A summer of success for Percy Hunt Pony Club members

This summer has been proving to be booming with achievements for the members of the Percy Hunt Pony Club, based in the Alnwick area.

Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 10:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 1:59 pm

The summer of success began in early July when Jack Chrisp, 16, was selected to play for England U16s in the Tri Nations polocrosse tournament held in Tipperary, Ireland.

His team were placed third in their division with the English team winning overall in a hotly contested competition.

Another Pony Club member who headed to Ireland to represent their country was Suzanne Barwise-Munro who was chosen for the International Irish Tetrathlon Exchange in August.

Suzanne proved herself yet again at this top level, being a member of the winning GB team and beating her own swimming personal best in the process.

Following his trip to Ireland, Jack then went onto follow in Suzanne’s international footsteps by representing the UK U16 team last week against the Zimbabwe polocrosse squad. The UK won three out of three test matches with Jack being awarded Best Horse and Rider Combination for his performance aboard his chestnut gelding, Gato.

The biggest and most exciting event of the Pony Club calendar begins in merely a matter of days: The Pony Club Championships at Cholmondely Castle, Cheshire.

As a pony club, Percy are lucky enough to be sending eight members to compete in eventing, show jumping and polocrosse.

The first member to qualify for this prestigious event was Ned Bridgeman who flew through the area qualifier to win the intermediate eventing class, allowing him to compete in the championships which begin.

Lindsay Brown then also bypassed the other competitors to a sought after spot in the final at Cholmondely, in the novice show jumping.

The final members who will be making the trip down south are Sam, Jack and Libby Chrisp, Rebecca Alderson, Izzy Baker Cresswell and Tristan Green who will be playing in the polocrosse Malden Cup, consisting of an U25 and an U16 section (a team of three players whose scores combine).