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Great Britain hosted the 2013 Hunting Exchange from 31st January to 10th February.
The 2013 Pony Club Hunting Exchange took place from January 31st to February 10th, with 12 Pony Club Members from all over the UK, Ireland and the USA enjoying a week and a half of hunting and horse-related visits; with the first week was spent around Buckinghamshire and the remainder around Herefordshire.
Over the period, the four Members from each country had around five days’ excellent foxhunting with a variety of hunts including, a day beagling and two days visiting the Kimblewick Hunt kennels, Cheltenham racecourse, Tweenhills Stud and Woodway Farm racing yard, as well as a variety of evening entertainment including the Kimblewick Hunt pantomime and several supper parties.
Read the Pony Club Hunting Exchange 2013 Report by Peter Richards.
Each year four Pony Club members from the UK, Ireland and USA are invited in rotation to a hunting exchange in each country – this year it is the UK’s turn.
Pony Club Members aged 16-25, with their full Pony Club B Test or higher, were invited to apply for selection and having received a number of high quality CV’s for UK Pony Club Members the selection was difficult. However after great consideration the four luckily Members were chosen. (See list below)
Jenny Allen - South Pembrokeshire
Callum McDonald - Blankney Hunt
Peter Richards - South Devon Moorland
Rosie Alcorn - Route Hunt
To be joined by:
Emily Digney - Old Dominion
Aliina Keers - Northwest
Sharlee Lowe - Great Lakes
Coach – Heather Kuenzi
Chaperone - John Flood
If you would like further information on the exchange please contact Jo at Pony Head Office - Jo@pcuk.org
The 2011 Pony Club Hunting Exchange took place in the USA, in the Commonwealth of Virginia and State of Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic area, during 1st - 9th March 2011.
Pony Club Members aged 16-25, with their full Pony Club B Test or higher, were invited to apply to for selection on the exchange with over 20 Members applying for a place. After much consideration the following Members were selected to take part:
Hosted over nine days by the United States Pony Club (USPC), the trip was also joined by four Members from Irish Pony Clubs, as well as the United Kingdom and USA Pony Club Members. Participants and chaperones will be staying with Pony Club host families or hunt members.
Hunting took place in Northern Virginia in and around Middleburg, with some of the oldest hunts in the country, and just to the north in Maryland, home to many steeplechase enthusiasts and excellent hound packs. In addition to hunting, there was a trip to Washington, DC for sightseeing, farm tours, and of course enough time for the all important socialising!
Want to find out more about what went on during the Exchange? Then download the Hunting Exchange Report written by Chaperone, Helen Jackson.