On Sunday 7th February we held our annual registration day at Lake Poorarecup, where we had 15 members register. We had a great turn out, the kids had a great day on the boat and swimming, thanks to Jason for bringing the boat we all had a great day.
Late February we held an impromptu busy bee while Jason had a free day while waiting for Ferne to have baby number 4. We have now removed both old galvanized tanks and bases and have replaced them with 2 new poly tanks, thanks to Cliff Cole for the use of his loader and to Jason for all his hard work. Thanks to Jarrod for removing the tree located behind the clubrooms as it was starting to damage the roof of the clubrooms. They also removed some of the old white post and rail fence on the side and rear of the clubrooms ready for the lean-to to be added.
We are currently preparing for the 3 day riding school to be held on the 16th, 17th and 18th April so stay tuned for entries which will be emailed out soon. We are limited to how many we can have so make sure you get your entries in early.
***************************************************WPPC Celebrates 50 Years On Sunday 5th October the club celebrated its 50th year. Past and present members enjoyed a lovely lunch amidst a trip down memory lane. Stephen Squire and Stephen Beech were presented with life membership for their years of dedicated work.
Extract from West Plantagenet Pony Club history book 1964 - 1990
In 1962 In June of this year a meeting was convened of the home of Mr & Mrs Kidman of Perillup to discuss the possibility of a pony club being formed in the district. The response was very good and it was decided to form an affiliated pony club and that "there would be six month's trial of instruction to test the affiliated". The club was called The Perillup Pony Club and the instructors were Mrs Val Symons and Mrs Norma Squire.
In October the club held its first gymkhana at the property of Mr & Mrs Squire and members competed in the Mt Barker Show.
Number of interested children enrolled in the club was 51. SECRETARY - MRS KIDMAN
A full programme was organised for the year. The big event being an open gymkhana held at Greenvale(Squire's property).
Financial members 47 but probably only 29 riders.
Interest had been maintained and at the AGM in Feb it was agreed to apply for affiliation with PCAWA. Discussion about a new name for the club took place with the final choice being a suggestion from Norma, i.e. West Plantagenet Pony Club.
In June the West Plantagenet Pony Club became an affiliated club in the Pony Club Association of Western Australia. A big step in the history of the club.
10 rallies were held during the year and a 3 day camp at Lake Nunijup with 16 riders and 16 horses with 3 instructors had 'a wonderful and instructive time'. The first time that the club colours of red jumper and tie with white shirt were worn by all the members was the the parade which concluded this camp.
In July 14 members passed their D efficiency test. These were the first tests to be done but over the years many members passed the efficiency tests, including B tests, and this proves the high standard of instruction in the club and the enthusiasm of the riding members.
Membership - 29
The highlight of the year was the move to the club's permanent grounds at the Mortigallup School Reserve on June 26th. The club still uses these grounds and over the years many hours of voluntary work have brought it to a very high standard, the envy of many other clubs.
A team was entered in The Prince Philip Mounted Games(PPMG) and although defeated at the zone competition the WPPC team were invited to take part in the competition at the Royal Agricultural Show in Perth when Mayannup withdrew, WPPC took out 4th place and this was the beginning of a long association with the games at "The Royal'. The WPPC went on to win these championships 13 times in the next 20 years.
The club organised its first ODE as its closing day activity.