The club holds at least one Muster a month from February to November, usually on the FOURTH Sunday of each month, commencing at 8 am during the hotter months, and 9 am during winter. Most Musters have a morning tea break, an hour lunch break, and finish at approx. 2 pm in the hotter months, and 3 pm in winter. Any changes to this schedule will be advised by email and on the BHPC facebook page.
At musters, riders are divided into groups each with one or two instructors. Groupings are determined by the Instructors with a view to placing each riding member with others of similar age and/or level of riding experience and ability. Each group will rotate around the activities throughout the muster. Riders may also participate in team games. The teams generally contain a range of members of varying skill levels and ages to compete against each other. In this way the younger members gain experience riding with, and getting to know, the older members and vice versa.
A wide variety of activities are covered during a Muster.
These can include troop drill, flat work, dressage, lectures, horsemanship, show jumping, mounted games, sporting events and cross country jumping.
The canteen is open during a Muster day and staffed by members on a roster basis. Bring some money for morning tea, lunch and drinks throughout the day. The egg and bacon rolls are fantastic and the home baked treats are always worth coming back for more!
Two Musters during the year will be nominated as a “Ribbon Day” at which group competition occurs and for which ribbons will be awarded.
Informal Ribbon Day is a gymkhana day, while Formal Ribbon Day covers the more formal events, such as dressage as well as some gymkhana games and show jumping.
At the end of each year, BHPC has an Annual General Meeting which includes the presentation of trophies and awards to riders to recognise achievement, endeavour and participation.
In addition to monthly Muster Days, Special clinics are also arranged throughout the year.
Such Clinics involve an accredited instructor with expertise in a particular discipline (eg, dressage, show jumping, cross-country, camp drafting, etc). Clinics typically occur during the school holidays.
Members will be given notice of any forthcoming Clinic planned during the year and the cost of participation in each Clinic will be determined on an event-by-event basis, depending largely upon the numbers of likely participants at each Clinic. The Clinics may consist of two lessons per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, or one longer lesson daily, and may be held at Brookfield or another venue.
BHPC conducts the Annual Camp over a weekend during the year, with flatwork and/or jumping lessons given by visiting instructors, obstacle course games, and a trail ride or beach ride if we are close by.
Previous venues for the camp have included Southport Pony Club Grounds, Kooralbyn Equestrian Grounds, and Burpengary Equestrian Centre.
These camps are seen as a great opportunity for all members and their families to join in Club activities over an extended period and thus provide a great way for members to establish and develop friendships with each other and to create firm relationships between all associated with BHPC.