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Happy New Year!     What's happening in 2012? 

Our State Championships for the year will be as follows:

  • State Championships for Dressage & Showjumping will be held in Albury/Wodonga on the 25th & 26th February
  • State Horse Trials wil be held at Mornington Peninsula Pony Club on the 5th & 6th of May
  • State Games, Flat Teams and Musical Ride will be held at Bacchus Marsh Pony Club on the 16th & 17th June
  • Zone Teams Challenge to be held on the 21st & 22nd July with a venue to be decided. 

State Rider Clinics will continue this year with the format slightly altered in line with the feedback gained from participants last year.  If you have coaches wanting to have their skills recognised under a National Standard for coaching make sure you call the office and chat with Kate Wilson who will let you know how to get going on your Preliminary Coaching qualification or of those Preliminary Coaches thirtsy for more knowledge our Level 1 coaches are now being assesed so give us a call at the State Office.





HORSELAND State Championships 2012


HORSELAND State Dressage & Showjumping Championships

The Horseland State Dressage & Showjumping Championships will be held at Albury on the 25th & 26th February, make sure you take a look if you get a chance!  A few items of interest regarding the Championships have been posted on the website here are a couple of links:


HORSELAND State Horse Trials

The HORSELAND State Horse Trials Championships will be conducted at Mornington Peninsula Pony Club on the 5th & 6th May.


HORSELAND State Games Flat Teams and Musical Ride Championships

The HORSELAND State Games, Flat Teams and Musical Ride State Championships will be conducted at Bacchus Marsh on the 16th & 17th June.  The Games have been decided and the schedule can be found on the website:




Sporting Uniform Grants Program

Sporting Clubs across Victoria have the opportunity to apply for funding for sports clothing and footwear as part of the Victorian Government’s Sporting Uniform Grants Program.  Up to $1000 is available to Victorian community-based clubs or organisations involved in the delivery of sporting and active recreation opportunities.


There are two funding rounds in 2011-12.  Funding Round 1 closed 1 September 2011 and 275 clubs were successful in gaining funding for their uniforms.  Funding Round 2 opens today (25 January 2012) and closes on 1 March 2012.    CLICK HERE for PDF Guidelines CLICK HERE for Word Guidelines.   

Sporting Uniform Grants Program now open. Grants of up to $1000 available


Local Sporting Champions Grant

Do you know a Local Sporting Champion?

Are you, or do you know, a dedicated young athlete, coach or official participating in a state or national sporting championships? Are you aged 12-18 years old travelling further than 250km return for a state or national championships?

If yes, then you or your team could be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant to help meet costs such as uniforms, travel, accommodation and equipment.

Grants of $500 per individual and $3,000 per team are available for young people participating in a nominated National Sporting Organisation-endorsed state or national sporting championships or a School Sport Australia national championship. 

Apply now for a Local Sporting Champions Grant


NMG Skills Training Clinic & Squad Selections

The National Mounted Games Skills Training Clinic & Squad Selections was conducted on the 25th - 26th January 2012.  The Senior, Junior and Development Squad for National Mounted Games are selected on this weekend.  

2012 NMG Rider Squads announced



Development Clinics


State Training Workshop

The State Training Workshop has something for riders, coaches, Club Officials and parents.  These workshops cover subjects such as Comfort and Safety, Innovative Coaching, Showjumping Course Design and Building, Sports Connect, Grievance procedures, PCA NCAS Accreditation, Organisation and safety of groups on the flat and Lungeing.  

The next State Training Workshop will be held at Bealiba PC on the 31st March 2012.  Nominations for this workshop close on the 22nd March 2012.  
Click here for futher details and nomination forms.


Rider Development Clinics

Last year three Rider Development Clinics were conducted and were well recieved by riders.  PCAV are planning to run 4 Rider Development Clinics during 2012.  These clinics are aimed at riders in Grade 1, 2 & 3 Dressage and Horse Trials and Grades A, B & C in Showjumping.  

Host Clubs Needed

We are currently looking for Clubs to host these clinics so that dates and venues can be confirmed.  Any Club who would be interested in hosting a Rider Development Clinic should call Kate Wilson at the PCAV State Office on 03 8685 8925 or email her at


Yogi Briesner Clinic

Racing Victoria organised for Yogi Briesner to come out to Australia to conduct some training and offered Pony Club Association of Victoria the opportunity to host a clinic for our riders, coaches, Club Officials and other interested Pony Club personnel.  Pony Club Association of Victoria extends our thanks to Racing Victoria for giving our members this opportunity to attend a clinic conducted by such an accomplished individual.  The clinic was well recieved by those who attended, watch the PCAV Making A Difference magazine for pictures and reports from this clinic.


Learn to Track Ride at your Club Rally

Racing Victoria in consultation with Pony Club Association of Victoria are offering Clubs the opportunity to offer their members a Track Riding Clinic at their Club Rally.  A Racing Victoria instructor will attend your club rally, provide track pads, deliver tuition in how to saddle up correctly for the track and how to ride in a balanced position with short stirrups over various gaits.

Track riding can be great fun, is great exercise and can develop and strengthen your riding technique. It can also easily supplement your income whilst studying or working part time over school breaks and holidays both here and overseas.  This will be a lot of fun and something a little different for all to enjoy!!

Racing Victoria - Learn to Track Ride at your Club Rally


Making A Difference - Competitions


Painted Pony Competition entries - December Making a Difference Magazine ... check out our gallery of entries on the Pony Club website.






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