Mountain District Horse & Pony Club Inc. A00221754V
P.O. Box 840 CROYDON, Vic. 3136
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• New Member
Christmas in July
Good Food and Good Company was to be
• Ambulance enjoyed at this years annual Christmas in July.
number What a great turnout to see the majority of the club
1800 648 484 attend. A big thanks to Felicity Capaldo and Jenny
• Christmas in Cannon for their many hours of organisation, and of
July photos. course the boys who helped set up.
soon. Coming Events
July 30 Langwarrin PC Combined Training
Ringwood H&PC Combined Training
August 6 MDH&PC Rally - Wandin Rail Trail G/Check 0930hrs
13 Maryborough PC Horse Trials
19 Alan Mitchell Showjumping Clinic - Melton
20 Seville Dressage Day
Bunyip & Lillico Pony Clubs SJ with Hickstead & H/Mount Attendance /
21 MDH&PC Committee Meeting 8:00pm Clubrooms Sign In
24 SMZ Annual General Meeting Riders please sign
27 St Andrews PC SJ Gr. A-E + inexperienced E
Monash PC - Pre Royal Show
in when you arrive
Doongala PC Dressage Day at Rally prior to
30 Yarra Valley Vet Clinic Interschool Comp - Dressage lineup & hand in
September 3 MDH&PC Rally your grading card
9 Speed to safety [Flemington Racecourse] to Merja ……
16-17 Monbulk PC Horse Trials [Wandin Park]
18 SMZ Cross Country Clinic Gr 3 & 4 Prior to going
20-21 NMZ Eventing Clinic Gr. 3 & 4 - Yarrambat PC home please sign
23-24 Werribee PC Horse Trials
Inside this issue: out and collect
24 Wyena PC - Show & SJ
your Pony Club
A word from Wally 3 October 1 MDH&PC Rally
Card, if you leave
8 Ballarat PC ODE
New Dressage 4 Dunolly Riding Club Gymkhana @ lunch a rally
Tests will not be
12 SMZ Meeting
Christmas in July 5 15 Sale PC Gymkhana recorded as per
22 Langwarrin Showjumping Day PCAV Guidelines.
August Birthdays 5
29 SMZ Showjumping Clinic Gr A - D
Lilydale PC Horse Trials
November 5 MDH&PC Rally
President - Kevin Cannon Ph: 5961 9175
Vic President - Doug Shirrefs Ph: 9733 0911
D.C. - Wally Capaldo Ph: 9874 5030
Secretary - Merja Cluning Ph: 9728 4644
Treasurer - Mario Difalco Ph: 9737 9836
General Committee Members - Rhonda Beohm
Junior Committee List
President - Bridie Cannon
Vice President - Emily Shirrefs
Secretary - Monique Bell Ambulance Membership
Treasurer - Victoria Harper
1800 64 84 84
General Committee Members - Rachael Capaldo Single $60 a year
Sophie Duguid Family $120 a year
Travis Jackson You are covered 100% for all..
Caitlin Salter • Emergency Ambulance Service
Maddison Shirrefs • Non-emergency Ambulance Service
• MICA [Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance]
• Air Ambulance Services
Working bees during winter will now be held on the Sunday
morning of the rally - 1hr prior to the start of the rally.
WORKING BEE ROSTER FOR 12 MONTHS CANTEEN ROSTER FOR 12 MONTHS
FEBRUARY Bell Boehm Cannon FEBRUARY Ward Shergis Wright
MARCH Capaldo Cluning DiFalco MARCH Smith Russell Shirrefs
APRIL Duguid Halkias Harper APRIL Capaldo Fasan-Jones Jackson
MAY Jackson Fasan-Jones Pettit-Southall MAY Bell Halkias Harper
JUNE Russell Shergis Shirrefs JUNE Duguid Cannon Wright
JULY Smith Wright Ward JULY DiFalco Shergis Russell
AUGUST Bell Boehm Cannon AUGUST Ward Shirrefs Fasan-Jones
SEPTEMBER Capaldo Cluning DiFalco SEPTEMBER Smith Jackson Shergold
OCTOBER Davidson Halkias Harper OCTOBER Capaldo Harper Cannon
NOVEMBER Jackson Jones Salter NOVEMBER Bell DiFalco Bloomfield
DECEMBER Russell Shergis Shirrefs DECEMBER Duguid Smith Wright
A word from Wally...
