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Pony Clubbers end year on a HIGH

by Simon Roper

Maleny Pony Club ended the official year on November 6 with a fancy dress on horseback theme followed by novelty races and presentation day.  Children in costumes descended on the Maleny Equestrian Centre causing some panic from the long suffering equines.

Kate Grundon, resplendent in hot pink all-over horse and rider took equal first place with Mimi Atkins, whose version of Harry Potter included a horse wig.  The fancy dress parade was followed by some novelty races, and then a surprise event, where the tables were turned on the instructors and riding parents of the club.

The older girls had organised an instructor’s fancy dress challenge race, which saw some very fancy riding indeed occur with the adults squished into various sequined and sporting outfits many sizes too small.  The highlight was possibly Max Grundon’s recovery after a sharp turn ended in disaster around a barrel, Max struggling in his daughter’s school running outfit topped with an afro wig.

After the laughter died down the presentation ceremony began.  Riders who had completed their efficiency certificates received the appropriate badges, and a medallion for overall attendance through the year.

Thirteen awards were also presented to:  Renee Jones for Personal Achievement, Meg Hopper for Best Presented and Attendance, Charlotte Leigh and Grace Kake received Encouragement Awards, Charlotte Mumford was our outstanding Pedestrian Equestrian,  Bronte Law was Most Improved Led, Katie Johnston Most Improved Junior, Laura Perri Most Improved Intermediate, and Kate Grundon Most Improved Senior.

An award for good manners and positive attitude went to Jana Stadelman, a Horsemanship Award to Mimi Atkins and both Zita Stadelman and Mimi Atkins achieved Honours awards for their certificate work.  To top off a great day, Club President Michelle Johnston announced that the Maleny Pony Club had received a grant from Caloundra City Council for teaching purposes in 2005.

The Club will be looking into clinics and training days for instructors and riders throughout the year, and very much appreciate the help in funding.   Maleny Pony Club will be holding their AGM and sign-on day on Saturday January 29 at the Equestrian Centre at the Showgrounds.

Enquiries to the Secretary on 5499 9296 or Chief Instructor on 5499 9310.

Winners of the fancy dress competition Mimi Atkins, as a Harry
Potter character on Duel, and Kate Grundon as a Pink Lady on Ace.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.