Flying high: Annalise Duschka jumps at the Moora One Day Event. Duschka has represented Australia in pony club eventing. At a gallop: Michelle Seymour competes at the Royal Show for Central Midlands Pony Club in the Prince Phillip Mounted Games. Seymour trains with the state development squad for games.
THIS Saturday the Central Midlands Riding and Pony Club is celebrating its 50th birthday.
This will be a time to thank past members and instructors for allowing this great youth movement to be available to our local riders.
Current members, from those on the leadline to those who have represented Australia, will demonstrate some of their riding skills from 9am to 11.30am.
Following this will be a parade of riders and ponies with commentary on our riders’ achievements.
Any members of the community are welcome to come watch the demonstration and look around the memorabilia on display in the club rooms.
A light lunch and birthday cake will follow for past and present members after the parade of riders.
The Central Midlands Riding and Pony Club was established in Moora in 1964, only three years after the Pony Club Association was formed in Western Australia.
Initially pony club days were held at the Moora Race Club, later moving to the current grounds at Moora Equestrian Park in 1977.
The original club rooms were built on 1981 providing a kitchen and toilet facilities.
During the floods the grounds suffered damage and loss of equipment, assistance was provided to establish a lovely new club rooms and arena in 2000.
The pony club has continued to meet regularly since its establishment with membership fluctuating between 15 and 60 riding members.
As some neighboring clubs closed Central Midlands has continued to thrive and currently has 38 riding members travelling up to 100 kilometres to Moora to attend rallies, riding clinics and competitions.
The pony club provides a wonderful opportunity for young riders to bring their ponies and learn riding skills as well as many useful skills in looking after their ponies.
The riders enjoy the camaraderie of the other members at rallies and in competitions.
Central Midlands Riding and Pony Club has produced many state representatives in show jumping, eventing and dressage competitions.
This is the last meeting of the pony club for this year but the club would welcome inquiries from any community members wanting to join the club next year.