Roma Pony Club gets back in the saddle for 2017
COMING off the back of a stellar 2016, Roma Pony Club is preparing to do it all again.
The club gained some serious momentum last year, seeing a number of members perform admirably at state and regional championships.
Club president, Scott Jackson, said these results, and the club's efforts to compete abroad, have helped fortify the club's reputation.
"The club's always had a good solid reputation, but because we've got kids travelling further distances and going to those more elite competitions, certainly our reputation's growing that we'll travel for the kids and give those kids opportunities,” Jackson said.
To get things started this year, Pony Club will hold their first rally for 2017 this Sunday.
The rally is an opportunity for existing members to get back in the saddle, and for new and prospective members to understand a little more about the club.
"We'll probably get the cobwebs out of the clubhouse and get the kids on horses, and work out what we're going to do for the year,” Jackson said.
"It's to get things moving, and it's an opportunity for new members to come along and introduce themselves.”
Jackson said the club had already received quite a bit of interest from potential new members.
"We've had a lot of phone calls and a lot of interest this year,” he said.
"We've had at least 7 or 8 enquiries, so we might push towards 50 paid, riding members.”
The rally this weekend will also be an opportunity to look ahead to next week's start to the competitive season.
"We have a dressage and show-jumping competition next weekend, commencing on Saturday morning and finishing Sunday afternoon,” Jackson said.
The competition would be an opportunity for new and existing members to get a taste of the competition in 2017.
"Next weekend is both official, which is preparing yourself for state events, and non-official, which is a way for us to get kids thinking about going forward competing at a competition day which is not as stressful,” Jackson said.
The rally will begin at 9am on Sunday until at least 12pm, depending on how long attendees are keen to ride.
Anyone interested in attending or knowing more should head to the Roma Pony Club grounds.