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Pony Club is off - till next year!

September 20, 2007

The young horse owners of New South Wales are receiving devastating news.

All NSW Pony Club horse activities have been suspended until December 31. This includes the state mounted games, State one-day event and State show riding championships, along with all club and zone-level activities.

"This is an unfortunate decision to have been made," said Roger Braham, president of the Pony Club Association of NSW. "However, the state executive gave consideration to the current information available from the Department of Primary Industries and viewed this as the most appropriate action to take.

"We all want this epidemic to be over as soon as possible. However, the end is not in sight yet. "The association continues to urge everyone that the ban on horse movement remains in force until further notice and that we all must adhere to it."

He said the association was doing everything it could to keep members up to date with the situation. Each financial household of the association will be posted an equine flu information sheet within the next week, particularly to assist those without internet access who cannot access regular updates online.

The association has asked all Pony Club zones to consider their position in regards to holding non-horse activities, taking into account their local situation and that strict bio-security measures must be taken.

"We urge all members to adhere to the directives of the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Even if your horses are well and you do not think they could have horse flu, do not attempt to move them even if you think there is a safer, a better or a more convenient place to keep them. Remember that penalties for disregarding the ban include a fine of up to $A44,000 and a jail term of 12 months," said Mr Braham.



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