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    We’ve had an amazing summer and have trialed a number of new events as well as done many of our tried and tested ones!  Please do feedback on anything you  have attended or would like to see more of.

    Our new pony picnic event went down well with the children enjoying the chance to leave the menage and get out hacking on the ponies – the ponies were as excited as the children about their little picnic in the copse too!  See some photos below.  Some muddy boots from going in the swamp!


    Our Introductory pony days were enjoyed by all – maybe except Sparky who had this rather interesting creation in his tail thanks to Abigail and Daisy!


    Another new offering was our pub hack – the weather was terrible but actually held off for the majority of riding time so we were very lucky.  On the way home Billy decided some pigs were out to kill him so Clare & Beau came to the rescue  and led the way!  Thanks to all that came – was really enjoyable!   Here are the horses enjoying their half-way eat as we had our pub lunch.


    Our new Under 5s sessions have been a huge hit with all sessions fully booked.  Thanks to all that have come and had fun with us.  We are hoping to continue them into the autumn so please do let me know if you would be interested. Our next one is in the diary for this Thursday 4th at 1pm.

    Our showjumping and charity BBQ was a great success, we raised a whopping £220 from our on foot classes and stalls.  Huge thanks to all that got involved, helped, made cakes and donated things for our bring and buy.  So appreciated and it means that we have already broken last year’s charity donation record with just our first two events of the year!  Amazing!

    We finished summer on a high with our first pony camp.  We had 11 children join us and we did various activities every day including field riding, a TREC event, gymkhana games, bareback riding, jump painting, cleaning tack and washing tails.  We all camped out overnight on the Thursday where we played games round the camp fire and a lot of fun was had.  Thanks so much to all that helped – special mentions to Megan and Nicki – without whom it wouldn’t have been possible!  Here are a couple of campfire photos!



    You’ll notice we had a number of Caitlins and Megans in this event!!

    Class 1 –

    1st Place – Caitlin Carpenter & Carrie – 342 pts

    2nd Place – Abby Byrd & Sparky – 321 pts

    3rd Place - Megan Reeves & Bailey – 312 pts

    4th Place – Lucy Jack & Bailey – 303 pts

    5th Place – Bethany Norton & Sparky – 290 pts

    6th Place – Caitlin Jack & Beau – 287 pts

    7th Place – Caitlin Moynihan & Carrie – 282 pts

    8th Place – Megan Walker & Beau – 254 pts

    Class 2 –

    1st Place – Jan Burns & Bill – 308 pts

    2nd Place – Kirsten Rugg-Gunn & Amber – 288 pts

    3rd Place – Char Allen & Jaffa – 284 pts

    4th Place – Megan Brigland & Jaffa – 282 pts

    5th Place – Georgina Goddard & Bert – 256 pts


    Thanks to all that got involved.

  2. We are very pleased to welcome not one, not two, but three new faces to Petasfield!  We are sure that all our regular clients have met them all by now but we wanted to do a formal introduction to let you all know a little bit more about them!

    We’ll do it in the order that they arrived….


    Jaffa has come to us on loan as his owners were keen for him to be doing more work and thought the riding school would be an excellent place for him to learn more.  They have had Jaffa since he was just a baby after rescuing him.  We are very glad they did as we think he is a super pony with lots of potential.  He is a registered bay Fell pony – hence his extremely beautiful looks and has been a very popular new face due to this reason!!   Jaffa is forward going and a fun pony to ride – look out for him entering the dressage and our jumping competitions.   He is very fond of laying down and having a nap in his stable – sometimes not wanting to get up when we require his presence in the school!  See him here for some photos of him looking rather cheeky!


    Missy is a 13.3 (and a half!) tri coloured cob owned by Clare and Charlotte Allen who I am sure many of you know!  She is currently on livery whilst we do some schooling with her but will soon be on working livery so look out for her being used in lessons.  Missy came from the same place many of the horses of Petasfield (past and present) have come from who are very good friends of Helen’s so we are sure she will fit in perfectly.  She has a lovely quiet temperament – loves cuddles and fuss and is a very quick learner.  She is also the first mare on the yard for quite some years so quite a milestone for us!


    Just because we didn’t want Missy to feel too overwhelmed by being the only girl with all the boys we are also very pleased to welcome Carrie!  Carrie is an 11.2hh grey pony so is the smallest pony on the yard.  Don’t let her size fool you though – she has bags of energy and loves to jump!  She has come to us from a family that come regularly to lots of our shows.  Carrie was bought for the girls and helped teach them to ride as well as build their confidence.  Both the girl’s feet only just reached the bottom of the saddle flap when they started riding her but 6 years on their feet now almost come to her knees so they have sadly outgrown her!  They know Carrie has so much more still to give and so wanted to have her in a place where she could continue to help children learn to ride and have some fun herself!  She is rather noisy at present – likes to neigh to her new friends and  sometimes squeal at them if they come too close but we know she’ll settle in in no time.  She is extremely pretty so we are sure she will be loved by all our boys!