What a way to celebrate turning 80 – pony club goes from strength to strength

Duke of Buccleuch Pony Club junior event team members who won first, fourth & fifth and also had individual success at the Area 19 competition at Auchinleck
Duke of Buccleuch Pony Club junior event team members who won first, fourth & fifth and also had individual success at the Area 19 competition at Auchinleck

CELEBRATING its 80th anniversary, The Duke of Buccleuch Pony Club (DoB) is having a fantastic year.

More than a dozen pony clubs compete against each other in Area 19 competitions with the top two teams qualifying to go to the Pony Club National Championships, held last month.

The DoB teams managed to qualify in four disciplines – showjumping, dressage, eventing and mounted games.

In the showjumping, three junior teams, three novice teams, an intermediate team and an individual represented the DoB at Ingliston Equestrian Centre near Glasgow.

The juniors finished first and second, the novice teams first, third and fifth, and the intermediate side second.

In the intermediate section, two DoB members secured third and fourth individual successes.

The winning novice team headed south to the PC National Championships, where they were placed 14th out of 44 and won the tack and turnout.

The DoB continued with its showjumping  success, with the senior team winning the inter-district showjumping competition for the second year running at the Border Union Show and a junior team was placed fifth. 

Last month, the eventing teams travelled to Auchinleck, Ayrshire, for a day of dressage, showjumping and cross-country. In the juniors, all three teams were placed – first, fourth and fifth out of more than 20 – and in the novice section first and third spots were secured.

Individuals who qualified for the championships were Isabella Innes Ker (open), Juliette Smith (intermediate) and Claudia Claydon (novice).

The intermediate squad, which had members from the DoB and Lauderdale combined, won the area event competition, but were unable to qualify. The intermediate dressage team won but declined the invitation to head to the National Championships. 

Also at Auchinleck, the intermediate dressage team qualified to go the National Championships, as did Daniella Page and Lorna Dagg.

In the discipline of tetrathlon – involving running, swimming, shooting and cross-country riding – another DoB member, Harry Crombie, was fifth overall in the Junior Regional held at Milton Keynes and was part of the winning Scottish boys team at the same event in June. He was also the second highest Scot in the Scottish Championships held at Dumfries in July.

Meanwhile, the senior DoB games team also had a busy summer, taking third place at the Area 19 competition, and second at the Kelso Games weekend.

They qualified for the National Championships, finishing fifth out of 12 and at Blair Castle the success of the mounted games team culminated in a win for DoB in the low road section.

Finally, the junior team competed early in the season, lifting a second at the Area competition.