We meet the 1st Sunday of each month (occasionally subject to change)
8.30 - 9.00am Arrival; HELP SET UP
Register your attendance at the Pony Club shed.
Rider and pony to get prepared.
Gear check to be completed by the Instructor at the beginning of 1st session.
9.00am 1st session
10.00am 2nd session
11.00am 3rd session
12.00 - 1.00pm Lunch; includes Lunchtime Talk - this is very informative and ALL members are required to attend.
1.15pm 4th session
2.00pm Pack up
Riders should keep the following information in mind when preparing for a Pony Club Rally Day:
- clean and groomed horse/pony
- all saddles and bridles are correctly fitted
- all saddlery is in good condition
- riders neat and tidy - no jewellery
- horses must be at least 4 years old, and must be mares or geldings
- session times may vary according to weather conditions, but the decision will be made on the day after consultation between the rally co-ordinators and the DC.
Gear check is carried out by the instructor of the rider's 1st session. These instructors are qualified volunteers and their presence ensures we keep all riders safe. Gear check ensures:
- the safety of all our riders
- compliance with Pony Club Association of Victoria safety rules and insurance conditions
Sometimes we allow our riders to ride at a rally with gear that is not permitted at a competition. This is purely for riders comfort e.g. grass reins, non-leather gaiters. It is up to riders to ensure they understand requirements for competitions.
In case of a fall, injury to rider or an emergency, an ambulance will be called regardless of ambulance membership status. Parents will incur all costs if riders do not hold a current ambulance membership.
No dogs are allowed at Pony Club Rallies, activities or competitions.
The rally will cover a diverse range of equestrian skills - flat work/dressage, jumping, games, cross country and anything else that can be thought of to provide a broad range of experiences, fun and education to the riders. Whilst due emphasis will be given to providing a solid foundation in elementary areas of flat work and jumping, the aims of Pony Club are to provide broad experience, skill and enjoyment. Pony Club is not solely about instruction and certainly not focused on one area of riding. Consequently, all riders are expected to participate in all activities. Pony Club is not designed for riders who want to specialise in one or two equestrian disciplines alone.
All Pony Club members are required to email Benalla Pony Club by the Sunday prior to the rally, to inform the rally co-ordinators of their attendance.
This ensures that we have enough time to organise members into groups, plan rally sessions and find the appropriate number of qualified instructors for the groups. With over 70 riding members this is a huge job. If the rally planner is not notified then riders may be subjected to an alternative activity.
Riders MUST NOT change groups during a rally without the approval of the rally planner or DC. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
BY NOTIFYING US OF YOUR ATTENDANCE YOU MAKE LIFE ON RALLY MORNING MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE FOR EVERYONE!
All members of Pony Club will be issued with an official PCAV Attendance Card, one rally AFTER payment of fees. Each attendance, and the horse that you rode at the rally, is recorded on the membership card. Yearly fees are payable at the May Rally of each year.
PLEASE NOTE: No rider may ride in the July Rally without paying their fees beforehand.
- Attendance cards should be given to the card secretary at the Pony Club shed at the start of the rally.
- Attendance cards are the responsibility of the rider and must be kept up-to-date with attendance and gradings.
- Attendance cards will be signed on the Rally day.
- Riders must attend a full day to gain an attendance mark.
- Writing on or altering cards is strictly forbidden.
- If you are unsure of how the card should be completed, there is a membership card guide on the PCAV website or available from the State office.
ATTENDANCE CARDS AND PONY CLUB COMPETITIONS:
It is each member's responsibility to ensure their membership card is fully complete and accurate. The following eligibility rules apply:
- Riders cannot compete at a Pony Club competition without an Attendance Card or proof of current membership.
- Riders must attend 50% of the official club rallies in the past 12 months preceding the event, or since becoming a member of Pony Club.
- The mount and rider as a combination must have attended two (2) Pony Club Rallies in the 12 months preceding the event, or since becoming a member of Pony Club. It is a PCAV rules that two membership cards are presented for inspection at any pony club competition (one card for new members).
- Riders must be graded on the mount they are competing on. No grading will mean no competition. The DC is the only person allowed to mark gradings on the Attendance Cards.
If you are attending an event and you don't have your card you will not be permitted to ride.
GRADING OR HORSE & RIDER COMBINATIONS:
Horse and riders are graded into different grades according to ability. Grade 5 is the starting grade and riders can progress up to Grade 1. Riders should make their intital enquiries through our secretary and any gradings must be approved by the DC. The DC is the only person allowed to mark gradings on the Attendance Cards. Gradings for Combined Training (CT), Dressage, Showjumping or Horse Trials (HT) are recorded on your membership card.
PCAV has a Certificate award system that whilst optional, is encouraged and included as part of the club activities. The Certificate system is designed to ensure that riders undertake elementary studies in both riding (horsemanship) and care of horses (horsemastership) and citizenship. Certificates at each level are designated by a coloured disc worn behind the Pony Club Badge.
D C K
D Star C Star
To compete at State Level competitions, members over 13 years of age must have obtained their 'C Certificate' before turning 14 in order to be eligible to enter (PCAV Handbook of ByLaws 33.11a).
During the course of each rally the DC, committee members and instructors are on the lookout for outstanding riders for our Horse Habit Hero monthly award, as well as our end of year awards (Most Improved U/12; Most Improved 12+; Club Person, Don Dowell). Rider will be selected for these awards based on:
- rider being neat and tidy in presentation
- have well presented and cared-for horse
- demonstrate a great attitude: willingness, co-operation, courteous
- help with set-up and pack-up
- try their best at each activity
- have assisted in some way
EQUIPMENT SET-UP AND CANTEEN DUTIES:
There are many things that need to be organised at Pony Club on Rally Days. Parent's and Rider's assistance and support is greatly appreciated in setting up equipment at the start of the Rally, then packing it up at the end.
Benalla PC also runs a canteen for riders, parents and visitors. A variety of fresh hot and cold foods are available for purchase, with profits raised being put back into the club via the purchase of new equipment, improvements to the Pony Club grounds, hiring of qualified instructors etc. Parent's assistance in the canteen is greatly appreciated. Please contact Lencia MOLL is you can help in anyway.
Ways to help: baking goods to sell; serving customers; washing dishes; preparing food; setting up tables & chairs; donating home produce, eggs, coffee, supermarket items etc; cooking the BBQ.
SUNSMART CLUB / VIC HEALTH
Benalla Pony Club promotes Sunsafe with sunscreen available, and recommends long-sleeve shirts to be worn in summer.
In April 2016, our Grants co-ordinator, Kyra Rheese, secured us funds for the purchase and planting of shade trees at the Equestrian Arena. This is aimed to provide more natural shade for the riders and spectators.