AS young children Lauren Wilkinson (nee Claessen), Stephanie Goode (nee Carfrae) and Carleen Hefel’s dream was to always to ride horses.
Starting off as junior members of pony club and progressing to be associate members they have managed to “clock up” over 61 years of pony club membership between them.
Sadly the time has come for them to leave as Wonthaggi Pony Club (WPC) does not offer an adult riding club member category and their lives at this time are taking a different direction with Lauren now a mother to one year old Ellie and Steph recently married.
The women have been wonderful ambassadors for the club and the pony club movement; all have represented the club and their zone at state level.
The ladies were invited along with their families to a celebration luncheon at the July rally to give current members a chance to say goodbye and reminisce about their pony club journey.
They were each presented with a photo book of their years at WPC.
WPC wish Lauren, Steph and Carleen all the best as they embark upon a new and exciting chapter in their lives.
Sometime in the future they would love to see them back at the club as instructors passing on their expertise and wisdom to younger members as they certainly have a lot to offer riders.
Lauren has been a member of PCAV for 21 years.
She first attended pony club at the age of four riding a Shetland pony called Rudolph before going onto a pony named Misty then onto the famous Shilling amongst a long list of others.
Her all-time favourite horse was Porsha, an all-rounder who never put a foot wrong, perfect size, easy to deal and always in the ribbons. Unfortunately Porsha had to be put down when she broke her leg in a paddock accident in February, 2009 the day after returning home from the State Show Jumping Championships in which Lauren placed third on her.
Lauren has been a member of Cranbourne, Bunyip and Wonthaggi pony clubs.
Lauren’s family have all been heavily involved in pony club for many years.
WPC is hopeful Lauren’s daughter Ellie will also be a member.
Lauren has been part of organising the famous Wonthaggi Annual 3 Day Summer camp for many years as well as running Show Jumping Days and being a volunteer judge, pencillor, course builder, pole pick up, gate person.
Lauren has given lessons to younger riders, and assisted them to buy horses which has in turn led them onto State Show Jumping competition themselves.
Lauren has built XC jumps, attended working bees all throughout her PC years.
Her 21 year membership, achievements and contribution to pony club includes: Obtaining D and C Certificates; Represented West Gippsland Zone – Bunyip and Wonthaggi at State Level in: State Horse Trials, State Show Jumping x 4 placing 3rd, 1st and 6th respectively, 2009 received State Award – “Award of Merit” for service to Pony club.
Stephanie has been a member of PCAV for 21 years.
She first attended Korumburra Pony Club as a four year old on a little lead pony called Teddy, before moving onto her proper first pony club mount Beau.
Steph was a member of Korumburra Pony Club for many years before transferring to WPC.
Steph has always contributed and helped at club level: organising show jumping days, gymkhanas, helping out younger members, attending working bees, instructing, judging, picking up poles and just helping out in any way she could.
Her younger sister Vivian is a current WPC member and her mother, Sandy have always been fantastic supporters of Steph throughout her years at pony club.
Her 21 year membership, achievements and contribution to Pony club includes: Obtaining D, C and C Star Certificates; Represented Korumburra Pony Club and Wonthaggi Pony Club (West Gippsland Zone) at State Level in: State Horse Trials, State Show Jumping, State Games, State Musical and Flat Teams, 2012 received State Award – “Award of Merit” for service to Pony Club, 2013 Winner of the WGZ Show Jumping Series – B Grade.
Carleen has been a member of PCAV for 19 years.
She first attended Langwarrin Pony Club at the age of six.
Carleen was also a member of Hastings Pony Club before transferring to WPC.
Carleen has instructed at rallies, helped set up for show jumping competitions, and attended club working bees.
Carleen is a friendly and popular member of WPC who happily shares her riding knowledge amongst members.
Carleen has had fantastic support from Mary and Phil who themselves have fitted in well to the Wonthaggi family atmosphere.
Most of Carleen’s weekends are spent out competing.
Her 19 year membership, achievements and contribution to pony club includes: Obtaining D and C Certificates; Represented Hastings PC (Southern Metro Zone) and WPC (West Gippsland Zone) at National and State Level in: 2011 National Level – Show Jumping – A Grade, State Horse Trials – Grades 1 and 2, State Show Jumping in A, B and C Grade, 2013 & 2014 – Winner of the WGZ Show Jumping Series – A Grade.