The Berkeley Group Pony Club Championships took place this year between the 18th and the 22nd August. The Championships held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire is popular with first time championship riders and experienced competitors. With a range of different disciplines on display over the course of the non-stop five day events programme.
The event has been held at Cholmondeley Castle for six years now, and expanded to include competitions for Howden Centre Equitation, the Crafty Ponies Musical Ride, Blue Cross Horse and Pony Care. The Berkeley Group Pony Club Championships also included Olympic disciplines such as Show Jumping, Dressage and NFU Mutual Eventing as well as a range of other equestrian sport such as Just Chaps Mounted Games and Polocrosse. The Championships offers a range of different categories for all experience levels, from Novice to Intermediate, Open and Elite. This allows the Championships to demonstrate the wide range of talent and potential in all sports.
Although the Championships were not luck with the Great British Weather, around 2,000 competitors got involved with the multitude of events on offer, with a whole host of supporters there to create an electric atmosphere and cheer them on. With so many riders taking part in the competition there was a great deal of skill on display and a lot of tough battles for the top spot. Those who have competed at the Championships before have been reported saying that the standard was much higher at this year’s event.
The Polocrosse saw teams battle for The Malden Championships Trophy, awarded to the team who finishes at highest in the Open Seniors as well as the Open Juniors. Meanwhile the Just Chaps Senior Mounted Games were competing for a place in the final of the Prince Philip Cup, which will be held at this year’s Hose of the Year Show.
With lots of different events to watch over the course of the five days, there was something for all of the spectators at the Berkeley Group Pony Club Championships.