Hendra Pony Club

Since 1959

Agistment Notice


The Hendra Pony Club Inc, is not an Agistment business, stable or horse boarding facility.


Please do not ask for Agistment if you are a rider 18yrs or over as refusal may offend.  This is a pony club for kids who want to be involved in Pony Club and Pony Club run events. Junior members will have priority for Agistment.   Only active qualified instructors and judges may be eligible to agist (at the discretion of the committee and only when agistment places are available).


We are a pony club where children under 18yrs can have a horse, so they can be involved in Pony Club and Pony Club run events. Horses need to be attended 365 days a year and all children 16yrs and under must have a parent or guardian present at all times while on the HPC grounds. Agistment is 1 ridden horse per active member which has been approved by the committee.  Agisting members are not permitted to swap horses in and out of the grounds (agisted horses are individually approved at all times).


Only active qualified instructors and active judges,  that have been instructing at the club and judging within Zone 1 clubs for a minimum of 12 months continually, may be eligible to agist (when spots are available). 


There are agistment businesses in Weyer's Road Banyo that may be able to help you if you are over 18yrs.


The Hendra Pony club is one of the last inner-city pony clubs in Brisbane and the area surrounding Hendra has long been associated with the racing industry with three race tracks in the vicinity. Sadly many of the area's horse facilities are disappearing for residential and commercial building, but the Hendra Pony Club continues to thrive and offer pony club riders a spot to kept their horse.


Agistment Attendance as set by the Management Committee annually

The committee will review at quarterly periods Agister's records and details of progress for all families will be posted on our members only facebook page: hpc maintenance hours.

 

Agisters must attend a minimum of 12 pony club orientated events either by riding, judging, penciling or instructing as follows, or the equivalent at other Zone 1 clubs.   Events include:                                                                                     

a.      HPC Musters, Points days, Ribbon days, Fun days, training clinics & Seminars;

b.      HPC Night or Day training days open to all PCAQ members;

c.      HPC Trail Rides;

d.      Zone 1 Camps, Schools & Competitions  (that is competing for HPC or judging at other Zone 1 clubs, official or unofficial on non-muster days).

e.      HPC Working bees


Agistment Rules for All Agisters

New Horses Agisting Coming onto the Grounds

Extensive details are provided in the Agistment Regulations.  However the following is provided for ease of reference:

 

The horse has to be put in a safe yard for socialisation for a full week, 7 days, so horses can safely meet over the fence, (not to be socialized in a barbed wire yard).   It is advised to release the horse on a weekend. 

 

Prior to release it is a good practice to take the horse around our boundaries and the obstacles on the grounds so the horse is familiar with the grounds. 

 

The owner needs to release in the morning so the horse can have a few hours to negotiate the grounds.    The owner is also advised to stay on the grounds for release for an hour or so to make sure their horse has no problems.

 

All horses must either be fully vaccinated against Strangles and Hendra Virus, or they must commence those vaccinations whilst in socialisation.   Proof of vaccinations is to be provided to a HPC Vaccination Officer either prior to the horse being brought onto the grounds, or if vaccinations commence in socialisation then at that time. Please see further info below regarding vaccinations, including tetanus.


No Windsuckers allowed to agist on grounds at anytime.


Quarantine - means a sick horse, put in quarantine (Isolation yard) as it is sick and needs to be kept away from other horses till it is well.


Agistment is Only for Members

Becoming a member does not guarantee you an Agistment spot on the grounds.  Juniors members have priority but a parent or guardian must be a social member.   Applying for Agistment must go through a management meeting.  There is very strict conditions of horse entry to the grounds and some horses may not be suited to agist with us.

 

Please read the Agistment regulations as all members need to abide by them to stay agisting on the HPC grounds.

 

Horses are very high maintenance and are quite expensive especially if the horse requires a vet.  Hendra Virus shots are $125 annually, farriers can cost between $70-$120 for shoeing every 6 weeks or $40-$50 for a trim, strangles/tetanus vaccinations are $40, annual horse dentistry costs between $60-$120.  Feed can cost approx. $50-$100 a week depending on the horses needs.  Saddlery, tack, rugs, saddle cloths, uniform, safety equipment, helmets & boots etc, can be cost a small fortune.  A horse needs to be looked after and feed by the owner 365 days of the year, rain, hail, heat & drought.  Each family need to put in 20 hours of maintenance per agisted horse towards keeping the grounds safe for the horses.  The agisting family must be active in events held at the club, fundraising, social events for the kids etc.  Having a horse takes up a lot of time which in this day and age a lot of people can not commit too.

 

These are just some facts about owning a horse and it is not to put people off but to let them know to really think about it before going further.  We advise people who have young kids thinking about having a horse to take them to a riding school like "City Slickers, Bit n Spur, the Royals Equestrian Centre, or Summerset Equestrian" to see if it is really what you and your child can commit too.


Hendra Virus, Tetanus & Strangles Vaccinations


All horses on the grounds have been vaccinated against Hendra Virus & Strangles to protect members and their horse.

 

It is mandatory for all agisting horses to be vaccinated against the Hendra Virus and the certificate must be produced for all new horses agisting.  We also require all horses to be vaccinated against Strangles.   The vaccination process will need  to start while horse is in socialization if not vaccinated prior to coming to our grounds.   Proof of vaccination is required.

Only registered vets on the DERM list can administer. 

 

The Vaccination Officer is responsible for collecting and recording all information concerning vaccinations (including Strangles/Tetanus and Hendra).   Strangles/Tetanus vaccination comes in one convenient annual dose.