Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pony Club?
Pony Club NSW, established in 1946, is the largest recognised state body for pony clubs in Australia, and one of the largest association of riders in the world. Pony Club NSW is a not-for-profit youth organisation invested into the development of horse riding in NSW through targeting grassroots, and elite development programs, competitions and education programs.
What is the Organisational Structure of the Pony Club Association of NSW?
The Pony Club Association of New South Wales is the controlling body for Pony Clubs in New South Wales. Pony Club NSW membership is comprised of approximately 270 registered Pony Clubs which are divided into 28 Zones, with 15, 500 fee-paying members.
What are the aims and objectives of Pony Club?
- To encourage young people to ride and learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding
- To provide instruction on riding and horsemanship and to instill in the members the proper care of their animals
- To promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self-discipline.
Who can join Pony Club?
Membership is open to anyone who is not considered a 'professional' under the Association rules. Only Junior and Associate members are allowed to compete or receive instruction.
- Junior members are under 17 years,
- Associate members are 17 and under 25 years and
- Senior Members are 25 years and over.
What can Pony Club do for you?
- Teach you to ride/improve your riding and care for your horse.
- Teach you all aspects of general horsemanship and associated skills.
- Give you the opportunity to meet like minded people from your area and across NSW and develop lifetime friendships through learning to help and consider others.
- Give you the opportunity to take part in camps and competitions and represent your Club, Zone, State and even Australia.
How do I join Pony Club?
Conduct a Club Search via this website, to locate the closest Pony Club to you. Contact the Secretary of that Pony Club to find out when the next Rally Day is and what the membership fees are. If you have any questions about joining Pony Club, contact either the Local Club's secretary or call the State Office on (02) 4229 8977. Come and try, day membership is also now available, contact your local Pony Club to find out more.
How old do I have to be?
Each club sets its own minimum age depending on the resources it has available. Members under 25 years have the opportunity to receive riding instruction and participate in competition.
Do I have to own a horse?
Ownership of a horse or pony is not required for membership, but arrangements for obtaining a suitable mount must be made on an individual basis. Stallions and rigs are unsuitable mounts for Pony Club activities.
What if I don’t have a pony, what if I have a horse?
It doesn't matter, so long as the mount is suitable according to Pony Club policy. The word "pony" in Pony Club comes from the British Pony Club and was originally used to refer to the size of the rider, not to the size of the horse
If I have a question, who do I ask?
Members should address their questions to their Club Secretary. All members should check the website first, to make sure the information you are seeking is not there already.
Is Pony Club NSW a not-for-profit organisation?
How old does my horse have to be to ride at pony club?
There is no minimum age of horses and ponies. The Club Chief Instructor will assess each horse & rider combination to ensure they are safe to participate.
What are the Association fees?
Riding Members $55
Non-Riding Members $35
These fees are applicable to clubs only. Member fees are set by the individual club.
How do I sign up new members?
The Association must receive the following;
- Completed affiliation form (available at no charge through the office)
- Completed and signed risk warning for each member
- Cheque payment
Alternatively members can be registered online through the MyClub system. Access applications available under Forms from the Club & Zone Management tab. If utilising MyClub, clubs should wait until the begining of the following month for an invoice and then submit cheque payment along with the completed and signed risk warnings for each member.
What is the entry fee for state championships?
$45 per rider except for Sporting & Campdrafting which is $60 for both disciplines or $45 for just the one. Ground fees varies and are set by the host Zone.
How do I book a regional school?
Contact Jane Frankum on firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 02 4229 8977 (Tuesdays only). A refunded deposit of $550 applies as well as a fee of $25 per rider. Please note, only Zone Chief Instructors are authorised to book these schools.
How do I become a Pony Club Instructor?
Any member wishing to become an instructor must now complete the NCAS program by purchasing a workbook through the state office. To purchase the book download a copy of the Merchandise Order Form
and post it to the office with your cheque payment. You will then need to work through the book with your Zone Chief Instructor (ZCI), and mentor/s, and complete a NCAS school. When you are ready to complete a school speak to your ZCI who will organise one through the state office coaching co-ordinator.
If you currently hold an Instructors certificate, these are still recognised however you may not upgrade and we recommend completing the NCAS program.
What are the area's within pony club?
The breakup of areas are as follows:
Area 1: 10, 19, 22, 23, 26
Area 2: 5, 7, 24, 25
Area 3: 8, 9, 13, 15
Area 4: 3, 4, 6, 17
Area 5: 2, 11, 12, 20, 21
Area 6: 14, 16, 18, 27, 28
What happens in Pony Club?
Rally Days are held at regular intervals at which riders receive their instruction on riding and caring for their pony. These rallies are run by voluntary instructors and are the backbone of the movement.
Pony Club NSW provides high level coaching to riders in each particular discipline. Riders receive instruction from NSW State coaches.
These schools are designed to educate potential instructors to give them an opportunity to gain or improve their qualifications for instruction at Pony Clubs. Pony Club NSW has now embraced the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS). NCAS, an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), is a progressive coach education program.
Pony Club NSW holds a Camp each year for the top 15 riders in the State in their chosen discipline, Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing, Mounted Games and 10 riders to attend the Pilot Advanced Horsemanship section. These riders come together and are instructed by top Australian coaches.
Competitions are held at a Club, Zone, State, National and International level. Pony Club NSW holds nine state championships a year. While a number of clubs and zones also have regular competitions on an annual basis.
Pony Club NSW Online
The Pony Club NSW Website, Facebook page, Blog and Twitter page is a major source of communication for members in NSW, providing up to date information across all areas of Pony Club NSW’s operation.
Throughout their pony club career, riders are encouraged to undertake various efficiency tests according to their age and ability, commencing with the basic ‘D’ test through to ‘A’ test the highest level. These certificates aim to encourage the interest and improvement in knowledge of its members. They are viewed as a measure of a rider’s progress in their overall efficiency. In working for them riders acquire valuable knowledge and skills, which enhance their riding experience.
Pony Club NSW Online
The Pony Club NSW Website, Facebook page, Blog and Twitter page is a major portal for horse riders in NSW providing up-to-date information across all areas of Pony Club NSW’s operation.
What should the rider wear?
Safety is paramount in Pony Club, therefore each member is required to wear the following at all times, while mounted:
- Well fitting approved helmet
- Smooth soled elastic sided riding boots. These need to have elastic sides (they can not be lace or zip up boots, only riders over 17yo may wear long boots.)
How do Parents Fit in with Pony Club?
Pony Club has a number of activities to offer which means a great number of volunteers, with a variety of skills, are necessary to keep the different programs running. Being a parent of a Pony Club member involves a commitment to not only ensuring that your child attends the various lessons and activities, but to help in their organisation and running as well. You don’t have to be a horseperson to help. Your Club will be glad to channel your skills as a volunteer. Jobs could Include:
- Helping in the canteen
- Cooking the BBQ
- Assisting to set up and pack away equipment
- Assisting instructors especially with activities like sporting (putting flags out) and jumping (picking up pole when they are knocked down).
- Office bearer
- Newsletter Editor
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