Glen Innes Pony Club has received State Government support to stage its annual camp, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, announcing a $5,000 grant with President Chris Alt.
Monday, 18 July 2022
ONE of the region’s oldest equine associations – the Glen Innes Pony Club – has received State Government support to stage its annual camp, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $5,000 grant for the December/January event.
Mr Marshall said the funds would allow the club to attract a range of instructors, across various disciplines.
“For more than 65 years Glen Innes Pony Club has been building the skills and confidence of young riders,” Mr Marshall said.
“This year’s pony camp will include an exciting schedule of disciplines including show riding, camp drafting, horsemanship, polo and polocrosse.
“Glen Innes Pony Club will use this grant to cover the cost of attracting experienced instructors from across northern NSW, ensuring our youngest riders learn from the very best.
“It’s expected around 70 entrants will participate in the five-day event at Glen Innes Showground, ranging from 5 to 25 years of age.
“Pony camp is a rite of passage in many rural communities and I’m pleased the State Government has been able to assist with keeping Pony Camp 2022 high in the saddle.”
Glen Innes Pony Cub President Chris Alt said the organisation had a proud history of teaching children from across the region.
“Because of the time of year we hold our camp, we quite often have riders who visit for our week from Gunnedah, Tamworth, Urunga and Sydney,” Mr Alt said.
“Our little club which have been the Zone 13 champions for eight years running, and it is because of the expert tuition our riders receive at camp that these outstanding results can be maintained.
“Our camp is seen by families as a way to take a break off the farm and be involved with a traditional sport that has been handed down through the generations.
“We are a small club and are very thankful for the grant assistance Adam has helped us access to keep our little club running.”