Horsing around pays |off for achiever Bryony

Bryony Kavanagh (17), with her horse Walter, has achieved her K certification.
Bryony Kavanagh (17), with her horse Walter, has achieved her K certification.

Bryony (17) is a member of the South Midlands Pony Club and was presented with her Pony Club Australia K certificate at the club’s AGM.

The K Certificate is the fifth certificate of seven potential levels riders can achieve in the Pony Club Association of Australia syllabus.

It is recognised by the WA Education Department.

Recipients of this certificate must demonstrate a high level of skill in riding and horsemanship, outstanding knowledge in the areas of horse care, horse health and general pony club matters along with extraordinary service.

In addition to these general requirements, candidates choose seven horse-related areas to study and record their activities and achievements in in a detailed log.

Club chief coach Sally Davis said Kavanagh’s electives included dressage, lunging, show jump course design, hunting, breaking-in, care of mare and foal, and first aid.

“She showed great dedication and determination in completing her K certificate requirements over a three-year period while balancing study for school and other commitments,” she said.

“South Midlands Pony Club, which meets at Sandown Park, Muchea, is committed to teaching the Pony Club Association of Australia syllabus to riders aged four to 25. As a youth movement the club also encourages a high standard in sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty.

“Our coaches all have working with children clearance checks and either have, or are working towards, Pony Club Australia National Coach Accreditation Scheme or other recognised coaching qualifications.”

The club holds rallies on the third Sunday of every month between February and October. The first rally this year is on February 21.