More riders are gal­lop­ing in

Pony club is thriv­ing with lots of young tal­ent

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

HORSE AND PONY: The Mundubbera Horse and Pony Club ran its July rally day away from the show­grounds this month and opened the gates to new mem­bers and other clubs.

The day was held at pres­i­dent Emma Muir­head’s prop­erty Twin Rivers and proved to be a huge suc­cess with 20 riders from Mundubbera, Gayndah and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Riders had the op­por­tu­nity to par­take in a range of dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing showjump­ing, me­chan­i­cal cow, dres­sage and gymkhana nov­elty events.

As well as their usual in­struc­tors, riders were for­tu­nate to gain some tips and new skills un­der the watchful eye of Adam Mellers, two time World Cup Showjump­ing cham­pion.

Sec­re­tary Michelle Chicken said the event was a suc­cess with a good turn out of riders.

“The change of scenery was great. Both kids and par­ents had a fun and so­cial day whilst tak­ing home some new rid­ing skills,” Chicken said.

“This is what we re­ally want the Mundubbera club to be all about.

“The venue, the weather and level of in­struc­tion was ter­rific.

“As or­gan­is­ers we couldn’t be hap­pier and we re­ally look for­ward to host­ing a sim­i­lar event soon.”

The Mundubbera Horse and Pony Club meets once a month. The club has some ex­cit­ing events com­ing up in­clud­ing a trail ride camp over the Septem­ber school hol­i­days and youth cam­p­draft­ing clinic in Novem­ber.

Emma Muir­head said they had a lot of young tal­ent com­ing through at the horse and pony club.

“We have a wealth of strong and ex­pe­ri­enced com­peti­tors in our lo­cal district that are keen to see the next gen­er­a­tion of riders com­ing through and do it well,” Muir­head said.

“Let’s take ad­van­tage of th­ese peo­ple to share their knowl­edge with our kids.”

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