The Parenga Pony Club recently hosted high profile New Zealand event rider Bundy Philpott, a former pony clubber herself, for a training day for its members.
The special day came about after the local club won a New Zealand Pony Clubs Association (NZPCA) competition for selling the most raffle tickets for a club of its size.
“Our riders are still buzzing about the adventures they had with Bundy’s coaching sessions,” said Lorraine Phillips, Parenga Pony Club district commissioner.
“Bundy proved that she’s not just a successful equestrian, but also a top coach, super human and athlete all in one. Her approach with all the riders, parents and supporters was supportive, encouraging and fun, making sure everyone came away feeling positive about their experience.”
The Little Valley Farm in Ohaupo proved to be the ideal place to host the training day, where some riders were introduced to cross country riding for first time.
“We had the entire property to call our own for the day,” said Lorraine, “and it’s venues and training opportunities like this that help keep riders passionate and keen to learn.”
Riders also learned about horsemanship with long-time pony club instructor Marilyn Cooper, helping to prepare them for upcoming exams as well as ensuring they know how to best take care of their horses.
“Pony clubs are truly there to offer support and training from grass roots level,” said Lorraine, “and working with a hard working team of volunteers helps us be able to make events like this happen.”
With the approval of NZPCA, the club is now running a pilot project for adult riding members, enabling them to join in with all pony club activities and gain certificates for riding and horsemanship.