Super summer of action for Pony Club members

Galloway Branch of the Pony Club members on their lap of honour
Galloway Branch of the Pony Club members on their lap of honour

Galloway Branch of the Pony Club have had a busy summer taking part in the Area 19 competitions and local shows. Here is a round-up.

Area Dressage took place at Auchinleck, Ayrshire on 14th July. Megan Miller and Susannah Service took part for the juniors, the novice team consisted of Carolyn Fisher, Joanne Wallace and Eilidh Fisher. Charlotte Service rode in the open competition. A good day was had by all. For those thinking of having a go at the area competitions this is a great way to start.

The following day saw teams taking part in the Eventing discipline at the same place. Two novice teams represented Galloway – Quinn Jolly, Caitlin Jolly, Becky Dalrymple, Mollie and Izzy Miller-Smith and Charlotte Service. Holly Sproat competed at the intermediate level. Well done to everyone.

Area Show Jumping took place at Ingliston, Glasgow on 29th July. Lucy Gaw was our only junior rider who completed two super rounds with only one minor error. The novice teams consisted of Becky Dalrymple, Caitlin Jolly, Mollie and Izzy Miller-Smith, Quinn Jolly, Rachel Ramsay, Eilidh Fisher and Charlotte Service. Well done girls you did the club proud. Quinn achieved two double clears and went into the jump-off. Team B came eight out of 18 teams which was a super result.

On Saturday 1st August a Games Team travelled to Dumfries Show to take part in the first “Fun Championship” against Nithsdale and Dumfriesshire Hunt Branches as well as Lochhill Pony Club Centre. Izzy, Becky, Susannah, Carolyn, Caitlin and Quinn did a great job in the main arena with a large crowd watching. The ponies took all the noise and excitement in their stride. Not placed in the bending race, they went on to win the bean bag race and the stepping stones race then came second in the mug race and a very respectable third overall. A big thank you to Ella Wallace, Georgie Barr and Anne Jolly who lent us small ponies for this activity, they were great.

Thanks also to everyone who came along to cheer the girls on, it was much appreciated!

More recently at Wigtown Agricultural Show, 20 members took part in a ‘Musical Ride’ in the main arena with a farming theme, devised by Pam MacDonald. It was a pleasure to be involved in our local show in such a way and was the culmination of many enjoyable evenings practicing.

There will be an Open Show Jumping Competition on Sunday 25th October at Carty Port. All welcome with classes for all. For more information go to http://branches.pcuk.org/galloway/ or look us up on Facebook.