The Kilmore and District Pony Club welcomes all riding abilities and ages. We encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all approved types of sport connected with horse riding. We aim to develop in our members good sportsmanship and citizenship and respect for both people and animals.
The club is situated at the Kilmore Racecourse. Facilities include a club house with canteen, post and rail sand arena 20x40 metres, two additional 20 x 60 metre arenas, show jumping sand arena, access to wash bays and stables. Additionally, a 5 acre cross country course inclusive of all jumping abilities, highly engaging with continually updated jumps.
Rally days are usually held on the third Sunday of each month. The club currently fields around 40 regular riders with rally days generally broken into four training sectors- show jumping, cross country, dressage, games/polo crosse, with an average of six instructors. Community linkages and volunteering are valued at the club and play an essential role to the success of KDPC.
Annual highlights for the club are the August Combined Training Day, and a weekend camp including trial riding and socialising with other families.
KDPC is affiliated with the Central Zone Pony Club Victoria Association.
2013 was the 50 year celebration for the Kilmore and District Pony Club, with over 100 past and present members attending. Stories and laughs were shared of fun times, learnings and achievements.
Since 1963 KDPC hosted rallies at "Lyndhurst" Kilmore, Willowmavin and the Kilmore Recreation Centre, with members riding their ponies from as far as Lancefield, Pyalong and outer districts. A central permanent home was made in 1978 at the Kilmore Racecourse, with club rooms following in 1980. The cross country course on the corner of East street and Hunts road was acquired for usage by the club in 1997 to expand riders development and enjoyment.
Annual gymkanas began in the 1960's with crowds around 500, comprising novelty events such as flag races, bending race, billy can race, barrel race and more. Christmas camps with accommodation in tents and shearing sheds were an annual highlight.
The original uniform of a burnt orange jumper with dark brown trim is still reflected in today's modern uniform. Monthly rallies were held on the 3rd Sunday of each month and still are. "Hoofprints" was published in 2008 as the monthly newsletter to share news of rallies and riders achievements, and continues today.