Pony rid­ing com­mu­nity

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata Pony Club, at over 50 years old, has pro­vided an av­enue for horselov­ing chil­dren in Mata­mata-Pi­ako to so­cialise and learn about their horses for decades. went along for a look. Like most clubs across Mata­mata- Pi­ako dis­trict, Mata­mata Pony Club is a fam­ily af­fair.

You’ll find mums help­ing their chil­dren sad­dle their horse and you’ll see dads help­ing out around the club’s prop­erty. Ev­ery­one pitches in.

The club also has a lot of his­tory, hav­ing been formed in 1948. Like a lot of ru­ral clubs, it en­tered re­cess in 1956 and was brought out of re­cess in 1966. Head coach Jo Schu­macher has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the club, join­ing when she was just 2 years old.

As a for­mer dis­trict com­mis­sioner, Schu­macher has a pas­sion for pony clubs. She loves the the real see­ing the growth and devel­op­ment the young club mem­bers achieve, she said.

The club reached its peak around ten years ago and was capped at 75 rid­ers. For­mer club sec­re­tary Stacey Ak­ers said the club has had its ups and downs over the years.

‘‘But we’re build­ing up now and get­ting strong again.’’

Mata­mata Pony Club pro­vides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to com­pete in a team. It also boasts a strong so­cial el­e­ment as well as plenty of learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Along with lessons in show jump­ing, flat work, cross coun­try and games, mem­bers also learn

CROSS COUN­TRY: So­phie McQuade, 7, and her horse prac­tice cross coun­try

OB­STA­CLES: Jor­dan Ed­monds, 10, leads her horse over an ob­sta­cle.

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