Thursday, 22 October 2020


Mercury Bay Pony Club prize-giving

The Mercury Bay Pony Club held their 2019/2020 prize-giving on Saturday, 29 August. Club president, Andie Lusby, thanked the Whitianga Gun Club for providing the venue for the afternoon and Equine Super Goo, Whitianga Vets and Placemakers for their donations to the prize-giving raffle.

Andie summed up an unusual season for the club. “Like many other sporting clubs, we experienced a season that was cut short by the restrictions of the COVID-19 alert levels,” she said. “Sadly, our March and April rallies, certificate examinations and Show Jumping Cup Day were cancelled. However, our three wonderful coaches - Vicky Eggleton, Shannon Gregory and Amber Boyd - gave our riders a fantastic spring and summer of pony club. They were ably assisted by four of our senior riders - Jemma Brown, Olivia Brown Douglas, Fenella Skelton and Kelly Evanson. We could not have provided such an excellent ratio of coaches to riders without financial support from Pub Charity, so a big thank you must go to them for their grant.

“We are incredibly grateful for the sponsorship and donations from the Whitianga Gun Club, The AutoBarn Whitianga, Whitianga Vets, Serenity Retreat and BuildLink Cooks Beach. And the following businesses - Whitianga Quarry, Coast2Coast Building Services, Garth’s Landscaping, Kellen Hull Fencing - have all been incredibly supportive.

“Many of the riders did very well in competitions throughout the North Island. We are proud of all your equestrian achievements, no matter how big or small the arena. Congratulations go to Kalani Nicol, the winner of the 2019 Hauraki/Thames Coromandel District Sports Awards Emerging Talent award.”

The club committee said farewell to past president, Vanessa Coory, at the prize-giving and would like to acknowledge her hard work and dedication to the role for nearly three years. They expressed the hope that she can now relax and enjoy being a “Pony Club mum.”

The club is looking forward to the completion of their sand arena and a new season of fun, friendship and horsemanship guided by their chief coach, Vicky Eggleton. Their Opening Rally will be on 14 October 2020.

New members are very welcome to bring their horses along and try three rallies free of charge, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

The following club members received trophies and awards at the prize-giving -

Emma Page - Junior Attendance and Turnout Cup, Intermediate Dressage Cup, Cup for Best Intermediate Rider on the Flat and MBPC First Year Rider Trophy.

Eden White - MBPC First Year Rider Trophy

Billie Munday - Intermediate Attendance and Turnout Cup and S Harker Local Points Cup for the Intermediate Rider with the Most Points on Ribbon Day.

Cheryse Pincham - Intermediate Attendance and Turnout Cup and Most Improved Intermediate Rider Cup.

Sarah-Kate Lusby - Most Improved Intermediate Rider Cup, Intermediate Dressage Cup, Cup for the Intermediate Rider with the Most Points on Ribbon Day, Hart Harris Cup for Intermediate Rider on the Flat, VEC Cup for Best Combination and Les Sloane Cup (Best Pony Club Mount), with her pony, Scout.

Tasha Lailey - Senior Attendance and Turnout Cup, Most Improved Senior Rider Cup, and Barakat Cup for Most Courteous and Correct General Riding.

Olivia Brown Douglas - Cup for the Senior Rider with the Most Points on Ribbon Day, Senior Dressage Cup and Cup for Best Senior Rider on the Flat.

Jemma Brown - MBPC Sportsmanship Trophy.

Ella Scott and Ninja, and Eden Boyd and Knight - Bosley Bear Cup for Best Jumping Combination.

Ella Simpson - Tracey O’Connor Cup for Club Spirit.

Lailey & Scott Families - Most Helpful Worker Trophy.

Ella Scott - Certificate of Achievement for representing the Mercury Bay Pony Club at the 2020 NZPCA North Island Dressage Championships.

Layla Vickers - President’s Certificate for the Most Hardworking and Trustworthy Combination, with her horse, Ngati.

Grace Ball - Coach’s Certificate for Moving Seamlessly from Pony to Hack

Caitlyn Hodge - Prestigious Award for Dedication, Determination and Having the Cleanest Pony.

Pictured: Some of the those who attended the Mercury Bay Pony Club’s prize-giving on Saturday, 29 August. Back, from the left - Fenella Skelton, Jemma Brown, Caitlyn Hodge,Tasha Lailey, Layla Vickers, Billie Munday, Sarah-Kate Lusby, Ella Simpson, Emma Page, Cheryse Pincham and Ella Scott. Front, from the left – Braxton Oconnell, Vicky Eggleton and Miley Oconnell.


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