benoni pony club · benoni pony club newsletter november 2012 hello to all the benoni pony clubbers...
Embed Size (px)
BENONI PONY CLUB NEWSLETTER
Hello to all the Benoni Pony Clubbers and parents. Parents, please print this out for your
children to read and diarise important dates.
Please remember that if you cannot make a rally, you can still earn points for your squadron
by letting your leader know that you cannot make it.
We wish all of you well with the upcoming End of Year Exams. Remember, “Horse
Therapy” helps when the brain cannot process anymore information – and your pony/horse
will appreciate the attention. It is also time for the Annual African Horse Sickness
MOUNTED RALLY AT CRYSTAL RIDGE – 6 OCTOBER 2012 This was the 1
st rally of the New Pony Club Year, and it was well attended. We also had 10
Visitors joining us from Crystal Ridge Stables. After the Inspection, all riders participated in
a Mounted Ride/Quadrille. Only 2 have previously ever done this before!! Tuition was then
given for the Security Badge, as well as for the Points of the Horse for the newer members
and the visitors. These badges will be tested soon. Please complete the Workbook you were
given and bring it to the Rally @ Labyrinth in November. Then it was onto Games practice
and introduction for the visitors. This went down extremely well with all – except the young
lady who fell off. She is okay though!
MOUNTED RALLY AT DUNBLANE – 21 OCTOBER 2012
The day dawned with black clouds, after the day before’s crazy hail storm. Thank goodness
for Dunblane’s superb surface in their arenas, as not one horse/pony slipped. 4 riders from
Dunblane joined us for the Rally. The day started off with Inspection as we checked the tack
for safety due to the fact you would be jumping.
The Jumpkhana commenced with Pole on the Ground – in which we had 7 riders. Sasha,
riding Arctic for the 1st time won, with Marle 2
nd, Mikhayla 3
rd, Jordan 4
th, Connor 5
and Femke 7th
There were 4 in the 30cm class which was won by Leonie riding Buffy beautifully; Morgan
, Lome 3rd
and Keegan 4th
In the 60cm class, Donovan riding Duke put in a flawless round to win, with Melissa coming
. Brylee unfortunately injured her knee when Buffy cat-jumped over a fence. Hope it has
Well done to all!
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT DUNBLANE – 21 OCTOBER 2012
This was well attended by members and their parents. A copy of the DC’s report is included
in the Newsletter for those that could not make it. Prize giving followed this and then we
socialised around the braai, while the hubby’s cooked the meat. Thanks to Angela for
arranging the salads and rolls etc.
The new Committee that was nominated consists of:
District Commissioner: Louise De Waldon-Holmes
Secretary: Sunette Steenkamp
Treasurer: Doug Gill
Catering Manager: Angela Benadie
Committee members: Rosemary Tanner-Tremaine; Jane Gill; Teresa Faccio
The winning squadron was: The THOROUGHBREDS led by Melissa.
went to The ARABS and 3rd
to The LIPPIZANERS.
The ALL ROUND DEDICATION TROPHY’S were presented to: Lome; Connor and
The SERVICE ABOVE SELF TROPHY’S were awarded to: Brylee and Donovan
The MOST ACHIEVEMENT BADGE’S TROPHY went to: Connor and Brylee.
ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES were handed out to Melissa – 100%; Lome & Brylee
90% and Connor 80%.
Lome received a lovely Trophy for her role as HEAD GIRL;
and Melissa received a new Trophy for the BEST SQUADRON LEADER.
Mikhayla received a small present for DEDICATED NEW MEMBER.
Congratulations to all
Next year the INSPECTION TROPHY’S will be awarded!
MOUNTED RALLY AT THE LABYRINTH – 17 NOVEMBER This venue is on Pretoria Road, Fairleads, Benoni. The Rally will start promptly at 09h00
with Inspection, followed by an Equine Alphabet Quiz (Mounted). Testing will then be done
for the following Badges: Points of the Horse; Security Awareness and Riding on the
Lunge (this can be done on your own horse/pony or Labyrinth will lend us a pony). Please
bring the necessary Achievement Books along, (see attachments) as well as R30 per badge.
You must be a fully paid up member for the 2012/2013 year before you can be tested.
WILD WEST RIDING DEMO & FLEA MARKET AT DUNBLANE – 25 NOV
Neigh-Bours will be hosting the above Demo on the 25th
November. This is an ideal
opportunity for gaining points towards the Fundraising Achievement Badge. Benoni will be
having a stall there, and would like every member to participate. We have ideas like: a book
stall; colouring in competition; horse treats and snacks; Party Packs, but would love to hear
some of your ideas too. Please let us know your ideas and we will assist in “making” the
CONDOLENCES We have recently heard that Ka-Ching-a-Ling, another ex-Pony Club pony has passed into
the Green Paddock in the Sky. Our thoughts are with Jessica and the Black Family.
NEW SQUADRONS & LEADERS The Committee will nominate Squadron Leaders and allocate members at the next meeting to
be held soon. We will keep you posted in this regard.
HIDEZ COMPRESSION RECOVERY SUIT No, it’s not a wetsuit for horses!!! Australian company Hidez have developed a
“Compression recovery suit” for horses, designed to dramatically improve recovery of horses
after work through graduated compression. These suits have been used since as early as
2010 at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. It is designed to help horse recover from
travel and strenuous exercise which apparently improves circulation and oxygen supply to
the muscles. The suit also helps reduce vibration during travel. The breathable material also
helps maintain muscle temperature. The suits are believed to have a calming effect on
horses, thereby saving energy. The suits come in a range of colours. Current pricing is
around R4 5000.00 excluding import costs, taxes etc.