Keeps kids’ club alive
about horsemanship. From how and what to feed your pony, through to grooming and keeping them healthy, members have the chance to learn it all.
A highlight on the club’s calendar is the annual one day event. This year’s event will be held on March 1 and sees competitors travelling from all over the North Island. The event will be held at Brian and Rosemary Tims’ property on Gunn Rd.
Families involved with the Matamata Pony Club tend to stick around, despite their children long becoming too old for the club.
One such couple is Denise and John McGiven.
really involved in the club, Akers said. They have even built a venue on their property for shows.
‘‘Without families like this the club couldn’t keep going,’’ Akers said.
Not only does the club hold rally days, members also compete in dressage, show jumping, one day events, horse trials and show hunter events.
The club is also very involved in the Waikato Area Pony Club and national events.
‘‘We’re a small but strong club that has great support from the community.
‘‘Sponsors are instrumental in keeping the club going,’’ Akers said.
This is especially true with their support of the up-coming one day event, she said.
The Matamata Pony Club is open to any riders of any age and skill level or discipline.
At the moment the club’s youngest member is four while the oldest is 16.
Past members have done really well at Horse of the Year and a couple have gone on to become professional riders in a range of disciplines.
The club’s next rally takes place on February 17.
For more information on the club, contact secretary Julie Webby on 027 200 3811. BONDING: Regan Collins, 6, leads her horse over an obstacle. SHOW JUMPING: Stevie Collins, 9, shows how its done in the show jumping ring.
FAST: Lane Bridgman, 7, bounds down the cross country course on his horse.