The annual summer camp of the Route Hunt Pony Club took place in Ballymoney recently.
Members arrived at the NAAA show grounds at 8am on Monday morning and presented their ponies for the veterinary inspection prior to the full week of training.
The standard of the turnout was excellent with ponies plaited and scrupulously clean and the handlers also impeccably turned out! It was a credit to the 38 members that this was maintained throughout the week despite the rather damp conditions that did not spoil the enjoyment of all the campers. Training in horse care, dressage, jumping and x-country was given by the 6 instructors to members aged from 6 to 17 years of age and on the final day the training was put to good effect in the !one day event” competition.
Thankfully the sun shone on the Friday morning as the riders were tested in dressage and show jumping. After lunch they tackled the 17 fence x-country course that had been specially built by the “dads” under the careful direction of Fred White.
The five “fledgling” members had their own 10 fence X-country course which they all completed successfully to the delight of the parents. The Route PC would like to thank the North Antrim Agricultural Association once again for the use of the Show grounds which looked immaculate and which held up well even with the rain mid-week.
We are also indebted to the Ballymoney RP Church for the use of their Holmes Hall which provided excellent facilities for the campers.
The pony club “mums” looked after the catering and everyone was in agreement that the food was delicious and the never ending supply of tray bakes was very well received!! Results: Seniors: ODE: 1st Jessica Knipe, 2nd Beccah Sim, 3rd Jennifer Pollock, 4th Lucy Lamont, 5th Hannah Patterson.Dressage: 1st Lucy Lamont, 2nd Jessica Knipe, 3rd Jennifer Pollock, 4th Beccah Sim, 5th Zara Leslie, 6th Hannah Patterson. Combined training: 1st Jessica Knipe, 2nd Jennifer Pollock, 3rd Beccah Sim, 4th Lucy Lamont, 5th Hannah Patterson. Intermediate: ODE: 1st Rachel Hall, 2nd Christine McNally, 3rd Kathy Woodrow, 4th Laura Abernethy, 5th Sian Sutherland, 6th Danielle Lynch. Dressage: 1st Laura Abernethy, 2nd Rachel Hall, 3rd Sian Sutherland, 4th Christine McNally, 5th Kathy Woodrow. 6th Danielle Lynch. Combined training: 1st Laura Abernethy, 2nd Rachel Hall, 3rd Sian Sutherland, 4th Christine Mcnally, 5th Kathy Woodrow, 6th Danielle Lynch Juniors: ODE: 1st Lynn Macaulay, 2nd Kerry Graham, 3rd Orla Smith, 4th Aoife Carr, 5th Rachel Kelly, 6th Freya McSheffrey. Dressage: 1st Orla Smith, 2nd Sarah Lynch, 3rd Aoife Carr, 4th Lynn Macaulay, 5th Freya McSheffrey, 6th Crystal Moore. Combined training: 1st Sarah Lynch, 2nd Aoife Carr, 3rd Lynn Macaulay, 4th Freya McSheffrey, 5th Conny Patton, 6th Abbie Patton. Minimus ODE: 1st Katie Curry, 2nd Wendy Anderson, 3rd Sarah McNally, 4th Niamh Carr, 5th Charlotte Leslie, 6th Olivia Quinn. Dressage: 1st Katie Curry, 2nd Olivia Quinn, 3rd Wendy Anderson, 4th Sarah McNally, 5th Niamh Carr, 6th Charlotte Leslie. Combined training: 1st Katie Curry, 2nd Wendy Anderson, 3rd Sarah McNally, 4th Niamh Carr, 5th Charlotte Leslie, 6th Olivia Quinn.
Fledgling: ODE: 1st Maria Carr, 2nd Rocco Quinn, 3rd Henry Woodrow, 4th Cormac Carr, 5th Anna Patton.
Dressage Cup winner: Rocco Quinn. Combined training cup winner: Henry Woodrow.