Kangaroo Ground Pony Club History
“KG” ponyclub was established in 1964, by a few local families with Diana Bassett-Smith as its first DC. Diana is a life member of the club, and each December, is our judge of the Fancy Dress at our Christmas Gymkhana. In the early years, the club moved according to where space and sheds were available, In 1988, following a massive effort over many years, the club purchased the land where we are now. The details of club history, and the dedicated and enthusiastic families involved in the fundraising, building and events run by the club are set out in our booklet “The First 40 Years”.
Our Club Grounds
Unlike other clubs, our grounds are our own property. This gives us security, and also a huge responsibility. We have inherited an amazing equestrian facility of 6 arenas, a handimount ring, crosscountry course, sheds and clubhouse. We have also inherited a club that has high standards and an awesome work ethic. Where the work of past committees and families has provided all this for us, we work to maintain and improve, so the club will continue for future generations.
At every rally, there is work to be done – not just setting up, running the rally, and packing up, but all the general work of property maintenance such as unblocking drains, clearing fallen trees and spoutings, checking the septic system. Between rallies, dedicated parents will attend to extra tasks such as arena surfaces, new crosscountry jumps and building maintenance. We all take part in Working Bees held at least twice a year. Every family must attend two Working Bee sessions of 4 hours to be exempt from an annual Working Bee levy.
Kangaroo Ground Adult Riders also ride at our grounds. They hold their rallies on Thursday mornings, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday every month except winter months, when it’s the 4th Sunday only. The KGARC rallies run from 9.30 – 1pm. Ponyclub members should not use the grounds at these times. Members may use the grounds at any other time – for lessons, training or recreational riding. Some of our older showjumps are left out – if you use them, please leave them in good order.
While riding on the grounds you must wear correct helmet and boots. Do not ride alone – ride with another KG member, or a friend or parent on foot. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the grounds – as much for their safety as yours! The grounds are not for the public – only for KGPC or KGARC members. Your PCAV insurance no covers you 24/7 when riding anywhere. As you leave, please make sure the gate is locked. If you notice anything out of place, or see someone using the grounds you think is not a member of either club, please do contact our DC – it’s a good idea to have their number in your mobile.