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Okehampton Show - Thursday 10th August 2017

East Cornwall Hunt Pony Club managed to pull together a team of four riders - Tilly Bassett, Megan Busby, Beth Stephens and Annelie M’Hand and four ponies - Abbie, Dweeb, Drake and Maisy to take part in the mounted games display at Okehampton Show on 10th August. 

There was much debate on who was going to ride which pony as the girls (with the exception of  Megan) using unfamiliar mounts. The debate was settled very diplomatically with riders swapping ponies throughout the mounted games event. 

Competition was fierce with two teams from Little Margate, South Devon West and Dulverton taking part. Races included polo-bending, mug, stepping stones, tyre and rope and saw plenty of accurate riding and vaulting by all ECHPC girls. The display given by the ECHPC was truly exciting and one of the best so far by ECHPC at this, one of the local shows that the mounted games teams are asked to take part in. 

With only two races to go, ECHPC were in the unbelievable position of being 3 whole points ahead of South Devon West! The girls could not quite believe it and maybe the pressure got to them as in the penultimate race, they were beaten by the SDW, seeing their lead reduced.

There were groans of trepidation when the final race was announced - the dumpy sack race. ECHPC, as many of you will be aware, are not renowned for this event. In fact, previous performances have seen the ECHPC team collapse in a  big heap someway off the finish line when all other competing teams have finished the race. 

But this final race proved to be so thrilling. Megan and Tilly were the riders mounted who were led on foot by Annelie and Beth who sprinted as fast as their legs would carry them to the end of the race field, where riders dismounted and the whole team ran back to waiting dumpy sack at the centre line, climbed in and jumped for home. Thank goodness for the little bit of extra practice and coaching that took place prior to the competition. All four girls were totally focused, determined and brilliant! It was apparent, that the team (and fellow competitors and ECHPC spectators alike) could not quite believe what they had accomplished as they crossed the finish line - first to win the race and the competition. There were huge cheers and big hugs between the girls as they realised their victory! 

The elated ECHPC team received their rosettes from the chair of the show committee and his wife who were thoroughly entertained by all the mounted games teams and even more so by the victory gallop (no hands) up the arena. 

The entertainment did not stop there, more giggles and laughter were had when it was found upon departure that the team transport had become stuck in the mud and required ponies to be unloaded from the lorry and the girls, with the help of Little Margate having to push the lorry out.  

The girls would like to thank Cathy and Sarah for team transport, the lovely owners who loaned their even lovelier ponies and to the show organisers for hosting such a wonderful event. 

Fun, exciting, learned lots, laughter, beautiful, exquisite,
working together, new friendships, kind, friendly and the continual ‘tack
cleaning’ were just a few of the words the campers associated with their time
at camp. Our first camp to be held at Duchy College which served us well as the
weather posed a special challenge mid week. We were fortunate to have the
luxury of all of the indoor schools, outdoor school and the cross country
schooling field. With 4 groups of riders our three instructors Gail, Mandy and
Julie set a really fun yet great series of lessons coupled with stable
management sessions. We were fortunate to have three senior helpers, Oli, Milly
and Abi who I think we have scared for life and non of them now fancy entering the teaching
profession!!! These three were absolutely amazing and built such rapports with
the children along with providing many stable management session and the camp
evening entertainment. I have to say I did catch Abi and Oli having races on
the bouncy hoppers, apparently they were just testing them out!!!!

The first day the campers arrived full of enthusiasm accompanied
by eager ponies who wanted to get started. Each camper had their own stable and
once settled their ponies in set about creating their camp rooms. There were
fairy lights, lots of pink things, many many unicorn attire and stuffed toys
along with Erin Voyzey who had to win the prize for the most comfortable bed –
a memory foam camping bed.

After riding lessons, Oli and Abi set about tack cleaning.
There was much debate about Oli being able to put a bridle together but I was
assured he can now do so! The lead reins had a variety of schooling session
inside and some jumping followed by a hack around the block which saw the
navigation of tractors, post vans cars etc and all of the ponies were very well

Gail’s group did some cross country training and Erin did
the best buckaroo you could imagine but got straight back on to enjoy the
session. The cross country fences were quite meaty and the girls all took stock
and flew over them. Gail’s flatwork and gridwork session were gruelling with no
stirrups and the whip held over the saddle but again the children embraced this
and all of them saw a better riding position afterwards.

Mandy managed two groups and again did lots of gridwork and
jumping with many jumping the Duchy skinny gate which is such an accolade.
Mandy commented that each child had set a goal for camp and she worked with
them to ensure they had met their goal by the end of camp.

Dinner was cooked and served by the amazing Clare Mollet (I
think she should to set up a catering business she is awesome!) with fresh
lasagne, pasta and macaroni with fruit ice cream and melted choc for pudding.
No complaints at all – one camper said to me ‘This is the best meal I have ever

Evening entertainment saw the Olympic games style activities
in the out door school followed by apple bobbing and flour and marshmallows (messy
faces). Hobby horse riding, bouncy hoppers and an array of laughing giggling
and fun. The infamous hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows preceded a sing
song which ended up into a giggle fest!

