TRANS-Tasman equestrians get together during a visit by the Whakapane District Pony Zone group (on the left) hosted by Zone 15 pony club member (on the right).
TRANS-Tasman equestrians get together during a visit by the Whakapane District Pony Zone group (on the left) hosted by Zone 15 pony club member (on the right). Tweed Daily News/Crystal Spencer

Love of horses unites kids across the Tasman

A GROUP of young Kiwi equestrians has been experiencing the Aussie way of pony club life while on a two-week exchange visit this month.

The girls, from the Whakapane District Pony Zone in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, on the North Island, have been the guests of the Far North Coast Zone 15 and have been staying with hosts at Cabarita, Murwillumbah and Bangalow.

During their visit, the Kiwis took part in the Brunswick gymkhana, trail rides and a number of local pony club events, as well as visiting some of the attractions on the Gold Coast before they headed home today.

New Zealand group chaperone Bridget Malcolm said the aim of the program, which had been going for at least 25 years, was to provide pony club members with the opportunity to experience something a little different.

“We have had a great time over here and have been very fortunate to have some fine weather during our visit,” Malcolm said.



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