Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club retains Marsden Cup

Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club members celebrate winning the Marsden Cup. Pictures: Arlene Lockwood
Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club members celebrate winning the Marsden Cup. Pictures: Arlene Lockwood

WANNEROO Horse and Pony Club reined in another win at the annual Marsden Cup riding competition at Horsemen’s Pony Club recently.

The Marsden Cup is a Prince Philip Mounted Games competition for clubs within the Swan and Hills zones of Pony Club WA.

The perpetual trophy is awarded to honour the Marsden family who contributed to the development of active riding in the region.

This year’s event saw a record number of riders brave the crisp winter morning to compete in games including stepping stones, sword, tyre, quoits and two flag.

Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club member Jessica Dawson and Spinner make a tight turn in the Postman race.

The competition is designed to test riders’ courage, determination and all-round riding ability, as well as the pony’s training.

The Mounted Games were first introduced into the Pony Club WA program in 1965 and was held at the Perth Royal Show.

In 1974, Prince Philip visited WA and gave his permission for the Pony Club WA to use his name for the competition and in 1986 that extended to all pony club games competitions in Australia.

Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club member Matilda Agnew and her pony Mia, competing in the Pyramid race.

The Wilkie Cup was also contested at the June 23 event and won by South Midlands Horse and Pony Club.

The Pony Club WA State Active Riding Championships will be held in September at Serpentine Horse and Pony Club.

For more information about Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club, visit www.whpc.org.au or call president Mike Agnew on 0418 908 538.

Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club members Hannah Stahl (left) and Josie Felton accept the Marsden Cup perpetual trophy.