We will be posting some ideas of things you can be doing while at home on this page. Keep an eye for updates! If you have any great ideas we would love to hear from you, email us or send us a message on Facebook. We love to have updates from you and will love to see all the things that you are getting up to.
Show Jumping & Dressage Activities
Whilst you’re not able to ride the ponies at South Farm, why not build a course of jumps and give it a go yourself? Make sure you approach the fences with a straight line and ‘ride’ the course as you would on a pony. You could even get creative and make your own hobby horse to ride the course with, or if you have a dog, teach him/her to jump round the course. This could go towards your Pony Club Pet Sense badge too! You could also mark out your own dressage arena and practice going through a dressage test on foot. There are lots of tests available online, or you could make up your own! We would love to see what you are getting up to, why not video your round or take a picture of your course and send it in to us?
Pony Club Art Competition
The PC also have running their annual art competition. This years theme is 'Equestrian Hopes and Dreams'. This is an opportunity for you to let your imagination flow through on to paper. Think positively about past memories for inspiration, or dream about a future of possibilities. There are three age categories: 11 years and Under, 12-16 Years, and 17 Years and Over and the competition is open to all Pony Club members around the world. They have a diverse group of award winning judges lined up and you have until June 30th to submit your entries. For more details on how to take part please visit the PC art competition website: https://artcomp.pcuk.org
Pony Club Creative Writing Competition
Nicky Morrison from Pony Club Area 3 has organised a great competition open to all Pony Club Members. It was launched on Tuesday 14th April and entries close 6pm Friday 22nd May. There are 3 age groups, 11 years and under, 12 to 15 years and 16 years and over. Members can submit up to 3 pieces of work. It is free to enter but all entrants will be asked to make a donation to a charity of their choice and put who they supported on their entry. The theme is very loose, anything 'Horsey' with a special section for stories with a racing theme. The word limit is 1500 words. There are some fantastic prizes on offer from around the country, all kindly donated, which will hopefully inspire members to have a go and put pen to paper. It is hoped many may see this as an opportunity to incorporate this into their home schooling schedule. For full rules and more information https://pennygrubb.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
A great example made by one of our helpers.
How about making a model of the horses lower leg bones? Use different colours of playdough or plastacine for each bone in the lower leg to help learn all of the different bones. If you would like a bigger challenge why not have a go at modelling the tendons and ligaments as well?! Or if you want something a bit easier why not model a horse and see how many points of the horse you can name? If you don't have any modelling clay etc. here is a recipe for playdough Makes 1 coloured ball 8 tbsp plain flour 2 tbsp table salt 60 ml warm water 1 tbsp vegetable oil food colouring Method 1. mix flour and salt together in one bowl 2. second bowl mix water, oil and food colouring 3. pour water mixture into flour mixture and mix well and need (can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge)
Pony Club Mini Achievement Badges
While at home there is still a chance to get some more of your achievement badges. Why not have a go at learning some new things to receive your badge when we all come back to South Farm? We will be posting information about different badges to have a go at, so do keep an eye on all the usual places!
Pet Sense For this badge you will need to:
Be responsible for the daily care of a pet for one month. Explain how and when you feed and clean its home.
Take photographs of your pet during exercise, play and training, if appropriate.
Explain how you would recognise if your pet was unwell or injured and where you would get help and advice.
For obvious reasons we cannot test you in the usual way! Therefore you will need to send us a journal for the month of the care of your pet and what you did if your pet was unwell or injured and if not then what you would do if there was a problem along with some photos. Once you have done this email us your completed journal.