April Pon E News

Pony Club is back in Full Swing!


We have seen the majority of Pony Clubs across NSW land back on their feet after E.I. With clubs holding regular rally days, gymkanas, dressage and show jumping days and camps. It has been great to hear stories from various clubs about the activities being held. Make sure you check the Pony Club NSW website regularly to find out what other clubs are have been up to. Please send us any stories or photos of your Club returning to action. Email to marketing@pcansw.org.au or post to PO BOX 2085, Wollongong, NSW, 2500.


Just a quick reminder that Event Registrations, Travelling Horse Statements and Horse Attendance forms are still necessary. Please remember to complete the DPI Event Registration form at least 72 hours prior to the Event AND fax a copy to Pony Club NSW, likewise with the Horse Attendance forms. Pony Club members attending a horse event must fill in a Travelling Horse Statement and have it with them at all times whilst on the road.


It has been 9 months since our last State Championships, however the last six months of this year will see at least one State Championship per month. First Event off the rank will be State Showjumping, being hosted by Zone 14 at the Cobargo Showground (Entries close 30th May). Closely following this Event will be the State Dressage hosted by Zone 28 at Worrigee Equestrian Common. It will be exciting to see Pony Club riders back out proudly representing their Zones at these championships.


Pony Club NSW has created our first television commercial to promote the Association. The ad will air on the 24th April and run for two weeks on the WINTV network across the Southern Region of NSW. We are in negotiations to schedule the ad to air across Northern NSW in the later part of the year. Pony Club NSW would like to send a huge thank you out to the Zone 22 officials, riders and parents who helped us with the filming of the ad. A special thanks to Rita Appleyard, Steve McNamurra, Vanessa Bourne, Kerry Benny, Kellie Jones and Pauline Pickles for all their efforts.


In this edition of Pon E News:

  • Administrative Matters
  • Uniform Survey
  • Woolworths Community Grant Reminder – Closes 25 April!!
  • NSW riders selected to compete at Australian Mounted Games Nationals
  • Australian Pony Club National Championships 2009 - Nominations and Slogan Competition
  • Club of the Month - Winner and Competition Now Open

Administrative Matters


March Mail Out

The March Mail Out Package was posted out last week, All Club and Zone Secretaries, Zone Chief Instructors, Zone Councilors and Club Corporate members should have received their copies.


This Mail Out contains: (Please click the link to access this information online)

2008 State Sporting and Campdrafting Championships

Zone 20 has been appointed as the host of these championships. These Events will be held on Saturday 20th and Suunday 21st September at Gundagai Showground.  This event replaces the original scheduled to be held at Glen Innes during the April school holidays.


Senior Mounted Games Training Squad

Applications for the 2008 Senior Mounted Games Training Squad have reopened. 

Fifteen riders will be selected to form the squad to be trained by Mr Phil Logue.  The NSW team, to compete at the 2008 National Championships in South Australia during November 2008, will be selected from the squad members.  This squad will not operate the same as the Junior squad.  Training will be focused closer to the National event.


Nomination Form

Applications close 30th May 2008 at the PCA office.

Pony Club Uniform Survey


Pony Club NSW is currently in negotiation with Midford Clothing to develop a centralised system for uniform ordering.  It can be difficult for new and old secretaries alike to source and order various clothing items, with such problems as colour availabilities, colour consistency and the hassle of dealing with different retailers.  It can also be difficult for new members to know where to purchase uniform items and what colour/brands to get.

The proposed system will allow clubs/zones to order various items, including shirts, ties, jumpers, jackets and polo shirts directly from Midford clothing at the best price - without markup from retailers.  Clubs can then have the choice to use this facility if they wish.

In order to develop this system we need to know a few things about all NSW Pony Clubs uniforms (such as colours of each item) along with your current uniform ordering procedures. Could you please answer the questions on this survey and return to the State Office by post, fax or email before
Friday 2 May 2008.

Grants of up to $5,000 up for grabs

Woolworths are offering Community Grants of up to $5,000 for community sport groups to help primary school aged children become more active and live healthier lives.

These grants can be used for sporting equipment, playground facilities, even healthy snacks. Grants of up to $5000 per community group are on offer, and the total pool of funds available is $2 million. There are hundreds of grants available, so be sure to apply.

For more information pick up an application form in store or visit the link below and click on the Community Grants tab




Applications close 25 April 2008

Two NSW riders selected to compete at National Mounted Games Championships

Two NSW junior riders recently took part in the selection trials in Darwin for the Australian Pony Club Junior Mounted Games Team.

Both riders, KATIE SLATER (Wamboin) and ANDREW ATKINS (Muswellbrook) were selected in the Australian Team. The team will compete in the International Mounted Games Championships which will be hosted by Pony Club Australia in Perth, Western Australia, during July 2008.


Read more here

Australian Pony Club National Championships


As you may be aware Pony Club NSW is hosting the Australian Pony Club Championships in 2009. These championships will be held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre from 12th to 18th July 2009.


Nominations for the Olympic Disciplines Long Lists are now open. Please view eligibility criteria and download an nomination form here.


We are also searching for a SLOGAN for the Championships. Previous events slogans have been:

  • 1995 - 'Towards 2000' - Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
  • 1997 - 'One Step Closer' - Roseworthy College, South Australia
  • 1999 - 'The Final Countdown' - Werribee, Victoria
  • 2002 - 'Beyond 2000' - Roseworthy College, South Australia
  • 2005 – ‘Nationals Go West’ - Perth, Western Australia. 
  • 2007 – ‘Showcase for the Future’ - Toowoomba, Queensland

Some of the current entries include:

  • Striving For Our Best
  • Where Champions Are Grown
  • Achieving Together
  • Riding to New Horizons in 2009
  • Better Than Ever

If you have an idea please email your name, postal address and slogan to marketing@pcansw.org.au.

All entries will go into the draw to win a Horseland Gift Pack which includes:

  • Equestrian Challenge PC Game
  • The Pony Puzzle Book
  • Threshold Dressage Test Techniques Book
  • Threshold Manes and Tails Book

Entries close 30 April 2008.

Club of the month


MURWILLUMBAH PONY CLUB (Zone 15) is the Club of the Month for March. The Club has won themselves $1,000 worth of product from Horseland. This prize includes dressage cones, lunging equipment, bandages, books, a farrier tool kit, training aids and other exciting resources.


Entry can be viewed here


Entries are now open for the Pony Club of the Month - MARCH. Entries for this close on the 30 APRIL 2008. Again the prize is a great pack of Horseland product, worth $1,000.


Please email marketing@pcansw.org.au and tell us what makes your club special along with some photos!
(Non-winning entries from previous months may be considered again in future months, but are also welcome to re-enter.)


The Pony Club Association of New South Wales appreciates the support of its sponsors : -


NSW Department of Tourism, Sport & Recreation


Australian Feed Company


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