Pony club honours inaugural member

Grace Anderson was among Colac Pony Club riders to perform during the club's 50th anniversary event.

COLAC Pony Club youngster Amy Ponton became the first winner of the PA Harris Memorial award during the club’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Colac and district young riders from left, Rachel Power, Sarah O’Connor, Chloe Mitchell, Laura Billings and Phoebe Lenahan enjoy Colac Pony Club’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The award, which officials named after inaugural member Phil Harris and recognises the club’s riding member of the year, was one of the popular features of the celebration that attracted more than 250 people.

Committee member Heather Anderson said Amy, 9, was a worthy recipient of the award.

“Points are given at every rally, on their presentation, good attendance, participating well in the lessons,” Mrs Anderson said.

“She’s always there early and listens well which was terrific, for a young rider it’s a good buzz for her,” she said.

Other features of the day included speeches from past committee members, a parade and a tree-planting ceremony headed by the club’s first district commissioner in 1961 – Helen Barclay.

The club’s junior committee also put together a time capsule to mark the occasion.

“They put in information and photos that they had submitted, newspaper clippings,” Mrs Anderson said.

“Just things that are going to be interesting when they pull it up and read it again,” she said.

Mrs Anderson said the event’s success had been pleasing, attracting past members from as far as Cobram.

“We were just so very pleased, everybody just loved to catch up with friends,” she said.

“There was a strong feeling you got meeting past committee members, like we’re the keepers of something that belonged to these people who were very passionate.

“They still felt at home even though a lot of things have changed and been upgraded.”

The club’s next major event is a two-day meeting at the end of October.

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