Membership

We have both youth riding members (under 25 years) and adult riding members at Te Atatu Pony Club. Each youth riding member must have a parent or guardian who joins as an adult member (either riding or non-riding). This adult is required to be a member of the Committee and attend monthly Committee meetings.

Annual membership costs – these cover the cost of coaches for the under 25s and a contribution to the running costs of the club (power, water, maintenance, lease etc). Fee       
Riding member (one parent is free if member is under 18 years old) $300 p.a.
Adult Member (needs to be minimum of one adult per child under 18) $30 p.a.
One-off costs Fee
Clubroom key bond (refundable on return on key and trophies) $50
Clubroom key (not refundable) $15
District badge (worn by under 25s on rally night) $15
Te Atatu Pony Club shirt – short-sleeved (worn by under 25s on rally night) $60 approx

 

How to become a member

Read the information on this web site to make sure you get a good idea about what Te Atatu Pony Club can offer you. Then email us teatatupony@gmail.com and introduce yourselves, your horse (if you already have one) and your situation. If you want to graze your horse at Te Atatu, explain that from the outset so we can let you know whether we have room available. We’ll suggest you all to come along to a rally, see how they work and meet and talk to a few people. If you think this is all looking like the right fit for you, fill out your membership and grazing application forms and email them through to us.

We’ll organise for you to come to our next Committee Meeting (usually the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm) to meet everyone and discuss when you want to begin.

 

Forms you will need

TAPC General Rules
TAPC Membership Conditions
TAPC Membership Form
TAPC Grazing Terms and Conditions
TAPC Application for Grazing

 

Parental commitments

If your horse is grazing at pony club during the season (and at Te Atatu, they all are) you need to visit your horse a minimum of 4 times a week to ride or just check on them.

Pony clubs really do need parents to be very hands on.  You’re not just looking after your horse, but also the grounds and facilities as well.  Basically all the families and members are working together to run a 25 acre farm.  This involves checking troughs, repairing fences, weed-eating, filling in rabbit holes, slashing paddocks using a tractor and other implements if the grass gets too long, maintaining the cross country jumps, keeping the clubrooms and toilets clean, etc.  At Te Atatu there are about 10 families working together to do this.

Because we are a small club and need our member families to be hands on, one adult from each family is appointed to our Committee. Our Committee meets monthly in our clubrooms, usually the first Tuesday of the month.

Over winter we just go into maintenance mode – our Committee still meets but there are no rallies or coaches organised, it’s up to you just as long as you’re caring for your horse and continuing to help out with the grounds, assuming that you’ve got winter grazing. Some members move out over winter anyway just to be able to graze where there are better all-weather riding facilities, while others just tough it out.