Mangrove Mountain Pony Club runs a monthly Rally Day on the first Sunday of the month. Rally Days are organised by the instructors, under the guidance of the Club Senior Instructor. Pony Clubs use a combination of approved professional instructors and trained parents who have learnt more about riding and have volunteered to help out.
Mangrove Mountain is a member of Zone 24. The other clubs in the zone are: Tall Timbers, Watagan, Cooranbong, Wyong, Toronto, Matcham Valley.
Under the zone level are the individual clubs. Within each club is a committee who are in charge of the general running of the club. For example paying bills, collecting fees. distributing newsletters and information, organising competitions, etc. The committee selects two delegates who represent the views of the club at Zone meetings. At Mangrove Mountain, the committee is elected at the end of each year at the Annual General Meeting, held in conjunction with the Annual Presentation Day.
To become an instructor at Pony Club you need to attend a course organised by the Zone, pass a written (open-book) exam, and help out at Club Rally Days. Clubs always need more instructors, and can provide further information and tell you about upcoming courses. This is a great way to learn about horses and riding, so that you can help children get better.
About Pony Club NSW
All Pony Clubs join together to form the Pony Club Association of NSW.
At the head of the Association is the State Executive. It deals with matters concerning the overall management of Pony Clubs at State level; including such issues as insurance; government funding; legal matters, and general issues affecting all clubs- They set down policies on safety, rules, dress etc. for all the clubs in the State to follow- They also publish books such as “Riding” and “The Handbook” (often referred to as “the Blue Book”), which are the manuals for Pony Clubs. A percentage of the fees paid by members are sent to the State Association to cover the costs of insurance and day-to-day running of the State Pony Club Association.
The next level of administration is the Zone. All Pony Clubs in NSW are located to one of the 28 zones in the state. The clubs in each zone elect a committee for the zone, and delegates to the State Association. The zone committee has a number of functions which include organisation of zone competitions (including the Jamboree), selection of teams to compete at State Championships, and the training and appointment of instructors. The zone also represents the views of member clubs at State level.