Innovative pony club camp takes place in North Otago

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A 19-year-old Oamaru woman organised North Otago’s first pony club school holiday programme last week as a trial to be used around the country.

New Zealand Pony Club riders council representative Hannah Simpson, from Oamaru, organised the North Otago Pony Club Camp as a trial to encourage more camps around the New Zealand.

Miss Simpson said the two-day camp had been a success and she hoped that when she reported back to the board in Auckland, they would start rolling it out around the country.

Although she still belongs to the club, Miss Simpson said she would have loved to have had something like this when she was younger.

“I really wish it happened when I was a rider.”

Nineteen children, aged between seven and 17, attended the camp and parents were encouraged to participate in activities too.

She organised North Otago Pony Club instructors to come along, as well as experts from around the South Island to teach various topics at the camp.

All the children loved it and learned about aspects of horse riding, including anatomy, dressage, show jumping and cross country, she said.

Miss Simpson, who has been horse-riding since she was young, is studying primary school teaching in Christchurch and found that her love of teaching helped make the camp work so well.

She said she would try to make it an annual event.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

HAPPY CAMPERS: From left, New Zealand Pony Club riders council representative Hannah Simpson, campers Emma Gillies, 7, Maddy Neal, 11, and Living Anatomy of the Horse equine physiotherapist Nicolett Gelderman with 15-year-old China.