Beaudesert Pony Club hosts Foster Masam fun day

BEAUDESERT Pony Club hosted riders from Rathdowney Pony Club for a fun day of competition on Sunday.

Club secretary Kay Paulsen Foster Massam Ribbon Day was a feature of Beaudesert Pony Club many years ago when large families were members of the club and the teams of four or five were made up of one family.

“The name Foster relates to the gentleman who donated the trophy,” Ms Paulsen said.

“He won a tennis competition in England and did not think it appropriate that the trophy should sit on a shelf and gather dust so he donated it for the competition.

“The name Massam comes from the first club secretary, Phoebe Massam, who although not ‘horsey’, was a driving force in the club at the time.

“It was a hotly contested competition to be the winning family team. 

“Today families only have one or two or three children in general so the day Is now run by randomly appointing riders to a team.”

Ms Paulsen said the tradition continued with Rathdowney Pony Club invited to the November 4 event. 

“Riders from lead line to very competent were equally divided between the Foster and Massam teams,” she said.  

“The Foster Massam trophy is very impressive and this year the Massam team were the winners.”

The event was run with a fancy dress theme with prizes awarded for colour. 

Marshall Speechley won the Best Boy Colour award, Zara Wyatt took Best Girl Colour.

Supreme Best Colour was won by Elly Teese, who went home with a painting donated by club instructor Angela Lambert-Barker.