Pony Club Member Wins Urky Newton Bursary
Mason, 16, from Bibury, Gloucestershire and a member of the VWH
Branch of The Pony Club has scooped one of the top awards in the
country for young event riders.
Pony Club, the biggest equestrian youth organisation in the world,
has awarded Peter the Urky Newton Bursary for showing, in the opinion
of the judges, the most competent horsemanship on the cross country
course at The Pony Club National Championships which were held at
Sansaw Park, Shropshire.
Bursary was started in 1997 to the memory of Mrs. Newton and was
instigated by her nephew Mr. Arthur Packard. 'Urky' had been a District
Commissioner, Branch Secretary and was the Area Representative for
Area 6 (East Midlands) for many years. She was also a member of
the Horse Trials, Show Jumping and Dressage Committees. Her real
passion was cross country riding in all its facets, but especially
hunting to hounds, which she felt, was the very best education for
riding cross-country. She would have approved of the Bursary, because
the selection for it is based on cross country riding, about which
she was so knowledgeable and passionate.
Bursary is for a weeks training with Jane Holderness-Roddam,
whose mother Chris led the Fosse Manor Team for 10 seasons, competed
in both the Eventing and Show Jumping competitions at The National
Championships and is himself very keen on Team Chasing.