New government guidelines and Shetland Pony Parties

The new “rule of 6” government guidelines form 14 September 2020 means that we are now allowed to have 6 children at a pony party. 

What does this mean for my Shetland Pony Party?

You may still hold a Shetland Pony Party, but may only have 6 children attending. 

How will my pony party work now?

Good news, there is now more time for pony riding. With only 6 children, every child will now have their own pony for the whole party. The children will be able to groom, decorate and ride their pony for longer around our beautiful meadows to enjoy a really special pony experience for their birthday.

Can parents attend?

Please ask your guests to drop children at the party if they are 5+. If they have to stay for any reason we will provide them with a socially distant seating area where they will be able to watch riding from a safe distance.

Will there be more health checks?

Yes – please do not come to Shetland Pony Club if you or anyone in your household has coronavirus, or if you feel unwell with either: a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste. On arrival use the hand gel, put your child’s hat on & hand your child over a to a staff member, who will look after them. Complete the paperwork, which will be used for the NHS Test and Trace programme if required. One adult per child only may attend. All attendees may be temperature checked.  You do not need to wear a mask.

What will my party cost?

The cost of having the exclusive use of our facilities for a party is £495.

What about my party tea?

You should bring individual party boxes for the children (or individual pizzas can be delivered by Domino’s, if you organise this). Children should also have individual drinks provided and cupcakes, instead of a big cake.  The party child will be allowed to blow out a candle on their own cupcake. We will ensure that the children sit at a social distance to eat.

Further questions?

We are looking forward to holding your birthday party safely for you. Please get in touch and we will be happy to answer any further questions that you may have.

We are almost full for 2020 and bookings are open for all of 2021 – book online and call 07734 950 309 to discuss the “new normal” parties in the light of Covid19.

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Shetland Pony Club is proud to be one of the first riding schools in the country to be awarded the Association of British Riding Schools Certification for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices. Having risk-assessed our riding in the light of the government guidelines, we have changed the age for riding to a minimum of 4 years old, until further notice.

“The best day of my life!” – Ella, aged 5

Amazing pony parties for children aged 4* -10 years old (* until further notice for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices). Use of our private facility at The Ranch, with 6 ponies creating magical memories for your child’s birthday.

 

Our fabulous pony birthday parties are the talk of the town. Our staff and ponies are dedicated to making your Shetland Pony Party a resounding success and a magical memory for your child! We’re easy to get to from a wide area, being in Cobham, Surrey with good access to the A3 and M25.

Watch the Shetland Pony Birthday Party Fun video to find out more:


Shetland Pony Parties are available from March – November by appointment only.

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Or call us on 07734 950 309 or email us at info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Real Unicorn Pony Birthday Parties

What could be better than a real Unicorn Birthday Party!  The ponies love dressing up and making pony dreams come true, and we have our three unicorns, getting ready for an amazing Unicorn Birthday Party in this video.

Get in touch with us if a real Unicorn Birthday Party would make your child’s dreams come true.

If you would like a theme for your party we are happy to help.  We love unicorns, fairies, cowboys, knights, jockeys and so many other themes.  Give us a call to discuss your dream pony party on 07734 950 309.

About our Shetland Pony Birthday Parties

At your birthday party, our six uniformed staff will introduce the children to the ponies. We then saddle up six ponies and go for a ride together through our meadows. Our ponies are placid and easy to ride.  It is fun and enjoyable. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, other adults can enjoy our socially distant outdoor seating in our lovely country setting.  Bring a coffee and a book and you can see the ponies and children too. On our return we unsaddle the ponies, offer them a drink, and then it’s time for tea.

We are proud to be one of the first riding schools in the country to be awarded the Association of British Riding Schools Certification for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices

Pony Mornings at Shetland Pony Club

Our staff manage the ponies whilst you provide the food for your guests. We decorate the ranch with balloons, a party table cloth, and bunting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, party hosts must bring individual party boxes for children with wrapped food where possible and individual children’s drinks. Please provide individual cupcakes for the children, rather than a large birthday cake.  We have safe working practices in place for coronavirus and will practice social distancing with your guests.

