Last week a team from Talygarn Travelled to the Pony Club Championships in Cheshire to take part in the Pony Club Centre Equitation Competition. There had been several ups and downs this year and we nearly didn’t go. Pony Club changed the date which then clashed with Scope which Amelia needed the lorry for as she had qualified Millie earlier in the year. Steve had burst blood vessel behind his eye and couldn’t drive which at the time didn’t know how that would recover. Amelia decided not to take Millie to Scope but by this time the the Pony Club Competition was full. So with only a couple of weeks notice we were able to put an entry in when another team withdrew. Two senior member Millie Bushrod and Zoe Morgan and two junior members Abi Vukashin and Olivia Murray made up the team with Horses Tarquin and Billy. Top Groom, Team Manager and Driver Amelia drove the lorry and top groom Carys Morgan went as well. When they arrived they bedded the horses in the stables and put up the tents. Mums Sarah and Lisa had taken plenty of food to feed them all and Amelia put up the picnic table in the back of the lorry – unfortunately she didn’t lock the legs – 10minutes later the table slowly collapsed and Sarah and Lisa grabbed as much as they could as the food slid to the floor. Sarah spent her first night in a tent (quote – Never Again) and was up in the early hours with Olivia being sick, which was put down to nerves. Amelia and Carys’s cleaning OCD kicked in an not a speck of dust or dirt was seen on those two horses and for saying they are both coloured therefore a lot of white and white legs they were sparkling. The girls were a little disappointed to come 3rd in the tack and turn out especially when the winners didn’t even plait. The competition went well the dressage scores were very good. All riders were placed between 2nd and 4th in their individual sections after the dressage. The jumping is always very randomly scored Billy jumped well for both junior riders although did clip a pole and take it down for Olivia. In the senior section Tarquin was very strong and although Millie did very well he did get stronger throughout the course knocking down one fence and clipping several others as he got faster. Quite a bit of warm up later with lots of transitions and calming him down went on before Zoe took him in. He was much better behaved and jumped all the fences with Zoe being able to stay in control and rode a beautiful round and in the rain by this point. The Girls all rode very well and with 20 teams so 20 riders in each section we were pleased that they were all placed, Zoe had an oddly low score for the jumping so ended up with the dreaded brown rosette for 7th place, Millie was 2nd, Abi 2nd, and Olivia 4th Overall the team finished 2nd just a couple of points behind the winners. Unfortunately by the time of the presentation we had all begun to realise it wasn’t nerves with Olivia and she was genuinely ill. Hence the not so smiley Photos. After the event Millie left with her parents to go and watch her sister canoeing in Poland. Zoe travelled back in the lorry with Amelia and Carys and met up with Steve and I for a traditional Pony Club Event McDonalds at the services and the junior girls travelled back in the car with Lisa and Sarah and soon fast asleep.