Benalla Pony Club riders took part in Racing Victoria’s Ride to Time program at Wangaratta last weekend.
The Ride to Time Program is designed to train young riders how to ride safely to optimum times over a given distance.
These times are based on the optimum times Pony Club riders must ride to when competing cross country at their qualified grade.
This gives riders an awareness and ability to control how fast they are travelling at a safe and balanced rhythm and speed.
This in turn leads to safer and more accurate time keeping while competing, especially cross country where time penalties are often the difference between being placed or not.
Timmy Grace and his horse Turtle have now competed in four Ride to Time events, while it was a first for Shani Paton McKenzie and her pony Jaxon.