The HOYS Pony Club Mounted Games

The 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games finals are held at The Horse of the Year Show that takes place in October at the NEC Birmingham.

From some 250 branches of the Pony Club that are located right across the country just six teams make it to the finals at HOYS from qualifying rounds held in 19 areas. Each race has a high degree of athletic ability, hand-to-eye coordination and requires considerable skill, agility and expertise from both pony and rider.

The Pony Club mounted games finals, which are the pinnacle of achievement for the six teams that make the journey to the NEC, began in 1957 with the aim to encourage a higher standard of riding throughout The Pony Club. The coveted Prince Phillip Cup is awarded to the most constantly successful team over the duration of the show.

Virbac began their support of the Pony Club Mounted Games in 2011, and now the 3D Worming Cup is another hard fought addition to the trophy haul at HOYS. With each race the tension builds in what is an electrifying atmosphere, so be ready to cheer on your favourite team

The Pony Club has a great history in promoting horse welfare and sportsmanship and the 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games is conducted with a sense of team spirit, fair play and camaraderie; friendships that are forged during the finals last a lifetime.

 

Oakley Hunt West reign supreme in the Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games  2017 

The Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games once again provided a spectacle of teamwork, precision and a great sense of fun from the six teams that had made it to the ‘world’s most famous horse show’, Horse of the Year Show.

With 250 teams competing for one of the six places in the finals of the prestigious Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games, to make it to Horse of the Year Show more than once is amazing, to then  win the Virbac 3D Worming Cup and the Prince Philip Cup was an outstanding achievement!

The Bedfordshire-based Oakley Hunt West stamped their authority on this year’s competition, lifting the Virbac 3D Worming Cup on the Thursday of the show and the Prince Philip Cup for the ninth time on Sunday.

The six teams that made the journey to Horse of the Year Show were 8 times winners Oakley Hunt West who were in their 25th appearance at the show! Romney Marsh who competed for the fourth consecutive year and Eglinton Hunt, a 12 time winner of the Prince Phillip Cup.  Banwen & District and  West Hants have both made the journey to HOYS on previous occasions and  North Hereford were making their first trip to the finals.

The Oakley Hunt West team, trained by Steve Garrett, consisted of Charlie Yates (14), Sophie Grimshaw (14), Jamie Medcalf (14), Jaimsye Bailey (14), Charlotte Sabatier (14) and Luke Grimshaw (12).

Rosie Naylor from Virbac commented: “I was very impressed by the skill and team work displayed by all the riders.  The worm race was a definite favourite.  Virbac is delighted to continue its support of the Pony Club Mounted Games for the seventh year; the Pony Club is a fantastic organisation that shapes the next generation of equestrians and we are proud to work closely with them.”

 


East Kent Hunt are the 'on-form' team at Horse of the Year Show 2016 

The Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games once again provided a spectacle of teamwork, precision and a great sense of fun from the six teams that had made it to the ‘world’s most famous horse show’, Horse of the Year Show.

The first championship to be decided was that of the Virbac 3D Worming cup that is presented to the winning team on Thursday afternoon.

The six teams competing were:

Eglington Hunt, 12 times previous winner of the Prince Philip Cup,

Romney Marsh, competing at HOYS for the third consecutive year

Monmouthshire, current Prince Phillip Cup holders

Oakley Hunt West who have qualified for the Prince Phillip cup a staggering 24 times and winning on 8 occasions

Wylye Valley who made their 20th appearance at HOYS and 5 times previous Prince Phillip Cup winners

East Kent Hunt who were making their second trip to the show having qualified for the first time back in 2003.

After an exciting competition, it was the relative newcomers, the East Kent Hunt who lifted the Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games Cup. The cup was presented to the winners by Equine Product Manager Davina Godwin who said 'the standard of competition was just amazing, very well done to all the teams who made it to this year’s Horse of the Year Show'

The final fight for the Prince Phillip cup provided excitement, spills and thrills as the four teams who made it to the final stages of the competition.  East Kent Hunt , reigning champions Monmouthshire, Oakley Hunt West and Romney Marsh battled it out under the lights and in front of a packed grandstand; and on the final night it couldn’t have been closer with the leader board changing after each round. But finally it was the on form East Kent Hunt team of Brooke Kind, Ellie Tutt, Megan Tutt, Imogen Lyons, Charlotte Giles and Abbie Bean who lifted their second trophy of the show to return home undisputed champions of 2016.

 

 

 

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