Monto Pony Club to in­tro­duce new op­por­tu­ni­ties this year

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - MADE­LINE GRACE

PONY CLUB: Monto Pony Club has been gear­ing up for its first rally of the year.

The rally day kicks off the year on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, at the Monto Show­grounds.

In­struc­tor and club sec­re­tary and trea­surer Linda Brown said the club was look­ing for­ward to the first rally.

“All of our old and re­turn­ing mem­bers will be there,” she said.

“We’re also wel­com­ing any new mem­bers.

“Hope­fully we’ll get some good num­bers for the year.”

Ms Brown said this year they would be of­fer­ing their mem­bers the chance to work to­wards ac­quir­ing their D and C Ef­fi­ciency Cer­tifi­cates.

“We’ve got a cou­ple of kids who are in­ter­ested,” she said.

“It in­volves them work­ing to­wards do­ing a writ­ten and rid­den as­sess­ment af­ter they work through a man­ual and train with us.

“They’ll be learn­ing about rid­ing strides, their seat, parts of a horse, horse health, dif­fer­ent rules and dis­ci­plines, how to look af­ter their gear, pre­sen­ta­tion and groom­ing for com­pe­ti­tions, and more.”

Ev­ery year the club fo­cuses on im­ple­ment­ing these lessons, al­though nor­mally not in a for­mal way, and not with as­sess­ment.

“For the first time we’re go­ing to have our kids work to­wards earn­ing their cer­tifi­cate,” Ms Brown said.

“We also have a cou­ple of kids who are work­ing to­wards go­ing to our Pony Club Qld state ti­tles this year.

“They need to go to other com­pe­ti­tions and qual­ify first.

“The amount de­pends on the dis­ci­pline.”

The club meets once a month and of­fers train­ing in showjump­ing, dres­sage, team pen­ning, sport­ing (gymkhana), cam­p­draft­ing, cross coun­try, and more.

Ms Brown said there would be a camp in April, and non-mem­bers were wel­come.

“We’re ex­cited for what the year will bring,” she said.

“We wel­come any age and level of rid­ing abil­ity into our pony club.

“It’s a so­cial gath­er­ing for like-minded peo­ple for those who love their horses and want to have some fun with oth­ers.”

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

JOIN THE CLUB: The Monto Pony Club is host­ing its first rally of the year this Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 2.

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