Winning Combination Maddy and Juby - at the WGZ Speed to Safety day
Luckily for Riders and Parents a 4am start was not needed to participate in the Racing Victoria - Off The Track' Pony Club program Speed to Safety which was held at the Stony Creek Racecourse by the West Gippsland Zone on Saturday 21st June, 2015. The Speed to Safety program is conducted at different racecourses across the state depending on the Pony Club zone. Pony Club members that are graded are encouraged to represent their club to participate in their zone program, otherwise known as qualifiers. The day was organised by WGZ CI Jenny O'sullivan and Amanda Price as well as Lisa Coffey representing Racing Victoria who was in charge of the riders going around the track. It was a fun and fantastic day.
Maddy Chalmers riding Sharinga Jubilant rode at the June qualifer representing Wonthaggi PC at the Stony Creek Racecourse and ended up a joint winner on the day achieving a time of 121 seconds over 1000m the Optimum time was 120seconds Congratulations and Well done Maddy
Speed to Safety
The Speed to Safety program is conducted at different racecourse’s across the state depending on the Pony Club zone. Pony Club members that are graded are encouraged to represent their club to participate in their zone program, otherwise known as qualifiers.
The Speed to Safety 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 whilst competing, especially cross country where time penalties are often the difference between being placed or not.
Riders are compiled into two groups – Grade 1 & 2 ride 1000m in 109 seconds and Grades 3 & 4 ride 1000m in 120 seconds. The riders who ride the most accurate times over two qualifiers go on to ride in the final which is held on race day at a metropolitan track. Here the riders experience race day from the view of a jockey riding their own horses.
Qualifiers begin in January of each year on dates arranged in conjunction with Racing Victoria.
Benefits of the program
• New skill/techniques
• We fit into Pony Club schedule
• We cater to all riding levels
• Accredited coach provided
• Fun and engaging
• Promotes participation
• Can assist with job opportunities in the future
The Racing Victoria programs have been extremely successful in placing young people in touch with trainers for work experience or employment with many graduates forging promising careers in the racing industry.