Trot down to the gymkhana

Giddy up: Clare Horse and Pony Club's annual gymkhana is one of the best pony club gymkhanas in the state - so make sure you get along to check it out.
Giddy up: Clare Horse and Pony Club's annual gymkhana is one of the best pony club gymkhanas in the state - so make sure you get along to check it out.

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There's more than $2000 up for grabs at the Clare Horse and Pony Club's annual gymkhana.

To be held on Sunday, March 25 with the first event at 8.30am - there's plenty to see and take part in. 

For many years the gymkhana has been the main fundraiser for the pony club, who put together a fantastic day for all to enjoy.

There's an event for everyone with pony and hack events, show jumping and novelties.

Clare Horse and Pony Club stalwart and gymkhana organiser, Carolyn Burton said the Clare Gymkhana attracts competitors from throughout the state.

“We have events for kids on leads right through to adults,” Carolyn said, “The fun novelty games are great for children and adults who haven’t quite grown up.”

The novelties include an egg and spoon race, a necktie race, musical chairs and a trotting race.

The day begins at 8.30am with show jumping, hack rings at 9am and then the novelties after the hack events.

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The hotly contested hi-point horse and rider of the day trophy has once again been donated by Leanne and Mark Sandow.

This, along with the aggregate trophies, is an award won by the competitor who has gained the most points on the day - the more events you enter, the better chance you have of winning. 

In the show jumping arena, events will start from 30cm and work up to well over a metre and the competition is bound to be strong.

S.C Heinrich & Co, Clare, are one of the major sponsors and have donated the ribbons for the day and there's a stack to be won.

Just some of the other sponsors include MAIT Plumbing, Ray White, The Professionals, Leanne and Mark Sandow, Earle’s Transport, Bentleys Hotel Motel, WSB Distributors, Clare Rural Supplies and Betty Fidge who has been involved in the club for years as a founding member, life member and sponsor.

CHPC's annual gymkhana is one of the best pony club gymkhanas in the state - so make sure you get along to check it out.

So, whether you've got a pony, horse, show jumper or novelty star, put them in the float and head to the Clare Showgrounds next Sunday.

“Any families interested in the pony club should come down, we welcome new members at any time of the year,” said Carolyn.

For more info call Carolyn Burton on 0402 048 862 or Betty Fidge on 8842 3420 or go to www.myaushorse.com