Gympie Pony Club members Eric Radecker, Emma Monley, Tiffany Newcombe, Ebony Stedman and Mia Hollis gear up for the bareback barrel race.
Gympie Pony Club members Eric Radecker, Emma Monley, Tiffany Newcombe, Ebony Stedman and Mia Hollis gear up for the bareback barrel race. Submitted

Gympie Pony Club horsing around

THE word fun is synonymous with the Gympie Pony Club following the success of its recent Ribbon Day.

As the last riding day of the year, Gympie Pony Club publicity officer Michelle Winston said all club members had a great time.

“It’s called ribbon day because all the kids get ribbons in every event,” she said.

With the focus off competition and more on participation and having a go, pony club riders embraced the day’s concept.

The day also called for members to dress up in fancy dress to compete, and horses were not exempt from the fancy costumes either.

Winston said last month members had already begun preparations, eager to have the best costume for the day.

Those who prepared well in advance enjoyed the fruits of their labour, as many a colourful costume went on display and added to the enjoyment of the day.

A standout costume was owned by Truman Winston, who drew on his love of Star Wars as inspiration to dress up as Darth Vader.

Complete with cape and very recognisable helmet, Winston demonstrated the force was very much with him.

The girls added plenty of sparkle to their costumes to turn heads as well, including Jessica Robinson dressed as a red fairy.

Her horse joined in on the act, too, sporting a lively pair of antlers and Christmas decorations to celebrate the impending festive season.

The fairy theme was also embraced by Grace Becker, who chose pink as her colour of choice.

Meanwhile, vampires may be all the go these days, but young Lisle Becker decided to dress up as a young witch, proving the Harry Potter books are still inspiring a new generation.

With Ribbon Day over for yet another year, Gympie Pony Club members are looking forward to the club’s break up day this weekend. Winston said the occasion would serve to pay tribute to another outstanding year of friendship and success.

“Kids will be awarded with trophies for their accomplishments throughout the year,” she said.

It’s been a big year for the Gympie club, one of the oldest sporting clubs to have stood the test of time in the Gympie region.

And after a well deserved break, it will fire up next year to do it all again.

First on the agenda will be a come and try and sign on day on January 16.

It is hoped new members will join the club to boost numbers.

The day will be held at the Gympie Pony Club’s grounds on Jane Street, off the Bruce Highway near the Queen’s Park tennis courts.

Winston said anyone was welcome to attend.

“Anyone can come with their horse and join in for the day, or come and watch to see what the club is all about,” she said.

Information on the club’s new season can be obtained by contacting Judy Carsley on 5483 1484.

Kids will be awarded with trophies for their accomplishments throughout the year.

Gympie Times


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