Huapai Pony Club meets once a week, from October until April at the A&H grounds off Waitakere Road.
The club is small and family orientated. As well as instruction on riding and horse management the club has closed and open competition days which are usually held at the weekend. There is ample parking for trucks and floats and tea and coffee at the clubhouse.
Huapai Pony Club’s members’ capabilities range from beginners to experts – and you do not need to be experienced to join. Throughout the levels there are those who are very keen to compete – and we encourage that indeed the Pony Club structure easily presents those opportunities throughout the season. However we also do not lose sight of those who simply want to enjoy and be around horses – Huapai Pony Club caters to all levels and interests and there is no minimum age to join.
Huapai Pony Club is known as a branch and forms part of the Kumeu District Pony Club. The branches within our district are Helensville, Redhills and Waimauku.
Our District is a member of the Waitemata Rodney Area Pony Club. Other Districts within our Area are Whenuapai, North Harbour, Waitamata, Warkworth, Wellsford and West Auckland.
Our Rallies are held every Wednesday night from 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm. This includes both instruction and horse management lessons, to help individuals attain their appropriate pony club certificates. Our season runs from the beginning of October, weather permitting through until the end of daylight saving.
Club Uniform is to be worn at rallies. This consists of a Huapai PC shirt, beige, blue or black jodhpurs and long or short boots with a smooth sole and a heel. A Huapai PC jumper is optional. Kumeu District Pony Club Badges may be worn, displaying rider certificate level, if applicable. Boots and uniform should be clean, hair should be tidy. No jewellery should be worn, except a watch is optional.
Our rides caters for children who are just beginning to those who want to achieve certificates and those that just want to have fun. Rides are confirmed after enrolment has closed and the number of members is established. Information given on your enrolment form will help determine which ride you are assigned to based on your age, riding ability and goals. We expect you to treat your Instructors with respect and listen to what they have to say and it is asked that you do not swap rides. If you are doing an activity that you do not want to be a part of speak to your Instructor or Head Coach and they will help you.
If you have a problem in your ride we recommend you try talking to the Instructor quietly, if you feel the Instructor is not listening or you are making no progress please see the Head Coach and she will do her best to resolve any issues.
Attendance at rallies is expected in order to maintain your membership. If you are unable to make it for any reason, it is a courtesy to let the head coach or secretary know in advance. This is so we are able to ensure we have the right number of coaches on the rally nights. Please be tacked up and ready to ride on time and if leaving early please ask to be excused so that your Instructor realizes you are leaving. Any notices will be announced at the start of the evening, so it is beneficial for parents also to be there to listen in, especially if you know messages are not always passed on.
It’s always greatly appreciated when parents watching their son/daughter at rally help set up some simple jumps, or pick up poles. Feel free to ask the coach in advance if there is anything that may be needed for that day’s lesson. It may be help with setting up an arena or dismantling at the end of rally – you need no particular “horsey” knowledge to be of assistance to the coach.
Our Canteen is open every Wednesday night to supply meals and snacks for our members to purchase, meaning you don’t have to run home and get a meal on Wednesday night. A kitchen roster will be drawn up and circulated at the beginning of the season as all families will be required to take turns helping in the kitchen.
Use of Grounds
We have great grounds – let’s look after them!
We appreciate the support of the Kumeu A& H Society in allowing us to use the grounds. It is important that all members respect this relationship. The grounds are open to members only during the Pony Club season from Tuesday through Friday from 12pm onwards.
Members are responsible for arranging access with the key holder (Leanne Cashin / Kelly Brajkovich). Please give them some notice as they may not be able to accommodate you at short notice.
Members are responsible for locking the gate when they leave & returning the key to the key holder. If you arrange for the gate to be unlocked & decide not to use the grounds, please let the key holder know so they can return to lock the gate. Please leave the property as you found it (i.e.; equipment placement and gates shut) & be mindful of stock movements.
The grounds may be closed prior to an event ie ODE. Please check with a committee member if you are unsure.
Members cannot ride on their own, regardless of age and Members under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (over 18).
No dogs on the property – no exceptions!
All NZPCA safety rules apply – approved helmet must be worn & Back protectors worn for Cross Country.