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Arcadia Pony Club gallop into the New Year with mounted games training session!

Arcadia Pony Club had a strong turnout of over 30 riders for the second rally day of 2016 on Sunday the 7th February. It was a great start to the New Year and many riders were no doubt keen to watch and learn from some of the experts from NSW Mounted Games who kindly donated their time to demonstrate their skills.

Riders Matt Dillon and sisters Annalise and Emily Gasparre spent the rally day taking all levels of riders through the various mounted games courses including western bending, five flags, rope race, pyramid race, tack shop race and many more!

Mounted games has an interesting history, first being developed in the UK in the 1950s. When His Royal Highness Prince Philip first devised the Prince Philip Mounted Games for Pony Club, it is doubtful they could have envisaged the growth and spread of the discipline throughout the Pony Club movement world-wide.!

The highlight of the day was without a doubt the demonstration from Matt, Annalise and Emily during lunch. The thunder of hooves as they showed their skills with a relay balloon race seemed even louder given there was no sound from everyone watching on with awe! Arcadia Pony Club would like to say a big thank you to Matt, Annalise and Emily for volunteering their time and to Club Committee member Felicity for organising the day.

Arcadia Pony Club meets the first, third and fifth Sunday each month at the Rural Sports Facility in Galston.  To find out more about Arcadia Pony Club and to see our instructor profiles, please visit www.arcadiaponyclub.org.au