We did not let the weather dampen us (literally) and carried
on with our riding in the schools again with a variety of umping, flatwork
sessions to help develop the children’s riding. Clare then served up the ost delicious
roast beef and roast chicken with all the trimmings meal! She below us away
with the finest beef cooked to perfection. I was worried the helpers were going
to race the children to the servery but we ensure that all were happily fed
before we let the big ones dive in. The pudding then saw a chocolate waffle and
Cathy Busby’s infamous white chocolate cheesecake – which as divine and some
were seen having it for breakfast the next day it was so tasty!

The talent show was a real scream the children worked in
teams to create anything they liked and they did. The winners were China and
Kensa who did the funniest naughty horse on a headcollar impression – it was

Finally we did our little shows for parents on the Thursday,
where feedback was really positive. Followed by the yard needing to be pristine
and I mean pristine so much so a leaf blower was taken down the middle to
remove every last bit of hay!

Overall a big thank you to everyone for coming along, your
children were a pleasure and delight. Thank you to all the parent helpers,
lunch helpers instructors, camp entertainment, Megan and Tilly who stepped in
last minute as Abi had to go of to championships and Milly had a driving

Finally, a thanks to all the ponies for working hard and
behaving well. We really hope you enjoyed the camp roll on next year and one
finally apology – your children may have been a little stinky on return but
that signifies a good camp!

Milly Bersey has posted a video on the FB ECHPC site please
do view it such amazing memories.

                      JUNIOR REGIONAL TETRATHLON By Kathryn Treleaven.

Phoebe Frost, Demelza Morris and Charlotte Hicks competed in this amazing competition at Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire this weekend(3rd/4th June). These girls were AMAZING!!

163 girls from 8 regions  included competitors who came from Scotland, Wales and Ireland to compete in this event.

All girls shot well with Phoebe scoring 860, Demelza 760 and Charlotte 960. Later in the day they competed in the swimming event with Phoebe swimming 7.15, Demelza 7.07 and Charlotte 9.18. On Saturday evening a barbeque was held in the camping field with each team providing some entertainment. The theme this year was " Super Heroes " and duly clad in capes and sparkles the south west team claimed second prize! On Sunday it was back to the serious stuff with a very big and hugely technical course that was like nothing the girls had ever seen! Phoebe, Demelza and Charlotte had to work to gain as many points as possible for the team. Phoebe had a super round only collecting a few faults when she crossed her tracks ( very easy to do on this particular course). Demelza also collected a few jumping faults and Charlotte jumped clear but collected some time penalties. They finished the event with the run where Phoebe finished on 6mins 6 seconds, Demelza 6 mins 25 seconds and Charlotte on 6 minutes. They finished the event with Phoebe gaining 4090 points, Demelza 3787 and Charlotte 4496. They were in a team with Lucy Steven from Lamerton and Henrietta Ewell from Cotley and finished an amazing 7th place. Charlotte also gained an individual 7th place.


                            Inter Area Tetrathlon - by Kathryn Treleaven.

Phoebe Frost, Demelza Morris and Charlotte Hicks competed in this two day event held at Bicton. Phoebe had a super shoot of 920 and Charlotte was awarded best shoot. All girls were fabulous on the up to height XC course with Phoebe and Charlotte going clear inside the time, Demelza had a satnav problem and gained a few penalties in the ride. The team all had super swims and fast run times. East Cornwall team gained a very credible third place with Charlotte having an individual third. These girls were awesome competing against Members from seven different areas and they really pulled out the stops. They are now heading for Moreton Morrel College on 2nd June to compete in the Junior regional Tetrathlon in the South West team, we wish them the best of luck.

                             SDM TRIATHLON  by Kathy Treleaven.

Phoebe Frost and Charlotte Hicks competed in the junior Girls class yesterday(13th May). Phoebe began the day with a super shoot (840) and Charlotte scored (980), they then ran a very long xc race both Phoebe and Charlotte performing well. The swim was held in the outdoor pool at Bovey Tracey and just as the swimming began the heavens opened! Both girls swam amazingly well considering the awful conditions with Phoebe swimming 7.16 and Charlotte 9.10. Both girls finished all 3 phases with a placing, Phoebe 3rd and Charlotte 1st with best shoot, swim and run. The next Tetrathlon is held by North Cornwall on 17th and 18th June with the riding at Lanhydrock.

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This event was held at the Duchy with the show jumping phase being held in the outdoor arena for a change and thankfully the weather was sunny and dry. As in previous CT's we were very fortunate to have Zoe Barwell judging the dressage and this time Caroline Wills judged the show jumping, both doing an excellent job and being very encouraging of the children.

