What is Pony Club and how does it work?

Pony Club is a youth movement for young people up to the age of 25 years for obtaining certificates and for National and Area competitions.

When you join Pony Club, you are joining one of the largest youth movements in the world.
The objective of Pony Club is to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to ride correctly and safely, to know how to care for their ponies/horses and to have lots of fun.

Pony Club is run by a committee made up of Mums and Dads who have volunteered to help because they believe in the movement and want as many children as possible to experience the joys of owning a pony/horse. They, of course, cannot do it all by themselves and so Working Bees are held to get done the many jobs needed to ensure the club is kept in good order and safe for the riders. An important part of organising the club is to run competitions for riders, both within the club and outside guests. These competitions provide the much needed extra money to purchase new equipment and maintain the standards, we at Henderson Valley have come to expect.

Working Bees and helping out at events can be a lot of fun and we encourage parents to get to know other members and the committee. Parents are expected to attend working bees throughout the year, to assist in setting up for competitions and to help on the competition days themselves.

As riders gain experience they will want to enter events away from their own Branch and should be encouraged to do so. Most events are advertised on the Waitemata Rodney Area Calender, and individual Pony Clubs' websites or Facebook pages. If you are unsure what events would be suitable for you, ask your instructor or one of the committee, who will be only too pleased to help.