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 (2018), we will be offering two options on a Saturday morning, Cobs E/D Test sessions and Shires - D+/C/ Platinum Test sessions.
Pony Club trip to Newmarket Racing School
Pony Club rides, trips, exams and clinics
Pony Club 2018
Fletchers Farm Riding School Pony Club will restart mid-March 2018 and run until the end of November 2018.
All sessions will include stable management, riding, 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.
Cobs - 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) as well as doing achievement badges and having fun along the way! 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.
24th March, 7th & 21st April, 5th & 19th May, 2nd, 16th & 30th June, 14th & 28th July, 11th & 25th August, 8th & 22nd Sept, 6th & 20th October, 3rd & 17th November
Exam day – Monday 29th October 2018
Shires - 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).
There will be a mock exam for this group on Saturday 15th September and it is strongly advisable that children attend this exam if they intend to do their test in October. This group will run fortnightly on a Saturday morning at 09.30-12.00.
Members who hold their Platinum test and who are working towards C+, are welcome to join the advanced group. We offer the chance to book individual training sessions tailored towards the needs of the higher exams, please speak to Helen or Jackie for further details.
17th & 31st March, 14th & 28th April, 12th & 26th May, 9th & 23rd June, 7th & 21st July, 4th & 18th August, 1st & 15th & 29th Sept, 13th & 27th Oct, 10th & 24th November
Mock exam session – Saturday 15th September 2018 for the advanced group
(riders from the novice group are welcome to book on this also)
Exam day – Monday 29th October 2018
The cost will be £25 per session payable in payments of 4 sessions at a time which will cover two months attendance and a waiting list will operate for each group once it is full. Please note we allow for two Saturdays holiday time (without paying) during the pony club year. If you require more than this time away from the sessions without paying to reserve your space, then the space may be offered to someone on the waiting list. If you would like to make a discounted one-off payment for the year then the cost will be £385.
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.
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 £30 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.