How we began
19th November 1972, 27 interested parents attended a meeting and were addressed by the President of the Ringwood Pony Club. The proposal to form a pony club in the City of Nunawading was put forward and was accepted unanimously. The club was to be called ‘The Nunawading and District Horse and Pony Club’
- Bill Purcell was the first President and Val Bulmer was DC
- First rally was held on February 4th 1973 from 1 – 4pm
- Instructors to be approached – Mrs. Symes and Mr. Ross Carey and there were to be no more than 10 – 13 children in each class.
- Subscriptions were$15 per family
- Rallies were to be held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
- Approval for club uniform was given on the 27th March 1973
- Club had submitted 3 choices
- What we have was the first choice, followed by Purple with a gold sash or purple with a mud green sash.
Nunawading Pony Club has had a number of grounds that it has held rallies over the years.
- The first rally was held in February1973 on Mrs. Val Bulmer’s Mitcham property, just over the creek along Boronia Rd opposite ‘Winter Farm’
- The first ‘Club Grounds’ was at Heatherdale Reserve, Purches St Mitcham from March 1973 until January 1975
- The Club then moved to Vermont Street Blackburn from the 2nd February 1975 until March 1994. (Originally we had access to 25 acres that was reserved for the Healsville Freeway and the area was bounded by Hawthorn Rd, Mahoneys Rd, Vicky St and Sandra St and the Mahoneys Reserve. Over the years we lost some of the land to housing along Hawthorn Rd and part to the extension of the reserve)
- We then moved to Drummies Bridge Reserve, Glen Waverley in April 1994
The Club also undertook some control of grounds within the city of Nunawading for agistment purposes and in November 1974 the recommended agistment fee per horse was $10 per month. Nunawading Pony Club maintained properties at
- Orchard Grove Reserve, Blackburn South. (20 acres)
- Vermont Street, Blackburn. (25 acres)
- Stevens Road, Vermont. (4 acres)
- Bond Avenue, Blackburn South. (4 acres)
- Mock Street, Burwood East. (7 acres)
As most of the land was reserved for the Healsville Freeway extension, it was subject to changes by the Government. So when they did change the policy not to proceed with the freeway, the land was then rezoned and slowly taken over for housing as well as Parkland for the General Public. So over the years the Club had been involved in some major lobbying to maintain some green open spaces. This included things such as letters to parliamentarians, newspapers, petitions, articles in local and Melbourne papers and more.
Whilst the lobbying ended up with Nunawading losing their original home, it show the dedication and belief in the Club by many supporters of the club, be it riding members, committee members, families and others. This spirit of the club still exists today and truly reflects the aims and objectives of our Pony Club.
Aims and Objectives
- Encourage you to ride and learn to enjoy all approved kinds of horse sport
- Provide instruction in horsemanship and horsemastership
- Teach you to care properly for your horse
- Give you an opportunity to be involved in a club with young people of similar interest
- Promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self- discipline.