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The Pony Club Dengie Endurance Championships 2011

Pony Club Endurance, generously sponsored by Dengie Horse Feeds, enjoyed the sunshine for its Championship, held on September 18th at The College EC, Bedfordshire.

50 Pony Club Members, from all over the country, travelled to take part in the Championships third year, after gaining qualification at rides throughout the summer months. Competitors were split across Junior (eight to 12 years) and Senior (over 13 years) levels, both individually and in teams. As with the other Pony Club disciplines classes will be set at levels for Novice (32km at 10km per hour), Intermediate (40km at 11km per hour) and Open (40km at 12km per hour).

Highlights for 2011 included the Bedale and West of Yore Branch, who recently enjoyed success at the Novice Show Jumping and Eventing Championships, taking the top spot in the Open Senior Team Competition. The Intermediate and Novice Team honours went to some new faces in Pony Club Endurance, with the South Dorset winning the Intermediate Team, Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt Branch winning the Novice Team (Junior) and Hampshire Hunt the Novice Team (Senior).

“We arrived to some inclement weather on Saturday afternoon”, commented Sally Lawton, Pony Club Endurance Secretary. “Luckily the weather cleared overnight and we had bright blue skies, which was a great bonus for our competitors and it has been a really enjoyable Championship”.

Introduced in 2009 Endurance has proved a great addition to The Pony Club’s disciplines, as no specific type of horse or pony is needed to take part, and the emphasis on sound knowledge of how to correctly get fit and feed your horse sits well with The Pony Club’s training ethos. Pony Club Endurance is supported by long standing Pony Club sponsor Dengie Horse Feeds, who took on Endurance in addition to their Pony Club Winter League sponsorship at the beginning of 2010. 

“Dengie is delighted to support the Pony Club in the growing sport of endurance.  Congratulations to all the winners at the Championships and well done to all competitors, supporters and their horses – it’s a great achievement to qualify and a credit to their preparation and training”, commented Dengie Managing Director, Ian Hassard.

A full set of results for Championship is available HERE

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