Trail Ride…...Sunday the 6th August
9.30AM Line up
Wandin park Melways 119F7
We must park on road that goes to left
This Rally will be a trail ride on the Warburton Trail.
It is free dress with a gold coin donation that the junior committee will be collecting for the
Royal Children’s Hospital.
You must wear Medical Arm Bands, Riding boots and Helmets.
The day will start at Wandin Park Equestrian Centre. Line up and gear check will be
completed before we proceed on the trail ride. The group will walk all the way no trotting,
cantering or galloping. The nervous riders will be surrounded within the group to ensure
their safety. We will complete our group ride at Woori Yallock. Melways 286E10 where we
will have lunch and a short meeting. If you would like to go home from there you can or you
can ride back in groups to Wandin Park. There will be various groups leaving at different
times travelling at different paces. (There will be a group that will walk all the way back.)
For lunch we will be having Kevin’s famous SKIPPY steak and Wally’s WOG salad. Please let us know if anyone
wants Veggie burgers. There will be a charge for lunch to cover the cost.
It would be an enormous help if some of the Mums or Dads can join us on the trail. They can ride a horse, push
bike or walk. They will be involved with general help in the groups and also stopping traffic at road crossings.
You may invite friends outside the pony club however we will need to know in advance so we can cater for lunch.
This is a fun day for everyone. and is an excellent way to teach our horses and riders to be calm and safe in an
Games and Flat Teams.
After our successful July Rally it is time to represent and compete as a club with in the Southern Metro Zone.
Tim Smith has kindly volunteered to coach the Games team and is looking to gather a team.
We are also currently seeking a flat coach (if any of the older girls or parents would like to help please let me
The practices for both games and flat will be held after our rally days for 30-45 minutes. Can each member let me
know what they would like to do ASAP.
Please let us know if you have any problems with your horses in regards to floating or other issues so we may be
able to resolve the matter.
It would be great if the whole club can get behind this. I’m sure the club members that have done this before will
tell you how great it was. It is a fantastic chance to be involved in a team experience for both horses and riders,
and can teach both horses and riders many invaluable skills.
General News Eltham Dressage Day
NEW DRESSAGE TESTS Rosie Russell competed at
http://www.ponyclubvic.org.au/ Eltham Dressage Day riding
New Dressage tests were released on to the PCAV Website on
July 1 2006 and are now current. The old tests “Dressage Ben in Grade 3.
for the Pony Club 2004” will be phased out, the last day They placed 3rd and 7th
these tests can be used is the 31st December, 2006. Well done Rosie.
You need to be very clear on which tests you are sitting and
if this is not stated on the entry form it is worth a phone
call to check with the organising committee if they are 2004
or 2006 tests.
PCAV have also released Expected Standards to help riders
know what is expected of them and their mount and also aid
in grading decisions for DC’s
EXPECTED DRESSAGE STANDARDS
1.1 Grade 5
1.1.a Grade 5 is for the youngest groups, say 8–10 years. It can be for beginner riders under 15 years, who are riding their
first test and not yet capable of stage4.
1.1.b Grade 5 riders have very few riding skills. All they can do, or try to do, is make the pony go and keep it as nearly as
possible on the required track. The better it goes forward for the rider the better it will follow the track and the
straighter it will be. It is more important that the pony goes where the rider wishes rather than how. The judge
should not be too concerned with details of position or correctness of the aids. The pony should be quiet and
obedient. Incorrect diagonal or leading should not be penalised. Remarks should be simple and generous with their
praise and every sheet should somewhere carry remarks that comment on the rider’s ability or otherwise to fulfil
the two basic requirements; “to keep the pony going at required speed and on the correct line.”
