The Pony Club launched a commemorative booklet at Gatcombe last weekend to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

The collection of equestrian titbits includes Thelwell’s first ever cartoon of a pony, a history of the organisation, and reminiscences from those who have helped it on its way, or vice versa.

“The name might suggest days of the Raj or one of the outer reaches of the internet,” writes Julian Seaman, who is one of the few who can claim to have tackled both the Vicarage Vee and Canal Turn during his competitive career. These days he can turn his hand to anything, from PR to fashion illustration.

“I cannot remember having a burning ambition to wear the heroically hideous tie, but I now treasure it in my day job as a fashion lecturer…”

Julian is just one of many to have contributed his (perhaps somewhat salubrious) Pony Club memories, adding a personal touch to the facts and figures that adorn the booklet.

The booklet is available from all good bookshops or by ringing 02476 698 300. Members may buy it online via the Pony Club website at www.pcuk.org