The Pony Club celebrates 75 years

  • The Pony Club has announced its 75th anniversary celebrations, which include representation at high-profile events, concessionary rates for Pony Club members at some of the most significant events in the equestrian calendar, and the usual array of national, and international, Pony Club championships.

    The celebrations begin with the Pony Club annual conference, which will be one of the first events held in the newly refurbished Centaur Suite at Cheltenham Racecourse on 10 March. It will be attended by more than 500 Pony Club officials as well as The Princess Royal.

    Princess Anne will also be visiting the Pony Club Centre at Twin Tress Equestrian Centre, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire on 15 April and attending the 75th Anniversary Luncheon at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on 29 April.

    The Pony Club is the official charity for this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and a special programme of activities, still to be confirmed, will be planned around the event. In addition, thanks to support from the event’s title sponsor, the Pony Club will be launching a raffle at Badminton to win a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin Warrior car.

    Other major events in the equestrian calendar supporting the youth organisation include the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which has given over half a day of ring time on Sunday 13 May to a celebration of the Pony Club. The East of England Show (19-20 June) and The Royal Show (4-7 June) will both be staging two 40-minute Pony Club displays in the main arena.

    Mary Anderson, chairman of the Pony Club, says: “The 75th anniversary celebrations will give us an excellent opportunity to look back at the extraordinary achievements of the Pony Club and, more importantly, it will provide a platform to promote the vital role of the Pony Club in the 21st century.”

    The Pony Club was founded in England in 1929 and is now represented in 18 countries with a membership of around 110,500, making it the largest association of riders in the world.

    For more information visit: www.pcuk.org

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