THIS year, East Down Branch of the Pony Club combined their prize night with a Hallowe’en Party at Riverhill Stud on November 6, kindly hosted by Jonathan and Clare Steele. The Steeles have been busy recently, following a successful trip to Le Lion. Fun and games abounded with music, dancing, spooky competitions, some amazing costumes and a very competitive tug of war.
Organisers were grateful to Viscountess Dilhorne, Nicola Manningham-Buller, for assisting with the prize giving and judging the fancy dress. The theme for the night was ‘Giving something back’ and the prizes reflected the Pony Club’s core values of Sportmanship, Horsemanship, Friendship and Fun. There was an excellent raffle, with some amazing prizes donated by very generous East Down families.
The branch has had a successful year, both in terms of competition and increased membership and activity. Members have travelled to Scotland and the UK representing their branch and have also taken part in Pony Club camp, as well as many training clinics with top class coaches.
Over the past couple of years, East Down has fielded squad members in Irish eventing teams, with Caoimhe Crozier earning pony team bronze in Poland 2021 and Tom Rowlatt-McCormick part of the Silver Medal Junior Eventing Team in Hartpury this year.
Mini / Junior Behaviour cup:
Lecale Shield (turnout and presentation):
Mini Award Shield (most improved mini):
Saunders Cup (most improved juniors):
Caoimhe Digney and Sofia Taylor.
Maymore Cup (best junior pony clubber):
RMC Junior Cup (most determined junior):
Junior Russell Cup (best team player at camp – instructor nomination):
Lisbane Cup (Attendance and teamwork juniors):
Priestley Shield (Attendance and teamwork seniors):
Effie Torrens Spence.
Bissenden Shield (Attendance and teamwork seniors plus):
Kinnear Cup in honour of Just Spencer:
East Down Cup (most improved seniors):
Meave Linehan and Una McCrissican.
Steele Cup (most improved seniors plus):
Hannah Steele and Anna Morrow.
Senior Russell Cup (best team player at senior camp – instructor nomination):
Oakley Fayre Cup (Volunteers):
Abby Cummisky and Zara Sharvin.
Strangford Cup (Area Winner):
Downe Vet Cup (Winning Eventing Team):
Abby Cummisky; Rory Kinnear; Megan Carson; Rachel Fletcher.
Rea Timbercraft Cup (Novice Eventing Team):
Cara McNabb; Ellen McNabb; Jennifer Gilchrist; Sarah Gilchrist.
Adams Cup (SJ performance at Areas):
Charlotte Nelson; Emily Turley; Molly Marner; Molly Goodwin.
Trevor Steele Award (Winning Junior Games Team):
Caoimhe Digney; Emma Morrison; Harris Mathers; Chloe Hamilton; Annabelle Gill.
Dewdney Shield (Senior tetrathlon):
Ceoladh Crozier and Liberty Malloy.
Glover Shield (Junior Tetrathlon):
Show Jumping Award – PC90 Team:
Ellen McNabb; Holly Savage; Jennifer Gilchrist; Sarah Gilchrist.
Show Jumping Award – Open:
Dressage Award – Senior:
Eventing Award – 110 Open:
Eventing Award – Intermediate:
Rathkeltair Cup – PC Ambassador:
Napier Family Trophy – most supportive PC family:
Jonathan and Clare Steele and family.
District Commissioners Award:
Committee Cup – for overall performance:
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