Party tea set up at the Shetland Pony Club Ranch

Party invitations and thank you cards

We will supply beautiful invitations, and thank you notes for your Shetland Pony birthday party. We can supply lovely rosettes – either personalised or our Shetland Pony Club ones. Our online shop has our School Trot Book which is very popular for extra special party bags.  We can also supply e-invitations.

Party invitations, thank yous and Rosettes

Pony Birthday Party details

Our pony parties are costed for ten children and we advise parties of up to twelve children (COVID-19 limit). We have six ponies on duty at each party. We will ensure that each child gets plenty of riding.  Adults can stay in our socially distant seating area if they wish. We require a permission form for each child before they can ride. The Ranch is closed to all other activities during your pony birthday party.

Pony Birthday Party prices

£495 for up to 6 children (based on Government’s “rule of 6” coronavirus limitation from 14 Sept 2020)

£100 deposit at time of booking.

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Contact the office to secure your birthday party date for 2020 or 2021 now: 07734 950 309 or email us at info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

Timings 

March to November:

Saturdays and Sundays 2:30pm – 4:00pm.

We can occasionally host parties on a weekday school holiday afternoon. Please call the office to discuss on 07734 950 309

Party cakes – just for fun

To inspire you, watch this mini-film showing 50 fabulous pony cakes from parties at Shetland Pony Club.

All these cakes were made by our wonderful parents for their pony parties with us. Note that we currently do not recommend you serve large birthday cakes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We advise a visit to The Ranch before your birthday party, so you can be familiar with our location and ponies.  It’s a good idea to book a Starter Ride an Own a Pony Experience in advance, so you know what to expect.

We are very popular and would advise early booking.

How can I book a Pony Birthday Party?

We only run one party per day, so don’t miss out – secure your date with a £100 deposit.

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Contact the office to secure your birthday party date for 2020 and 2021 now: 07734 950 309 or email us at info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

If you would like more information do call us: 07734 950 309 or email us at info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

What our guests said about our Pony Birthday Parties:

These are just a few of the kind letters we have received about our Birthday Parties and some fun videos that you have made of your times with us.

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Hi Rosemary

Thank you for a lovely birthday party! Everyone had a great time and the staff was so helpful. We all thoroughly enjoyed it!  Here is a video my mom made. I thought you’d like to see it. 🙂  The girls are already missing the pony club. They are looking forward to coming there next spring.

Kind regards, Kimberly

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Hi there,

Hope you remember us as wanted to share this video with you, you made my daughter Mia’s 3rd Birthday so special and Big thanks to you all there especially Barbie, Hope you enjoy
many thanks

Karen B

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Dear Rosemary

Thank you so much for helping us organise a splendid party for Chloe. The setting was wonderful on what was officially the hottest day of the year! You and your fabulous assistants really made it a very special party. According to Chloe the “best party ever!”

Here is the video that Spiro made of the day- I thought you might enjoy seeing it.

Stella

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Dear Rosemary and Ranch hands,

Words fail me – which is unusual. We cannot thank you enough for such a magnificent time today. You and your staff were amazing and the party was incredible. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, especially Hana. I have had so many texts this evening confirming this – I couldn’t fault the entire event.  You made Hana’s 5th birthday so special and a day that 13 little ladies will never forget.

With deepest thanks,

Alison, Chris and Hana

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Dear Rosemary
Just a quick note to say a massive THANK YOU to the team who looked after us at pony club today. Izzy had the best birthday she could have ever wished for, with the ponies she loves so much, a dream come true! My husband and I were very impressed by how effectively you managed a large group of 17 children and as many adults. The organisation was superb and everything ran to perfection. Your staff were very professional and extremely helpful. They did everything possible to make sure Izzy had a great time. The children were very well looked after whilst the parents were able to relax and enjoy a drink. As a parent who is somewhat apprehensive of hosting large children’s parties, I can honestly say I had a completely stress free experience and it is all thanks to your attention to detail and your great team. Many of the parents have already expressed how much their children enjoyed the partly. I am sure this will be a party to remember for a long time!

Thank you and we look forward to many more rides at the Shetland Pony Club.

Biliana

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Hello,

Sorry it has taken me far to long to write but I just wanted to drop you a line to express my thanks for Dita’s birthday experience a couple of Sundays ago –

She is still talking about the fun she had (even though she was silent for most of the experience) and every horse she see’s is held up against Honey bee and I can tell you most of them don’t come close to him. Thank you for such a great experience – I’m sure we will be seeing you again soon.

