The Southdown Hunt Branch, which was formed in 1931, divided into East and West in 1976 when its membership stood at more than 400. Today the Southdown East Branch is the biggest in Area 11, with 77% of the 230 members being under 15 years of age.
The branch aims to support all levels of riding from very novice to those aiming for the Pony Club Championships. We have about 90 rallies a year and raise a number of teams at mini and novice level in dressage, eventing and show jumping.
Our boundaries stretch from the coast northwards to Ardingly and across to Cross-in-Hand, down to Seaford and along the coast to Portslade and Southwick. The A23 roughly forms our western boundary, just as the A22 is approximately our eastern edge. No boundary, however, is rigid and many of the venues we use are also used by neighbouring Branches. We have excellent relations with these Branches, however, and often organise joint activities and test days.
If you want to know how to get in touch with us, click on Contacts above for full details of Branch officials, Chief Instructor, rally organisers etc. Use the Calendar to see what our current programme provides in the way of rallies, outings and other activities.
Latest News will bring you up to date on achievements within the Branch, such as test passes and competition successes, and contains announcements concerning Camp, etc.
You can download a membership application form from the Pony Club website, or we are happy to send
you one. Completed forms should be sent to our Membership Secretary/Treasurer, Mr Mike Nichols.
Internationally The Pony Club has a membership of over 110,000 across 18 countries, making it the largest association of riders in the world. Most British equestrian medal winners at The Olympics and World Championships have been Members of The Pony Club.