Members

Michael Carlson, Chair

Michael participates at all levels of Pony Club—NCC Chairperson, Pony Club Queensland State Chief Instructor, PCQ South East Queensland Director of Coaching, Chairperson Metropolitan Zone One Chief Instructors Panel. During Michael’s 39 years in Pony Club, he has ridden and been an educator in all disciplines.

Industry connected and engaged, Michael is innovative in developing riders, coaches and official ensuring his contacts are at the cutting edge of Pony Club.

In 2000, Michael was awarded the Australian Sport Medal for recognized achievement in Australian Sport. Michael holds PCQ Level ‘A’ coach, PCA NCAS Level 1, Elementary Dressage Judge, Official/School Level Showjumping Judge and Course Design, Jumping Equitation Judge along with a Degree in Applied Science and Business Post Graduate. In 2017, Pony Club Queensland awarded Michael with Life Membership

Denise Legge, Secretary

Originally from the UK, Denise first started falling off a loan pony aged 4. Competed as a teenager and later represented her university in Combined Training. Her career includes 8 years as a British Army officer and 25 years plus in HR, training and operational roles in engineering and service related industries. A sea/tree change 12 years ago and a shift to Denmark, WA allowed Denise to "put back" into Pony Club. A NCAS Level 1 Pony Club Coach, member of the WA State Coaching Panel and Editor of Coaching News, Denise still rides but mainly for pleasure.

Diana Birmingham

Diana began her involvement with Pony Club as a member of the South Park Pony Club. Now a member of the Gawler River Pony Club Diana is Chief Instructor of the club and the Lower Northern Zone of South Australia and was awarded Life Membership in 2011.

As a Level 1 Coach Diana has had the opportunity to meet and work with many wonderful young Pony Club members in South Australia. Other horse related activities over the years include current Vice President of PCASA, EA Saddle Horse Judge, Pony Club Examiner and many fun filled years as a member of the Salisbury Hunt Club.

Diana's working years were spent in the S.A. Government and the Automotive Industry.It is a pleasure now to be able to give back to Pony Club.

Debbie Thiel

Originally starting with Pony Club in South Australia, Debbie has had a diverse background in both riding and driving. A move to the Northern Territory reactivated her connection with Pony Club joining Noonamah Horse and Pony Club in 1987 as an adult rider and C level coach.

Since then Debbie has progressed to State level involvement and thoroughly enjoys supporting coaches through coaching clinics and other coaching pathways. In addition Debbie is an equestrian coordinator/ring master for the Fred's Pass Rural Show and an announcer at the Royal Darwin Show and volunteer MC for EA Show Horse HOTY events.

 As well as being a PCA Level Coach, Debbie has Cert IV in Training, Educator and Assessment and Cert IV in Veterinarian Nursing - the latter being most useful in the challenging NT environment. Apart from her Pony Club and other equestrian commitments and HR role at Charles Stuart University, Debbie is a dedicated horse owner and rider.

Kate Wilson

I started my journey in Pony Club at 11 as a “Riders without Horses” member with a suburban Pony Club in metropolitan Melbourne, participating in all types of Pony Club activities.

My coaching journey began when I was about 16 and in charge of the junior group, from there it progressed to coaching Mounted Games teams and then to formal coaching qualifications.

After ageing out as a PC rider I moved into club management, in various roles and that led to roles at Zone as a Deputy Chief Instructor.

After having children I was fortunate enough to gain employment with the Pony Club Victoria State office and 8 years on am still there as the Coaching Director.  And I’m now a Pony Club Mum as well!

I am passionate about rider and coach development.  I think everyone in Pony Club should be able to access the same opportunities whether within their own Club, Zone, State or even Interstate.  Pony Club is capable of providing so many opportunities to young people and their families and I get a real buzz out of helping people at all levels of Pony Club to find their happy place in Pony Club and hopefully encourage them to stay long enough to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation coming.

Marisa Hall

I am fortunate enough to live on a beautiful property on the Tamar River in the north of Tasmania at Beauty Point. I enjoy camping, beach activities, sailing and all equestrian disciplines.

I have been involved in Pony Club for over 40 years through my past association as a rider competing at a Grade 1 level and then continued riding after University, in Hacking along with EA Elementary Dressage and Pre-Novice Eventing. My Pony Club involvement continued again following our three daughters in West Tamar Pony Club at local, state and interstate levels. My husband supported our daughters immeasurably; so, Pony Club was a family affair for the Halls. Now he often supports me as my Dressage penciller! As for the three girls, they continue to be competitive riders, one still in Pony Club and the other two EA, and we are still following them!

I continue to enjoy, learn and gain experience in my career as a teacher and through my past and present volunteer Pony Club roles as a DC, Test Coordinator, Efficiency Certificate Assessor and Level 1 Instructor; and now as a Dressage judge, and Tasmania National Coach Representative.

Sarah Venamore

Sarah has been coaching for 26 Years. She trained in the UK and gained her first coaching certificate there. She has run several riding schools, and run courses at both a private girls’ school and public boarding school.

Sarah has been a NSW State Pony Club Coach for 21 years.  This entails coaching riders, instructors and examining coaches.

Sarah is an EA Level 1 Level 1 General, Level 2 Dressage, Level 2 Vaulting and Certificate Assessor, and a Level 3 Vaulting Judge. Sarah also runs her own Equestrian business which includes Children’s Camp, Vaulting, Ladies Camp and EA Training.

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