WestAucklandDistrict-TeAtatu

Registration Information

Te Atatu Pony Club - General Information

Before Submitting your Membership Application

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 grazing application form to us.  The form is available in either PDF or Word versions:

http://teatatuponyclub.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-2020-TAPC-Grazing-Application-with-Terms-and-Conditions.pdf

http://teatatuponyclub.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-2020-TAPC-Grazing-Application-with-Terms-and-Conditions.docx

Once our Committee have reviewed it and can confirm to you when grazing is available, you should submit your membership application.  You may be asked to come along to a Committee meeting as part of submitting your membership application. 

Grazing at Te Atatu Pony Club

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.

Membership

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 (no association with a riding member 18 - 25)

All adult members are required to join our committee and fully participate in the running of the club and grounds maintenance.

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 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, obtaining certificates. We like to have fun, and provide a positive, supportive environment for riders and families.

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

At Te Atatu Pony Club many families stay after the rally and have a shared meal. Non riding siblings are welcome.