The first class was the Walk and Trot test and 40cm jumping - this was won by Fleur Jackson who also took the best dressage rosette. 2nd was Daisy Swain, 3rd Ava O'Brien, 4th Darcey Goodman and 5th Josie Jackson.

In the second class (Grassroots and 60cm) Faith Davey won and also had the best dressage, 2nd was Florence Scard-Morgan and 3rd Erin Voysey.

In class 3 (Grassroots and 70cm) Faith Davey again won and took best dressage, in second place was Florence Scard-Morgan.

Class 4 (PC Novice Eventing and 75cm). 1st was Sydney Bond, 2nd Nicole Harding,3rd with best dressage was Isobel Thomas, 4th Beth Stephens and 5th Beth Witton.

Class 5 (PC Novice Test and 85cm) was the largest class of the day and was won by Tilly Bassett, 2nd Nicole Harding, 3rd Sydney Bond, 4th Isobel Thomas, 5th Freya Donaghy and 6th Beth Stephens with Holly Hale taking the best dressage.

Class 6 (PC Novice and 95cm). This class was won by Holly Hale, 2nd Tilly Bassett, 3rd Freya Donaghy with best dressage and 4th Amy Blake.

It was noted by Zoe that the dressage tests were well ridden particularly by those that were able to memorise them. Ponies and children were well turned out and all benefitted from being able to jump a second (practice) round of showjumps either at their class height or next height up which made for a great training experience. Class numbers were a little low and I would welcome suggestions to make this a bigger competition next time. Special thanks goes to all the parents who helped out with the running of the day and putting up and taking down of the showjumps. In particular, thanks to Lucy Scard-Morgan, Julie Swain, Marcia Voysey, Fiona Stephens, Sarah Martin and Julia Bassett.

Lucy Thomas



A warm welcome to Scarlett and Florence Moore, Emma Davey, Monty Wickham, Darcey Goodman and Talula Stacey. There are lots of fun things for junior members and we really look forward to seeing you all at the forthcoming rallies. 

It is really refreshing to have so many younger members starting the club.........they are our stars of the future so watch this space!


We had 6 members competing at this event yesterday posting some awesome results!  Unfortunately the swim was cancelled due to a faulty pump in the pool so the event became a shoot and run event.

Holly Reid competed in her first ever triathlon and proved tobe an absolute superstar in the run phase completing the 1000m course in a super fast 3mins 55sec.  This gained the best run in the class and she finished in 5th place individually.  GO HOLLY!!!

In the mini girls class, Isabel and Tamsyn also had a good day with Issy shooting a super 760 and also posting a fast run to finish in 5th place individually.  Tamsyn had been unwell but was still willing to compete fopr her team with a good shoot of 640 and a good run.  Holly, Issy and Tamsyn were awarded 9th place in the team competition.

The very competitive Junior girls class was as popular as ever with lots of strong athelets entered.  Kensa has also been really poorly but, as always, she was determined to compete and cheer her team mates on.  Hollie had only competed a few times and is improving her performance each time, she had a good run and shoot.  Demelza had a super day shooting a good 700 and then running a super fast 1500m on a very soggy course to finish in 3rd place.


Area Dressage - Written by Tracey Baker

An amazing number of members attended on Sunday 17th July to compete at three different levels.

Our 10 years and under competing in the walk and trot junior class they were fantastic as it was a busy and hot day the team came 3rd both in the competition and tack and turnout for some members this was one of their first competitions and Daisy Swain and Florence Scard-Morgan were confident and enjoyed the experience. Ella Glennon came 3rd individually.

Moving onto the Grassroots competition we had 5 teams entered (20 members) and the effort in presentation and preparation was outstanding. Our younger team known as the dressage divas Erin Voyzey, Millie Frost, Rosie Busby and Holly Reid did well coming 7th. Macy Simpson, Steph Bennison, Mary Nason and Ella Glennon came first with Steph Bennison being first individually in her arena. Evie Baker, Tilly Basset, Megan Busby and Tamsyn Morris came 3rd with Megan Busby first individually. Bethany Stephens, Tegenn Greenaway, Holly Hale and Kathryn Coleman came 10th an huge effort bearing in mind Holly and Kathryn had only got back from a school trip at 3am and Beths pony had not travelled well. Our final team of Katie Flanagan, Hannah Bragg, Isobel Sutton and Florence Scard-Morgan did exceptionally well only just missing out on qualification. The top 10 teams qualified for the Regional Championships being held at Bicton Arena on the 3rd September and indications are all teams will be attending.

Finally we had two novice teams. Abi Cox, Abi Baker, Isobel Thomas and Sydney Bond came 2nd as a team with Sydney and Abi Cox second individually. There was some confusion over results which were resolved. Our remaining team of Demelza Morris, Ollie Bassett, Phoebe Frost and Florence Wickham were not placed but some excellent riding and Florence Wickham deserves a special mention as she filled the space at very short notice the Friday before the competition and was not familiar with the test and came 2nd in her arena.

Well done to all!

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