The Pony Club (as it is called in the United Kingdom) was founded in England in 1929. It began primarily as junior groups of the numerous Hunt Clubs, to encourage young people to learn to ride and enjoy horse sports.

The concept grew quite quickly, to 59 branches within a year. The first overseas club was in Gibraltar. Pony Club is represented in no less than 29 countries with a worldwide membership exceeding 110,000 making it the largest association of young riders in the world.

The first recorded Pony Club was formed in Australia in Ingleburn, New South Wales in 1938 by Mrs Marjory Hirst and her family. The Hirst family continue to be involved with horses.

The Pony Club Association of NSW was established in 1952. Clubs attending were: Boggabri, Coolah, Glen Innes, Inverell, Merriwa, Scone, Singleton, Tamworth, Walcha, and Sydney.

Pony Clubs began in Victoria with the Mountain District Horse and Pony Club in Croydon, in 1944. It grew out of an article in the English magazine ‘Riding’ which was popular in Australia.
“One day about June, 1944, Miss Margaret Douglas was out driving a horse and jinker from Croydon to Ferntree Gully having picked up the latest issue of the English magazine, “Riding”, and while looking through it saw a letter from Mrs. Edward Hirst of Ingleburn Pony Club in N.S.W. Miss Douglas thought what a wonderful idea it would be to try and establish a similar Pony Club in Victoria, to try and give helpful tuition and organized activity to all riders who had sprung up during the petrol rationing war years.
So Miss Douglas wrote a letter to Mrs. Hirst asking for more details of running a club. Mrs. Hirst’s letter dated 1/8/1944, told how the club was based on the English Pony Clubs, but how in Australia as many adults as well as children, were interested. “Horse and Pony Club” was used in the title.

Their aim was “Education and Entertainment” with Horsemastership being as important as Horsemanship, and that no matter how broken down the horse, how bad the saddler or rider, we welcome them all.”
It was upon receipt of this six page letter that the Mountain District Horse Pony Club was formed. Membership grew to 60 riding members within a year, and other Victorian clubs soon followed.
The fifties were a busy time for equestrians. The Australian Horse Society was begun in 1950 and Equestrian Federation of Australia (EFA now Equestrian Australia) in 1951. Many early Pony Clubs affiliated with the British Horse Society Pony Club (BHSPC) and used their resources – syllabus, instruction notes, even the badges and ties.
The first meeting of the Victorian Pony Club Association was called by Mr. A.V. Pope who was an ex-president of the British Horse Society on January 13 1954. The name was soon changed to the Pony Club Association of Victoria. The aims of PCAV were to help the existing clubs provide instruction and organized activities, as well as facilitating links between Victorian clubs and the wider world.

Australian Pony Club Council

The first meeting of a potential national body was held on September 1st 1961, during the second Inter Pacific Rally, (but the first held in Australia – in Melbourne); thus easing the way for representatives from all states to attend. This meeting sounded out the possible formation of a federal association to endeavour to bring uniformity to the Pony Club movement throughout Australia. Initially an Advisory and Liaison Committee was set up, in Sept 1961 with Erik Kolle (from PCAV) as chairman; with elected representatives from each state. Tasmania’s clubs were at this stage part of PCAV. The ACT, Northern Territory and New Guinea were invited to be members.

The development of the knowledge and ability of riders was the concern of Pony Club from its foundation. The emphasis has always been, in order of importance

• The safety of the rider
• The comfort of the horse
• The enjoyment of the rider
• The progress of the rider


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Elected Office Bearers

President:Sarah Standensarahstanden1@gmail.com0418 76 813
Vice PresidentsTracey Camillerictcamo71@outlook.com
0418 778 023
Brett Coomberoxborough1@bigpond.com0400 084 887
Tonia Murtaghtonia@boxsells.com.au0407 135 797
Geoff Thomsongeoff.thomson@mgs-gc.com.au0407 116 441
Secretary:Melinda Hughessecretary@ponyclubqld.com.au0407 370 422
Treasurer:Amber Bromileytreasurer@ponyclubqld.com.au0416 013 081

