Keeps kids’ club alive

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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.

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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.

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