Ardmona’s Rosemary Oram may have had a pony when she was younger but attending Pony Club events was not really her thing.
Despite this, Mrs Oram has been awarded a life membership of the Northern Zone Pony Clubs, thanks to her voluntary work since the 1990s.
Her involvement with pony clubs started after she encouraged her three children to get involved.
‘‘We encouraged the girls in particular. It was a natural fit. It teaches them how to ride, how to look after their horse and mastership,’’ she said.
‘‘It also teaches them to be good sports and compete.
‘‘It’s the cheapest way to be involved in equestrian.
‘‘If you ask any Olympic class rider, whether that be showjumping, dressage or eventing, they will all say they started at Pony Club.’’
After a few years, Mrs Oram decided to become more involved, stepping up to the district commissioner role at Numurkah Pony Club.
‘‘The DC plans all the events,’’ she said.
After being a district commissioner with the Numurkah club for four years, Mrs Oram went on to become a zone assistant following her move to Ardmona and eventually became the secretary of the zone assistant’s panel.
She held this role until accepting the role of zone representative in 2011.
‘‘In 2011, I was approached by the then zone representative if I was interested. I was and it was an elected position.
‘‘I had it for six years and I think they thought ‘if we’ve got one, we won’t upset the apple cart’.’’
By being the zone representative, Mrs Oram was automatically on the Council of Pony Club Victoria where she represented Northern Zone.
‘‘Apart from representing the zone in council, the zone representative also makes sure clubs are working effectively,’’ she said.
Mrs Oram said she would miss going to big events like when Deniliquin and the Northern Zone hosted the state horse trials.
‘‘It was a huge success. Between committee members and mums and dads they really pulled themselves together.’’
One of the biggest changes during her time was the way people within the organisation communicated.
‘‘We are a lot more connected using electronic communications,’’ she said.
‘‘Club secretaries, when I started, would be sending paper programs via snail mail — now we have a Facebook page.’’
After all her years being involved, Mrs Oram said giving back to the organisation was her biggest motivation.
‘‘I wanted to give back to an organisation I believe in.’’