Full of Heart and Talent
“Coming Together Is A Beginning; Keeping Together Is Progress; Working Together Is Success." – Henry Ford
Cudal Pony Club (CPC) have had a busy time of late, not only have they taken out the top spot for NSW Pony Club of the year, but CPC’s very own little champion, 13-year-old Dixie Eyb, was the only Zone three rider selected for the Pony Club Nationals Formal Gymkhana and named reserve for the Tetrathlon team in the Under 18s division, making her the youngest member of these two squads!
“Dixie has achieved so much, yet she is so young!” said Cudal Pony Club President, Jarrad Haynes.
“She often has competitors much older than her and win or lose, she walks away with the biggest smile on her face.”
Dixie’s success is even more remarkable given she is recovering from knee surgery early in the year.
“She got back on and has more than impressed everyone. There is a very bright future for her and her four-legged partner,” said Jarrad, who is still reeling from the news they have taken out Pony Club of the Year.
“We were a bit blown away to tell you the truth. We didn’t expect to win. There is a lot of fantastic Pony Clubs in NSW — 270 to be exact! It was pretty fitting that we found out the same day we had a committee meeting, so we got to make some extra plans to celebrate with everyone at our next rally day.”
For a village of just 550 people, the Cudal Pony Club is certainly punching above its weight, but Jarrad puts it down to being a genuine community club where everyone plays a part.
“So much work goes on behind the scenes to arrange the events, then come the day everyone pitches in to make it a success,” he said.
“We have tried a few new things this year to give the kids variety and without everyone playing their part on the day it would not be possible. One of the stand outs is the older kids are always willing to help the beginners. They form some great friendships!”