Moggill Pony Club was established in April 1961
Moggill Pony Club was established in April 1961 with the help of members of Le Vale Pony Club, which was the first pony club formed in Queensland.
Early rallies were held at “Le-Ridge” on O'Brien Road, Boyle’s paddock on Pullen Pullen Creek near Mt Crosby Rd and then John Bird's Paddock, Grandview Road, which is now the Pullenvale State School Oval.
In 1967, with the assistance of local landholders, Moggill Pony Club purchased its current four hectare grounds at the corner of O'Brien Road and Lancing Street - part of the land originally purchased by Charles O'Brien. The first club to own its own grounds and one of only three clubs in Queensland who still do, our club has been operating at 41 O'Brien Road ever since.
In the years since its establishment, Moggill Pony Club has hosted many State Pony Club Championship events, especially in the field of eventing and dressage.
Moggill Pony Club has also celebrated the success of members who have competed at State, National and International level. A foundation member, Cherrie Ireland, represented Australia in the 1970 Paraplegic Commonwealth Games, winning five gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Cherie was awarded an M.B.E. for service and achievement to paraplegic international sport. Ever since then, Moggill Pony Club has had a close association with the Riding for the Disabled Association Queensland and, more recently, the nearby McIntyre Centre.
Other prominent past members of the club include David Green (International and Olympic eventing rider), Mark Stockwell (Olympic swimmer), Duncan Fisher (Olympic rower), Wendy Cooper (Australian dressage rider), Paul Le Bherz (eventer) and Bill Braun (showjumper).
A number of our members have gone on to become educators, judges and influencers. Kay Paulsen, a former member, coach and chief instructor at Moggill, is now a respected dressage judge and trainer of officials within both Pony Club Australia and Equestrian Australia. Harry Le Bherz, a foundation member of the club and father of Paul Le Bherz, instigated the Queensland Interschool Competition.
Janelle Hunkin, showjumper and past Chief Instructor, was selected for Inter-Pacific Team Zimbabwe and her daughter Elise represented Queensland in the Inter-Pacific Pony Club Teams competition in China.
Many club riders have competed at both State and National level, and the club has produced State champions of dressage, jumping equitation and showjumping. Previous members to excel include Olivia McDermott (Zone and State champion – jumping equitation), Emily Rink (State champion - eventing and Elite Junior Squad member EA) and the Westerfield sisters (many State dressage awards between them). Other club families to have earned State individual and team awards include the Coombs, Crow, Mackie, Murphy and Withers families.
A current instructor, Tanya Holliman, has represented Queensland in showjumping and is also a PCQ State dressage champion.