Sad­dling up for next event

Cam­p­draft on the mind of riders

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT - Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au

Prepar­ing for the next event is al­ways the fo­cus for the mem­bers of the Stan­thorpe Pony Club.

Last Sun­day was the fourth rally day of the year with riders keen to pre­pare for up­com­ing cam­p­drafts and gymkhanas.

Pony Club sec­re­tary

Leona Har­ri­son said last week­end’s rally day was tai­lored to­wards the up­com­ing events, con­sist­ing of sporting, cow chas­ing and dres­sage.

The Stan­thorpe cam­p­draft will be held from May 11–13 with the War­wick gymkhana to be held on May 7.

“There’s events all year,” Har­ri­son said.

“There’s jump­ing, dres­sage, there’s all sorts of com­pe­ti­tions go­ing on ev­ery­where.

“There’s some­thing on ev­ery week­end,” she said.

Al­though event prepa­ra­tion was one fo­cus of the rally day, Har­ri­son said riders en­joy­ing them­selves was more im­por­tant.

“It’s about hav­ing fun,” she said.

“It’s get­ting out on your horses, so­cial­is­ing, so­cial­is­ing your horses and teach­ing both the horses and the kids new skills.

“The horses learn a lot as well as the kids.”

This year the club has a to­tal mem­ber­ship of 30 riders.

“We al­ways wel­come new mem­bers,” she said.

“Es­pe­cially younger mem­bers.

“That way we know the club’s go­ing to have some­thing to look for­ward to in the fu­ture.”

She said since the first rally day all the club mem­bers had im­proved their skills.

“We see im­prove­ments all the time,” she said.

She said the con­fi­dence that the kids gained from the in­struc­tion on the day was in­cred­i­ble.

“Some­times just from the be­gin­ning to the end of the day you can see im­prove­ment.”

The Pony Club has a rally day on the third Sun­day of ev­ery month.

Spec­ta­tors are wel­come and any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing Pony Club is en­cour­aged to come along.

Some­times just from the be­gin­ning to the end of the day you can see im­prove­ment

— Leona Har­ri­son

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

GET­TING READY: Louise Day rid­ing Sweet Pea works on her skills dur­ing a rally day at Stan­thorpe Pony Club.

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