Membership

Nov 2020 membership status: spaces available in “progressing ride” (with associated grazing).

Te Atatu Pony Club currently has two rides, and two coaches plus a coach assistant, for the 2020/2021 season.  Each ride is coached at our Thursday evening rally and can have a maximum of 7-8 riders in it. We have set this as the maximum number of riders per ride to ensure our coaches and their riders get the best out of their time together.

We have a senior ride made up of riders working at or towards C+, B and A certificate levels. Our senior ride coach advises that riders in this ride should be comfortable jumping at 80cm and above.

We have a progressing ride made up of riders working at or towards  D, D+ and C certificate levels.  We currently also have a coaching assistant working with our progressing ride coach to ensure that everyone is supported and challenged.

We still have 2 spaces available in our progressing ride (with associated grazing available).  If you are a rider between 18-25 who would be interested in joining this ride, or are the parent of a rider under 18 who would be interested in joining this ride, to work towards D, D+ or C NZPCA certificates, then please email teatatupony@gmail.com and we will set up a grounds visit for you as the first step in organising membership.

If you are interested in joining our senior ride please also email and we will add you to our waiting list. That way we can get in touch when room becomes available in the ride or if we have four people on the waitlist we will reconfirm your interest and look at establishing a third ride.

 

As a small pony club, our focus is on youth members (those under 25) who can participate fully in NZPCA activities.  On occasion we may offer adult membership if capacity allows but this will be at the discretion of the committee as we do not currently have an organised adult ride.  We offer the following types of membership:

  • riding member under 18 (must be accompanied by an adult member)
  • riding member 18 – 25
  • adult member (parent or guardian) accompanying a riding member under 18 – every member under 18 requires an accompanying adult member
  • adult member (no association with a riding member 18 – 25)

All adult members are required to join our committee and fully participate in the running of the club and grounds maintenance.

More information about how Te Atatu Pony Club runs, and the rules and regulations you need to be aware of, can be found in the 2020 2021 Members Handbook.

 

2020/2021 Annual membership costs – these cover the cost of coaches for the under 25s and the levies we pay to our District, Area and National bodies. Fee
Riding member (under 25 years old) $370 p.a.
Adult Member (riding or non-riding. Needs to be 1 adult member per family with children under 18) $30 p.a.
All committee members must be paid adult members.  
Monthly costs Fee
Member’s grazing fees $110 p.m.
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) $65

 

Before submitting your membership application

Email us on teatatupony@gmail.com and organise a site visit where we can show you around the grounds, explain how pony club works and the commitment involved, and learn more about you, your horse and your rider’s coaching needs.
If you’re happy after your visit that Te Atatu Pony Club should be your next step, and you require grazing on site to join, then complete and give/email your grazing application form to us.

Te Atatu Pony Club Grazing Application Form (PDF)
Te Atatu Pony Club Grazing Application Terms & Conditions (PDF)

Once our Committee have reviewed it and can confirm to you when grazing is available, you should submit your membership application via the NZPCA Nominate Database.

Please refer to this user guide when entering your membership application.

You may be asked to come along to a Committee meeting as part of submitting your membership application.

 

Grazing at Te Atatu Pony Club

Although we welcome riding members who have grazing elsewhere, the logistics of having a pony club in an urban area of Auckland mean that usually all our members graze on the grounds during our rally season.  The conditions and capacity of the grounds for grazing limit the number of horses we can offer grazing to.  This number varies year by year and season by season and sits somewhere between 12 and 20.  This is why your grazing application needs to be approved by our committee before your application for membership is submitted to us.  You also need to be aware that not all members who have grazing over summer can be offered it over winter.  Grazers may be asked to find alternate grazing over the winter months – with adult grazers (if we have any) being asked to find an alternative before riders under 25, and then using a last on, first off approach with under 25’s horses.

 

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 10-14 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.