TULLYLAGAN Pony Club members have been doing everything except ‘locking down’ their skill set. The members have been busier than ever! It’s been a ‘colourful’ few weeks, with members getting out and dusting off the crayons and colouring pencils to draw rosettes in Pony Club colours. The community spirit soared, as the children took their artwork and rainbow printed paintings to stick in the windows of houses that spotted the countryside in an attempt to thank front line and NHS workers. They also cheered up the most vulnerable members of society by reaching out to the residents of Collegelands Nursing Home, who are in total isolation.
The Pony Club family got creative and sent a swarm of letters and drawings to reach out and connect with the residents. The residents were missing seeing their families and the kind gesture brought smiles and happiness. The kindness of the members was so heart-warming that Collegelands Residential Home decided to donate a goodie bag at the Pony Club Awards Evening for every letter written.
As lockdown time trailed on, committee members had to again get creative with how best to run Pony Club activities from a distance. The members have been busy working on two badges: Pet Sense and Bird Watching. The days were filled with the kids completing log books and sending in photos, videos and drawings of them caring for their numerous pets. Two young members, Kym and Zara Moore, even got the DIY kit out and handcrafted a rosette out of horseshoes to give thanks to NHS workers.
Not to be left out, members got their heads together to take part in the popular ‘Loo Roll Challenge’ with a twist. Individuals passed a piece of grooming kit or riding equipment while doing an activity relating to their ponies. Videos were submitted to the creative director and member, Freya Kennedy, who expertly collated and edited them to produce a video to be remembered! The premier created much excitement! It was such a treat for the members to see their own videos and those of their friends!
Members then took part in the Pony Club National Easter Bonnet Competition and the creativity was astounding to say the least! Who knew an Easter bonnet could have three tiers?
Not to forget about the training that the members would be taking part in during rallies, the committee decided that they would begin remote online test training with Penny Sangster. Penny was previously an Area Representative in England and has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience in coaching. Penny has provided members who are completing their E, D, D+, C and C+ tests with remote test training and coaching materials for Stable Management and Riding Theory. After lockdown has been lifted, the members will be raring to go and sit their tests, having completed the necessary training at home.
One of the club’s parents, Pam Moore, who had coached the members for the Area Quiz, decided to re-take up her role as coach and has begun weekly Zoom quiz sessions for Junior members on all things ponies. The first of these sessions occurred this week and it was a huge success! The members’ spirits were lifted to see friendly faces, while also learning about their animals.
Everyone would like to express their sincere thanks for the enthusiasm, hard work and creativity of the members, parents and committee members in these daunting times.