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PLANS AFOOT FOR IN­DOOR DRES­SAGE ARENA

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Lawrence Machado

BLACK­TOWN Pony Club is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing more mem­bers as its sets up its new head­quar­ters at Shanes Park.

The club, which had been at Schofields for more than 25 years, hopes to have the place ready in a few months, hav­ing to in­stall equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties such as showjumps and sun shel­ters.

Club sec­re­tary So­nia McWhirter said ini­tially they were re­luc­tant to move from their Schofields grounds.

“We have been at the ground for more than 25 years and it’s al­ways hard to move af­ter so many years at one venue,” Ms McWhirter said. “How­ever, now we are get­ting used to the idea and ac­tu­ally be­lieve it will a good place for the fu­ture of the club.

“The re­cent storms have also caused some dam­age to our ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties and we have to re­pair them.”

The club is rais­ing funds to cover ini­tial ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with the move and plans to build an in­door dres­sage area.

The club has around 40 young and se­nior mem­bers, and has been in ex­is­tence for more than 50 years.

The Shanes Park venue is smaller than the one at Schofields and will be shared with Grange Horse Sport­ing Club.

“Our mem­bers are very ex­cited about the move,” Ms McWhirter said. “We’d like to get more mem­bers as we have a lot of fun and it’s a fam­ily-ori­ented club.

“We have com­pe­ti­tions against other clubs in our zone and also com­pete in state events where we have won ti­tles.”

Black­town Pony Club's Mitchell Peel takes part in a com­pe­ti­tion.

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