Eques­trian club upgrade on cards

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - SPORT -

THEY aren’t just one trick ponies at the Mooloolah Val­ley Pony Club, who this year had eight com­peti­tors com­pete in the state cham­pi­onships.

Club Pres­i­dent Su­san Ben­inca said as mem­bers con­tinue to flour­ish the non-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion is look­ing to ex­pand its of­fer­ings to help fa­cil­i­tate the growth.

“We are hop­ing to build a shed to store equip­ment such as jumps and our mower and we also want to buy some more equip­ment,” she said.

“Cur­rently all the jumps are on a trailer stored un­der a car­port.”

Mrs Ben­inca said that in­stalling a se­cure lo­ca­tion on the prop­erty for equip­ment will help pro­tect it from po­ten­tial theft and van­dal­ism, which will give the club the se­cu­rity to go ahead and in­vest in more so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment.

“Once we get that shed we’ll be mov­ing for­ward to get more equip­ment but un­til we can lock it up we are in limbo,” she said.

To make steps towards this goal on May, Sun­day 20, the club will host their an­nual Gymkhana. The event is the big­gest source of in­come for the club each year and Mrs Ben­inca call­ing all pony lovers to the sta­ble.

“We are al­ways keen to see new peo­ple, peo­ple are wel­come to come along to sta­ble days and have a try,” she said.

The day will in­clude dif­fer­ent sport­ing events with jump rounds, ob­sta­cle rounds and a dres­sage event which judges com­peti­tors with their horses. There will also be a fund-rais­ing raf­fle of­fer­ing an abun­dance of prizes do­nated by Mooloola Val­ley busi­ness own­ers. Mrs Benic­nca said chil­dren in­volved within the club are in­stalled with a strong sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity at an early age.

“It de­vel­ops a re­la­tion­ship be­tween horses and rid­ers and builds real trust. The chil­dren learn they can’t ex­pect their horse to do well if they don’t care for it,” she said.

“Kids are taught to re­spect their horse. They learn to ask their horse to do things such as move for­ward, go side­ways, stand still, or even go over that jump up ahead. A child cant make a 400kg an­i­mal do any­thing, it’s al­ways about the part­ner­ship be­tween the horse and rider.”

To nom­i­nate for the com­pe­ti­tion visit: mooloolah­val­ley­pony club.com/nom­i­na­tion in­for­ma­tion.

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