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Hunting Exchange 2017
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The Pony Club Hunting Exchange

The Pony Club Hunting Exchange takes place every 2 years and rotates between members of the PCIA (Pony Club International Alliance), including USA, UK and Ireland.

The 2019 Hunting Exchange is taking place in the USA!


The Pony Club Hunting Exchange – Republic of Ireland 2017

The Irish Pony Club kindly extended an invitation to host the International Hunting Exchange for 2017. The exchange took place between Friday 17th February 2017 and Monday 27th February 2017.

These four lucky Pony Club Members aged 18-25 were selected along with a chaperone to take part. 
*Lydia Parrott, South Staffordshire Hunt Branch
*Diana Bevan, Burghley Branch
*Aled Harper, Saint Davids and District Branch
*Charlotte Campion, Heythrop Branch
*Chaperone - Alice Stockwell, Fife Hunt Branch

The Irish Pony Club planned a jam packed itinerary for the exchange with at least four days hunting and various trips including a day in Dublin, a trip to the Irish National Stud, Punchestown Racing and Coolsmore and Ballydoyle.

Charlotte and Diana have kindly written diaries detailing their adventures in Ireland -

Charlotte Campion Hunting Exchange Diary

Diana Bevan Hunting Exchange Diary

Selection of photos from Hunting Exchange Ireland 2017

A big Thank You

To the Irish Pony Club for organising and hosting this exchange, with special thanks going to Mary Cross, Judy Molony, Paula Hart and Barbara Meeks (Chairman of the Irish Pony Club), everyone who lent horses and the hunt staff for being so welcoming. Our Members had a truly amazing experience and the trip of a lifetime. 

The Pony Club Hunting Exchange – USA 2015

In 2015 The United States Pony Club extended a very exciting invitation to a lucky selection of our Members to partake in an International Foxhunting Exchange, based in the Lexington KY area. It commenced on October 22, 2015 and ended on October 31, 2015.
Congratulations to the following Members who were selected for the 2015 Hunting Exchange.

Charlotte Dun       Lauderdale Hunt
Lucy Morgan         Monmouthshire
Megan Lockyer       Wilton Hunt
Rosie Boulton       Pytchley Hunt
Chaperone         Helen Jackson

On non-hunting days, participants went on day trips to visit local areas of interest such as Keeneland Race Track, the Kentucky Horse Park, veterinarian offices, tack shops, and, of course, hunt kennels. Other social activities such as a quiz night & dinner at the Iroqouis Hunt Club House took place as well during the course of the exchange.

The Pony Club Hunting Exchange - UK

Every other year four Pony Club members from the UK, Ireland and USA are invited in rotation to a hunting exchange in each country - 2013 saw 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
Annie Garrett
Coach – Heather Kuenzi

‘Aine O’Brien
Aisling O’Brien
Laura Kaar
Jaime Roarke
Chaperone -  John Flood

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; 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.

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