Pony club pushes on with plans now restrictions have eased
IT’S all systems go at the Proserpine Hack and Pony Club now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased, with more activity planned as they ease still further.
The close-knit community of horse lovers is gearing up for a working bee and sign-on, on Saturday June 6, and a Saddle Club Rally, on Sunday June 14, at the club in Kelsey Creek Rd, Proserpine.
President Suzanne Greenhalgh said things were slowly getting back to normal at the club, which was first established in 1960.
During the first stage of restrictions, riders had made videos of themselves and sent them into the club for feedback and instructional help to keep them going “up the training ladder”.
“It’s going to take a little while yet,” Ms Greenhalgh said, adding the club had 20 members including teenagers and adults.
“But we just jumped another hurdle – now the instructors can check the riders’ saddlery, whereas previously, under restrictions, that was left to parents to do.
“Being able to now have 20 people at a gathering has made a difference too - we can stagger our rally times. Riders can come at 10am and advanced riders can come at midday.”
Ms Greenhalgh has asked people who plan to turn up to please contact the club, so if there’s a situation where there are too many people at once, they can stagger riders.
On Saturday, June 6, the working bee and sign-on is due to start at 2pm.
Ms Greenhalgh said everyone had been doing “bits and pieces” during the week.
“I got over there yesterday afternoon to find one of the members has already done a heap of whipper snipping and the week before, someone did the mowing,” she said.
“There’s a lot of work to do with the club including slashing and watering the gardens and sweeping out the toilet and shower blocks.”
On Sunday, June 14, the Saddle Club Rally will run from 10am to 2pm including horsemanship, flat work lessons and some show jumping.
Ms Greenhalgh said the club was looking for new members.
“You can be a social member as well, and you can sit and watch the riders,” she said.
“People can also help in the canteen and get to meet people. We are hoping to run riding clinics and competitions when restrictions ease further.”