The Oruanui Pony Club in Taupo celebrated a new jump in their show ring circuit thanks to a grant from Transpower’s CommunityCare Fund.
The Transpower CommunityCare Fund (CCF) donated $15,000 towards a new water jump, with work starting this month in time for summer training.
The Transpower Wairakei Ring Project team joined local iwi, landowners, riders and ponies to celebrate the new jump with a sod turning ceremony.
Wairakei Ring Project Programme Manager, Robert Batters says he is delighted that the project and the CCF can support such a worthwhile community initiative.
“There is an increase in the amount of construction and development happening in the Wairakei area around electricity and generation so it’s great to be able to support a local community initiative. The CCF is such a good avenue to assist groups in areas that are affected by our construction work,” he said.
Oruanui Pony Club President, Karen Owen says the sod turning event was a great opportunity for locals to meet the project team that will be living and working in the area for the next two years.“We really appreciate the support from Transpower and the CommunityCare Fund and it’s great to meet the people on the ground. We’re extending an open invitation for the guys to come down and ride anytime,” she said.
The Oruanui Pony Club has been a central hub for horse loving locals since the early 1960s and currently has over 60 members.