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Rain Doesnt Dampen Spirits at The NFU Mutual Novice Championships

Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre, Cheshire, played host to the eleventh Pony Club Novice Championships, generously supported by NFU Mutual during the weekend of August 27-28th.

The two day event was kindly organised by The Pony Club’s Cheshire Hunt North Branch, and enjoyed an attendance of over 700 competitors, as well as spectators, from all over the UK including Northern Ireland

Despite some inclement weather, The Pony Club NFU Mutual Novice Championships still provided plenty of sport, acting as the climax to a series of qualifying competitions throughout the summer. Pony Club Members battled it out, both individually and in teams, across the three disciplines of Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing for coveted top spots.
With the average age of competitors being just 13, the grassroots riders were really showing off the skills that will lead to them being future stars of the equestrian world.

Highlights included the Bedale and West of Yore teams ‘doing the double’ and taking the top spots in both the Eventing and Show Jumping, whilst the Wylye Valley team dominated in the Dressage. 

Joan Deakin, District Commissioner for the Cheshire Hunt North Branch and event organiser, commented “Once again The Pony Club NFU Mutual Novice Championships were a huge success and, despite the challenging weather, the event ran smoothly from start to finish thanks to the Cheshire Hunt North Novice Championship Committee and the army of volunteers who all worked tirelessly”. “The weekend flew by with many smiling faces, it was a real family occasion and a celebration of all The Pony Club has to offer”.
A full set of results can be found HERE

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