The Pony Club Association of N.S.W.
PO Box 2085 Wollongong 2500
Phone 02 4229 8977 Fax 02 4229 8966
An Action Packed Long Weekend Is Set For Tumbarumba As They Play Host To The State Pony Club Mounted Games Championships
This October long weekend will see over 40 teams of Pony Club NSW competitors descend on Tumbarumba to take part in the State Pony Club Mounted Games Championships, being held at the Tumbarumba Showground.
Mounted Games are played in teams of five riders. It requires horses to be supple, able to gallop, change direction, stand still and be obedient to the rider's aids. The games test a rider's speed,
balance, coordination and competitive spirit, which nevertheless requires an ability to work together with other riders and to be willing to help one another.
Competitors at the Event represent the best riders from Pony Clubs across the State. Each rider has had to be qualified and selected at a regional level prior to the event. Among these riders are two very talented young riders, who already have international experience. Sixteen year olds' Andrew Atkins (Muswellbrook) and Katie Slater (Wamboin) both represented Australia at the 2008 International Pony Club Mounted Games and have both been selected to compete at the
National Pony Club Mounted Games Championships in South Australia in November.
Brenton Ward and Shaun Thomspon will be using this Event to prepare for the World Mounted Games Championships, held at Pittwater Rugby Park, Narrabeen on the 19th -26th October. The
other three members of the team also attended Pony Club, Nicholas Fitzsimmons (NSW), Kelly Adams and Hazel Fertier (South Australia). There are 20 countries participating in this Event. These
riders are great examples of the skills, knowledge and opportunities that Pony Club equips its members with.
Competitors at the State Mounted Games will be looking to catch the eye of selectors over the weekend. Selection for the 2009 mounted games training squads (junior & senior) will take place during the event. The riders that will represent NSW at the 2009 Australian Pony Club Championships will be then chosen from these squads. In July next year NSW will host these Championships, where up to 250 riders from across Australia will represent their State in Dressage,
Showjumping, Eventing and Mounted Games at Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park.
Pony Club is a voluntary youth organisation which promotes the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people, while assisting them to gain knowledge and become proficient in their chosen sport. There are approximately 285 clubs across NSW, from Bega to Bourke, Cootamundra to Casino and everywhere in between.
What: State Pony Club Mounted Games Championships
Approximately 40 teams will compete throughout the Event, totaling over 160 riders.
• Club Teams = 30 teams
o Made up of 5 riders from within the same Club.
• Zone Teams = 12 teams
o Made up of 5 riders from within the same Zone, who are 17 and under 25 years of age.
Where: Tumbarumba Showground, Tumbarumba
When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2008
Commences at 8.30am Saturday, and 8am Sunday.
10 games will be held over the weekend. 6 games on Saturday and 4 Games on Sunday.
Presentation is generally around 3pm on Sunday.
For more information and photographs:
Stephanie Puris, (02) 4229 8977 or 0413 235 102, firstname.lastname@example.org.