Kids and ponies celebrate 80 years of Pony Club in NSW

Zone 2 Chief Instructor Marg Pestell and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke cut the cake to celebrate 80 years of NSW pony club.
Zone 2 Chief Instructor Marg Pestell and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke cut the cake to celebrate 80 years of NSW pony club.

Young Pony Club is holding its 71st annual Pony Club Camp this week at the Young Showground but if 71 years isn't impressive enough they are also celebrating 80 years of pony club in NSW.

Over 170 horses and riders are braving the cold and rain - after all it wouldn't be camp without it - to spend the week learning new skills, making new friends and catching up with old as well as immersing themselves in all things pony club this week.

For 80 years Pony Club has been an institution in NSW and on Monday morning Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined Zone 2 Chief Instructor Marg Pestell, YPC Chief Instructor Cheryl Matthews, YPC president Barry Matthews and 170 very eager kids to cut a huge cake donated by a member's grandmother, Jeanne Montgomery.

"Pony Club is a way for kids to learn how to work with their horse as well as an opportunity to join with like minded people in a fun and safe environment," YPC Vice-president Rebecca Hewson said.

"Kids can earn an equine education, compete, pick up new skills and have so much fun when they are a part of pony club."

According to Mrs Hewson a lot of the club's current members are children of parents who attended pony club when they were children.

"The sky is the limit when you go to Pony Club." The camp finishes on Friday.