Pony Club Association of Victoria Northern Zone’s C-certificate practical assessment day was the largest assessment day the zone had seen in a long time.
Held on November 21, the assessment day was planned to cater for the largest zone in the PACV, which spreads from Mildura in the west, Hay in the north and to Invergordon in the Goulburn Valley.
Eighteen riders completed their practical and oral components; 14 of them (members of Bunbartha, Cobram, Finley, Nathalia and Tocumwal pony clubs) at Bunbartha Pony Club and four at their home pony club in Kerang.
The keen young riders did themselves and their clubs proud, presenting themselves in full uniform with beautifully groomed mounts.
Riders had spent the past year completing a workbook and learning the subjects set out in the C-certificate syllabus.
Gaining a C-certificate in the pony club movement is a major milestone in horsemanship; not only has a rider displayed their foundation knowledge to be a responsible horse owner who can ride to a prescribed level, the rider also receives a certificate qualification recognised by Pony Club Australia.
On the day riders were assessed on jumping, riding on the flat, active riding and horsemanship components.
By the end of the day all riders had large smiles, having gained their C-certificates.
■For more information about pony clubs, go to the PACV website at ponyclubvic.org.au or attend a pony club rally day. You do not need a pony to join a pony club.