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Te Atatu Pony Club - General Information

For current members of Te Atatu Pony Club

If you are an existing member of Te Atatu Pony Club who is renewing, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on <Next>.  As you go through the following pages you do not have to add additonal family members (unless you have a new child joining) or additional emergency contacts (unless you want to), just check and update the details that are already there and continue on using <Next> at the bottom of each page.  When you get to the payment screen, if you want to avoid processing fees, click on <Pay the Club Directly> at the bottom of the screen.  You will then need to pay your NZPCA levies online, but the rest of your payment can be done using internet banking to our usual pony club account.

Don't forget you need to send in your signed grazing application and terms & conditions for the new season:

2021 2022 Grazing Application

2021 2022 Grazing Terms & Conditions

Grazing and new members

Spring 2021:  Te Atatu Pony Club is currently full (for both grazing and memberships).  Things change all the time though, so if you are interested in becoming a member of our club we'd love to hear from you. Please email us on teatatupony@gmail.com  and we'll try to organise a site visit to confirm your interest and then we can put you on our wait list and contact you as soon as space becomes available..

Membership Categories

As a small pony club, our focus is on youth members (those under 25) who can participate fully in NZPCA activities.  On occasion we may offer adult membership if capacity allows but this will be at the discretion of the committee as we do not currently have an organised adult ride.  We offer the following types of membership:

  • riding member under 18 (must be accompanied by an adult member)
  • riding member 18 - 25
  • adult member (parent or guardian) accompanying a riding member under 18 - every member under 18 requires an accompanying adult member.
  • adult member - riding (no association with a riding member under 25) - this membership category is not always available, it depends on capacity.

All adult members are required to join our committee and fully participate in the running of the club and grounds maintenance.  More information about how Te Atatu Pony Club runs, and the rules and regulations you need to be aware of, can be found in the 2021 2022 Members Handbook.

Rallies and coaching

The pony club season is October to April (pretty much daylight saving hours).  During the season, our rally nights are on Thursdays from 6-8pm.  Riders must wear correct pony club uniform (club shirt, beige or black jodphurs, riding boots, district badge, tagged helmet and back protector) to rallies and bring the appropriate pony club manual.  As part of being a pony club riding member, you gain access to around 20 rally-coaching sessions. During this time, you can expect to cover the practical and theoretical basics of learning to work with your horse, establishing good dressage and jumping, moving towards (for those who are keen) a range of competitions. Our coaches keep a close eye on the development and practice of our members and encourge them to work through the pony club syllabus, recording their progress in record books and obtaining certificates.

Te Atatu Pony Club currently has two rides (progressing and senior), and two coaches.  Each ride is coached at our Thursday evening rally and can have a maximum of 7-8 riders in it. We have set this as the maximum number of riders per ride to ensure our coaches and their riders get the best out of their time together.

We like to have fun, and provide a positive, supportive environment for riders and families.  Outside of Covid Level Restrictions: At Te Atatu Pony Club many families stay after the rally and have a shared meal. Non riding siblings are welcome.

Members are also allowed to invite other coaches onto the pony club grounds for additional private coaching outside of rallies.  

Application process for new members (when space is available)

Although we welcome riding members who have grazing elsewhere, the logistics of having a pony club in an urban area of Auckland mean that usually all our members graze on the grounds during our rally season.  The conditions and capacity of the grounds for grazing limit the number of horses we can offer grazing to.  This number varies year by year and season by season and sits somewhere between 12 and 20.  This is why your grazing application needs to be approved by our committee before your application for membership is submitted to us.  You also need to be aware that not all members who have grazing over summer can be offered it over winter.  Grazers may be asked to find alternate grazing over the winter months - with adult grazers (if we have any) being asked to find an alternative before riders under 25, and then using a last on, first off approach with under 25's horses.

Email us on teatatupony@gmail.com and organise a site visit where we can show you around the grounds, explain how pony club works and the commitment involved, and learn more about you, your horse and your rider's coaching needs.  If you're happy after your visit that Te Atatu Pony Club should be your next step, and you require grazing on site to join, then complete and give/email your signed grazing application and terms & conditions forms to us:

2021 2022 Grazing Application

2021 2022 Grazing Terms & Conditions

Once our Committee have reviewed it and can confirm to you when grazing is available, you should submit your membership application here, using this NZPCA online database, Nominate.  The process is quite intuitive but if you need detailed instructions you can find them in this TAPC New Member Registration in Nominate User Guide

Having read all of the above, please click <Next> to complete and submit your membership application. Please be aware you will need a credit card or paypal account for this step.