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KGPC's History

Pony Club is an International organisation, represented in more than 20 countries, with an overall membership exceeding 100,000. Originating in Britain as a scheme to encourage young people to learn to ride, it focused on riding instruction and fun. It has now become the largest association of riders in the world. This network has enabled riders from our club to travel interstate and overseas to compete at Ponyclub events.
Over 200 Pony Clubs around Victoria are represented by the Pony Club Association of Victoria Inc. (PCAV).  Clubs are divided into one of ten regional Zones. Our Zone is Northern Metropolitan. All Clubs and Zones are autonomous, self governing and self supporting. Pony Club Victoria boasts a consistently  strong annual  membership base of  8,000.

New members are always welcome from the young rider, to the adult supporter or budding instructor.  Riding members of Pony Club Victoria are 25 years or younger and of any riding ability. Membership of Pony Club Victoria Club includes personal accident and public liability cover.
Clubs are the foundation of Pony Club Victoria.  Our members enjoy the benefits of being part of a Club where new and old friends share their passion for riding and horses.  Our Club depends upon the enthusiasm and dedication of adult supporters who administrate and instruct making Pony Club a real family affair!  Many lifetime friendships are made in this social environment.

Learning is a major focus of the PCAV and is not simply limited to riding skills.  Promoting the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty as well as instilling in members the proper care of their animals are major aims of instruction at Pony Club.  Our organisation prides itself on producing not simply good riders but knowledgeable horse people. Efficiency certificates are awarded to riders to acknowledge increasing levels of horsemastership.
Ultimately Pony Club strives to encourage young people to ride and enjoy all manner of approved sports connected with horses and riding, introducing members to a broad range of activities from conventional disciplines of competition to more recreational types of horse activities, the endeavor is to be your best. Members may also be nominated for Service Awards which acknowledge contributions to the Pony Club movement.

Best of all Pony Club offers something for all members, a friendly Club environment, instruction in horsemastership to launch a possible career in the equine industry and sound riding skills for enjoyment of riding pursuits or preparation for competition at the highest levels of the sport.

“KG” ponyclub was established in 1964, by a few local families with Diana Bassett-Smith as its first DC. Diana is a life member of the club, and each December, is our judge of the Fancy Dress at our Christmas Gymkhana. In the early years, the club moved according to where space and sheds were available, In 1988, following a massive effort over many years, the club purchased the land where we are now. The details of club history, and the dedicated and enthusiastic families involved in the fundraising, building and events run by the club are set out in our booklet “The First 40 Years”.

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