Qualifier. Circular Head Pony Club is preparing to host its annual one day event this Sunday.
The club will host more than 100 riders from across the state in the qualifying round for the State Championships.
Club members have been working around the clock to complete new jumps and prepare the course ahead of the event.
Club district commissioner Bruce Abblitt, president Bill Poke and assistant district commissioner Leighton Poke have been the driving force in the construction of the new jumps, says instructor Catherine Mackie.
“Bruce and Leighton attended a cross country jump building course in July and August last year which has helped guide us to the specifications [needed] in putting these together,” she said. “The jumps look great!”
Bruce thanked the many volunteers from within and outside of the club in the preparation of the new equipment.
“It’s amazing what people are capable of under pressure,” he said of the effort.
“The work that has not only been put into these jumps but the organisation [required] for an event like this is due to the work of committees [and] the commitment of volunteers. Without this dedication, it simply wouldn’t happen.”
Ranging in height from 50 to 105 centimetres, the new jumps will test the skill of members who range in age from six to 58.
The club is working hard to maintain a high standard of education and training for its members, says Catherine.
“The club recently held a two day camp [where] instructors [came] to Circular Head to provide a variety of activities . . . for riders to have a go at.
“Different things like horsemanship and an obstacle course to test their skill.”
This complements training the club was able to undertake at a private property recently while the club grounds were under maintenance.
Belonging to the Langley family, the property at Montagu was used for practice days and general training.
Club instructor Michelle Hoare said this opportunity provided riders with greater opportunities to improve their skill level.
“It’s important for our riders and members to have more than one facility for training and development, this improves education for both the horse and rider. And also helps with preparation for competitions and travelling to different arenas around our state.”
The Circular Head Pony Club one day event will be held at Tall Timbers Tasmania this Sunday (February 18) from 8.30am. The day will feature cross country, dressage and show jumping events.