With the current Covid-19 restrictions in place, the 2020 Annual Bingara Pony Club camp looked quite different. Only local Bingara Pony Club members were invited to attend and there was no dormitory camping or canteen.
Not only was ‘Camp’ much smaller with fewer numbers, the days were reduced to Wednesday to Friday with a pseudo competition on the Saturday. Riders participated in the events that were on the Jamboree program and ribbons and trophies were not allocated.
A total of 19 riders and 7 Associates attended camp with guest instructors Annyka Overton, Francisco Campeao, John Peters and Jill Brown ably assisted by the Club’s local instructors and Associate riders.
Riders received superb instruction in most disciplines including Showjumping, Dressage, Stockman’s workout, flat work and sporting.
Bingara will send a team of riders to the Zone 8 Jamboree to be held in Moree on 6th and 7th October.
A visit by horse chiropractor, Dale Phelton, on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning to share his knowledge was well received with horses performing much better and much freer in movement.
Meanwhile, Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, called in to announce that a grant for $85,000 has been secured from the State Government. The funding will see an upgrading of the main grandstand at the showground and will go hand-in-hand with other improvements at the site which were announced in August.
Mr Marshall said Bingara was the home of horse sport events in the Gwydir region and the showground’s facilities needed to be maintained so they were safe and functional for all user groups.
There are very few communities which can boast having a showground, racecourse, polocrosse field and camp-drafting ring all conveniently situated in the one location,” Mr Marshall said.