Golden Hoof Ride
05 May 2015
Thumbnail Newtonmore on the Weekend of Fri 5th to Sun 7th June The Golden Hoof Ride (Scotland) will hopefully be an annual event with the first one in 2015. It will be for people and horses who enjoy long...

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Saddle Club News

Changes to



Dear Parents/Guardians and Saddle Club and Pony Clubber’s,

In order to run the Saddle Club and Pony Club more smoothly and for all the children to learn in the most progressive way, at a meeting of the NRC staff and volunteers we have decided to make the following changes in Saddle Club and Pony Club schedules:

Saddle Club

(Open to everybody £12.00 per session)

Saddle Club will now be running every Saturday in two sessions:

- morning session -10am-12am

- afternoon session 1pm-3pm.

We suggest dividing children into riding groups, for instance newcomers/beginners will be attending saddle club in the afternoon session (1pm-3pm), while the children who have been with us for a few years will be having their session in the morning (10am-12am). The older and more experienced children are welcome to stay all day and help with the afternoon session. If you are not sure what session your child should attend or if there are any other questions or problems please let us know and we will try to find a solution. (Please note: For 2010 we will not be running Sunday Saddle Club at all and instead will have the two sessions on Saturday as described above because this is easier for us to organise with staff and volunteers.)

Pony Club ( This is restricted to only paid up members of The Pony Club, please ask.)

1) "Un-mounted" rallies (not riding horses and ponies) will run on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 3.30pm until 5pm, after saddle club has finished. We plan to work towards the "PC mini achievement" and "PC achievement" badges in this time, and also start to develop our NRC Pony Club quiz team, there will also be lots of other fun activities. The cost of these un-mounted PC sessions will be £6 per child and this price will include the cost of badges and certificates.

2) All "Mounted" Pony Club activities (riding horses and ponies) will run during school holidays as one-day rallies or two-three day non-residential camps, like the last 2 years. The information on the summer holiday programme will be out shortly. At these mounted PC activities we will concentrate on the children getting through their PC Riding Tests and doing fun activities like mounted PC Games and preparing for Fun Days. (Pony Club Mounted Days are £30.00)

Booking system and cancellation policy

Please be reminded that it is paramount for us to know how many children we are going to have attending the Saddle club each Saturday. Our pre-booking system works very well, when you book and pay for the next week’s session a week before, this gives us an idea of how many ponies and staff we need to provide. Most of the time the rides are planned on Fridays, so when the children are here on Saturday morning they can find their names on the board and see which pony they are assigned to for the day. In case your child is unable to attend the session you prepaid for - you can let us know by phone 01540 670000 or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you do this before 4pm on Friday your pre-payment will carry forward, however if you do not tell us in time you will loose the fee.



Saddle Club (1 Session only) 10am to midday

Pony Club - "Un-mounted" Rally (1st Sat of the month) – (Not starting till Sat June 5th)


Saddle Club - (2 sessions) - 10am - midday and 1pm - 3pm

SAT 15th MAY

Saddle Club – (2 sessions) - 10am - midday, 1pm - 3pm

Pony Club "Un-mounted" Rally (3rd Sat of the month) - 3.30pm - 5pm

SAT 22nd and 29th MAY

Saddle Club – (2 sessions) - 10am - midday, 1pm - 3pm


FACEBOOK - (www.facebook.com)

Please note weekly updates and reminders will be sent to all Members of the "Newtonmore Riding Centre Pony Club and Saddle Club" Group on Facebook. If you are not already a member please search for the above group on Facebook and request to become a Member and Ruaridh or Tonya will approve it. Please note this is a "closed group" so all membership needs approval.

NRC WEBSITE - (www.newtonmoreridingcentre.com)

Please keep checking our website for any updates or news and to see the list of upcoming activities including Saddle Club and Pony Club dates.

VERY IMPORTANT - Please can you fill out the attached Forms in Relation to Child Protection, Medical Conditions, Next of Kin etc. to update our records for 2010 and return them to us next week for us to keep on file.

Working holidays

You have the opportunity to come and stay with us, help out with the animals and the riding centre as well as ride and make some new friends!


Ladies club

Image of a ponyIf you would like to ride affordably and help out around the centre, Ladies club may be just for you.


Trail riding

Hill trekkingRough Highland country trail rides available.

Come and join us in these spectacular surroundings.


Pony club

pony clubAre your kids wanting to learn more about horses and ride on a regular basis, Pony Club may be for them.

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