BEAUDESERT and District Horse and Pony Club turned 60 this year and celebrated with a special Sunday lunch at their clubhouse within the Beaudesert Showgrounds.
Club secretary Kay Paulson said they had come a long way since their first meeting at the home of Mr and Mrs Ainsworth in Tubber Street on July 3, 1958.
“Glad Dauth held her first instruction day at Selwyn Park on Saturday 12 July, 1958 and the following year as more clubs were being formed in Queensland, a meeting was held to form the Pony Club Association of Queensland,” Ms Paulson said. “Since then the club has continued to function with many highs and lows but has remained as an important part of the local community.
“Horsemastership and mateship are as important today as they were sixty years ago.”
Ms Paulson said over the years Beaudesert had produced many fine riders who represented the club with distinction both interstate and overseas.
“The Club at one time boasted over 120 members and its riders have excelled in all aspects of equine achievements,” she said.
The minutes of the 1958 meeting showed the patron was Mr Burgo Joyce and other local names included:
- President: Mr Max Seamer
- Vice Pres: Messrs Noel Carlile, Tom Graham and Bill Krafft
- Secretary: Miss Ellie Smith
- Treasurer: Mr Darley Harmer
- Committee: Messrs George Tranter, Ernie Jarmey, Dick Allgood, Clive Ainsworth, Jim Launder, Mrs Glad Dauth, Miss Bev Spengler
- Ladies Committee: Mrs Mona Allgood, Mrs Ainsworth, Misses Elaine Krafft, Kay Allgood, Shirley Spengler, Josie Harmer & Ellie Smith
- Apologies: Messrs George Tranter & Norm Summerville
- Others Present: Misses Marlene Ainsworth, Kerry Allgood, Messrs Richard Allgood, Teddy Clyde, Chum Dauth, Ian Dauth, Roy Garwood, Laurie Harmer, Noel Jennings, Rodney Jennings, Max Jones, Ron Jones, Derek Krafft, Gordon Krafft, Eric Williams, Selwyn Williams, Bobby Yuke, Mesdames Bell Graham, Ellie Smith
Ms Paulson said the October 7 event brought together some of the old guard and young guns to celebrate both the history and future of the club.
“The club can boast three generations being involved this year,” she said. “Sunday’s luncheon was a wonderful blend of the young and future riding stars listening to many memories of Beaudesert in those early years.
“The National Anthem was sung by our very junior riders and the 60th cake was cut with patron and life member Sheila Venz and president Kathy Teese.”