Seventy five local and visiting members of Bingara Pony Club invaded the Bingara showground at the weekend for the annual Pony Camp. With many of the older riders having moved on, this year welcomes a new era of young riders with a large majority enjoying their first camp.
Riders will be learning a range of different riding skills with the basics of flatriding, dressage and sporting along with a little bit more challenging skills to be learnt in show jumping, campdraft, team penning and polocrosse. To mix the week up the riders will also be given the chance to ride around the cross country and go on some trail rides.
Whilst riding is naturally the focus of the camp, it’s the other things "learnt" along the way that make pony club some of the most memorable days of children’s lives. Friendships are forged into adulthood and "stories" are retained, certainly with embellishment, to pass on to future generations.
A highlight of the week at camp is the variety night which will be staged on Thursday night. Troops work together as a team to entertain the adults in whichever way they choose. Always an interesting evening!
The week culminates with the One Day Event on the Friday and the Gymkhana on the Saturday when the skills learnt throughout the week are put to the test.
At the conclusion of the presentation on Saturday afternoon, the team will be selected to compete at Jamboree, which is being held at Upper Horton this year.