Pony Club

The Program

Tumpy Green Pony Club is unusual in the scope and variety of activities on offer.

What is The Pony Club all about?

The Pony Club aims to provide instruction in riding and horsemanship and to install in Members the proper care of animals. It promotes the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self discipline.

Who can join?

Pony Club Membership is open to boys and girls under 21 years of age.

How much experience do I need to have to join?

All levels of experience are catered for, we will divide groups up depending on experience. The Pony Club is about everyone learning to enjoy riding and horsemanship in a safe and supportive way.

What activities will there be?

The will be a full and varied program including the following; rallies, fun days, competitions, awards and badges to complete.

When does it run?

We run sessions on Saturdays and during school holiday.

How much does it cost?

There is an annual subscription to join the Pony Club. There will be an additional fee for separate activities.

What about insurance?

As a Pony Club member you will be covered by Third Party Public Liability Insurance.

Planned Activities?

Mounted Rallies

Tumpy Green Pony Club League Competitions

Show Jumping – League competitions at Tumpy Green, we are also planning to send teams to local competitions.

Dressage – League competitions at Tumpy Green

Eventing – We a send teams to local competitions.

Mounted Games – We hold fun competitions at Tumpy Green

Tetrathlon & Triathlon – We attend local competitions as well as the Pony Club Centre Championships.

Stable Management – We send teams to local competitions

National Quiz Competition – This was a new strand in 2015, and our excellent members have qualified for the Nationals following success at the Regional Qualifier.

We also send teams to the National Pony Club Championships in August – a great excuse for a road trip!

Our Pony Club caters for both those who own their own ponies / horses and those who do not. We encourage all our members to push themselves to achieve their potential in a fun and supportive environment.

Every Saturday morning we have rallies for  all our members.

Groups are divided depending on experience.

We work through our badges and assessments, improving our mounted and unmounted skills.

There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in competitions.

Saturday times;

  • Connemaras & Dales (D + level)  – 9-11am
  • Shires & Exmoors (D level) – 10-12am
  • Mini Pony Club (4-7 years) 2-3.30pm
  • Competition Plus (Own pony / horse)  – 2-4pm


Young Equestrians (13 years plus)   – 6-7.30pm

If you are unsure which group is most suitable please speak to Lyns in the Office or Nikki our Pony Club Co-ordinator.

We have workbooks that will help members progress through the assessment tests.

To recieve your workbook just email [email protected]

Here at Tumpy Green we believe in giving all our Members the opportunity to take part in competitions, therefore we offer horse / pony hire for all our competitions.

Fun Shows

Tumpy Green runs a full program of Fun Shows, and we strongly encourage our Members to get involved.  If you want to learn more about shows before taking part, why not volunteer at one of our shows, its a great way to learn and have fun.

League Competitions

We regularly hold league competitions, they run over a series of competitions, and give an opportunity for your to work on improving your scores throughout the league. Leagues are divided into different levels, so are suitable for all Members.

Inter Centre Competitions

We regularly meet up with other Centres to have fun competitions, this is a great way to meet new friends, and visit other Centres.

Competition Plus is a new club specifically for Members who own their own horse / pony.

So what is Competition Plus?

  • Its a group specifically for those Members with their own horse or pony
  • Its open to all ages, as groups will be divided if necessary
  • There will be a lesson and a practical stable management session
  • It meets on Saturdays 2-4pm
  • It is suitable for our members who are currently out competing or looking to start competing.
  • We will be  looking ahead to the competitions that are coming up. This will include planning for teams and assisting with advice on preparation and which classes etc.
  • Own transport is not essential, as we will work together to give Members as many opportunities as possible.
  • Although the Club is based at the Centre we will sometimes hold sessions at other Centres / venues.

Any questions?

Just ring Nikki on 07974946692 or email [email protected]

We send team to both the National Equitation Championships and the National Tetrathlon Grassroots Championships.

Its an amazing opportunity for our members to compete  against other Centre from around the country.

There are lots of photos on our Facebook page, so please do have a look.

