Membership has now been capped, which
means that if you wish to become a new member you must first apply
for membership to the Committee and when there is a vacancy, you
will then be notified.
current riding members that miss three (3) consecutive rallies
without explanation may have their membership reviewed by the
MEMBERSHIP TO BMPC
Anyone wishing to become a member of BMPC must
complete an application to join (download
here) as well as a medical form
(download here) and send it to the District Commissioner, for
consideration at the next Committee meeting. If a membership
position is available you will be notified before the next Rally.
Application fee is $40 with information pack.
All current riding members are covered by PCAV
insurance while riding at Rallies, and any Pony Club events.
However recent changes to PCAV insurance mean that no persons
under 5 or over 80 years old are covered by any level of PCAV
insurance (riding or helping). Therefore BMPC now has a policy
that all riding members must be 5 years old or over.
Any BMPC member may use the BMPC facilities at the
Bacchus Marsh Racecourse. Members are able to gain access to the
grounds by contacting members of the Committee and organising to
pick up and return the gate key.
BMPC members are reminded that riders
can come and use the grounds at any time except when the grounds
are exclusively booked, but must not get in the way of other user
groups that have booked to use the facilities at the Racecourse,
eg. Poultry Club, Trotting Club and Camp Drafters.
Any riders wanting to have private
paid lessons using the Pony Club grounds and facilities must
contact the Committee and have activities passed through a
Committee meeting for insurance reasons.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR –
Well meaning parents are often the cause of stress
and tension for the rider and instructor. Parents are often too
keen to see their child progress and in doing so, may actually
impede the child’s ability to learn. The objectivity of an
instructor, without parental assistance, is usually the best
method of helping your child.
Parents are not permitted to coach
riders from the sidelines. This is firstly for safety reasons – a
distraction can be the biggest cause of mishaps. Secondly, as a
courtesy to the instructor. The instructor is in control of what
is happening in the session and may have a lesson plan or an
approach that may differ to the parent. This can be a new
learning experience or point of view for the rider to consider.
At least one parent must remain in
attendance with the child at Club Rallies or events. Where the
parent is not able to attend, a nominated consenting guardian or
helper can be in attendance.