Crows Nest Pony Club
Pony Club – What’s it all about.
Pony Club is an International voluntary youth organization affiliated with The Worldwide Association of Young Riders, known as The Pony Club.
Originating in Britain as a scheme to encourage young people to learn to ride, it focused on riding instruction and fun. It has now become the largest association of riders in the world.
Objectives of Pony Club
- To encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding
- To provide instruction in riding and horsemastership and to instil in 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
About our Pony Club
Crows Nest and District Pony Club Inc was established in 1960. The club has exclusive use of grounds that we lease from Toowoomba Regional Council. There are approximately 80 acres associated with this lease of which a large area has been cleared and riding areas constructed. In 2016, our club obtained a Get Playing Places and Spaces grant from the Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing to construct a Multi Purpose Sand arena and Campdraft Camp and yards. As this area has just been completed in December 2016, we will be using it for the first time in 2017 which is very exciting for the club! With this area, we hope hold many competitions, clinics and rallies for both our club and also other instructors and organisations.
Along with our new arena, we have our large grassed oval which accommodates our other sand dressage arena, enclosed jumping arena and still has plenty of room for sporting and other events to be conducted. As well as this area we have a small enclosed oval yard, practice area for jumping, and a huge area for trails, and a cross country course which is currently in planning stages.
We have canteen and toilet facilities, as well as a loading ramp and several small day yards. Due to the grounds being within the Tick Zone, all horses coming to and from a clean area will need to abide by the new DPI regulations. The club provides a spray service free of charge if owners decide to spray their horses on departure. Because of the size of our grounds, we also offer agistment for those members who need a paddock for their horse/s (conditions and availability apply).
In November 2016, we were informed that we had again won a Get Playing Places and Spaces grant from the Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing to construct an ablutions block for the pony club grounds. This project will commence in 2017 and will be a great asset to our club grounds.
Rally Days are generally conducted on the first Sunday of every month. Rally days consist of a variety of activities including dressage, troop drill, jumping, sporting, theory and general horsemanship skills. Rallies usually start at either 8 or 9am depending on the season and run through until the early afternoon. Rallies can be postponed due to bad weather, dangerous conditions, clashes with other major events and so on, so please keep an eye on our website, emails or on our Facebook page.
Please call a member of our committee with any queries you may have, or come and have a look on a rally day.