There are spaces for Junior and Senior members on our teams, so keep an eye out details of selection criteria / competitions.

At Tumpy Green Pony Club we put equal importance to the stable management and horse care aspects of equestrianism, as to the riding aspects.

We aim to help our members gain a rounded level of knowledge, to enable them to care for a horse or pony.

The Pony Club offers Mini Achievement Badges for younger Members’ as well as both equine and non-equine Achievement Badges. Both types of achievement badge will help you to learn a wide range of skills like first-aid, farming, map reading, saddlery, road safety and grooming.

  • Mini Achievement Badges
  • Equine Achievement Badges
  • Non-Equine Achievement Badges
  • Competition Badges
  • Intro Competition Badges

The Pony Club also have a fantastic website to help Members improve their knowledge;


The National Quiz Competition

2015 was the first year we entered the The National Quiz, and we came 2nd at the National Finals! So we have set a high bar.

In the spring we take part in the regional qualifier, and if we are successful we head once again to the national finals.

TEAMS:  Branch & Centre Teams must be made up of the following members:

1 member any age under 12 on 1st January 2016

1 member any age under 14 on 1st January 2016

1 member any age under 16 on 1st January 2016

1 member any age under 25 on 1st January 201

Topics for 2016

Round 1 – The Pony Club

Round 2 – Rider, Tack & Turnout for Rallies, Competitions & Hunting

Round 3 – Well Known Equestrian Venues in the United Kingdom

Round 4 – The Numbers Game & Missing Words

Round 5 – Practical Round (Individual)

Round 6 – Points of the Horse (Juniors)  and Know Your Horse’s Ailments (Seniors)  – (Pairs)

Round 7 – Picture Round

Round 8 – All The Queen’s Horses

The Blue Cross Horse and Pony Care Competition

We also send teams to the Horse and Pony Care Competition. Members have to demonstrate their knowledge and practical horsemanship skills taken from The Pony Club Efficieny Test cards over a number of rounds.

Over the years it has become clear how much dedication and hard work Members put in to both the Qualifiers and the Championships, and it is great to see the high standard of knowledge Members have about the care, management and welfare of horses and ponies.

Pony Club Tetrathlon provides Members with a challenging competition requiring sound practical horsemanship and general athletic ability.

Tumpy Green has an active Tetrathlon Squad, with members from 5 years old.

Tetrathlon involves;

You don’t need to own a horse / pony to be involved, as they can be hired from the Centre.

We have regular training sessions and we are found of the odd social outing too!

Have a look at our Facebook page for lots of photos. Here are just a fwe to give you a flavour;

At Tumpy Green we have our own special Pony Club group for our younger members.

Vikki Tatnell is the Mini Pony Club Co-ordinator and helps us arrange a fantastic range of activities for all our 4-7 year olds.

The mini pony club provides a great foundation in learning and provides a stepping stone to our Satruday morning groups.

Parents are encouraged to stay and get actively involved in the sessions.

At Tumpy Green we have our own special Pony Club group for our younger members.

Vikki Tatnell is the Mini Pony Club Co-ordinator and helps us arrange a fantastic range of activities for all our 4-7 year olds.

The mini pony club provides a great foundation in learning and provides a stepping stone to our Satruday morning groups.

Parents are encouraged to stay and get actively involved in the sessions.

Young Equestrians is a programme created by Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) legacy programme, in collaboration with The Pony Club aimed at those aged 13-18.

Are you aged between 13 and 18?

Do you want to get more out of your riding?

If so, then Young Equestrians could be perfect for you!

Our Young Equestrians Club, designed by Hoof and The Pony Club, can help you make new friends, develop your skills, have fun, try out some of the horse sports available and get fit in the fresh air. No matter what level you are riding at, our club can offer you more than just the opportunity to ride and has been designed to provide you with more choice and freedom. When you join a Young Equestrians Club you will be also able to register to use the Young Equestrians portal to record your sessions, achievements and skills gained.

