North Star Pony Club Secretary Rebecca Uebergang, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Committee member Simon Doolin, Sam Doolin and Chief Instructor Sandy Doolin saddle up ahead of upgrades to the cross-country circuit.
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
NORTH Star Pony Club’s well known cross-country course is about to leap over a number of safety hurdles, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $10,000 State Government grant to replace old jumps and purchase new riding protective vests.
Mr Marshall said North Star boasted one of largest and last remaining cross-country courses in the region.
“In an area which spans from Upper Horton, out to Lightning Ridge and up to the Queensland border, the North Star Pony Club’s cross-country course is the envy of the Zone 8 Pony Club circuit,” Mr Marshall said.
“To capitalise on this fantastic facility, located on the former North Star Golf Course, $5,000 will be spent installing new wooden jumps and improving safety on some of the older, existing jumps.
“A cross country jump builder has already been commissioned from Spring Ridge to put together the new equipment, designing jumps which can be handled by riders of all skill levels.
“The rest of the funds will go towards purchasing a number of expensive equestrian body protectors, which must be worn by riders under new Pony Club of NSW rules.”
North Star Pony Club President Tom Brennan said cross-country riding is an important skill for all rural riders.
“Cross-country is the one discipline all riders look forward to each camp, and is one which is really beneficial in building a young or inexperienced rider’s confidence,” Mr Brennan said.
“Equestrian vests cost upwards of $300 each and with new requirements mandating every child must wear one while on the course, our committee felt it was a huge expense for drought-affected families to have to pay, when their child might only ride once a year.
“This welcome grant will allow our club to buy a number of different sized vests, which can be borrowed and worn by riders during camp, ensuring no child misses out on the fun.
“North Star Pony Camp is an important social occasion on our local calendar, regularly drawing upward of 80 riders and their families.
“COVID-19 restrictions have forced us to postpone this year’s camp however we all look forward to it resuming, with bigger and better facilities in 2021.”