Pony club active since January in North Thompson Valley

Many of today’s serious and professional riders belonged to the Canadian Pony Club as children.

Catrina Daniels practices jumping with her new horse during their first season.

Many of today’s serious and professional riders belonged to the Canadian Pony Club as children. Familiar names such as Ian Millar, Joni Peters and Beth Underhill all had years of training in the same club that’s come to town. The local club started in January 2012 by a small dedicated group of women that see the importance of good horsemanship by our youngest riders. The international club is represented in 30 countries, has over 2,000 branches and 100,000 members from age 7-21 years old.

This is Jacquie Peters second start to pony club. Peters began the Frazer Lake club in the seventies and now brings her expertise to our valley. With the help of many of our local horsewomen and a group of dedicated moms and dads we hope to share the club resources with all those kids who want solid training. The club is geared for riders of all levels under 21 years of age and can train top level English equestrians. This year two girls received their level D1 after challenging three tests. All the girls will continue training and will begin competion in 2013 at rally. The club teaches many life skills along with English riding techniques. Eventing is the most publicized and includes dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. For the older members they can participate in international exchanges and may be eligible for scholarships. There is also a camp every spring just outside Chase where the kids of every level can participate with their horses.

The stable management lessons begin in November. The meetings are held in the community centre and on the farm. This is where both practical and theory will be taught to these candidates.

The membership fee for 2012 was $115.00 for the year. It is anticipated that the club fees won’t change a great deal and will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks. Please contact Kerry Meadows for more information and registration for this season at 250-674-3850

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