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The Pony ClubWest London Pony Club news - A Pony Club event being held at The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, West London, on 24 February 2016

West London Pony Club to Welcome Royal Visitor

West London Pony Club news – A Pony Club event being held at The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, West London, on 24 February 2016 is to enjoy a visit from The Pony Club’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.  

The event will see Pony Club Members taking part in a simulated fire drill and accident scenario, demonstrating how they have been trained to deal with emergency situations and promoting the importance of fire safety and first aid training for young people.

Under the watchful eyes of London Fire and Rescue, youngsters will raise the alarm, lead the evacuation of the stable yard, use fire extinguishers and treat human and equine casualties with imitated injuries.

Sister Mary Joy Langdon, Manager of The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, said: “I have always been extremely keen on every child having a good basic training that can be used in an emergency situation. The reason for highlighting these skills this year is that it happens to be my 40th anniversary of becoming Britain’s first female operational fire fighter.”

Following the drills, HRH The Princess Royal will present Pony Club Members with certificates and badges in recognition of their achievements, before unveiling a plaque to mark the day; an afternoon tea, kindly provided by Hilton London Olympia Hotel who are valued supporters of The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, will then be enjoyed by attendees.

Founded by Sister Mary Joy Langdon in 1989, The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre is a registered charity providing riding and equine therapy for children, specialising in those with special needs and physical disabilities.

The Centre began with just three ponies but after years of dedication and hard work is now recognised as a professional establishment that houses seventeen horses and ponies, and two donkeys. The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Club Branch was established in 1992, and currently has over 100 Members.