Grassroots Championships 2024 qualifications
6th November 2023
A huge well done to two of our Project Pony riders for qualifying for the 2024 Grassroots Championships which will be held at Badminton Horse Trials in May. Imy Pugh and Mooney have qualified for the BE100 championships, and Annabel Ridgway has qualified for the BE90 championships with her own Galtee Kassy Cashel Girl, and for the BE100 championships with Emma Rugman’s Greys Village Melody.
Osberton International 2023
5th October 2023
We have just about recovered from an absolutely amazing weekend at the BEDE Events organised Osberton International Horse Trials.
We supported the CCIP2* class at Osberton and must say a huge thank you to BEDE Events for running this class so well, it had a true championship feel about it and gave the talented riders and their ponies a proper international stage to perform on. We are also hugely grateful to Nicola Wilson, Tom McEwan, Laura Collett, and Eco-Voltz Bikes for providing some amazing prizes for the podium finishers.
This was an extra special weekend for Project Pony as out very own Annabel Ridgway and Akim De L’Arquerie won the CCIP2*. The pair put in a brilliant performance in all three phases and finished on their dressage score of 30.6 to put them in the top spot after 3 days of competition. We are so proud of them and are looking forward to see what this exciting combination can achieve next season.
Additionally, we ran the Project Pony All Stars @ Osberton competition, where 4 teams each consisting of 2 senior rides, 1 leading under 21 rider and 3-4 pony riders battled it out to win the title. Team 1, consisting of Oliver Townend, Tom Crisp, Isabelle Cook, Annabel Ridgway, Florence Wiles, Ellen Butler and Sophie Coles, won the competition on a final score of 215.7 and took home the prizes at the end of the week.
Bishop Burton Pony Trial success
8th August 2023
It was a brilliant weekend up at Bishop Burton for Phoebe and Annabel in the PT105. Phoebe Woods and Noble Superman took the win with a leading dressage test, super showjumping round and one of three clear inside the times across country. Annabel Ridgway contested her first pony trial with Akim De L’Arquerie and the pair put in an amazing performance to finish in 4th place. Two very exciting combinations for the future!
British Pony Championship 2023
5th June 2023
The 2023 British Pony Championships at Belsay International Horse Trials were supported by Project Pony for the second time this year, and what a brilliant event it was! Event organiser Laura De Wesselow and her team went above and beyond to make the week an unforgettable experience for everyone involved, including the famous Belsay cross country course which once again proved an influential track for the pony riders. Congratulations to this years winners, Jessica McCaldin riding Baramona Lass, and a special mention to our very own Noble Superman who was expertly piloted by Phoebe Woods to finish 8th.
Badminton Horse Trials 2023
9th May 2023
Project Pony was delighted to collaborate with Badminton Horse Trials for the first time in 2023. We absolutely loved it and must say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to all the fantastic opportunities provided to our riders over the course of the event. There are too many highlights to mention, however a particular shout out must go to Piggy March for her afternoon spent with the Project Pony team, it was a truly amazing experience for our riders. Cross country day was as special as ever and it was a real thrill to watch the worlds best riders jumping the Project Pony Splash fence! A huge well done to the winner, Ros Canter riding Lordships Graffalo, who showed a masterclass in all three phases.
Project Pony Training Camp
3rd January 2023
2023 started with a bang for Project Pony with 15 riders joining us for a two day training camp at Addington Equestrian.
We were lucky enough to be able to provide two days of the highest quality dressage training from Annabel Scrimgeour and jump training with Bruno Freire (including a course walking masterclass with Bruno), two of the best coaches around and both now firmly part of Project Pony. Out of the saddle, riders had group and individual sessions with Jenna Woolven (a leading sport psychologist and performance consultant https://mindmattersconsulting.co.uk) giving an insight into the importance of a balanced mindset as well as Tom Hobday (Chef D’Equipe across GB youth dressage teams) providing media training with a focus on the value of learning to talk and work with owners, sponsors and the press, as well as the opportunities and challenges that come with using social media. Feedback was hugely positive and we are excited about continuing to work with them both. It was fantastic to see the riders throwing themselves into everything on offer and most importantly having so much fun and all getting on so well together. A huge thank you to everyone who made the two days possible, all at Addington for being such amazing hosts, the coaches for top class training, the experts for being trail blazers in our desire to offer young riders opportunities to develop a wider range of skills helping them beyond their equestrian ambitions, parents and support teams and of course the PONIES who make it all possible!
We will now focus on the rest of 2023 and on ways at how we can continue to help not just the riders on our ponies or ones we are already working with but the wider eventing community and all it has to offer the young pony riders out there. We are not the answer to everything and can only do so much however certainly very willing to try and do our bit for the sport we all love so much.
Project Pony at Millstreet
28th August 2022
Florence and Chance had an absolutely brilliant week in Ireland representing team GB in the pony team competition at Millstreet CCIP2*-S. A beautiful dressage test and textbook double clear inside the time left them in individual second place, as well as helping team GB (made up of Florence Ashmore, Charlotte Cooke, Eliza Culloty and Freya Weekes) win the team competition! A fantastic week for all involved, well done team!
Pony Club Championships success
20th August 2022
Imy and Mooney had a super week at the pony club championships, topped off by helping their team win the 90cm eventing, placing 4th individually. Well done Imy for all the hard work you have put in to get here!
Phoebe and Boris also competed in the 100cm eventing as individuals, finishing off the week with a clear inside the time round the cross country course that caused its fair share of problems. Exciting things to come for these two!
Florence and Chance selected for Millstreet International
11th August 2022
After being selected as reserve for the 2022 Pony European Championships, Florence and Chance have now been selected to compete at Millstreet International in the pony team competition. Well done Florence and good luck!
Jojo retires where her career began
30th July 2022
After finishing her eventing career in style by winning the Pony Trial at Oasby back in March, the amazing Jojo (Little Indian Feather) has returned back to Ireland to retire with the family who began her eventing career back in 2010. Since then Jojo has been to 3 pony europeans, won 4 medals for team GB and finished top 3 in 16 British Eventing and FEI pony classes. It is only fair that she can now enjoy her retirement after giving so much to pony eventing throughout her career!
Project Pony Training Day
25th July 2022
This week saw the very first Project Pony training day, hosted at the fantastic Bombadill Equestrian. It was brilliant to meet some new riders as well as seeing some familiar faces who are already riding our ponies. Our aim is to expand our programme to enable us to support riders through training opportunities as well as through riding ponies so that we can help as many young riders as possible and help make a difference in our sport. We were extremely privileged to be joined by dressage coach Annabel Scrimgeour and jump coach Bruno Freire who provided excellent coaching for us.