MORE than 650 young riders from across the country will descend on Kelsall this weekend to compete in the tenth Pony Club Novice Championships.
The competition will be held at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre, on Saturday August 28 and Sunday 29. The two day event, organised by The Pony Club’s Cheshire Hunt North Branch, will bring together one of the largest gatherings of young riders at this level.
Sponsored by NFU Mutual, The Novice Championships are the climax of a series of qualifying competitions that the Pony Club runs throughout the UK during the year. With the average age of competitors being only 13, many riding stars of the future will be showing off their skills to the crowds.
The Pony Club is the biggest source of young riding talent in the UK, and this has been clearly demonstrated by the recent announcement of the World Equestrian Games Eventing team, all of whom have previously been members of The Pony Club.
Pony Club members will battle it out, both individually and in teams, for the top honours across the three disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing.
“We would love as many spectators as possible to come along and enjoy The Novice Championships,” said David Knowles from the Cheshire Hunt North Branch.
“There is no entry fee for spectators, hot and cold food is available, there are trade stands to browse and of course all the sporting action to watch.”
Established in 1929 The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation for youngsters interested in ponies and riding.
Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre is located on Winsford Road (A54) just east of Kelsall.