Pony club turns 55

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on December 6, 2019

A CLUB as old as Nicolas Cage and Keanu Reeves celebrated its birthday on the weekend with a dress-up day and parade.

The West Plantagenet Pony Club turned 55 on Sunday, marking it as one of the oldest clubs in Pony Club Australia’s 80-year history.

There are 40,000 members in the national group and 24 of them hail from Tenterden, Frankland, Mt Barker, Ongerup and Cranbrook to form the West Plantagenet Pony Club.

In honour of the occasion, the group’s final rally of the year featured a day of pony-related games, including barrel races and bends.

After the end-of-year award ceremony, members showed off their cowboy and Indian-themed costumes in a parade.

Those who attended said although it was a bit hot, the day was full of fun and laughter.

In its early days, the West Plantagenet Pony Club won 13 out of 20 Prince Phillip Mounted Games at the Perth Royal Show.

Recent successes include four members placing in all areas of the State Tetrathalon, a combination of horse riding, swimming, running and shooting.

The Club has also won the Brigid Woss Equitation Turnout Show jumping event twice.