Riding Club

Tumpy Green is a BHS Riding Club Centre!

Ride Together • Train Together • Compete Together  • Have Fun Together

Non members are welcome to come along for a taster session prior to joining the Riding Club for standard lesson prices.

Forms for the Riding Club are available from the office, a small fee is payable directly to the BHS for  years membership, membership runs Jan – Jan.

Full Details of our current program of Events & Activities can be found on the Events calender.

The British Riding Clubs movement aims to reach all types of horse and rider from the dedicated competitor to the recreational rider. We offer a whole range of support and encouragement for riders, including national competitions, qualifications and social events.

There are many benefits to joining BRC, details can be found on the following pages.


Part of The British Horse Society Call: 02476 840518

email: [email protected]

What Sort of Activities Will be Organised?

Mounted – Activities / Instruction:

  • General flatwork
  • Lunge lesson
  • Schooling / riding to music. Musical ride / Quadrille
  • How to lunge the horse correctly
  • Dressage test practice – how to improve your score from the judge
  • Jumping – general practice with practice over a course
  • Jumping – gridwork
  • Jumping – simulated cross country using show jumps
  • Style Jumping – what the judge is looking for
  • Showing – how to ride an individual show, judges tips, ring craft
  • BHS Ride & Road Safety Examination
  • Guest Instructors
  • Pleasure ride – pub ride in summer
  • Club Camp week / weekend – just like Pony Club days!
  • Show jumping – course building or how to walk a course


  • Instructional Dressage – ride a test, have it judged and marked, then have a short lesson on how to improve your score, and then re-ride test
  • BRC & Interdressage League
  • BRC Riding Tests, BD Tests, Dressage to Music / Quadrilles
  • BHS TREC, arrange an Arena TREC Competition
  • Combined Training – dressage and show jumping
  • Eventers Challenge / Mini Prix – either Dressage with SJ and XC indoors/outdoors – over working hunter style jumps for XC course
  • Eventing team of 3: 1 rider does the dressage phase, another rider the show jumping and the final rider the cross country phase
  • Cross Country pairs – following or side by side
  • Style Jumping (formerly Equitation Jumping) – BRC & Interdressage League
  • Clear Round Jumping / Fancy Dress Jumping
  • Horse & Hound Relay – two courses (side by side) the horse jumps the course, followed by the dog (over a smaller course) and handler
  • Themed Show Jumping – Christmas (Olympia style), Hickstead
  • Gymkhana – even adults enjoy this old favourite!
  • Centre Points League / Centre League competitions

Talks & Demos:

  • Celebrity talk / demo
  • Saddle fitting
  • General Stable Management
  • Principles of Feeding
  • How to treat minor wounds, First Aid for horses and people, vet talk
  • Alternative therapies – Equine Massage, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Reiki
  • Natural Horsemanship techniques
  • Correct rider and horse clothing for competitions (I.e. cross country)
  • Confidence coaching – how to tackle riding fears / competition nerves
  • Hacking safety and rules of the road / reflective clothing and its uses
  • Equine psychologist, behaviouralist
  • Stable vices and how to prevent them / how to create a natural environment for the domesticated horse
  • Shoeing – different types and their uses
  • Equine Dentist
  • Equine security – horse, tack & equipment, stables and trailers

Social & Fun:

  • Quiz night
  • Bingo night
  • BBQ, Club meals and Club Dinner Dance for Christmas
  • Auction of Promises – in aid of a local charity
  • Dismounted Grand Prix dressage (performed on foot – imagine an adult trying to do piaffe and flying changes! You could even do proper dressage score sheets with prizes for the best efforts, etc). Interdressage also have Dog Dressage Tests!
  • Gymkhana on foot!
  • Trailer reversing competition
  • Ladies Night (sorry chaps) – night of pampering for busy horse riders!
  • Group outing to demos/ clinics and equestrian events such as Badminton and Burghley HT, HOYS, Hickstead or Olympia
  • Treasure Hunt – on horseback or by car
  • Bring & Buy tack sales BRC Centre Membership

What Competitions does BRC Offer to All Members?

