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 with all profits generated through club and event management invested into the development of horse riding in NSW through targeting grassroots, and elite development programs, competitions and education programs.
Pony Club NSW exists to encourage horsemanship and horsemastership amongst its members. To provide appropriate coaching and competition, to raise awareness of sportsmanship and citizenship of its members, in order to assist its members to become proficient in their chosen sport.
Our main objectives are too;
encourage young people to ride and learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding
provide instruction on riding and horsemanship and to instil in members proper animal care
promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self discipline
The Pony Club Association of New South Wales is the controlling body for Pony Clubs in New South Wales where young people can ride and learn all disciplines of equestrian sports.
The Association co-ordinates, develops and promotes Pony Club in New South Wales.
The Association is committed to providing a high standard of instruction for its members.
The Association aims to instruct all juniors to at least 'C' Certificate standard. Those who wish to progress further are encouraged with further instruction, facilities and competition.
It is the intention of this body to represent its Clubs' interests to the State Government, Pony Club Australia and other Equestrian and affiliated bodies.
As of the end of 2011, Pony Club NSW membership was comprised of 271 registered Pony Clubs which are divided into 28 Zones, with 15, 500 fee-paying members. NSW has the largest representation of Australian Pony Club memberships at approximately 40%. These Pony Clubs operate from Tweed Heads in the north of the state to Eden in the south. These clubs include riding members up to the age of 25, and non-riding members such as parents and coaches. Membership is open to anyone who is not considered a 'professional' under the Association rules. Junior members are under 17 years, Associate members are 17 and under 25 years and Senior Members are 25 years and over. Only Junior and Associate members are allowed to compete or receive instruction.Such institutions represent the absolute grassroots level of horse riding in NSW and are the breeding ground for future champions.
Pony Club differs from other youth movements because the horse is used as the main centre of interest around which to cultivate strenght of character, self discipline while enjoying and taking part in equestrian sports.
Pony Clubs are the breeding grounds for the champions of tomorrow. Recognised as the grassroots level of horse riding development, Pony Club NSW has over 271 clubs with over 15, 500 members. Other activities members can participate in include gymkhanas, camps, trail rides, lectures, films, and visits to places of interest.
Rally Days are held at regular intervals (usually once or twice a month) 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 presents regular high level coaching to riders with an above average standard in a particular discipline. Riders receive instruction from some of the top coaches in the state.
Instructors Schools are held at regular intervals at a Club, Zone and State level. The aim of the schools is to educate instructors and 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 instructors are encouraged to hold an Equestrian Australia NCAS Level One Accreditation or higher.
Pony Club NSW holds a Camp each year for the top 15 riders in the State in their chosen discipline, Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing and Mounted Games. 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 9 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 portal for horse riders in NSW providing up-to-date information across all areas of Pony Club NSW’s operation.
Office 7, 25 Victoria Street Wollongong NSW 2500