HOYS 2019 will feature Pony Club Musical Ride

Horse of the Year Show, “The Ultimate Celebration of the Horse” is delighted to welcome the Pony Club Musical Ride to this years’ show as part of the organisation’s 90th Anniversary Celebrations.

Formed in 1929 and granted independent charitable status in 1997, the Pony Club is the biggest youth organisation in the world.  With nearly 40,000 members in the UK and 340 branches, the Pony Club is dedicated to teaching young people to ride, care for horses and to develop into well rounded members of society.

Line up of young riders at Pony Club championships  Photo courtesy of The Pony Club

Throughout it’s 90 year history The Pony Club has been pivotal in producing an overwhelming majority of leading international riders, both past and present,  with 11 out of 12 riders from the British Olympic team in Rio being Pony Club graduates.

Performing the uniquely choreographed 90th Anniversary Musical Ride will be 20 riders ranging from 4 to 21 years from the East Cheshire Pony Club. Masterminded by Susan Goodridge and set to popular music compiled by husband Mark, the ride will be providing the audience an insight into ’90 Years From Now’ and embracing the next steps for Pony Club as they seek to extend their boundaries.

From Shetland ponies to two large horses, the ride will be performing on the Friday evening of the show, a day that also hosts the first rounds of the Prince Phillip Cup and the Leading Pony Showjumper of the Year.

Nestled in the foothills of the Peak District and created in 1961, the East Cheshire Branch of the Pony Club are no strangers to Horse of the Year Show having previously qualified their Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games Team for the final in 2015. Two members of that team are now involved in the musical ride that will be performing live at the show – Emma Walton and Mary Goodridge.

Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “We are delighted that the Pony Club will be celebrating their 90th anniversary with us on the Friday of Horse of the Year Show.

The Pony Club involvement with the show goes back decades and we are therefore delighted that members past, present and future will be able to join us at the show to see the performance.  Tickets for Friday are Gold tickets, valid for the whole day and with a special group ticket offer available to current Pony Club members we hope that people will come along and support the youngsters in this fantastic musical ride.”

Musical ride co-ordinator, Susan Goodridge commented “It is a tremendous honour for this team of 20 riders to represent The Pony Club in their 90th Anniversary celebrations and for East Cheshire to showcase a musical ride at the Horse of the Year Show.  For these children it will be the opportunity of a life time to perform in the main arena and wow the audience.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena, – from October 2-6 2019. Friday tickets are Gold Tickets, meaning that they allow you full access to the show for the full day; that’s over 16 hours of equestrian entertainment at its best with prices starting from £34.00. Offers are available for Pony Club members and groups. Visit https://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.

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