Plea for help with new course

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With just eight weeks to go until its annual competition, the Clyde Pony Club is calling for volunteers and potential sponsors to lend a hand constructing its new cross-country course.

Head coach Michelle Harrex said the pony club had held the cross-country phase, which involves natural jumps across an open area, at its former location for the past 30 years, but the sale of the land last year meant the end of an era.

“It was really sad to say goodbye to the property.”

The club’s annual one-day-event competition is set for early September, and all hands are now on deck to prepare the course in time.

Mrs Harrex said community support had seen a huge amount of work already completed but there was still a “bit to go”.

“It’s just so much work getting it up and in place but we’ve had so much support.

“It’s just such a big job.”

Members from as far away as Queenstown had travelled to the club busy-bees and community service workers had also been involved in picking up rocks around the new track, she said.

Some jumps had been transported from the old ground, but plenty of new jumps needed to be constructed, along with ditches dug and a new water jump erected.

The ground needed mulching and mowing as well, Mrs Harrex said.

Held early in the season, the upcoming event was popular for riders entered in the prestigious Springston Trophy, which is held in early October.

Pony clubs encouraged sportsmanship and horsemastership through structured rally days, and competitions such as one-day-events allowed the riders to put their skills to the test, she said.

Anyone interested in attending a club busy-bee or sponsoring a jump is asked to visit the Clyde Pony Club’s Facebook page.