Boolarra Pony Club – Dec. 2011

Over the 2011 Pony Club season we have seen a number of our monthly rallies cancelled due to the Pony Club grounds being far too wet to ride on.  If nothing else this has made us a little bit more creative taking our riding members on bush rides around the outskirts of Boolarra. In September we also ventured down to Reeves Beach on the 90 Mile stretch for the kids to ride their horses on the beach for the day, which was most enjoyable, and the weather kind.

Our club has now grown to 27 riding members. On rally days the three training arenas we have at the facility are abuzz with excitement and kids having fun on their horses.

Six riding members in the club who have achieved their ‘D’ Certificate are now undertaking the ‘C’ Certificate. They have already completed and passed the riding module and in the middle of November they will be sitting the theory exam. Good luck girls.

Construction of our Cross Country course is more than half completed. Our Pony Club would like to express our gratitude for the work done by two locals, Lawrie Havrillay for the construction of portable jumps and Rusty McGlade for his help in the construction of our permanent jumps on the Cross Country course.

Our thanks also go to Latrobe City for their ongoing support to the Boolarra Pony Club. In September we were notified that our club was successful in obtaining $3,500 in the Latrobe Community Grants Program for the purchase of a heavy duty slasher. This equipment will be used by both the Pony Club and the Boolarra Memorial Parks Committee to manage the grass on the Cross Country course and the grass around the main oval.

We are now putting together the program for our annual Gymkhana which is set to take place on Sunday the 5th February 2012. An additional feature at this event will be an official Horse Riding Club Association of Victoria (HRCAV) adult riding ring, so we hope to draw a few more riders.

Gary Mills,
President, Boolarra Pony Club.