Proud his­tory in Bur­nett

Pony club cel­e­brates 40 years of teach­ing chil­dren to ride

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Bran­don Livesay

BIGGEN­DEN Pony Club has cel­e­brated 40 years of teach­ing kids to ride.

The an­nual Biggen­den Pony Club Gymkhana on Oc­to­ber 13 was the per­fect set­ting to com­mem­o­rate the club’s mile­stone.

Life­long mem­bers Trevor Ward, Veronica Spry, Betty Seales, Veronica Jensen and Cliff Jensen helped cut the cake, in front of the more re­cent mem­bers of the club.

Formed in Fe­bru­ary 1972, the Biggen­den Pony Club had its first rally at the show-grounds on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 19.

Lit­er­a­ture from the first meet­ing showed of­fers had al­ready been made “to share ponies, so it is hoped that the club will be able to help any child gen­uinely in­ter­ested in horse rid­ing”.

Cur­rent vice-pres­i­dent David Spry has been a club mem­ber since he was five.

“I started in the eight years and un­der and I’ve stayed with the club, right the way through,” Mr Spry said.

And the club’s an­nual gymkhana is al­most as old as the club it­self.

The Biggen­den Pony Club has a proud tradition and the an­nual event is renowned throughout the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett.

Mr Spry said “there was only one year we haven’t run it”.

“Biggen­den has been very lucky to have our reg­u­lar gymkhana and we get a lot of re­gional towns to at­tend,” he said.

“We’re pretty for­tu­nate to get a lot of kids com­ing along, from all these other towns.”

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

LIFE MEM­BERS: TrevorWard, Veronica Spry, Betty Seales, Veronica and Cliff Jensen, life mem­bers of the Biggen­den Pony Club, were given the hon­our of cut­ting the 40th an­niver­sary cake at its re­cent gymkhana.

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