Trotting out a fun horsey day at Ballina

17th February 2016 7:50 AM
FAMILY FUN DAY: Geronimo the horse is looking forward to the Ballina and District Equestrian Club's Fun Day. FAMILY FUN DAY: Geronimo the horse is looking forward to the Ballina and District Equestrian Club's Fun Day. Graham Broadhead

AN equine fun day is being trotted out by a Ballina club.

The Ballina and District Equestrian Club is holding its first public event for some time at the club's Gallens Rd centre on February 21.

The club's safety officer, Kim Herwig, said the fun day aimed to attract the public to the club to see equestrian events often only seen at agricultural shows or at the Olympic or Commonwealth Games.

On the program will be dressage, show jumping, hacking, barrel races, flag events and more.

"We really want to encourage children to come along," Ms Herwig said.

The Ballina and District Equestrian Club was established in the 1980s.

While membership has been strong over the years, the club hasn't opened its doors to the public for some time.

The fun day also will be a sign-on day for the club.

The club in the past month has had a change of committee and Letitia Hull now holds the reins as club president.

The club has members aged as young as three through to those in their 80s.

Members have to own their own horse, and the club doesn't really provide lessons for beginner riders.

However, the club this year plans to hold clinics for those who want to learn about show jumping and dressage and other equestrian events.

The day starts 8am with canteen and coffee van.

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