The Kangaroo Island Pony Club has seen a revival in numbers over the last 12 months.
Members start from as young as 3 years and span into the middle years and caters to all stages of abilities.
The club is lucky enough to have fantastic pony club grounds, however it has been struggling to raise money for new equipment.
We are very happy to announce we were lucky enough to be successful in gaining a grant from the Office of Sport and Recreation for $4300.
This was presented last month by State Member Leon Bignell to our president Bill Roper.
We are looking forward to using these funds to put towards cross country jumps and obstacles, which will be enjoyed by all our members, young and old.
Our achievement in gaining this grant is timely, as when we held our first Birchmore rally of the year on Sunday in hot conditions, we experienced a large turn out.
In the morning the three groups broke off to work with instructors, Bill, Maddy and Amanda.
Lessons were a variety of bush bashing to learning to use correct aids for circle work, and all riders and horses worked hard in the heat.
After our usual barbecue lunch, riders and horses enjoyed some fun in apple bobbing relays. Even our president Bill joined in!
Riders then split into their three groups for more lessons, including cross country jumping and paired flat work.
It was amazing to see the support and care all our members, both riding and non riding show towards one another.
The grant we have received is an amazing step forwards building and supporting our growing KI Pony Club in the future. – Bridie Berden