Pony Club was an important stage on Hugh Bowman’s pathway to a championship career as a jockey and regular rider of world champion racemare Winx. The same is true of many other people working in the Australian thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.
Now 300 of the best young riders from right across Australia will have an opportunity to learn about the extensive array of careers available to them, through Thoroughbred Industry Careers signing as the naming rights sponsor of the 2019 Pony Club Australia National Championships, to be held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre from October 7-13.
Pony Club celebrates its 80th year in Australia in 2019 with 40,000 members coming from 850 clubs and TIC Chief Executive Lindy Maurice says the organisation continues to have the most significant impact on introducing young Australian’s to a life with horses.
Pony Club Australia’s National Championships is an event that we’re particularly proud to support. Whether it be riders like Edwina Tops-Alexander, Shane Rose or Hugh Bowman who are at the top in their discipline, or the majority of the Thoroughbred Industry’s workforce, you can bet that they all started their life with horses at Pony Club,” Ms Maurice said.
We want to let all those currently involved in Pony Club know just how varied and exciting the job opportunities are and that TIC can help guide them.
Board Member of TIC and Managing Director of Godolphin Australia Vin Cox says he sees the impact of Pony Club Australia every day.
There’s barely a staff member at Godolphin that hasn’t been part of Pony Club and I know those experiences have helped shape their love of horses, their work ethic and ability to be part of our team,” Mr Cox said.
The industry’s arms are wide open and ready to welcome the next generation of horse lovers looking to turn their passion into a career.
Chief Executive of Pony Club Australia Dr Catherine Ainsworth says the partnership is a natural fit.
Involvement in Pony Club teaches children riding and horse management skills that are valued in the Thoroughbred industry and many of our graduates have gone on to establish rewarding careers doing what they love,” Dr Ainsworth said.
Through this partnership with Thoroughbred Industry Careers, we’re looking forward to showcasing the diversity of pathways available to our Members and encouraging them to consider these as options for the future.
This is a really important partnership for us and we’re very grateful for the support.
For further information and/or interviews please contact: Lindy Maurice – 0488 066 604