The JCB Pony Club Championships
Offchurch Bury, Warwickshire, 13th-22nd August 2021
Thursday 12th August 2021 and the Tetrathlon competitors and crews converge at Off Church Bury for the 2021 Championship. Parking and setting up camp was somewhat different than in the past – spread out due to the additions of mounted games and polo cross. But, alas it was not long before all corners of the country located each other. Ludlow had 7 athletes in total. Intermediate – Poppy May (out of retirement), Charlie and Tom Brown, Tilly Evans, and Matilda Wall. Our championship debutantes in the Juniors Scarlett Bailey and Emily Walsh.
Friday morning was the start of the shooting phase, a steady hand and head required. All sound shooting scores with particularly good results Charlie (joint best shoot) and Scarlett 880.
Onto the swimming. Taking into account the lack of pool time since lockdown, results were equal to or greater than before. Charlie with the best swim (10 lengths 24m), Tom had a Pb with 10L 5m, Poppy 7L 19m, Tilly 8L 4m, Matilda 7L 19m, and our juniors Scarlett 7L 14m and Emily 7L 14m.
Another course-walk before exercising horses and setting camp for the evening.
Saturday Cross Country Day – ALL DAY. The courses were designed by Lloyd with the remit to catch out as many riders as possible! Provide enough learners ‘L’ to educate the riders in horsemanship and decision making. Strategies were applied! All our riders made educated decisions to take ‘L’ fences in order to reduce risk of run-outs, and encourage flow and positive riding. With this in mind, our riding scores did not reflect the quality of riding, but when you study the rest of the results the Ludlow held their own. Putting us in a strong position before the running.
Saturday night was Party Night – Theme of the Olympics, lots of dancing and condensation dripping off the marquee.
Sunday morning and running spikes are on. Intermediate boys 2000m and the rest of the squad 1500m. For those attending Off Church this week- the field next to the campsite, start at the bottom and run straight up the hill to the top! Charlie 2nd (6.22) and Tom 6th (7.06) best run. Poppy 6.04, Tilly 6.38, Matilda 7.28, Scarlett 6.16, and Emily 7.00.
Final Results: Please note points scores are very close
Mixed Intermediate Team (Poppy, Charlie, Tom, and Tilly) – Winners
Individual Intermediate Winner – Charlie Brown
Tom Brown – 13th
Poppy May – 16th
Tilly Evans – 22nd
Matilde Wall – 31st (out of 57)
Scarlett Bailey – 34th
Emily Walsh – 85th
Novice Dressage & Show Jumping
Well done to everyone today, there were some ups and downs as there often are when out and about with our Equine friends, everyone rode brilliantly with the Novice Dressage team Ella Perkins x2, Abi Bradley & Tilly Evans finishing 8th which was a real achievement, with Ella also picking up individual honours, and also with her emergency pony who stood in for Jess Radnor at the 11th hour as she wasn’t able to compete in the end proved to be a real star! It wasn’t Scarlett’s day today in the Show Jumping but she’ll be back to full speed soon no doubt, full report later.
Good Luck to the PC90 Eventers who start their campaign tomorrow with dressage & showjumping.
A massive well done to Becky Parsonage in the Open Dressage competition, she had managed to qualify Billy (Wacton Billy) & Cracker (Aberaeron Aur-Yr-Aeron). Billy was also part of the Area 7 mixed team.
Becky explains it all better than I can:
Wow, what a super day at the PC Championships representing @ludlowponyclub at Open level dressage! Billy did a lovely test and scored 71.25% coming 1st 🥇in his section and our Area 7 team also came 1st! 🏆We qualified for the ride off where the top 2 from each section compete again to determine overall individual placings. We finished 3rd 🥉 overall with a score of 71.04% winning lots of lovely prizes! 🤩
Super pleased with Cracker too for coping at his first busy championships after only doing a handful of shows, finishing about 1/2 way in his section. ❤️ He did a lovely flying change which we, unfortunately, didn’t need! 😂
Thank you @amyblountdressage for your help today! #wactonbilly #aberaeronauryraeron @ukponyclubofficial
PC90 Eventing & Intermediate Show Jumping
Oliver Smith was our sole representative in the Intermediate Show Jumping and did 2 lovely rounds just rolling a pole in each round.
Mixed fortunes for our PC90 team, all having a respectable run in their dressage, and an odd pole in the SJ, poor Matilda had a really unfortunate fall in the SJ so was then not allowed to do the XC the following day.
The 3 remaining team members of Abi Bradley, Ella Perkins & Tom Brown flew round a very tough Championship XC course clear, the team finished 21st (out of 37) and Abi Bradley finishing on her dressage score and 6th in her section, well done Abi a brilliant result!
Intermediate Dressage & PC100 Eventing
Ollie Smith & Alice Salwey were up first on Friday morning in the Intermediate Dressage, both posting very respectable scores but both having small mistakes left them out of the prizes this time but some very good experience under their belts for next year!
Eliza Hallett & Ottilie Salway were then on much later that day, Ottilie literally being the last on of the day for the PC100 Eventing Dressage, these are both new combinations so are early in their careers and both did super tests, both jumped well SJ but found the XC track a challenge today, both still smiling though with no doubt plenty to work on, definitely two combinations to watch out for in the future, well-done girls!
Although often only a few members get to the Championships each year it’s definitely something to aspire to and if you get the chance to go and watch next year or to go and support our members at the Regional Championships next weekend at Eland Lodge do go! It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! The National Championships are an accumulation of best combinations from all Pony Clubs from England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland and you will genuinely have never seen so many horses, ponies, people and all that goes with it in your life it’s amazing, and to be able to ride there is just something else! Well done everyone, looking forward to next year!