October DC Report

Our Father’s Day rally was a quiet one but did enable kids to get some good tuition on their ponies. The games in the afternoon were a particularly big hit.

Kids meeting kids from other groups and learning speed, agility and balance was fantastic to watch. The fathers enjoyed the free egg and bacon sandwich for breakfast on their special day and again the sun was shining!

And the winner of the Australian Showjumping Championships Pony Club Competition is…

HURSTBRIDGE PC!

Thanks to Lisa Jacobsen, who entered us into the competition, we have a free day of coaching with a top SJ coach to either instruct at a rally or on other day. We’re working with the SJ committee to choose a suitable coach and date. Stay tuned for your free SJ lesson at Hurstbridge. This is very exciting for our club and many thanks to Lisa for entering us!

October Rally

We have a couple of kids trying out Hurtsbridge PC for the very first time this month; Kiera and Emily Barton. Please make them feel welcome. And if you want to get your cards signed Melissa Robertson is the Card Secretary and she will be able to sign them at the rally.

The rostered duties for canteen and grounds will have a team leader and that person will need to bring their car to tow out the SJ trailer and organise the helpers. I will email out a list of what is required for the day. It’s pretty quick and easy as we have a lot of jumps and equipment out already. We discussed at the meeting purchasing some games equipment and items for the younger groups so stay tuned for more information on that.

Mentor Program

Kylie had a great idea about a mentor program whereby the older kids are paired with a younger rider to mentor (like with Preps at school). The older children get the chance to become familiar with their buddy’s ponies and show them the ropes. As Kylie and myself cannot attend the October rally we will work on this for the November rally.

Out and About

Well done to Amy Cornell for her lovely SJ rounds at St Andrews PC. Amy also recently represented Victoria in the XC championships in Tasmania and placed 13th against competitors from all over Australia!

North Eastern HT

Emily Tuffen (Grade 4) on Harold’s first ever HT came 6th. He was leading after the dressage but decided two jumps in a row on XC was too much. He had a run out at the second element but still managed a place.

Eloise Barton in Grade 3 came 3rd.

Royal Melbourne Show

Catherine Walton recently qualified and competed at the show on Eddie, rode beautifully and finished in the top 8 in 1 Class. Her other mount, Tilly unfortunately injured herself and Catherine was unable to ride her.

Well done to all our Hurstbrdige riders out and about competing.

Rally Lessons

Just a reminder from instructors for parents not to instruct from the sidelines at rallies. Your help to lift poles and move equipment, lead ponies, etc is welcomed but instructing your child interrupts the flow of the lesson. Remember your child is not the only child there and each child has a right to their time with the instructor.

Rallies Ahead

We would like to hold our annual in-house SJ competition, where all riders ride for club trophies in their graded level on a AM7 course or similar. Also coming up is the popular Handy Mount and Kylie talked about pairs, triple and quadruple riding. This is great fun and we could even have music for musical games. Let us know any ideas you have for the rallies and as always, happy riding!

Andrea Barton