Welcome to Hong Kong Pony Club
Hong Kong is a proud member of the Pony Club International Alliance
The first meeting of the Pony Club International Alliance (PCIA) was held in Canada in 2005. The founding members were the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Hong Kong subsequently joined the PCIA on invitation of the founding members.
The primary roles of PCIA are to promote Pony Club membership across the world and to collaborate on information sharing and international exchanges and competitions. Our important work includes benchmarking competency standards associated with Pony Club efficiency tests and certification worldwide.
Hong Kong Pony Club hosted the 2019 Inter-Pacific Exchange (June 30 - July 12th 2019)
Teams from Hong Kong, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand spent a fantastic two weeks in Hong Kong visiting various riding centres, taking in famous sights and exploring the local area - sometimes on bicycles!
Our visitors were keen to see how we do all things equestrian in Hong Kong, and with support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club and other riding centres we were able to give them a good taste of what we have to offer. Lo Wu Saddle Club (LWSC) invited everyone to go for a hack around the Lo Wu villages, which was hugely enjoyed by all despite the heat!
Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre (CEEC) invited the teams to come and ride their horses, so we split the group into two and while some rode, others had a tour of the wold class Veterinary Hospital in Shatin. On another morning the teams swapped so everyone was able to do both. CEEC also hosted a gymkhana and sausage sizzle, which was one of the highlights of the Exchange. From bending to apple bobbing and candy hid in flour, the evening was great fun. The ponies definitely had a good time too: some of them have never been seen to move so fast!
Beas River Equestrian Centre (BREC) hosted the main competitions, including the Bauhinia Cup (Mixed team Dressage competition) on July 5th, and the Nation's Cup Showjumping Competition on July 11th. Both competitions were a huge success with all the horses and ponies behaving (mostly) impeccably. There was some fantastic riding in both competitions, but USA were deservedly the winners of the Nation's Cup - Well Done Team USA!
The Exchange ended on a big high thanks to the team at Jaspas Beach Club who made the Farewell Dinner a truly special evening and we all somehow managed to stay dry despite heavy rain! Thank you to everyone who took part and to all who helped to make it a truly special two weeks.
For more photos check out the facebook page here HKPC Inter-Pacific Exchange 2019.
HISTORY OF THE INTER-PACIFC EXCHANGE
Different countries, different cultures, different challenges; all linked together by a common love of the horse.
In 1960 Pebble Beach Pony Club in California, USA, invited Pony Club members from New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, to visit them in the USA and share their common interest of horses and riding. Such was the success of the 'exchange' that in return the Pony Club Association of Victoria invited the USA, Canada and New Zealand, and all seven Australian States to participate in a similar exchange programme the following year. During that visit, the Inter Pacific Exchange Committee was formed and the Far East was invited to participate. It was agreed that these exchanges would take place every two years and be hosted by the participating countries on a rotational basis.... so began the IPE.
Since then the Inter-Pacific Exchange has taken place every two years. The countries have changed a little over the years, most notably with Hong Kong becoming a separate entity rather than part of the Far East team. Great Britain (the "home" of Pony Club) was also invited to join, which it did for a while and hosted the 1985 rally.
The Exchange, which generally takes place over about two weeks, is both a competitive and cultural one. Each hosting nation strives to showcase the best of their nation to visiting teams.
Host Countries, by year
HONG KONG INTER-PACIFIC EXCHANGE 2019
The 2019 exchange took place in Hong Kong between 30th June - 12th July. Teams from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong comprised of four riders, one chaperone and one coach.
During the exchange, we all stayed together in the Hyatt Regengy hotel, Shatin. Over the course of two weeks, we got to know each other well, enjoy plenty of Hong Kong's unique food, environment and culture, and have some fun, including a hilarious Gymkhana hosted by Clear Water Bay Equestrian and Education Centre!
The two main riding competitions were held at Hong Kong Jockey Club's (HKJC) Beas River Equestrian Centre. The Bauhinia Cup Dressage Event consisted of mixed teams with one member from each country. The main riding event is always the Nation's Cup (Showjumping). HKJC's Head of Equestrian Affairs, Amanda Bond, and our Chief Judge, Johnny Mak presented the awards at aprize-giving ceremony in the Beas River Old CLubhouse. There was also a Farewell Dinner at Jaspas Beach Club.
We took great pride in hosting this event and hope it was a truly rewarding experience for all involved. We did our best to give the visiting teams a sense of Hong Kong's unique beauty and excitement - from the concrete jungle of Kowloon to the deserted beaches of Sai Kung and everything in between.
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE
To qualify for consideration as a member of the HKPC team, you should:
We start looking for our team members at least 18 months before the next IPE, so we are already making shortlists of possible riders.
If you are interested in being considered for the Hong Kong Pony Club Team let us know!