FLETCHERS FARM RIDING SCHOOL 
(FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE COLCHESTER GARRISON SADDLE CLUB) 

Pony Club 

Fletchers Farm Riding School is a Pony Club Centre and offers children without their own ponies the opportunity to take part in Pony Club. As an approved centre, we offer access for children to learn all about pony care and stable management whilst achieving badges or exams, in a fun and safe environment with trained instructors, along with meeting friends and enjoying trips and days out. 
 
To join any of our sessions you will need to be a member of the national Pony Club (this is separate to the Fletchers Farm Loyalty Scheme). Please ask for a form in the office to apply for Pony Club membership. If you are not currently a member, you are welcome to try one session first before joining. We require that you bring your Pony Club membership cards with you to sessions as everyone’s joining dates will be different depending on when they were due to renew.  
 
This year at Fletchers Farm, we will be offering three options on a Saturday morning, badge sessions, E/D Test sessions, D+/C test sessions. 

Pony Club 2017 

Fletchers Farm Riding School Pony Club will restart min March 2017 and run until the end of November 2017.  
All sessions will include games and other activities appropriate to the children’s level of experience and ages. We will also be holding various days out and trips so please keep an eye on the notice boards and our website/facebook for details. 
 
Badge Sessions 
 
This is a non-ridden two-hour stable management session which will run from 09.00-11.00 on a Saturday morning on a fortnightly basis. This is for children five years old and upwards and is an ideal introduction to pony care. It is a non-ridden session that will cover the Pony Club Achievement badges as well as developing skills on practical pony care such as grooming, mucking out, feeding etc.  
 
For children new to riding, there is a pony ride which can be booked separately at 11.00 after the session (subject to availability). The fee for the badge sessions are payable a week in advance at £13.00 or, should you choose, the whole year’s sessions can be booked for a ten percent discount at £222.30. 
 
Dates: 
18th March, 1st & 15th & 29th April, 13th & 27th May, 10th & 24th June, 8th & 22nd July, 5th & 19th August, 2nd, 16th & 30th Sept, 14th & 28th Oct, 11th & 25th November 
 
E / D Test Sessions 
 
This group will have a two and a half hour session that is aimed at preparation for the ridden E/D Test (up to Silver level) in the October half term (taking the test is optional). There will be training and stable management and some riding (however we recommend the riding in this group is to compliment the child’s normal riding lessons). To join this group children must be able to walk and trot on their own. This group will run fortnightly on a Saturday morning at 09.30-12.00. The cost will be £25 per session payable in payments of 4 sessions at a time (a waiting list will operate for this group once it is full). 
 
Dates 
25th March, 8th & 22nd April, 6th & 20th May, 3rd & 17th June, 1st, 15th & 29th July, 12th & 26th August, 9th & 23rd Sept, 7th & 21st October, 4th & 18th November 
 
D+ / C Test Sessions 
 
This group is for more advanced riders keen to progress through their exams. It will involve a two and a half hour training session each fortnight. Riders must be able to canter and have jumped small fences and have passed their D Test to join this group. There will be stable management appropriate to this level and some riding (however we recommend the riding in this group is to compliment the riders normal riding lessons). 
This group will run on a Saturday afternoon from 14.00-16.30. The cost will be £25 per session payable in payments of 4 sessions at a time (a waiting list will operate for this group once it is full). 22/03/17 This session is full but please contact us to go on the waiting list if interested. 
 
Dates 
18th March, 1st & 15th & 29th April, 13th & 27th May, 10th & 24th June, 8th & 22nd July, 5th & 19th August, 2nd & 16th & 30th Sept, 14th & 28th Oct, 11th & 25th November 
 

About the Pony Club  

The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation for youngsters interested in ponies and riding. It is the largest association of riders in the world. A majority of the most successful riders in all disciplines of British equestrian competition have been Members of The Pony Club. 
 
The objectives are: 
 
To encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding 
 
To give instruction in riding and horse mastership and to educate Members to look after and to take proper care of their animal 
 
To promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self-discipline 
 
Membership is available to children until the end of The Pony Club Year or the Centre Membership Subscription Year, whichever is relevant, in which they become 21 years old.  
 
What is Centre Membership? 
 
The Centre Membership Scheme was introduced in 1998 so that children and young people without their own pony could join and take part in Pony Club activities. Riding schools around the country become linked to the Pony Club, and through this link, can offer the Pony Club tests and badges to their clients. There are currently over 500 Pony Club Linked Centres in the UK and over 15,000 non pony owning young riders taking part in Pony Club activities. 
 
What are the benefits of Pony Club Membership and how can we help you?  
 
We want to broaden your knowledge of horse and pony care, make you feel a part of a world-wide organisation which has given so many members great fun and help you achieve your goals in the equestrian world, whatever they may be. 

How to Join 

New Pony Club membership is available to all children and young people up to the age of 21. Pony Club Centre Membership is £28 for one year and includes personal liability insurance for members at our UK Centres. Membership forms should be obtained from the Pony Club Centre that you wish to join. When completed, please send the form to The Pony Club head office with payment. Once received, a new member's pack will be sent out to the member including a tie and badge if purchased.