Delegate Pony Club held their August rally on Saturday and boy was it full of new fun exciting games for the younger riders.
They had the pleasure of having locals Bill and Julie Peadon of Bibbenluke come and instruct on the day. First up Bill spoke to the group about horsemanship and ensuring that the riders stretched their ponies properly. All the riders had a go at lunging their own ponies.
The riders were then split into two groups, one group the riders that ride unassisted and one group assisted. The unassisted group worked on techniques for showing in a competition environment, practising leading, posture and terminology when asked to perform a lead pattern.
Bill also ran the riders through their paces with Barrel Racing. Bill and Rowena finished the day with the riders performing jumping techniques.
Julie ran the assisted riders through a lead class activity, which involved holding their reins correctly and how to lead their ponies. These riders also ran through bending, western pole bending and flag racing, this was a lot of fun with the group split into two groups and racing against each other as a team.
The riders all encouraged each other well and had great team spirit. The group then played Bowling off their ponies, this was a bit of fun for the riders and allowed them to feel comfortable on their ponies.
Lastly they finished the day with a lolly race, the riders raced up dismounted their ponies and ran to their plate which had a lolly buried in icing sugar, they had to find their lolly without touching the plate, the riders had so much fun.
At the end of the day all the riders thanked Bill and Julie for coming along and Bill gave a good speech to the riders that will stay with them forever.
A very big thank you to Bill and Julie Peadon for giving up their time to run the riders through their paces. Also thanks to Sinead Cameron and Rowena Butterworth for instructing and always making the day run smoothly.
Next Rally date Sunday, September 3, 9.30am gear check for a 10am start. Please ensure you check our Facebook page for any changes to rallies or contact the secretary 0411 612 027.
More photos coming...