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24 Sep 2014
'Is your mother here with you ?' Standing with my baby son on my hip at the canteen of the Forrest Hills Pony Club (Duffys Forest, Sydney) I said 'I am a mother'. I was 24 beginning my first only year of Pony Club - the age rule kicked in at 25. Coming late to the sport I was pretty hopeless at the games. 'Fatty' my lovely Arabian thought any speed over a slow canter was undignified. But in 1989 we had the time of our lives. I was nearly 10 years older than the next member, but the children were welcoming. There was a fabulous philosophy of mucking in, encouragement; looking out for one another. And getting back on if you fell. Broken bones were fixed later. Pony Club mums (members) are tough!


18 Aug 2014
My story is about Guyra Pony Club and the achievements of those that have competed in and for the club.
Guyra Pony Club has only ever been a small club with numbers varying from 22 in the 1960's to about 70 at it's peak. The average would be about 40. The Club had their first camp in 1959 and have run annually ever since. Guyra also has various activities throughout the year.We are only a small town of about 2500 residents plus the surrounding district. The club relies heavily on the rural people of the area and it's fortunes tend to fluctuate with the agricultural sector.
The sporting achievements of our club members,after progressing through the ranks,probably would be unrivaled any club in Australia. I will give a brief summary of the achievements with the member's names attached.
Dianne Newberry (nee Mulligan)
Many Royal Show Champions in Hacking and Riding Classes and ASHS Events including Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Also Director of ASHS.

Ray Mulligan, Phillip Snell Dean Mulligan and Peter Mills.
Numerous Australian Championships in various Rodeo events.Also between them they have represented Australia at Calgary Stampede as well as representing NSW and holding records in the timed events.

Campdrafting. Ray Mulligan rode for Qld in State of Origin Campdraft winning the Cut-Out.

Polocrosse: The Grills family have fourteen members who have represented Australia, both here and Overseas.Peter, Roger,Lucy, Jim, Ben, Brad, Adam, Dean, Abbott,Matthew, Gabby, Sarah and Rebecca have all been representatives.
Charlie Grills has also been a Coach for Australia when Overseas and coached Canada at the World Cup.
Harry Kirk, also a member of this family has played for Australia.

Tim & Gemma Rice won numerous Showjumping events(NSW Pony Club C'ships).
Neil Harvey (Home Member Armidale PC) Australian elite showjumper and Record Holder, always attended Guyra Pony Club Camp to gain extra instruction.

Lindsay Mulligan went on to make his mark as a topline cricketer representing : Australian Emus NZ tour 1973 & Australian Emus World tour 1974.

These are some of the sporting highlights of this small club and do not include many, many awards at regional and up to state level. Also, quite a number of very good riders have been unable to continue after leaving school due to career commitments. I believe the Guyra Pony Club can take a large amount of the credit for putting these members on the road to great achievement in the sporting world as well as being great citizens.


17 Aug 2014
my first pony club experience was when I was 14. I had joined as a saddle club member where I rode a horse if there was one spare and usually there was. It wasn't until I was 15 that I leased a gelding off a family friend that I started seriously competing in Sporting, Hacking and Cross Country. During my time at Pony Club I had a jumping accident which put a stop to advancing in show jumping due to a back injury but I still rode in other events. I have always been interested in horses since I was 5 years old and before I started riding at Pony Club I went with a friend and watched her ride and that was what encouraged me to finally join. The people that I met during my time at Milton Pony Club I will always think of because they helped me learn. The horses that were there were the most friendly horses people would love to meet. My 42 year old uncle who has severe Downs Syndrome came to pony club and helped me with my horse Leo, I saw his carers the next day and they said that he loved being at Pony Club and wanted to go back the next day. unfortunately I had to stop Pony Club when I was 16 due to work and by back but I will forever enjoy my memories at Milton Pony Club. I am now 18.


13 Aug 2014
As a child in Darwin in the 1960's, we did not have Pony Club, but I rode in the "Randall Rding Troupe, which was a bunch of kids riding ponies & horsed owned by a wonderful aboriginal named Bobby Randall. We had training on a Friday night, with the police sergeant instructing us, putting us through many drills, we also rode to local schools and conducted "pony rides" for the kids, then rode home, sometimes quite long distances.
When we moved to Perth in 1968, I didn't have my own horse, but rode at a riding school in Swanview, who kindly hired their horses to riders for pony club, WA Horsemans Pony Club. We would ride from the riding school in a large group to pony club, ride all day, and ride back to the riding school. I will always be grateful to Nancy Dear, the owner of the riding school, for giving me this opportunity. My last 2 years of pony club were spent on my own horse, much to my delight.
When my son came along some years later, he attended pony club from the age of 6, and I also gained my instructor's certificate,and spent many more years enjoying all that pony club has to give.

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