1.2 Grade 4
1.2.a Grade 4 is for beginners 15 years and over and more experienced juniors.
1.2.b The judge now expects the rider to be more balanced in their position, with better control of their hands and better
application of the aids. The horse should go willingly forward. The rider who tries to get their horse near the corner
and on the track should be marked more leniently than the rider who lets the horse take the line it chooses. The
fact that the rider has to use the outside rein causing the horse to look to the outside is a minor detail at this grade.
1.2.c At this grade, it is not always possible to achieve correct bend and flexion. The horse that goes quietly but lacks
impulsion should mark better than one that is pulling and over bent. Riders should be rewarded for trying to do
transitions on the markers.
1.2.d Increase the trot. Riders should show a difference in energy and activity. Judges should show some leniency at
grade 4 and early grade 3, as at these levels horses do not have to be on the bit, so will not be able to maintain
rhythm and lengthening and will tend to run and quicken the stride. When asked to increase the trot the rider
should be able to ride a reasonably straight diagonal, with the horse going forward more energetically, so that there
is a difference from the working trot. If the horse does not lengthen the stride this should not be penalised at this
1.2.e As the rider progresses through the grades improvement should be made so by grades 1 and 2 the horse is expected
to maintain rhythm and lengthen the stride.
1.2.f Free walk. The horse should stretch out the neck and walk with long, relaxed, marching strides but would not be
expected to maintain contact.
Happy Birthday for
Jessica Oberstar August
My name is Jessica Oberstar, I’m
12 years old and I live in Wonga
Park. My horse’s show name is
Foxborough, but his paddock
name is Foxy. He is a 16 year
old, 14.3hh, Australian Riding
Pony x Thoroughbred and I have
had him since April (about 4
months). So far with Foxy I
have been to the Glenbrae Inter
school series, an Inter – Equestrian Centre Competition:
Challenge and of course Pony Club. I will be Find the Horse Shoe
going to the 2006 Victorian Pony Dressage and The first person that comes along to
Vicki at the rally on Sunday & tells
Show jumping Challenge at Werribee on the 6th, August. So far I have
me where they have found the
enjoyed Pony Club to the max and I can’t wait ‘till the next rally! “Horse shoe” somewhere in the
newsletter, will receive a small
prize. …...Happy Hunting
EXPECTED DRESSAGE STANDARDS Cont…...
1.3 Grade 3
1.3.a Grade 3 is for more experienced juniors and less experienced senior riders. Experienced senior riders may ride
young horses in this stage.
1.3.b The rider should be starting to show an ability to influence the horse’s way of going. This is possible due to a
more balanced position, steadier hands and better understanding of application of the aids. The horse is not
expected to be supple enough to go far into the corners as it may take uneven steps and bend its neck excessively
and the smooth bend through the whole body is lost. The horse must not be ridden on too short a rein, which
would result in short restricted paces, pulling, over bending and stiffness. There must be an obvious effort to ride
the horse forward to contact on the bit with some resulting effect on the horse’s frame. This does not have to be
consistently maintained. At this grade riders should be able to ride accurate figures and transitions on the
1.3.c Consistent over bending throughout a movement should be penalised with a mark below 5, as insufficient, with
corresponding loss in collective marks. However, momentary lapses behind the vertical should not outweigh
correct work shown in other aspects. Any restriction of the horse’s natural stride by the use of too short a rein is
1.3.d Every sheet should report on the success, or otherwise, of the rider’s efforts to round the horse up while keeping
him going. This is basic to any further progress in the horse’s education.
…………….Grade 2 & 1 next Month
What is the hardest thing
about learning to ride?
- the ground
How can you make a
- ride him up a hill
What should you do
with a green horse?
- wait til he gets ripe.
Christmas in July
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