Thank you

Elle

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Hello Rosemary,

I just wanted to say that we’ve had a fantastic response to the party. I’ve had so many mums come up to me this week saying its the best party they’ve ever been to! Nicola, Florence’s mum thought you were really well organised and did a fabulous job so just wanted to pass it on really!

Thanks again for making so great for Florence (and Sophia!)

All the best and hope to see you in the summer holidays :)

Jo H

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Rosemary,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for Molly and Sam’s birthday party.

We had a wonderful day and you and your staff were delightful and a great help. The kids and parents were also amazed at how I’d discovered such a gem so top marks to me!

No doubt Molly will be back in the summer to see you all as she loves the ponies and we will let Sam come along too if he’s keen.

Thanks once again,

Emily and John

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Dear Rosemary

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the team who looked after us this weekend – all the children had a great time & the parents too.

Thanks again & no doubt we will be back,

Jodie

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Dear Rosemary,

Once again I wanted to say thank you to you and your team for giving Roshi and Teva such a great week.  They really enjoyed themselves and are already talking about when they can come back. You have the perfect setup at the club with lovely ponies and have brought to life every little girl’s dream.

Thank you again.

Naslee P

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Hi Rosemary

Thank you for putting on such a lovely party. It was a super bonus for your staff to organise the drinks and tidy up for us, it meant we could concentrate on our guests.

Kind regards

Anita C

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Hi Rosemary,

I came along with my Granddaughter Sky on Saturday.

I want to say a great big thank you. All your staff are friendly, helpful and lovely particularly Helen who was our guide and of course Honey Bee, Sky had a great time.

Although we do live quite a way, we will be visiting again.

Keep up the great work.

Kind regards

Colin F

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Thank you for organising such a nice Pony Party for my daughter Amy Sunday afternoon. Everybody was being very helpful and kind to the children who all had a marvellous time.

Amy made up a rhyme on the way home:

Crème Brule

Got carried away

On a wet November day

 

Regards

Elin N

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Hello

For the first time I took my 7 year old (Shadi) and 4 year old (Kiana) for a pony ride today. I was so pleased with the level of service I received from the personnel (Alec and Serena). They were so kind and made a lot of effort to encourage my children to ride the ponies. I highly recommend you to all my friends and other mums at school, and what a lovely place you have. It was nicely decorated. My children can’t wait to go back. Thank you for making the first experience such a joy.

Thank you

Shirley W

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Dear Rosemary,

I want to thank you for the great experience Gregorio had with Gordon and all of you. We have all really enjoy it.

All the best,

Santiago

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Hi Rosemary,

Thank you and your helpers for a great afternoon, thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Regards,

Mark

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Mia had such a great time this morning thank you!! Jenny Gibbs

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Dear Rosemary

I cannot believe how time is flying by and we are moving away! We will sorely miss the Shetland Pony Club.  The girls have had such lovely times there, riding, meeting friends and ponies and having parties.  It’s also really helped in building their independence and confidence and giving me some one on one time with them.  This has been invaluable and we are very grateful to you.

Thanks for all your help.

Alison C

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Good morning

Our daughter has been riding at the Shetland Pony Club in the summer and she has not stopped talking about that unique experience. She went on Honeybee and loved it so much.

Thank you very much

Sincerely

Paul, Nina and Lucia

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Thank you all so much for the most magical day yesterday. Despite the rain Daisy and I had a fabulous day! We will be back soon. We hope!

Holly S

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Thank you everyone at The Shetland Pony Club for an amazing 4th Birthday Party; such a magical day.

Stephanie G

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A huge thank you to all you lovely ladies & gents for a fabulous week at the pony club! Alicia has had an amazing week with you & her favourite pony Creme Brûlée! We will be back to see you very soon.

Charlotte & Alicia

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Thank you for a wonderful 5th birthday party!

Nadia S

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We as a family want to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone, Rosemary, Rosemary’s Mum, Serena and all the staff for such a wonderful and fun experience at the gymkhana on Monday. We appreciate how much hard work was put into the event.

Michelle K

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