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Cumberland Farmers’ Hunt (South) Branch of the Pony Club has taken part in Prince Philip Cup Games competitions around the North of England over the past two months.
Since October 2011, 12 Members from the Branch have been training for the Pony Club Games competitions which have taken place from April 8 to May 6.
The Pony Club Games competition 2012 consist of up to 8 races in Bending, Mug, Tyre, Stepping Stones, Flag, Bottle, Quoits and Tack Shop. During the races the riders have to race against the other teams completing the different games, most races involve the riders leaning down placing bottles or quoits over cones or placing them on barrels, vaulting on and leading each other.
The first competition was held near Northallerton on Easter Sunday. Both CFHS Senior and Junior Team faired very well against some stiff competition. The Seniors won the Mug Race against a team that competed at Horse of the Year Show last year. The second competition was a local one held at Greenlands Equestrian Centre hosted by Cumberland Foxhounds. The Junior and Senior Cumbria Cups were also decided at this competition, in which the Juniors won and the seniors were 2nd. The final competiton was the Pony Club Area 2 Final held at Hexham.
At this competition there is also an award for the best turned out team, which both the CFHS teams won on 130 points; in the Junior section Morpeth were 2nd with 121 and South Durham was third on 119, the Seniors were also on a score of 130 with Morpeth and Cumberland Farmers North equal 2nd on 127. The Juniors came a close 6th in the games competition with only 3 points separating 4th, 5th and 6th. The Seniors were also 6th out of 11 teams. Both sections were won by very fast and slick Morpeth teams.
In the photo: CFHS Senior and Juniors Games Teams at the Area 2 competition at Hexham on May 6.
From left to right: Emily Watson, Eliza Gutteridge, Marianna Stephenson, Chloe Reed, Morgan Ellis, Nikkita Guy, Madison Ellis, Elloise Stephenson, Holly Veitch and Amy Veitch.