Passionate pony riders complete certificates

The youngest riders age 6-8: from left to right Stevie Duncan, Isla Taylor, and Bailey Blackmore. Behind them are, Dee Gordon, and Judy Thomas, coaches at the pony club.

Last Saturday seven young riders passed their various certificates at the local Pony Club grounds based in Wanaka/Hawea. The Hāwea-Wānaka Pony Club is as a branch of the Central Otago Pony Club, which is part of the Otago Southland Pony Club Area, where all of the members are working towards their NZPCA certificates. 

Members have a mix of ridden rallies with at least one theory and horsemanship rally a month. Pony Club meets most Wednesdays at 4.30 pm at the Hāwea Domain in Lake Hāwea. Pony Club is held from August to May, with a break over winter. The youngest riders between ages six and eight, completing their D certificates, were: Stevie Duncan, Isla Taylor, and Bailey Blackmore. Participating in the event, Dee Gordon, who has been involved with the local pony club since its inception, Fe Howie, who is currently acting as head coach at the Pony Club and Judy Thomas, who is currently a coach at the Pony Club. 

The group of riders in the age 12-13, completing their D+ certificates, were: Sienna Collins, Lily Cousins, Jessie Dye. Least but not last, Makayla Rasmussen, age 19, completing her C certificate.


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