Kelcey was 1st Senior Girl. Sue


Thank you to all those who came and supported the Bere Pennisula ride yesterday. We would always like to welcome more of you, but those who did ride were rewarded once again with wonderful weather. Perfect for endurance riding and dads who dog walk! Congratulations to Charlotte Clark, Jess MacPhail, Emily Wooldridge and Rio Jackman who all successfully completed the longer Kestral ride route. Special mention must go to Paige Jackman who under EGB and Pony Club rules is deemed too young to take part. However she came to do the Charity Pleasure Ride and had no choice but to follow mum and Rio! Mud splattered but smiling she went through the Vet gate in great style with her gallant pony Pepsi having the lowest pulse rate of the day! Well done everyone. Rebecca T

05.03.14 - Winter Series Triathlon Roundup

Spooners triathletes have had a busy couple of weekends. On 22 February Henry and Beth travelled to West Cornwall to represent the Club at the Cury Pony Club Tri in Helston. Both had a good day, and with 2 members of the Dartmoor Pony Club they were in the winning team. Henry also won the Junior boys class with best run and best swim. This weekend a strong squad competed in the East Cornwall Tri in Liskeard and came home with plenty of rosettes. Senior Girls Kelcey and Megan were consistent in all three phases and came 1st and 3rd respectively. Kelcey had best swim of the class and Megan swam a personal best. They were also in the winning team! Henry was 2nd Junior boy, with best swim. He was in the winning team. Mini boys Jack and Joe were in a team with the Dartmoor which came 3rd. Both boys swam personal bests and individually Joe came 1st and Jack 7th. In the mixed minimus class for 8 and 9 year olds Beth and Theo were part of the winning team. Theo shot an impressive 800 and ran and swam well to come 7th and Beth showed yet more improvement in the pool to swim a personal best. This competition was the final of the Winter League, and here the consistency and persistence of those who have competed regularly, paid off. Over all competitors in Areas 15 and 16, Megan was 2nd Senior Girl, Henry 2nd Junior Boy, Joe 2nd Mini boy and Jack 5th mini boy. Well done to everyone else who has taken part over the winter and good luck for the Tetrathlon season, if it ever dries up enough. Sue Ware

02.03.14 - Congratulations Quiz Teams

Many congratulations to our two Quiz Teams who did us proud at the Area 16 Quiz night at Whiddon Down on Friday. In a hotly contested competition the team of Alice Kodrtisch, Amber and Grace Williams and Becky McArthur finished in sixth place out of nine teams. Whilst India, Maddy and Max Lewis with Jade Coupland finished in 4th place. WELL DONE EVERYBODY!

24.03.14 - Congratulations Henry!

I am delighted to tell you that Henry Ware has been chosen as one of a team of three to represent the the South West Region in Tetrathlon at The Royal Windsor Horse Show in May! Here's wishing you the best of luck Henry from us all.