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The Pony Club Office is based at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, from where The Pony Club is managed by a permanent staff responsible to The Board of Trustees, the Management Committee & The Equestrian Council. The Equestrian Council consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Chairman of Centre Membership, Director of Health & Safety, Chairman of the various disciplines and the Area Representatives from the 19 Pony Club Areas.
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The Pony Club is split into 19 Areas, with a number of Branches and Centres in each, across the country. Each Area has an Area Representative who will represent their Branches on The Pony Club Council.
Download a list of Area Representatives and their contact details: Area Representatives 2013
Each Branch covers a geographical area and is organised using the purposes and the rules of The Pony Club. Every Branch is administered by a voluntary District Commissioner helped by a Committee made up of voluntary members..
Pony Club Branch Membership is open to anyone under 21 years of age and existing Members may continue membership up to the age of 25. Members should have access to a horse or pony, by ownership or loan, and have the means to transport the horse or pony to and from rallies and events.
In 1998, the Centre Membership scheme was launched for those, without their own pony who ride at riding schools, to become Members and take part in all that The Pony Club has to offer. There are currently around 600 Pony Club Centres spread across the UK. Activities at the Centre are run by the Proprietor and their Instructors.
New Pony Club Centre Membership is open to anyone under 21 years of age who does not own a pony. Members pay an annual subscription and receive instruction at a Pony Club linked Centre, this subscription constitutes Membership of the Club and includes third party insurance.
The UK Pony Club was a founder member of the Euro Pony Club, which was formed in 1990 and has fifteen member nations. Its aims are to promote exchange visits between Members of the various countries, thereby creating friendship and a wider understanding of the individual cultures, languages and background.
There are also affiliated Pony Clubs in 17 overseas countries with over 2200 Branches. They operate in a similar way to the UK Pony Club and have exchange visits and international competitions regularly.
The long term aims and strategies of The Pony Club can be viewed here: Strategic Plan 2012-2016
In her Chairman’s Address at the Annual Conference in March, Cherry Michell announced that there was to be a review of The Pony Club’s strategy, to determine how best to meet the needs of our Members and volunteers. For further details please click HERE
|Christopher Bromfield||Legal Trustee||Find out more about Christopher Bromfield|
Christopher Bromfield - Legal Trustee
Christopher Bromfield became a Trustee in 2011. Christopher’s wife Clare is the District Commissioner of The Avon Vale Branch and they have three children who have all been Pony Club Members.
|Ros Slinger||Area Representative||Find out more about Ros Slinger|
Ros Slinger - Area Representative
|Mary Tuckett||Area Representative||Find out more about Mary Tuckett|
Mary Tuckett - Area Representative
Mary became Area Representative for Area 12 in 2010 having been District Commissioner for the Whaddon Chase branch for 6 years. Mary is also on the Pony Racing Committee. Maryâ€™s Pony Club involvement began as a child as a member (not very active though).
On leaving University Mary returned home to take over the mixed family farm in Buckinghamshire. The farm is in Environmental Stewardship and is part of the English partridge establishment scheme. Mary sits on the CLA Buckinghamshire Committee and the Agriculture and Land Use Committee nationally. She is also a magistrate and Chairman of the bench Youth Panel and Bench Deputy Chairman.
Mary is married with three daughters who are all actively involved with the Pony Club.
|Robin Danielli||Treasurer||Find out more about Robin Danielli|
Robin Danielli - Treasurer
Robinâ€™s career was spent in the Oil Industry, culminating in a series of senior financial appointments with Gulf Oil, both at the European head office and at the UK downstream company, Gulf Oil (GB), in Cheltenham. His involvement with The Pony Club began when his daughter took up riding in 1986. He became Treasurer and later D.C. of the Cotswold Vale Farmersâ€™ Hunt Branch. In 1999, he was asked to become National Treasurer.
He and his wife Andrea live five miles outside of Cheltenham. They have a daughter and a son, and two grandchildren.
|Robin Thompson CBE DL||Vice Chairman||Find out more about Robin Thompson CBE DL|
Robin Thompson CBE DL - Vice Chairman
Robin became Vice Chairman of The Pony Club in 2008. Robin is also Chairman of the Management Committee and President of the North Shropshire Hunt Branch.
Robin began his career in the army. In 1974 he founded the Shropshire Rural Housing Association and has been involved in the social housing movement for many years. Robinâ€™s career includes Director of Bibby Line Ltd, Vice Chairman of the Rural Development Commission, Council Member of Rural Agricultural Society of England, Board Member of The Housing Corporation (Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee). He is a past President of the Shropshire Horticultural Society. He is a Director of The Ultimate Travel Company, and is Chairman of an agricultural and property company.
Robin is married with three children. His recreational activities include gardening, horses, skiing, and pursuing his youngest daughters pony activities!
|Cherry Michell||Chairman of The Pony Club||Find out more about Cherry Michell|
Cherry Michell - Chairman of The Pony Club
Educated at Dulwick College preparatory School and St Maryâ€™s Baldslow. Cherry was a Member of Romney Marsh Hunt Branch of The Pony Club as a child, passed her B Test and competed up to Area Level. She taught at Rallies from the age of seventeen.
In 1972 Cherry married, had a daughter and spent six years cooking for ocean going yachts and sailing on the Solent.
She returned to the family farm and stud in 1978 and has worked there ever since. Emma, her daughter, joined the Romney Marsh and Cherry was soon asked on to the Branch committee. She was made secretary in 1979, then Assistant District Commissioner in 1983 and finally D.C. in 1987.
When in 1998 the job of Area Representative for the southeast (Area 11) became vacant Cherry was appointed to the position.
Mary Anderson became Chairman in 2004 she asked Cherry if she would consider being her Vice Chairman. A job she was delighted to accept and enjoyed immensely.
In 2008 Mary retired and The Pony Club Council voted Cherry in as Chairman. Now in her first year of her second term of three years she is looking forward to helping The Pony Club evolve and prosper and also to see her three grandchildren become the fourth generation of her family to benefit from the fun, friendships and training That The Pony Club offers.
If you wish to contact any of our Trustees, please do so through The Pony Club Office