Barossa Pony Club gears up for 50th celebrations

The Barossa Valley Pony Club held its annual general meeting at the grounds prior to its monthly rally on Sunday, July 16, with a good cross section of parents, supporters and riders attending.

Prior to the election of officers, retiring president Cheryl Simounds invited those present to engage in an exchange of ideas and suggestions relating to what members are looking for through their involvement with pony club.

Mark Burgess was warmly welcomed at the club’s new president and will no doubt be ably assisted by newly elected vice president Alli Mott who will also continue as zone delegate.

The club is grateful for the contribution Cheryl Simounds has made over the past four years, with her hard work and commitment having resulted in many successful fundraising events and improvements at the grounds.

Carol Lehmann, who has been secretary since 2009 will continue in the role while will Helen Giersch remain minute secretary.

With Jill Wundenberg stepping down as treasurer, Alison Schmidt was elected as the new treasurer.

Jill’s involvement with the club has spanned more than four decades and in recent years four generations of her family have been members at the same time, namely her daughter Carol Lehmann, grand-daughter Tori Lehmann and great grand-daughter Cailey Feltus.

Jill is a life member and although something of a quiet achiever, her contribution has been immense.

The club’s chief instructor of many years, Ros Conway, has recently decided to step down, with her daughter Trudy taking over the role which is an integral part of any pony club.

The club thanks Ros for her guidance and input over a period of more than 35 years and wishes her well for her ‘retirement’.

Trudy has juggled being assistant chief instructor and rally coordinator in recent years, however rally coordination will now be shared amongst other members as Trudy takes on the role of chief instructor.

The committee is made up of a good mix of old and new members, namely: Trudy Conway, Georgia Mott, Julie Umlauf (also uniform coordinator), Jane Evans, Corrin Burgess, Steff Bishop, Kate Rumbold and Lisa Manning.

Tori Lehmann will continue as editor of the newsletter and, along with Hayley Rumbold, will represent the younger members of the club.

The role of canteen coordinator has been taken on by Clinton Rumbold, with Jodie Scholz having ably and enthusiastically filled the position for several years.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Barossa Valley Pony Club, making it one of the longest continually operating pony clubs in Australia.

On Sunday, October 15, a reunion is planned and the club would like to invite all previous and current members to help celebrate this milestone.

Further details will be made available closer to the time, however in the meantime please feel free to contact Helen Giersch at magpie.hill@bigpond.com should you wish to register your interest in attending.

If you know of someone who may be interested in attending but has moved out of the region please spread the word.

A great turn out helped celebrate the 40th anniversary in 2007 and the club looks forward to an even bigger attendance for its 50th.

The club’s major fundraiser, the annual one day event, is scheduled for Sunday, August 6.

Spectators are always welcome and if you would like to become involved, cross country jump judges are always required.

This is a job that doesn’t require any previous experience, with full briefing being given to all jump judges on the day.

Please contact Helen via email or on 0402 706 899 if interested.