Standardised Training Courses / A Test Coaching Camp

The A Test Coaching Camp is generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Loriners.

The A Test Coaching Camp (ATCC) is a scholarship course with the aim of educating young coaches to teach at all levels within The Pony Club. After a break of several years, the ATCC (then known as Young Instructors Advanced Course) was reinstated in 2008, ten members and former members of The Pony Club who had achieved their A Test attended. To have achieved your A Test you will have had a long “Pony Club career” progressing from the basic D Test through all levels to reach the highest qualification. A Test holders are encouraged to go on to train future A Test candidates and it is hoped that many will assess the A Test in the future.

The ATCC is a rolling two year course, The second year helps to reinforce that coaches are supported by The Pony Club; they are not on their own! Coming back for a second year allows the students to share their ideas and experiences, give feedback on the previous year’s advice after taking it out into the Branches and answer any questions that have arisen.

This year the A Test Coaching Camp was held at Lincomb Equestrian in Worcestershire and from 26-30 June 2017.

As a training organisation, The Pony Club feels that producing high quality coaches is as important as producing quality riders. These students are the people who will teach future Pony Club Members and setting the standard early will help to maintain the high standards within The Pony Club.

For 2017 our resident A Test Coaching Camp Coaches, Vicki Macdonald BHSI and William Blane FBHS were joined by Sarah MacDonald BHSI.  Guest coaches and speakers included Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics and Dr Tracey Cook.

Each student brings their own horse(s) or borrows one so that everyone has the opportunity to put into practice what they are learning and try out new techniques and exercises on each other.

A student riding at the YIAC

Rosie Boulton- Pytchley Hunt
Flora Campbell - Chiddingfold Farmers
Helen Berry - South Durham Hunt
Camilla Ramsoy - Caithness
Beatle Payne - Atherstone Hunt
Tessa Bishop - Garth South
Oliver Coome-Tennant - Lord Leconfield Hunt
Rebecca Williams - Cottesmore Hunt
Esther Mills - Glossop
Jess Folwell - East Sussex
Eleanor Smale - Old Surrey & Burstow
Gabrielle Pitman - East Sussex
Mabel Crampton- West Kent ( Meopham)
Sally Butler- Quorn Hunt

Eleanor Smale being presented with the Tim Spencer Cox Memorial Trophy

The Tim Spencer Cox Memorial Trophy is presented to the student who has performed exceptionally throughout the course, and shown excellent potential as a Pony Club Coach and Examiner.
Pictured is this years recipient Eleanor Smale, presented by the former Pony Club Chariman and now Life Vice President Mary Anderson

2008 - Ruth Walker
2009 - Robyn Waterson
2010 - Alice Greenwood
2011 - Sarah Parkes
2012 - Jean Smith
2013 - Hannah O’Kines
2014 - Jess Campbell
2015 - Amelia Sykes
2016 - Helen Berry
2017- Eleanor Smale

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