Funding Boost For Massey Pony Club
Set in an impressive 48-acre equestrian park on Ranui’s Te Rangi Hiroa Reserve, Massey Pony Club has been around for nearly 50 years.
The club gives horse-mad kids opportunities to enjoy riding and looking after horses in a supportive environment.
With a new committee and growing membership, the club has ambitions to build closer links with the local community. Horse riding sometimes has an image of being an elite sport for the well-off. However, Massey Pony Club is changing all that with an inclusive programme of community events designed to make horses accessible to everyone.
The club owns three ponies which are available for families to lease for a whole season. Massey Pony Club supports families to look after the horses, and riding lessons are also on offer. Furthermore, the club runs several community and school holiday programmes where local kids can have a go at riding.
The flagship community event though is the season-opening Halloween celebration to be held on Saturday 31 October from 4.30 pm. It promises to be a fun-filled, action-packed afternoon.
Along with many other non-profit groups, Massey Pony Club has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The lockdown came during the club’s season forcing the cancellation of several events. As a result, the club lost out on around $6,000 of projected income. And for a small, volunteer-run organisation, that’s a big blow.
With the help of $5,380 funding from the Your West Support Fund, the club is now looking forward to another exciting season.
The funding has made a significant contribution to the costs of providing a roof over the club’s 16 pens. It’s here that kids spend hours grooming, feeding and tacking up ponies. And the pens are also busy on club rallies and open days as children come to pat and stroke the horses.
‘Currently, there is no cover over the pens,’ says club President, Kelly Rarere. ‘They are used all-year-round, which means the kids are exposed to the sun in summer and the rain in winter.’
Massey Pony Club welcomes over 700 visitors every year. Once the roof is in place over the pens, visitors can enjoy a much better overall experience.
‘We are very grateful to The Trusts. The contribution from the Your West Support Fund has made a real difference to our fundraising effort and helps us to achieve our goal,’ reports Kelly.
The Your West Support Fund was set up to provide short-term assistance to community groups in West Auckland. The Trusts is proud to support Massey Pony Club and the other organisations that are helping Westies during these difficult times.
Massey Pony Club’s season runs from October to April. Kid’s rallies take place on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm, and adults are on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm. The club caters to riders at all levels, and members range in age from 5 to 65+.
For more information, check out the club’s Facebook page.