Honour Boards

Pony Club Life Members

Mr Luton WhiteMrs Ruth Henry *Mr Barty DeaneMr John Mawhinney
Mr Ned Twohill OAM*Mr Clive Black*Mr Alan Hession*Mr Lou Stacey
Mr Allan Ticehurst *Mr Harry IrvineMrs Bev HamiltonMr Dudley Moore *
Mr Jim GoodwinMrs Alice UphamMr Dennis Craig *Mr Col Austin *
Mr Steve SteigerMr Emmanuel ManoussoMr Bob HicksonDr Michael Moreny OAM
Mrs Jan MorlandMr Robert Goss *Mr Jack Makin *Mr Percy Bishop AM *
Mrs Zita DenholmMrs Audrey CondieMr Col StokerMrs Kay Keys
Mrs Grace BrodieMrs Alicia DahmsMr Don NixonMr Danny Marr
Mr Colin Meagher OA *Mr Ken HutchinsonMrs Beryl MarshallMr Peter Bondfield *
Miss Colleen McLaughlin BEMMr Jim ShawMrs Shelagh King OAM *Mrs Hazel Larard BEM *
Mrs Audrey Stoker *Mr Kevin KelleyMrs Iris KleinhanssMrs Pat Hartness *
Mrs Carol PatersonMrs Merril MawhinneyMrs Chris HallMrs Di Elder
Mrs Margie DavidsonMr Gary PriceMr Gary BryceMs Megan Wray
Mr Kevin WalshMr Clive GordonMrs Ellen FelsMrs Lyn Coombe
Mrs Beryl BurkhardtMr Michael CarlsonMr Raymond Stacey

Level A Proficiency Certificate Recipients

YearRecipients ClubYearRecipients Club
1967John MawhinneyNambour1983Stephen Stacey Albert River
1970Lyn MeisomMount Gravatt1984Julie SellwoodNambour
1971Jan TwohillSouthport1986Malcolm KerridgeMillaa Millaa
1972Deborah MacNicoleLe Vale1986Anne GordonSouthport
1974Claudette South Springsure 1986 Greg WatsonCalliope
1975 Di WeightmanArgylla1986 Jonathon Barker Oxenford
1978Sue DolanSouthport1987Felecity CribbMusgrave
1978Dianne BignellParoo 1987 Trudi CasperThe Gap
1978Sally Mills Le Vale 1988 Maxine JensenCalliope
1978Paul Le BherzMoggill1992 Fiona Snell Park Ridge
1978Jeanette Campbell-BrownSpringsure1996 Christine ChickenKingsthorpe
1979Nicholas MarkwellBeaudesert1998Bridgette BennettSouthport
1979Raymond StaceyAlbert River1998Rachell Whan Toowoomba
1979Lyndall Stirling Kurrajong2009Rachel LornieSouthport
1980Wesley Connolly Mossman2009Danae O’KeefeToowoomba
1983 Lisa KiddMoggill 2010Kirstie FossettAlton Downs
1983 Jenny PooleSouthport 2015Tamara BondfieldWarwick
1983 Trevor AndersonNambour

Inter Pacific Exchange Representatives


CanadaRon Patterson1991AustraliaTracey Nazzari
1965USAJohn Mawhinney1993CanadaDavid Mawhinney
1967New Zealand
Alan Harding
Sophie Clarke
Norman Miller
Hong Kong
Toni Rolfe
1971CanadaPeter Richardson
Travis Templar
1973Japan2001New ZealandRachel Morland
1975USAMalcolm Andrews2003AustraliaLaura Blay
1977New ZealandRaymond Stacey2005CanadaClaire Bondfield
1979AustraliaDavid Green2007USAAyla McIntyre
1981CanadaStephen Andrews2009Hong KongElise Norman Hunkin
1983JapanJenny Poole (Sillitoe)2011New ZealandTamara Bondfield
1985Gt BritainStephen Stacey2013QueenslandKathleen Barnes
1987Hong KongGregory Watson2015CanadaJaydn Bromley
1989New ZealandShiranne Richards2017AmericaBlake Jones

International Mounted Games

1989USACameron Richardson2003CanadaTahlee Hind
1990Gt BritainKaren Hession2004not eligible
1991CanadaKaren Hession2005AustraliaJace Thomson
1992USABrett Warren2006not eligible
1993not eligible2007not eligible
1994AustraliaAnthony Everingham2008not eligible
1995USATracy Godden2009not eligible
1996CanadaTrent Lindsay2010not eligible
1997not eligible2011not eligible
1998USARyan Sainsbury2012AustraliaLeteesha Lindsay
1999AustraliaNoel Missingham2013CanadaGina Youles
2000not eligible2015VictoriaAmanda Mills
2001UKKylie Robertson2018United KingdomKelly Coyne

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