Equestrian club upgrade on cards
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.