Club to jump into action

Circular Head Pony Club members are eager to put in the work to prepare for the State Eventing Championships next month. Pictured is (from left) Leighton Poke, Michelle Hoare, Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay, Elyse Poke, 17, Jenny Poke, and sisters Zali, 11, Asha, 7 and Sidney Hoare, 10. Picture: Isaac Popowski.

Grant. The Circular Head Pony Club has received an $18,500 grant ahead of state trials in March.
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay was in Circular Head on Friday to present the grant.
The funding comes from the Braddon Stronger Communities Program and will be used to upgrade the club’s cross country course and show-jumping equipment ahead of the State Eventing Championships next month.
Members of the pony club have pledged 130 hours of volunteer labour to prepare for the event.
Among them is Leighton Poke who has taken February off work to ensure there are enough hands on deck. Preparation for the state titles will cost an estimated $40,000.
“We’re not a huge club,” says wife Jenny Poke. “But we’re the kind of club that once we say we’ll do it, we’ll do it. Many hands make light work.”
The funding will be used to ensure the course meets national safety standards and will improve the general state of the club, attracting riders to the region.
“We want to promote people coming to this end of the state,” says club member Michelle Hoare, adding the grant will go a long way.
Ms Keay says the hard working nature of the club shows the spirit for which Circular Head is known.

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