The Pony Club is a voluntary youth organisation which is open to all young people under the age of 25 throughout the United Kingdom. The aims of The Pony Club are:
The Pony Club promotes the education of young people through the provision of instruction and examination in riding, horse care and animal welfare. At camps and rallies children are taught best practice in a fun and safe environment.
Competitions are held at Branches and Centres, and the National Championships allow Members to compete at the highest level. Tests and competitions help young people to develop potential and encourage them to strive for the highest standards of equestrian achievement. Many former Members go on to compete at international competitions, which helps to raise the international sporting profile of the nation.
In determining the fees and charges for membership, the Trustees' priority is to set these at a level so that membership of the charity is accessible to the widest possible section of the public. Traditionally, Pony Club Members had to have their own ponies, but the charity has established Pony Club Centres, which offer membership to children who do not have their own ponies.
The physical training offered by horse-riding brings considerable health advantages associated with rigorous exercise. Training is offered to Members and volunteers in Road Safety, First Aid and Health and Safety. They are also taught how to assess risks through practical instruction and educational DVDs. This encourages young people to ride safely and helps to reduce accidents and injuries.
Durhams Farm is a Pony Club membership centre, which means children can join without owning their own pony. Great news for us as we have lots of lovely ponies available for our members to love and care for.
Firstly, we would like you to know that Pat and her team are dedicated to safeguarding and protecting children at the farm. As such, our senior staff members are all DBS checked, appropriately trained and hold current First Aid certificates, so you can feel safe leaving your children in our care.
How do you join? You will need to fill out a membership form, you can do this at the farm or you can download one from The Pony Club website (www.pcuk.org). There is an annual membership fee of £26, which you will need to pay directly to the organisation and that's it! Once you have membership, you might like to purchase one of our pony club sweaters, which are available at the farm in all sizes from tall to teeny.
What happens next? Pony club workshops are run at the farm every weekend on either the Saturday or Sunday from 10am-12pm. They involve both practical and theory work and focus on members working towards their achievement badges. Achievement badges vary greatly and are not just horsey, they include topics such as; farming, fire safety, wild flowers, birds, working dogs, poisonous plants and so much more. A full list of the badges is available to view on their website (www.pcuk.org). Demonstrations are also carried out depending on the type of badge with professionals like local vets, farmers, policemen, firefighters and more sharing their knowledge with us. The workshops are very sociable and involve lots of group work and cooperation. The members learn a great deal in the pony club, with thanks to our amazing coach Sally, who guides and encourages them all the way.Please contact us for more information!
How much does it cost?
|Workshop||10am - 12pm||£15|
|Pony Club Day||10am - 4pm||£40|
After School Club
|Term 1||Term 2|
Wed or Thur
4.15pm - 6pm