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Pony club keen to enlist young riders
Madeline Mitchell, 3, led by Emma Mitchell, followed by Georgia Pether-McPhie, 3, led by Derek Pether, Elke
Pether-McPhie, 3, led by Tina McPhie and Gabrielle Layard, 4.
It s a club which offers pre-schoolers
through to young adults the chance to
get in the saddle and improve their
The Canberra Lakes Pony Club
president Derek Pether said the non-
profit organisation was seeking new
members to add to its already healthy
"Our youngest rider is 4 years old
and the eldest 24," he said. "Our club
is part of Pony Club Australia which is
about encouraging young people to get
involved with horses and give them an
exposure to participate in the sport."
He said the club s 30 members were
able to try out a range of horsing
pursuits including dressage, show
jumping, cross country and various
"It gives riders a broad exposure and
they can then settle on a favourite to
pursue," Mr Pether said.
"You have only got to look at the top
Olympic riders in Australia and a lot
of them got their start at pony club."
Club riders meet on the second
Sunday of each month for a rally day
and upon request organisers can
coordinate come-and-try days for new
"We don t have a pool of horses but
with notice can arrange a loan horse if
you like so those considering
membership can take part in a rally
day for $25, just to cover insurance,"
A former Sydneysider, Mr Pether
said the ACT was a great spot for horse
lovers and the club was fortunate to
have wonderful facilities and grounds,
with the club house part of the heritage
listed Yarralumla Woolshed.
"If you look at horse ownership,
Canberra per capita has one of the
highest horse ownerships in
Australia," he said.
"In other cities, accessing horses
can be a real challenge. Canberra has
its own urban sprawl going on as well
but we are fortunate to great facilities
so close in."
Mr Pether said the volunteer-based
club had modest fees which helped to
cover instructor s wages and insurance
but it was the strong club spirit which
kept everything trotting along nicely.
Annual membership varies for age.
Junior members (under 18 years) pay
$165 per year and associates (18-plus)
$85. For information see clpc.club.
A group lobbying for the
electrification of the southern rail line
from Sydney to Canberra has been
meeting with state and federal
politicians to advance their case.
The Southern Tablelands Rail Users
Group met with State Member for
Monaro John Barilaro on Monday as
well as Federal Member for Hume
Angus Taylor late last week to obtain
support for a feasibility study into the
STRUG president Greg Price said
the southern line could be electrified
for about $2 billion and if tilt trains
were used along the route, it would
enable passengers to take the train
from Canberra to Sydney in under
Mr Price said the meeting with Mr
Barilaro went well, with the MP
receptive to the idea of faster travel
from Queanbeyan to Sydney.
Mr Barilaro is also the NSW
Minister for Regional Development
and he told us that he would look into
whether his department could fund the
feasibility study, which is estimated to
cost about $100,000, Mr Price said.
He had done his homework before
the meeting about our proposal and he
gave us his qualified support, pending
final costing, saying he believed the
project was vitally important.
He believes electrification would
have major benefits for residents and
businesses along the rail corridor.
STRUG will meet with State
Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell
next month and have asked for another
meeting with NSW Transport Minister
Andrew Constance on the topic.
ACT CHIEF MINISTER'S CONCERT
A wonderful 2hr performance by the Royal Military College band
featuring the Australian Rugby Choir. One big concert only!
Carvery lunch $16.50
COME ON DOWN TO THE ACT SENIORS WEEK EXPO
The Auditorium - Vikings Erindale
6 Ricardo Street Erindale ACT
Wednesday 16 March 2016
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
1 Randwick Road, Lyneham ACT
Thursday 17 March 2016
9.30am - 3.00pm
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