“Pony Club is an international community with a local focus,” says Debbie Dougall, who is district commissioner. Once a junior rider herself, Debbie competed with the club until she was 21. Now her own children are in the group, which takes in riders aged five to 25 years.
The club currently has 60 members, but they’re always on the lookout for more. “No rider should ever feel they aren’t good enough,” Debbie says.
The club is a lively and active community, which focuses on family connection and teaching children safe riding skills. “We all love horses,” Debbie explains, “so we want to teach our children how to ride safely, while making it fun.”
To this end, the club holds monthly rallies or competitions, where children work in teams to put their abilities to the test. An annual awards night recognises all the hard work riders (and their ponies) put in over the year.
Overall, Debbie says the community is encouraging and supportive. “If you’ve ever been curious about horses and want to see things in action, just come on down,” she says.