Hunting Exchange 2011
The 2011 Pony Club Hunting Exchange took place in the USA, in the Commonwealth of Virginia and State of Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic area, during 1st – 9th March 2011.
Pony Club Members aged 16-25, with their full Pony Club B Test or higher, were invited to apply to for selection on the exchange with over 20 Members applying for a place.
After much consideration the following Members were selected to take part:
- Amy Lawson-Croome, 20 (Tynedale Hunt Branch)
- Rachel Ware, 17 (Spooners & West Dartmoor Branch)
- Joanna Dunn, 19 (Craven Hunt Branch)
- Lauren White, 18 (Curre Hunt Branch)
- Chaperone: Helen Jackson
Hosted over nine days by the United States Pony Club (USPC), the trip was also joined by four Members from Irish Pony Clubs, as well as the United Kingdom and USA Pony Club Members. Participants and chaperones will be staying with Pony Club host families or hunt members.
Hunting took place in Northern Virginia in and around Middleburg, with some of the oldest hunts in the country, and just to the north in Maryland, home to many steeplechase enthusiasts and excellent hound packs. In addition to hunting, there was a trip to Washington, DC for sightseeing, farm tours, and of course enough time for the all important socialising!
Have a look at some of the images from our Member’s travels on the Exchange: