We also compete against other pony clubs with the many competitions that are held throughout the year, either on our grounds or on other pony club grounds. Team competitions are always fun and team training is held prior to competitions. These can vary from dressage competitions to Show jumping and one day events which include dressage, showjumping and cross country all in one day, or 3 day events where each discipline is ridden each day.
These events can be near or far, with teams travelling all over the South Island to compete. Eyreton have been very successful in Eventing and consistently had wins in the last few years with team events, recently winning the South Island showjumping Champs in January 2019 in Mosgiel and Springston Trophy in 2015 when we hosted this prestigious pony club event here at MSC.
We try to organise camps twice a year where we have a variety of learning opportunities for all as well as exploring many different parts of Canterbury , having lots of fun sleeping in shearing sheds or horse floats or tents.
We have an amazing commitee member who organises grants and funds from various providers to allow us to further extend the facilities, grounds, resources and for Pony club coaching. Our biggest fundraiser each year is our 2 x one day event where riders of all ages and stages come to the Eyreton grounds and compete in over two days, with classes for littlies from 45 cms to the experts jumping 1metre 10 cms.
Eyreton pony club moved from the old pony club grounds at Mandeville Sports centre to new grounds still in the MSC site but backing onto North Eyre Rd in 2015. This gave us a much bigger area where a national standard cross country course was designed and built across four paddocks for the Springston trophy event in October 2015.
We moved a relocatable building from Rangiora township onto the grounds and fitted it out with a kitchen and furniture it in 2016. We received building compliance in 2017. Around the grounds, the commitee has added new planting’s, storage, fences moved and banks and fenced areas developed for equestrian purposes.
Eventing Canterbury has been one of our partners and have worked with us to develop the cross country course, build it, extend it and the ongoing maintainence of this and we thank them for their ongoing support. We also need to Thank Richard Belcher who works tirelessly to maintain the grounds and the support of MSC, the Waimakariri District council and Oxford Ohoka Board who have helped us with developing our Pony club spaces.
We have a five year strategic plan where we will continue to work on goals and aspirations for Eyreton pony club to continue to grow and develop its membership through the hard work of the commitee and the relationships it has with MSC, WDC, ESNZ and the surrounding community and to further established the grounds with storage sheds, yards, a wash down bay and arena and develop a great equestrian facility not only for Eyreton Pony Club but for all to enjoy.