British Riding Clubs & Interdressage

British Riding Clubs and Interdressage have formed a British Riding Clubs & Centres League, which is available online at:

www.interdressage.com. On this site you will find all the tests and rules for the league.

The league will run throughout the year, it has been designed to encourage more riding club centre members to ‘give dressage a go’ by making it possible for them to ride their tests in a relaxed manner from the comfort of familiar surroundings. The tests just need to be videoed and submitted to Interdressage for judging. All that is required is a level surface with markers. The league has a specific Riding Club Centre category, with the leading points Individuals and Centres winning top prizes.

Competitors entering the League will automatically be entered into the monthly Interdressage competitions and have the chance to compete internationally for further:

  • Fantastic Prizes and Rosettes
  • Generous Prize Money
  • Superb Achievement Certificates
  • Positive and Constructively Marked Score Sheets
  • National BRC Competitions Available to all Members

Often one of the key reasons clubs affiliate and want to be part of the BRC Movement is the fantastic competitions structure we have.

BRC offers National Championships in all the major riding disciplines, for both Junior and Senior members.

Which disciplines are covered?

  • BRC holds the following National Championships every year:
  • April Winter Championships – Hartpury
  • May Royal Windsor Horse Show, Top Score Show Jumping & Dressage
  • June Cross Country and Showing at the Festival of the Horse (FOH) – Aston le Walls
  • July: Teams of Three Show Jumping – Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead
  • Aug Horse Trials – Aston le Walls
  • Sept Show Jumping, Style Jumping, Dressage, Riding Test, Showing – Lincoln
  • Sept Eventer Challenge – Blenheim
  • Oct Dressage to Music & Quadrille Selection – Aintree
  • Dec Quadrille – Olympia Horse Show

How do Clubs/Centres Qualify for the Championships?

As we split the country into 23 Areas, each Area holds a Qualifier for each competition. The top Teams and, where applicable, Individuals by Area, then progress to the National Championships for that discipline, except for; FOH Showing Classes, Teams of Three Show Jumping, Eventer Challenge and the Quadrille, which are normally entered directly.

As you can see there are lots of fantastic opportunities that will be available via Tumpy Green BHS Centre Riding Club. Why not get involved.

Membership Benefits

• Membership of the British Riding Club
(Full details of the benefits of BRC membership can be found at www.britishridingclubs.org.uk
• Discounted Riding Club lessons
• Riding Club Clinics
• Opportunities to represent Tumpy Green Riding Club at Area 9 Competitions
• Discounted escorted hacks
• Discounts at a range of local equestrian suppliers
• Riding Club socials and trips
• Riding Club demonstrations

Membership Rates (2016)

Non Riding £5

Junior (14 yrs – under 18 years)   New member £20
Renewing member £15

Senior (over 18 years)                 New member £25
Renewing member £20

How do I become a Member?

You can pick up a Membership Application Form from the Office.

Membership is renewable annually.

Membership fees include membership of the British Riding Club.

Membership runs from Jan 1st to 31st Dec. You can however join at any point in the year.

You will enrolled on the BRC central database and receive a membership card directly from the BRC.

Centre Riding Club Members can participate in all of the riding club activities organised by  the Riding Club Centre. You do not have to be a horse owner to join in our activities, all activities are open to both horse owners and non owners. We even offer horse hire options for competitions based at the Centre.

These activities may include:

  • Instruction – mounted
  • Non-mounted Instruction e.g. stable management, talks and demos
  • BRC Examinations
  • Competitions e.g Interdressage
  • Fun and social events

Centre Members can also participate in BRC Area Qualifiers for the BRC National Championships.

How is the Club Organised?

We are currently looking for volunteers who are interested in helping organise our program of Riding Club events. If you would like to be involved in helping organise events please let Lyns know in the Office.


All Members are required to volunteer for 6 hours per year, this is vital in order to allow us to run our activities. We keep a central log of hours, and you can choose which activities you wish to help at.